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out intermission for another trial, the ears which once would have been opened to your prayers, are now closed against them for ever ; for there is no intercessor for those who are once condemned.
But, my brethren, we are not yet condemned. I have been endeavouring to describe to you the miserable condition in which you would be, if you should, by dying in your sins, bring down that awful vengeance upon you; but thanks be to God, we are not yet removed from the scene of our probation, and therefore, sinners as we are, we are yet capable of mercy. Capable did I say? We are exhorted, earnestly, affectionately, incessantly exhorted to accept it. Our lives are prolonged solely in the hope and for the purpose that we may not ultimately perish. God is calling to us, “Why will ye die?” He is assuring us, that he is ready to forgive us all our síns, if we will cast them off, and bestow our love upon who alone is worthy of it. Christ is ever interceding on our behalf, and praying his Father that those may not be lost for whom he has paid so dear a price; and the Holy Spirit is ever knocking at our hearts, and calling us to a life of faith and holiness. If any of you are delaying to take advantage of these merciful dispositions, which now exist in the divine mind towards you, you
him, are losing an invaluable opportunity : it will soon escape out of your hands, and never recur again. The greater part of your life perhaps is already gone, and nothing is yet recorded in
favour. “ How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity, and fools delight in folly?” How long shall trifles beguile you of that precious time, on which you will hereafter acknowledge that you could not have set too high a value? How long will you tempt the patience of God, who, though he waiteth long that he may
mercy, can yet be wearied by the obstinacy of sinners, and if they continue to provoke him, will at length make a way for his indignation, and spare not their souls from death? Oh, consider how short your time is upon earth,-how long the eternity which will succeed! Consider what a work is to be done before
leave the world! what an eventful decision to be made! How can you suffer the brief delusions of this idle world to rob
you of the everlasting happiness which you may yet secure to yourselves in heaven? May the grace of God this day open your eyes to perceive your truest interests. May it convince you that you have but one great object for which to labour, in this little life which is fleeting away so fast. May it prevail on you to prepare for the great day of judgment, by taking to you the breastplate of faith, and by acquiring, through grace, that spirit of holiness, which the gospel requires ; so that you may live in hope, and die in peace; and when you shall at last appear before the throne of God, you may hear these joyful words addressed to you,“ Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world ;” and then entering into the joy of your Lord, you will dwell for ever in his
presence, who alone can satisfy you with the fulness of joy; and who will be your exceeding great reward through the interminable ages of a happy eternity. And may God of his infinite most useful and instructive of all lessons, “ so to number your days, that you may apply your hearts unto wisdom," through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE LAST JUDGMENT.
MATTHEW xxv. 31-33.
When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.
And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
I HAVE been much afraid that my late discourses, on the controverted question of the millennial period, although from the novelty of the subject, they might have excited a momentary interest, must to the majority of my hearers have been very unedifying; for there must be a great many, who not having the ability to read, or the opportunity and leisure to read much, would have known nothing of the arguments used on either side, but for the notice which I have taken of them in this place. I assure you most sincerely, it is my earnest wish, and constant endeavour, to avoid wasting, in any unprofitable discussions, those valuable seasons in which I ought to be labouring to promote among you the increase of faith, piety, and holiness; and many and many a time do I reproach myself, for not having addressed you in a way, better calculated to advance the great work, which “my conscience beareth witness” I have most deeply at heart, “even the salvation of your souls.” But may God give success to his holy word, however feebly set forth! May he pour
" the continual dew of his blessing” upon the seed sown, and cause it to yield a more abundant-increase, than I almost dare to expect! May he send down upon me and all “the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God,” and upon “all congregations committed to our charge,” and“ especially upon this congregation here present,” “the healthful spirit of his grace,” so that we may open our mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, and therein may speak boldly, as we ought to speak, and
“hear his word, and receive it with
that they may