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“ the radiancy of the Godhead; and the majesty of “ his presence be so great,” that (as St. John repreresents it) earth and heaven will flee away. “His head “ and his hair as white as snow, his eyes as a flame of

fire, his voice as the found of many waters, his “ countenance like the sun shining in its strength.” We read of the wrath of the LambThe Lamb of God, meek and lowly in heart, who taketh away the sin of the world—who was stain, to redeem by his precious blood every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation—who is therefore moft “ worthy to receive power, “and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and glory, “and honour, and blessing.” Lowly as he is, and having salvation, he hath wrath for his enemies. They “ Thall not be able to stand in the great day of his « wrath. Kiss the Son, left he be angry, and ye per“ ish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a 6 little.”

Did we hear the sound of the last trumpet, accompanied with a mighty voice, “ Arise ye dead, and come

to judgment"--did we see the graves open, and the dead rising—did we see the Son of man coming in his kingdom, his heavenly guards round him, and all our race collecting from every part of the earth, to attend the great audit, we certainly should think the scene more folemn and interesting than any we ever witnessed. That such a scene will open in some fu. ture period, is declared in the oracles of infallible truth. Shall it then be forgotten ? Will one foul here present presume to act as though he had no personal concern in it? Indescribable as its glory and terror are, it is astonishing that it makes no more impreflion.Remote as the scene may be, its certainty and importance are sufficient to awaken and arreft our immediate attention. Who but has all possible reason closely to examine himself? who but should let this thought sink into his heart, Am I ready to stand before the Son of man? Can L, on good ground, look for the

blessed hope? He feeth me. Do I walk as in his prefence ?

In the view of eternal judgment, the folly of envying the prosperity of the wicked appears in a strong light. Much inquietude is mingled with their short triumph, their momentary joy. Their table becomes a snare, and that which should have been for their welfare, a trap. They are set in slippery places. Death, at furtheft, will for ever deprive them of all the things for which they are envied. In their life time they receive all their good things. Pity rather than envy them. Choose none of their ways.

Would you envy good men their profperity? This is the least part of their happiness. They pursue and enjoy higher pleasures than the world can give, and which depend not on the world. If in the world they have tribulation, this worketh patience, experience, and hope that maketh not ashamed. They wait for their promised rest--for the hope of righteousness by faith. Fix your supreme wish on the same object, and you will rather rejoice than repine that they at any time prosper. To be envious, because others prosper, indicates a mind which seeks a portion in this life only.

Under the immediate direction of the Son of man at the great day, his angels shall sever the wicked from among the juft. He doth not permit his servants to make the separation in this world. He hath admonisha ed those who undertake to gather out the tares from the field, that they will “root up the wheat. Let both,

grow together till the harvest. And in the time of “ harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together “ first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn “them; but gather the wheat into my barn.” Let us not assume the prerogative, and anticipate the judgment, of the Son of man. Let us have compassion on our fellow servants, as he hath on us. Let us refrain from uncharitable thoughts and censures, forgive injuries, love our enemies, do good to them who hate us,


and pray for our persecutors. The charity, which iš inculcated by his precepts and example, bideth a multitude of sins; endureth all things, hopeth all things, thinketh no evil, seeketh not her own. He will particularly enquire, when he cometh, whether we have put on charity, the bond of perfection, which is greater than faith and hope, and never faileth. “Why doft thou judge

thy brother? or why doft thou set at nought thy “ brother ? For we shall all stand before the judgment

feat of Christ."

Well may those, who are persecuted for the Son of man's sake, rejoice: For great is their reward in hea

Are good men at any time impatient to know when their sufferings will end ? Do they call upon'God, How long, holy and true? Let them rather rest in the -Lord, and wait patiently for him. For they shall stand in their lot at the end of the days. The afflictions of life are momentary, not worthy to be compared with the far more exceeding eternal weight of glory.

