« PrécédentContinuer »
trait, than to paint the original. The history | did not know the doctrine of a future state? of our own age confirms the past age; the his. St. Paul affirms quite the contrary. What is tory of our own tyrants, substantiates all that meant by their “not being made perfect withis said of the Jewish tyrants: and the constancy out us?" Is it as some of the primitive faof our modern Maccabees, is a sure test of thers, and as some of our modern divines have what is said concerning the constancy of the thought, that the Old Testament saints were ancient Maccabees. What has been the seed not received into heaven till the ascension of of the reformed church? It is the blood of the Jesus Christ? This is contrary to other pasreformers, and of the first reformed. What sages of our Scriptures. But “they received was the rise of this republic? It was the light not the promise,” that is to say, with the same of fagots kind led to consume it. Inhabitants clearness as Christians. “They without us of these provinces, what were your ancestors were not made perfect;" the perfect knowledge Confessors and martyrs. And you, my dear of immortality and life being the peculiar prefellow-countrymen, whence are you come? rogative of the Christian church. Whatever “Out of great tribulation.” What are you? be the sense of those words of St. Paul, we “Brands plucked from the burning.” Fathers, will show, that this doctrine of immortality and who have seen their children die for religion; life is no longer covered with a veil, as it was children who have seen their fathers die for re- previously to the introduction of the gospel; ligion. O that God may forbear hearkening but it is demonstrated by a multitude of arguto the voice of so much blood, which cries to ments which sound reason, though less imHeaven for vengeance on those who shed it! proved than that of the ancients, enables us to May God, in placing the crown of righteous- adduce for conviction; and they are placed in ness on the heads of those who suffered, pardon evidence by Jesus Christ. Let us introduce those who caused their death! May we be, at this Jesus to you; let us cause you to hear this least, permitted to recount the history of our Jesus animating you by doctrine and example brethren, who have conquered in the fight; to in the course; Him that overcometh,” says encourage those who have yet to combat, but he, "will I grant to sit down with me on who so disgracefully draw back. Ah! genera- my throne, even as I also overcame, and am tion of confessors and martyrs, would you de- set down with my Father on his throne,” grade the nobility of your descent: Your fa- Rev. iii. 21. thers have confessed their religion amid the se V. The last article,-happily adapted to verest tortures: and would you deny in these silence those who avail themselves of the dishappy provinces, enlightened by the truth? tinguished virtues of those saints for not acHave they sacrificed their lives for religion, cepting them as models; or, to conclude in a and will you refuse to sacrifice a portion of manner more correspondent to our ministry, your riches Ah, my brethren, “Seeing we an article well calculated to support us in the also are compassed about with so great a cloud race God has set before all his saints-is, that of witnesses, let us run with patience the race between us and those who have finished it with that is set before us.”
joy, there is a similarity of assistance. By nature IV. I have said that there is, between us they were like us, incapable of running the and those illustrious saints, proposed as models race; and by the assistance of grace we become by the Holy Spirit, a similarity of motives. It capable of running like them. Let us not imimplies a contradiction, to suppose that they had agine that we honour the deity by making a more powerful motives to animate them in their certain sort of absurd complaints concerning course, than those we have proposed to you. our weakness; let us not ascribe to him what Yes, it implies a contradiction, that the Abra- proceeds solely from our corruption: it is inhains, quitting their country, the land of their compatible with his perfections to expose a frail nativity, and wandering they knew not where, creature to the force of temptation, and exhort in obedience to the divine call:—it implies a him to conquer it without affording the aid contradiction, that the Moseses preferred “af- requisite to obtain the victory. Be not disfliction with the people of God, to the pleasures couraged, Christian champion, at the inequality of sin, which are but for a season:”-it implies God has made in the proportion of aids afforda contradiction, that this multitude of martyrs, led to them, and to thee; be not discouraged some of whom were tormented, others were on seeing thyself led by the plain paths of nastoned, others were sawn asander, others were ture, while nature was inverted for them; while killed by the sword:-it implies a contradiction, they walked in the depth of the sea; while they that those illustrious saints have beheld, at the “threw down the walls of Jericho by the sound close of their course, a more valuable prize than of rams'- horns, shut the mouths of lions, that extended to