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ind he exerts it all in the enterprise of opposing Gud in the conversion of the world. And he does not stand still and exert his power, but goeth “ to and fro in the earth.” Yea, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." He does not wait for his prey, but hunts for it. Yet he has not always the lion look, for sometimes “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light;" nor does he always roar. He can let his voice down to the softest whisper, which the ear he breathes it into alone can hear; and Satan does not act alone. He is assisted by myriads of kindred spirits. They were many, we are told, that possessed one manyes, a legion. How many they must be in all ! and all engaged in the same opposition--aye, and multitudes of men are even now in league with them, engaged in the devils' work as heartily as if they were of that race. Is not this a strong reason why the world is not converted ? Have I not given two such reasons ? But I have a stronger :

3. The church is not heartily in favor of the world's conversion. And when I affirm this of the church, I refer not to those who rest in the form of godliness, and have but a nominal life. No wonder the unconverted, though they may be members of the visible church, should not be concerned for the conversion of others. But I mean that real Christians, who have themselves been converted, are not hearti y in favor of it. Yes, the converted part of the world are not heartily in favor of the conversion of the great remainder! And this is the principal reason why it is not converted. What if the world is not in favor of it, and Satan is not? It was never intended that the world should be converted by their instrumentality, but in spite of their opposition ! But th the church, to whom is given the commission, to whom is committed the instrumentality which God blesses for conversion, and to whom even Christ looks with expectation, should not enter into the work with all her soul and strength, how strange and how lamentable! I know that Christians say they are in favor of it, and I will not question their sincerity, but I wish they gave such proof of being sincere and in earnest as Satan and his allies do. Actions have a tongue, and they speak louder than words. Satan's actions declare unequivocally that he is a foe to the world's conversion. Do our actions proclaim as unequivocally that we are its friends ? We say we desire the world's conversion; but what say our prayers, our contributions, our efforts, our conduct? We talk as if we desired it, but do we pray, do we contribute, do we labor, do we live as if we desired it? In this matter our unsupported word will not be received as proof.

Why, if we who love the Lord are heartily in favor of the world's becoming his, are we so divided among ourselves? The enemies of the world's conversion are united. Yes, they forget their private differences when the cause of Jesus is to be attacked, and one heart animates the whole infernal host. But the friends of the great enterprise are divided, and much of their force is spent in skirmishes among themselves, while the common enemy in the meantime is permitted to make an almost unresisted progress. It is a pity, a great pity. It ought not to be 80. The great aggressive enterprise of the world's conversion demands all our resources, and yet we are expending them in mutual assaults. When will it be otherwise ? When will Christians agree on a truce among themselves, and march in one mighty phalanx against the world, to the service to which the Captain of salvation calls them? When shall it once be ? I do not know, but I do know that when it takes place, the first of the thousand years will not be far off.

Fellow-soldiers of the cross ! what are we about? Let us form. Let us put on our complete armor. Some of us are not in full panoply. And let us sing together one of the songs of Zion, and to that music let us march on to the conquest of the world for Jesus. He is already in the field, let us hasten lo his support. Let us go to his help against the mighty. Let us leave all, even our mutual dissensions, suspicions and jealousies, and follow himand presently the world shall be converted,

15. The Conversion of the Church.

We hear a great deal now-a-days about the conversion of the world. It is in almost


Chris. lian's mouth; and we cannot be too familiar with the phrase—we cannot be too diligent to promote the thing. It ought to have our daily thoughts, prayers, and efforts. It deserves our hearts. It is the great object of Christianity. But there is another community besides the world, which I think needs to undergo a measure of the same process that the world so much needs. It is the church. While the conversion of the world is made so prominent, I think we ought not to overlook the conversion of the church, especially since this comes first in order.

Every thing, we know, begins at the house of God, both in judgment and mercy. But what do I mean by the conversion of the church? Is not the church converted already ? Suppose I admit that ; may she not need a new conversion ? Regeneration is but once, but conversion may be many times. Peter had been converted when Christ said to him, “and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." There is no doubt the church might be converted again, and that without any injury to her.

But why do I think the church needs conversion ? I might give several reasons, but I will assign only

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one. It is founded on Matthew, 18:32 “Except ye he converted, and become as little children." Here we' see the effect of conversion is to make the subjects of it as little children, and hence St. John addresses the primitive Christians as little children. Now my reason for thinking the church needs conversion is that there does not seem to be much of the little child about the church of the present day. There is a great deal more of "the old man it, I am afraid. I think if John were living now, he would not be apt to address the members of the church generally as

little children." No indeed.. I question whether, if he were even addressing an assembly of the ministers and officers of many of our churches, he would not be apt to apply other terms than "little children" as a preface to his ex. hortation "love one another," which I am sure he would not forget.

Little children are humble, but humility is not a remarkable characteristic of the church of the present day. I don't think the scholars of either of the schools have got the lesson of lowliness very perfectly from their Master. I fear, if the Master were lo come in upon us now, he would be likely to chide many

in both the schools. Why two schools? There is but one Master.

How confiding little children are, and how ready to believe on the bare word of one in whom they have reason to feel confidence, and especially if he


Pr. Thoughts.

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