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to Christ, and admitted into the privileges of the Christian covenant, at an age when we were unable to estimate the conditions imposed as the terms of our admission. But others promised for us that these conditions should be observed, and we have since ratified the promise at a mature age in our own persons. Did we then consider, or have we since considered the extent of obligation incurred ? Did we foresee that many sacrifices must be made by all who would fight the good fight of faith—and has it ever happened to us to make such sacrifice ?—This is a question which may well occupy the serious consideration of every believer. It is plain that something must be given up for Christ's sake. Let us, let each of us, ask ourselves what we have surrendered. Go at once my brethren, to the ruling passion, to the besetting sin. Examine the unbridled appetite, theunruly temper, the uncharitable disposition; every thing in short that exalts itself against God, and opposes the full reception of the Gospel of Jesus, and see what amendment has been made

how much has been given up, and what desire and inclination there is to give up more? This will be one test to prove, whether or no we are worthy disciples of Christ.

And now how many among us will be included in that second class, against which we have supposed the hard sayings of the Gospel to be directed? How many are there here, who have heard and received the word of salvation, and yet do not the things which the Lord of salvation commands? How many are there, who have been grafted into the true vine in baptism, but since that time have become withered branches, impervious to the heavenly nutriment, and therefore barren of fruit. It does, indeed, seem a great thing to be called by the name of the Lord. But let us not trust too much to it.

Ву their fruits ye shall know them?” The name, however proudly and vauntingly we may thrust it forward, will profit us nothing. We

We may have prophesied in Christ's name, and in his name have done many wonderful works, and yet not be acknowledged by him, much less recognised as his faithful followers.

Again—are there none here who have fallen back, or may be in danger of doing so ? Are there none on whom Christ's yoke begins to sit uneasily? who feel it a burden too heavy for them to bear, who are anxious to throw it off, and only wait for a plausible opportunity of doing so ? There are few such perhaps, if those only be included who contemplate a final and entire renunciation of the Christian's title, and the Christian's privileges; but shall we be justified in limiting the application of Christ's threatenings to this small number ?-Why should they be excluded, who knowing that the wrath of God is revealed against all unrighteousness whatever, still persevere in the indulgence of some favourite sin, despising the warnings, and setting at nought the reproofs of their God. Surely such men are gone away after idols. They are worshipping and serving the corrupt imagi

nations of their own hearts, and must, therefore, be apostates from Christ, unless indeed, it can be shown that a man may serve both God and mammon.

And finally, with regard to the last class mentioned—there undoubtedly are many, though not perhaps within these walls,--who have determined to pay no attention to the remonstrances of the Gospel, who have resolved to shut their ears against the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.—Shall they escape !—Yes, if that man escapes who thinks to avoid the precipice merely by closing his eyes as soon as he approaches its brink.

But why, it may now be asked, have I adduced these examples of the terrors and the threatenings of the Gospel ?-To show that such things really exist ?Scarcely that, my brethren, for no sentence has been brought forward which is not, I should conceive, familiar to all of you. But it has been done to remind you, not only of the existence of these hard sayings, but also of the wide extent of their applicability. We are all of us ready enough to appropriate the soothing consolation, while we pass by the unpalateable but wholesome reproof. I would have you consider, how many among us deserve reproof, and exhort you to pray to God, that you may receive and profit by it. If our views of Scripture have been correct, we have seen to-day, that it speaks the language of wrath to at least four very numerous classes among men.-To whom then does it address its mercies, the glad tidings which are its characteristic feature ?- To two descriptions only,—namely, the consistent, persevering, obedient believer, and the humble, contrite, heart-stricken penitent.Not that the former classes are excluded at once and for ever. They too may repent; they too may return with the prodigal to the house of the Father whom they have forsaken. He is ready to receive, and eager to pardon them. He is willing to blot out every word which threatens judgment and wrath, and to remember those only which speak of

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