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offered to you,

edly and awfully forewarned, of the fatal issue of your conduct, but without effect ? that Christ and eternal salvation were freely

but were contemptuously despised and set at nought? These considerations will add a continual fuel to the tormenting flames, and will make them burn with insufferable violence. O then be wife in time : " Seek the Lord while he

may be found, and call upon him while he 66 is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, " and the unrighteous man his thoughts, -“and let him return unto the Lord, and he 6 will have mercy upon him, and to our “ God, for he will abundantly pardon.”. To conclude: Ponder the wholesome advice recorded in Prov. viii. 33.-36. “ Hear in“ struction, and be wise, and refuse it not. “ Blessed is the man that heareth me, watch« ing daily at my gates, waiting at the posts “ of my doors. For whoso findeth me, find" eth life, and shall obtain favour of the " Lord. But he that finneth against me,

wrongeth his own foul. All they that & hate me, love death." Amen.

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GALATIANS vi. 4:

Let every man prove bis own work.

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EFORE I enter upon the subject of this

text, it may not be improper to mention some of the reasons which have led me to it at this time *

1/1, As many, who call themselves Christians, discover so little of Christianity in their lives, that we are often at a loss to reconcile their conduct with their professions ; I thought it might be of use to those whą are in any degree distinguished by their religious conduct, if I could lead them into . such a fcrutiny of themselves as this text fuggests to us; or persuade them to inquire, whether their works, which are apparently good, are such as will abide the test : whether they proceed from the Spirit of God,

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er from the spirit of the world: whether they are animated by a « simplicity and * godly sincerity," or by the unhallowed principles of self-love, and the defire of recommending themselves to the esteem of

men,

2dly, It is evident from Scripture, that a man may go far in the outward performance of his duty, and yet be actuated by fuch motives as afford hin greater cause of grief and of shame than of that rejoicing which is mentioned in the clause following my text.

I read in the preceding verse, that it is posible for a man to think him“ felf to be something when he is nothing." Į find in fact that the Laodiceans imagined themselves to be " rich, and increased with “ goods, and having need of nothing," when, in truth, they were “ wretched, and

miserable, and poor, and blind, and na“ ked.” And there are too many reasons to fufpect, that, like those, multitudes of this prefent generation are pure in their own

eyes, and yet are not washed from their

filthiness;" have a “name that they live, while " they are dead;" and have

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praise of men,” while “ their hearts are not right with God.”

3dly, I foresee the time when thousands Shall wish that they had followed the Apostle's advice in

" Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, " and will not tarry.” -_^ The Lord him46 self shall descend from heaven with a u thout, with the voice of the archangel, '" and the trump of God; to judge the « world in righteousness.

In that day many shall say to him, Lord, Lord, did

we not eat and drink in thy presence, “ have we not prophesied in thy name, • and in thy name done many wonderful “ works?” But when they receive that awful reply,

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from me, I know you not whence ye are,” with what inconceivable anguish will they then cry out, Oh! that we had tried and proved those fpecious works in which we trusted. We thought them good and acceptable to God; alas! too late, we find our unhappy mistake. The time was, when this discovery might have profited us : but now the doom is pafled; our state is fixed ; and nothing rewains for us but a fruitless remorse, and

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the galling remembrance of our former sloth and security.--And,

Laily, When I considered that I was to speak to communicants, who have this day fealed either their friendship or their enmity with Christ at his own table, it determined me to address to you a pressing and earnest call to prove this your work in particular

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that fuch as have been properly employed in this holy service, may, after trial of themselves, lay hold of the comforts which belong to them; and that others may receive such a view of their guilt and of their danger, as, by the grace of God, shall constrain them, to have immediate recourse to that injured, but compassionate Saviour, whose blood, instead of crying for vengeance, pleads for mercy to the chief of funers. On all these accounts let me intreat, not only the hearing of

your ears, but the attention of your minds, whilft I endeavour, through divine aid,

ist, To explain the full meaning or import of the Apostle's exhortation ---- Let

every man prove his own work.”
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