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in which conteft men were in--dent marks of reternal struvhen volved, and become agitated as Thus God has a witness in en for they fell under the influence of man's breast, which, when -fo rid. either. While others accounted ly informed, will ever fys, they for these things by an inexora- the Moft High. Whefelves any ble and blind fate.

vine character is fet fairi'flection. Some of the moderns, dream men, all things look it diffithat we have a train of natural dif- When they think his eyes i perish, tases in the mind, as well as in the them, they tremble. But wil to body'; which may cause such this view is withdrawn, they wn different frames of feeling, with airy, loofe and vain, and are t out any superintending provi- of foolish trifting. And havids dence.

depraved hearts, they try hard fiBut others afcribe it all to the keep him out of fight by pervert. craftiness and guile of hard heart-ing his character, dreaming that ed, designing men, who wish by he is just such an one as themtheir influence to spoil the ease felves. Still, when God is exhiand comfort of others. Thus bited'according to the feriptures, they wander into endless contra- they tremble, especially underimdictions, and leave the question pending judgments. When this more involved in darkness than is not the eale, it is very clear, they found it. Such is the wif- they do not remember God their dom of this world. Now, as be maker. fore noticed, let any one impar In the instances of saints and tially look into the scriptures and linners - there must be an essential the mystery will vanilh. Here is difference, as to the nature of their the only rational answer : '“I remembering God. The former remembered God, and was trou have a cordial, friendly sense of his bled.” To set God before men character and glory. While the as the true God, and his being latter, in their apprehension of kept in view, will account for the God, rise no higher than the condifferent frames in which the im- victions of conscience. However, penitent are feen. Because, they the finner has a remembrance of ftand in a serious relation to God God that makes him tremble. as his creatures and subjects In this remembrance, the finner They, as well as believers, have a has some realizing apprehenfion moral capacity that renders them that the things of God are a reae accountable to God. They have ity-That the bible is the word s a confcience, which will accuse, or God-That the God of this revás excuse, as they conduct themselves lation is the true God-That his towards the Lord. “The spirit government is universal and he will of a man is the candle of the Lord, not give his glory to another searching all the inward part of the That his law is juít, holy and inflexbelly.” Prov."xx: 27. comparedible—That the transgreffor is in * with Rom. ii. 13, 14. and Job the band of a righteous, benevolent . viii. 9. XV. 24. Therefore, God, and cannot escape_That

men cannot reflect serioully on all men are finners, and juflly ex"moral conduct, without a fecret posed to ruin- That-the gospel of whisper 'within. -“ All is not grace is the only way of salvation right. You are in a more intereft. And that Jesus Christ is the ing situation than you imagine. Son of God, and the only mediaThe things of God bear the evi.' tor; and the conditions of 1:

for lough him altogether reasona- a reality, accompanied with sharp ceptk. This view must bring the convi&ions, which throw finners rettore into an interesting situation. into trouble unknown to those Hi the Ly well reflect : “ Here is who fit in the state of carnal fecuof Job," of the scriptures, whom rity. This remembrance of God friends. £s and angels love and a will rationally account for all the

This I ought to do the same. fears, distress and engagedneis, the d am a tranfgreffor, impeni- which we fec in such periods of mhan c, and the law of holiness curses the out pouring of the spirit of that to endless misery. I cannot God. The things of godliness siccape the vengeance of the Al are deeply impressed on the minds funighty. What can I do. God of saints and finners. Death, opells me to submit to him, and juf- judgment and eternity are brought dify his law, and all his proceed- nigh, and security vanishes. Šin. lings. This seems hard ! I must ners open their deluded eyes, and

do no iniquity, I may not gratify behold! their feet are on flippe. any pride nor luft, on pain of end. ry places, and they must side in less misery, I am told, that I due time. Their all is at stake; am wholly a finner, blind, naked eternity is opening ; God is 3 and wretched ; and must come consuming fire, who will not be empty to Christ for life, or perish. mocked by finners. If so, how This to me is dreadful ! What can they refrain from finking into fhall I do? I find an heart to con trouble? They have every realou 'tend with my

maker. Yet my to be thoroughly alarmed. conscience teftifies, that these hard Some will consider this the ef feelings are wholly wrong ; and feet of delusion and folly. But why that God would be just in punish do they think so, and say so? Is ing me forever. If I say, God is it not, because they do not rememnot so holy and inflexible as to do ber God? And were the rememthis, it still tells me, that I am de- brance of God more deeply impres. luding myself with vain imagina. sed on men, and divine things tions. If I say, God will forget more thoroughly in view, more my fins, or never punish them, awakenings would appear than at ftill I fear it is all a dream. If I present are experienced. Oppofay, there is no God, this will sers and scoffers, probably, would not filence the disturber in be as much alarmed as any clafs

