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nant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace."
Second. Now, reader, if you are an unbeliever, you are in danger of damnation. You sit secure, as if you had nothing to fear; you cry peace, when there is no peace. You say to your soul, Soul, take thy rest, when you are hastening on to ruin. “ He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” And your great hazard in being exposed to this fearful doom is, that of the wrath of God. “ He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Who knows the power of God's wrath? who can endure it? We greatly fear the wrath of man when unrestrained; but think of the wrath of an offended God; when the Lord Jesus shall be " revealed from heaven. with his mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." Here you are told of everlasting destruction, of which you are in danger; not the annihilation of the body or the soul, for these must exist forever, “ their
worm dieth not;" but the utter and everlasting destruction of all your enjoyments, and all your hopes; the fearful doom of endless pain. It is a punishment proportioned to the crime; and proportioned to that blood which is trampled on. It is great in proportion to the means enjoyed, by which, had you improved them, you might have been prepared for an inheritance among the sons of glory. It is great in proportion to the immeasurable worth of that salvation which, for a trifle, you would barter away
“ How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ?"
“He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses ; of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God ?" Such is the danger of unbelief. God threatens unbelievers with wrath and punishment. On others he has impartially executed his threatenings; as upon the Israelites, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness for their unbelief. whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not ?" "If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; but a fea: ful looking
for of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries."
Third. Your duty is, to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” The bearer of such a message comes not in his own name to treat with you on this subject; but as an ambassador of Christ, furnished with a commission from him. You are required to feel and acknowledge yourself a blind and ignorant sinner, incapable in yourself of attaining to any measure of the saving knowledge of God. You are required to believe in, rely on, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, for instruction and wisdom in all things pertaining to godli
“ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." This wisdom is gained only by trusting entirely in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is made of God wisdom to all that believe. Renouncing all self-dependence, and all merit of your own, you must be found in Christ, “not having your own righteousness, which is of the law, but the righteousness which is of God, through the faith of Jesus Christ.” As you have by your sins rendered yourself justly obnoxious to the wrath of your holy Maker, you are never to offer him your own doings or sufferings, as a satisfaction to him for your sins, or as a propi
tiatory offering to turn away his wrath ; but you are to trust only to the Lamb of God, that is set forth as the only propitiation for sin. Through faith, and faith alone in Christ and him crucified, will God accept sinners. You are cheerfully to receive Christ as your sovereign Lord, and willingly submit to all his commands. You are to receive him as “the author and finisher of your faith ;" the author, preserver, and promoter of spiritual life, and of sanctification ; for he is “made of God unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." You are to look to him to strengthen and guide you.
6. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus."
And to sum up all, you are to yield immediate compliance with these demands of your Lord and Redeemer. We have no instruction to give the least encouragement to delay. Now is the accepted time; to-morrow may be too late. We are to comply with all our Lord's commands, for they cannot be separated. Time is precious, waste it not in delay.
We beseech you, turn to the Lord and live, “ As ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” It is no un
reasonable demand upon you to believe on Christ. Believe, and great will be your reward in heaven. 6 Whether Paul or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's." Accept of Christ, for he is worthy. He is the only begotten of the Father;" “ the image of the invisible God.” Both for his personal excellence, and on account of what he has done for sinners, he deserves the obedience and supreme love of your heart. All the perfections of the divine nature, all that is excellent in your own, all the wounds of the crucified Saviour of the world, all the tears he shed, all the crimson drops of Gethsemane, and the flowing blood of Calvary, all cry with one voice, Sinners, we beseech you, believe on the Lord Jesus. Can you refuse ? All the love of the Father, all the grace of the Son, and all the blessings of communion with the Holy Spirit, plead with you to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus. It is heaven which you are entreated to gain; it is hell which you are urged to avoid.
SECTION V. Address to those who are in doubt whether they believe or not.--Your case is truly pitiable. A conflict between hope and