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brought mankind under Divine condemnation, and from which we have been redeemed at so dear a rate. Remember, that the title of Christian, or follower of Christ, implies a more than ordinary det gree of holiness and goodness. As our motives to virtue are stronger than those which are afforded to. the rest of niankinit, our guilt will be proportioq.. ably greater, if we depart from it.
Our Saviour appears to have had three great purposes, in descending from his glory, and dwelling amongst men. The first, to teach them true virtue, both by his example and precepts :- the secoud, to give them the most forcible motives to the practice of it, “by bringing life and immortality to liglıt," by shewing them the certainty of a resurrection and judgment, and the absolute necessity of obedience to God's laws the third, to sacrifice himself for us, to obtain by his death the remission of our sins, upon our repentance and reformation, and the power of bestowing on his sincere followers the inestimable gift of immortal happiness.'
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the Gospel place before our eyes of that day. when you, and every one of us, shall awake from the grave, and behold the Son of God, on his glo. rious tribunal, attended by millions of celestial beings, of whose superior excellence we can now form no adequate idea ;--when, in presence of all mankind, of those holy angels, and of the great Judge himself, you must give an account of your past life, and hear your final dooni, from which there can be no appeal, and which must determine your fate to all eternity! Then think, if for a moment you can bear the thought, what will be the desolation, shame, and anguish of those wretched souls, who shall hear these dreadful words: “ Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."_0, mv beloved child! I cannot support even the idea of your becoming one of those undone, lost creatures: I trust in God's mercy, that you will make a better uue of that knowledge of his will, which he has
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vouchsafed you, and of those amiable dispositions he has given you.
Let us, therefore, turn from this horrid, this insupportable view,-and rather endeavour to imagine, as far as is possible, what will be the sensatiou of your soul, if you shall hear our heavenly Judge address you in these transporting words : " Come, thou blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”—Think, what it must be, to becoine au object of the esteem and applause, not only of all mankind assembled together, but of all the host of heaven; of our blessed Lord himself-Day, of his and our Almighty Father! to find your frail flesh changed in a moment into a glorious celestial body, endowed with perfect beauty, health and agility to find your soul cleansed from all its faults and infirmities, exalted to the purest and noblest affections, overflowing with Divine love and rapturous gratitude;to have your understanding en. lightened and refined, your heart enlarged and purified; and every power and disposition of mind and body, adapted to the highest relish of virtue and happiness Thus accomplished, to be admitted into the society of amiable and happy beings, all united in the most perfect peace and friendship, an breathing nothing but love to God, and to each other;with them to dwell in scenes more delight. ful than the richest imagination can paint,-free from every pain and care, and from all possibility of change or satiety-but, above all, to enjoy the more immediate presence of God himself;-to be able to comprehend and admire his adorable perfections in a high degree, though still far short of their infinity; to be conscious of his love and favour, and to rejoice in the light of his countenance !
But here all imagination fails: we can form no idea of that bliss which may be communicated to us by such a near approach to the source of all beauty and all gond:-we must content ourselves with believing, that it is what mortal eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the
heart of man to conceive. The crown of all our joys will be, to know that we are secure of possess. ing them for ever,What a transporting idea!
My dearest child, can you reflect on all these thing, and not feel the most carnest longings after imniortality? Do not all other views and desires seem mean abd trifling, when compared with this? Aud does not your inmost heart resolve that this shall be the chief and constant object of its wishes and pursuit, through the whole course of your life? If you are not insensible to that desire of happi. ness, which seems woven into our nature, you can. not surely be unmoved by the prospect of such a transcendent degree of it; and that, continued to all eternity-perhaps continually increasing. You cannot but dread the forfeiture or such an inheritance, as the most insupportable evil! Remember. then, remember the conditions on which alone it can be obtained: God will not give to vice, to care. Jessness, or sloth, the prize he has proposed to vir. tue. You have every help that can animate your endeavours:-You have written laws to direct you;
the example of Christ and his disciples to encourage you the most awakening motives to engage you:m and you have, besides, the comfortable promise of constant assistance from the Holy Spirit, if you diligently and sincerely pray for it. O, my dear child! let pot all this mercy be lost upon you;
but give your attention to this your only important concern, and accept, with profound gratitude, the inestimable advantages that are thus affeetionately offered you.
Though the four Gospels are each of them a nar. ration of the life, sayings, and death of Christ; yet, as they are not exactly alike, but soine circumstances and sayings, omitted in one, are recorded in another, you must make yourself perfectly mistress of them all.
The ACTS of the holy Apostles, endowed with the Holy Ghost, and autborized by their divine Mas. tre: come next in order to be read.Nothing ez
be more interesting and edifying, than the history of their actions ;-of the piety, zeal, and courage, with which they preached the glad tidings of Salvation ;-and of the various exertions of the wonder. ful powers conferred on them by the Holy Spirit, for the confirinatiou of their mission.
The character of St. Paul, and his miraculons conversion, demand your particular attention: most of the Apostles were men of low birth and educa. tion ; but St. Paul was a Roman citizen; that is, he possessed the privileges annexed to the freedom of the city of Rome, which was considered as an high distinction in those countries, that had been conquered by the Romans. He was educated amongst the most learned sect of the Jews, and by one of their principal doctors. He was a man of ex. traordinary eloquence, as appears not only in his writings, but in several speeches in his own defence, pronounced before governors and courts of justice, when he was called to account for the doctrines he taught.--He seenis to have been of an uncommonly warm temper, and zealous in whatever religion he professed: this zeal, before his conversion, shewed itself in the most unjustifiable actions, by furiously persecuting the innocent Christians; but, though his actions were bad, we inay be sure his intentions were good; otherwise we should not have seen a miracle employed to convince him of his mistake, and to bring him into the right way. This example may assure us of the mercy of God towards mistaken consciences, and ought to inspire us with the most enlarged charity and good will towards those, whose erroneous principles mislead their conduct: inca f resentment and hatred against
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from this remarkable conversion, and which has been so admirably illustrated by a noble writer, - whose tract on this subject is in every body's hand.
Next follow the EPISTLES; which make a very important part of the New Testament; and you can. not be too much employed in reading them. They contain the most excellent precepts and admonitions, and are of particular use in explaining more at large several doctrines of Christianity, which we could not so fully comprehend without them.' There are, indeed, in the Epistles of St. Paul, many passages hard to be understood: such, in particulie are the first eleven chapters tot borinthians and greater part of his Eni chapters of that to the He. Wood instead of perplexing yourself with these more obscure passages of Scripture, on those that you to employ your atter of the doctrines taught in are plain uně other parts, by comparing them with what you
find in these. It is through the neglect of this * Tule, that many have been led to draw the most
absurd doctrines from the Holy Scriptures. Let me particularly recommend to your careful perusal the 12th, 13111, 14th, and 15th chapters of the Epistle to the Romans. In the 14th chapter, St. Paul has in view the difference between the Jewish and Gentile (or Heathen) converts at that time: the former were disposed to look with horror on the latter, for their impiety in not paying the same regard to the distinctions of days and meats, that they did; and the latter, on the contrary, were inclined to look with contempt on the former, for their weakness and superstition. Excellent is the advice which the Apostle gives to both parties : he exhorts the Jewish converts not to judge, and the Gentiles not to despise ; remembering that the kingdom of heaven is not meat and drink, but
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