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4. We may farther infer, that the serious thoughts of death must
be very useful to young persons, since judgment is so nearly connected with it.
It is appointed unto all men once to die, and after death the judgment *; and though the final solemnity of that judgment may be delayed to distant ages, the state of the soul is in a moment unalterably fixed; and, in this sense, As the tree falls, so it must liet, for There is no device, nor working in the gravei.
Now as this is generally acknowledged, we may naturally conclude that those, who remember death, will not forget judgment. Let me therefore, my young friends, call down your thoughts to the grave ; and methinks, among so many monuments of mortality, it should not be difficult to do it.
Recollect, I beseech you, what of that kind you have seen the year past. How many of you have attended the funerals of youth like yourselves, of children much younger than yourselves! They have given up the ghost, and where are theyß? What a change hath death made! Where are they? Why, perhaps, what remains of them, within the walls of this place, under the feet of some of you. Could your eye penetrate a few feet of earth, you would see them; but oh, what spectacles of horror would you discover! yet perhaps a year ago they were in the number of the most amiable objects of your sight. And such is your bloom, such is your vigour : And will you presume upon it, presume so far as to continue exposed to all the terrors of divine judgment, in a vain dependance that some years hence you shall consider and escape it?
Oh that you were wise, that you understood this, that you would consider your latter end|| ! Oh that you would be willing to converse with the dying, and with the dead! You will, no doubt, soon have renewed opportunities of doing it. Some will probably be called away for lessons to the rest ; and before the year rolls round, you may perhaps see some pious youth going with joy and triumph to glory, or some careless or incorrigible creature dying in terror, or, which is yet more dreadful, in a stupid insensibility of soul. 'Reflect, my brethren, on what of this kind you have seen; attend to what you may farther see; and remember that the house of mourning may prove a school of the most useful discipline, if the living will lay it to heart.
* Heb. ix. 27.
$ Job. xiv. 10. VOL. II.
+ Eccles. xi. 3.
| Eccles. ix, 10.
But why do I mention the house of mourning? You are perhaps going to that of feasting*. The leisure of the season invites to it; and custom hath established it into a law, to close the old year and begin the new with some peculiar vanities, in some more than ordinary forgetfulness of all the important purposes for which time and the opportunities of it are given. Such is our wisdom, such is our gratitude, such is our consistence with the name we bear, and the profession we make!
You are perhaps some of you impressed with what you have heard; but I am much afraid, there are those that within twelve days, or even twelve hours will have lost the impression, and be as unconcerned about this great judgment, as if God's own hand had sent them a discharge from appearing at it. It is a discouraging case, and it makes us your ministers almost dread this season, cheerful as it is thought, as that in which former convictions will be worn off, and the heart of unthinking youth will be steeled against those that might otherwise be made ; as the season, in which we do, as it were, see the infernal lion bearing away the lambs of our flock, even before our faces.
But we will at least cry out for their deliverance, we will lift up our voice like a trumpet t; and may hope, that some of you will take the warning, and hide the word of God in your hearts. Sinners will no doubt be enticing you to walk as they do In the way of the heart, and according to the sight of the eyes; but consent nots to the solicitation, if you would not be destroyed with them, in that day, when they shall appear, as they have now been represented, unable To stand in the judgment|l, and shall perish from this unhappy way which they have taken ; and that in a moment, when the wrath of him, whom they now despise shall but begin to be kindled against them : For it shall be kindled with such terrors, that they shall say to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come ; wnd who shall be able to stand**? The Lord grant, that you may all find mercy of the Lord in that day tt! Amen.
* N. B. This sermon was preached at Northampton, December 25, 1735. + Isa. Iviii. 1. I Psal. cxix. 11. $ Prov. i. 10.
Psal. i. 5, Psal. ii. 12. ** Rev. vi, 16, 17. +1 Tim. i. 18.
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