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of the sky? Thou hast here no continuing city. Seek one to come. Seek an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens: a city having foundations, whose builder and maker is Cod (m).

.finally: remember that the concluding admonition which St. James has so pertinently applied to the immediate subject of his discourse, is in its nature a general precept, applicable to every branch and circumstance of duty. Whether faith or practice, whether doctrines to be received, tempers to be cherished, or actions to be performed, be in question: whether to govern or to serve, to labour or to endure, to glorify God through the Lord Jesus by evil report. or"by good report, by life or by death, be the office to which the Christian is called forth: it is equally and universally true, that, to him that knowetb to Jo good and doeth it not, to him it is fin. Restrict not to special occasions^ circumscribe not by unwarranted limitations, a precept comprehensive as the sphere of human agency. Are you weary of welldoing? Are you solicitous to curtail the required tribute of obedience? Are you inclined to cheristi ignorance, or to dissemble know

(m) 2 Cor, v. 1. Hebr. xi. to.

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ledge, is you may thus escape from the obligation of rendering an additional testimony of love and gratitude to God? Is there any love, any gratitude, in the bosom where such thoughts are harboured? Is there any fense of equity in that bosom? Has thy Creator merited thus at thine hand! Has He been a niggard in His mercies to thee? Has He pared away from thy portion every superfluity of comfort? When thou wast in bondage to sin and death eternal; did His power make no exertion, did His wisdom devise no counsel, did His goodness suggest no sacrifice, for thy sake? Out of thine own mouth shalt thou be judged, thou wicked servant! Is this the free-will offering of the heart? Is this to serve God not grudgingly, and as it were ofneceffity? What is the language of genuine gratitude, of genuine love? I am thine: I have longed after thy precepts. With my whole heart have Ifoaght thee. In the path of thy commandments do I delight. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.. I love thy commandments above gold, yea above sue gold. I rejoice at thy word as one thatfndcth great spoil. I efleem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right. All thy commandments are righteousness. 0 that my ways were direeled to keep thy salutes I Then shall I not be aJhamed

when when 1 have respect unto all thy commandments{n). If you lay claim to the denomination of a disciple of Jesus Christ, be it in every point and on every occasion your main concern to fulfil your known duty to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and your duty to your neighbour, as a branch of your duty to God. Without that stedfast concern, you possess not the disposition of a Christian. If, through the renovating influence of divine grace, you have attained by effectual prayer this regenerate frame of foul; and if, through the fame grace, you hold it fast unto the end: then are you in Christ a new creature. Then have you scriptural authority for your hopes that, whether in the course of the present year you shall be numbered with your fathers, or shall be preserved unto the dawning of another, you shall be found of your Lord in peace, and be accepted through the righteousness of Christ. . l' ..' . -x

. (n) Ps. cxix. 5, 6.10. 35.40. 94. 127, 128. 140.162.172,

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On the Guilt and the Consequences of despising the Divine Threatenings.


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MAN, fallen from original holiness, darkened in his understanding and perverted m his desires, transforms blessings into evils. The means of happiness consigned by the divine goodness to his application become, under his blind and unhallowed management, 'causes and instruments of ruin. The food, ,by which his body is to be sustained in health

o, and and vigour, he employs to pamper intemperance; and corrupts into a source of disease, of weakness, of anguish, of decay. From the word of God, the bread of life, he contrives to extract poison. Expert in devising mischief against himself, he draws from the fountain of pure doctrine and unsullied righteousness imaginary cordials for unchristian opinions-, and imaginary palliatives for unchristian practices* Unlearned and tinJlable, he wrefls at present, as in the days of St. Peter, the Scriptures to his own deflrticlion. In no instance is the depraved perverseness of the human mind more glaring than in the abuse of the long-suffering mercy of God. The divine forbearance, deferring from time to time the already protracted vengeance; prolonging the hitherto neglected interval of probation ; raising again and again with louder summons the hitherto unregarded call to repentance ; renewing and enlarging the hitherto despised means and wasted opportunities of grace: is beheld as ministering encouragement to carelessness in sin. Man, obstinately insensible to the accustomed dispensations of mercy, hardens himself against extraordinary interpositions of Providence: and will not repent and believe, though one Jloould rife from the dead, nor though an angel should

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