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SERMON I.

THE MIND THAT WAS IN CHRIST.

Good Friday.

PHILIP. ii. 5-8. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ

Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

THE provision of an atonement for the sins of the world, must be considered as the primary object of the sufferings and death of the Son of God : “He hath once suffered, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God.” And this object will never be regarded without the deepest emotion,

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and liveliest gratitude and love, by any man sensible at once of the perils to which he has been exposed by sin, and the joys to which he is invited by his Redeemer.

For the accomplishment of this end, however, it is obvious that the protracted residence of our Lord upon earth was not essential. It was enough that he should present himself, either here, or possibly in some other sphere of existence, as a victim to the righteous indignation of God, and then

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back into the world of glory and joy, in which he originally dwelt. Instead of this, he condescended to abide among us; to share the various trials of human nature; and, in the successive stages of his earthly affliction, to exhibit to his creatures the brightest example of suffering patience, perseverance, and love. These circumstances, in themselves, and independent of the statements of Scripture, might serve to assure us, that the long-continued sufferings of our Lord upon earth had another object--namely, that of leaving an example, that we should follow

his steps.

It isin this last point of view that I am

more especially desirous, on the present occasion, of contemplating the sufferings and death of the Son of God': and I beg for your attention while I proceed,

I. To consider the GENERAL CON

MAND CONTAINED IN THE TEXT; II. To examine the ILLUSTRATION

WHICH IS GIVEN of that com

mand; and, III. To make a PRACTICAL USE of the

whole subject.

Unite with me, my Christian brethren, in praying that the compassionate Lord, to whose glory. this text is so especially dedicated, may be with us through every part of our inquiry.

I. In the first place, we are to consider the GENERAL COMMAND which is conTAINED IN THE 'TEXT. It is conveyed in these few words; “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."

1. These words must be considered as enjoining upon us, in the first place, a deep and constant regard to the state of

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