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vation, through the finished work of the expresses it, " with every wind of docMediator. And it will be our chief bu- trine;" and whatever, therefore, tends siness to engage you with the meta- to the keeping us in the right faith, in phorical description which the apostle spite of gusts of error, must deserve gives of this hope, and thus aptly to in- to be characterized as an anchor of the troduce the peculiar claims of the Float- soul. But, we may unhesitatingly deing Church. St. Paul likens this hope clare, that there is a power, the very to an anchor; and then declares of this strongest, in the hope of salvation anchor, or the hope, that it "entereth through Christ, of enabling us to stand into that within the veil." Let these firm against the incursions of heresy. be our topics of discourse :

The man who has this hope will have The first, that the christian's hope is no ear for doctrines which, in the least as an anchor to his soul.

degree, depreciate the person or work The second, that this hope, or this of the Mediator. You take away from anchor, "entereth into that within the him all that he holds most precious, if veil."

you could once shake his belief in the I. Now the idea which is immediate atonement. It is not that he is afraid of ly suggested by this metaphor of the examining the grounds of his own conanchor is that of our being exposed to fidence; it is, that, having well examgreat moral peril, tossed on rough wa. ined them, and certified himself as to ters, and in danger of making shipwreck their being irreversible, his confidence of our faith. And we must be well a- has become wound up, as it were, with ware, if at all acquainted with ourselves his being; and it is like assaulting his and our circumstances, that such idea existence, to assault his hope. The is in every respect accurate, and that hope pre-supposes faith in the Savior; the imagery of a tempest-tossed ship, and faith has reasons for the persuasion girt about by the rock and the quick- that Jesus is God's Son, and "able to sand, as well as beaten by the hurri- save to the uttermost :" and though the cane, gives no exaggerated picture of individual is ready enough to probe the believer in Christ, as opposition, these reasons, and to bring them to under various forms, labors at his ruin. any fitting criterion, it is evident, that We are not, indeed, concerned at pre- where faith has once taken possession, sent with delineating the progress, but and generated hope, he has so direct only the steadfastness of the christian; and overwhelming an interest in holdbut here, also, the ocean, with its waves ing sast truth, that it must be more than and its navies, furnishes the aptest of a precious objection, or a well-turned figures. If there be any principle, or cavil, which will prevail to the loosenset of principles, which keeps the chris- ing of his grasp. And therefore do we tian firm and immovable amid the trials affirm of the hope of salvation, that he and tempests, which, like billows and who has it, is little likely to be carried winds, beat on him furiously, it is evi- about with every wind of doctrine. We dent that we may fairly liken that prin scarcely dare think that those who are ciple, or that set of principles, to the christians only in profession and theoanchor, which holds the ship fast, whilst ry, would retain truth without waverthe elements are raging, and enables ing, if exposed to the machinations of her to ride out in safety the storm. insidious reasoners. They do not feel And all, therefore, that is necessary, in their everlasting portion so dependent order to the vindicating the metaphor on the doctrine of redemption through of our text is, the showing that the the blood and righteousness of a Sure. hope of which St. Paul speaks is just ty, that, to shake this doctrine, is to calculated for the giving the christian make them castaways for eternity; and this fixedness, and thus preventing his therefore, neither can they oppose that being driven on the rock, or drawn in- resistance to assault which will be ofto the whirlpool.

