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ears, for they hear*. You now know your true interest; the fear of the Lord is implanted in your heart, and your eyes are directed heaven-wards. You are experimentally acquainted with the pleasure which religion brings, and see that you have exchanged your tinsel for gold; your shadows for the most valuable substance; the momentary blaze and crackling of thorns, for the steady light, and influence, and glory of the sun, which is Shining more and more till the perfect dayt.

Let me invite you to the most cheerful acknowledgments of the riches of divine grace to you. Bless God for the new nature he hath given you, for that heart of flesh into which. the rock is transformed by a new creating power; for those new hopes which he hath opened upon you. Bless him, that you are now sheltered from the storms of divine wrath, and that, instead of looking forward to the judgment day, with the horrors of a malefactor, who is then to be condemned and executed, you are rather lifting up your heads to meet the prospect with triumph, as knowing that your complete salvation will then be manifested, and your redemption be perfected]].

3. We may farther infer, from what we have now been hearing, that the gospel of the blessed Jesus gives us very great advantages for reclaiming young persons from the snares of sensuality and ruin.

The text abundantly intimates the importance of those considerations, which are taken from the final judgment. Now it is certain, the gospel discovers this in the strongest light. Therein is The wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, and some more awful views of judgment are given, than even the language of the prophets, emphatical as it is, can furnish out. In the gospel, we are not only told in general, that God will judge the world in righteousness, but particularly assured, that he will do it, by that man whom he hath appointed**, even The Lord Jesus Christ, who for that purpose shall descend from heaven in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and all the holy angels with him ++; that The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised‡‡; that small and great shall stand before God §§; while in the mean time the world is in flames around them, The sun being darkened, and the moon not giving her light||||, the stars falling ¶¶, The hea

*Mat. xiii. 16.
Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
Acts xvii. 31.
§§ Rev. xx. 12,

Eccles. vii. 6.
Luke xxi. 28.
++ Mat. xvi. 27.
Mark xii. 24.

Prov. iv. 18.
Rom. i. 18.

Xxv. 31. 1 Cor. xv. 52.
q Mat, xxiv. 29.

in your nostrils*; and perhaps you can recollect times and circumstances, in which it seemed just ready to take its flight, when you appeared to be in the extremest danger, so that there was But a step between you and death+. And what if that little interval had been passed! Where had you then been! How low had you then fallen! Why, it is most certain, as to some of you, that had you been thus cut off, the torrent had swept you away into eternal ruin. Even now, while we are worshipping God in his house, rejoicing in mercy and in hope, your miserable spirits had been in the regions of the damned, feeling more than mortal language can express, and fearing yet more, much more than you felt; being, like the apostate angels, Reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Adore the divine patience and forbearance, that your case is so different; for most happily different it is. I have the pleasure to testify to you this day, in the midst of all these terrible things which faithfulness to your souls extorts from me, that The Lord waiteth, that he may be gracious, and does, as it were, raise himself up that he may have mercy upon youş: He rises from his throne to stretch out the golden sceptre to you, to open his compassionate arms to embrace you, if you approach him as humble penitents. Jesus the Judge will become your friend; he will receive you, he will shelter you and bless you; if with believing hearts you seek his mercy, after having so long dared his vengeance. This day do I testify, that he is ready to bestow upon you far more valuable pleasures than those which he calls you to resign, and to give you much greater satisfaction in contradicting the corruptions of your heart, and controling the impulse of your senses, than you ever have found, or could possibly find, in gratifying them. May you be persuaded to the wise and happy exchange! Then will the patience of God be salvation to you, when his goodness leads you to repentance.

2. The

young christian bath apparent reason to be thankful for that grace, which hath sanctified his heart, and turned away his eyes from beholding vanity.

My brethren in the Lord: permit me to remind you that You were sometimes foolish and disobedient, serving divers lusts and pleasures: But there is now room for us to congratulate you, and say, Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your

* Isa. ii. 22.

+ 1 Sam. xx. 3.

Jude, ver. 6.

ears, for they hear*. You now know your true interest; the fear of the Lord is implanted in your heart, and your eyes are directed heaven-wards. You are experimentally acquainted with the pleasure which religion brings, and see that you have exchanged your tinsel for gold; your shadows for the most valuable substance; the momentary blaze and crackling of thornst, for the steady light, and influence, and glory of the sun, which is Shining more and more till the perfect day.

Let me invite you to the most cheerful acknowledgments of the riches of divine grace to you. Bless God for the new nature he hath given you, for that heart of flesh into which the rock is transformed by a new creating power; for those new hopes which he hath opened upon you. Bless him, that you are now sheltered from the storms of divine wrath, and that, instead of looking forward to the judgment day, with the horrors of a malefactor, who is then to be condemned and executed, you are rather lifting up your heads to meet the prospect with triumph, as knowing that your complete salvation will then be manifested, and your redemption be perfected]].

3. We may farther infer, from what we have now been hearing, that the gospel of the blessed Jesus gives us very great advantages for reclaiming young persons from the snares of sensuality and ruin.