you. This prize is a blissful quenched the violence of the fire, escaped the immortality. Here the whole advantage is on edge of the sword, waxing, valiant in fight, your side. This prize is placed more distinctly and turning to fight the armies of the aliens.'' in your sight, than it was in the view of those We might perform all those prodigies, and not illustrious characters. This, I really think, obtain salvation. Yes, we might put to fight was St. Paul's view at the close of the chapter, the armies of the aliens, display invincible in which he enumerates the saints, whose vir- valour in the warfare, escape the edge of the tues have formed the leading subject of this sword, quench the violence of the fire, stop the discourse. “These all, having obtained a good mouths of lions, overturn walls, force a passage report through faith, received not the promise;' through the sea, and yet be numbered with God having provided some better things for us, those to whom Christ will say, “I know you that they, without us, should not be made per- not.” And dost thou fear, Christian combatfect.” What is implied in their “not having ant, dost thou fear to attain salvation without received the promise?" Does it mean that they I those miraculous aids. The requisite assistance
for thy salvation is promised. “The fountain of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and is open to the whole house of David,” Zech. the sin that doth so easily beset us, and let xiii. 1. Seek, and ye shall find; ask, and us run with patience the race that is set beyou shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened. fore us." If you, being evil, know how to give good Enter, my brethren, on the consideration of things unto your children, how much more this subject with that sacred diffidence, with shall your Father which is in heaven, give his which frail creatures should be actuated on Holy Spirit to them that ask him? If any of contemplating the difficulties with which our you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth course is strewed; but enter with all the mag. to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." nanimity with which an idea of the powerful
O! if we knew the value of wisdom! If we and promised aids should inspire the mind of a knew what miracles of virtue can be wrought Christian. Be impressed with this thought, by a soul actuated by the Holy Spirit! If we and we conjure you to keep it constantly in know how to avail ourselves of this promise! view during this discourse: that there is no way Let us, my dear brethren, avail ourselves of it. of running the race like those illustrious chaLet us ask of God those aids, not to flatter our racters adduced as models, but by endeavouring indolence and vice, but to strengthen us in all to equal them in holiness; and ihat there is no our conflicts. Let us say, “Lord, teach my way of equalling them in holiness, but by hands to war, and my fingers to fight,” Ps. adopting the precautions of which they availed cxliv. Seeing so many enemies combine to themselves to attain perfection. Happy those detach us from his favour, let us thus invite of you, my brethren, infinitely more happy him to our aid. "Let God arise, let his ene- than the tongue of mortals can express, happy mies be scattered, let them also that hate him, those whom this consideration shall save from flee before him." Let us pour into his bosom that wretched state of indolence into which the all those anxieties, which enfeeble the mind. greatest part of men are plunged, and whom Then he will reply, “My grace is sufficient for it shall excite to that vigilance and energy of thee, my strength shall be made perfect in thy life, which is the great design of Christianity, weakness.” Then shall all the enemies of our and the grand characteristic of a christian! salvation fly, and be confounded before us. Amen. Then shall all the difficulties, which discourage We shall now illustrate the expressions in us by the way, disappear. Then shall we ex our text by a few remarks. claim in the midst of conflicts, “ Blessed be The first is, that they are figurative. St. God, who always causeth us to triumph in Paul represents our Christian vocation by the Christ.” Amen. To him be honour and glory idea of those races, so ancient and celebrated for ever. Amen.
among the heathen: and pursuing the same thought, he represents the precautions used by
athletics to obtain the prize, as those which we SERMON LXXXIII.
must use in order to be crowned. The weights
of flowing robes, such as were once, and such ON THE EXAMPLE OF THE SAINTS. as are still worn by oriental nations, would
very mach encumber those who ran in the
Just so, inordinate cares, I would say, HEBREWs xii. 1.
cares concerning temporal things, and criminal
purposes, exceedingly encumber those who Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about enter on the course of salvation. I not only
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay allude to criminal purposes (for who can be so aside every weight, and the sin which doth so ignorant of religion as to deny it,) but also to easily beset us, and let us run with palience the excessive cares. St. Paul, in my opinion, race that is set before us.
