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short, every organ, every member, shall be employed in the most noble services and enjoyments, instead of the sordid and laborious drudgery, and the painful sufferings of the present state. Blessed change indeed! Rejoice, ye righteous, ye children of God, in prospect of it!

The bodies of the wicked will also be improved; but their improvements will all be terrible and vindictive; their capacities will be thoroughly enlarged, but then it will be that they may be made capable of greater misery. Now they see that tremendous day, of which they were warned in vain, and sbudder at those terrors, of which they once made light. They at once koow the grand business of the day, and the dreadful purpose for which they were soused from their slumbers in the grave, to be tried, to be convicted, to be condemned, and to be dragged away to execution. Conscience has been anticipating the trial in a separate state, and no sooner is the soul united to the body, than immediately conscience ascends its throne in the breast, and begins to accuse, to convict, to pass seltence, to upbraid and torment. The guilty criminal is dragged and guarded from his grave to the judgment-seat by fierce unrelenting devils. He is ordered to the left, among the trembling throng:and now the trial comes on; all his evil deeds, and all his omissions of duty, are now produced against him. All the mercies he abused, all the chastisements he despised, all the means of grace he neglected or misimproved; every sinful, every idle word, nay, bis most secret thoughts and dispositions, are all exposed and brought into judgment against him. And when the Judge puts it to him, Is it not so, sinner? Are not these charges true ? Conscience obliges him to confess, and cry out, Guilty, guilty. And vow the trembling criminal being plainly convicted, and left without all plea and all excuse, the supreme Judge, in stern majesty and inexorable justice, thunders out the dreadful sentence, Depart from me, se cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. Have we any reason to hope we shall not be of that wretched mul. titude, who sball rise to damnation? If there be any inquiry withir the compass of human knowledge, that demands our solicitous thoughts, cerlainly it is this.

President Davies.

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THE JUDGMENT.

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The body of a Christian” having now slept all the years of his appointed time, the archangel, with the trump of God, shall awake bim at the last day, and call him forth from his grave; the soul shall then be re-united to tbe same body be once possessed, the same material body, only clarified from all its dross; a body pure, and as free from sin, as that in which the unfathomable essence of Deity was wrapt.

With eyes enliven'd with new vital light,

Admiring, whence they had their sight. In this state he will be conducted to the judgment-seat of Christ, where he will be tried for the sin committed wbile he was in bis sipful body. “ For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. v. 18.

He must appear before the Judge of quick and dead: a Judge, at whose word the graves will open, and at whose nod the troubled ocean ceases to roll : a Judge, at whose command this earth will be dissolved, and the heavens pass away as a scroll: a Judge, whose hand can extinguish the sun, and at whose presence the stars will hide their diminished heads: a Judge, before whom the angels veil their faces with their wings, and cry, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty. Before this Judge must Christian appear, when every act and deed, every word and thought, will be laid open to his view. With wonder and amazement he will hear read all the crimes and errors of a misspent life, and all the negligences and omissions of love and charity to bis brethren. All this, in an instant, will be brought to remembrance, while he, trembling, stands to hear the lips of the Eternal Judge pronounce his final doom Depart, ye cursed, or Come, ye blessed.

The principal test, upon which “ Christian” will be tried, will be his carriage or deportment towards his fellow-christians, members of the same family, children of the same father, travelling the same road, and to the same bome.

It appears, from Matt. xxv, that six things only compose the necessaries of life, viz. food, drink, rayment, health, liberty, and social friendship. Should a member of the bousehold of faith be destitute of any one of these necessaries of life, it is the imperative duty of “ Christian” to administer to his wants. Should be neglect or refuse so to do, it will be recorded against bim in God's book of remembrance.

I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was naked, and ye clothed me; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me,

Then will the Christians answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an bungred, and fed thee; or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee įn; or naked, and clothed thee? · Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the Judge shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto anto, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,

We have now before us a subject which, for the magnificence of the scenery, the magnitude of the transaction, and the durable effects which it draweth on, stands unrivalled in the annals of human knowledge, and with which the powers of conception are vuable to contend. I have dived into the unfathomable depths of imagination, but returned more confounded than I entered,

The great white throne descending out of beaven, guarded and begirt with the powers and principalities thereof-the awful Presence, at whose sight the heavens and the earth flee away, and no place for them is found. The archangel, with the trump of God, riding sublime in the midst of heaven, and sending through the widest dominions of death and the grave, that sbarp summons which divideth the solid earth, and rings through the caverns of the þollow deep, pierciog the dull cold ear of death apd the grase with

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the knell of their departed reign; the re-union of body and soul; one from unconscious sleep, the other from apprehensive or unquiet abodes; and the congregation of all generations, over whom the stream of time hath swept ;-to give form and figure to the outward pomp

and circumstances of such a scene, no imagination is adequate--nor does the understanding labour less.

“ But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.

Seeing, then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons onght ye to be in all holy conversation and godli

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Looking for and basting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent beat.

Nevertheless we, (true Christians) according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." 2 Pet. iii. 10-14.

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It is true, Christian, it is an awful day; a day, in which nature shall be thrown into a confusion as yet unknown. No earthquake, rio eruption of burning mountains, no desolation of cities by devouring flames, or of countries by overflowing rivers or seas, can give any just emblem of that dreadful day; when the heavens being on fire sball be dissolved, and the earth and all that is therein shall be burnt up;

2 Pet, iii. 10, when all nature shall flee away in amaze ment before the face of the universal Judge, and there shall be a cry heard, far beyond what was known in the land of Egypt, so when there was not a house in which there was not one dead." Exod. xii. 30. Your flesh may tremble in the view; yet your spirit must surely s rejoice in God your Saviour.” You may justly say, Let this illustrious day come, even with all its horrors; yea, like the Christians described by the apostle, 2 Pet. iii. 12. you may

of the same family, children of the same father, travelling the same road, and to the same home.

It appears, from Matt. xxv, that six things only compose the necessaries of life, viz, food, drink, rayment, health, liberty, and social friendship. Should a member of the household of faith be destitute of any one of these necessaries of life, it is the imperative duty of “ Christian" to administer to his wants. Should be neglect or refuse so to do, it will be recorded against bim in God's book of remembrance,

I was an bungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was naked, and ye clothed me; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me,

Then will the Christians answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an bungred, and fed thee; or thirsty, and gave thee drink ?

Wben saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in ; or naked, and clothed thee ?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee!

And the Judge shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto anto, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,

We have now before us a subject which, for the magnificeace of the scenery, the magnitude of the transaction, and the durable effects which it drawethon, stands unrivalled in the annals of human knowledge, and with which the powers of conception are uuable to contend. I have dived into the unfathomable depths of imagina tion, but returned more confounded than I entered.

The great white throne descending out of heaven, guarded and begirt with the powers and principalities thereof the awful Presence, at whose sight the heavens and the earth Alee away, and, no place for them is found. The archangel, with the trump of God, riding sublime in the midst of heaven, and sending through the widest dominions of death and the grave, that sharp summons which divideth the solid earth, and rings through the caverns of the hollow deep, piercing the dull cold ear of death and the grase with

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