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whom we are naturally disposed to scorn and hate, is selected as the most unequivocal proof of our love to Christ; nor can this ever be separated from other instances of humble obedience, in the habitual tenour of our conduct.
It may easily be conceived what discoveries will be made, “ when the books shall be opened,” in respect of the different descriptions of unbelievers; which will suffice to“ stop every mouth,” to bring in “ the whole world guilty before God,” and to illustrate the divine justice in the condemnation of all those, who shall then“ go away into everlasting “punishment.” Every one, who seriously reflects on his own conduct, during the entire course of his past life; and compares his thoughts, words, and works with the holy commandments of God, will gradually more and more find his own heart condemn him: and if this be the case with the most moral of the human race, where will the blasphemer, the profligate, the fraudulent, the oppressor, and the murderer appear? Whatever may now be objected to, or whatever excused, the discovery of the divine glory of the holy and perfect law, of man's obligations, and of the whole behaviour of every individual, towards God and man, will then leave the most specious unbelievers speechless, and and make them feel the justice of their own condemnation.
But what words can express
“ able fire,”
his difinitive sentence? Or who does not see that the language of Scripture is selected to inark out the most tremendous effects of almighty indignation ? “ These shall go away into everlasting” (or eternal) "punishment.” But how can this be, if the persons thus condemned do not exist for ever in a state of punishment? Or what proof have we of the eternity of happiness intended for the righteous, if the same word in the same verse in one place do not mean eternal ? – We need not enlarge.--If the ideas “ of a never dying worm, an inextinguish
" " the blackness of darkness for ever," and “ the company of the devil and his angels,” do not warn men to “ flee from the wrath to come,” none else can: for these only fail, because they are not believed.
On the other hand, a kingdom that cannot be moved,” “ an incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading inheritance," "an exceeding and eternal
weight of glory,” “ pleasures at God's right hand “ for evermore," are expressions so energetick, that did we truly believe and attend to them, we could not but be influenced by them in all our conduct. Here then we pause—“ Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear, what we shall be; but we know, that “when Jesus shall appear, we shall be like him, for
shall see him as he is;"” and the countless ages of eternity will only serve to enhance our unutterable joys.
With what words then can we
* John iii. 2.
more properly close this Essay, and the present compendious publication, than those of the apostle,
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for “such things, be diligent, that ye may be found “ of him in peace, without spot, and blameless?2"
1 2 Pet. iii. 14.
Antitrinitarians, attempt to alter the
form of Baptism, 301, 302. See
scriptural truth, 144-148. 244.
193, 194. 218, 219. 222-224. 229.
respecting it, 181–188. 222. 503
-194. 224-229. 505, 506.
378; its unspeakable value, 379;
“ Spirit of,” 325. 379-382, 405.
Christ prove his Deity, 161--168.
Earth,” 406, 407. 410-418.
all other sins, 356–358.
139. 229; worship him, 143, 144.
to judgment, 545.
surdities which it involves, 330,
Armour of God, how taken and used,
by it, 219, &c.
distinct from faith, 373_375; not
181—184. 187. 336, 337; doc-
under the law, 193.
128--132. 135, 136; and to the
Holy Spirit, 294, 295.
for it implies the Deity of Christ,
quent on it, 524-526.
ence, 350, &c; their privileges,
370, &c; their character, &c. 391,
principles, 418, &c.
Bigotry, love to truth falsely so Christian, life of, 351, &c; see be-
called, 34. 52. 158; how the lievers, and warfare.
charge should be obviated, 306. Church, distinction between militant
and triumphant, 350.
95. 490; dispersing good ones, Communion, with God, the believer's
law, 97, 102; tendency of evan-
401, 402. 411-418.
to another, not regeneration, 269,
Conviction, of sin, arises from scrip-
the scriptures, contrasted with that 103, 332-335.
25, 26; of Christians, 391, &c. 412_418. 191, 492.
sidering men's state as dangerous, | Cross, of Christ, lessons inculcated
by it, 215, 216. 412, 413; vic-
tories obtained by him on it, 218,
89, 454-457; should be corrected Crucifixion, to the world, 41, 413.
Darkness, kingdom of, 359-362.
15—17; his deity, proofs of, 123, righteous and the wicked, 1156
the friend of believere,
-190. 223, 224. 428, 429. 532; tion, 109.
precious to believers, 322, 323 ; Devotedness, required to Christ, a