| TE HOA MAORI.
era! Aue! Me pehea ka ora ai tatou i
tenei mate nui ?
Te Tuarua. E kore e taea e te tangata ki te
whakatika i a ia ano.
Rite tonu o tatou kaha ki te murua kotahi
o to tatou hara ki ta tatou kaha ki te whaka-
nekehia te whakataunga o ta he ki runga i
a tatou. Kahore e kaha. E ngoikore ana
tatouRoma 5, 6. E kore e taea e tatou ki
te aha te aha. Ano, kua whakakitea o tatou
he me te tika o te whakataunga hei reira
kaa purua o tatou mangai. E kore e taea
e tatou te aha te aha mo tatouRoma 3,
19. Kahore o matou tumanakotanga
Epiha 2, 12. E maumau noa iho o tatou
tino mahi, mutu kau ana ki te ana. A, me
pehea ? Kahore he huarahi ki te ora ?
Te Tuatoru. Ko te Karaiti anake tu tan-
gata hara kore.
Ko Ia anake te tangata ke atu i nga tan-
gata katoa o te ao nei. Kihai Ia i whai
hara i te aha te aha ranei i tona noho ki te
ao nei. E whakarongo ana Ia ki te Atua,
e whakatika hoki Ia i nga tikanga o te ture
kihai Ia i kotiti ki te aha ki te aha. Ina
na! E kore ranei e taea e Ia ki te mahi he
tikanga pai mo matou ? Ekore e pai te Atua
ki te titiro pai ki a matou no te mea i oti
pai ona mea katoa i te Tangata Kotahi ?
Kohore ia e pai ki te whakatau i tona pai
tona tika ki runga i a tatou. Kahore rapea.
Kahore he oranga mo tatou i taua huarahi.
Ko tenei koa te kupu, Ki te mahia hoki ena
e te tangata, ma reira e ora ai ia-Rewiti-
kuha 18, 5. Engari ra, kahore he whakaaro
o reira kia rere ai tona tika i te ture ki
tetahi atu tangata. Otira kei Ihaia te kupu,
A ka ai te tangata hei kuhunga atuIhaia,
32, 2. Ehara tenei i Taua Tangata tika
hara kore ?
Te Tuawha. Ko te matenga o te Karaiti hei
Kua whakakinotia te ingoa o tenei tan-
gata tapu, tika, hara kore, e tatou. Kua
kohurutia i a ia e tatou; engari, na te Atua
i runga i tono aroha i meatia ai taua ma-
tenga hei huarahi mo tatou ki te oranga-
tonutanga, mo nga tangata katoa nei e
whakapono ana ki a Ia. I waho ke i to te
tikanga, ina, ko Ia te tangata tika te " Tan-
gata ko Ihu Karaiti"Timoti 2, 5. Ko Ia
doomed race! O melancholy fact! But
what shall we do to deliver-ourselves from
this plight ?.
2nd. None are able to amend their condition.
We are as powerless to wipe out a single
sin as we are to annul the sentence of doom
which hangs over our heads. We are with-
out strengthRom. v. 6, not able to lift a
little finger to alleviate our state. More
than this, our guilt, and the justice of our
condemnation, are so manifest that our
mouth is stopped; we can say nothing on
our own behalfRom. iii. 19. We are
without hopeEph. ii. 12. Our most ear-
nest efforts end in failure, and our future
presents nought but the darkest despair.
Oh, is there no escape, no refuge for us ?
3rd. Christ is the only sinless man.
He is the one exception to all that we
have had before us as to our race. His life
on earth was spotlessly pure and holy. He
was perfectly obedient to God, and kept the
law without the slightest deviation. Oh,
then, can He do nothing for us ? Will not
God regard us with favour because at least
one Man has fully answered to His claims ?
Will He not impute His holy walk, His per-
fect obedience to the law, to us ? Oh, no
indeed, there is no hope in that direction.
We read, that if a man keep God's statutes
he shall live in themLev. xviii. 5, but
there is no thought of attributing the law-
keeping of one to others. Still, we do read
in Isaiah xxxii. 2, of a man who shall be for
a hiding-place. Surely this ca, n be none
other than the sinless, spotless One !
4th. Christ's death was an atoning one.
This holy, perfect One's name has been
reviled, and He Himself has been slain by
our race; but God, in His great love, has
made that death of His a means of salvation
for such as believe in Him; for, besides
being a true man, the " Man Christ Jesus "
1 Tim. ii. 5was the divine and eternal
Son of the eternal God, and this gave His
death a value that no mere martyr's death
possesses. He was made an offering for sin
Isaiah Iiii. 10; He gave Himself a ran-
som for all1 Tim. ii. 6; His precious blood
cleanseth from all sin1 John i. 7. In
short, He has made full and complete atone-