Do we take pains to be on good terms with the world? It infinitely more concerns us to be approved of him who trieth the reins and heart. is a good name on earth more valuable than gold? much more a name in the Lamb's book of life. It is a small thing to be judged of man's judgment. May we be remembered by Christ, when he shall come in his kingdom, we need fear no opprobrium on earth. 6 Yet a little “ while, and he will come, and will not tarry. The

just shall live by faith." But where will the diffembler then appear, who hath made the form of godliness a pretext for the vileft of crimes? where they who have lived by fraud? where all the secret workers of iniquity, and whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie?

The present truth enforces fidelity to every trufta circumspect walk in every relation, in every place, at all times. Under the habitual influence of it, we shall improve every talent, and lay a good foundation against the time to come. We shall not presume to act as tho' our great Judge faw us not, because we see him not. " A book of remembrance is written before him for “ them who fear him, and think upon his name.” Men are influenced by the presence of the great, wise and good. The Judge ftandeth before the door. Shall they then venture to do, under his eye, what they would be afraid and ashamed to do before their fellow mortals? Why is He forgotten? Why do any defer their preparation for judgment ? Life and the day of grace are extremely uncertain. Yet the most pitiful excuses are made for procrastination. What account can be given of neglected and wasted advantages? of mispent, abufed time? “It is required in stewards, that a man be “ found faithful. He that is faithful in little, is faithful alfo in much; and he that is unjust in a little, is

unjust also in much.”

We should call ourselves often to account. Is there a fin which does easily befet us? Let it be laid aside. Has any plain duty been neglected, or performed in a wrong manner? Let it be no longer thus performed or neglected. Let the unresolved and double-minded no longer halt and waver. Take heed of an heart of unbelief. Remeinber the heart is deceitful.

The riches of God's goodness and forbearance lead to repentance. Do any take occasion, from his long-suffering, to persist in fin? Their punishment will be heavier when executed. Their judgment lingereth not; and their damnation does not sumber. Behold, I come quickly, faith the Judge. Who then art thou that sayest, My Lord delayeth his coming ? Madness is in thine heart. The early stages of life are no more exempt from death than the late. Let me die the death of the righteous is the common with of old and young, high and low. But whom will the Judge own before his Father? Then shall the righteous be absolved, and inherit a kingdom : But the wicked and flothful servant shall be adjudged to

os outer darkness: There shall be weeping and gnashi“ing of teeth.”

I have reasoned with you, my hearers, on a judgment to come, not with a view to excite unreasonable and unavailing fear; but that reasonable and useful fear which restrains from fin, and is a motive to holinefs. It is most reasonable that we make him our fear, who can destroy foul and body in hellthat we work out our salvation with fear and trembling—that we, as we are warned, fly from the wratlt to come that we lay hold on the hope fet before us—the hope which is as an anchor to the soul, and entereth within the veil, whither Jesus the forefunner is entered. If we are of the happy number who have fled for refuge, we shall lift up our heads, and behold our eternal redemption ready to be pronounced by him. Our robes made white in the Redeemer's blood, we shall, with all the redeemed “ before the throne of God, serve him day and night “ in his temple-shall hunger no more, neither thirst

any more. The Lamb in the midst of the throne “ shall feed, and lead us to living fountains of water; “ and every tear shall be wiped from our eyes. Rejoice “ in the Lord, O ye righteous. Light and gladness « are fown for” you. Your highest hopes will then be fulfilled exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think. The Saviour, who endured the cross for you, will then be arrayed in all his glory. Now you see him only by an eye of faith. Then you will have an intuitive view of him, admire what you behold, and receive the crown that never fades. " Then shall

ye “ discern between him that serveth God, and him that c ferveth him not. For, behold, the day cometh, “ when the wicked shall be turned into hell.”

Might the glory, the triumph and the terror of that day, which will finish the mediatorial plan, be impreffed on your minds, my young hearers, you would feel the weight of all the arguments and motives to Chriftian fobriety, which have been used in a series of disa

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