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out by the hand of duty for the youth of either fex will be varied by the elevations and depreffions, and by every other variety of local circumftances, which diverfities of rank and fituation introduce into that part of the map of life through which in different inftances it is conducted. And in all cafes the exertion of young women will predominate in the unobtrufive offices of domeftic life; that of the robuster sex in the laborious cares of business. Rejoice then, ye young, in your strength; rejoice, not that you have ftrength for toilfome diffipation and finful indulgence, but ftrength to dedicate to God: ftrength to fuftain the declining years and requite the early folicitude of a parent; ftrength to uphold a brother or a filter tottering in the rugged paths of tribulation; ftrength to fuccour a circle of relatives and friends in proportion to their respective claims and neceffities; strength to prove by active and diverfified usefulness that you love your neighbour as yourself; ftrength to superintend and guide in the fear of God a household or progeny of your own; strength to labour in the difcharge of the duties attached to the station in which He who difpofes the lot of all men has ordained that

you fhould labour for Him. Rejoice, ye young: rejoice and glorify your Redeemer. Be not partakers of other men's fins: keep yourfelves pure. Bear fruit abundantly unto Chrift. Lay up treasures for life everlast ing. Employ your unbroken vigour, your unclouded minds, as inftruments of righteouf nefs unto holiness; inftruments for promoting the temporal and eternal welfare of yourfelf and of all with whom you are connected. Be diligent in well-doing. Be not enfnared into a purfuit of trifles. Work, thou who art entering on the days of thy prime, work for God and for man. Then, when thy limbs tremble with age, and languor creeps over thy frame; then fhall thine heart be cheered with the remembrance of past exertion: then shalt thou bless the grace of God, which disposed and enabled thee to bear with faithful perfeverance the burthen and heat of the day.

In the fubjects which have occupied the prefent and the preceding difcourfe, you have contemplated, my youthful friends, the principal marks of that fcriptural character, for the attainment of which your God commands you to come forth and be Separate from the world. Touch not the unclean thing. A folemn and most comprehensive


henfive injunction! You are furrounded by contagion. Contamination lurks on every fide. The objects which custom and example obtrude on your regard are too often like unto whited fepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but witkin are full of dead men's bones and all uncleannefs. The paths which you are invited to tread lead among graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. Linger not in the precincts of deftruction. Sport not amidst the breath of infection. Pity the wretched victims of corruption but come out from among them and be ye feparate. Such is the mandate! Does the Father of mercies iffue a command unaccompanied with encouragement to obedience? Never. What, in the prefent inftance, is the encouragement? I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye fhall be my fons and daughters, faith the Lord Almighty. What though folly shuts her doors against your return? My portals open at your approach. What though pride disclaims your friendship? I will love you as a Father. What though the world difowns you as her children? Ye fhall be my fons and daughters, faith Jehovah. Within the fcope of this promise what blef

fing is not comprised! To be rescued from the dominion of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light; to be tranfformed from enemies into fervants of the Moft High; to be made objects of love to Infinite Goodness; to be sheltered under the wings of Omnipotence; to be guided by the fuperintendence of Eternal Wisdom; to be washed in the blood, fanctified by the grace, accounted as the brethren, of God's Incarnate Son; to receive into our hearts the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father! to have the Spirit itfelf bear witnefs with our spirit that we are the children of God; to be heirs of God and joint-heirs with Chrift; to rejoice under every earthly trial with joy unspeakable and full of glory in the hope of an incorruptible inheritance of blifs: these are among the privileges of the fons and daughters of the Almighty. Having therefore thefe promifes, dearly beloved; let us cleanse ourselves from all filthinefs of flesh and fpirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Mark the earnestness of affectionate entreaty with which the Apostle animates you to labour for the high prize of your calling. I fpeak, he cries, almost immediately before he delivers the words of the text, I speak as unto my children.


Bear with me if I feel a portion of his earneftness. I Speak as unto my children. Shall these ftupendous mercies be propofed to you in vain? in vain? When the Lord of the univerfe, the God whofe favour conftitutes the bleffedness of angels and archangels, ftretches forth to you the arms of paternal love: do you recoil, do you hesitate, do you loiter? When Jefus the Redeemer of mankind points to the cross on which he died for your offences, and thence directs your eyes to the manfions in His Father's house will you prove yourselves dead to gratitude, blind to glory? When the Spirit of fanctification is folicitous to shed abroad the love of God in your hearts: will you refuse the grace of adoption, will you feal yourselves the children of the devil? Far be such infatuation! Be Be you, like youthful Timothy, an example to believers. Haften to range yourselves under the standard of Heaven. Survey the promifed recompenfe, the victor's crown. But prepare your hearts for the warfare. Prepare to contend against principalities and powers of darkness, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the prince of this world, the God of this world. Prepare to cleanse yourselves from all filthinefs of flesh and fpirit. The body of corruption


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