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ascend into heaven! Hark to their halleluias! Gaze on their brightening splendours as they rise ! The reason now is clear. The door is shut, and these stand without! The banquet is full, and these are not bidden! The harvest is past, and these are not saved ! Many helped to build the Ark, whose weltering corses were scattered in its wake. Many contributed to the services of the Tabernacle, who as lepers were thrust from the camp, or as transgressors were stoned beyond the gate. Many toiled to build the Temple, who never sacrificed at its altar, nor bowed to its God. Baalam predicted a kingdom, with which he felt no sympathy; and Caiaphas foretold an atonement, in which his very enmity thirsted for its revenge.
Hindoos, Boschimen, Cherokees, Esquimaux, Calmucks, Feejeeans, receive the grace of God, -converts hasten from the east and west, from the north and south, and press into His kingdom, "and ye, when ye ,
have seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe.” The infatuation is unspeakable! It is for rebels to speed the chariot at whose wheels they shall be dragged! It is for prisoners to invoke the day of execution ! “ Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light” !
There is a hell !-it admits of dread degrees, the sorer punishment,—the many stripes—the wrath unto the uttermost! Who must lie lowest, who suffer the most keenly, there? In comparison with whom, may idolaters find a higher region and a softer flame? All who have perished by the rejection of the
gospel! These will know an agony in which demons cannot share. Spirits in that prison will shrink from a retribution unlike their own. They will shun the sufferers of such a doom. They will fly the writhings of their woe and the paroxysms of their despair. They “ will stand afar off, for the fear of their torment”!
Reader! This is a message from God unto thee! Here are thine accountabilities! These are the duties to which thou art called! These are the honours with which thou mayest be invested! These are the victories with which thou canst be wreathed! What art thou doing for the salvation of the world? Didst thou ever cry mightily in prayer for it? Art thou suffering a single sacrifice made towards its advancement ? Is it in thy heart? Is it a daily thought? At its acceleration, does thy chief joy respond? Seek first,
? thine own salvation ! Make it sure ! Receive the Atonement ! Then raise it before the nations, “a great Altar to see to"! Be converted, be renewed ! Then exhibit this blessed Regeneration, by which thou art transformed in the renewing of thy mind, before all people, — like the Laver-Sea of the Temple, with its mysterious supporters turning every way, and its perimeter set to the circuit of the world!
A. PICKARD, PRINTER, TOP OF BRIGGATE.
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SERMONS. Demy 8vo., Cloth Boards, Price 12s.
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OBLIGATIONS OF THE BRITISH CHURCHES TO FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. A Sermon before the London Missionary Society, 1825. Demy 8vo., Price 1s. 6d.
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BY THE REV. W. H. STOWELL, President of Rotherham College.
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