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No. 98.-JULY, 1834.
DR. WOOD'S SERMON ON THE DEATH OF DR. PORTER,
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UPWARDS of fifty clergymen, of five Christian denominations, and belonging to sixteen different states, most of whom are well known to the public as authors, have allowed the Editor to expect from them Sermons for this work; among whom are the following :
Rev. Dr. Richards, Professor in the Theological Seminary at Auburn; Rev. Dr. Proudfit, Salem ; Rev. Drs. Tucker and Beman, Troy ; Rev. Dr. Sprague, Albany ; Rev. Drs. Milnor, Mathews, Spring, Woodbridge, and De Witt, N. York City Rev. Drs. Alexander and Miller, Professors in Princeton Theological Seminary; Rev. Professor M Clelland, Rutgers College, New.Jersey; Rev. Drs. Green, M'Dowell, and Bedell, Philadelphia ; Rev. Dr. Bishop, Presi. dent of Miami University, Ohio ; Rev. Dr. Fitch, Professor of Divinity, Yale College; Rev. Asahel Netlleton, Killingworth, Con.; Rev. Dr. Wayland, President of Brown University ; Right Rev. Bp. Griswold, Salem, Mass.; Rev. Dr. Griffin, President of Williams College ; Rev. Dr. Humphrey, President of Amherst College, Ms.; Rev. Dr. Beecher, Cincinnati ; Rev. Professors Porter, Woods, Stuart, Skinner, and Emerson, of Andover Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Fisk, President of the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.; Rev. Daniel A. Clark, Bennington, Vt.; Rev. Dr. Bates, President of Middlebury College ; Rev. Dr. Matthews, Hanover Theological Seminary, Indiana ; Rev. Dr. Baxter, Union Theological Seminary, Va.; Rev. Dr. Tyler, Portland, Me.; Rev. Dr. Lord, President of Dartmouth College ; Rev. Dr. Church, Pelbam, N.H.; Rev. Dr. Leland, Charleston, s. C.; Rev. Dr. Coffin, President of E. Tennessee College ; Rev. Professor Halsey, Western Theological Seminary ; Rev. Drs. Perkins, and Hawes, Hartford, Ct.; Rev. Dr. Cuyler, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Rev. President Wheeler, Vermont University.
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No. 2. VOL. 9.] NEW-YORK, JULY, 1834. (WHOLE No. 98.
PREACHED APRIL 11, 1834, AT THE FUNERAL OF Rev. EBENEZER PORTER, D. D.
BY LEONARD WOODS, D. D.
Professor in the Theological Seminary at Andover.
JOHN xvii. 4.- I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
The work assigned to our Savior was immeasurably greater and more difficult, than was ever in any other instance assigned to man. But he accomplished it perfectly. He failed in no respect whatever. From the beginning to the close of his life, he never performed an action, never uttered a word, never had a thought or emotion, which varied from the will of God, the perfect standard of right. He unceasingly loved God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength. He was chargeable with no waste of intellectual or moral faculties, of time, or opportunity, nor with any thing which his God and Father disapproved. If he could have lived again with the advantage of what experience and observation had taught him during the whole time of his abode on earth; if with all this advantage he could have lived for the same number of years again, he could have neither made nor desired any improvement. There was nothing in his youth or manhood, nothing in his public or private life, nothing in his most retired actions, or the inmost movements of his heart, which was not perfectly pleasing to God. In the whole frame of his mind, he was so pure and holy, that the most subtil and powerful temptations produced no
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irregular thought or emotion. "The prince of this world came and found nothing in him,"—no pride, no selfishness, no depravity in any form or degree. His object in coming into the world was to save that which was lost. This object he constantly pursued; and nothing could turn him aside from it. The work he had to accomplish was to redeem sinners from the curse of the law, by being made a curse for them. And how was he straitened till this work was fully accomplished! As a man, he was in the highest degree sensitive to suffering, especially to that kind of suffering which was allotted to him. His feelings recoiled at the prospect of drinking the cup which his Father put into his hand. But his recoiling was that of a pure and holy soul, and was accompanied with an entire readiness to do and suffer what the will of God and the salvation of men required. In the gar. den his agony was such as to produce prostration and bloody sweat; but his heart was perfectly submissive, and in the midst of his distress he could say, "Not my will, but thine be done." Thus, through labor and suffering, he proceeded to Calvary: and there on the cross, in anguish of body and spirit, forsaken of his disciples, and of his God, he finished his work.
Far be it from me to liken any man, even the most diligent and faithful, to this holy Savior. No prophet or saint ever glorified God and finished his work as Jesus did. Let any Christian on earth compare his life with the life of his Savior; and what can be the result, but shame and self-condemnation? The work which God has given us to do is sufficient to occupy every moment of our time from the beginning to the end of life, and to give active employment to all our powers. But what is the fact with Christians? How is it with him who stands highest among the saints on earth as to attainments in holiness, and diligence in the service of God? Has no part of his time been wasted in unlawful pursuits or indulgencies? Have there been no years, or days, in which he has forgotten God, and disobeyed his commands? Have not even his best actions been alloyed by a mixture of sin ? How does every just view of God's perfect law spoil our fancied goodness, and instead of leaving any room for selfcomplacency, lead us to abhor ourselves and repent in dust and ashes! Of the most eminent Christians it is true, that they have not already attained, and are not already perfect. Perfection they know to be their duty, and they pant after it; but they do not reach it. They fall below not only the demands of God's spiritual law, but their own de. sires and aims. In many respects, what they would, they do not; and what they would not, that they do. There is still a law of sin in