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ungodly and the sinner ? Behold them always in the very midst of the plague, the principal marks of Almighty vengeance! The floods overwhelmed them, the flame burned them up, the waves returned on them; “not one of them “escaped.” And thus, Holy Scripture positively testifies, shall it evermore be with all of such a character, when God ariseth to judgment.

Upon the ungodly He shall rain snares, fire “ and brimstone, storm and tempest, this shall “ be their portion to drink :--the wicked shall “ be turned into hell, and all the people that forget God.” (Psalm ix. 17.)

So far, my brethren, I have shewn you the answer which must be returned to the question, or rather appeal of St. Peter. But further, it will behove you to observe, how many, and what kind of men, have to expect the portion of the ungodly: and, in order to this, the passage last above cited may conveniently be taken for a guide.

By that therefore, which the Psalmist hath said, namely, “ the wicked shall be turned into “ hell, and all the people that forget God," we are given to understand, that under the term ungodly all who forget God are comprised. The sinner is any wilful and presumptuous transgressor of God's law; the ungodly are the more numerous class, who neglect duly to acknowledge God in their ways, who live to themselves, and to the world, more than unto Him, and who, whether outwardly they break or keep His commandments, have no hearty and entire respect to them. For instance, the men of Sodom, who compassed Lot's door, were sinners in the strongest sense, and were doomed irrevocably to die; whereas his sonsin-law, who might have been saved, but for their neglect of the Divine warning, were the ungodly. (Genesis xix.) Regarding likewise the days before the flood, among the violent and corrupt sinners of those days, we have described a class of mere ungodly persons, who were stupidly eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, when the fatal period arrived. (Matthew xxiv. 38, 39.) And very many of a similar description are to be met with in every age,-men who care not enough about God purposely either to please or offend Him, who resolve what to do, and what not to do, without any reference to His will, and who live on from year to year, just as their fallen nature and temporal interests incline them, notwithstanding the urgent exhortations, and the constraining promises and threatenings of His word. Now these men, whatever terrible judgments may be appointed, cannot expect a good deliverance. They have no reason to hope

that the Divine Being, whom they forget, will graciously remember, and prove a Saviour unto them. “ If the righteous scarcely are saved” in the perilous time, verily they have none other lot to expect than that which hath invariably befallen them—the same with the wicked or the sinner. It is contrary to all probability, that the Lord should ever shew Himself strong and active to rescue a people, who have Him not either in their thoughts or ways. Perdition is their native inheritance from Adam; and the Almighty, who alone is able, will never undertake for such a people to avert it.

Accordingly, in drawing to a conclusion, let us observe for a moment, the necessity of a constant circumspection, and waiting upon God, in order to the attainment of salvation. Men are fond of supposing that this precious and indispensable benefit, is to be secured upon very easy terms, as it were, in the common course of things, and that nothing short of some gross wickedness can bring them into hazard of losing it. But the scripture which has been just considered, is beyond dispute to the contrary effect. Thence it hath more truly been inferred, that even the righteous shall not easily abide the day of wrath ; and that, for the ungodly and the sinner-meaning not only the

wicked, but also the careless and irreligious there is, by consequence, no prospect of safety, What doctrine, now, more than this, should avail to quicken the souls of men, and excite them to spiritual activity, ere they fall a prey to calamity and destruction ? The sinner, unless he be quite past feeling, and given over to a reprobate mind, cannot but tremble, and turn from his wicked way, when he remembers the vengeance which most certainly awaits him : the ungodly, if he will take heed to the things which have been spoken, must perceive the importance of becoming godly, or of diligently acquainting himself with God in Christ, while the days of grace are prolonged, lest he be finally numbered with those, whom for the present he would indignantly disown; and the righteous will never cease to watch and strive with constant supplication, computing that, if at the best he be scarcely saved, great indeed must be his danger, should he, in a degree only, relax his exertions.

At the same time, this should not, nor will it by piously disposed minds, be accounted a harsh or a discouraging doctrine. Recollecting that the righteous scarcely are saved, let us, my brethren, finally, determine to hearken to and obey the voice of the Lord God, to inquire with unfeigned humility what He would have us to believe, and do,

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