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angel to commune with her-a babe! And now, by the sanctuary of the cradle, all the world is dead to her. All the pleasures of life spring up about that sacred spot. Day and night she toils for the good of that child, and watches with sleepless anxiety over it. This is not felt to be a sacrifice, but a pleasure. Her love makes her self-denying and benevolent. Here was a child that could not be governed. The parents sought with bleeding hearts to control her impetuous nature, and lead her to live for others; but they could not. But the very moment the great power of love was awakened in her soul, and she had an object that absorbed all her affections, her whole nature and life was changed. Such is the power of Christ's love in the soul. When the consciousness that he loves us, dawns in all its beauty on the soul, and we learn to love him; self-sacrifice and toil for him become a pleasure. This love changes the whole current of our being, and raises us to a superiority over outward things. Paul says, "I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound, everywhere and in all things. I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry; both to abound, and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4: 11-13. Such was the great power of love in his soul.

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This is seen in the tremendous efforts, that men make to acquire them. The whole world is running after them. Riches are desirable. They bring with them the refinements of life, and are necessary to the salvation and happiness of the world. It is not so much riches themselves that men seek after, as some

thing to be derived from them. It is the pleasures, happiness, and advantages that they are supposed to confer upon their possessors, that make men seek them. In Christ is treasured up all that men desire when they seek riches. He brings durable riches. He came into the world to make man rich. "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." 2 Cor. 8: 9. This was done that we might have the eternal riches of God's everlasting favor. This includes:

1st. A present interest in Christ. Paul says, "God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Col. 1: 27. The man who has Christ in him "the hope of glory," and has not a farthing in the world, is a richer man than the unconverted King who commands the wealth of an Empire. "Do you see these extended fields ?" said the owner of a vast plantation, to a friend; "they are all mine-all this is mine." "Do you see yonder poor cottage?" was the reply of the friend, as he directed his attention to the abode of a poor widow. "She has more than all this. She has Christ as her portion; and that is more than all." An interest in the Redeemer is of more value than the wealth of the universe.

2d. A personal interest in Christ, seems to us the heirship to an eternal inheritance in Heaven. "If children, then heirs heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ

if so be, that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Rom. 8: 17. Christ is "heir of all things." Heb. 1: 2. The christian is a jointheir with Him to an everlasting inheritance in Heav

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A crown, a throne awaits him in Heaven; and to raise Him to this exalted state, Christ became poor. Peter rejoiced in hope of this inheritance, and in the fulness of his soul exclaimed: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away; reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Pet., 1: 3-5. Moses understood the value of the riches treasured up in Christ, and "when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of reward." Heb. 11:24-26.

5th. All men desire honor.

How hard men struggle to secure the honors of station and power, throne and empire. To encircle their brows with the garland of honor, men have turned the world upside down, and deluged the earth with blood. For honor Alexander the Great over ran the civilized world, scattered the firebrands of misery broad cast into the bosom of society; Cesar sacrificed the liberty of his country, and Bonaparte left the bones of seven millions of his fellow beings to whiten on the field of battle, over which he swept as a thunder bolt of destruction. True and permanent honor comes from Christ. He honors the people here with his presence and power, and he will honor them in death.

What great honors he bestowed upon the poor beggar. This unfortunate man was left by his fellow men unprovided for in the hour of death. No earthly friends were there, save the dogs, to comfort him in that dreary hour; but God honored him. He sent his angels to waft his disembodied spirit up to the bosom of Abraham. It is said of one of the kings of Egypt? that he rode in a chariot drawn by princes of the royal blood; but the Christian is more highly honored than this. Bright angels came from heaven to conduct him home to his mansion of rest. "The beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom." The Christian will be honored in the day of judgment by the mighty judge of quick and dead."The King shall say unto them on his right hand, come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matt., 25: 34. He will own them as his disciples and friends, and honor them as such before the assembled universe. They will be honored in heaven. We would regard it as an honor to be acknowledged by a powerful King as his friend, and have a seat with him. on his throne; and the world would look upon us as the favored children of fortune. A higher honor than this awaits the Christian in heaven. He shall have a seat on the right hand of the "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." "Christ says, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Rev 3: 21. "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor." Joh., 12: 26. The Christian shall be honored with a body fashioned like unto Christ's glo

rious body. "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." 1 Cor., 15: 53. What a glorious honor. 6th. All men desire immortality.

Man clings to this life, yet he desires a future life. Who does not desire another state of being? This desire is interwoven in our very nature. We desire it for ourselves and for our children. This has been the great desire of all nations in all ages; but they were shrouded in darkness on this subject. The most gloomy notions of the future life prevailed, and it was rather a conjecture than a hope. Christ has met this great desire of all nations. He "hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel." He has promised it to all his followers. "This is the will of him that sent me," said Christ, "That every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." Joh., 6: 40. He is able to accomplish all that he promises, and none need fear to put their trust in him. Without this glorious hope of a future life, how wretched our condition would be. What would be the feelings of parent's as they hang in sorrow over the grave of their children, if it was not for the hope that they have in Jesus. An incident occurred in one of the Indian wars that illustrates this thought. During the absence of the parents, a family of children were carried away by the savages. The hearts of the parents were torn with anguish and sorrow. An officer and his troops offered their assistThey attempted to rescue the children, but failed. The father and mother waited in trembling anxiety to know the fate of their little ones. When the father learned the result of the battle he

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