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are among the unfaithful hearers of the word! 1.1, suppose it be so, as with wast multitudes it is so ; * is your present duty, and your first interest? Fyn the wings of faith to the Saviour.

Exercise presa acts of faith in him. Regard his great, and full, ax free salvativo. Cast yourself, guilty and vile as a truly judge yourself to be, on bis ample merits; and i may be in the very exercise of faith you may discuter, Rot only that ke that believeth shall be saved, but, the you do really believe, and are among the saved. Yo may receive from that blessed Saviour, the large gifts the Holy Ghost, and so may be filled with love, sa jov, and peace, and break through all the trammels di sin and Satan, and triumph over the world, and live here to the praise and glory of God, and the good e man, and finally join the spirits of just men made petfeet above, to inherit with them the full enjoyment i their praises, and their participation of the divine glory through eternity.

CHAP. XV.

Address to different Classes, exhorting them to

attend to this Duty.

THOUGH the danger of neglecting the word be so great, and the blessed result of attending to its unspeakably important, yet, as we have already intrmated, it is an appalling fact, that the great mass of professing Christians in a Christian land do neglect to

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sear, or hear very irregularly. We would close then nis Treatise, by earnestly beseeching all such persons, of whatever condition, or ip whatever class of life they nay be, to lay to heart the duty which it is the design of this Treatise to recommend and enforce.

Are you IN EMINENT AND LEADING SITUATIONS--Rulers and Governors, Statesmen and Legis. lators, Barristers and Physicians, whose employment is

of such magnitude, and whose avocations are so numersous, and engagements so unremitting, that it appears to you that there is a reasonable excuse for

your

absence ? of all other classes, the load of responsibility falls heaviest on you. You stand upon an elevation so commanding, your influence is so extensive, and your personal piety so indispensable, that, without it, all your means and power, instead of a comprehensive benefit, may become a wide-wasting mischief. You are equally dependent with the poorest and the meanest of your fellow-creatures, as to your everlasting salvation, on the use of the means which God has appointed. You are bound by the very knowledge which exalts you above others, to be aware of this. You will be under an aggravated condemnation, if, professing yourselves to be wise, you act the part of the greatest folly, and misuse all the distinguished talents with which you are

intrusted. Your situation gives you peculiar advantages Duty

for attaining and diffusing heavenly wisdom. How
tremendous your responsibility if you use these advan-
tages for increasing and extending that wisdom which
is earthly, sensual, and devilish! Do you speak of the
impossibility of sparing time? You only show your
earthly mind. It is impossible only, because of the
superior importance which you attach to earthly

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things. The time taken from religion is not the time given to it is not lost. How many iss occur of men in high stations so overwhelming

A selves with work, and so neglectful of hearing the se and misemploying the sabbath, and thenee so desa of the comfort of that word, that in an hour of des sion, despondency prevails, and they destroy ste selves! Such instances are beacons to all in station, not to violate God's appointed ordinances, bu ever occupied, even if the violation had only as ir ous influence on the present life. The Christian feel far higher motives : and such men as Sir Matika Hale, and the late Mr. Hey of Leeds, shew how i possible, even amid other multifarious and importe engagements, to find time for hearing the word. In fa there have been men faithfully discharging the duties religion in all those precise situations of lawful emplo: ment which worldly men allege as a sufficient esce for neglect.

Are you IN EXTENSIVE BUSINESS, in the mids of large mercantile transactions, and extending you schemes and plans on every side, either at home e abroad? O, without the divine blessing, what good

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Cecil's remerks, in his sermon on Jer. xxiii, 28, 29, on men's preferring their own notions and dreams to simple Evangelical truth, are striking-“ It pleases God to appoint the preaching of the Gospel in a neighbourhood ; that is, he opens a spring of life in a dry and barren place. But one man cannot aciend, though he lives in the neighbourhood, and why? he leans to his imaginations : he has dreamed ! he is a Socinian, and cannot bear the doctrines taught in the Church of England. Another is a philosopher truly! he has turned his thoughts to the reason "and fitness of things, and cannot attend to the plain and simple preaching of God's word, which calls bim to lay down all imaginations and reasonings, and be taught by his great parent, what is that religion which is acceptable to himself.”

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wealth ; but even now your wills are perpetualiy
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you repose ; dis-
will soon follow-death is at hand and what will
ie end, when your soul shall be required of you?
you ask, What shall I do?. moderate your earthly
res ; restrain your ambitious projects ; attend to
ething higher, and more really profitable--your
itual, your eternal good ; 'make it your main con-
n to fear God and keep his commandments ; here
your first business and true bliss. Do you call
is folly and enthusiasm ? Hearken, men of mere
'isiness!
you are enthusiasts?

you are extravagant'; we'u are imprudent; your schemes are trifling; your 2.236 Xenpeculations fanciful and delusive! No, you reply;

ze artye lay our plans wisely and cautiously; we have long Dexperience ; they are sure to succeed. Be it so.

Let * perse stal chem succeed; still the charge is true : your great busihis men air a' ness is overlooked ; your chief interest is neglected ;

your

inain chance is still in hazard : you are wise for a EVOIVE BEUF day, but are you not fools for endless days ? you gain a transactices er child's rattle ; you lose an angel's inheritance ; you me every sick, to escape far enough from an earthly bankruptcy; you are the divine banking plunging headlong to a bankruptcy which will ruin you

Do I exceed ? no, the figures fall short, infinitely short, of the tremendous reality. Listen, O listen to the infallible word of God-Heaven and earth shall pass away; but that word shall not pass away!

Are you PARENTS ? And will you neglect this word ? will you set your children a pattern of disobedience to the best of Parents, our Heavenly Father? How can you ask them to obey you, when you wilfully disobey Him! You wish for the good of your children; you desire to make them happy, and possibly, in order

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Our SOULS ÀRE RIPENING FOR THE GLORY TO COME. Not merely temporal benefits, but a preparation for eternal, is connected with a due regard to Christ's word. Our Lord asserts, He that heareth my words, and believeth in me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death to life. This is the road in which the saints that now fill the heavenly mansions once walked on earth. They heard, and listened to, and loved the truth of God. They tasted its sweetness, they experienced its power, they lived under its influence. · St. Peter says, Desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby * unto salvation. 1 Pet. ii, 2. Would you attain the glory above ? tread in the steps of saints below, thus be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Reader! it is true excellence,

and the way to true glory, to discern the vanity of all knowledge separate from that which makes wise unto salvation, and to yield and submit ourselves wholly to the guidance of divine truth. Those saved by the Gospel are freely pardoned, justitied, and accepted of God, sanctified by his Holy Spirit, and made meet to be partakers of the heavenly inheritance. They are adopted into the family of their divine Parent, made heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. To be delivered from the wrath of God, the power of Satan, and the misery of hell ; to be changed, renewed, and purified by the Holy Ghost; to be translated into the king. dom of God's dear Son; and even now to have the sure hope of everlasting life-these are some foretastes

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