Sermon 10. The Kingly Priesthood of the Saints
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, January 28th, 1855, by the
REV. C.H. SPURGEON
At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.
"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth."-Revelation 5:10.
MUSIC HATH Charms." I am sure sacred music has; for I have felt something of its charms whilst we have been singing that glorioushymn just now. There is a potency in harmony; there is a magic power in melody, which either melts the soul to pity, or liftsit up to joy unspeakable. I do not know how it may be with some minds; they possibly may resist the influence of singing;but I cannot. When the saints of God, in full chorus, "chaunt the solemn lay," and when I hearsweet syllables fall from their lips, keeping measure and time, then I feel elevated; and, forgetting for a time everythingterrestrial, I soar aloft towards heaven. If such be the sweetness of the music of the saints below, where there is much ofdiscord and sin to mar the harmony, how sweet must it be to sing above, with cherubim and seraphim. Oh, what songs must thosebe which the Eternal ever hears upon his throne! What seraphic sonnets must those be which are thrilled from the lips of pureimmortals, untainted by a sin, unmingled with a groan: where they warble ever hymns of joy and gladness, never intermingledwith one sigh, or groan, or worldly care. Happy songsters! When shall I your chorus join? There is one of your hymns thatruns-
"Hark! how they sing before the throne!"
and I have sometimes thought I could "hark! how they sing before the throne." I have imagined that I could hear the full burstof the swell of the chorus, when it pealed from heaven like mighty thunders, and the sound of many waters, and have almostheard those full-toned strains, when the harpers harped with their harps be fore the throne of God; alas, it was but imagination.We cannot hear it now; these ears are not fitted for such music; these souls could not becontained in the body, if we were once to hear some stray note from the harps of angels. We must wait till we get up yonder.Then, purified, like silver seven times, from the defilement of earth, washed in our Saviour's precious blood, sanctifiedby the purifying influence of the Holy Spirit-
"We shall, unblemished and complete,
Appear before our Father's throne,
With joys divinely great."
"Then loudest of the crowd we'll sing,
Whilst heaven's resounding mansions ring
With shouts of sovereign grace."
Our friend John, the highly favoured apostle of the Apocalypse, has given us just one note from heaven's song; we shall strikethat note, and sound it again and again. I shall strike this tuning-fork of heaven, and let you hear one of the key notes."And hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth." May the great and gracious Spirit, whois the only illumination of darkness, light up my mind whilst I attempt, in a brief and hurried manner,to speak from this text. There are three things in it: first, the Redeemer's doings-" and hast made us; secondly, the saints' honors-" and hast made us kings and priests unto our God;" and, thirdly, the world's future-" and we shall reign upon the earth."
I. First, then, we have THE REDEEMER'S DOINGS. They who stand before the throne sing of the Lamb-the Lion of the tribe ofJudah, who took the book and broke the seals thereof-" Thou hast made us kings and priests unto our God." In heaven they donot sing
"Glory, honor, praise, and power
Be unto ourselves for ever;
We have been our own Redeemers;-Hallelujah!"
They never sing praise to themselves; they glorify not their own strength; they do not talk of their own free-will and theirown might; but they ascribe their salvation, from beginning to end, to God. Ask them how they were saved, and they reply,"The Lamb hath made us what we are." Ask them whence their glories came, and they tell you, "They were bequeathed to us bythe dying Lamb." Ask whence they obtained the gold of their harps, and they say, "It was dug in mines ofagony and bitterness by Jesus," Inquire who stringed their harps, and they will tell you that Jesus took each sinew ofhis body to make them. Ask them where they washed their robes and made them white, and they will say-
"In yonder 'fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins.'"
Some persons on earth do not know where to put the crown; but those in heaven do. They place the diadem on the right head;and they ever sing-" And he hath made us what we are."
Well, then, beloved, would not this note well become us here? For " what have we that we have not received?" Who hath madeus to differ? I know, this morning, that I am a justified man; I have the full assurance that
"The terrors of law and of God,
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour's obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view."
There is not a sin against me in God's book they have all been for ever obliterated by the blood of Christ. and cancelledby his own right hand. I have nothing to fear; I cannot be condemned. "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?"Not God, for he hath justified; not Christ. for he hath died. But if I am justified, who made me so? I say-"And hath mademe what I am." Justification from first to last. is of God. Salvation is of the Lord alone.
