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killing reproach: Ye have forsaken me, and served other Goas ; go, cry unto the Gods whom ye have served.
Thus I have gone through all the particulars at first proposed. Let me now intreat a little more of your patience, whilst I make a short application of what has been said.
Now the foregoing discourse should persuade us (from a sense of our own weakness and insufficiency) to watch and pray incessantly for the divine assistance; plying earnestly at the throne of Grace, that it would please the Almighty, who knoweth whereof we are made, to grant us the help of his grace, to enlighten our understandings that we may know, and incline our wills that we may pursue the things that belong to our peace. Of the success of these addresses we cannot doubt, being warranted by our Lord himself thus to argue : If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the holy spirit to them that ask him? But then, we must meet all his assistances with a ready compliance, welcome every suggestion of this blessed Monitor, lest he withdraw the slighted offers of his mercy, and make no further attempts upon men, too hard to be softened, too desperate to be reclaimed.
Justice, we know, is as much a perfection of the divine Nature as Mercy, because both are infinite. 'Tis our privilege, and cost him dear who purchased it for us, that from offended Justice we may appeal to Mercy ; but Mercy despised and outraged, whither shall we turn, or where shall we seek for refuge. If grace and salvation itself be abused and turned into wantonnness, who or what shall save us from the . wrath to come ?
Who knows how far the measure of his ini. quity is from being filled up? Who can ascertain the time when the diffinitive irreversible doom shall pass upon him? Who knows, but being advanced thus towards the regions of death, the next step may sink us to such a depth from whence there is no return.
To conclude; since there is no judgment, short of hell, like that of being given up to our own hearts lusts, and suffered to walk after our own counsels, let us pray, in the words of our Liturgy, that God would " deliver us from hardness of heart, and contempt of his word and commandments; that he would be pleased to work in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure, that so we may work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and receive the reward of that grace which was not bestowed upon us in vain in the realms of everlasting glory.
GALATIONS vi. 7.
Be not deceived ; God is not mocked ; for what
soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The great Apostle St. Paul, in this text, has laid down the general and fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion, which is, that every man shall finally be rewarded according to his actions in this life. ..
This is a maxim so agreeable to the natural reason of mankind, that it is universally made the foundation of all laws; it is the maintenance and support of government, and the pillar and ground-work of all religion. This doctrine, that every creature shall at the last awful day of judgment, be rewarded by the unerring and impartial judgment of the great Creator; this, I say, is undeniably proved by all the principles of reason, and expressly confirmed, not only by numberless passages in the old Testament, but we are frequently assured of it by our divine Legislator in the new. Yet so numerous, so various are the delusions of