breait ; and if I say, there of men whatever. This has been, es nothing in the gospel, yet I in a good measure, verified in the Am no way relieved. Alas ! cases of a number in the late reviwhere shall I hide from this holy val of religion. When they reGod? I may experience all the membered God, however Itupid and evil I fear. O eternity ! infup. atheistical before, then they were portable eternity! What will be troubled. They could readily say, come of me?"

“ I forgot God, and wandered inThese troubles are visible in the to endless absurdities. But when case of those who try to keep the I remembered him, they all vanishtrue God out of sight. But they ed. Only let God come near in are much more visible in sinners his holy sovereign character, and under serious impressions, particu- we have reason enough to be alarly when awakenings prevail

. larmed and tremble. It is because Such impresions give to religion God is kept out of fight, that

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men feel and act more like beasts are transgressors. Hence, when than moral agents.”

alone conscience troubles them for In a word, would men realize their madness and folly. To rid. God aright, as impartially eyeing themselves of these stings, they their hearts and actions, and de- would never allow themselves any termined to reward them accord- opportunity for ferious reflection. ing to their deeds ; it would damp They plunge into constant diffitheir vain feelings, take away pation, where they must perish, their fancied confidence and joys, unless God be more merciful to and leave them in sorrow. We them than they are to their own need only set God before us, in fouls. order to have all things put on the 2. It will account for the floods countenance of solemnity. Thus, of heresies, immorality and infithe remembrance of God will give delity, which break in upon us. a shock that is never felt, when he Forgetfulness of God opens the is out of sight. When he is in flood-gate for all the vicious proview, it accounts for all our religi- pensities of men.

« Come ! our ous feelings. And on the other lips are our own; who is Lord hand, when he is out of sight, we over us? Come ! let us eat, drink have all our vain feelings. Per and be merry; for tomorrow shall haps, fome may ak, “How shall be as this day, and much more awe account for the different feel bundant. Come ! let us follow ings among the heathen, who our own devices ; let us follow have never heard of the true God? nature ; for there is none to call Reply : They act from similar us to account for what we do.” principles with the rest of man 3. It will direct us to put a kind. They have a conscience just estimate on the characters of

others. And they those who imbibe and propagate have some traditionary hints of a notions calculated to keep Jehopower superior to men, though vah out of view. Such are dethey egregiously mistake in hisceivers, who break the cords of being and moral character. How- moral obligation, and give the ever, they stand in fear of such a reins to pride, luft and vanity; God as they have imagined, and and ruin both themselves and all it has great influence on them. they engage: When they apprehend themselves Of this class may be considered under the eye of their God, their all the self-juftifying under the moral conduct is very different gospel. Such ftri ind of his from what it is, when they feel righteousness and we holiness, themselves out of his fight. and render the gospel in vain.

The above statement will aflift “For if righteoufness come by the us in accounting for several things. law, then is Chrift dead in vain."

1. That young persons, and Gal. ii. 21. This must keep many others in a state of security God concealed, and allow men to and vanity, dread being alone. fin with amazing greedinefs. In They wish to be absorbed in jolli- perfect consonance with this obty and carnal mirth. They will servation it is observable, that the go farther to enjoy such an empty self-righteous can boast of no betIcene, than to witness all the offers ter morals than other men in of the gospel. The reasons are, general. they have a perverted taste, and Of the fame general clasa ate VOL. JII. No. 12.

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those who deny future punish- 1 is the genuine fruit of forgetting inent. Such a step is taking away God. trouble at once, that men may To enforce these observations, have nothing to fear. It is, in it muft be remembered, that the reality, putting off the evil day at such a distance, that no finner can great day of judgment is coming, complain. But is it not at the Christ as the judge of quick and

in which all must appear before fame time opening the horrible dead. The wicked have troubles pit, from whence there is no re

in this world. What will they demption ? O: why do all men, do, when their devices can serve these as well as others, fall into trouble, whenever they realize a

no longer to keep the God of If.

rael out of fight ? When he hall holy God?

