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broken law thunders its curses in thine ears. Art thou, thoughtless sinner, art thou in youth, in manhood or old age, thou also art an heir of wrath, not only by nature, but by practice ; as thou wast really born under the sentence of condemnation, so all the transgressions thou hast committed from infancy to the present hour; all the serious advices thou hast neglected; all the holy impressions thou hast quenched; all the vain, idle thoughts thou hast entertained; all the unholy, unprofitable words thou hast uttered; these are all charged against thee in the volume of Jehovah's remembrance; and without a speedy application to his mercy, through Jesus Christ, the accumulated sins of thy nature and life will fill up thy cup to its brim, and bring upon thee wrath to the very uttermost. Dream not
Dream not of impunity while sin is indulged in thy heart : Did a holy God for their sins hur] the angels from heaven, drive them down to hell, and bind them in chains of darkness to the judgment of the great day, and shalt thou escape living and dying in thy transgressions ? Did a holy God for their sin, punish Sodom and Gomorrah, causing them to suffer the vengeance of eternal fire, and shalt thou escape living and dying in thy transgressions ? Did a holy God punish sin to the uttermost in his own Son? did he command the sword of justice to awake and cleave him to the dust of death when undertaking as surety for man, and shalt thou escape living and dying in
thy transgressions? “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap; they that sow to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. The word is gone out of his mouth and shall not return, that he will by no means clear the guilty. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Fondly I would convince you of your multiplied, spiritual diseases, that you might be brought to welcome the great PHYSICIAN; fondly I would open up the malignant, mortal wound of sin, to prepare for administering the healing balm ; fondly I would alarm you with apprehensions of divine wrath, that you inight be driven by a holy necessity to that Jesus in whom there “is plenteous redemption; who is the end of the law for righteousness to all them that believe.” A door of hope is now opened for you through his obedience and blood; mercy abounds through the merits of his cross for the very chief of sinners.
“ As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so is the Son of man lifted up; that whosoever believeth in him might not perish, but have eternal life. The Lord grant, that “as in Adam you all died, in Christ you may all be made alive ;” alive to all the privileges of grace and glory.
2. This doctrine may also be improved for the humiliation and gratitude of the righte-ous ; of those who “are begotten again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus s
Christ from the dead.” Hail, ye children of the kingdom, hail, ye are highly favored of the Lord. Reflect on your former condition, “without God, without Christ, and without hope in the world ; fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: Look" back occasionally “to that rock from whence you were hewn, to that pit” of perdition from whence you were delivered, and let each reflection on your past character and condition excite you to adore the freedom and sovereignty of divine grace; let it awaken more ardent emotions of love to that Jesus who was delivered for your offences, and died that you might live. Improve more and more the Lamb of God for taking away your sin; his sacrifice for expiating its guilt, his grace for subduing its power and washing away its pollution.--Your daily imperfections loudly demand the daily application of his blood for preserving peace in your own consciences and with the living God; the daily risings and prevalence of corruption require the daily improvement. of his covenant fulness for perfecting your sanctification; and remember, for your consolation, that both your pardon and purification are equally secured by the sufferings of his cross. “ Ye are complete in him. who is the head of all principality and powHe
gave himself for you, to redeem you from all iniquity, and to purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works.” Rejoice evermore in the all-sufficiency of the
Redeemer's satisfaction ; contemplate this as a complete and everlasting discharge from condemnation. “ He hath finished transgression; made an end of sin, made reconciliation for iniquity, and brought in everlasting righteousness.”—The moment of your union to his Person, you become perfect as to your justification ; complete as the righteousness of a God can render vou; and shortly, through the influences of his Spirit, you shall become equally perfect as to sanctification; conformed in the highest possible degree to the likeness of your Lord, and introduced to his most intimate fellowship. There you shall eternally admire the mystery, and experience the consolation of the truth, that “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin reigned unto death, grace also reigned through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”-AMER...
SERMON III. All become guilty by the transgression of A
dam as their federal head.
ROMANS V, 12.
WHEN all the branches of a tree are evidently languishing ; when the leaves wither, and the fruit drops off before its sea
gon, we naturally conjecture that the trunk itself must be disordered, or that some capital defect must exist in the roots from which. it sprung: When all the streams which issue from a particular fountain become impure; when the color of their waters is changed, and their influence is offensive and noxious, we immediately conclude that the source from which they flow must be disordered : When the various parts of an arch or building are decaying ; when they are separating from each other and tottering to fall, we naturally conclude that the foundation is deranged and insecure: Thus when we behold the unnumbered millions of the hu-. man family ; men of all ages, of all coun-tries, in every variety of condition, plunged alike in pollution," hateful and hating one another, we are obliged to suspect that some fatal accident has happened to our com-mon father, that the head itself must be disordered, whence the deadly contagion strikes through all the members of the body. The more enlightened among the heathen entertained these conjectures, and the more can-did openly expressed them: from the disorders of mankind in general, from the ava-rice of one, the intemperance of a second, the unrestrained ambition of a third, the im-perfections of all, they concluded that human nature was universally depraved ; that it had degenerated from its original purity and glory, but when or how the fatal change was affected; at what period the accursedi