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ing the offence. By whatever clouds your mind may heretofore have been obfcured, you now know that which is good: and, if you do it not, to you it is fin. Be conscientious in acting conformably to the full extent of your knowledge. Be careful for nothing, except faith and holiness. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all things effential to your earthly welfare fhallbe added unto you. Stretch not your thoughts forward to remote plans of worldly intereft. In all your plans remember that the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, and diftributeth all things to every man feverally as He will. Leave all things in His hands, with gratitude for His past mercies, with undoubting reliance on His wisdom and his love. In discoursing concerning your future purposes, be not afbamed when it concerneth thy foul. Let it be visible, unoftentatiously yet clearly visible, that you refer and commit every event to the good pleasure of your Father who is in hea-ven. Why takeft thou thought, why art thou difquieted with anxiety; for the morrow? The morrow fhall take thought for the things of itfelf. Why ftraineft thou thine aching eyes in fpeculating on airy phantoms? Why buildeft thou for thyfelf vifionary palaces. amidst the vapours that hang on the extremity


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of the fky? Thou haft here no continuing city. Seek one to come. Seek an houfe not made with hands, eternal in the heavens: a city baving foundations, whofe builder and maker is God (m).

Finally; remember that the concluding admonition which St. James has fo pertinently applied to the immediate fubject of his dif courfe, is in its nature a general precept, applicable to every branch and circumstance of duty. Whether faith or practice, whether doctrines to be received, tempers to be cherished, or actions to be performed, be in queftion: whether to govern or to ferve, to labour or to endure, to glorify God through the Lord Jefus by evil report or by good report, by life or by death, be the office to which the Chriftian is called forth it is equally and univerfally true, that, to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, të him it is fin. Reftrict not to fpecial occafions, circumfcribe not by unwarranted limitations, a precept comprehenfive as the sphere of human agency. Are you weary of welldoing? Are you folicitous to curtail the required tribute of obedience? Are you inclined to cherish ignorance, or to diffemble knowledge, if you may thus escape from the obligation of rendering an additional testimony (m) 2 Cor. v. 1. Hebr. xi. 10.



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of love and gratitude to God? Is there any love, any gratitude, in the bofom where fuch thoughts are harboured? Is there any fense of equity in that bofom? Has thy Creator merited thus at thine hand? Has He been a niggard in His mercies to thee? Has He pared away from thy portion every superfluity of comfort? When thou waft in bondage to fin and death eternal, did His power make no exertion, did His wifdom devise no counsel, did His goodness fuggeft no facrifice, for thy fake? Out of thine own mouth fhalt thou be judged, thou wicked fervant! Is this the free-will offering of the heart? Is this to ferve God not grudgingly, and as it were of neceffity? What is the language of genuine. gratitude, of genuine love? I am thine: I have longed after thy precepts. With my whole heart have I fought thee. In the path of thy commandments do I delight. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy fervant loveth it. I love thy commandments above gold, yea above fine gold. I rejoice at thy word as one that findeth great fpoil. Lefteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right. All thy commandments are righteousness. O that my ways were directed to keep thy ftatutes! Then fhall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments (n).

(») Pf. cxix. 5,6. 10. 35. 40. 94. 127, 128. 140. 162. 172.

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If you lay claim to the denomination of a difciple of Jesus Christ, be it in every point main concern to every occafion your fulfil your known duty to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft; and your duty to your neighbour, as a branch of your duty to God. Without that ftedfaft concern, you poffefs not the difpofition of a Chriftian. If, through the renovating influence of divine grace, you have attained by effectual- prayer this regenerate frame of foul; and if, through the fame grace, you hold it faft unto the end: then are you in Chrift, a new creature. Then have you fcriptural authority for your hopes that, whether in the courfe of the present year you shall be numbered with your fathers, or shall be preferved unto the dawning of another, you fhall be found of your Lord in peace, and be accepted through the righteousness of Chrift.

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On the Guilt and the Confequences of defpifing the Divine Threatenings.

GENESIS, xix. 14.

And Lot went out, and fpake unto his Sons-inlaw, which married his Daughters, and faid: "Up; get you out of this Place: for "the Lord will deftroy this City." But be feemed as one that mocked unto his Sonsin-law.

MAN, fallen from original holiness, dark

ened in his understanding and perverted in his defires, transforms bleffings into evils. The means of happiness configned by the divine goodness to his application become, under his blind and unhallowed management, causes and inftruments of ruin. The food, by which his body is to be sustained in health and

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