fered by others who know that it is There are several, and all simple their immortality they are called to surmodes, in which it may be shown that render. You may look, then, on an indisuch is the property of this hope. We vidual, who, apparently unprepared for first observe, that there is great risk of a vigorous defence of his creed, is yet our being carried about, as an apostle I not to be overborne by the strongest onset of heresy. And you may think | by the strength of reason, and not to account for his firmness by resolv- through the might of mental energy, ing it into a kind of obstinacy, which that moral shipwreck is avoided; but makes him inaccessible to argument; that a hope of salvation will keep the and thus take from his constancy all vessel firm when all the cables which moral excellence, by representing it as man weaves for himself have given imperviousness to all moral attack. But way like tow; and that thus, in the we have a better explanation to pro- wildest of the storms which evil men pose; one which does not proceed on and evil angels can raise, this hope the unwarranted assumption, that there will verify the apostle's description, must be insensibility where there has that it is an anchor of the soul, and not been defeat. We know of the indi- that, too, sure and steadfast. vidual, that he has fled for refuge to But there are other respects in which lay hold on the hope set before him in it may be equally shown, that there is the Gospel. And you may say of hope, a direct tendency in christian hope to that it is a shadowy and airy thing, not the promoting christian steadfastness. adapted to the keeping man firm ; but We observe, next, that a believer in we assert, on the contrary, of the hope Christ is in as much danger of being of salvation, that he who has grasped moved by the trials with which he it, feels that he has grasped what is meets, as by attacks upon his faith. substantial and indestructible; and that But he has a growing consciousness henceforward, to wrench away this that "all things work together for hope would be like wrenching away good," and therefore an increasing subthe rafter from the drowning man, who missivenessin the season of tribulation, knows that, if he loosen his hold, he or an ever-strengthening adherence must perish in the waters. Ay, the to God, as to a father. And that which hope is too precious to be tamely sur contributes, perhaps more than aught rendered. It has animated him too besides, to the producing this adhemuch, and cheered him too much, and rence, is the hope on which the chrissustained him too much, to be given tian lays hold. If you study the lanup otherwise than inch by inch-every guage of David when in trouble, you fraction of the truths on which it rests will find that it was hope by which he being disputed for, with that vehemence was sustained. He describes himself in of purpose which proves the conscious- terms which accurately correspond to ness that with defeat can come nothing the imagery of our text. "Deep call. but despair. And therefore is it that so cth unto deep at the noise of thy walittle way is made by the teacher of in- terspouts; all thy waves and thy bilfidelity and error. He is striving to pre- lows are gone over me.” But when vail on the individual he attacks, to the tempest was thus at its height, throw away, as worthless, a treasure and every thing seemed to conspire to which he would not change for what- overwhelm and destroy him, he could soever earth can proffer of the rich and yet say, "Why art thou cast down, O the glorious; and where is the marvel, my soul! and why art thou disquieted if he find himself resisted with the de- within me? Hope thou in God; for I termination of one who wrestles for his shall yet praise Him, who is the health all ? You may liken, then, the believer of my countenance, and my God.” It in Christ to a vessel launched on trou is hope, you observe, to which he turns, bled waters, and you may consider as the principle through which the soul scepticism and false doctrine as the might best brave the hurricane. And storms which threaten him with ship. can we wonder that a hope, such as wreck. And when you express surprise that of the believer in Christ, should so that a bark, which seems so frail, and contribute to the steadfastness of its so poorly equipped against the tem- possessor, that the winds may buffet pesi, should ride out the hurricane, him, and the floods beat against him, whilst others, a thousand times better and yet he remains firm, like the wellfurnished with all the resources of in- anchored vessel ? He knew that, in tellectual seamanship, drive from their throwing in his lot with the followers moorings, and perish on the quicksand; of Jesus, he was consenting to a life we have only to tell you, that it is not of stern moral discipline, and that he

