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by a life of virtue, here, to be found amongt'
But if à resurrection from the dead be thus a fountain of consolation to the good and virtuous, it is no less a fountain of terror to the guilty. For reflect, 0 sinner, what it is to appear before an all-seeing and just God: to stand self-condemned and trembling before the awful judge of quick and dead! to have all thy secret sins and midnight follies laid open and disclosed : to have all the generations of the world stand around thee, witnesses of thy crimes and condemnation. Hadst thou a friend that loved thee in the world; how will it rend his bosom to see thee thus appalled with fear, and sinking under thy load of guilt? Hadst thou a parent that trained thee in the ways of early piety, and watched over thy infant days with a tender and sleepless solicitude; what a heart-rending stroke will it be to hear that dreadful sentence pronounced upon thee, "go, “ thou cursed child, into everlasting fire, pre“ pared for the devil and his angels.” Finally, hast thou any feeling for thyself? Think, O think, what it will be to enter into all the torments of hell, to dwell with everlasting burn, ing's, with the worm that never dieth, amidst the blackness of darkness for evermore, to be separated from God and happiness, to be excluded from every ray of hope, to feel the stinging reproaches of conscious guilt, and the agonizing
pangs pangs of a mispent life, the abused mercies of heaven, and the never ending torments of the fire that cannot be quenched.
· Since then it depends upon ourselves, whe
ther the resurrection from the dead shall be a . blessing or a curse; since it is in our own choice, whether we will rise to life or death eternal ; let us chuse life, that both we and our seed may live. All has been done for us that could be done by the mercy of heaven: what remains therefore must be done for ourselves. The unhappy rich man thought that his five brethren, though they were deaf to the voice of Moses and the prophets, yet would repent, if one went unto them from the dead, Even that last and greatest persuasive to repentance has been vouchsafed to us. If therefore we repent not, utterly hopeless and inex.. cusable must be our condition; we can have nothing to look for but fiery indignation. Let us therefore wisely determine to crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin. Let us awake to righteousness, and sin not. Let us seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Let us be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasinuch as we know that our labour is not in vain in the
Lord: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him; and when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear together with him in glory. ;
· EPHESIANS ii. 8, 9. By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God: not
of works, lest any man should boast. o f all the unhappy divisions, which have
torn and distracted the bosom of the Christian church, from the days of the Apostles down to the present times, none seems to have been supported with greater warmth or carried to greater lengths than the dispute " whether “ to God's grace and faith in Christ, or to “ our own works we must be indebted for sal$vation.”
The zealous asserters of grace maintain, that since we can do nothing of ourselves, we should leave all to God, and not endeavour to do any thing: for since, every gift of God must be