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and come short of the glory of God; being justividen fied freely by his grace, through the redemption

that is in Christ Jesus. And again, in chapter

5th, Thus ; “ Therefore, as by the offence of one s fiul judgment came upon all men unto condemnation ;

even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." It

must surely be a most gross perversion, so to con- his strue the word of God as to represent that dispen

thensation which “justifies the ungodly," and saves e land men, “not according to our works; but according jult to his own purpose and grace ;” in which dispen

sation, the Apostle says, “God was in Christ ; re

conciling the world unto himself,” not imputing th, he their trespasses unto them, as a dispensation dem the signed to judge and reward men in another world, ad per according to their works in this.

Christian brethren, is it not the duty of every god lover of the gospel of divine mercy, who feels

the under infinite obligation to his Blessed Redeemer, robe; to consider this subject as deserving of due atten, jos tion and special labour ? Let the lovers of popuCOOL larity, and those who seek honour one of another,

devote their learning, study, and labours to quiet the people in superstition, bigotry, and error. There

are enough in the employment. But whoever to di prizes the truth as it is in Jesus, above the fascinabeen ting charms of worldly wisdom and the flattery of

carnal minds, will not shun to remove the vail from miest, the public mind, and let the true light shine in

every dark place.

Before we dismiss the word judgment, it may not pre be amiss, further to confirm the explanation aljose

, ready given, to notice how the prophet Isaiah uses and the word when speaking of the Messiah. See lot chapter xlii. 1, 2, 3. "Behold my servant, whom Fuck I uphold; mine elect in whom my soul delighteth:

I have put my spirit upon him; he shall bring forth ment judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor pin lift up, nor cause his voice to be hcard in the



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smoking flax shall he not quench; he shall bring
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earth ; and the isles shall wait for his law."

This judgment which the Mediator has brought
forth unto the Gentiles, is that peace which our
Apostle says was preached to the Ephesians, who
were far off, but made nigh by the blood of Christ.
And the prophet clearly expresses this judgment
in the place from which we have quoted; see ver-
ses 6, 7. “I the Lord have called thee in righte-
ousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep
thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people,
for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, in
to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and
them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."
Will any one seriously contend, that all this means
that Christ should judge the Gentiles in another
world, and there punish them according to the sins
they had committed in this ? Is this bringing the
prisoners out of the prison house, consistent with
putting sinners into the prison of hell in another
world? This would be as the prophet Amos says,
turning judgment into hemlock.";

Having presented the hearer with what appears to be the meaning of the Apostle where he says in our text; “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, &c." for the sake of more light still on the subject, we will admit that St. Paul meant that it is appointed unto all men to die a natural death, this being the general sentiment on the passage. But what consequence would follow ? Answer; a more entire defeat of the argument for a punishment in a future state. For in this way of understanding the text, the natural death of all men, both saints and sinners, believers and unbelievers, is used as a figure of the death of Christ. Notice the words as and so. As it is appointed unto men once to die-90 Christ was once offered to bear the sing of many, &c. And as it has been proved, be

to these make some remarks on what the opposers are enStent w glorious truths of the gospel. t appera ear, and whisper about licentious doctrine. They I death distinction in the world to come, between the righearl state, would be at the expense and trouble of pub

vreak, u yond contradiction, that the word judgment in the e shalt text, means HOLINESS TO THE LORD, so in this way, not fi it would be proved that all men, saints and sinners, gment believers and unbelievers, at death are presented at holy to God. has bog But let it be distinctly understood, that this is e whid not allowed to be the true sense of the text. We nesians, do not feel authorised to apply our text to a future do le state, but to the gospel dispensation, in which it is

declared that “all have sinned and come short of ed,

the glory of God; being justified freely by his e into grace through the redemption that is in Christ # wille Jesus.” And which dispensation and ministry are the pa designed to quicken those who are dead in sins hlinie into newness of life, and bring the unreconciled prisons to experimental reconciliation to God, until which on hos no man can have that peace which is in believing, this me nor that joy which is in the holy ghost.

Before this discourse is closed, it is necessary to deavouring to insinuate against these plain and They are not disposed to meet these things in

open and candid investigation ; but they will go from house to house, and from ear to will endeavour to stop the people's ears and blind their eyes, lest they hear with their ears, and see with their eyes and be converted.

What, no future judgment! Is there to be no teous and the wicked ? Are saints and sinners all to fare alike? It is then no matter what we do? We may indulge without restraint in all manner of iniquity. We may neglect the duties of religa ion; lie, steal, defraud ; indulge in drunkenness and gluttony, together with base uncleanness, and all is just as well. Nay, better ; for who, were it not for the terrors of condemnation in a futuro




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the indulgence of sensuality ? Such is the dust these enemies of the gospel throw into the air.

"Be not deceived; God is not inocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption : but he that soweth to the spirit, shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.” Notice carefully; "he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption." He must receive his wages from the master he serves; he must reap his harvest where he sows his seed.

Go to our prisons and places of correction; you will find hundreds who believe in a day of judg. ment in the next world, and have no doubts that punishment everlasting will be inflicted on the wicked, accordingly as they have been educated to believe; but they all intend to repent before they die, and that is early enough according to the argument of our opposers. These miserable wretches believe as they have been taught; and they act as if they were fully convinced, that religion, virtue, justice, temperance and godliness were nothing but so many obstructions to their present happiness, and of no use this side the eternal world. O fatal delusion ! " Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there ; and that her guests are in the depth of hell.” These sinful riots are in the darkest regions of hell.

Look round on society. Do misery and wretchedness mark the footsteps of religion, virtue, temperance, prudence, industry, economny, justice, love and mercy? No, my brethren, this is not the

But it remains true that "the way of the transgressor is hard," and that." there is no peace to the wicked."

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condemnation in the future state ? Would one on flesh the burning sands of Arabia, parched with thirst

and scorched with a vertical sun, on finding the shadow of a great rock, at whose base flows a living spring, refuse this exquisite refreshment, unless he were threatened with everlasting torments in another world?

Are these figures, which the holy ghost has used to represent the peace there is in believing, and the joys which are in the holy spirit of Jesus, at all too strong? Do they, my brethren, represent true religion to be better than you have found

it? St. Paul speaks of setting together in heavenly belor places in Christ Jesus · Would he have been glad

to leave these heavenly places to go and indulge in all manner of vice and dissipation, were it not for the fear of condemnation hereafter ? No, the real disciple of Jesus acts from higher and better motives.

After all, what is this religion which is founded on the fear of future misery? Is there any real sincerity in it? Is there any of the true love of God in this religion ? “Perfect love casts out fear; he that feareth is not made perfect in love.” You provide for your companions and your dependent offspring because you love them, and your duty is perfect delight. Can you honestly say, that you would not give your children bread when they are hungry, if

you were not afraid of everlasting punishment hereafter ?

Away with this deception. Let us learn to love God because he has first loved us ; let us cautiously obey his commandments, in keeping of which there is great reward.

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