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bosom of happy repose. As you are expecting an open and abundant entrance to be administered unto you into the kingdom of heaven; you must lead a life which will qualify you for the kingdom of heaven. The ungodly do not expect to be crowned with glory. They live without hope and without God in the world. But believers are the expectants of a glorious and a happy immortality. Let your present life and conversation be suitable to your prospects of future ad yancement at the right hand of the majesty on high, when you shall be crowned with glory, honor, and immortality. You cannot lead a vicious, unholy life and receive the rewards of the blessed. It was impossible for Balaam to die the death of the righteous, or to have his last end like his, when he had been a diviner, a heathen soothsayer, and a worshiper of false Gods. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord, Though holiness be what a sinner despises, it is that, which a saviour crowns. If you would be crowned, so run that ye may obtain. Lay aside every weight and the sin which does most easily beset you, and run with patience the race which is set before you, looking unto Jesus Christ. If you neglect to run the race of holiness here, you will certainly lose the crown of blessedness hereafter. Every tree that beareth not good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. You may perish for being servants that are unprofitable, as well as for being servants that are abo minable. How constant, how diligent,ought belieyers to be in duty, when they are assured by infallible testimony that their labor is not in vain in the Lord.


If you who profess religion do no more than others, you certainly can expect no more in the eternal world. If you love them that love you, what reward have you It is nothing but mere nature to give, where you expect again to receive. True religion teaches you to bless them that curse you, to do good to them that hate you, and to pray for them which dispitefully



use you and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven, for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the Publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the Publicans so? If you would not have God put you off with a Pharisee's recom, pence, do not put off God with a Pharasee's perform,


8thly Believers are bound to do more than others, because they have a perfect pattern set for their im. itation. They are required to be conformed in all things to Christ the Redeemer, to be perfect as he is perfect.

Christ is the standard of moral excellency to which all his followers are bound to conform. He is the root on which the saint grows, and the rule by which he is to square all his actions. It pleased him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect. Christ lived to teach you how to live, and died to teach you how to die. His words are, For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done. Glorious example! Worthy of the Blessed Redeemer who gave it--worthy of the imitation of all christians.

My christian brethren; attend to the heavenly precepts which proceeded from his lips; to that perfect conduct which appeared in his life. It should be your greatest delight to yield obedience to his requirements, to be holy in both heart and life. You should be as willing to be ruled by his laws, as to be saved by his grace. If you would reign with him in glory, you must take up your cross and follow him. through life.


1st. While attending to this subjeet, I make no doubt, but the sinner has been flattering himself with the idea, that, it furnishes him with an excuse for his neglect of religion. It may have been the language of his heart. I am glad to hear it thus publicly acknow. ledged, that christians are bound to do more than others they have indeed a burden lying upon them, of which I rejoice that I am free: While they are tied up to rigid rules, and obliged by their profession to lead the rigid, and austere life, which has been described, I am not shackled with these restrictions, but may live as I list.

But suffer me O sinner, to reply to you, that if what has now been said pointing out the obligations of Christians to holy living, has afforded any food to your guilty mind, it is not more substantial, than the husks on which the prodigal fed before he was brought to a sense of his situation. It is the plain truth, that you are under the most indispensible obligations to immediately become a christian, and to lead the very life which the godly man leads. No plea, or excuse which you can frame, can free you from this solemn obligation; and every moment which you delay to become a hearty penitant and a true follower of the lamb; you are hazarding your eternal all. You are in a most awful manner aggravating your eternal condemnation. How gloriously will the justice of God soon shine in your utter destruction, unless you im. mediately flee for refuge and lay hold on Jesus Christ by a true and living faith.

2dly. Learn hence that a christian's life is a life of activity. A sleepy, lifeless christian, is a stumbling block to the wicked. Hear what the Lord says of the Laodicean Church. And unto the Angel of the Church of the Laodiceans write, These things saith the Amen, the faitful and the true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works that

thou art neither cold nor hot; so then because thou art lukewarm and art neither cold nor hot; I will spue thee out of my mouth.' The religion of hea-, ven gives no toleration to spiritual sluggishness. The direction is-Awake thou that sleepest, and call upon thy God. Can you who have had your hearts. warmed by divine grace, be cold and inactive? Can you who by the distinguishing mercy of God, have been led to see something of the value of that salvation which is brought to light in the gospel, be always silent on this sublime, this interesting theme? Can you who expect at the close of this short life to receive a crown of glory, neglect to run with patience the race set before you! Can you, who have dedicated yourselves unreservedly to God, sink back into the beggarly elements of the world, and give the wicked occasion to say, that religion is but an empty name! Brethren, shut the mouth of the wicked by your holy lives and conversation. Let your light so shine before men, that they, seeing your good works, may glorify your father who is in heaven.

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3dly. We infer from the subject, that it is the duty of christians, seriously to consider, whether they live in character: for each individual, to often put the inquiry to his own heart, do I more than others?


Am I any more exemplary and circumspect in my outward walk? Do I pay a more strict observance to the sabbath, to public worship, to prayer? Am I more faithful in my family, in instructing my children and in training them up for God? And farther do I differ from others in the exercises of my heart? Am I more meek, more humble, more submissive to the dispensations of providence? Do I hate sin, as it tends to dishonor God, and is a thing which his soul hateth? Or rather; am I not buried in the vain, trifling, wicked pursuits of the world? Am I not ready to lay aside the character of the christian and to join with the wicked, in trifling, in vain jest

ing, in sinful amusements, and thus extinguish the light which I ever ought to hold up? When I hear others treating serious things with ridicule and deri. sion, am I not found joining with them, rather than reproving them for their impiety and presumption ? After having solemnly covenanted in the presence of Almighty God, angles and men, that I would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world, that I would walk in all the ordinances and innstitutions of the Lord blameless; and that I would keep myself unspotted from the world, what account shall I have to give to my God, in the great day, when the secrets of all hearts shall be revealed! Will not those of my fellow mortals, who by my wick ed and unholy life have been emboldened to sin, and induced to walk in the broad way to ruin, rise up as swift witnesses against me in the day of final retribution? How awfully wretched will be our eternal existence, if while we have by solemn profession engaged under Christ, we shall all our life time have been in the service of Satan, and finally be rejected of God with this solemn denunciation, ' Depart ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'

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