Page images
PDF
EPUB

Secondly, here they are taught how they may get their natures changed, cleansed and fanctified. « Those who seek " me early, faith the Lord, sall find me.” That is, those who feek God in the method appeinted in the scriptures, will surely obtain their desires. Those who seek God, by repentance of fin, forsaking their iniquities, repairing to the blood of Jesus by faith, com mitting their souls into his hands, looking to his righteousness alone for justification, and to his grace for sanctification, giving up their hearts in love to God, and resolving to walk in all the commandments of the Lord. This is the fum of that seeking God contained in the bible. The young have really as mach need of effectual grace, of conversion, faith, repentance, &c. as any other finners. Hence the young man in the gospel who was possetsed of so many natural and 2miable accomplishments, that Jesus loved him, yet his way wanted cleansing ; there was one thing lacking; his soul was not adorned with the beauties of holiness. Hearken to the voice of Solomon to his pupil. “ My son, if thou wilt hear “ my words, and hide my commandments with thee, so that “thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thy heart to "understanding : yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest “ up tlıy voice for understanding, if thou seeket her as filver and "searchelt for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou under« stand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” The fcriptures teach you to pray to God, to worship him, to submit to his will, to honor your parents, to love your brothers and filters, to love all mankind, and to do good unto all as you have opportunity, and fill all your stations and relations in life with faithfulness and propriety. These are a few of the counsels of the divine oracles to the children of men. They are as sufficient now as they were in the times of Timothy, « to make them wise unto salvation.” Would youth be comfortable in life, useful and honorable in the world, have peace and hope in death, and fnally be brought to those regions where rivers of blessedress eternally flow, “ Let them take heed “ unto their way according to the word of God.”

P

Å brief address to those who are young will conclude this discourse I have often addressed your fathers in the days of their youth, and this will probably be among my last directed to you in this particular form.

My dear children and amiable youth, all that fhall be faid at present will flow from the most sincere intention to promote your felicity in this world and in the next. Your bliss and milery, life and death, are placed before you, and this day you are folemnly called upon to make your election. Consider what is your state and practice. Consider you are in the - liands of a God of infinite power to punish or to reward. Con. sider whether you hare most need of God, or God of you. What will be your final destiny if you continue in fin, impenitent and unbelieving, neglecters of God, despisers of Jesus Christ and of your own immortal souls? You certainly know you muft die, and pass to judgment, and these awful events may take place respecting you, while you are in all the bloom of life, and in an hour when you think not. You have attended the funerals of multitudes of persons younger than yourselves. Wherefore be exhorted in this your day to attend to the things of your peace. God is stretching out his compallionate arms unto you, the precious blood of the Saviour, which was fhed for your salvation, is calling upon you; the Holy Ghost is Atriving with you ; minisers, are calling upon you, praying for you and weeping over you.

Your pious parents, in all the tender language of persuasion, and with bowels yearning for your souls, are pressing the things of religion upon you. Yea, all the holy angels, and the whole church in heaven and earth, folicitouly urging you to come and drink of the waters of life fieely. Now what do you say to all these mighty invi. tations? Will you hear or will

you forbear? If you refuse to cleanse your way according to the word of God, remember the terrible denunciations of divine wrath against all such. 5. Because I have called and ye have refused, I have ftretclied "out my hand and nu man regarded; but ye fet at nou yht.

"all my counsel and would none of my reproof: I also will
« laugh at your calamity and mock when your fear cometh;
“ when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction
« as a whirlwind, then suall they call upon me, but I will not
« answer ; they will seek me early but they shall not find me.”
To avoid these awful calamities, I beseech you by all that is
facred, by the happiness of heaven and the torments of the
damned, that you would hearken to “Wisdom crying without,
« uttering her voice in the streets ; turn ye at my reproof;
“ behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make-

known my words unto you. Hear and your souls shall « live.” My dear youth, I leave you to God, and your own serious thoughts.

[ocr errors]

Å brief address to those who are young will conclude this discourse I have often addressed your fathers in the days of their youth, and this will probably be among my last direded to you in this particular form.

My dear children and amiable youth, all that shall be faid at present will flow from the most fincere intention to promote your felicity in this world and in the next. Your bliss and mifery, life and death, are placed before you, and this day you are solemnly called upon to make your election. Consider what is your state and practice. Consider you are in the hands of a God of infinite power to punish or to reward. Con. sider whether you have most need of God, or God of you. What will be your final destiny if you continue in fin, impenitent and unbelieving, neglecters of God, despisers of Jesus Christ and of your own immortal souls? You certainly know you must die, and pass to judgment, and these awful events may take place respecting you, while you are in all the bloom of life, and in an hour when you think not.

You have attended the fune. rals of inultitudes of persons younger than yourselves. Wherefore be exhorted in this your day to attend to the things of your peace. God is stretching out his compallionate arms unto you, the precious blood of the Saviour, which was fhed for your falvation, is calling upon you; the Holy Ghost is Atriving with you; minifters, are calling upon you, praying for you and weeping over you. Your pious pareots, in all the tender language of persuasion, and with bowels yearning for your souls, are pressing the things of religion upon you. Yea, all the holy angels, and the whole church in heaven and earth, folicitously urging you to come and drink of the waters of life freely. Now what do you say to all these mighty invi. tations? Will you hear or will you forbear? If you

refuse to cleanse your way according to the word of God, remember the terrible denunciations of divine wrath against all fuch. 6. Because I have called and ye have refused, I have ftretched "out my hand and ni iman regarded; but ye let ai nought

"all my counsel and would none of my reproof: I alfo will “ laugh at your calamity and mock when your fear cometh ; “ when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destru&ion « as a whirlwind, then shall they call upon me, but I will not " answer ; they will seek me early but they shall not find me." To avoid these awful calamities, I beseech you by all that is facred, by the happiness of heaven and the torments of the damned, that you would hearken to “Wisdom crying without, “ uttering her voice in the streets ; turn ye at my reproof ; “ behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make 6 known my words unto you. Hear and your souls shall « live.” My dear youth, I leave you to God, and your own serious thoughts

« PreviousContinue »