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Jurpose' for which they have been bestowed. 1 kere av iar and distinguished are the privileges which we y not wornika: in this day, and in this land. We live in a day cand ar uch light; and, blessed be God, of increasing

on and piety. We live in a protestant country, and Lot have the Bible richly diffused among us. We do robes, thou mnough thank God for being born in such an age,

3 99'such a country, and that we are spared a combat 4 <tact met many prejudices of birth, custom, and example, out to be bh our forefathers sustained, and others still sustain. mesticals is true, that some have to struggle througli great ou fall mascultits, before they are brought to see the truth as i hearer bek'; in Jesus: if grace has enabled us to do so, HRE THE ve only the more cause for gratitude.' But there are

ther wltitudes who neglect all these advantages, and who ties, our I therefore have a worse doom hereafter than Sodom ding w Gomorrah. To have been led by divine grace to plom of lize the golden opportunity for eternal life, is a bless

Then eng for which we shall thank God through eternity. e best son was not any wisdom in the Christian, more than in Gespei spirit, that made all the difference. This wonderfully L" and whers ; it was, God's mercy, and the teaching of his zisti itahances the blessing, and for this our song shall plore a well the heavenly chorus hereafter, with endless joy alwa, tad gratitude. quandes His KNOWLEDGE OF MOST IMPORTANT bread," RUTHS IS ENLARGED. It is not merely the reade nesing of good books, or hearing of good sermons, from abanilworldly motives, and in a worldly spirit, that increases min. Blivine knowledge. The teaching of God's Spirit is soddiaeeessary for this end ; and that teaching is freely d her bestowed in a due regard to the preaching of the word. w How blessed is it to be thus divinely instructed ! MI


salvation, as the riches of divine wisdom, planced before time began, effected by the only-begotten Son of God, rescuing us from eternal perdition, and restoring us te heaven, and then say whether it be possible for a creature to cast greater contempt on God, than to prefer the perishing vanities of a fleeting world, and carelessly to disregard, and slight, and make light of the most wonderful display of divine wisdom and love manifested in the Gospel. O the blindness, hardness, and darkness of our carnal hearts ! We profess to believe these things, and yet disregard nothing more. How tremendous will be that great day, when God shall enter into account with those who persevere in this neglect ! they shall awaken to their true condition, and he shall say to them—Behold! ye despisers, and wonder, and perish! “Shall,” says one, “the Son of God shed his blood in vain ? Shall be suffer, and bleed, and die, for a thing of nought? Is it nothing unto you that he should undergo all these things? Can it be a matter of such small concern, that scarce make enquiry after it? Ah! be assured that these things are not so, and God grant that you may see this ere it be too late.” You may be blinded even while life is spared. It is an awful declaration that we sometimes see exemplified, respecting those who dislike divine truth, and therefore neglect it, that because they received not the love of the truth-God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Ourfirst fall from holiness and happiness arose from not listening to the voice of God; and all our subsequent falls, and the final and irreversible ruin of the wicked, arise from the same disregard of his word.

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THE GUILT OF THOSE WHO NEGLECT SALVATION IS IMMENSE! It was a great sin in the Jews to disobey the voice of God spoken by Moses. It was a still greater sin in a subsequent generation, after the example and punishment of their forefathers, to despise and misuse the prophets. It was a still farther aggravation of iniquity, beyond all this, after all God's former dealings, and when the nation had been carried into captivity for refusing to hear the prophets, to reject the chief Prophet, our Lord Jesus Christ, and his Apostles. They filled up the measure of their fathers... $0 that, our Lord said to them, upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth. They sinned, after all the warnings of so many generations : if I had 'not come, says our Lord again, they had not had sin, (not to that extent;) but now they have no cloke for their sin. 0 Christian reader! how tremendously accumulated is the guilt of those in these last days, who, after the experience of so many ages, and with such a cloud of witnesses, still neglect so great a salvation !


How shall they escape the expression intimates that the day of wrath will be to the wicked both unexpected and inevitable. They wonld gladly fly away, but flight from the Divine Presence is vain and impossible. They would gladly hide themselves in the lowest depths, and be covered by hills and mountains, but still God is there. That omnipresence which is the highest joy of his servants, is the sum of all terror to his enemies. Do they attempt to justify themselves? O how vain! Every disregarded minister, every broken sabbath, every neglected Bible, is a witness against them. The very dust shaken off the feet of the despised minister is a testimony against them. Mark

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vi, 11. God has declared that it shall come to pass that every soul which will not hear his Son shall be destroyce from among the people. Acts iii, 23. God has made known his final purpose–They refused to hear sp words; therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon

thos which they shall not be able to escape. Jer. xi, 10,11. THEY LIE UNDER THE

CURSE OF THE LAW how shall they escape its penalty? They are not like the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it i dressed, and receiveth blessing from God; but, are like that which beareth thorns and briars, and is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned. Heb. vi, 7. Where God bestows great advantages, he expects corresponding fruitfulness; (Isa. v, 1–7.) and if there be no fruit, a double curse rests there. The lav denounces wrath and perdition against the transgressor

. They have transgressed times without number. In what refuge can they trust? Will ungodly companions help them ? no: they equally need help.

shield them ? they preferred bis service ; protect them ? no: he is in himself punished; be shares the curse, and, as far as joy can enter his malignant heart, he rejoices in their ruin. Can the holy angels, or any of the saints assist? no: they choose to do, nothing but what God approves. Do they now look to Christ ? O grievons ruin! it is too late! Their once-neglected Saviour is now their righteous judge. They despised his salvation, and loved sinful pleasures better thau Him who died for them. The neglected Gospel furnishes another aggravation of

THEY WILL BE CONDEMNED AT THE FINAL JUDGMENT. In the day of trial, God will bring erety

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