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A PRACTICAL EXPOSITION

OF THE PROPHECY RECORDED IN THE 24TH AND 25TH

CHAPTERS OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO

ST. MATTHEW.

WITH A PREFACE,

BY THE

Right Rev. L. SILLIMAN IVES, D.D.

BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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By G. EMLEN HARE,

RECTOR OF TRINITY CHURCH, PRINCETON, N. J.

« from thence, He shall COME to judge the quick and
the dead.”--Apostles' Creed.

6 and He shall COME AGAIN, WITH GLORY,...........whose
kingdom shall have no end.”-Nicene Creed.

Phfladelphia:
PUBLISHED BY HERMAN HOOKER,

N. W. CORNER OF FIFTH AND CHESNUT STS.

1840.

PUBLIC LIBRARY 365623A

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1928

Entered, according to act of congress, in the year 1840,

By HERMAN HOOKER, In the office of the clerk of the District Court of the Eastern

District of Pennsylvania.

T. K. & P. G. Collins, Printers,

No. 1 Lodge Alley.

PREFACE.

The following lectures, delivered in the ordinary course of parochial instruction, and now, through the persuasion of many friends, given to the public, present, with equal justness of argument and vigour of thought and style, a subject, which, whether it be viewed with reference to the prominence given it in Holy Writ, or to its direct and manifest influence upon the Christian character, may be pronounced inferior to few others in the whole circle of sanctifying truth-a subject, which, while it diffuses over every feature of the scheme of man's redemption light and life, directs the eye of the believer chiefly to that period, when the glory of this scheme shall be complete, in the visible and universal triumph over sin and death, of the Divine Deliverer.

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In proportion as the mind is animated by a persuasion of success, will be its preparedness for vigorous, patient, and untiring exertion. This is felt to be a principle of such efficacy, as to have been called in to sustain effort and quicken zeal in all great undertakings. Even the religion of the Son of God, instinct as it is with almighty energy, has not thought this principle unworthy of its regard, in promoting a spirit of magnanimity and endurance in its friends. If we turn to the birthplace of the Christian faith, we may hear the Divine teacher cheering the hearts of the disciples in their hard conflicts with the world, the flesh and the devil by the promise of being, at last, more than conquerors. His first act, as he led them forth, was an act of triumph over the Prince of Darkness* -thus settling their confidence in his power to accomplish the deliverance of his people: while such acts, to the same end, were constantly repeated before their eyes during his earthly ministry. And when he opened to

* See temptation of Christ, Matt. iv. † Matt. viii, 28; ix, 32, et passim.

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