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is far worse. They sell themselves to do the vilest drudgery. They are the slaves of Satan, and the servants of sin.

Paul declares, that those who oppose them. selves to the gospel, are led captive by the devil at his will. And whither are you likely to be conducted by such a leader ? What reward can you expect to receive from such a master He will draw you on, by little and little, into his snares and fetters, till you are as fast bound as if girt with chains of brass. He will promise many sweets, and give you the apples of Sodom; he will shew you the glories of the world, and plunge you in the horrors of despair.

The apostle Peter speaks of some who boast of their liberty, and yet are the servants of corruption. Such persons yield up all their powers and members, as instruments of unrighteousness to siu. Rom. vi. 13. And 0, what a wretched state is this ! Yet every impenitent man is tied down by the base customs of an evil world, and given up to serve divers lusts and pleasures, those cruel task-masters which are never satisfied.

Let it never be forgotten, that sorrow follows sin, as the shadow does the substance. Peter joins together the bond of iniquity and the gall of bitterness. Solomon says, The way of transgressors is hard ; and truly such as travel in that way

slightly uttering the name of God, is profaneness; a wanton look, is adultery; anger, without a just cause, is murder; a grasping eagerness after the world, is covetousness and idolatry. By proceeding in this way, you will be convinced, that, although men's notions of duty and sin are very narrow, God's commandments ure exceeding broad. If the scriptures are to be believed, it is an undeniable truth, that, by the deeds of the law, shall no man living be justified. Not the least room is left for self-righteous pretences and pleas. Every mouth is stopped, and the whole world is become guilty before God. There is no way of escaping the awful judyments of God, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Roin. viii. 1. If you remain still in impenitence and unbelief, you are yet under the curse. He that believeth not is condemned already, and the wrath of God abideth on him. John iii. 18-36.

5. The impenitent are in a state of bondage and misery.

How wretched was the condition of the Israel. ites in Egypt, when they were not only under the iron rod of Pharaoh, the great tyrant, but also under the smarting scourges of those petty tyrants, the task masters !

Well might they sigh and sicken over their hard labours and unpitied woes: but the state of unconverted men

is far worse.

They sell themselves to do the vilest drudgery. They are the slaves of Satan, and the servants of sin.

Paul declares, that those who oppose them. selves to the gospel, are led captive by the devil at his will. And whither are you likely to be conducted by such a leader? What reward can you expect to receive from such a master e He will draw you on, by little and little, into his snares and fetters, till you are as fast bound as if girt with chains of brass. He will promise many sweets, and give you the apples of Sodom; he will shew you the glories of the world, and plunge you in the horrors of despair.

The apostle Peter speaks of some who boast of their liberty, and yet are the servants of corruption. Such persons yield up all their powers and members, as instruments of unrighteousness to sin. Rom. vi. 13. And 0, what a wretched state is this! Yet every impenitent man is tied down by the base customs of an evil world, and given up to serve divers lusts and pleasures, those cruel task-masters which are never satisfied.

Let it never be forgotten, that sorrow follows sin, as the shadow does the substance. Peter joins together the bond of iniquity and the gall of bitterness. Solomon says, The way of transgressors is hard ; and truly such as travel in that way

not only forsake their own mercies, but multiply their miseries at every step. Be not deceived with appearances. While men are so jovial in their revels, how often, even when the face is gay,

is the heart sad! Colonel Gardiner, while he was eagerly pursuing the vanities and follies of the world, appeared always so full of life and spirit, that he got the name of the happy rake; but, after he became a new man, he declared, that, at the very time when he seemed so merry, that others envied his pleasures, he was often so miserable in his own mind, as to wish himself a dog! It was a saying of Augustine, " The pleas. ures of sin are momentary; but its punishments are eternal.” These pleasures, even while they last, are mixed with bitters.

I grant that there are some, who seem so completely stupified, as not in the least to feel their wretchedness. But a time is coming, that will awake them from sleep, and put all their dreams to flight. Hear the prosperous worldling saying to himself, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease ; eat, drink, and be merry. Luke xii. 19. But hold, vain boast. er! those goods are not thy own.

He who lent them, has not given up his right, nor forgotten his claim. Those many years, set down in thy reckoning, are not written in the book

the worst of yourself, that you may avoid delusion. I dare say you do not wholly deny your sin; but do not you spare it, and half excuse it? Perhaps your confession runs in such language as this: “ I have been rather thoughtless, a little too wild; but I always intended to reform." Or it may be, you compare yourself with others, and begin to sound the pharisee's trumpet, saying, I am no extortioner, adulterer, nor drunkard: I have never gone the lengths that many have done : I do no one any harm; and if I be not safe, what will become of thousands?”-Now, be persuaded to examine yourself by the light of God's holy law. Do not talk of what other men are, but of what you ought to be. Labour to gain a full view of the holiness and majesty of God; and then you will elearly perceive the infinite evil of sin, and your own depravity as a sinner. While a garment is kept in the dark, its filthiness is not seen; but bring it to the light, and every spot becomes visible.

2. Many are deceived as to their own state, because they are strangers to the heart.

If they keep free from gross vices and shocking crimes ; if they are sober in their appetites, and honest in their dealings ; if they behave decently towards their superiors, and attend con

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