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148 THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN. ;{SERM. Ix. him too; for he who is the highest Son of God, is also the holiest of the sons of men ; he who is personally united to the godhead, and is one with his Creator,. is the humblest of every creature. HYMN FOR SERMONVIII. A HOPEFUL YOUTH FALLING SHORT OF HEAVEN. COMMON METRE. THUS far 'tis well : You read, you pray, You hear God's holy word, You hearken what your parents say, And learn to serve the Lord. Your friends are pleas'd to see your ways, Your practice they approve ; Jesus himself would give you praise, And look with eyes of love: But if you quit the paths of truth, To follow foolish fires. And give a loose to giddy youth, With all its wild desires. If you will let your Saviour go, To hold your riches fast; Or hunt for empty joys below, You'll lose your heaven at Iast. The rich young man whom Jesus lov'd Should warn you to forbear ! His love ofearthly treasures prov'd A fatal golden snare. See, gracious God, dear Saviour, see How youth is prone to fall : Teach them to part with all for thee, And love thee more than all. SERMON IX. THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN. COL. iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. THE FIRST PART. DEATH and Life are two words of a solemn and im- portant sound. They carry so much of force and mo- ment in them, as must awaken mankind to attention ; and therefore the Spirit of God often uses them as me- taphors, to express things unseenand spiritual, and to describe the state both of saints and sinners : So that all who are alive on the face of the earth, in the language of scripture, are said to be dead too, but in different senses. Those who are in a state of nature, and under the