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him on the one hand to the displeasure of God that rests upon all who are guilty of these sins, and the awful anguish and misery to which they will lead him; and on the other hand to the great love with which God regards the pure in heart, and the rich reward he will bestow upon them in heaven.

Christ also sends the Divine Spirit to aid the christian in his struggles with sin. He said to his disciples: "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send him unto you. He will guide you into all truth. John 16: 13. "The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom. 8: 26. The Divine Spirit inspires the soul with strength to resist evil, and "helpeth our infirmities" by bringing to our mind the precious truths and promises of Christ's Gospel.

He delivers from death by taking away its sting, and from the grave its victory. The sting of death is sin, and the reason why men fear it, is the consciousness of sin. Christ takes away this sting by pardoning the sin. What the penitent soul yearns for, is the assurance of pardon and acceptance with God. This alone can bring hope and peace to the soul. Christ gives this assurance in the promises of his word, and points the trembling soul to the Father's love, and to that home beyond the swelling tide, where death never This takes away the sting of death and enables the Christian to sing with everlasting exultation, "O death where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?" Thousands have experienced this power of our King to deliver us from the sting of death.

comes.

During the splendid epoch of Leo Xth, lived the brilliant, amiable, and accomplished young Italian woman, Olympia Moratta, whose learning and loveliness was an ornament to her age. She was persecuted by the Romish tyranny for honoring King Jesus above a polluted Priesthood. She was robbed of her property, driven into exile, and subjected to the most cruel treatment. After she had been the delicate nurstling and pride of courts and letters, she was compelled to fly across the stormy fields of Bavaria, with bare and bleeding feet. Bent under the roughness of fortune, and exhausted with terrible suffering, she quietly lay down to die, To one of her noble friends in Italy she wrote: "Let the word of God be the rule of thy life, the lamp upon thy path, and thou wilt not stumble." As the purple flood of life ebbed in her thin and white frame, she said, "I desire to die, because I know the secret of death. The cunning mechanism is near to its dissolution. I desire to die that I may be with Christ, and find in him eternal life. Do not be disturbed at my death, for I shall conquer in the end. I desire to depart and be with Christ." The sting of death was gone, and she had no fears of the future.

Against evil men and angels, Christ affords the Christian a sure protection. True, he does not prevent them from being tempted, nor deliver them from all suffering in this life. These things are designed for their good. They are the fire that is to refine and purify the gold and silver and fit them for the master's use. As the floralist sometimes puts the rose in a dark damp place until the leaves grow yellow and fall off, and then brings it out into the refreshing light of day, that it may bud all the more beautifully and emit a richer fragrance; so God permits his people to pass

through the furnace of affliction that they may come out all the brighter and more fragrant with the heavenly graces of the Holy Spirit.

Though the Christian is thus tried and tempted, yet in Christ there is everlasting strength. In his arms he can find a safe retreat from the storms of life. 2. That he might bestow eternal life on all his people. In solemn prayer to his Father, Christ said: "Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17: 2. From this we learn that one object of giving this dominion to Christ, was that he might give immortal life to all his disciples. "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son of man quickeneth whom he will. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. For the hour is coming in the which all that are in their graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5: 21-2428-29. Christ said, "My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me, and I will give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand." John 10: 27-28.

He will change and fashion their bodies, like unto his own glorious body. He will take away, in death, this mortal body, and give them a spiritual and immortal body. "As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." 1 Cor. 15-49. We shall all be made like our King. The humblest subject in his kingdom shall be like him.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." 1st John 3: 2.

This is the only kingdom in which the subjects shall all be made like the King. In all other kingdoms, the subjects are not, and cannot become like their Kings. Many of them are, and will remain poor, and subject to sufferings; but in this kingdom all its subjects will be made rich, and shall be elevated to a seat with the King. To him that overcometh," said Christ, "will I grant to sit with me, in my throne, even as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Rev. 3: 21.

IV.

The characteristics of our King.

1st. He is the Son of God.

David asks the question, "Who is the King of glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory." Psal. 24 10. This King of Glory is the only begotton Son of God. When our Heavenly Father selected a King to rule over us, he did not choose one from the angel ranks. There were many bright spirits there, but he went beyond them and appointed one far above them. in nature and rank. This evinces his love and regard for man. Had he not loved and felt for man a deep and obliging interest he would not have appointed his Son to this office.

2d. He can fully sympathize with all his subjects in ̧ their sorrows and trials.

Earthly kings cannot do this. They are born into the world in the midst of riches, grandeur, and glory, and are surrounded from infancy with all that wealth and power can secure, to administer to their happiness. They know nothing, from experience, about the trials and

sufferings of poverty, and the many difficulties that the mass of their subjects have to encounter, to secure even the necessary blessings of life. The want of this makes many of them hard and unsympathizing toward their subjects; but our Heavenly King, in order that he might be fully prepared to understand the condition and sympathize with the subjects of his Kingdom, became poor as the poorest of them, and was tried in all points as they are. This qualifies him to sympathize with them in all their sorrows and difficulties in life. They all alike, share in his sympathy. The humblest subject of his Kingdom has as warm a place in his heart as the highest, and he has the blessed assurance that in his deepest distress, his King sympathizes with him. He knows the true condition of every one of them; his heart yearns over them in love. This is a comforting and elevating thought. If an humble peasant in the Empire of Russia knew that the Emperor loved and felt a personal interest in him, sympathized with him in all his sorrows, it would awaken new life in his soul and comfort him; but how much more inspiring and comforting the thought that King Jesus loves and sympathizes with us in all the adverse storms of life.

3d. He is always present with his subjects, and ever able to defend them from all their enemies.

However much a king may love his subjects, and desire to protect them, he cannot always be with them; and indeed he can be present with but very few of them at once. Many parts of his empire lie far from his capitol, and may be invaded by an enemy and ravaged before he is aware of it; but it is not so with our King; He is ever present with his subjects in his love, ever knowing their situation, and has it in his power

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