had this double view. He requires us not only We proceed this day, my brethren, to show to lay sin aside, but every weight; that is, all you the way which leads to the end proposed those secular affairs unconnected with our proin our two preceding discourses. The words fession. In St. Paul's view, these affairs are we have now read for the third time, placed to the Christian, what the flowing robes would three things before your view,-distinguished have been to the athletics of whom we spake. duties,-excellent models,—and wise precau- How instructive is this idea! How admirably tions. The distinguished duties are illustrated calculated, if seriously considered, to rectify our in the perseverance we pressed in our first dis- notions of morality!' I do not wish to make
The excellent models are the saints the Christian to become an anchoret. I do not of the highest order, and, in particular, the wish to degrade those useful men, whom God “cloud of witnesses with which we are sur seems to have formed to be the soul of society; rounded.” Of these, St. Paul has made an and of whom we may say in the political world, enumeration and eulogium in the chapter pre- as St. Paul has said in the ecclesiastical, “I am ceding that from which our text is read; and debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbariwhose virtues we have traced in our last dis- ans,” Rom. i. 14. “Besides those things that course. But, by what means may we attain are without, that which cometh upon me daily, an end so noble: By what means may we the care of all the churches,” 2 Cor. xi. 28. discharge duties so distinguished, and form our On the other hand, we often deceive our. selves on models so excellent. This shall be selves with regard to what is called in the the inquiry in our present discourse. It is by world—business! Take an example of a man “laying aside every weight, and the sin which born with all the uprightness of mind compatidoth so easily beset us.-
Wherefore, seeing we ble with the loss of primitive innocence. While also are compassed about with so great a cloud / left to the reflection of his own mind in early
life, he followed the dictates of reason, and the to the games of the heathen: not indeed to the sentiments of virtue. His mind, undisturbed sports of the course, as in the words of my with the anxieties inseparable from the man- text, but to the cest,* in which the wrestlers agement of a large fortune, applied almost sometimes received a mortal blow. And this wholly to the study of truth, and the practice idea necessarily includes that of martyrdom. of virtue. But some officious friends, a proud But, O! how evasive is the flesh, when placed and avaricious family, the roots of vanity, and in those critical circumstances! What excuses love of exterior grandeur, scarcely ever eradi- will it not make rather than acquiesce in the cated, have induced him to push his fortune, proposition! Must I die for religion Must I and distinguish himself in the world. He as- be stretched on the rack? Must I be hung in pires to civil employment. The solicitations chains on a gibbetMust I mount a pile of to which he must descend, the intrigues he fagots? St. Paul has therefore doubled the idea must manage, the friends with whom he must in my text. He was desirous to strengthen the temporize to obtain it, have suspended his first Hebrews with a twofold class of arguments: viz. habits of life. He accomplishes the object of those required against the temptations common his wishes. The office with which he is in- to all Christians; and those peculiar to the afvested, requires application. Distraction be- fictive circumstances in which they were placed comes an indispensable duty. The corruption by Providence. It was proper to press this of his heart, but slightly extinguished, rekindles double idea. This is our second remark for the by so much dissipation. After having been illustration of our text. some time without the study of truths, once The third turns on the progress the Hebrews his favourite concern, he becomes habituated had already made in the Christian religion. not to think of them at all. He loses his re- The nature of this progress determines farther collection of them. He becomes exhausted in the very character of the advice required, and the professional duties he has acquired with so the precise meaning of those expressions, much solicitude. He must have a temporary “Laying aside every weight, and the sin that recess from business. The study of truth, and doth so easily beset us." We never give to a the practice of virtue, should now be resumed. man who has already made a proficiency in an But he must have a little recreation, a little art or science, the instructions we would give company, a little wine. Meanwhile age ap- to a pupil. We never warn a mariner, who proaches, and death is far advanced. But, has traversed the seas for many years, not to when is he to enter on the work of salvation strike against a rock which lifts its summit to Happy he, my brethren, who seeks no rela- the clouds, and is perceived by all who have tions in life, than those to which he is called eyes. We never caution a soldier, blanched by duty! Happy he, who in retirement, and in the service, not to be surprised by maif you please, in the obscurity of mediocrity, næuvres of an enemy, which might deceive · far from grandeur and from courts, makes sal- those who are entering on the first campaign. vation if not his sole, at least his principal con- There were men among the Hebrews to whom cern. Excessive cares, as much as criminal the apostle wrote, who, according to his own pursuits, are weights which retard exceedingly remark, had need to be taught again “the the Christian in his course. “Let us lay aside principles of the doctrine of Christ" that is, every weight and the sin that doth so easily the first elements of Christianity. We find beset us, and let us run with patience the race many among the catechumens, who, according that is set before us.” This is St. Paul's idea to an expression he uses, had need of milk, and in the words of my text: and it is the first re were unable to digest strong meat, Heb. v. 12. mark requisite for its illustration.