Many of you are sanctified persons, but you are not perfectly sanctified, you are not redeemed altogether from the dross ofearth; you have still another law in your members, warring against the law of your mind; and you always will have that lawwhile you tabernacle in faith; you never will be perfect in your sanctification until you get up yonder before the solemnthrone of God, where even this imperfection of your soul will be taken away, and your carnal depravityrooted out. But yet, beloved, there is an inward principle imparted; you are growing in grace-you are making progressin holiness. Well, but who made you have that progress? Who redeemed you from that lust? Who ransomed you from that vice?Who bade you say farewell to that practice in which you indulged? Cannot you say of Jesus, "And hath made us!" It is Christwho hath done it all, and to his name be honor, and glory, and praise, and dominion.
Let us dwell one moment on this thought, and show you how it is that it can be said that Christ hath made us this. When didChrist make his people kings and priests? When could it be said, "And hath made us kings and priests unto our God?"
1. First of all, he made us kings and priests, virtually, when he signed the covenant of grace. Far, far back in eternity,the Magna Charta of the saints was written by the hand of God, and it needed one signature to make it valid. There was a stipulationin that covenant that the Mediator should become incarnate should live a suffering life, and at last endure a death of ignominy;and it needed but one signature, the signature of the Son of God, to make that covenantvalid, eternal, and "ordered in all things and sure." Methinks I see him now, as my imagination pictures the lofty Sonof God grasping the pen. See how his fingers write the name; and there it stands in everlasting letters-" THE SON!" O sacredratification of the treaty; it is stamped and sealed with the great seal of our father in heaven. O glorious covenant, thenfor ever made secure! At the moment of the signature of this wondrous document, the spirits before the throne-I mean theangels-might have taken up the song, and said of the whole body of the elect, "And hast made you kings and priests untoyour God;" and could all the chosen company have started into existence, they could have clapped their hands and sung, "Herewe are by that very signature constituted kings and priests unto our God."
2. But he did not stop there. It was not simply agreeing to the terms of the treaty; but in due time he filled it all-yes,to its utmost jot and tittle. Jesus said, "I will take the cup of salvation;" and he did take it-the cup of our deliverance.Bitter were its drops;gall lay in its depths;there were groans, and sighs, and tears, within the red mixture but he took itall, and drank it to its dregs, and swallowed all the awful draught. All was gone. He drank the cupof salvation, and he ate the bread of affliction. See him, as he drinks the cup in Gethsemane, when the fluid of thatcup did mingle with his blood, and make each drop a scalding poison. Mark how the hot feet of pain did travel down his veins.See how each nerve is twisted and contorted with his agony. Behold his brow covered with sweat; witness the agonies as theyfollow each other into the very depths of his soul. Speak, ye lost, and tell what hell's torment means; but ye cannot tellwhat thetorments of Gethsemane were. Oh! the deep unutterable! There was a depth which couched beneath, when our Redeemer bowedhis head, when he placed himself betwixt the upper and nether millstones of his Father's vengeance, and when his whole soulwas ground to powder. Ah! that wrestling man-God-that suffering man of Gethsemane! Weep o'er him, saints-weep o'er him; whenye see him rising from that prayer in the garden, marching forth to his cross; when ye picture him hanging on his cross fourlong hours in the scorching sun, overwhelmed by his Father's passing wrath-when ye see his side streaming with gore-whenye hear his death-shriek, "It is finished,"-and see his lips all parched, and moistened by nothing save the vinegar and thegall,-ah! then prostrate yourselves before that cross, bow down before that sufferer, and say, "Thou hast made us-thou hast made us what we are; we are nothing without thee." The cross of Jesus is the foundation of the glory of thesaints; Calvary is the birth-place of heaven; heaven was born in Bethlehem's manger; had it not been for the sufferingsand agonies of Golgotha we should have had no blessing. Oh, saint! in every mercy see the Saviour's blood; look on this Book-itis sprinkled with his blood; look on this house of prayer-it is sanctified by his sufferings; look on your daily food-it ispurchased with his groans. Let every mercy come to you as a blood-bought treasure; value it because it comes from him;and ever more say, "Thou hast made us what we are."
