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Thus I have endeavoured to keep as close as possible to a single point of very great importance -namely, the dealings of God, the threatenings of God, as they regard the next world, and are to be executed at the day of judgment, in the final destruction of all impenitent workers of iniquity, There is among us, on this subject, a great deal of indolence, of indifference, of scepticism, of actual unbelief. With With your eyes open, you cannot but see this plainly in many instances; and you have good reason to suspect it in many more. True candour consists not in stifling evidence, but in paying a just regard to it. However, the wise thing is always to look diligently to ourselves; and there the best of us may soon perceive, if not the produce and fruit, yet the seeds, in plenty, of the unbelief we are now considering.

May God, of his infinite mercy, grant that these feeble endeavours of mine may put you upon closely thinking and reviewing your own secret sentiments on this awful subject, and comparing them with what you find in Scripture! For be assured, that, connected with this subject, indis solubly connected with it, are right notions of the evil of sin against a Holy God, and right notions

of the redemption of Christ; and, what is still more, right notions of applying to the Redeemer for deliverance, for an interest in his meritorious propitiation, and for the gracious helps of his Holy Spirit, to enable us to glorify his holy Name by a godly, righteous, and sober life.



JOHN v. 34.

These things I say, that ye might be saved.

THE salvation of the soul, as that term is used in a Christian country, always implies both its complete deliverance from an eternal state of misery and punishment, and its security and happiness in a blessed immortality. One sees at once, therefore, that all other subjects, compared with this, the salvation of the soul, dwindle into insignificance. Strictly speaking, no other subject can be compared with it. The pains of all worldly adversities and misfortunes will in a short time subside, as though they had never existed; and so will the most agreeable and delightful scenes of human life. It is not so with those whose sentence shall be, "Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting


fire" their worm dieth not, and "the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever!" Also not so with those who at the resurrection shall be conducted to sit down at the right hand of God: "they shall reign for ever and ever." is the durability, it is the eternity of the situations, that makes the great difference between the present world and the next. It is true, those on the left hand will weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth, with sensations to us, I believe, inconceivable ; and in regard to those on the right hand, also, we are expressly told that " eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive the good things which God hath prepared for them :" yet still it is the fixed, the unalterable, the eternal state, of both the righteous and the wicked, which so awfully marks the distinction between the loss of the soul in hell, and the salvation of it in heaven. "What," therefore says our Lord, "shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul" And in the same spirit he advises us to endeavour to gain heaven, as our primary object; and then we shall infallibly obtain as much of this world and its goods as will be of any sort of use to us.

"Seek first the kingdom of God, and these things shall be added unto you."

It is, I apprehend, such serious and scriptural views of the subject as these, which have fixed that awful meaning to the words salvation of the soul, which we all are disposed to acknowledge when the question is put closely to us. We own at once that the words denote the eternal state of the soul after death and judgment a state of complete happiness or misery;-and, accordingly, there are very few who, when they are brought to reflect on a future state, will not say, "I hope for salvation," or, "I hope I shall be saved."

Be it observed, that at present I do not condescend to take notice of such expressions as, As I hope for salvation," or, "As I hope to be saved," though commonly enough used, when these are thrown out in the ordinary sallies of profane or careless language: the animadversions. suitable to such an unchristian way of speaking belong to a different subject. I would now draw your attention to the grave and serious use of the words-for example, as they are very often used by persons likely to die, or in a declining state of health; or, perhaps, in a thoughtful state of mind

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