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often rained upon, bringeth forth nothing but briers and thorns, is nigh unto cursing, and its end is to be burned. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Christ Jesus will come in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them who know not God, and obey not the gospel of his Son. God hath lifted up his hand to heaven and said, I live for ever! If I whet my glittering sword, and my hand lay hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to my adversaries. I will reward them that hate me; I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword will devour much flesh, with the blood of the slain and of the captive from the beginning of revenges against the enemy. If there be among you a root of bitterness, which bringeth forth wormwood and gall, who saith within himself, I shall have peace though I walk in the ways of
my own heart; the Lord shall not spare him, but the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke sore against that man, and he shall lay upon him all the evils that are written in this booki Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me; he that is un. just, let him be unjust still; he that is filthy, let him be filthy still *."
4th, Let me now address to you some most gracious offers of mercy and salvation. “ Ho!
every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters ; and he that hath no money, come ye: yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do ye spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which profiteth not ? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come
* 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10.; Heb. x. 26-29. ; vi. 8.; Deut. xxxii. 41. ; xxix. 18.; Rev. xxii. 11.
unto me; hear, and your souls shall live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, even the sure mercies of David. Be it known unto you, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins, and that all who believe in him may be justified from all things from which they could not have been justified by the law of Moses. Come unto me,
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; for my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light. Hearken unto me, ye stout-hearted and far from righteousness! behold I bring near my righteousness unto you, and my salvation shall not tarry. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich ; eye salve, that thou mayest see; white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear.
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and
the door, I will come in and sup with him, and he with me. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come; and let him that heareth say, Come ; and let him who is athirst, come; and whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life
5th, Let me lay before you a few important and useful advices. “ Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established ; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. Trust in the Lord, and be doing good. Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days
Isa. ly. 143. ; Acts xiii. 38. ; Matt. xi. 28-30. ; Isaiah xlvi. 12. ; Rev. iii. 18. xxii. 17.
are evil. Put on, as the elect of God, bowels of mercy, kindness, tenderness of heart, forbearing one another in love, and forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you. Honour all men ; love the brotherhood ; fear God; honour the king. Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good. In one word, let your conversation be such as becometh the gospel of Christ *."
6th, Let me take my leave of you with a few most earnest good wishes. “ Oh, that ye were wise! that ye understood this, that ye would consider your latter end! The good Lord pardon every one that hath prepared his heart to seek the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the puri. fying of the sanctuary. Oh, that God would rend the heavens, and come down; that the mountains may flow down at his presence! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and hope in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. I pray to God that ye do no evil, not that we should be approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen t."
Now to the FATHER, AND TO THE SON, AND TO The Holy Ghost, THE ONE JEHOVAH, AND OUR God, BE ASCRIBED BY THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN, AND THE CHURCH ON EARTH, ALL POWER AND GLORY, DOMINION AND MAJESTY, FOR EVER AND EVER. Amen.
* 2 Chron. xx. 20. ; Psal. xxxvii. 3.; Phil. iv. 6.; Eph. v. 15; Col. iii. 12.; Pet. ii. 17. ; Phil. i. 27. + Deut. xxxii. 29. ; 2 Cor. xxx. 18. ; Isa. lxiv. 1. ; Rom. xv.
2 Cor. xiii. 7, 14