3. Beloved, our Saviour Jesus Christ finished the great work of making us what we are, by his ascension into heaven. If hehad not risen up on high and led captivity captive, his death would have been insufficient. He "died for our sins," but he"rose again for our justification." The resurrection of our Saviour, in his majesty, when he burst the bonds of death, wasto us the assurance that God had accepted his sacrifice; and his ascension up on high, was but as a type anda figure of the real and actual ascension of all his saints, when he shall come in the clouds of judgment, and shall callall his people to him. Mark the man-God, as he goes upward towards heaven; behold his triumphal march through the skies, whilststars sing his praises, and planets dance in solemn order; behold him traverse the unknown fields of ether till he arrivesat the throne of God in the seventh heaven, Then hear him say to his Father, "I have finished the work which thou gavest metodo; behold me and the children thou hast given me; I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course; I have doneall; I have accomplished every type; I have finished every part of the covenant; there is not one iota I have left unfulfilled,or one tittle that is left out; all is done." And hark, how they sing before the throne of God when thus he speaks: "Thouhast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
Thus have I briefly spoken upon the dear Redeemer's doings. Poor lips cannot speak better; faint heart will not rise up tothe height of this great argument. Oh! that these lips had language eloquent and lofty, that they might speak more of thewondrous doings of our Redeemer!
" Crown him! crown him!
Crowns become the Saviour's brow."
II. Now, secondly, THE SAINT'S HONORS: "and hast made us unto our God kings and priests." The most honorable of all monarchshave ever been esteemed to be those who had a right not only to royal, but to sacerdotal supremacy-those kings who could wearat one time the crown of loyalty, and at another the mitre of the priesthood, who could both use the censer and hold the sceptre-whocould offer intercession for the people, and then govern the nations. Those who are kingsand priests are great indeed; and here you behold the saint honored, not with one title, or one office, but with two.He is made not a king merely, but a king and a priest; not a priest merely, but a priest and a king. The saint has two officesconferred upon him at once, he is made a priestly monarch, and a regal priest.
I shall take, first of all, the royal office of the saints. They are KINGS. They are not merely to be kings in heaven, butthey are also kings on earth; for if my text does not say so, the Bible declares it in another passage: "Ye are a chosen generation,a royal priesthood." We are kings even now. I want you to understand that, before I explain the idea. Every saint of the living God, not merely has the prospect of beinga king in heaven, but positively, in thesight of God, he is a king now; and he must say, with regard to his brethren and himself, "And hast made us," even now,"unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign upon the earth." A Christian is a king. He is not simply like a king, but he is a king, actually and truly. However, I shall try and show you how he is like a king.
Remember his royal ancestry. What a fuss some people make about their grand fathers and grandmothers, and distant ancestors. I remember seeing in TrinityCollege, the pedigree of some great lord that went back just as far as Adam, and Adam was there digging the ground-the firstman. It was traced all the way up. Of course I did not believe it. I have heard of some pedigrees that go back further. Ileave that to your own common sense, to believe it or not. Apedigree in which shall be found dukes, marquises, and kings, and princes. Oh! what would some give for such a pedigree?I believe, however, that it is not what our ancestors were, but what we are, that will make us shine before God; that it isnot so much in knowing that we have royal or priestly blood in our veins, as knowing that we are an honor to our race-thatwe are walking in the ways of the Lord, and reflecting credit upon the church, and upon the grace that makes us honorable.Butsince some men will glory in their descent, I will glory that the saints have the proudest ancestry in all the world.Talk of Caesars, or of Alexanders, or tell me even of our own good Queen: I say that I am of as high descent as her majesty,or the proudest monarch in the world. I am descended from the King of kings. The saint may well speak of his ancestry-he mayexult in it, he may glory in it-for he is the son of God, positively and actually. His mother, the Church, is the Bride ofJesus; he is a twice-born child of heaven: one of the blood royal of the universe. The poorest woman or man on earth,loving Christ, is of a royal line. Give a man the grace of God in his heart, and his ancestry is noble. I can turn back theroll of my pedigree, and I can tell you that it is so ancient, that it has no beginning; it is more ancient than all the rollsof mighty men put together; for, from all eternity my Father existed: and, therefore, I have indeed a right royal and ancientancestry.
