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his work on you, he will not stop till he has finished it, and he will finish it perhaps far sooner than you expect. Time will roll away and eternity draw near. Time never stands still; it rolls, it flies away like the vapour; like the lightning flash, it appears for an instant and then darts away, to be seen no more. God's purposes are ever advancing. Give thanks to him that he does not fail to cause the sun to rise and the rain to descend. He will carry forward the wheels of nature, and the arrangements of his providence, and the designs of his grace, and all his stedfast purposes. What if the Eternal Word had remained in the bosom of the Father, or Christ should now suspend his work of intercession ? He will build up his kingdom and gather in his elect, and bring you to his judgment-seat, and show your naked soul to your own eye and to the assembled universe, and pronounce upon you the irreversible sentence of blessing or cursing, and send you to heaven or hell, where you will sit still no more; where you will do your appointed work, and do it well, and keep doing it without cessation and without end : for so do all in the unseen world. Heaven is ever active. Saints and angels serve God day and night in his temple. They never need and never wish to relinquish their seraphic work. And it is the perfection of their state, that the period will never arrive when they will be inactive. They will work on, and sing on, and shine on for ever. And when they have outlived their own highest conception of a happy eternity, it will be the perfection of their bliss that it is yet to be eternal.

Hell is never still. Devils, and lost men too, have no rest day or night, no rest in sinning, no rest in suffering, while they sink deeper and deeper still in remorse, and despair, and shame, and everlasting contempt:

“ Burning continually, yet unconsumed ;

For ever wasting, yet enduring still;
Dying perpetually, yet never dead;
Where there are groans that never end, and sighs
That always sigh, and tears that ever weep,

And ever fall, but not in mercy's sight." No, there is no rest in hell, and there never will be; and that is the keenest pang in the sufferings of the lost. When they have groaned out a period longer than their utmost imagination of an eternity, it will be the bitterest ingredient in their cup—the deep still lower than the lowest deep in hell that it is yet to be eternal.

Have you yet to choose between these two worlds, for in one or the other you must dwell and must work for ever? Why then, 'oh why, sit still ? How will you answer the question to your own understanding, to your conscience, to your duty, to your interest, to the world, and to God? To sit still, when property and reputation, and health and life are at stake; to sit unmoved before the lion's paw, at the cannon's mouth, at the edge of the precipice, on the brink of the cataract; this were folly. But to sit idly still in a world of probation on the eve of the judgment, on the brink of eternity, on the dividing line between an eternal heaven and an eternal hell ;—this is madness.

GOSPEL GRACES.

EVANGELICAL REPENTANCE. EVANGELICAL repentance is a choice spiritual gift, uniformly insisted on and set forth in the New Testament, as the sure token and evidence of spiritual life. It is bestowed in due season upon the Israel of God by the risen and ascended Jesus, and thereby they obtain a due appreciation and thankful enjoyment of all other spiritual gifts, especially that of the remission of sins, with which it is coupled by Peter in his discourses to his brethren, Acts ii. 38; iii. 19; v. 31. It is absolutely essential to all acceptable worship of God, according as it is written: “ The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise,” Psa. li. 17. In short, without evangelical repentance, called “ repentance unto life,” there can be no spiritual peace or enjoyment on earth, nor any inherent meetness for the sublime blessedness and employments of the heavenly world.

J. L.

FAITH. Faith is the eye of the renewed soul, and Divine truth is the light by which it beholds its appropriate objects. The natural eye cannot see the various objects of the material world, without the light of the sun, nor can faith discern the sublime realities of the invisible world, without the light of Divine revelation. Hence faith has for its subject the testimony or word of God, which is therefore called the word of faith, Rom. x. 8—17.

J. L.

BROTHERLY LOVE.

Love one another, John xv. 17. Love is preeminently the affection of union, the basis and cement of the purest friendship. It unites the faithful in one holy brotherhood, Acts iv. 32. It is the source of all their kindly actions towards one another; and the brightest evi. dence of their Divine sonship, 1 John iii. 10–14; iv. 7; v. 1. It is the immediate effect and fruit of faith-the surest proof of its genuineness, or Divine reign, Gal. v. 6. In short, it gives value and acceptance to the operations of all other gifts and graces, as Paul evidently teacheth in 1 Cor. xiii. If love 'be wanting, all our gifts are but specious or counterfeit. Hence love is put first in Paul's list of the fruits of the Spirit, Gal. v. 22.