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must be prepared for a more than or- of these things move him ; for hope
dinary share of those chastisements assures him that his " light affliction,
from which nature recoils. And why, which is but for a moment, worketh
forewarned as he thus was of what for him a far more exceeding and
would be met with in a christian course, eternal weight of glory.” Is it death,
did he adventure on the profession of a which, advancing in its awfulness,
religion that was to multiply his trou-would beat down his confidence, and
bles? Why embarked he on an ocean, snap his cordage, and send him adrift?
swept by fiercer winds, and arched with His hope is a hope full of immorta-
darker skies, when he might have sha- lity: he knows "in whom he hath be-
ped his voyage over less agitated wa- lieved, and is persuaded that he is
ters? We need not tell you, that he able to keep that which he hath com-
has heard of a bright land, which is mitted unto him against that day.”
only to be reached by launching forth And thus, from whatever point the
on the boisterous sea. We need not tempest rages, there is a power in
tell you, that he assured himself, upon that hope which God hath implanted,
evidence which admits no dispute, that of holding fast the christian, and pre-
there is no safety for a vessel freighted venting his casting away that confi-
with immortality, unless she be tem- dence which hath great recompense
pest-tossed; and that, though there of reward. We can bid you look upon
may be a smoother expanse, dotted him, when, on every human calcula-
with islands which seem clad with a tion, so fierce is the hurricane, and so
richer verdure, and sparkling with a wrought are the waves into madness,
sunshine which is more cheering to there would seem no likelihood of his
the senses of the mariner, yet that it avoiding the making shipwreck of his
is on the lake, thus sleeping in its faith. And when you find, that, in place
beauty, that the ship is in most peril; of being stranded or engulfed, he re-
and that if the lake be changed for the sists the wild onset, and, if he do not
wild broad ocean, then only will a home for the moment advance, keeps the
be reached where no storm rages, and way he has made, oh! then we have
no clouds darken, but where, in one an easy answer to give to inquiries
unbroken tranquillity, those who have as to the causes of this unexpected
braved the moral tempest will repose steadfastness. We do not deny the
eternally in the light of God's counte- strength of the storm, and the might
nance. It is hope, then, by which the of the waters; but we tell you of a
christian was animated, when taking hope which grows stronger and stron-
his resolve to breast the fury of every ger as tribulation increases : stronger,
adversary, and embrace a religion which because sorrow is the known disci-
told him that in the world he should pline for the enjoyment of the object
have tribulation. And when the tribu- of this hope; stronger, because the
lation comes, and the crested waves proved worthlessness of what is earth-
are swelling higher and higher, why ly serves to fix the affections more
should you expect him to be driven firmly on what is heavenly; stronger,
back, or swallowed up? Is it the loss inasmuch as there are promises of God,
of property with which he is visited, which seem composed on purpose for
and which threatens to shake his de- the season of trouble, and which, then
pendance upon God ? Hope whispers grasped by faith, throw new vigor into
that he has in heaven an enduring hope. And certainly, if we may affirm
substance; and he takes joyfully the all this of the hope of a christian,
spoiling of his goods. Is it the loss of there is no room for wonder that he
friends? He sorrows not even as rides out the hurricane; for such hope
others which have no hope,” but is is manifestly an anchor of the soul,
comforted by the knowledge, that and that, too, sure and steadfast.
"them also which sleep in Jesus will We go on to observe, that the chris-
God bring with him.” Is it sickness-tian is exposed to great varieties of
is it the treachery of friends-is it temptation : the passions of an evil na-
the failure of cherished plans, which ture, and the enticements of a "world
hangs the firmament with blackness, which lieth in wickedness,” conspire
and works the waters into fury? None to draw him aside from righteousness,