And then, again, the saints, like monarchs, have a splendid retinue. Kings and monarchs cannot travel without a deal of state. In olden times, they had far more magnificence than they have now;but even in these days we see much of it when royalty is abroad. There must be a peculiar kind of horse, and a splendid chariot,and outriders; with all the etceteras of gorgeous pomp. Ay! and the kings of God, whom Jesus Christ has made kings and priestsunto their God, havealso a royal retinue. "Oh!" say you, "but I see some of them in rags; they are walking through the earth alone, sometimeswithout a helper or a friend." Ah! but there is a fault in your eyes. If you had eyes to see, you would perceive a body-guardof angels always attending every one of the blood-bought family. You remember Elijah's servant could not see anything aroundElijah, till his master opened his eyes; then he could see that there were horses and chariots round about Elijah. Lo! thereare horses and chariots about me. And thou, saint of the Lord: where'er thou art, there are horses and chariots. In thatbed-chamber, where I was born, angels stood to announce my birth on high. In seas of trouble, when wave after wave seems togo over me, angels are there to lift up my head; when I come to die, when sorrowing friends shall, weeping, carry me to thegrave, angels shall stand by my bier; and, when put into the grave, some mighty angel shall stand and guard my dust, and contendfor its possession with the devil. Why should I fear? I have a company of angels about me; and whenever I walk abroad,the glorious cherubim march in front. Men see them not, but I see them; for "faith is the substance of things hoped for, theevidence of things not seen." We have a royal retinue: we are kings, not merely by ancestry, but by our retinue.
Now, notice the insignia and regalia of the saints. Kings and princes have certain things that are theirs by perspective right. For instance, Her Majesty has her BuckinghamPalace, and her other palaces, her crown royal, her sceptre, and so on. But, has a saint a palace? Yes. I have a palace! andits walls are not made of marble, but of gold; its borders are carbuncles and precious gems; its windows are of agates; itsstones are laid with fair colours; around itthere is a profusion of every costly thing; rubies sparkle here and there; yea, pearls are but common stones within it.Some call it a mansion; but I have a right to call it a palace too, for I am a king. It is a mansion when I look at God, itis a palace when I look at men; because it is the habitation of a prince. Mark where this palace is. I am not a prince ofInde-I have no inheritance in any far-off hand that men dream of-I have no El Dorado, or Home of Prester John; but yet I haveasubstantial palace. Yonder, on the hills of heaven it stands; I know not its position among the other mansions of heaven,but there it stands; and "I know that if the earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved, I have a building of God, a housenot made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
Have Christians a crown too? O yes; but they do not wear it every day. They have a crown, but their coronation day is notyet arrived. They have been anointed monarchs, they have some of the authority and dignity of monarchs; but they are not crownedmonarchs yet. But the crown is made. God will not have to order heaven's goldsmiths to fashion it in after-time; it is madealready hanging up in glory. God bath "laid up for me a crown of righteousness." Oh, saint, if thoudidst just open some secret door in heaven, and go into the treasure chamber, thou wouldst see it filled with crowns.When Cortes entered the palace of Montezuma, he found a secret chamber bricked up, and he thought the wealth of all the worldwas there, so many different things were there stowed away. Could you enter God's secret treasure-house, what wealth wouldyou see!" " Are there so many monarchs," you would say, "so many crowns, so many princes?" Yes, and some bright angel wouldsay,"Mark you that crown? It is yours;" and if you were to look within, you would read, "Made for a sinner saved by grace,whose name was-;" and then you would hardly believe your eyes, as you saw your own name engraved upon it. You are indeed aking before God; for you have a crown laid up in heaven. What ever other insignia belong to monarchs, saints shall have. Theyshall have robes of whiteness; they shall have harps of glory; they shall have all things that become their regal state; sothatwe are indeed monarchs, you see; not mock-monarchs, clothed in purple garments of derision, and scoffed at with "Hail,king of the Jews;" but we are real monarchs. "He hath made us kings and priests unto our God."
