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keep you in countenance .... but the end thereof is destruction !!

If, on the other hand, you incline to the last of these ways, I must direct you to count the cost : be assured it will be hard and disagreeable to the flesh. The difficulties which attend it are given as the reason why it is so little occupied.

If you incline to this way, there may be great difficulties attend. ing your entrance ; for strait is the gate. While you are under convictions, and your hearts are not subdued to the obedience of Christ, these difficulties will appear insurmountable. To escape the wrath to coine, it will appear absolutely necessary that you should enter in : yet to forego all hope of mercy on the ground of your good deeds, or even of your prayers and penitential tears, and to sue for pardon as one of the chief of sinners, wholly for the sake of Jesus Christ, is hard work for a proud heart. If you enter in, it is also necessary that you give up all your former idols, without a single reserve ; but this also is hard work to a corrupt heart: these are things which make many people hesitate about religion for a long time, labouring under darkness of mind, and unable to find rest for their souls. But let me add, these difficulties exist only in your own mind : ye are not straitened in God, but in your own bowels. If you can be contented to accept of mercy as one of the chief of sinners, all will be easy. Come to Jesus as such, and you will find rest unto your soul : and if his name be precious unto you, bis yoke also will be easy, and his burden light. Denying self, taking up the cross, and following him, will then be no hard service, but your very meat and drink. The way of salvation through his atoning blood, will also be a source of joy unspeakable, and of peace which passeth all understanding; and you will be amazed at your former ignorance and aversion.

Further : There may be hard struggles attending your progress; for,, narrow is the way. You may meet with contempt from the world, persecution from your connexions, and if you be faithful, with many a bard speech, and hard measure, from loose professors; you may be annoyed by temptations from without, and confounded by strong struggles from within ; old companions may in. vite you to turn back ; the allurements of the world may be placed on the right hand and on the left, to induce you to turn aside ; and

through the remaining corruption of your nature, you may be too apt at times to listen to their counsels ; you may also expect to meet with things that will make your heart sink within you ; despondency may lay fast hold of you ; and the very hand of God be stretched out against you. Let me add, however, that this way is infinitely less rugged than that in which Jesus walked to accomplish your salvation : and if your heart be with his heart, I need not add more to reconcile you to it.

Moreover : In pursuing the narrow way, you may have but little company; for few there be that find it. Compared with the ungodly, religious people are but as the gleanings of the vintage ; and your lot may be cast in a part of the world where few of those few are to be found. You may reside in a village where no one cares for Cbrist, or in a family that calls not upon his name. In such circumstances, you may be the object of derision ; a man wondered at, and persecuted ; and even bated by your nearest relations ! But' be of good cheer : though there be but few who will accompany you, yet those few are the excellent of the earth. You will also bold society with an invisible host of heavenly spirits that watch over you ; a host so numerous, that more are they that are with you than they that are with your adversaries ; and what is more than all, the narrow way leadeth unto life.

Thus, reader, life and death are set before thee; which wilt thou choose ? Recollect that the destruction which awaits the ungodly, is not a loss of being, but of well-being ; it is the loss of all that is desirable, and an exposedness to all tbat is dreadful; the weeping of desolation, the wailing of despair, and the gnasbing of teeth which attends the most intolerable anguish. Consider also that the life which awaits the godly, is not mere being, but wellbeing; it is an entire freedom from evil, and an eternal enjoyment of bliss, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, and which hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive. It will also be heightened by the trials through which we pass to the possession of it. :

If you enter the strait gate, and walk in the narrow way, an abundant entrance will be ministered unto you, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ : but if found pursuing the broad way, you shall hereafter strive to enter into that kingdom, and shall not be able.

ON CHRIST'S WASHING THE DISCIPLES' FEST.

John xiii.

This significant action, so full of kindness and condescension on the part of our Saviour, is recorded for our example. Happy shall we be, if we truly copy it. Here is no affectation of humility, but humility itself; nor is it performed as a mere ceremony, but to teach us in love to serve one another. Its being done at a time when Jesus knew that his hour was come, that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, renders it additionally impressive. It was the same night in which he was betrayed : a night in which it might bave been thought, his own approaching trials would have engrossed his whole attention : yet then he was fully employed in behalf of others ; setting an example of brotherly affection, ordajning a standing memorial of his death, fortifying, by a speech full of unparalleled consolation, the hearts of his disciples, and commending them to the care of God his Father. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; not only in making his soul an offering for sin, but in every step that led on to that awful crisis.

