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Page 256 of Life of William Ellery Channing, D.D.

2.56 SPIRITUAL GROWTH. [LET. 3442. they give a new complexion to the mind which truly imbibes them. They are not mere speculative principles. They are suited to move and actuate the soul to its centre, to have a powerful operation on thle affections and the life, and therefore they should often be revolved. The heart which is truly imbued with them rises to Christ with a grateful and affectionate veneration which is felt for no earthly friend. There is something peculiarly affecting in the idea of a love, a philanthropy, living and operating throughl ages, and looking down from heaven with an unbroken tenderness on a race like ours.... I close with observing, that a mind conversant with these views of Christ acquires a vigor of hope, and a fulness of joy, which can be derived from no other source. Our hope of the heavenly world is nourished by no views so effectually as by these. That world, so pure, so distant, so unseen, thougTh believed by us to exist, is not easily conceived of as designed to be our future dwelling. It is by bringing it home to thle heart. that Jesus is there, that Jesus in our nature is there, that he is there as a friend, and forerunner, and advocate, - it is by cherishing these views that heaven is brough1t nigh to us, that hope acquires courage an d strenogth to ascend to that pure and eternal state. It is possible, by the aid which these views of Christ can give, to obtain a conviction of the future glory of human nature, altogether dlifferent from that vague and cold be- lief which the multitude possess, -a conviction which plartakes of the viviidness of immediate perception." 1816. TIHE KINGDOM OF IIEAVEN. " ChliSt came to establish an empire of benevolence, peace, charity, on the ruins of malice, war, and discord. The work of diffusing good-will tlhrough a world of free and voluntary agents must of necessity be gradual, and, like all the great purposes of God, must adlvanee with a slow and silent progress. But this work has been in a degree accomp)lished by Jesus; and what is more, there is a very remarkable adaptation in his whole character to this office of spreadhig peace on earth,- such an adaptation as prov-es him to be the predicted Pacijfcator of the Worldc... . . "At the thought of this reign of benevolence, the whole earth seems to me to burst forth into rejoicing. I see the arts and civil- ization spreading gladness over deserted regions, and clothing the wilderness with beauty. Nations united in a league of philan- thropv advance with constantly accelerating steps in knowledge and power. I see stupendous plans accomplished, occans united, distant regions connected, and every climate contributing its pro-

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