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To reading you must join the hearing of the word preached; that powerfui ordinance which God hath fo remarkably countenanced in all ages of the church, and made effectual by his blessing, both for the conversion of finners, and for the establishment of his own people. Under this head I would particularly recommend to you a devout attendance upon the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which is fo peculiarly calculated to strengthen faith, and to build us up in 'holiness and comfort, unto eternal life. This hath been found, in the experience of all the saints, to be a most blessed institution, which hath in every age enabled men to hold on their way ,

with alacrity and joy, and in every situation hath affisted them to renew their strength. To all this we must add constant and fervent prayer to God. By this we maintain correspondence with the “ Father os of lights, from whom cometh down every “ good and perfect gift.” Prayer is the messenger which he hath appointed for fonveying to us help in every time of need.


He hath promised his Spirit to them who alk it. Let us “ ask and receive, that our

joy may be full.”

Thus, my brethren, I have suggested to you a few plain directions which, through the blessing of God, may be of use to assist you in maintaining that firm adherence to the Lord, which my text recommends. All that now remains is, that I intreat you to reduce them to practice. And what motive can I represent to you fo powerful as the confideration, that “ to them who, by a 4 patient continuance in well-doing, feek “ for glory, honour, and immortality, God 6 will render eternal life." " To him that 66 overcometh,” faith Christ," will I grant to 6 fit down with me on my throne, even as u I also overcame, and am fet down with “ my Father on his throne." The time draweth near,


you shall be placed be.. yond the reach of temptation, when your warfare shall be accomplished, and your struggles at an end; and who would not fuftain a short, though it were a fharp, confict, that he might obtain a triumphant victory? Some of us perhaps have but a


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few more efforts to make, and a few more affaults to sustain, before Christ shall call us home to receive the enriching reward, - a reward not of debt but of grace ; even that exceeding and eternal weight of glory, with which our light and momentary afflictions are not worthy to be compared. Let us all then be persuaded, " with purpose of heart

to cleave unto the Lord.” Let us count all things but loss, that we may win Chrift, and be found in him, not having our own righteousness, but that everlasting righteousness which he hath prepared for them who “ cleave to him.” Let us

Let us go from this place, faying as Peter did, only with more humility, “ Though all men should forsake “ thee, yet will not we.” And “now unto « him that is able to keep you from falling, " and to present you faultless before the

pre“ fence of his glory with exceeding joy : “ To the only wise God our Saviour, be “ glory and majesty, dominion and power, “ both now and ever." Amen.

SER 54


Micah vi. 3.


O my people, what have I done unto thee? and

wherein have I wearied thee? Teftify against


is impossible to predict what impressioni

the same truth will make upon the different minds of men. That word, which will pierce one man, to the “ dividing asun“. der of the soul and spirit,” may have no edge at all when addressed to another. But, were I to judge from my own feelings, I should think, that all the terrors of God could not more effectually overawe the heart of a finner, than the passage of Scripturé which I have now read. It strikes


ear like the last found of God's mercy. Doth the Almighty command and threaten? I fear and tremble: yet I have still some expectation, that his compassion may interpose in




my behalf. But, doth he put off his terrible Majesty, and, instead of vindicating the authority, condefcend to plead the reasonableness of his law? then I am sure that his forbearance is almost exhausted, and that my day of grace is drawing near to an end. For as he neither wants power to punish, nor provocation to justify the punishment he might inflict, his design in stooping fo low, can only be to render

my condemnation consistent with the utmost extent of his mercy. In the words of the text, the Supreme Lord of heaven and earth appeals to finners themselves, for the mildness and cquity of his

government; and challengeth them to produce one instance of undue feverity towards them, or the least shadow of excuse for their undutiful behaviour towards him.

“ O my people, what have I « done unto thee? and wherein have I wea" ried thee? Testify against me.' And doth the infinitely wise God condescend to be tried at the bar of human reason? Can it then be supposed, that his cause is doubtful, or that he runs the least hazard of bea ing cast in judgement ? Have we not reason


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