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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

tatou—Roma 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 tatou—Roma 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 atu—Ihaia,

32, 2. Ehara tenei i Taua Tangata tika

hara kore ?

Te Tuawha. Ko te matenga o te Karaiti hei

murunga hara.

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 strength—Rom. 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 behalf—Rom. iii. 19. We are

without hope—Eph. 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 them—Lev. 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. 5—was 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 all—1 Tim. ii. 6; His precious blood

cleanseth from all sin—1 John i. 7. In

short, He has made full and complete atone-