There is another thought here. Kings are considered the most honorable amongst men. They are always looked up to and respected. If you should say, "a monarch is here!" a crowd would give way. I should notcommand much respect if I were to attempt to move about in a crowd; but if any one should shout, "here is the Queen!" everyone would step aside and make room for her. A monarch generally commands respect. Ah! beloved, we think that worldly princesare the mosthonorable of the earth; but if you were to ask God, he would reply, "my saints, in whom I delight, these are the honorableones." Tell me not of tinsel and gewgaw; tell me not of gold and silver; tell me not of diamonds and pearls; tell me not ofancestry and rank; preach to me not of pomp and power; but oh! tell me that a man is a saint of the Lord, for then he is anhonorable man. God respects him, angels respect him, and the universe one day shall respect him, when Christ shall come tocallhim to his account, and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." You may despisea child of God now, sinner; you may laugh at him; you may say he is a hypocrite; you may call him a saint, a methodist, acant, and everything you like; but know that those titles will not mar his dignity-he is the honorable of the earth, and Godestimates him as such.
But some persons will say, "I wish you would prove what you affirm, when you say that saints are kings; for, if we were kings,we should never have any sorrows; kings are never poor as we are, and never suffer as we do." Who told you so? You say ifyou are kings, you would live at ease. Do not kings ever suffer? Was not David an anointed king? and was lie not hunted likea partridge on the mountains? Did not the king himself pass over the brook Kedron, and all his peopleweeping as he went, when his son Absalom pursued him? And was he not a monarch when he slept on the cold ground, withno couch save the damp heather? O yes, kings have their sorrows-crowned heads have their afflictions. Full oft
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."
Do not expect that because you are a king, you are to have no sorrows. "It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kingsto drink wine; nor for princes strong drink." And it is often so. The saints get but little wine here. It is not for kingsto drink the wine of pleasure; it is not for kings to have much of the intoxicating drink and the surfeits of this world'sdelight. They shall have joy enough up yonder, when they shall drink it new in their Father's kingdom. Poorsaint! do dwell on this. Thou art a king! I beseech thee, let it not go away from thy mind; but in the midst of thy tribulation,still rejoice in it. If thou hast to go through the dark tunnel of infamy, for Christ's name; if thou art ridiculed and reviled,still rejoice in the fact, "I am a king, and all the dominions of the earth shall be mine!"
That last idea, and I have done with this part of the subject. Kings have dominion. Do you know I am a fifth monarchy man? In Cromwell's time some said there had been four monarchies, and the fifth would comeand overturn every other. Well, I never wish to do as they did; but I believe with them, that a fifth monarchy shall come.There have now existed four great empires, arrogating universal dominion, and there never shall be another world-wide monarchyuntilChrist shall come. Jesus, our Lord, is to be King of all the earth, and rule all nations in a glorious spiritual, or personalreign. The saints, as being kings in Christ, have a right to the whole world. Here am I this morning, and my congregationbefore me. Some persons say, "Keep to your own place and preach," and I have heard the advice, "Do not go out of your parish."But Rowland Hill used to say he never went out of his parish in his life; his parish was England, Scotland, and Wales, andhe never went out of it. I suppose that is my parish, and the parish of every gospel minister. When we see a city fullof sin and iniquity, what should we say? That is ours, we will go and storm it. When we see a street or some crowded area,where the people are very bad and wicked, we should say, "That is our alley, we will go and take it." When we see a housewhere people will not receive the gospel, we should say, "That is our house, we will go and attack it." We will not go withthe strongarm of the law; we will not ask the policeman, or government to help us; but take with us "the weapons of our warfare."which "are not carnal, but spiritual, and mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds." We will go, and by God'sSpirit we shall overcome. There is a town where the children are running about the street, uneducated; we will go and takethose children-kidnap them for Christ. We will have a Sabbath school. If they are ragged urchins who cannot come to a Sabbathschool, we will have a ragged school. There is a part of the world where the inhabitants are sunk in ignorance and superstition:we will send a missionary to them. Ah! those who do not like missionary enterprise, do not know the dignity of the saint.Talk of India; talk of China.; "it is mine," saith the saint. All the kingdoms of the earth are ours. "Africa is my washpot-Iwill triumph over Asia. They are mine! they are mine!" "Who shall bring me into the strong city?" Is it not thou, OLord? God shall give us the kingdom of Christ. The whole earth is ours; and by the power of the Holy Ghost, Bel shallbow, Nebo shall stoop, the gods of the heathen, Budha and Brahma, shall be cast down, and all nations bow before the sceptreof Christ. "He has made us kings."
