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this shall not be his case? And rf it shouhf, what will becorrie of his distant prospect 9f repentance? How can he avoid being doomed to the exquisite tortures of the damned* sirtCC Christ has told us, that except we repent, trB shall all likewise perrsb?
But supposing that God should giftf trs both time' and warning to repent, by afflicting; us with a lingering death-bed sickness, we shall find enough to do to possess our souls In a decent patience, without fretting, murmuring, -or charging God foolishly. Therefore, ho wef Cr his conscience may sting the sinner with re* niofse, yet he will have no tirtie to reform his ill conduct, and put his good resolutions ihtd practice: without which, there can be no surd evidence that his repentance is sincere; and it is sincerity only that can make it effectual. The divine mercy, to be sure, is inexhaustible } and there is no knowing how available a deathbed repentance may be, as it is the last shift of a. poor unthinking mortal; but this We know, that such a state is extremely dangerous and uncertain.
Let us all, then, my brethren, look about us in time, and provide for this day of calamity; as well knowing that there is no work, no device, no repentance in the grave, whither we are all hastening. And let not the men of spirit and mettle laugh at, and despise such a warning as this; for however wanton and negligent, however bold and intrepid, they may be, now in their day of health and prosperity; yet the time toill come when tke scene must alter, and the
curtain of death will be ready to fall; at which time, assuredly, they will be obliged to think more seriously; and with too much reason perhaps, cry out, (in the language of Job) iC Oh that we were as in the months past, as we were in the days of our youth"
But God grant that we may all be persuaded to a speedy repentance, and by that means prevent such an unavailing wish! through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, &c. Amen.
Matthew xix. 16.
And behold, one came and said unto him, good master, what good thing shall I do, that I man have eternal life.
It is m, Kigm iff » wise &nd wnflerstanding heart, and displays a very hopeful'disposition, in one that asks a discreet and pertinent quesAan; JespecUffly' nf -fie makes dhoioe of a person that is likely to answer it wfth truth and propriety. These qualifications we find are centered in tfhomanin my text. He does not coihe with a design of shewing his learning and J»brtrtWb, aond *e .catch iour .Saviour da ins words, as the Pharisees and Herodians did, but with a sincere desire of being instructed in the will of God, as being sensible that was the only way to guide him to life and immortality. And [for the accomplishment of this great end, he applies to the Son of God, who he knew came into the world to give men a more amiable idea of religion and virtue.
In the context are several very remarkable things, which constitute the character of the