|He is Faithful that Promised.|
|When the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.| -- 1 PETER v.4.
A Crown of Life.
What! is the beggar to be |raised from the dunghill, set among princes, and made to inherit a throne of glory?| is dust and ashes, a puny rebel, a guilty traitor, to be pitied, pardoned, loved, exalted from the depths of despair, raised to the heights of Heaven -- gifted with kingly honour -- royally fed -- royally clothed -- royally attended -- and, at last, royally crowned? O my soul, look forward with joyous emotion to that day of wonders, when He whose head shall be crowned with many crowns, shall be the dispenser of royal diadems to His people; and when they shall begin the joyful ascription of all eternity, |Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us KINGS -- -- ; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.| Wilt thou not be among the number? Shall the princes and monarchs of the earth wade through seas of blood for a corruptible crown; and wilt thou permit thyself to lose the incorruptible, or barter it for some perishable nothings of earth? Oh! that thou wouldst awake to thy high destiny, and live up to thy transcendant privileges as the citizen of a Kingly Commonwealth, a member of the blood-royal of Heaven. What wouldst thou not sacrifice, -- what effort wouldst thou grudge, if thou wert included at last in the gracious benediction, |Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world?|
|REMEMBER THIS WORD UNTO THY SERVANT, UPON
WHICH THOU HAST CAUSED ME TO HOPE!|