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who live and die under the light of the gospel, are to be for ever punished with peculiar and tremendous severity. Even those reprobates, whom God never designed to save, but whoin he appointed and fitted to destruction, he char ges with the greatest sin and guilt. “Because I have called, and ye refused; Į have stretched put my hand, and no man regarded ; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear cometh When your fear cometh as a desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when
distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then · shall they call upon me, but I will not answer ;
they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me : For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would none of my counsel : they despised all my re. proof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way ; and be filled with their own devices." “ If we sin wilfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adver. saries. He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done desa. pite unto the Spirit of grace ? For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Yet, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ? Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken in the prophets. Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and perish: for I work a work in your day, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a' man declare it unto you."
» For the Lord Jesus Christ says to sinners—“ Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
JOHN VI. 37.
All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
In the discourses, which the Lord Jesus Christ addressed to his hearers, he declared the plainest and most important doctrines. He also promised the greatest benefits to all, who would receive and obey his instructions. But though he was followed by multitudes of people, the number of his true disciples was very small.--· After he had fed five thousand men with five barley-loaves and two small fishes, " Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, this is of a truth, that prophet_that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they.. would come, and take him by force to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." But though Jesus retired from the sight of the people, yet they sought him until they found him. When they had found him, they addressed him with great repect, saying, “ Rabbi, when camest thou hith
er ? Jesus answered them and said, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye
unto you, ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the son of man shall give unto you : For him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God ? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ve believe on him whom he hath sent.” When he also said, “The bread of God is he ' who cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world; then said they unto him, Lord, evermorę give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life ; He that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.' Yet after all the instructions he had given, and all the promises he had made, he was obliged to repeat against his hearers the charge of unbelief. He says, “ But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me and believe not.” But though the multitudes, who followed him, gen. erally disbelieved his instructions, and rejected his promises ; yet he consoled himself by the truths which he declared in the words of the text. “ All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me ; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” In discoursing on these words of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is proposed to examine several enquiries, which