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nually Aying each from the other into oppo. site errors. It might be well for some of us to be more distinctly aware that to preach Christian Morality, to preach it in detail, to take from time to time a specific' moral duty for the avowed subject of a sermon, to pursue the duty through its subdivisions, to point out its bearings on the transactions of common life, (be it observeel that I speak of morality rendered christian by being unequivocally built on faith in Christ,) is not only not to be legal, but is to strengthen by practical application the impression of doctrinal truth, and to supply to the humble follower of our Lord aid highly important both as to the perception and the discharge of his daily obligations. There are others among us to whom it might be profitable if they were led clearly to difcern, that to preach justification by faith, by faith only, without the deeds of the Law, (without the deeds either of the ceremonial or of the moral law contributing an atom towards the purchase of our justification, the free gift of God through the blood of His Son) is not only to preach with the apostles and with the articles of our church, is not only not to make void the law, but is to establish the law (a), (a) Rom. iii. 31.

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The mode of preaching which, in uniting and incorporating doctrinal with practical instruction, at one time discourses specifically on a doctrine, developes it, establishes it, applies it to the advancement of holiness : at another, leads found doctrine and corresponding practice hand in hand from the commencement to the close : at another, selects a christian or an unchristian disposition, a moral or an immoral practice, as the prominent subject, yet anxiously and manifestly fixes on the Great Corner-stone every part of the superstructure: this I conceive to be the mode, by which a Christian minister may hope the most efficaciously to declare all the counsel of God (b).

(1) Acts, xx. 27.

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I fear, for a degree of complaint; and in more, a colourable pretext for the imputation. I believe that some preachers, shocked on beholding examples, real or supposed, of congregations starving on mere morality substituted for the bread of life ; eager to lay broad and deep the foundations of the gofpel ; and ultimately apprehensive left their own hearers should suspect them of reverting towards legality ; have not given to morals, as fruits of Faith, the station and the amplitude to which they have a scriptural claim. Anxious lest others should mistake, or left they should themselves be deemed to mistake, the branch for the root : not satisfied with proclaiming to the branch, as they were bound habitually to proclaim, Thou bearest not the root; but the 'root thee: they have shrunk from the needful office of tracing the tàmifications. They have not left morality out of their discourses. But they have kept it too much in the background. They have noticed it shortly, generally, incidentally : in a manner which, while perhaps they were eminent as private patterns of moral duties, might not sufficiently guard an unwary hearer against a reduced estimate of practical holiness, nor exempt themselves fromthe suspicion of undervaluing moral obedience. We are conti

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It might be well for some of us to be more distinctly aware that to preach Christian Morality, to preach it in detail, tò take from time to time a specific moral duty for the avowed subject of a sermon, to pursue the duty through its subdivisions, to point out its bearings on the transactions of common life, (be it observed that I speak of morality rendered christian by being unequivocally built on faith in Christ,) is not only not to be legal, but is to strengthen by practical application the impression of doctrinal truth, and to supply to the humble follower of our Lord aid highly important both as to the perception and the discharge of his daily obligations. There are others among us to whom it might be profitable if they were led -clearly to discern, that to preach justification by faith, by faith only, without the deeds of the Law, (without the deeds either of the ceremonial or of the moral law contributing an atom towards the purchase of our justification, the free gift of God through the blood of His Son,) is not only to preach with the apostles and with the articles of our church, is not only not to make void the law, but is to establish the law (a), (9) Rom. iii. 35.

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