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« He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.”—John iii. 36.
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." -Romans v. 1.
“ For by grace are ye saved through faith.”—Eph. ii. 8. Sermon 5.--The sinner encouraged and ex
horted to return and live. " Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."--Isaiah ly. 7.
“ I will heal their backslidings, I will love them freely, for mine anger is turned away from him.”-Hosea xiv. 4.
“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.-2. Cor. v. 19. SERMON 6- Religion recommended as the duty, and interest, and glory of the young.
“ And thou Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy fathers, and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind; if thou seek him he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him he will cast thee off for ever.”—1 Chron. xxviii. 9.
“Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, my Father, thou art the guide of my youth."-Jer. iii. 4.
• My little children, of whom I travail in
birth again, until Christ be formed in you.” -Gal. iv. 19.
“ And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."-2. Tim. iji. 15,
BELOVED READER, hast thou perused the foregoing discourses and scriptures without any sensible advantage to thy soul? I entreat thee in the bowels of a compassionate Saviour to read then again; look them over with greater attention to the truths they contain, and more fervent prayer to the Holy Ghost for his blessing. Might not the bare peradventure that thou mayst be saved through eternily, reasonably call thee to the most painful diligence a few months or even ages in using the means of salvation? What patience do the children of this world exercise in pursuing their favorite objects; what fatigues do they endure; what perils do they encounter by sea and by land; what unknown regions do they explore for the acquisition of treasures or honors which they may not live another day to possess; and wilt thou be less diligent in acquiring an unfading crown, an incorruptible inheritance? But, beloved reader, thou hast not a bare peradventure only; thou hast the greatest encouragement; nay, every possible assurance that thou shalt not strive or seek in vain. Then shall ye know him, if ye follow on to know the Lord.” Are you
not enjoined to “work out your own galva. tion with fear and trembling," that is to attend with all diligence every means of divine appointment, to exercise a holy fear lest you come short of so great salvation, with this positive assurance, “it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” He ordinarily breather upon the soul in its humble, earnest, uniform attendance upon his own institutions, imparting spiritual and immortal life; these ordinances le often accompanies with almighty energy, convincing the unconvinced, converting the unconverted, and preparing the subjects of his grace for the possession of glory. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Therefore, as thy soul is precious, as an eternal redemption is provided, and as the Lord has ordained his own word to be the great means of applying this redemption, lose no opportunity of reading or hearing it. It was by an occasional, what the world would
pronounce, an accidental attendance on the ministry of our Lord that Zaccheus received salvation to his soul and his house; it was by an occasional hearing of the apostles ihat the Lord "opened the heart of Lydia,” enabling her“ to attend to the things that were spoken;" it was by an occasional reading and bearing of the word that the Ethiopian Eunuch was savingly instructed and enabled “ to go on his way rejoicing.”
With the most diligent use of the word,
whether read or preached, I would urge upon thee devoutly and explicitly to covenant with the Lord Jesus ; endeavor to make the most solemn, particular, unreserved application of him as thine own Saviour and portion ; thine own wisdom for all saving instruction; thine own righteousness for complete reconciliation ; thine own sanctificaiion for beginning and perfecting a work of holiness in the inner man; thine own redemption for delivering thy soul at death and thy body at the resurrection from all their bondage, from all that dominion to sin, and satan, and the grave, to which they were exposed. O reader, be instant, be earnest in coming to Jesus, in closing with Jesus as thine all both NOW AND FOR EVER. Perhaps the moment in which thou art reading this page may be the last moment of mercy to thee ; perhaps the entreaty, which in God's name is now solemnly presented, may be the last voice of mercy which shall ever salute thine ears : for ought I know, or thou knowest, thy breath may instantly depart, thy body become a lifeless mass, and thy soul be summoned to the tribunal of its Judge. Under this impression, and with an earnestness, a solemnity becoming one that must perish eternally without an interest in Christ, approach bim and expostulate with bion in the following manner.
“ Lord Jesus, I am a lost, perishing sinner, I have wilsully destroyed myself by adding to my original guilt many actual crimes ; I have grieved thy most blessed Spirit by not yielding to his admonitions ; I have wasted my merciful day by a most shameful indifference; now appear before thee in my sins, as one of the most poor, blind, naked, miserable wretches out of hell, but I am willing to receive all as a free gift at thy hand, and be an eternal debtor to the riches of thy mercy; I cannot believe, but, o blessed Saviour, “] look to thee as the author and finisher of faith;" I cannot repent, but art “ thou not exalted to give repentance and remission of sins ?” my guilt is truly great, mine iniquities are more in number than the hairs upon my head, and each enough to sink a soul to hell, but thou art God, and therefore MIGHTY, ALL-MIGHTY to save ; “there is redemption in thy most precious blood for the very chief of sinners." THOU ONLY HOPE of perishing sinners, do not cast me off; I cannot go away without thy blessing ; I cannot bear the thought of being an eternal outcast from thy presence; I cannot dwell with devils, I cannot lie down a prey to devouring flames; only let me touch the borders of thy garment, give me the lowest station in thy service on earth, and the lowest mana sion in thy glory above, I am willing to stand as a chief monument of mercy to the eternal astonishment of angels and of the universe.” Thus cast yourself at the Sa. viour's feet; imitate him who “ wept and made supplication, resolving, I will not let thee go except thou bless me. Let the