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being but a limited period for hearing the word. Darii says, (Psa. sev, 7.) To-day, if ye soill hear his voice. The Apostle (Heb. iii, 12-14.) lays much stress on this expression, Take heed, test there be in any of you an eta heart of unbelief in departing from the living God: b exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day, les any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin for we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the begi ning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; while it e said, To-day, if ye will hear his voice.
And he afte: wards again presses this, (chap. iv, ver. 7.) Again ! limited a certain day, saying in David, To-day, after : long a time. He tells the Corinthians also, We beseci you, also, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain... Behold, now is the accepted time! Behold, now is the day of salvation! And so Isaiah
Seek ye Lord, while he may be found; call ye upon him, while » is near.
Now if prophets and apostles thus earnest urge us to use the present time, and our Saviour himsel pathetically and deeply sighs over Jerusalem, If that hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, tk things which belong to thy peace ! Surely it must bei thing of infinite danger to neglect so great salvation for a single day, or a single hour.
O the danger of delay and procrastination! It the grand device of Satan to keep our souls from present attention to our salvation.
Most men think
most needful to your edification ; a scriptural denonciation but that to the absence of the Chrisiían armour which thx vengeance against your own besetting sin? How know. discourse would have supplied, your fall under recent tempt tions is to be attributed? How know you but from the absen? of that armour, temptations, even now impendiug over your head, will derive their particular strength.”
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being religious at some time or other. Undoubtedly
Attend while you are called; enter in while the
may Isaiah ait be the special, the appointed, the only season of grace call you for you. Now, as though God did beseech you by us, we
pray you in Christ's steall, be ye reconciled to God.
O reader, think of that word, TO-DAY. Well may we be in earnest with you: Satan, and the flesh, and the world, plead hard against Christ, and against you. They all say, TO-MORROW. No! to-morrow will not do; 'for God says, TO-DAY. Begin this very day to hear, believe, and obey his voice.
There will always be difficulties. Those difficulties will increase, and not diminish. You never can, you never will,
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presumption. Fear to provoke the divine wrath and pleasure. To defer reconciliation to God to any for period, is the most reprehensible and ruinous folls. supposes that God will indulge us with the allora of sensual and sinful appetites, and cause his mercy wait till we have executed our iniquitous purposes. shews that we do in our hearts prefer Satan to Chris sin to holiness, and earth to heaven. And can weet ously think that God will be thus mocked? No; deceive only ourselves; we fill up thus the measuri sin to our ruin,
To-day, then, God calls you; to-day he sets belu you the riches of his grace, a free reconciliation, tu pardon, the gift of his Spirit, and the sure hope everlasting life. Before you refuse, before you deli before you trife with and neglect so great a salvation think what may be on the morrow. If you reject offer, to-morrow may be too late. God may be sila -his grace may no longer be set before you -gospel no more sound in your ears; you may be give up to a hardened heart; you may be donmed to eterni perdition. Thus you may be left under the final curs of bitter and unavailing self reproach, and for ere remain in that outer darkness where is weeping aa! gnashing of teeth. O what an awful description is that given by our Lord of those who in his day neglected this salvation—'This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed ; lest at any time they should see with their eyes
, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them! May the writer and the reader of these page ever receive from above that power of the Holy Spirit
, which may enlighten the eyes of our understanding,
Feetges preserve us from a doom so earnestly to be depre
d, so deeply to be deplored! For, after all, what
mere reasoning avail? O blessed Spirit! thou ne canst convert and edify. It has been most justly erved,* and the author feels that the fault has too en attached to himself, “ Some press to duties, so t they seem to think, that their reasouings are able to orce a compliance; or at least they do not take e to keep up, upon themselves and their hearers, Constant sense of the contrary, in order earnestly to gage in dependence on the Spirit of the Lord.”
O Holy Ghost! into our minds,
Send down thy heavenly light;
lett undert reproach, a where sa wfuldesti
HE former chapter closed with an affecting descrip-
neglected the Gospel: we turn now to a brighter scene.
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* See Halyburton's Life.
they hear; for verily I say unto you, that many prie and righteous men have desired to see those things at ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those ti: which ye hear, and have not heard them. They of blessed above those around them who disregarde words of Christ; and above even kings and propa of former ages, who, though they knew Christ, trusted in him as a Saviour to come,
had paratively very indistinct apprehensions of him, would have rejoiced to have witnessed what Apostles did. The particulars of this blessing worthy of distinct and full consideration. In respects is the faithful hearer blessed? HIS FACULTIES ARE THEN
EMPLOYED THE END FOR WHICH THEY WERE GIVEN. various senses and abilities, our sight, our memory, understanding, and affections, bestowed upon us for the glory of God, and our present and eternal good. They are then engaged these ends, and used to the best account, when the are exercised upon discovering and receiving the sac truths of the Gospel. The Gospel alone sets bet us that which can fill and satisfy our immortal sok and when our faculties are employed on other thias without reference to, or concern about, the will of Ge all our powers are wasted and squandered a way; spend money for that which is not bread, and labour jo that which satisfieth not. They are not merely wapo fitably expended, but lost in a way that will bring upa us future condemnation and final ruin. But leto faculties be rightly directed to know and do the wille God, and we are so living as he would have us live," will glorify his name, secure his favour, and our ons best happiness.