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tion upon all your affections; and see that you be not overcharged with the cares and love of this present life. Luke, 21 : 34, 35. Will you that your Lord come and find you in such a posture ? Oh "let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Phil. 4:5. Improve all your Master's talents diligently and carefully. Then must you make up your account for them all.
But, above all, be sincere in your profession. Let your hearts be found in God's statutes, that you may never be ashamed; for this day will be the day of manifestation of all hidden things. Nothing is so secret, but that day will reveal it : "Beware of hypocrisy ; for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” Luke, 12 : 1, 2.
Thus I have finished, through Divine aids, the whole doctrine of the work of redemption by Jesus Christ. I close with a general
And now, let me persuade all those for whom the dear Son of God came from the blessed bosom of the Father, assumed flesh, and laid down his own lise a ransom for their souls; for whom he lived, died, rose, ascended, and lives for ever in heaven to intercede-to live wholly to Christ, as Christ lived and died for us.
Oh brethren, never were the heathen world acquainted with such arguments to deter them from sin, such motives to urge them to holiness, as I now spread before you. My request is, that you give up both your hearts and lives to glorify the Father, Son, and Spirit, whose you are. Greater things are expected from you than from other men. See that you turn not all this grace into licentiousness. Think not that because Christ hath done so much for you, you may sit still; much less indulge yourselves in sin, because Christ offered up such
an excellent sacrifice for its expiation. No, though Christ
your prayers; the obedience of your hearts in hearing; the meekness of your hearts in suffering; the mercifulness of your hearts in distributing; the truth and righteousness of your hearts in trading; the sobriety and temperance of your hearts in eating and drinking. These are the 'fruits of Christ's sufferings indeed, they are sweet fruits. Let grace refine, ennoble, and elevate all your actions; that you may say, * Truly our conversation is in heaven." Let grace have the ordering of your tongues and of your hands; the moulding of your whole conversation. Let not humility appear in some actions and pride in others; holy seriousness in some companies and vanity in others. Suffer not the fountain of corruption to mingle with or pollute the streams of grace. But be you in the fear of the Lord all the day long. Let there be a due proportion between all the parts of your conversation. Approve yourselves the servants of Christ in all things; " By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.” 2 Cor. 6:6, 7. See then how circumspectly you walk. Cut off occasion from them that desire occasion; and in well-doing commit yourselves to God, and commend religion to the world.
These great duties I shall commend to your consciences by the considerations that the redeemed of the Lord are under the highest obligations to be holy; that they are assisted to a life of holiness ; and that God in. tends to make great use of their lives, for the conviction and conversion of others.
I. God hath laid his redeemed under infinite obligations to pure and holy lives. I know the command lies upon all men. Even those that cast away the cords of the command, and break Christ's bonds asunder, are yet bound by them, and cannot plead a dispensation to live as they do. Yea, it is not unusual for them to feel the obligations of the command upon their consciences, even when their impetuous lusts hurry them on to its violation. But there are special ties that bind you to holiness more than others. Many special and peculiar engagements you are under from God, from yourselves, from your brethren, and from your enemies.
1. God hath LAID YOU UNDER INFINITE OBLIGATIONS TO purity and strictness of life. Yea, every person in the blessed Trinity hath cast his cord over your souls, to bind your hearts and lives to the most strict and full obedience of his commands.
1. God the Father hath obliged you to holiness of life, not only by the common tie of creation, (and is it reasonable that God, with such infinite skill, should create a being to be employed against him ? that he should plant the tree, and another eat the fruit of it ?) but he also constrains you, by his wise and merciful designs and counsels for your recovery and salvation. It was he that laid the corner-stone of your salvation with his own hands. The first motion sprang out of his breast. If God had not designed the Redeemer for you, the world had never seen him. It was the act of the Father to give you to the Son to be redeemed, and then to give the Son to be your Redeemer: both stupendous and astonishing acts of grace. And in both God acted as a most free Agent. Oh how much owest thou to the Lord for this! And what obligations doth it leave upon thy soul, to obey, please, and glorify him!
God the Father also binds you by his bountiful remunerations of your obedience. What service didst thou ever perform for him, for which he hath not paid thee a thousand times more than it is worth ? Didst thou ever seek him diligently, and not find him a bountiful Rewarder ? Didst thou ever give a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, and not receive a disciple's reward? Matt. 10 : 42. Hast thou not found inward peace and comfort flowing into thy soul on every act of sincere obedience ? Oh what a good Master do the saints serve! You that are remiss and inconstant in your obedience, you
thet are heartless and cold in duties, hear how your God expostulates with you: "Have I been a wilderness to Israel, a land of darkness ?” Jer. 2 : 31. Have I been a hard Master to you? Have you any reason to complain of me? Are fruits of sin like fruits of obedience ? Do you know where to find a better master? Why then are you so inconstant, so sluggish and remiss in my work? Surely God is not slack to fulfil his promise. May you not say with David, "This I had, because I kept thy precepts ?" Psalm 119 : 56. There are fruits in holiness, even present fruit. It is a high favor to be employed for God; reward enough that he will accept any thing thou doest. But to return every duty with such comförts, such quiekenings, such inward and outward blessings into thy bosom, so that thou mayest open the treasury of thine own experience, view the variety of encouragements and the tokens of his love received; and say, This I had, and that I had, by wait
ing on God and serving him-Oh what obligations are these
upon thee to be ever abounding in the work of the Lord! Though thou must not work for wages, yet God will not let thy work go unrewarded. For he is not un. righteous to forget your work and labor of love.
Your Father hath further obliged you by signifying to you his great delight and pleasure in your holiness and purity of life. He hath told
such as are upright in their way are his delight.” Prov. 11:20. That he would have you "forget not to do good, and to communicate, for with such sacrifices he is well pleased.” Heb. 13:16. You know
walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing," except ye be "fruitful in every good word and work.” Col. 1:10. And what a bond is this upon you to a holy life! Can you please yourself in displeasing your Father? If you have the heart of a child, surely you cannot. Oh you cannot grieve his Spirit by loose and careless walking, but you must grieve your own spirit too. How often hath God pleased and gratified you, and will you not please him? In many things the Lord hath wonderfully condescended to please you, and now there is but one thing that he desires of you, and that most reasonable, yea, beneficial to you, as well as pleasing to him ; " Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1: 27. This is the one thing, the great and main thing he expects from you in this world ; and will not you do it? Can you expect that he should gratify your desires, when you are so thoughtless of grieving and displeasing him? Well, if you know what will please God, and yet resolve not to do it, but will rather please your flesh, and gratify the devil than him; pray change your profession, fall into your own rank among hypocrites, and appear as indeed you are.
The Father hath further obliged you to strictness and purity of conversation, by his gracious promises to such