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SERM. on the merits of Christ, will discharge their
and of appetites and passions immoderately
S E R.
Perfect Love gives Boldness in the
Day of Judgment.
i John iv. 17, 18.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we
because as he is, so are we in this world.
HE happiest state of mind we can SERM.
attain to in this world, is an inward VIII.
security and confidence towards God concerning our future felicity. Since we are convinc'd that we shall die, yet have all the reason in the world to believe that death is not an utter extinction of our being, fay, the religion we profess expressly assures us, that after it we shall be perfectly bless’d, or extremely miserable, by the righteous senVol. I.
Ser M.tence of God; since it is so, nothing can be
to be known, what foundation we have of
little trouble about this matter; not that they are satisfied on any rational grounds their condition is safe, and it shall be well with them hereafter ; but they pass away their time in a stupid inattention, their thoughts are wholly employed about the bufiness, the cares, and enjoyments of the
present life, and for what shall come hereafter, they set it at a great' distance, and therefore are little affected with it ; or build uncertain hopes on general unexamin’d pretences, such as that God is merciful, that Christ is the Saviour of sinners, of them among others, that they profess a pure and true religion, and pay a respect to its institutions, that their fins are not very heinous, or if they be, 'tis their purpose to repent some time be fore they die, and apply themselves diligently to the work of their salvation. But, how unworthy is this of reasonable creatures? I may justly apply here the words of
the prophet Isaiah, * Remember this and sew SERM.
Be assured there is a sufficient certainty
SERM.day ; of that neither death, nor life, nor VIII. angels
, nor principalities nor, powers, should be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Chrif Jesus, Nor is this the peculiar priviledge of extraordinary characters, of men honour'd with divine infpiration, as the apostle was ; the grounds of it are common to fincere and good minds, and the evidence fuch as every one for himself is best qualified to judge of his own temper, and his own deliberate actions. My text teaches us the true, the folid foundation of confidence in the prospect of the future judgment, which every sincere christian may arrive to, fufficiently supporting to the apright heart in all events, and stable againft all confounding fears. Herein is our love made perfe&t that we may bave boldness in the day of judgment ; because as he is, fo are te in this world; there is no fear in love, but perfeet love cafteth out
fear, because fear bath torment; be that fearetb is not made perfet in love. In discourfing on which words, I will
First, Endeavour to fhow you what is
meant by the perfection of love, or our being made perfect in it,
Secondly, # Rom. vii. 38.