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to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.* He cometh in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels."+

Having prepared "a place for" them, He comes to take His people to Himself, that where he is there they may be also,‡-Having created the world, having exercised a preserving power, having, above all, died as its Redeemer, He comes to wind up all its eventful history, by sitting upon all in judgment. "Before him" are "gathered all nations."|| As He was once 66 a man of sorrows" among men, He vindicates His majesty by appearing in the splendours of the Godhead. As His people have been vilified, and abused, and persecuted, He comes to maintain their cause. He sits "in the throne judging right." As here His blood has flowed, as here His spirit has been sent, as here His Gospel has been published, and, by many, rejected, He comes to show that He is just. Taking to Himself the multitudes of believers, He consigns to their place the throng of the guilty; and thus, in the face of all the Universe, proves that He is just, even while He is merciful. His "fan is in his hand, and he

* Jude xiv. 15. † Mark viii. 38. ‡3 John xiv. 2, 3. Matt. xxv. 32.

thoroughly" purges "his floor, and" gathers "his wheat into the garner, but" burns "up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”*

Then, beloved, He will demand an account of the talents committed to our care; and, according as we have used or abused them, will He pronounceus blessed or cursed. Then will He require the account of our stewardship, and according as we have been faithful, will He take away our office, or continue it with higher trust.

Then will He "bring every work into judg ment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."+

Then will He cause a revelation of the secret characters of all. The hidden motives which have actuated men, will be laid open, and, as we have been in our inmost soul, will He decide our fate.

"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. ‡ God hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."|| All power being placed in the hands of Christ, and He being seated in the throne of dominion, He, in the exercise of that power, will pronounce upon you and me.

*Matt. iii. 12. Eccl. xii. 14. Heb. ix. 27. | Acts xvii. 31.

And shall we not prepare? Does it not become us to enquire whether we are ready to confront His scrutiny? We can never meet Him in any other way than that appointed by Himself. Are we believers then? Have we reason to suppose that we are truly devoted to Him in heart and in soul?

Methinks, if before the tribunal of our country we were expecting to appear, we should ask ourselves what was our probability of escape: and shall it not excite some thought in us -how we shall appear before "the Judge of quick and dead?”

Where will you hide yourself, oh mortal! Will you take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea"? Will you "ascend up into Heaven,-or-make your bed in Hell?" Will you sit weaving your speculations about whether God is a man that He should lie? or, in other words, whether He will fulfil His sayings?—You must stand in your place, and, if you have not received His terms of salvation, you must be damned.*

Truly it is most presumptuous in beings of an hour to hesitate whether God shall save them in the way He pleases; or whether they shall be pleased, in the plenitude of their condescension, to accept His proffered boon!

The message is a short one. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: He

* Mark xvi. 16.

that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God ABIDETH on him."* Make your election. Yonder is the messenger death. He is riding on the clouds of perhaps this very month, and you, when once beyond this world, are sealed up as to your everlasting destiny.

Prepare yourselves then without delay. "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Remember there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither"+ ye hasten. Make ready for that period, when the power of Satan shall be wholly overthrown, and the kingdom of death shall be utterly destroyed, and the progress of sin among the works of creation, shall be annihilated forever:

-when all unbelievers-the covetous, the lustful, the disobedient-every one who exalteth himself against the knowledge of God, shall be cast into "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."+

Be ye, beloved, who are following the footsteps of the Saviour, "not weary in well doing; for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not;" not even "a cup of cold water" shall be without its reward.§

*John iii. 36. † Eccl. ix. 10. Rev. xxi. 8. || Gal. vi. 9. 5 Matt. x. 42.

VIII.

The Lord is that Spirit.-2 Cor. iii. 17. Great as was the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ, there was another gift necessary to complete man's salvation. What though the load of guilt was heaved from off him, if he remained with his native propensities in full operation, he would replace that load. The goodness of God designed to raise him to holiness and consequent happiness, but, without some renovating influence exerted upon him, this must, of course, continue impossible. The Almighty was pleased, therefore, to add to the gift of His Son, the operations of His Spirit.

Our Divine master, having been "delivered for our offences, and raised again"* in triumph, ascended to the presence of the Father to procure for us the Comforter.† This, which is also the Sanctifier, is denominated the Holy Ghost.

In the 5th Article we speak of Him thus"The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one Substance, Majesty and Glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God."

This Divine Personage is announced in the very commencement of the scriptures-"The Spi

*Rom. iv. 25. † John xiv, and xvi.

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