But we ought not to conceive the same idea The second devolves on the peculiar situa- of all the Hebrews. The progress many of tion in which the Hebrews were placed, to them had made in religion, superseded, with whom the advice is given. These Hebrews, regard to them, the instructions we might give like ourselves, were Christians. They were to those entering on the course. I cannot called, as we are called, to run the race of vir- think, that those Hebrews, who in former days tue, without which no man can obtain the had been enlightened; those Hebrews, who prize promised by the gospel. In this view, had “endured a great fight of afflictions;"they required the same instructions which are those Hebrews, who, according to the force of requisite with regard to ourselves.
the Greek term, used in the tenth chapter of But the Christians, to whom this epistle was this epistle, “ had been exposed on the theatre addressed, lived, as was observed in our first of the world, by affliction and by becoming a discourse, in an age of persecution. They gazing-stock;—those Hebrews, "who had tawere daily on the eve of martyrdom. It was ken joyfully the spoiling of their goods,” Heb. for this that the apostle prepares them through- xi. 33, 34;- I cannot think that they had need out the whole of this stle. To this he espe- of precautions against the gross temptations, cially disposes them in the words which imme- by which Satan seduces those who have only diately follow those I have discussed. “Con- an external acquaintance with Christianity. sider diligently,” says he, adducing the author The principal design of the apostle, in the and finisher of our faith, who so nobly ran the words of my text, is, to fortify them against career of martyrdom; “ Consider diligently him those subtle snares, and plausible pretences, that endured such contradiction of sinners which sometimes induced Christians to relapse, against himself, lest ye be weary and faint in who seemed the most established. These are your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin," Heb. xii. 3, 4.
* The Cestus was a severe mode of fighting, in which What does he mean by their not having yet ball of lead sewed in leather. See Virgil's' Aveiado
the pugilists were armed either with a cudgel, or with a resisted unto blood Here is still a reference | Book v.
the kind of snares, these are the kind of so-1 It was a society to which kings were to be the phisms, the apostle apparently had in view, nursing-fathers, and queens the nursing-mowhen he speaks of “weights, and the sin that thers. It is a society, whose prosperity should doth so easily beset us."
have no end, which should realize this predicThanks be to God, my dear brethren, that tion: "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and though we are right, on the one hand, in say- look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens ing that some among you," have need to be shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth taught again the first principles of the doctrine shall wax old like a garment; but my salvaof Christ; and are become such as have need tion shall be for ever, and my righteousness of milk, and not of strong meat,” Heb. v. 12; shall not be abolished,” Isa. li. 6. It is a sothanks be to God, that you afford us, on the ciety, whose prosperity made the prophets exother hand, the consolation granted to our claim, “Break forth into joy; sing together apostle, of seeing among you cultivated minds, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord geniuses conversant with the sublime myste- hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed ries of Christianity, and with the severest Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy maxims of morality. Hence I should deem it arm in the eyes of all nations, and all the ends an injustice to your discernment and know- of the earth shall see the salvation of our God," ledge, if, in the instructions. I may give to-day, Isa. lii. 9, 10. To say all in one word, it is a whether for the period of persecution, or for society built upon the rock, and of which Jethe ordinary conduct of life, I should enlarge sus Christ has said, “the gates of hell shall on those truths which properly belong to young not prevail against it,” Matt. xvi. 18. What converts. What in a church cherished by God is the conformity between these promises and in so dear a manner: what! in a church which the event! or if you please, what likeness is enjoys a ministry like yours, is it necessary to there between the portrait and the original! affirm, that people are unworthy of the Chris- Does not bell prevail against the church, when tian name, when, during the period of perse- her enemies exile her pastors, scatter her flock, cution, they anticipate, if I may so speak, suppress her worship, and burn her sanctuaevery wish of the persecutors, when they carry ries? Do all nations see the salvation of God, in their bosoms, formularies which abjure their the arm of the Lord made bare, to effectuate religion; when they attend all the services of distinguished events in behalf of this society; superstition; when they enjoy, in consequence when they are given up to the fury of their of their apostacy, not only their own property, tyrants; when Pilate and Herod are confedebut the property of those "who have gone rated to destroy them; when ihey obtain over with Jesus Christ without the camp, bearing them daily new victories? Do the waste places his