Laying aside his garments, he took a towel, girded himself with it, poured the water into a basin, and went from one to another, performing the work of a menial servant. When it came to Peter's torn, bis feelings revolted at the idea. Lord, saith he, viewing his dignity on the one hand, and his own insignificancy on the other, dost Thou wash my feet? Jesus answered, What I do thou knowest not now ; but thou shalt know hereafter: intimating that he had a reason for so doing ; which though it might not be manifest at present, would at a future time be rendered plain. Nay, saith Peter, almost indignantly, thou shalt never wash my feet! As though he had said, “This is too much, and what I can never submit to!

yet all reducible to two;-"To heaven or hell we daily bend our course.” These two are here described by their properties and end. The one is attended with things which are smooth and agreeable to the flesh ; but the end is destruction : the other with things which are hard and disagreeable ; but the end is everlasting life.

If you incline to the first of these ways, it has many things, it must be owned, to recommend it ; particularly,

Yon bave no difficulty in your entrance upon it; it is a wide gate : it just suits your depraved inclinations. As soon as the powers of your souls begin to act, they will incline that way : so of every particular evil course that you may take, it is easy to get into it : the gate of temptation is wide, and is set wide open to invite you : you are in, ere you are aware. Evil habits are readily contracted ; the transition from occasional to habitual indulgence is very short, and that of which you are scarcely sens ole at the time.

You have also full scope for inclination in your progress. Broad is the way. Though there is but one way to heaven, and that a strait one ; yet there are many ways to hell, out of which you may take your choice. The broad way admits of many divi. sions, and subdivisions. You may walk in the path of gross immorality; may swear and lie, or drink and commit lewdness ; or if you covet a degree of reputation, which does not comport with such a life, you may pursue a much more decent course, in the indulgence of avarice or pride. You may be a mean sycophant, cringing to the great ; or a haughiy, overbearing oppressor to those who are beneath you ; nay, you may be both these at the same time. You may revel with the vulgar, or banquet with the genteel, as circumstances and inclination may lead you. You may scoff at all religion; or, if that does not suit, you may be religious yourself. You may be righteous in your own eyes ; or if that does not accord with your creed, you may be an advocate for grace, and turn it, when you have done, into lasciviousness.

Moreover, you will be in no want of company, for many go there. Rich and poor, rude and learned : it is impossible you should be at a loss for agreeable society. You will have the majority on your side, and that with many is a great matter ; yea, the majority in all the nations, cities, towns, and villages in the world. You will bardly go into any company or place, but you will find fellow-travellers to

keep you in countenance .... but the end thereof is destruction!!

If, on the other hand, you incline to the last of these ways, I must direct you to count the cost : be assured it will be bard and disagreeable to the flesh. The difficulties which attend it are given as the reason why it is so little occupied.

If you incline to this way, there may be great difficulties attending your entrance ; for strait is the gate. While you are under convictions, and your hearts are not subdued to the obedience of Christ, these difficulties will appear insurmountable. To escape the wrath to come, it will appear absolutely necessary that you should enter in : yet to forego all hope of mercy on the ground of your good deeds, or even of your prayers and penitential tears, and to sue for pardon as one of the chief of sinners, wholly for the sake of Jesus Christ, is hard work for a proud heart. If you enter in, it is also necessary that you give up all your former idols, without a single reserve ; but this also is hard work to a corrupt heart: these are things which make many people hesitate about religion for a long time, labouring under darkness of mind, and unable to find rest for their souls. But let me add, these difficulties exist only in your own miod: ye are not straitened in God, but in your own bowels. If you can be contented to accept of mercy as one of the cbief of sinners, all will be easy. Come to Jesus as such, and you will find rest unto your soul : and if his name be precious unto you, bis yoke also will be easy, and his burden light. Denying self, taking up the cross, and following him, will then be no hard service, but your very meat and drink. The way of salvation through his a toning blood, will also be a source of joy unspeakable, and of peace wbich passeth all understanding; and you will be amazed at your former ignorance and aversion.

Further : There may be hard struggles attending your progress ; ; for,, narrow is the way. . You may meet with contempt from the 'world, persecution from your connexions, and if you be faithful, with many a bard speech, and hard measure, from loose professors; you may be annoyed by temptations from without, and confounded by strong struggles from within; old companions may in. vite you to turn back ; the allurements of the world may be placed on the right hand and on the left, to induce you to turn aside ; and

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