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all the motives of three worlds thus far resisted—will these, so poperless hitherto, will these hereafter soften your heart into penitence ?

I know you hope for heaven; but whence that hope ? From the word of God ? Encouragement enough does it give to the believer, but not a solitary promise to the delaying sinner. Gladly would I speak some peace to your soul; but how can I cry, Peace, peace, when God hath said, There is no peace to the wicked? Gladly would I promise you a more convenient season for repentance; but did Felix find such a season? Did Esau ? Will you? Alas! the Bible assures you, " Now is the accepted time, now is the day of saltation," and solemnly forewarns you, “ He that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Which leads me to observe,

6. By delay you may grieve the Holy Spirit to depart from you. He will not always strive with the delaying sinner; and you may provoke God to withdraw his influences entirely, and leave you to take your chosen course. Then may you embrace such errors there are such errors-as

will ruin your soul. You may even de ny the existence of God, and spurn all his offers of mercy, and laugh at his direst threatenings, and shut your eyes against all the realities of a future state, and sin without remorse or fear, and lull your conscience into slumbers so deep, so deathlike, that eternity alone can break them.

Is all this fiction ? No; I have been describing the actual history of a man who once became almost a Christian. The Spirit of God strove with him powerfully; he was deeply convicted of sin ; his conscience smote him till he thought its stings too terrible to be borne; and in a paroxysm of anguish, in a delirium of agony, he prayed the Spirit to depart, and leave his troubled bosom at 'rest. That prayer was heard'; and when he rose from his knees, the Spirit had fed forever, conscience ceased to sting, and the man weni down to death, apparently with no remorse for the past, and with scarce a fear for the future.

But you hope to recall the aggrieved Spirit of God, whenever you please! So thought this very man, and so hoped a youth who in time of a revival appeased his conscienco and fears by resolving to repent at a future time. He went so far as even to write his resolution, and fix the time. That time began to draw near, but disease came a little before it, and death stared him in the face. Now he thought of his resolution, read it with solemn interest, bathed it in tears, longed for the feelings he once had, and prayed for the Spirit to return; but the insulted Spirit came not at his call, and that youth died in utter despair !

Delaying sinner! are you not taking the same course? Should you come to such a death-bed, you may call in vain for the Spirit so often grieved. You may call too late. The Spirit may have taken his everlasting flight; and the Savior himself may then say, " Because I called and ye refused, and set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof, therefore will I laugh at your cala. mity, I will mock when your fear cometh as desolation, and your de. struction as a whirlwind."

7. Let all these considerations be riveted more deeply on your mind by the shortness and uncertainty of life. Your life is at best but "a vapor, which appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." Hold your breath twenty minutes, and your soul is in hell! Your whole eternity is suspended on the thread which any one of a thousand accidents may cut in a moment, and let you sink into the abyss !

Can you still be at ease? Can you swing securely over eternal burnings ? Can you will you-DARE you cling to the hope of a more convenient season? Has God promised such a season ? You hope for it! So have millions, and perished by the delusion. You hope to live! So do many on the bed of death. Are you young and vigorous ? Be it so; but may not death still be aiming at your vitals? Do you purpose to repent next year, next month, next week, or even to-morrow? This very night you may be in eternity; and of what use will be your purpose to repent, when you may be lifting up your eyes in torment?

Will you then stake your immortal interests on a delusion so fatal as the hope of a more convenient season? Shall no considerations arrest you? Will you still sleep in sin, on the brink of hell? While God is warning you, and the Savior inviting you, and the Spirit perhaps moving on your heart, and angels waiting to rejoice at your repentance, and dangers thickening around you, will you still persist in rebellion, and harden your heart against every motive to repentance? Will you, can you shut your ears against the wailings of the pit, the songs of heaven, and the sweet voice of redeeming love? "If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself; but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it."

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