J. L.

MILLY JENNINGS; OR, MARRYING IN THE LORD. MILLY JENNINGS was a young woman who had been carefully brought up; she had pious parents, who tried to rear her in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She had been, at first, when she was little, from her parents' requirement, and then, when she was older, from her own desire, a regular attendant at the Sunday school and at public worship; and the minister, and the teachers of the school, as well as her own parents, hoped, when they saw her appear to love serious religion, that her heart was turned to God. It was said to some professors of old, “ Ye did run well; who did hinder you ?” The same question, alas! might have applied to poor Milly; for, by one false step, she ruined the happiness of her future life. In making this step, she did not take the Bible for her guide; and we are never safe when we venture to depart from the directions of our God.

In the Bible it is said, “ Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers,” 2 Cor. vi. 14; and it is enjoined on Christian women to marry “only in the Lord," 1 Cor. vii. 39; but when a fine handsome youth, who was in full work, and who seemed likely to prosper in life, professed affection for Milly, and desired to marry her, she overlooked that wise Scripture caution, and though he was quite ungodly, she accepted him. The minister had said to her, “Why, Milly, he is not a man who minds religion ; ” and much more besides he had added ; and her pious parents, grieved at heart, had pointed out to her how dangerous and how wrong would be such a union; but all was in vain- Milly married him.

Have you yet to choose between these two worlds, for in one or the other you must dwell and must work for ever? Why then, "oh why, sit still ? How will you answer the question to your own understanding, to your conscience, to your duty, to your interest, to the world, and to God? To sit still, when property and reputation, and health and life are at stake; to sit unmoved before the lion's paw, at the cannon's mouth, at the edge of the precipice, on the brink of the cataract; this were folly. But to sit idly still in a world of probation on the eve of the judgment, on the brink of eternity, on the dividing line between an eternal heaven and an eternal hell ;- this is madness.

GOSPEL GRACES.

EVANGELICAL REPENTANCE. EVANGELICAL repentance is a choice spiritual gift, uniformly insisted on and set forth in the New Testament, as the sure token and evidence of spiritual life. It is bestowed in due season upon the Israel of God by the risen and ascended Jesus, and thereby they obtain a due appreciation and thankful enjoyment of all other spiritual gifts, especially that of the remission of sins, with which it is coupled by Peter in his discourses to his brethren, Acts ii. 38; ii. 19; v. 31. It is absolutely essential to all acceptable worship of God, according as it is written: “ The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise,” Psa. li. 17. In short, without evangelical repentance, called “repentance unto life," there can be no spiritual peace or enjoyment on earth, nor any inherent meetness for the sublime blessedness and employments of the heavenly world.

J. L.

FAITH.

Faith is the eye of the renewed son), and Divine truth is the light by which it beholds its appropriate objects. The natural eye cannot see the various objects of the material world, without the light of the sun, nor can faith discern the sublime realities of the invisible world, without the light of Divine revelation. Hence faith has for its subject the testimony or word of God, which is therefore called the word of faith, Rom. x. 8–17.

J. L.

BROTHERLY LOVE.

Love one another, John xv. 17. Love is preeminently the affection of union, the basis and cement of the purest friendship. It unites the faithful in one holy brotherhood, Acts iv. 32. It is the source of all their kindly actions towards one another; and the brightest evi. dence of their Divine sonship, 1 John iii. 10-14; iv.7; v. l. It is the immediate effect and fruit of faith-the surest proof of its genuineness, or Divine reign, Gal. v. 6. In short, it gives value and acceptance to the operations of all other gifts and graces, as Paul evidently teacheth in 1 Cor. xiii. If love be wanting, all our gifts are but specious or counterfeit. Hence love is put first in Paul's list of the fruits of the Spirit, Gal. v. 22.

J. L.

MILLY JENNINGS; OR, MARRYING IN THE LORD. MILLY JENNINGS was a young woman who had been carefully brought up; she had pious parents, who tried to rear her in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She had been, at first, when she was little, from her parents' requirement, and then, when she was older, from her own desire, a regular attendant at the Sunday school and at public worship; and the minister, and the teachers of the school, as well as her own parents, hoped, when they saw her appear to love serious religion, that her heart was turned to God. It was said to some professors of old, “ Ye did run well; who did hinder you?” The same question, alas ! might have applied to poor Milly; for, by one false step, she ruined the happiness of her future life. In making this step, she did not take the Bible for her guide; and we are never safe when we venture to depart from the directions of our God.

In the Bible it is said, “ Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers,” 2 Cor. vi. 14; and it is enjoined on Christian women to marry “only in the Lord," 1 Cor. vii. 39; but when a fine handsome youth, who was in full work, and who seemed likely to prosper in life, professed affection for Milly, and desired to marry her, she overlooked that wise Scripture caution, and though he was quite ungodly, she accepted him. The minister had said to her, “Why, Milly, he is not a man who minds religion ;” and much more besides he had added ; and her pious parents, grieved at heart, had pointed out to her how dangerous and how wrong would be such a union; but all was in vain- Milly married him.

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