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some particulars, according to our own choice or discretion but we are called upon to submit to his authority, and yield obedience in all things; and if our repentance, faith, and love be sincere, we shall cordially render it. Our past sins will appear to us, as acts of rebellion against our Sovereign and bounteous Creator; present failures will be considered as additional provocations, which need forgiveness through the atoning blood; and our obedience, the only undeniable evidence of our repentance and conversion. We shall regard every interest or object which would draw us aside, as an idol and usurper; every contrary propensity as the remains of our old bondage; and the path of duty as true liberty, the perfection of which we shall long after with groans and tears.
But further, we are required, to "honour the "Son, even as we honour the Father that sent "him"." Thus the worshippers of Baal kissed his image, and the idolatrous votaries of the golden calves used the same ceremony. JEHOVAH therefore seems to say in the words of the text,
I demand for my beloved Son that very adoration, which I prohibited and abhorred, when offered unto idols.' When our Lord had said, "I and "my Father are One," the Jews accused him of making himself equal with God; and their renewed attempt to stone him, together with the immediate
cause of his condemnation to the cross, proves that he neither denied nor evaded the charge. On this point, he and the Jews were at issue; for this supposed crime he suffered and died; but "he was "declared to be the Son of God with power, by
his resurrection from the dead." And he, who carefully examines the account given of the worship rendered to "the Lamb that was slain," by redeemed sinners, an innumerable multitude of angels and all creatures, as made known in vision to the apostle John, will not be able to mark any difference between it, and the adoration paid to "Him who sitteth on the throne, and liveth for "ever and ever'." It cannot therefore be wonderful, if the disciples of Christ on earth should be required to learn the worship of heaven, as a part of their "meetness for the inheritance of the saints "in light."-But we proceed to,
III. Make some remarks, on the warning and encouragement, "If his wrath be kindled, yea, but a little; blessed are all they that put their trust "in him."
What is this but a declaration, that' If you refuse the salvation of Christ, reject his authority, and deny him the honour due to him, his love will be turned into fiery indignation, and he will glorify
Rev. v. 6-13,
his name in taking vengeance on his despisers, as well as in saving and blessing his humble disciples?'-With allusion to the day of judgment, it is said, "The kings of the earth, and the great men, "and the rich men, and the chief captains, and "the mighty men, and every bondman, and every "freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the "rocks of the mountains: and said to the moun "tains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the "face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from "the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his "wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand' ?" Observe the words, "the wrath of the Lamb," the wrath, not only of an offended King and Judge, but also of a despised Saviour. This will enhance the guilt and condemnation of those who neglect the gospel, and render their condemnation more intolerable than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Our attention should be peculiarly fixed on the expression, "If his wrath be kindled, yea, but a little,"—that is, 'Should you be found among the more plausible and moderate of those, who refuse submission to the Saviour; among those who have least provoked his indignation; your doom will yet be very tremendous.'-This comes home to the case of multitudes. Many persons readily express their abhorrence of the blasphemies, atheism, and other enormous crimes, which alas, have
3 Rev, vi. 15-17,
been perpetrated in a neighbouring nation; and with a latent self-flattery, they rise in their own good opinion, by comparing their conduct, with that of such daring enemies to God and his Christ. Others exclaim against those that deny our Lord's divinity, or his atonement; and they seem to feel much inward satisfaction in opposing these dangerous heresies: while some congratulate themselves, that they never scoff at religion, but always speak respectfully of its sacred truths and duties. Thus in various ways, men keep up a persuasion that they are Christians: yet if we insist upon unreserved submission to Christ, according to that view of it which hath been stated, they would perhaps acknowledge, they had not gone so far in religion. If they have not been avowed opponents, they have in great measure endeavoured to maintain a neutrality: but such persons should recollect that Christ hath said, "He that is not with me "is against me;" so that all will be considered enemies, who are not his cordial friends and loyal subjects. Indeed this is a general cause of men's destruction; they compare themselves with some other characters, fancy themselves better than they, quiet their consciences, and go on in the ways of sin and ungodliness,
But what consolation will it be in the day of wrath, should your condemnation be one degree less heavy, than that of your neighbours? Should you approach as near to christianity, as a man can
possibly do, who is not a true disciple of Christ, what would it avail you? Suppose you hesitate, from love to some lawful earthly comfort, which you prefer to Christ, and refuse to part with for his sake: will not that very circumstance render your feelings most exquisitely poignant, when the doom shall be pronounced against you? This cannot be too closely brought home to conscience: for it was a prevailing delusion, even at the time, when our Lord was on earth. Know therefore, whether thou art a Judas, betraying Christ for sordid lucre, under the mask of a disciple or a minister; a Pilate, "washing thine hands," by giving up his cause from fear of man, and then pretending to excuse it; a Herod, that openly insultest him; a Gallio, that carest for none of these things; or a Felix, who tremblest and stiflest thy convictions: Whether thou join the multitude that cry, "Crucify him, crucify him; not this man, "but Barabbas;" or with Agrippa, art "almost persuaded to be a Christian;" or departest "sorrowful, because thou hast great possessions:" "which of these characters soever; belongs to thee; know assuredly, that thou wilt perish from the right way, unless thou repent, and become a believing and obedient subject of the Lord Jesus. And what will it avail thee, that numbers will be associated in the same condemnation, or even perish in a still more tremendous manner?