Our second point, upon which I shall be very brief, is, "He hath made us kings and PRIESTS." Saints are not only kings, butpriests. I shall go to it at once, without any preface.
We are priests, because priests are divinely chosen persons, and so are we. "No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." But we have that callingand election; we were all ordained to it from the foundations of the world. We were predestinated to be priests, and in processof time we had a special effectual call, which we could not and did not resist, and which at last so overcame us, that webecame at once the priests ofGod. We are priests, divinely constituted. When we say we are priests, we do not talk as certain parties do, who say theyare priests, wishing thereby to arrogate to themselves a distinction. I always have an objection-I must state it strongly-tocalling a clergyman, or any man that preaches, a priest. We are no more so than you are. All saints are priests. But, fora man to stand up and say he is a priest, any more than those he preaches to, is a falsehood. I detest the distinction ofclergy and laity. I like scriptural priestcraft; for that is the craft or work of the people, who are all priests; but all other priestcraft I abhor. Every saintof the Lord is a priest at God's altar, and is bound to worship God with the holy incense of prayer and praise. We are priests,each one of us, if we are called by divine grace; for thus we are priests by divine constitution.
Then, next, we are priests, because we enjoy divine honors. None but a priest might enter within the vail; there was a court of the priests into which none might ever go, except thecalled ones. Priests had certain rights and privileges which others had not. Saint of Jesus! heir of heaven! thou hast highand honorable privileges, which the world wots not of! Hast thou ever been within the vail in communion with Christ? Hastthou ever been in the court of the Lord'shouse, the court of the priests, where he has taught thee, and manifested himself to thee? Hast thou? Yes, thou knowestthou hast; thou enjoyest constant access to God's throne; thou hast a right to come and tell thy griefs and sorrows into theear of Jehovah. The poor worldling must not come there; the poor child of wrath has no God to tell his troubles to. He mustnot go within the veil; he has no wish to go: but thou mayest; thou mayest come to God's ear, swing the censer before thethrone,and offer thy petition in the name of Jesus. Others have not these divine honors. Thou art divinely honored, and divinelyblessed.
Then another remark, to finish up with, shall be, we have a divine service to perform; and as I want you all, this morning, to turn this chapel into one great altar-as I want to make you all working priests,and this the temple for sacrifice-hook earnestly at your service. You are all priests, because you love his dear name andhave a great sacrifice to perform; not a propitiation for your sins, for that has been once offered, but a sacrifice thisday of holythanksgiving. Oh! how sweet in God's ear is the prayer of his people! That is the sacrifice that he accepts; and whentheir holy hymn swells upwards towards the sky, how pleasant it is in his ears; because then he can say, "My hosts of priestsare sacrificing praise." And do you know, beloved, there is one point in which most of us fail in our oblations before God?We offer our prayer, we present our praise; but how little do we sacrifice of our substance unto the Lord! I had thought thismorning, seeing I desire to make you amazingly liberal, to have made this my text, "Honor the Lord with thy substance,and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst outwith new wine;" and I had thought of showing that our substance was the Lord's, that we were bound to devote no small portionof it to him, and that if we did do so we might expect prosperity even in worldly business, for he would make our barns fullandour presses burst with new wine. However, I conceive it to be needless to preach a collection sermon-I thought I wouldrather tell your about your honor and dignity, and then you shall just give what you like, for the only free-will I like,is a free-will offering. Suffer, ye beloved, a few words. God has said in his Word that you are to honor him with your substance.As a priest of the Lord, will you not sacrifice something to the Lord this day? Here we have a great object before us; wewantmore room for the crowds who come to hear the gospel. It seems important, when such a throng is gathered, that none shouldgo away. Ought we not to bless God that they come? There was a time you were few indeed, and the cry was," Who hath believedour report?" But God has given us great success, the ministry here has been blessed to the conversion of not a few souls;I have many cases, now in this chapel, of broken hearts and contrite spirits; doubtless, there are many more than I know of,andI believe the blessed Spirit will bring them out in due time. Oh! do you not grieve that any should have to turn awayfrom the voice of the ministry-that any who come here should have to go away, perhaps to spend the Sabbath in sin. You knownot where they have to go, when they cannot get within these walls. The thing is, we have come to the resolution that thischapel should be enlarged, so that there should be accommodation for a larger number. Now, ye priests, sacrifice to the Lord.Letthe priests build the house of Lord; let those who worship in the sanctuary take up the trowel today; let the mortar andthe brick be laid, and let this house be once more filled with the glory of the Lord, and an abundant congregation.
