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their part, in support of our domestic and Indian"mis: sions, proportioned to their apparent-zeal and interest in them. Happily there is room lenough in this wide world for all good men to operate without interference, and labour enough for all hands to accomplish: I pray, therefore, that there be no other strife between us than this, which shall do most for the honor of the Redeemer, and the good of mankind..,
Brethren, we see what is the grand object that. JeHOVAH has in his view to accomplish; in fulfilment of his promise to his Son, “ to give him the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.” 'You see is what mariner, and by what means, a preliminary fulfilment of this promise was effected in the days of the Apostles, and can þence judge in what manner, and by what means, he will effect a more complete fulfilment of it, at some future period. You have had placed before you, also, some existing remarkable preparations in Providence, indicating that the time is near when the kingdoms of, this world will be wrested from the grand adversary, who has so long held them under his controul, and be given to the Lord Jesus Christ. These things being $0, what is our present duty? When such a scene is spread before us, can we sleep, or be idle ? If we are in trůth Christians, this will he impossible. Our hearts will leap for joy, at the prospects:opening be. fore us. Our zeal, and all the energies of our bodies and our minds, will be awake and combined, to do whatsoeverouř, hands find to do, as : laborers together with God," in effecting the great revolution in favor of mankind, which is already hopefully begun, and at no very distant period, we trust, will be triumphantly perfected.
29 Permit me here to dwell a little on a qualification for this work, pre-eminently.necessary in all who engage in it. What I mean is expressed in the two following preceptş--Be ye holy, for I am boly”
Be. ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” — Workers with God must be holy men. The soldiers of the cross must possess the spirit of their Leader. In the character of the real Christian, the true religion is exhibited'in an embodied state, and we perceive. what it is, “not in word, but in power.?!" Christians are the “ Light of the world,”: and “their light so‘shines before men, that they see their good works, and glorify their Father who is in heaven.” Their character, when exhibited, impresses on the mind of beholders a strong conviction of the deep importance of this religion. Hence the “Chris. țian character, “with much propriety, has been considered”. as a special part of the means which God has employed, and rendered effectual for the spread of the Gospel!: Though the church is upheld and protected in the world by the Almighty arm of him who ëstablished it; yet its true members are the immediate instruments which his wisdom employs, both for its preservation and enlargement. Thus the holy character which the Apostles sustained and exhibited, " the things which they did, and the things which happened unto them, fell out unto the furtherance of the Gospel.” It was by means of the pious and amiable character and conduct of the first converts to the Christian faith, that “the LORD added to the
church daily such as should be saved.”— When “the multitude of them that believed were of heart ånd one soul ;when they showed theirs faith by
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porks, which were' good and profitable unto men, then with great powergåve the Apostles witness of
resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” When Barnabas, by his Christiar deportiment, manifested to the people of Antioch, that he was andorraith, *_* much people were added to the Lojd.sh. When the churches' tlíroughout'all Judea, Gathee and Samaria, had rest and walked in the fear of the Lord, and the comforts of the Holy Ghost, they were both edified and multiplied.”
$1 quote the following sentiments as consonant with my own, and pertinent to our subject. “There can be no doubt that the manners of Christians have an
10. VIROSS essential connection with the credit and success of Christianity among men:
It is certain that personal piety, and practical godliness, derived from the faith
of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the New
Testament,are of infinitely more, avail in dissemi pating his religion, than all the rudiments: of thọ world, and all the commandments and doctrines of men? " It is a glorious and animating idea,” adds our
author," that what Christians are, and feel, and do, in their appropriate character, enters into the connec tión of means and end, in that great and gracious plan which: the Son of God is executing in our world, as the autlior of eternal salvation.!!!
We perceive, brethren, from the foregoing facts and observations, in what way Christianity may be most successfully-propagated in the world. It is by the influence of vital, personal godliness in its professors.
To this point, therefore, it becomes us to give the most earnest beed. Losing sight of this point, those
who are praying, and exerting themselves for the pros. perityio of Zion, will be in danger, t either..of presump? tuously relying on Providence, without;, considering what Providence requires them to do; or of employing means repugnant to the nature of the Gospel. To attempt the propagation of Christianity, except in its embodied, living state, is an undertaking in itself irs rational,and carnever succeed. The power of godliness, felt and exhibited by professing, Christians, enters into: the true means of bringing those who are strangers and foreigners, to be" fellow citizens with the saints; and of the household of God.”
In accomplishing this great work, God will, from time to time, raise up, qualify and employ such men as: his instruments, as will best subserve the purpose; and when they shall severally have accomplished as an hireling, their work, in succession; he will translate them to higher and nobler services in his kingdom above; and others, qualified by his Spirit, shall fill the vacancies which their removal shall have made. When instruments are taken away,'ód whose continuance the success of the cause of the conversion of the heathen has seemed greatly to depend, we are permitted to weepi but not to despond. The LORD ever liveth, and his watchful
eye and care are continually extended over all his operations. ; No: vacancies in the ranks of his laborers are left unfilled. If one goeth, another cometh.: The work of the LORD will never stop for want of proper
instruments to accomplish it. . In reflections of this kind, we find our consolation, our antidote against despondency, under the very solemn bereavement with which we have been recently afflicted.
Theroffice and duties of the Rev. Dr. WORCESTER made him extensively known; and the ability, fidelitý, and courteoustiess with which he sustained this office, and fulfilled thesë duties, made him as extensively respected and beloved. Few men and their offices bave ever been better united, than' Dr. WORCESTER and the Secretaryship of the American Board of Commissioneřs for Foreign Missions. His natural endowments, a strong and acute' mind; a retentive memory, a capacity for deep and extensive research, for grasping, and with a calm spirit deliberately surveying, and 'digesting great subjects, and great plans, and energy to execute them, these endowments, sanctified by the grace of God, formed a broad 'foundation on which Was erected his distinguished reputation. These'natural talents were cultivated for a series of his earlier years; in fulfilling the duties of missionary, and other associations, with which he was officially connected, more limited in their scale and operations. His advarices were gradual, but sure. He was accustomed tò think before he spoke, to deliberate before he acted; and yet, on emergencies, where no time was given for deliberation, he discovered remarkable promptness in discussion, and wisdom in plan and decision, indicative of a cool, sensible, well furnished mind. He was.indeed a wise and good man, singularly fitted in Providence for the various offices which he sustained at his death, and in fulfilling the duties of which be may be said to have sacrificed his life. But the cause in which died, is one in which it is noble to die. It is the cause in which CHRIST. died, who has left us an example that we should follow his steps ; and with whom, if we labor and suffer, we shall reign