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us than he “conveniently could ? ” Did He not give his life for our redemption ? Did He not, in offering up himself a sacrifice, that we might not die, yield himself to sufferings unparalleled and indescribable ? Shall not every one, then, who calls himself by the name of Christ,' make the language of Paul, in all its force and tenderness, his own ?-For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead ; and that he died for all, that they which live, should not henceforth live unto theinselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again.
Lift up your eyes, Christian brethren, on the unnumbered millions of our globe, sunk in ignorance, pollution, and misery! Think of their condition : a condition in which you must have been at this hour, had it not been for the wonderful grace of God. Contrast with that condition your own mercies and privileges, and then ask, whether you ought not to feel for those who are thus miserable, and try to help them ? Christians ! can you enjoy your bibles, your Sabbaths, your sanctuaries, your sacramental tables, and all your precious privileges and hopes alone ? Can you enjoy these hallowed scenes, and heavenly gifts, and know their value, and yet slumber in ignoble indolence over the moral desolations of those who are perishing for lack of them ? Can you calmly sit by, and see million after million of treasure cheerfully expended for amusement, luxury, and sin; and only a few stinted thousands devoted to the greatest, best work of enlightening and saving the world ? O whither has the spirit of the Bible fled ?
for spreading the holy, life-giving religion of Jesus Christ from the rising to the setting sun.
For the promotion of this work, my friends, the ~ American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions” has convened in this place. Our hope in coming together is, that we may be enabled, by the grace of God, to excite each other to more lively sensibility, and more ardent zeal, in the great Missionary cause which we have associated to carry on; and also, that we may be instrumental in adding something to the missionary spirit which we hope already exists in the enlightened and favored population of this city. We are now celebrating the twenty-sixth anniversary of our Board: and, instead of being weary of our work, we can sincerely declare, that in looking back on our past course, our only regret is, that we have not labored with far more diligence and sanctified ardor in the cause of the world's conversion; that our plans have not been more enlarged ; and that we have not prayed more, and done more in this greatest of all causes in which Christians can engage. Yes, brethren, beloved of the Lord, we come to mingle our vows with yours, to proclaim with deeper conviction than ever, that we consider the cause of missions as the most precious cause in the world ; and to bind ourselves by new resolutions, that we will, by the help of God, with greater zeal than heretofore, "spend and be spent” in this most blessed service. What more worthy object can we seek, than contributing to fill the earth with the glory of the Lord ? Brethren, pray for us, that we may be faithful to our sacred trust. Pray for yourselves, that you may not be found wanting
in the payment of that mighty debt, you owe to your Divine Master, and to a perishing world. And let us all, more and more, aspire to the honor of being “workers together with God” in hastening the triumphs of Immanuel's universal reign. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly; and let the whole earth be filled with thy glory! Amen! and Amen!