and force him back to the habits and And therefore,-to bring the matter scenes which he has professedly aban- again under the figure of our text,doned. The danger of spiritual ship- we can declare of hope, that it miniswreck would be comparatively small, ters to christian steadfastness, when the if the sea on which he voyages were temptations of the world, the flesh, and swept by no storms but those of sor- the devil, combine to produce waverrow and persecution. The risk is far ing and inconstancy. Again we liken greater, when he is assaulted by the the christian to a ship, and the temptasolicitations of his own lusts, and the tions by which he is met to a tempest, corrupt affections of his nature are which threatens to drive him back, and plied with their correspondent objects. cast him a wreck upon the shore. And And though it too often happens that it would avail nothing that he was furhe is overcome by temptation, we are nished with the anchors, if such they sure, that, if he kept hope in exercise, may be called, of a philosophic love of he would not be moved by the plead- virtue, of a feeling that vice is degradings of the flesh and the world. Let ing to man, and of a general opinion hope be in vigor, and the christian's that God may possibly approve selfmind is fixed on a portion which he denial. If these held the ship at first, can neither measure by his imagina- they would quickly give way, when tion, nor be deprived of by his ene. the storm of evil passion grew towards mies. He is already in a city which its height. But hope—the hope of a hath no need of the sun, neither of the heaven into which shall enter nothing moon; whose walls are of jasper, and that defileth; the hope of joys as pure whose streets of gold. Already he as they are lofty, and as spiritual as joins the general assembly and church they are abiding; the hope of what the of the first-born-already is he the eye hath not seen, and the ear hath equal of angels—already is he advanc- not heard, but which can be neither ating with a shining company, which no tained nor enjoyed without holinessman can number, towards the throne of this hope, we say, is a christian's sheetGod and of the Lamb, and beholding anchor in the hurricane of temptation; face to face the Creator and Redeemer, and if he use this hope, in his endeaand bursting into an ecstasy of adora- vors to bear up against the elements, tion, as the magnificence of Deity is he shall, by God's help, weather the more and more developed. And now, worst moral storm; and then, when the if, at a time such as this,—when it may sky is again bright, and the mighty almost be said that he has entered the billows have subsided, and the vessel haven, that he breathes the fragrance, again spreads her canvass, oh! he shall and gazes on the loveliness, and shares gratefully and rejoicingly confess of the delights of the Paradise of God,- this hope, that it is an anchor of the he be solicited to the indulgence of a soul, and that, too, sure and steadfast. lust, the sacrifice of a principle, or the II. Now, throughout these illustrapursuit of a bauble,-can you think the tions we have rather assumed than likelihood to be great that he will be proved that christian hope is of a namastered by the temptation, that he ture widely different from that of any will return, at the summons of some other. But it will be easily seen that low passion, from his splendid excur- we have claimed for it nothing beyond sion, and defile himself with the impu- the truth, if we examine, in the second rities of earth? Oh! we can be confi- place, the apostle's statement in regard dent—and the truth is so evident as of a christian's hope, that it " entereth not to need proof-that, in proportion into that within the veil.” The alluas a man is anticipating the pleasures sion is undoubtedly to the veil, or curof eternity, he will be firm in his re- tain, which separated the holy place solve of abstaining from the pleasures from the holy of holies in the temple of sin. We can be confident, that if at Jerusalem. By the holy of holies hope, the hope set before us in the was typified the scene of God's immeGospel, be earnestly clung to, there diate presence, into which Christ enwill be no room in the grasp for the tered when the days of his humiliation glittering toys with which Satan would were ended. And hence we understand bribe us to throw away our eternity. by the hope, or the anchor, entering within the veil, that, in believing upon them, driving them hither and thither, Jesus, we fasten ourselves, as it were, like ships without ballast. But it is not to the realities of the invisible world. thus with a hope which entereth withThis throws new and great light on the in the veil. Within the veil are laid simile of our text. It appears that the up joys and possessions which are more christian, whilst tossing on a tempes- than commensurate with men's capatuous sea, is fast bound to another cities for happiness, when stretched to scene of being; and that, whilst the the utmost. Within the veil is a glory, vessel is on the waters of time, the an- such as was never proposed by ambichor is on the rock of eternity. And it tion in its most daring flight; and a is not possible that the soul should find wealth, such as never passed before safe anchorage without the veil. Con- avarice in its most golden dreams; scious as she is, and often forced to al- and delights, such as imagination, when low scope to the consciousness, that employed in delineating the most exshe is not to perish with the body, she quisite pleasures, hath never been able may strive, indeed, to attach herself to array. And let hope fasten on this firmly to terrestrial things; but an glory, this wealth, these delights, and overgrown restlessness will prove that presently the soul, as though she felt she has cast her anchor where it can that the objects of desire were as amnot gain a hold. If we were merely ple as herself, acquires a fixedness of intellectual beings, and not also im- purpose, a steadiness of aim, a commortal, the case might be different. bination of energies, which contrast There might be an anchor of the mind, strangely with the inconstancy, the vawhich entered not into that within the cillation, the distraction, which have veil, of strength enough, and tenacity made her hitherto the sport of every enough, to produce steadfastness amid wind and every wave. The object of the fluctuations of life. But immortal hope being immeasurable, inexhaustias we are, as well as intellectual, the ble, hope clings to this object with a anchor of the soul must be dropped in tenacity which it cannot manifest when the waters of the boundless hereafter. grasping only the insignificant and unAnd when, after vain efforts to pre- substaniial; and thus the soul is bound, serve herself from wreck and disquie- we might almost say indissolubly, to tude, by fixing her hope on things the unchangeable realities of the inhewhich perish with the using, she is ritance of the saints. And can you taught of God to make heaven and its marvel, if, with her anchor thus dropglories the object of expectation, then ped within the veil, she is not to be it is as though she had let down her driven from her course by the wildest anchor to the very base of the ever- of the storms which yet rage without ? lasting hills, and a mighty hold is gain- Besides, within the veil is an Intercesed, and the worst tempest may be de- sor, whose pleadings insure that these fied. The soul which is thus anchored objects of hope shall be finally attainin eternity, is like the vessel which a ed. There is something exquisitely stanch cable binds to the distant shore beautiful in the idea, that the anchor and which gradually warps itself into has not been dropped in the rough waharbor. There is at once what will ters which the christian has to navikeep her steadfast in the storm, and ad- gate. The anchor rests where there is vance her towards the haven. Who one eternal calm, and its hold is on a knows not that the dissatisfaction rock, which no action of the waves can which men always experience whilst wear down. You may say of christian engaged in the pursuit of earthly good, hope, that it is a principle which gives arises mainly from a vast dispropor- fixedness to the soul, because it can aption between their capacities for hap- peal to an ever-living, ever-prevalent piness, and that material of happiness Intercessor, who is pledged to make with which they think to fill them? good its amplest expectations. It is What they hope for is some good, re- the hope of joys which have been purspecting which they might be certain, chased at a cost which it is not possithat, if attained, it will only disappoint. ble to compute, and which are deliAnd therefore is it, that in place of vered into a guardianship which it is being as an anchor, hope itself agitates not possible to defeat. It is the hope

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