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tht wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God *. Oh the solemnities of that great day, when the frame of nature shall be dissolved, when the Judge shall appear, the books be opened, and all mankind shall be summoned to his tribunal! Will not you yet tremble and bow before him, ye careless ones, while he is seated upon a throne of grace, and while the door of mercy stands open? Once more I call, I warn, I charge you, to repent and believe the gospel. If to day you will hear his voice, it is not yet too late. But who can answer for to-morrow? Perhaps, this night your foul may be required of you -j-. Are you prepared for the summons? If not, seize the present opportunity. Attend to the one thing needful. Seek his face that your foul may live. If not, remember that you are warned, your blood will be upon your own head. We have delivered our message, and if you finally reject it, you must answer for yourselves, to him whose message it is.

* Ps. ix. 17. f Luke xii. 20.

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PART III.

SERMON XXXIX.

JOB S FAITH AND EXPECTATION.

Job xix. 25, 26.

I know that my Redeemer livetb, and that he Jhallstand in the latter day upon the earth. And though after my Jkin, worms destroy this body, yet in my fleJh Jhall I see God.

CHRISTIANITY, that is, the religion, of which, Messiah, is the author and object, the foundation, life and glory; though not altogether as old as the creation, is nearly so. It is coeval with the first promise and intimation of mercy given to fallen man. When Adam by transgression had violated the order and law of his creation, his C^3 relj.

religion, that is, the right disposition of his heart towards God, was at an end. Sin de^prived him, at once, of faith and hope, of love and joy. He no longer desired, he no longer could bear, the presence of his offended Maker. He vainly sought to avoid it, and when compelled to answer, though he could not deny his guilt, instead of making an ingenuous confession, he attempted to fix the blame upon the woman, or rather indeed upon the Lord himself, who had provided her for him. But mercy, undeserved and undesired, relieved him from a state, in which he was already become obdurate and desperate. A promise was given him of the Jeed of the woman *, which virtually contained, as the feed contains the future plant, the substance of all the subsequent promises, which, were fulfilled by the incarnation of the Son of God, and by all that he did, or suffered, or obtained for sinners, in the character of Mediator. For a sinner can have no comfortable intercourse with the holy God, but through a Mediator. ' Therefore, the apostle observes of the patriarchs and servants of God, under the Old Testament, * "Gin. Hi. 15.

ffhefe all died in faith *. We can say nothing higher than this, of the apostles and martyrs under the New Testament. They died, not trusting in themselves that they were righteous, not rejoicing in the works of their own hands, but they died, like the thief upon she cross, in faith, resting all their hope upon him, who, by his obedience unto death, is the end of the law for righteousness unto every one that believeth -f-, We have greater advantages, in point of light and liberty, than those of old. The prophecies concerning Messiah, which, at the time of delivery,, were obscure, are, to us, infallibly interpreted by their accomplishment. And we know that the great atonement, typically pointed out by their sacrifices, has been actually made $ that the Lamb of God has, by the one offering of himself, put away sin. But as to, the ground and substance, their faith and hope, were the same with ours. Abraham rejoiced to fee the day of Chrijl J; and aged Jacob soon aster he had said, / have waited for thy salvation, O Lord, died, with the same composure and willingness, as Simeon slid, who saw it with his own eyes. Job, t He^. xi. 13. f Rom. x. 4. % Johnviii. 56. 0^4 whf>

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