reproach?” What! in a church like this, of Jerusalem sing, when the ways of Zion .would it be requisite to preach, that men are mourn, “when her priests sigb," and when unworthy of the Christian name, who, in the her virgins are afflicted?” Does her salvation time of ecclesiastical repose, deliberately live remain for ever, when the church has scarcely in habits of fornication and adultery; who, in breathed in one place, before she is agitated the face of heaven and earth, entice their in another; when she has scarcely survived neighbour's wife, who wallow in wickedness, one calamity, before she is overtaken with anowho are ever disposed either to give or to re- ther; when the beast causes all, both small and ceive “the wages of unrighteousness?" Oh! my great, rich and poor, bond and free, to receive very dear brethren, these are not plausible pre- his mark in their hand, or in their forehead? tences; these are not subtle snares; they are Rev. xiii. 16. Are kings nursing-fathers to the the sensible sophisms, the broad snares which church, and queens nursing-mothers, when deceive those only who are resolved to be de- they snatch the children from her breasts; when ceived. There are, however, subtle snares, they populate the deserts with fugitives; and which deceive the most established Christians. cause the dead bodies of her witnesses to lie To these the apostle has immediate reference in the streets of the great city, which is called when he exhorts us to “lay aside every weight, Sodom and Egypt? Rev. xi. 8. and the sin that does so easily beset us.” On It is against this first device of Satan, St. this shall turn chiefly the explication we shall Paul would fortify the Hebrews in the words give of the terms. What are those peculiar of my text. Hear his admonitions and instruckinds of temptations? What are the precau- tions; have you forgotten the exhortation tions we must take to resist them? These are which speaketh unto you as unto children; my the two leading subjects of this discourse; to son, despise not thou the chastening of the these subjects I will venture to solicit the con- Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him? tinuation of the attention with which you have For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and designed to favour me.
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye 1. Let us begin with the temptations, to endure chastening, God dealeth with you as which we are exposed in the time of ecclesi- with sons; for what son is he, whom the Faastical tribulation.
ther chasteneth not? But if ye be without 1. The devil would sometimes inspire us chastisemont, whereof all are partakers, then with sentiments of unbelief respecting the truth are ye bastards and not sons,” Heb. xii. 5—8. of the promises God has given the church. It I have no need to arm you with any other seems a difficult task, to reconcile the magnifi- shield against the sentiments of unbelief, with cence of those promises with the deluge of ca- which some of you are assailed on viewing the lamities which have inundated it in periods of calamities of the church. Ecclesiastical perpersecution. What is this church, according secutions are paternal chastisements, which to the prophets. It is a society, which was to God inflicts upon her members. I would ask be completely irradiated with the glory of God. I our brethren, who complain of the length of
the persecution, and are ever saying, Alas! snare with which he assails the church in triwhat, always in exile, always in the galleys? I bulation, he endeavours, I say, to destroy by would ask them, as they seem astonished, and distrust." I am weak,” says a man who disare bold enough to complain of their dura- courages himself by temptations of this nation, whether they have profited by these af- ture; “I am weak: I shall not have constancy flictions God, in chastising the church, is de- to sustain the miseries inseparably attendant sirous of correcting the abuse you have made on those who devote themselves to voluntary of prosperity. Have you profited by this chas- exile, by going into places where the truth is tisement? Have you learned to make a right professed; nor fortitude to endure the tortures use of prosperity? God, in chastising the church, inflicted on those who avow it in places where is desirous to correct the indifference you have it is persecuted. I am weak; I have not entertained for public worship. Have you pro- courage to lead a languishing life in unfited by this chastisement? Have you learned known nations, to beg my bread with my chilto sacrifice your dearest interests to attend his dren, and to hear my poverty sometimes reworship. And if you have made those sacri- proached by those to whom the cause for which fices, have you learned to worship with affec- I suffer ought to render it venerable. I am tions correspondent to the sacrifices you have weak: I shall never have constancy to endure made for him? God, in chastising the church, the stink of dungeons, the weight of the oar, is desirous to correct the strong attachment and all the terrific apparatus of martyrdom.” you have conceived for this world. Have you You say, I am weak! say rather I am wickprofited by this chastisement? Called to choose ed, and pronounce upon yourselves beforehand between riches and salvation, have you ever the sentence which the gospel has pronounced preferred the salvation of your souls, to exte-against persons of this description. You are rior happiness?
