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knew you! As though he had said, "I deny not the works, but ye are evil men!”
But a minister's satisfaction must be grounded on the faithful discharge of his office in THE DELIVERY OF HIS MESSAGE. A Prince sends a special messenger to his rebellious subjects, with offers of pardon: in examining his conduct, he will not inquire whether they received and approved him or pot: the question will be-"Did you deliver my message? Did you deliver it as one that believed
yourself?as one IN EARNEST?" If a man should come and tell you, with a cheerful counteDance and careless air, that your house was on fire, and that you and your children would be burnt in the flames if you did not make haste to escape, you would not believe him. You would say, “He does not believe it himself, or he would not be so unfeeling as to speak of it in such a manner."
If a minister delivers his message, then no scorn, no reproach that may be cast upon him, can take 1 away his rest he has done his duty. When the King sent out his servants to invite men to his 1 feast, they excused themselves on various pretences: but the servant might say, “No matter! I have declared the message I may rest in having done my part, though no success seems to attend my pressing invitations."
I would lodge, therefore, my appeal in your consciences I take you to record—I appeal to conscience: for there is a conscience in man; and, in serious moments, it will speak out. It wrung from Joseph's brethren that confession, We are verily guilty concerning our brother! It forced Balaam himself to cry out, Let me die the death of the righteous! and let my last end be like his! It tormented the traitor Judas into that self accusation, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood!
When a young person has been talked to by his parents when they have represented to him the 1, misery and ruin of a wicked course, and of bad habits-he might affect to brave it out at the time; but he has gone afterward weeping through the streets-because CONSCIENCE WOULD SPEAK!
But when the Spirit of God softens a man's heart
when he is made to FEEL what an evil and bitter thing it is to sin against God..then a faithful minister's appeal to thạt man is like that of St. Paul to the Thessalonians: Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe. As you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you (as a father doth his children that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not 28 the word of men, but, as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe: 1 Thess. ii. 10-13.
It is most affecting to see to what miserable shifts men will have recourse, in order to evade the truth.
“It is IRRATIONAL," says one, “to insist so much on certain peculiarities of doctrine!”..But whose reason shall be the judge! -For the preach. Inger of the cross is to them that perish foolishness: lut, It is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the vise, and will bring to nothing the understanding f the prudent.
"It is UNNECESSARY," says another.But has lod commanded and do we pronounce his comhands unnecessary?
"It is DISREPUTABLE"-Did Christ regard reptation?-Nay, he made himself of no reputation. "It is a NARROW way"-Ah! there, indeed, you ronounce truly! The way to heaven is a narrow ay! But what says the Judge?-Wide is the ite, and broad is the way that leadeth to destrucon, and many there be which go in thereat, because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Oh how distressing is it to observe many, to whom we cannot but fear, the Gospel which they hear preached from Sunday to Sunday, is but the savor of death! If God has made a difference in any of us, let us not forget to whom we are indebted.
Brethren! You are my witnesses. I take you to record, that you have had the whole counsel of God declared unto you that all curious and metaphysical inquiries, all critical and conjectural points, have been carefully avoided for your sake. I have attempted to clear my ministry of all disputable. subjects, in order to set before you the plain fact of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of salvation through him.
But, consider! you also must give an account I must give an account, whether I plainly and simply declared the truth, as one who felt ite importance, and was in earnest. You must give an account, whether you have gone away from thi place, as if you had heard nothing to the purpose and immediately dissipated your thoughts with some trifling subject-some mere secular concern -or-whether what you heard brought you to you knees before God, beseeching him to seal au impress his truth upon your hearts.
Oh consider the satisfaction you will find, i really embracing all the counsel of God. Conside how soon the time will come, in which it must i your ONLY SATISFACTION, that you have embra ed it! Let it be your prayer, as you go hence "O God give me grace to repent with that repen ance which is unto life! Make me serious! Tea me what I must do to be saved! Help me to belie the record which thou hast given of thy Son. Gi me faith to receive the atonement-to set to o seal, that there is none other name under head
sen among men whereby we must be saved, but e name of Jesus Christ.” Come to vour Savior, with HUMILITY as a sint': come with GRATITUDE and LOVE. For ye o not come unto the mount that might be touched, d that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and rkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, d the voice of words: when, 80 terrible was the ht, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and ake. But ye are come unto mount Sion; and to the city of the living God-the heavenly Jeruem; and to an innumerable company of angels; d to the general assembly and church of the firston, which are written in heaven; and to God, the dge of all; and to the spirits of just men made rfect; and to Jesus' the Mediator of the new Penant; and to the blood of sprinkling, that Paketh better things than that of Abel. See, then, It ye refuse not him that speaketh!--buteiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us d fast grace, whereby we may serve God acceply, with reverence and godly fear. *
*Heb. xii, 18--28.
ON THE DEATH OF A CHILD AT DAY BREAL
BY THE REV. RICHARD CECIL. "Let me go, for the day breaketh."-GENESIS 32: 36 CEASE here longer to detain me,
Kindest mother drown'd in woe,
Morn advances- let me go.
Harbinger of endless day;
Calls my new-born soul away!
Gladly I recurn to God.
Now my trembling heart find rest;
Softer pillow than thy breast.
Upward turning toward their home;
While they wait to see thee come.
-Weeping, parting, care, or woe
--Morn advances--let me go.
Silent glides my parting breath,
Gently close my eyes in death.
Pour their streams upon thy heart!
Breathes my spirit ere we part.
Now again his voice I hear;
Rise, and seek to meet me there!