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And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is
shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost which is gi
What think ye? A certain man had two Sons; and he came
to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not; but afterward he repen-
ted, and went. And he came to the second, and said like-
wise, And he answered, and said, I go, Sir; and went
Whether of them did the will of his father? They
say unto him, the first-MATTHEW XXI. 28-31.
And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith vir-
tue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, tem-
perance and to temperance, patience; and to patience,
godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to
THE ABUSE OF DIVINE FORBEARANCE.
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
therefore the hearts of the sons of men is fully set in them
the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,
The voice of rejoicing is in the tabernacle of the righteous.-
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly,
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Je-
sus Christ.-2 PETER i. 11.
And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the
first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the
Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar,
king of Babylon, caused his army to serve a great service
against Tyrus; every head was made bald, and every shoul-
der was peeled; yet had he no wages, nor his army for Ty-
rus, for the service that he had served against it: therefore
thus saith the Lord God, Behold I will give the land of
Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall
take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey :
and it shall be the wages for his army. I have given him
the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against
it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord God.-
NEUTRALITY IN RELIGION EXPOSED.
No man can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one
and love the other ; or else he will hold to the one, and des-
pise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.–MAT-
And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said,
Behold my mother and my brethren ! for whosoever shall
do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is
THE SAVIOUR GLORIFIED IN HIS PEOPLE.
A Sermon preached before the Bedford Union.
MISTAKES CONCERNING THE NUMBER OF THE
Rom. xi. 2-4.
WoT re not WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAITÄ Or Elias ? HOW HE MA
KETA INTERCESSION TO GOD AGAINST ISRAEL, SAYING, LORD, THET HAVE KILLED THE PROPHETS, AND DIGGED DOWN THINE ALTARS ; AND I AM LEFT ALONE, AND THEY SEEK MY LIFE. BUT WHAT SAITH THE ANSWER OF GOD UNTO HIM? I have RESERVED TO MYSELF SEVEN THOUSAND MEN, WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO THE IMAGE OF BAAL.
HO can understand his errors ?” How numerous, how various, how opposite to each other, are the mistakes of mankind? The lives and the language of many seem to imply a full persuasion, that there is very little evil in sin ; that the difficulties of religion are by no means great ; that it is an easy thing to be a christian ; that if there be a hell, few are
} wicked enough to be turned into it; and that the generality of our fellow creatures are in a fair way for heaven.
This persuasion is as false as it is fatal. “ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, “ and broad is the way which leadeth to destruction,
"and many there be which go in thereat: because "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth "unto life, and few there be that find it."
Is it possible, however, to fall into another extreme, and to draw an unwarrantable conclusion respecting the state of religion, and the number of its adherents; and even wise men, and good men, are liable to this. "Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how "he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged "down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they "seek my life. But what saith the answer of God. "unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand cc men, who have not bowed the knee to the image " of Baal."
We are going then to examine the opinion that reduces the number of the righteous. We fhall lay open the various sources from which it proceeds, and by discovering the cause, we shall prescribe the cure.
Sometimes we draw the conclusion from THE PECULIAR STATE OF OUR OWN MINDS. By the indisposition of the body, or the depression of the animal spirits, our minds are soon affected; we become sad, gloomy, peevish, suspicious. In this situation our minds are unhinged, and easily receive a falling motion; we are more alive to the influence of fear than hope; the darker the intelligence, the more credible; one direction is given to every occurrence, and the invariable inference is, "all these things are against
me. And such seems to have been the condition of Elijah. His language betrays acrimony, petulancy, and despair.