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SER. IV.
ON HUMAN AGENCY IN
Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1 Tim. iii. 16.

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the

trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." 1 Cor. xv. 51-53.




EXTRACT IV.

On human agency in the work of salvation.

"We are not to look to man to know the will of God, and if we are not to look to man, then certainly not to that which is less than man, the writings of man. We must turn in, to the witness for God in our own hearts. For it is a great truth, that what is to be known of God is manifested only in man. There is the place that he manifests himself. He dont speak to us carnal, animal, outward creatures. He does not speak to our outward senses.'—'He is only known and found in the still small voice, like that which said to Elijah, 'What doest thou here, Elijah.'" pp. 90, 91.

The inefficacy of all human means, without divine aid, is admitted by all true Christians; but that human means are employed and made effectual, through divine aid, in bringing men to the knowledge of God, and of eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, is written as with a sunbeam in the inspired pages of the Gospel revelation. It is plainly the way, which he who is infinite in wisdom, has chosen, for the