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Are ye so fuolis!; as to put wages into the bag with holes, or so li. centious as to waste them in adorning the temple of vanity, raising altaru to pride, and buying in provision for these wild devourers, ihe lusts of the flesh? Sober and goori men of every denomination observe with regret many evi. dences, and the shew of your countenances is one, of health and fulness of bread having spoiled your tomper, and rcij. dered you rudc and hauglity, and impatient of alt rule and l'estraint. And I have been long enough is the country to be acquainted with facts which warrant me to say, that among you relative holiness is really to die; and that, throug! want of G Jolily, the name and the word of Gol is daiiy blasphemed. Some serva?ts cannot be trusted. Some answer again, and double the fault with uncivil anat ipmoral language. Oihers, when reprored, say, with a sulf neck and a scornful cye, Pay is our wages, and we shall be gone. The temper of Ezekiel's peop!c is breaking out among ours. “They are impudent ciuildren, and
guilt-Icaricd." In places planted and watercu with the gospel, we behold thorns and briars springing up, and choking the seed which the ininistry hath sown. \Vhon the best is a briar, and the most upright is sharper than a thornhedge, the day of visitation and perplexity cannot be far ofl. Sons of Belial arc as thorns that rust be trust away, because they cannot be taken with hands, and the inan that toucheth them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear. Lilies an:l thorns gro:p together in our gardens, and wheat aud tares in our fields.
Bat things accompanying salvatio: in somc, should not restrain us from raising our voice, and crying aloud in the hearing of ail. Among men of high degree and men of low degree gouliness is disappearing, and goodness, and rightcousness, and truth, are perishing. The wrath of God being reveal. ed from heaven against all ungodliness and uprighteousness of mer, our situation must be alarming; and, if rcformation be pot speedily revived and eagerly pursued, awful corsequences will certainly follow.
Rich and poor, master and servant, and all without exception, I exhort to acknowledge their iniquity; and, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, to implore mercy and forgiveness. Through this precious blood' God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse
us from all uprighteousness. If this exhortalion be ho. noured in believing, endeavouis will be exerted in holiness, and reformatioa introduced into the manners and families of inen. without delay. To new obedience unto the Lord our God and Redeemer we are bound by his law, allered by his promises, led by his goodness, drawn by his love, and furrished and enabled by his Spirii. This obedience, wiich is the fruit of faith in the blood of Christ, 2014 the spirit and essence of gratitude for redeeming love, is of more account in the siglit of God than rivers of oil and thousands of rams: “Behold, to obey is better than wsacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” “I will "praise the name of Gool with a song, I will magnify him
with thanksgiving. This slall piease the Lord berter "than an ox, or bullock, that haih horus and hools. The Sumble shall see this and be glad, and your heart shall Give that seek Gori."
6Your heari shali live that seek God!". Consider these gracious words, ( sinners! Though under the curse, and cicad in sin, and in ithout strength, you are able to rcad, anch to hear, and to think; and though scripture doth not speak visto you as saints and as sons, it addresses you as sinners and as 17ch. Is it not your duty to seek God? Is it not your interest to seek God? Are you not commanded to seck God? Are you not encouraged to seck God? Have you no time to seek God? And do you not know in whom to find God? God was, and is, and will be, in Christ reconciJing the world io himsc!l. He insuruct and exliort you 10 seck him in Christ, to scek bim while he may be found, and io cail upon him while he is In Christ, and in 10!e cisc, God is to be found. Beno encouragement held up to you by Chris!: “Ask and it shall be given you, "seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh reccivetti, and be that
seekeil findeth, and to him that knocked it shall be Sopened."
Is not judgment already passed? True-By the of"fence of ople, judgment came upon all men to condemnablion." Doth not the curse hold sinners under guill?
Truc-Cursed is every one who continueth not in all “things which are written in the book of the law to do quem." Is not the law, which we have transgresscd,
Warth. vii, 7, 8.
just? Truc-The law is holy, and the commandment choly, just, and good.”. Are we not disabled for fulfilling the righteousness of the law? True-You are “without ostrength,” and “dead in trespasses and sins." The law cannot justify the guilty, the ungodly, the unjust. True -By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justifis "ed in the sight of God; for by the law is the knowledge of 6yi!).” And is not our state hopeless?
