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not break a bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. He that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.' Do you feel that it is impossible such a corrupt soul as yours should be regenerated ? Jesus says to you, 'Believe, and you shall see the glory of God: All things are possible to him that believeth.' Do you say you have no power? Remember, “power belongeth unto God.' 'I will put my laws,' says he,“ in your mind, and write them in your heart.” “I will be to you a God, and you shall be to me a people.' Do you doubt if God can with justice pardon sins as great as yours ? • Come,' says he, let us reason together; though your sins were as scarlet, they shall be white as snow ; though red as crimson, yet shall they be as wool. Yes, says St. John, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Immortal spirit, who readest these promises, 'why tarriest thou ? Why do you not cry out with transport, The Lord is faithful to pardon my sins ! He has promised, and he will do it. I will then confess them to him day and night with tears; I will not give rest to my eyes, till they have seen the salvation of God. Con. sider! It is because the Almighty is just, that he will cleanse you from all sin. Yes, his Son, his only Son, has satisfied Divine Justice for you. The stroke aimed at you has fallen upon his innocent head. The heavenly Victim stretched upon the cross, has been devoured by the fire of that eternal vengeance which flamed against you. The odour of this all-perfect sacrifice, has recon. ciled that God who is a consuming tire to the singer. The blood of the new covenant has flowed : It has made a propitiation for your sins. This blood, far from cry. ing for vengeance, like that of Abel, merits, demands, obtains for you, Repentance, Faith, Regeneration, and Eternal Life. The Paschal Lamb, the Lamb without spot or blemish, is sacrificed for you. God withholds the arm of the destroying angel, until this precious blood shall be sprinkled upon your soul; until you are born again. The Holy Jesus, who fear3 lest you should
perish in your impenitence, hastes to offer you life eternal. Behold,' says he, • I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me.' He says to you, by the mouth of the apostle, that he who hath the Son, hath life, and he who hath not the Son of God, bath not life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.' He exhorts you by his servant David,
to kiss the Son lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, if his wrath be kindled but a little.' Oh ! Reader, gratefully accept those kind invitations ; prostrate yourself at the feet of the Son of God, open the door of your heart to him, and cry incessantly, Come in, Lord Jesus, come in! Confess your poverty, your sins, your misery, until the kingdom of God is within you.'
Mourn till you are comforted : Hunger and thirst after righteousness till you are satisfied: And travail in birth till Christ be formed within you : Till, being born of God, you bear the image of the heavenly Adam, as you have borne the image of the earthly.
I conjure you by the majesty of that God before whom angels rejoice with trembling! By the terror of the Lord, who may speak to you in thunder, and this instant require your soul of you! By the tender mercies, the bowels of compassion of your Father, which are moved in your favour, all ungrateful as you are !
I conjure you by the incarnation of the Eternal Word, by whom you were created ! By the humiliation, the pains, the temptations, the tears, the bloody sweat, the agony, the cries of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ ! I conjure you by the bonds, the insults, the scourgings, the robes of derision, the crown of thorns, the ponderous cross, the nails, the instruments of death which pierced his torn body! By the arrows of the Almighty, the poison of which drank up his spirit! By that mysterious stroke of wrath divine, and by those unknown terrors which forced him to cry out--- My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken me?' I conjure you by the interests of your immortal soul, and by the unseen accidents which may precipitate you into eternity! By the bed of death upon whieh you will soon be stretched, and by the useless sighs which you will then pour out, if your peace be not made with God! I conjure you by the sword of Divine Justice, and by the sceptre of grace! By the sound of the last trumpet, and by the sudden appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, with ten thousands of his holy angels! By that august tribunal, at which you will appear with me, and which shall decide our lot for ever! By the vain despair of hardened sinners, and by the unknown transport of regenerated souls ! I conjure you from this instant, 'work out your salvation with fear and trembling.' 'Enter by the door into the sheep-fold : Sell all to purchase the pearl of great price : Count all things dung and dross in com. parison of the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ!' Let him not go till he blesses you with that faith which justifies, and that sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord. And soon, transported from this vale of tears, into the mansion of the just made perfect, you shall cast your crown of immortal glory at the feet of him that sitteth upon the Throne,' and before the Lamb, who has redeemed us by his blood : To whom be the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the power, for ever and ever! Amen.'
OF THE LATE
REV. JOHN FLETCHER;
SON OF GOD;
Divers Pastoral and Familiar Letters :
COLLECTED AND FIRST PUBLISHED
REV. MELVILLE HORNE.