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cross ? had not our everlasting welfare beert an object of his tenderest concern. This surely, if duly considered, must remove all fufpicions of his goodness, and destroy the jealousies even of the most distrustful mind. Behold Christ weeping over the impending fate of Jerusalem, and bemoaning the hardness of heart of those who attended his ministry; view him in his agony, and in his conflict with the powers of darknefs ; hear him on the cross praying for his enemies – and then fuppose, if you are able, that your ruin can be pleasing to him who hath done so much to prevent it. But, in the

3d place, The various means which God employs for reclaiming men from their ways of folly and vice, afford another proof of his goodness, and of his tender concern for their welfare. He is not only the Author of the gracious plan of our redemption, but he hath likewise set before us the most powerful motives to persuade us to embrace his offered favour, and to comply with his designs of mercy. Every confideration, which can be supposed to work, ei

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cher on our hopes or our fears, is set be-
fore us in the most striking light. The
veil is removed from the invisible world;
the joys of glorified faints, and the torments
of despairing finners, are made the subject
of a clear revelation. How affectionately
doth he invite men to turn unto him and
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and your labour for that which fatisfieth “ not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat " ye that which is good, and let your soul «s delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, " and come unto me; hear, and your soul 6 shall live.” Even the threatenings of God are not so much the thunderings of his juftice, as the loud rhetoric of his mercy, He thakes the rod over us, that, by å timely submission, we may avert the stroke. And when all the methods used to reclaim a finner have proved ineffectual, with what reluctance doth he at last execute his threaten

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ed vengeance? “ How shall I give thee up, “ Ephraim ? how shall I deliver thee, If“ rael? how shall I make thee as Admah ? « how shall I set thee as Zeboim ? Mine “ heart is turned within me, my repentings " are kindled together.” Nay, after the fierceness of his anger hath consumed the transgressors, what regret doth he express, that they should have extorted from bim their own punishment ? “ O that my peo“ ple had hearkened unto me, and Israel “ had walked in my ways !" He utters these word, as it were with as figh, lamenting the folly and perverseness which had com pelled him to such measures of severity against them: Not that God is influenced by any human passions ; but because he could not otherwise communicate, in a manner intelligible to us, the deep concern which he takes in our welfare. • Nor are these mere expressions of kindnels, which are unaccompanied with deeds to prove their fincerity, and to render them effectual : he hath instituted an order of men to carry the glad tidings of salvation to every corner of the earth; to beseech sin

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ners, in his name, to lay aside their enmity' to him, which can only hurt themselves, and to return to that Almighty Being, who, though he stands in no need of them, is most sincerely willing to receive them into his favour, and to bestow on them everlasting happiness. “ We are ambassadors for “ Christ, as though God did beseech you by “ us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye “ reconciled to God." We are commanded to “ preach the word,--to be instant in sea"fon and out of season,-in meekness in“ structing those that oppose themselves, if “ God peradventure will give them repent6 ance to the acknowledging of the truth.” And to excite us to be diligent and faithful in the exercise of this office, he hath afsured us, “ that when the chief Shepherd “ shall appear, we ihall receive a crown of “ glory that fadeth not away.”

Is not this then an unanswerable proof that God hath no pleasure in the death of finners ? What stronger evidence of it could he give, than to send to them so many messengers, to beseech them in his name to turn and live? to employ on this kind

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