The deniers of revelation must come to vindicate his name from rank under the same class

, Sach deeds of the ungodly, and reward evidently do not remember God. The confequence is, they are tions? What must be their agi

them according to their decepwandering jlars, to whom is re

tations in the last day? Then no served the. blackness of darkness forever. Long observation eth in the clouds, and every eye

one can hide.

« Behold he comevinces, that such sentiments will tot give peace in a itormy day. the earth shall wail because of him.

Mall see him : and all kindreds of They give no hope in the passage Even so, amen.” Rev. i. 7. Sinof death. Such die in their fins.

ners must answer for themselves. Atheists must rank under the {ame class. They break every plead their caufe. Imagine then

They will have no advocate to band of religion, and leave man

the diftressful scene!-How will to be his own God. Is not this

unfaithful ministers feel, when tearing away the flood-gate, and

their loft hearers shall face them giving room for all the luft of the human heart to flow ?. Hence, “ Here I am on the left hand,

before the omniscient Judge ? men “ draw iniquity with cords of

because my minister did not in. vanity, and sin as it were with a

struct me faithfully in the nature cart rope.There is no God to

and character of the true God, punish, no heaven to delire, and

and warn me to remember the Lord no hell to dread. Men die like

and Saviour. Mult I be loft the beasts that perish ; wherefore

thro' his careless and inhuman er. let us live like them. Such are the delufions of infidelity. These ample? Eternity! Oh, eternity! feveral notions, the Nightest con

who can support the thought!" fideration will convince, muit de. How will irreligions parents firoy focial happiness. So far as feel, to have their neglected chilthe experiment has been made, dren reproach them before the al. facts demonstrate that they are of fembled universe:

“ You never a fatal nature. How can men act told us what it was to remember fo: “ Madness is in their hearts Goil, according to the gospel while they live, and after that and you set us the example to lead they go to the dead.” Such per- us dire&tly into this distressful confons are often boasting of their dition ! How could you be lo humanity. But is it not a strange unnatural ! -0!! to have parents and perverted Lumanity ? Such lead the way to everlafting fire

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and then to be cursed with their mercy. It is with special refer. company forever and ever! ence to them, that the Holy

How will seducers feel before Ghost is sent into the world. He the Judge they have so heartily indeed often awakens others, and despised when those whom they impreffes their minds with some have seduced will charge them fenfe of the importance of religwith their destructive and poison- ious truths ; but does not subdue ous snares? “ You told us, that their wills. He awakens and the gospel was a farce ; or not of convinces them of their fins, and fach a nature as some represent. then leaves them to the inclinaed : are there the golden dreams tions of their own hearts, which, you preached to us? Oh! that being altogether evil, infallibly we could be rid of such company! lead them to destruction. His Hard lot, to be turned off with business is principally with the you into the place from whence elect. He is sent to fulfil the we cannot escape !”

covenant of redemption made with How then must all these feel, Christ, that he hall fee of the when the sentence shall pass, and travail of his soul and be satisfied. they depart in their own blood, And so far as the salvation of man and link to the lowest hell, loaded is concerned, Christ is satisfied with the blood of all they feduced with the salvation of those whom and eternally ruined ! The itate the Father hath given him, in the ment is overwhelming. May such covenant of redemption. He asks confider before the Judge call!

In his interceffory To conclude, let us all remem prayer, recorded in the 17th ber God with an honest, faithful chapter of John, he grounds his heart; then a brighter scene may interceffion on that covenant. He open in this world, and in the lait says, I pray not for the world ; day. Let us fet God always be. but for those which thou hast give fore us, as our rightful fovereign,

And he acknowledges and be faithful in our several sta- that he had received power over tions and work. This will save all fleih, to give eternal life to as believers a whole series of troubles many as the Father had given and disappointments—and the fin- him. And having finished his ner will escape the curses of time, work, he asks them only for his the insupportable troubles of the reward. judgment day, and the defpairing Those who are thus given to glooms of eternity.

Chriit, are naturally as corrupt as

other men. The reason why they The office of the Holy Ghof in the Chrift, rather than others, God

are selected, to be members of falvation of the Elea.

has not disclosed. Our Lord HERE men, were has taught us how we should

chosen in Chrift unto fa!. feel on this subject, in his advation, before the foundation of dress to the Father,–. I thank the world. The Father hath thee, O Father, Lord of lreaven given them to Christ, in consider and earth, that thou haft hid these ation of his work of redemption. things from the wife and prudent, And all that the Father hath and halt revealed them unto babes; given him will come unto him. even fo Father, for so it seemed They are destined to be veffels of good in thy fight.' There is my

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