III. Now, I have to close up with THE WORLD'S FUTURE. "We shall reign on the earth." I have not much time for this, and Idare say it is expected that I shall tell you about the millennium and the personal reign of Christ. I shall not at all, becauseI don't know anything about it. I have heard a great many people talk of it; and, if anybody shows me a book on the millennium,I say, "I cannot read it just yet." A good man has lately written a book on it, and a gentlemanrecommended it to me so strongly, that I could not but buy it out of courtesy; but I elevated it to the aristocratic regionof library, in the higher ranks, and there it rests in quiet repose. I do not think myself capable of threading the labyrinthsof the subject, and I do not believe the very respectable author can do it. It is a subject so dark, and I have read so manydifferent views upon it, that it is all a phantasmagoria with me. I believe all the Bible says of a glorious future, but Icannot pretend to be a maker of charts for all time. Only this I gather as a positive fact, that the saints will one dayreign on the earth. This truth appears to me clear enough, whatever may be the different views on the millennium. Now, thesaints do not reign visibly; they are despised. They were driven, in old times, into dens and caves of the earth: but thetime is coming when kings will be saints, and princes the called ones of God-when queens shall be the nursing mothers, andkingsthe nursing fathers of Christ's church. The hour is coming when the saint, instead of being dishonored, shall be honored;and monarchs, once the foes of truth, shall become its friends. The saints shall reign. They shall have the majority; thekingdom of Christ shall have the upper hand; it shall not be cast down-this shall not be Satan's world any longer-it shallagain sing with all its sister stars, the never ceasing song of praise. Oh! I believe there is a day coming when Sabbath bellsshall sprinkle music over the plains of Africa-when the deep thick jungle of India shall see the saints of God going upto the sanctuary; and, I am assured that the teeming multitudes of China shall gather together in temples built for prayer,and, as you and I have done, shall sing, to the ever glorious Jehovah,
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow."
Happy day! happy day! May it speedily come!
Now, to close up, one very practical inference. Ye are kings and priests unto your God. Then how much ought kings to giveto the collection this morning? Thus speak ye to yourselves. "I am a king; I will give as a king giveth unto a king." Now,mark you, no paltry subscriptions! We don't expect kings to put down their names for trifles. Then, again: you are a priest.Well, priest, do you mean to sacrifice? "Yes." But you would not sacrifice a broken-legged lamb, or ablemished bullock, would you? Would you not select the best of the flock? Very right, then select the very best of theQueen's coins, and offer, if you can, sheep with golden fleece. Excuse my pressing this subject. I want to get this chapelenlarged; so do you; we are all agreed about it; we are all rowing in one boat. I have set my mind on Â£50, and I must, andwill, have it to-day, if possible. I hope you won't disappoint me. It is not my own cause, but my Master's-at other timesyou have given liberally-I am not afraid of you-but hope to come forward, next Sabbath morning, with the cheering announcementthat the Â£50 is all raised, and then I think my spirits will be so elevated, that, by the help of God, I will venture to promiseyou one of the best sermons I am capable of delivering.
The Christian reader will be pleased to learn, that after this appeal, the sum of Â£50 0s. 11Â½d. was collected at the doors,towards defraying the expenses of the enlargement. Should any reader of the New Park Street Pulpit desire to contribute to this excellent object, any sum will be thankfully received by MR. WILLIAM OLNEY, Secretary, at theChapel.