The text abundantly intimates the importance of those considerations, which are taken from the final judgment. Now it is certain, the gospel discovers this in the strongest light. Therein is The wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, and some more awful views of judgment are given, than even the language of the prophets, emphatical as it is, can furnish out. In the gospel, we are not only told in general, that God will judge the world in righteousness, but particularly assured, that he will do it, by that man whom he hath appointed**, even The Lord Jesus Christ, who for that purpose shall descend from heaven in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and all the holy angels with him ++; that The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised; that small and great shall stand before God §§; while in the mean time the world is in flames around them, The sun being darkened, and the moon not giving her light||||, the stars falling ¶¶, The hea

*Mat. xiii. 16.
§ Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
**Acts xvii. 31.
§§ Rev. xx. 12,

+ Eccles. vi. 6.

Luke xxi. 28. ++ Mat. xvi. 27. Mark xii. 24.

Prov. iv. 18.
¶Rom. i. 18.

Xxv. 31. 1 Cor. xv. 52.
4 Mat. xxiv. 29.

in your nostrils*; and perhaps you can recollect times and circumstances, in which it seemed just ready to take its flight, when you appeared to be in the extremest danger, so that there was But a step between you and death+. And what if that little interval had been passed! Where had you then been! How low had you then fallen! Why, it is most certain, as to some of you, that had you been thus cut off, the torrent had swept you away into eternal ruin. Even now, while we are worshipping God in his house, rejoicing in mercy and in hope, your miserable spirits had been in the regions of the damned, feeling more than mortal language can express, and fearing yet more, much more than you felt; being, like the apostate angels, Reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Adore the divine patience and forbearance, that your case is so different; for most happily different it is. I have the pleasure to testify to you this day, in the midst of all these terrible things which faithfulness to your souls extorts from me, that The Lord waiteth, that he may be gracious, and does, as it were, raise himself up that he may have mercy upon youş: He rises from his throne to stretch out the golden sceptre to you, to open his compassionate arms to embrace you, if you approach him as humble penitents. Jesus the Judge will become your friend; he will receive you, he will shelter you and bless you; if with believing hearts you seek his mercy, after having so long dared his vengeance. This day do I testify, that he is ready to bestow upon you far more valuable pleasures than those which he calls you to resign, and to give you much greater satisfaction in contradicting the corruptions of your heart, and controling the impulse of your senses, than you ever have found, or could possibly find, in gratifying them. May you be persuaded to the wise and happy exchange! Then will the patience of God be salvation to you, when his goodness leads you to repentance.

2. The young christian bath apparent reason to be thankful for that grace, which hath sanctified his heart, and turned away his eyes from beholding vanity.

My brethren in the Lord: permit me to remind you that You were sometimes foolish and disobedient, serving divers lusts and pleasures||: But there is now room for us to congratulate you, and say, Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your

* Isa. ii. 22.

+ 1 Sam. xx. 3.

Jude, ver. 6.

ears, for they hear*. You now know your true interest; the fear of the Lord is implanted in your heart, and your eyes are directed heaven-wards. You are experimentally acquainted with the pleasure which religion brings, and see that you have exchanged your tinsel for gold; your shadows for the most valuable substance; the momentary blaze and crackling of thornst, for the steady light, and influence, and glory of the sun, which is Shining more and more till the perfect diyt.

Let me invite you to the most cheerful acknowledgments of the riches of divine grace to you. Bless God for the new nature he hath given you, for that heart of flesh into which the rock is transformed by a new creating power; for those new hopes which he hath opened upon you. Bless him, that you are now sheltered from the storms of divine wrath, and that, instead of looking forward to the judgment day, with the horrors of a malefactor, who is then to be condemned and executed, you are rather lifting up your heads to meet the prospect with triumph, as knowing that your complete salvation will then be manifested, and your redemption be perfected].

3. We may farther infer, from what we have now been hearing, that the gospel of the blessed Jesus gives us very great advantages for reclaiming young persons from the snares of sensuality and ruin.

The text abundantly intimates the importance of those considerations, which are taken from the final judgment. Now it is certain, the gospel discovers this in the strongest light. Therein is The wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, and some more awful views of judgment are given, than even the language of the prophets, emphatical as it is, can furnish out. In the gospel, we are not only told in general, that God will judge the world in righteousness, but particularly assured, that he will do it, by that man whom he hath appointed**, even The Lord Jesus Christ, who for that purpose shall descend from heaven in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and all the holy angels with him ††; that The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised; that small and great shall stand before God; while in the mean time the world is in flames around them, The sun being darkened, and the moon not giving her light, the stars falling, The hea

* Mat. xiii. 16.
§ Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
**Acts xvii. 31.
§§ Rev. xx. 12,

+ Eccles. vi. 6. Luke xxi. 28. ++ Mat. xvi. 27. Mark xiii. 24.

Prov. iv. 18.
Rom. i. 18.

xxv. 31. 1 1 Cor. xv. 52.

Mat. xxiv. 29.

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