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“ fire that is not quenched,” all expressive of the highest extremes of misery and pain; and no doubt the punishment which enraged Omnipotence will inflict must be inexpressibly dreadful. How awful the portion that awaits the concealed hypocrite, the carnally secure and the openly profane sinner! Let us tremble to think, then, that while we are practising our schemes of deceit, contriving how we may impose upon the world, or, what is worse, upon our own souls, or stretching ourselves upon the bed of sloth, calling for “a “ little more sleep, a little more slumber, a little “ more folding of the hands to sleep;" we may be hurried from our vain dreams, to a state where there is no deceit, no imposition, no respite; where all our secret guilt must be declared, nor the minutest circumstance concealed. But I gladly leave so gloomy a scene-humbly praying the Father of Mercies, that there may be none here who has any concern in it, in the pleasing hope, that all our souls are “ bound up with God “ in the bundle of life;" and ever blessed be his name, that I can now turn to a more delightful theme, contained in the

Fourth and last particular; namely, the endearing view we have of the gracious intercession of our blessed Redeemer in these words, “ Lord, willing to be happy, the united power of men and devils shall be altogether insufficient to make you miserable ; for, saith Christ,“ I give unto them “ eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither “shall any pluck them out of my hand; for my

Father, which gave them me, is greater than “ all, and none is able to pluck them out of my “ Father's hand.” Put ye on, therefore, the Lord Jesus; receive him into your hearts by faith, but let him be received whole and entire--as your sanctification as well as justification, as your prophet to teach and instruct, and your king to rule and govern you, as well as your atonement and intercessor. There is not a wicked man upon earth who would not wish to partake of the benefits of Christ's death; there is none but would wish to be saved from hell; but they cannot think of being made meet for heaven, of following the example of Christ. All without exception would gladly“ die the death of the righteous," how. ever few incline to live their life. Christ, therefore, must be received as all in all-as including every thing a sinner possibly can want, and excluding all hope and help from any other quarter. Let us endeavour then to be suitably impressed with a sense of our misery by nature, of our deep guilt by reason of sin, of our worthlessness and inability to help ourselves, and of the

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mercy of God through a mediator, and let us humbly implore the Father of mercies, that “the

our understanding being enlightened," we may see the suitableness of the Saviour to our condition in every respect; that we may view him not only as the Saviour of a lost world, but as our Saviour and Redeemer, as containing all things necessary for our particular situation, a full supply for all our wants, a remedy for all our diseases, an atonement for all our guilt; that our hearts may be opened to receive Christ, to embrace the terms of grace and salvation through his blood; and let this be done without hesitation, and without reserve; let the language of our hearts be,“ my Lord, and my God, I take thee for

my all in time, and for eternity;" and let us embrace the Saviour with a glow, a warmth of affection; let us, by faith, eye hiin as “ the chief

among ten thousand, and altogether lovely," as worthy, infinitely worthy of all our gratitude, esteem, and veneration, and that, both on account of what he is in himself possessed of all possible glory and excellency, but in a more endearing manner on account of what he has been and is to us, our intercessor and peace maker with God, our deliverer from hell and wrath, our way and guide, our right and title to eternal glory and happiness. This is that faith which

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purifieth the heart, which overcometh the world, “ and which worketh by love;" which will necessarily be productive of all “ the fruits of righteous

ness, that by Jesus Christ are to the praise and “ glory of God”-that faith which opens our way to the favour of God, whereby Christ and the benefits of redemption are made over and appropriated to us. And now to conclude; if we thus bring forth fruit, all shall be well-our eternal happiness is built upon an immoveable foundation, against which “ the gates of hell shall never

prevail, and all things whatsoever shall work

together for good to us,”---if this is our happy state, we shall enjoy the ordinary bounties of providence, with that filial love and gratitude, which gives a relish to every enjoyment--in the delightful confidence that our present happiness is the gift of our heavenly Father, as an earnest of his love, and a pledge of much greater and better spiritual blessings in a future world; with what inexpressible joy shall we then observe all the dispensations of infinite wisdom, calculated to produce and increase our satisfaction, the Almighty himself, as interested with all his glorious attributes and perfections, “ to bless us, and do

us good;" and even the calamities and afflictions which we may suffer, will then lose their sting, will no longer be regarded as the wounds

of an enemy, but as the necessary chastisement of a kind and tender-hearted father; and we shall have the ineffable satisfaction to think, that the present“ light afflictions, which are but for a mo“ ment, shall work for us a far more exceeding “ and eternal weight of glory;"—then shall our

light so shine before men, that others seeing “our good works, may glorify our Father who “ is in heaven.” Thus shall we live happy in ourselves, and a blessing to all around us; thus shall we prove ourselves to be indeed the disciples and followers of Jesus; thus shall we “ fi“nish our course here with joy," and then be transplanted into the paradise of God, where we shall flourish and bring forth fruit, and be happy to all the ages of eternity, which may God of his infinite mercy grant for Christ's sake. Amen.

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