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shall be charged upon you? (4.) If every sin deserves the wrath of God, what will be the case of these who shall step into eternity, laden with all these innumerable evils? How many hells will their one hell have in it?
Think, and think seriously, upon these things, and I believe ye will find it hard to rest satisfied, till ye understand how such vast debts may be difcharged, and how ye shall answer when reproved for so many, and so great offences. Think on these things, I say, and dwell upon the thoughts of them, till ye be made to see your own misery, and then the news of a faviour will be welcome.
I shall now proceed, in the third place, to speak to you who are old men. Ye whose faces speak your age, and tell that ye are quickly to be gone; we are now particularly to address ourselves to
you, and to make good our charge of fin against 'you, from incontestable evidences and proofs. Give ear therefore, old men and old women; tho' you bę posting off the stage, and, it may be, are within a few removes of eternity, yet ye have not perhaps duly considered your own state and condition: we must tell you in God's name, ye have finned and come short of his glory. And for proof of this, "1. We need go no further than your very faces. , What has consumed your youthful beauty? What has turned that finoothness which in the days of your youth was, it may be, your own delight, and that of others, into these many wrinkles which now every one fees, and ye may feel? has not fin, or God, upon the account of' fin, done it?' Thou hast filled me with wrinkles, says Job, which is a witness against me, and my leanness rifing up in 'me, bearet'witness to my face, Job
xvi. xvi. 8. If ye be not sinners, tell me, I pray, whence are the unsteady hands, the dim eyes, the mouldred teeth, that paleness of the visage, that approaches near to the colour of that mould into o which a little hence ye are to be turned ? Are not all these things proofs of your guilt, and witnesses against you?
2. Have not ye past through childhood and youth ? and have not ye the fins done in these ages to account for? What, how many, and how grievous they are, ye may in some measure understand, from what has been discoursed on this head some days past. Now, sure if your consciences have been awake all the while, you might understand your concernment in these things, and how deeply guilty ye are, though ye had no more to account for but there. It is accounted, by the fpirit of God, to be one of the great miferies of the wicked, that they shall ly down in their graves with their bones full of the sins of their youth. His bones are full of the sins of his youth, which shall ly down with him in the dust, Job XX. II. These, though there were no more, will rat your bones, gnaw your hearts, and make you lose the repose which many times ye propose to yourselves in the grave.
3. Ye have had much time, and have, no doubt, loft much time. Many precious hours and days and years are spent and gone, and nothing, or nothing to purpose, done in them. And for evincing this, I shall put a few questions to you about the improvement of your time. (1.) What have ye done for God in it? The great business ye* came into the world for, the great design of your creation, was the advancement of the glory of God. The Lord hath made all things for himself,
everlasting evening are just ready to be stretched forth, who have their work yet to begin. O fad and mournful condition! A great work to begin! a work that hath cost many waking nights, and fore tail and labour for many years; and this ye have to begin now, when your day is almost gone, when your Sun is setting, is as it were going in over the hill, and ready immediately to dump down, and leave you in eternal night! This case were enough even to rend a heart of stone, and to force tears from a rock, if duly considered. O what fin, what folly, what misery is there here !
4. You have seen many providences, both such as were of a more public nature, and concerned the state of the church of God in general, and such as concerned yourselves more particularly. Now here I again enquire, (1.). What observations have ye made? Thé providences of God deserve to have a peculiar remark put upon them. Remember that thou magnify his works which men behold, Job xxxvi. 24. is a command of God that extends to all : and it is a grievous sin, for which we find a professing people heavily threatened, that they did not regard the Lord's doings. Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, that continue until might till wine inflame them: and the harp and the viol, the tabret and the pipe, and wine are in their feasts; but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands, Isa. v. 11, 12. Now, are there not many providences loft, and therefore as many sins? (2.) What experiences have ye got? Many providences afford many experiences : and they who have managed them to advantage, have reaped notable advantages by them, for their confirmation in the ways
of God: and if ye have not done fo, ye have as many fins as ye have lost experiences. (3.) Where have they left you? nearer or further off from God than they found you? Every providence, mercy or judgment that has not brought you nearer to God, has carried you further from him; and consequently therein ye have sinned. O what multitudes of fins are here!
5. As you are guilty by committing sins of your own, so you have contracted much guilt by seeing other men sin, when ye have not been suitably exercised therewith. That we should be exercised with other mens fins, the scripture makes menti. .| on exprelly. Now, that I may let you see how many ways, ye have finned here, I pose you upon it. (1.) You have seen many fins committed; what testimonies have you given against them ? Every one that fees God dishonoured, should give a testimony for him, either by reproving sin, according to the direction of the apostle, Eph. v. 11. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them; or by withdrawing from the society of such, according to the command of the Spirit of God, who bids us Go from the presence of a foolish man, when we perceive not in him the lips of knowlege, Prov. xiv. 7. For sometimes any other reproof, than by withdrawing may be improper ; for the wise man forbids us to reprove a scorner left he hate us,
Prov. ix. 8. or if this cannot be got done, with- out the neglect of moral duties, there is yet ano
ther way we may give a testimony against sin, and that is, by a circumspect walk, evidencing a regard to God, a belief of his threatenings, and the advantage of religion. Thus Noah reproved or condemned the old world, Heb. xi. 7. Now
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