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Heb. IX. 13, 14.-If the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The law of Moses was but a shadow of good things to come. It could do little more than watch over the infancy of true religion, and keep alive the hope of a new and far better dispensation. It consulted the infirmities of man; it wore a drapery adapted to his senses ; its rites belonged to the twilight of an early age; and all its types were designed only to prefigure the realities of a brighter and more glorious era. It was but a pioneer of Christianity; a schoolmaster to teach a few of its elementary principles, and thus prepare mankind for a prompt and cordial reception of the Gospel.

But aside from this prospective connection with Christianity, had the ritual of Moses any power to sanctify and save? It did indeed prescribe rites to cleanse the body from ceremonial impurities; but could it purify the soul, and provide an antidote, or anodyne, for the anguish of a wounded spirit? It taught that without the shedding of blood there could be no remission of sins ; but was it possible for the blood of bulls and of goats to take away the sting of guilt? Could all the gifts and sacrifices, prescribed in the law of Moses, make the comers thereunto perfect, and disarm a guilty and exasperated conscience of its power to disturb the sinner's peace? No; the

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blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, could sanctify only to the purifying of the flesh; but the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself a spotless victim for the sins of mankind, speaketh far better things than the blood of ancient sacrifices, and has a power to purge the conscience from dead works, and put an end for ever in the believer's bosom to those pangs of remorse which so naturally attend the commission of sin.

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Let us then dwell on this grand peculiarity of the Gospel, and consider THE INFLUENCE OF THE ATONEMENT IN RELIEVING THE BELIEVER'S conSCIENCE FROM THE ANGUISH OF REMORSE, and thus preparing him to serve and enjoy God for ever.

We are all more or less acquainted with the nature of remorse. It is the natural consequence of sin. It is inseparable from guilt, and springs from the very constitution of man.

“No being, once created rational,
With sapience of right and wrong endowed,
However drunk, delirious and mad
With sin's full cup, or with whatever cursed,
Unnatural diligence he work and toil,
Can banish goodness from his sight, or once
Forget that she is fair. Hides he in night,
In central night? Takes he the lightning's wing,
And flies for ever on beyond the bounds
Of all? Drinks he the maddest cup of sin ?
Dives he beneath the ocean of despair ?
He dives, he drinks, he flies, he hides in vain;
For still the eternal beauty, image fair!
Once stamped upon the soul, before the eye
All lovely stands, and as he looks, and must
For ever look upon her loveliness,
Remembrance dire of what he was, of what
He might have been, and bitter sense of what
He is, polluted, ruined, hopeless, lost,
With most repenting torment rend his heart."

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Every where may we discover the traces of a guilty conscience. Why did the heathen offer the fruit of their bodies for the sin of their souls ? Why did even the mother throw her own child into the burning arms of Moloch, and smile with a sort of fiendish satisfaction as she saw the flames curling around it, and heard its last expiring shriek? Why do pagans still continue these inhuman sacrifices, and inflict on themselves tortures suffi. cient to make a savage shudder and weep? It is all to satisfy the demands

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