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persons entering on the state of probation which was before us. Those, who gave no heed to the invitations to devote themselves to the service of God, would not, many of them, I believe, advise you to follow in their course. They would, I hope, wish better for you than they chose for themselves. They would say, Believe not Satan, and his lies. He deceived us learn wisdom from our folly.'
Those who did resolve, and endeavoured to follow up the resolution, to give up their hearts to God, would tell you, that they never once repented of that resolution;-only, they would earnestly exhort you to be more decided and persevering, more prayerful and watchful, than they have been. They would urge you to improve many opportunities which they have let slip, never again to be recovered, of making progress in divine knowledge, and other qualifications, by which you might glorify God in your generation. They would advise you, to stand forth openly and unequivocally on the Lord's side-to come out, and be separate from the spirit and practices of those who know not God— to make it manifest, whose you would be; and whom
you desire, and are determined to serve.
Oh! if a number of young people, or even a few, did this, how much might the tone of feeling and acting be raised in their immediate circle and neighbourhood! Yea, who can tell how great and how extensive might be the result of glory to God, and benefit to mankind! O, my young friends! we would not envy you the honour of far outstripping us: rather, will we pray, that so it may be, that you put to the blush us and our poor unworthy services; and, that, having glorified God in your day and generation, by an unreserved dedication to Him of all the powers and faculties of your body and soul, you may be glorified by Him in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ!
MATTHEW XIX. 16-22.
AND, BEHOLD, ONE CAME AND SAID UNTO HIM, GOOD MASTER, WHAT GOOD THING SHALL I DO, THAT I MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE? AND HE SAID UNTO HIM, WHY CALLEST THOU ME GOOD? THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE, THAT IS GOD: BUT IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. HE SAITH UNTO HIM, WHICH? JESUS SAID: THOU SHALT DO NO MURDER; THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; THOU SHALT NOT STEAL; THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS; HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER; AND, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. THE YOUNG MAN SAITH UNTO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS HAVE I KEPT FROM MY YOUTH UP: WHAT LACK I YET? JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT, GO AND SELL THAT THOU HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND THOU SHALT HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN: AND COME AND FOLLOW ME. BUT WHEN THE YOUNG MAN HEARD THAT SAYING, HE WENT AWAY
SORROWFUL: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS.
WE learn, from a comparison of this account with the narratives of the same transaction contained in the Gospels of St. Mark and St. Luke (Mark x, 17. Luke xviii. 18), that the person here spoken