Now, sit down to the Bible, pray, spell, read, hear, wonder, believe.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave shis only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him "should not perish, but have everlasting life!"* "For what “the law could not do, in that it was weak through the "flesh, Gud, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful "lesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh, that the brighteousness of the law migiit be fulfilled in us.”
TV hom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through "faith in his blood, to declare bis righteousness for the re"mission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of "God. To declare at this tiine his righteousness, that "he might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth “sin Jesus.”.“For Christ is the end of the law, fur righte"ousness, to every one that believeth."S"For he hath sinade bim to be sio for us, who knew no sin, that we "might be made the righteousness of God in him."|| “For “as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, “so by the obedience of one shall many be made righte
ous. Moreover, the law entered that the offence might "abound, but where sin abounded grace did much more “abound. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so "might grace reign, through righteousness, unto eternal Wife by Jesus Christ our Lord.” “For the wages of sin osis death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus “Christ our Lord."** “For if by one man's offence death "reigned by ons, much more they who receive abundance "of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in “life by one Jesus Christ.”tt "For Christ hath once sıf. "fered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring sus to God." +
*John. iii. 16. † Rom. viii. 3, 4. Rom. iii, 25, 26. Rom. x. 4. 112 Cor. v.21. (Rom. v. 19, 20, 21. ** Rom. vi. 23. ++ Rom. v. 17. #11 Peter. iii 18.1
The state of the guilty, the ungodly, the unjust, is not hopeless. Read, 0 sinners, consider, hear, and believe these scriptures. Behold a foundation, a foundation strong, firm, and broad, sufficient to support the hope of the world; a foundation laid, not on sand, but on l'ock; not on the dishonour, but on the glory of the law, displaying the holiness and the love, the mercy and the righteousness of the Sovereign, in justifying, sanctifying, and saving the ungodly who believe in Jesus.. Unto then who. are built upon it there is no condemnation;, and to build upon it all are invited, all are warranted, all are commandcd. “This is his commandmeni, that we should beliere on the name of his Son Jesus Christ."
But those sinners only who were chosen and ordained to eternal life shall be justified, sanctified, and saved; and except we be among them we can never believe. TrucAll the Father bath given to Christ come unto Christ, and as many as were ordained to eternal life believe. In belier. ing, however, sinners, who were elected and redeemed, are drawn unto Christ, not by a revelation of secret pureposes, but by the truth of open declarations. The book of life and the book of scripture are separate records.-God is the author of both, and sees that the open declarations of his word are perfectly consistent with the secret determinations of his will. Difficulties may appear to use in these records; but this is most certain, that ihe door of faith is neither shut nor narrowed by election; that, not. withstanding election, the world may enter, and that in entering, according to scriplure, nothing is attempted contrary to election. “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the "wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up: that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have Keternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave Whis only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him ashould not perish, but have everlasting life. For God (sent not bis Son into the world to condemn the world, cibut that the world through him might be sared."*: In iestimony of our assurance that the written record whicha God bath given of his Son is true, and worthy of all acceptation, we will say, Amen.
* John, iii, 23. t John, iis. 15,- 17.
WAR FROM HEAVEN*
JOB xxxviii, 22, 23.
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hasi
thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserv. ed against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
THE speech of which these words are a part was addressed unto Job. It was spoken by God, who is plenteous in mercy, and great in power; and his power and mercy, mingling their glory, produced correspondent ef fects on the ear and on the heart of that diseased and tormented man. He heard it, not from the top of Sinai in lightning and thunder, nor from between the cherubim in a holy of holies, but out of a whirlwind. A whirlwind, which teareth the rocks, which overturneth the cities, which sweepeth the forests, and which breaketh the cedars in Lebanon and the ships of Tarshish, is a sensible em-blem of the majesty of the Lord, whose power nothing can resist, and who out of a whirlwind speaks with the same serenity and ease as on a mercy-seat.
The glorious Speaker, seated in whirlwind, and through that resistless medium uttering his mind, delivereth him. self in the style and manner of Jehovah. Interrogation presses upon interrogation, and one material wonder appears after another, to express and bring under observa. tion the secrets of his wisdom, and the hiding of his power'isty the rights of his justice, and the wide and indisputable claims of his sovereignty. “Where wast thou when I laid 6the foundations of the earth? - Whereupon are its founcidations fastened, and who said its corner-stone! Who
* Preached March 1785, on occasion of a severe storm,