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answerable to our poverty. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. His grace is sufficient for us in every time of need.
From what lias been said, we observe, that as the gospel is the word of God, the rule of our faith and practice, and by which we shall be judged at the last day; that it is the duty of sinners who are privileged to hear the gospel, to believe it; and repeni of their sins.
My fellow simneis bound to eternity; permit me to call your
attention to this sole!un and all important subject, in which all classes of men are so deeply interested, for your elemail destines will be fixed in accordance to your treatment of the glorious gospel of the blessed God. If you obey it, then stall ye be happy forever; but if you should rejeci it, and treat it with co be exposed to all the awful judgement threatened upon unbelievers-liars and despisers of his word, to have their portion in the lake thii burneih with fire and brim. stone, which is the second deaths.
Jehovah commanis all men every where to repent. Draws nigh to God and he will drawrigh to you; cleanse your hearts yesinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded, be afficted mourn and weep lit your laughter be turned in mourning and your joy to heaviness; humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will list you up. Hale every appearance of evil. Let the wickel forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let bin return unto the Lord, and he will have mer. cy upon him; and to our God for he will abundantly pardon. Ce:139 to do evil and learn to do well. You ought to hate sin with perfect hatred, as it is perfectly hateful to the holy and just God; destructive to your best interest in this world, as well as expose you to endless inise. ry beyond the grave; and particularly as being the cause of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ the friend of
sinners. Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out. Behold the glory and ex. cellency of Christ by the eye of faith. Consider his ability and willingness to save ; and let me intreat you to receive him-embrace him, and depend upon him as the ground of your justification before 'God. Behold the Lamb of Cod who taketh away the sin of the world. Look unto Jesus who is the captain, the author, as well as finisher of your faith, View him as altogether love. ly, the chief among ten thousand. Look unto him all ye the ends of the earth, and be ye sayed;---for he is God and there is none else. You are commanded to serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling-to kiss the Son lest he be angry, and you perish eternally, when his wrath is kindled against you. This is the work of God; that ye believe in him whom he hath sent. While you have the light, you are recommended to believe in the light. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, He that cometh unto me, saith the Saviour, shall never hunger, and he that believeth in me shall never thirst, The Spirit and the Bride say come and all the Ministers of the gospel should say, 0 come! to the waters every one that thirsteth, and he that hath no money, come ye, and buy wine and milk without money, and without price, Come unto me, saith the gracious Redeemer,--all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you'rest. Yea let them that are ready to perish, come ;-let them flee to Josus for refuge, and venture their immortal soule on him alone,
For the sake of every thing valuable let me beseech you, despise not the glorious gospel of the blessed God For he that is often reproved and hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. If any of you are determined to be disobedient to the
divine command, and turn a deaf ear to the gracious in. vitation of the gospel, you will repent it when it is too late. The Lord is wetting his glittering sword, and will render
vengeance to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him. He will render to every man according to his deeds. To them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish ;-this shall be the portion of them that do evil. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God; for his wrath and displeasure manifested against sin in drowning the old world, and burning Sodom and Gomorrah, were truly awful; and except you repent ye shall all likewise perish. You must unavoidably die the. death eternal--utterly deprived of every thing that is good; and realize with awful feelings the presence of every thing that is bad. Turn therefore from all your transgressions, that iniquity may not be your ruin. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O poor sinners? You may depend upon it, that if .you live and die destitute of an interest in Christ, you shall be punished with an everlasting destruction;-when the Son of God will appear in his glory, surrounded by flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. When he will pronounce the most dreadful sentence upon you, Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. Here is a period, beyond which you shall never hear the sound of the glorious gospel of the blessed God. When mercy itself shall have no compassion upon you. When the Lord Jesus, who is now exhibited on the pole of the everlasting gospel, as the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world; will appear in the character of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, saying, Those mine anemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. Because I have called,
refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh ; when your sear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you.
Eternal truth declares that he that believeth not shall be damned. He that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. O, then! while the door of mercy is wide open, ihe arms of Jesus ready to embrace you, his bowels of compassion yearn over you, you are cordially in. vited to come unto him. To-day, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation; for now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.
Life and salvation, and remission of sin are immediately connected with repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance unto Israel, and remission of sins. Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day ; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all na. tions, beginning at Jerusalem. Goye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature; he that belie. veth and is baptised, shall be saved; were the commission and testimony of the King of Zion, before he ascended to his glory.
Agreeably to this high command of their divine master, the Apostles went and published re. pentance and faith in the name of Christ, to Jews and Gentiles; and those who believed and repented were saved; but those who did not, perished in their sins. The gospel, while the savour of life unto life to some, was the savour of death ynto death to others. For the
preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
My fellow sinners, I beg of you to consider seriously, the importance of the subject presented before you this day; and I would ask you in the language of David, addressed to the Israelites, who is then willing to conse crate his service unto the Lord this day? The grand design of preaching the gospel is, that you might know and receive the truth; that you might know the only way in which you may be saved. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life--the only saviour of sinners-the only foundation of hope for guilty man; and in him we have all things we need—wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Christ is all and in all in our salvation;--venture your soul on him-venture wholly, let no other trust intrude, and you will be happy in life, joyful in death, and glorious forever.
I am persuaded that most of you wish to die the death of the righteous, and that your last cnd should be like his. Live his life, and you shall die his death. The end of that man, who spends his days in disputing and denying the truth of the evidences, that the gospel is from God; who cavils at its doctrines, ridicules its histories, hates the purity of its truths in his heart, and tramples with daring presumption upon all its most holy injunctions, must be truly miserable. Not very unlike This. tlewood; though he might not, like him, have forfeited his life to the violated law of his country; yet like him, having spent his time and talents in pouring contempt upon the gospel, and blaspheming the name of the blessed God who gave it, if not in words yet in thoughts and actions. Whilst Thistlewood was on the drop at Newgate, ready to be executed by the violated law of his country, a few moments before lie was launched into