weak! But is it not to the weak that are made 2. In the time of tribulation, the devil (provided their intentions are really sincere) strongly prompts us to presumption. Here the promises of those strong consolations, the commands of Jesus Christ are explicit, which enable them to say, “When I am weak, “When they persecute you in one city, flee to then I am strong,” 2 Cor. vii. 10. You are another," Mait. x. 23. The decision of wis- weak! But is it not said to the weak, “ God dom is extremely positive; "they who love is faithful, who will not suffer you to be temptthe danger, shall perish by it,” Matt. xxiv. 2. ed above that ye are able, but will with the Experience is a convincing test. St. Peter, temptation also make a way to escape, that ye who presumed to go into the court of Caiaphas, may be able to bear it? i Cor. x. 13. You are under a pretence of following Jesus, denied weak! But is it not the weak to whom God him there. Is not this what we have repre- has realized the truth of his magnificent prosented a thousand and a thousand times, to mises? I will not refer you to those marvellous those of our unhappy brethren, whom this ages, when men, women, and children, sus. part of our discourse particularly respects? tained the most terrific tortures with a courage We have proved, that we must either leave more than human. I will not adduce here the places in which the truth is persecuted, or the example of those saints, enumerated in the calmly submit to martyrdom. We have made chapter, preceding my text; of saints who were it appear that no man can assure himself of stoned, who were killed with the sword, who constancy to suffer martyrdom, unsupported were tortured, who were fettered, and who by the extraordinary aids of the Holy Spirit. displayed more constancy in suffering, than We have demonstrated that it is presumption their persecutors and hangmen, in the inflicto promise themselves those aids, while they tion of torments. But go to those myriads of neglect the means offered by Providence to exiles, who have inundated England, Geravoid the danger. They do violence to rea- many, and these provinces, all of whom are son. They resist demonstration. They pre- protestant nations; those myriads of exiles, sume on their own strength. They rely | " who have gone to Jesus Christ without the wholly on supernatural power. They promise camp, bearing his reproach;” destitute of every themselves a chimerical conquest. Hence those earthly comfort, but delighted to have gotten frequent abnegations. Hence those awful falls. their souls for a prey; were not they by nature Hence those scandalous apostacies. I have weak as you? And, with the assistance of therefore done wrong in placing the tempta- grace, may not you become strong as they? tions of presumption among those subtle snares, But those fathers, but those mothers, who have those plausible pretences, which impose on the torn themselves away from their children, and most established Christians. I am mistaken; the separation of whom from creatures so dear, they are the broadest snares, and grossest seemed as tearing away their own flesh, were sophisms of the enemy of our salvation; and they not by nature weak as you? But those he is weak indeed, who suffers himself to be Abrahams, who taking their children by the surprised. What! have you proved your weak- hand, went in some sort, to sacrifice them to ness a hundred and a hundred times, and do hunger and thirst, to cold and rain; and who you still talk of power? What! have you at replied to the piercing complaints of those inthis day scarcely resolution to sacrifice a part nocent victims, " The Lord will provide, my of your property for religion, and do you pre- children; in the mountain of the Lord it shall sume that you can sacrifice your life. What! be seen," Gen. xxii. 14. But those fathers, have you not fortitude to follow Jesus Christ those mothers, were they not naturally weak into peaceful countries, and do you presume as you And with the help of God, may not to hope that you can follow him to the cross? you become as strong as they? You are weak!
3. Those, whom Satan cannot destroy by But those slaves who have now been thirty presumption, he endeavours, and it is a third years on board the galleys; those Rois, those