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present; it cannot be measured, for it is infinite. The presence of eternity is unbounded; but the present time has two limits. If we cross the one, we enter into the past ; if we cross the other, we enter into the future. The past, likewise, has two limits. If we cross the one, we enter the present sensible time; if we cross the other, we pass the beginning of our existing duration of time, but continue in ever-present eternity. Thus, too, has the future two limits. If we cross the one, we enter present sensible time; if we cross the other, we pass the end of this our time, but continue in present ever-existing eternity, in Being without beginning and without end.
Such is Time, and such is Eternity. Can it, then, be correct to call Being, in nature so different from our earthly time, as but one of a twofold form of time? And are we not too hasty if we believe that "the time which is out of joint,' the deranged and distracted time of sense, is nought but eternity fallen or brought into a state of disorder" ? a
Should we not with caution entertain the question which must necessarily arise, — “Who can have plunged it into disorder, and perpetrated
this jarring interference with the primæval har. mony, disturbing the inner pulse of the world's universal life which was originally so sound ?” If so, with much greater caution must be received the answer,- that “the power or might which threw both time and existence, universal life and the whole world, into disorder, could have been no other than the spirit of absolute negațion, which rose in revolt against the primary Source both of itself and of all :" the “spirit of eternal contradiction and endless destruction, the Prince and Ruler of this world.'"
The nature of time must ever be the same; for if, in its onward course, aught of difference were to arise, then would it be time no longer, and would cease to be that same time which had hitherto been the subject of contemplation. . Time is not eternity fallen into disorder. It is not a consequence of Satan's successful lies, and is not a part of the curse pronounced upon man's disobedience; because time was created before the fall of man; and such as time was in the beginning, such is it in the present.
Both time and eternity came from the hand of their Maker perfect and without blemish. Both were the ministers of man in his innocence, and adapted to his twofold nature. His soul, in her aspirations and her longings, is the spiritual inhabitant of eternity; and time is the historian of his bodily actions, and by its aid are they performed. In the pages of Time is chronicled every
event that has occurred since the creation of form. Time, too, saw the birth of evil
upon earth, but it affords the means of man's justification, and will witness the restoration of his spirit; for it was Time whose early youth hailed the birth of the first father of mankind, — who looked upon his brow, and in solemn admiration there beheld the impressed image of his Maker, — who bowed down before the innocence of man, and was subject to him. It was Time, too, who, ere many days were numbered, saw the immortal spirit yielding to temptation, and mourned the first transgression. But thou, Time, hast hearkened unto the voice of thy Creator, and art ful. filling His command. To thee was power given over him who had offended. Thy burdens are weighty, and sorely dost thou deal with each child of man. But although the hand thợu layest upon him is heavy with affliction, yet is it tempered with mercy, and leads the willing spirit to salvation. Thou art performing thy appointed
duty, and in the book of judgment dost record each inmost thought of him who has fallen from his high estate. In thy sight, too, was fulfilled the whole scheme of redeerning love. Thou didst behold how," by the offence of one, judg. ment came upon all men unto condemnation, and that by one man's disobedience many were made sinners.” But thy eye saw, too, the one great Sacrifice through which, “ by the righteousness of One, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life,” and how, “ by the obedience of One, shall many be made righteous." In thy hearing was uttered the “good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people ;” and thy ear heard the “multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards
In thy presence, too, passed those fearful hours when the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst ;" and before thee were uttered those words of more than human import, “ It is finished!”
But at the appointed hour in which, through the merits of another, man shall enter into his perfect state, and his soul shall regain her lost innocence, thou wilt once again become his minis
tering spirit; for when thou shalt have run thy course, and the voice of the angel shall
swear by Him that liveth for ever and ever, that there should be time no longer," then, as thou yieldest up thy life to Him who gave it, thou wilt open to man the gates of everlasting habitations, and with thy last breath thou wilt disperse every cloud which shall shroud the Infinite!