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Lord God Omnipotent at defiance; still to trample on the blood of his Son; still to resist the Holy Ghost? For you then what remaineth, as surely as the Word of God is true, but wrath unchangeable, tribulation and anguish, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed in flaming fire to take vengeance on those who know not God; and obey not the Gospel ? Repent ye: even yet repent and be saved. But perhaps you are appalled by the apprehension that, after so long a period of slavery to the works of the devil, it is too late for you to repent. If these be your only alarms, hear for your encouragement the words of the Prophet; Let the wicked man forsake his way, and the unrightcous man bis paths : and let hint turn unto the Lord, and be will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Hear the recorded declaration of God himself. As I live, faith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Turn

ye; turn ye. Why will ge die? Hear the solemn assurance of Christ: Him that cometh unto ne I will in no wise cast out. To whom is this language addressed from above? To you.

You avow your belief of the Scriptures. While you credit the Scriptures, is it posible for you to doubt of the willing

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ness of the Lord your Redeemer to receive, to forgive, and to bless

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will come unto Him that you may have life eternal? Delay then no longer. Put not his forbearance to any farther trial. The time of your continuance on earth

may

be drawing to a conclusion. The hour of grace may be nearly past. The last sands of the glass may be running out. Seize the opportunity which is yet afforded to you. Use the time which is yet in your power. Come unto the Lord Jesus, and you

fhall find that he is gracious. Persevere from this time forward with godly fincerity in faith and love, and holy obedience: and all your former transgressions shall be blotted from his remembrance ; and

you

fhall rea ceive through his merits à crown of glory, an inheritance of blifs that endureth for

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SERMON V.

On the Calling of St. Matthew,

MATTH. ix. 9. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man named Matthew fitting at the receipt of Custom : and be faith unto him, Follow Me. And be arose and followed Him.

BEHOLD, exclaimed the voice of Pro

phecy, ere it became silent for four hundred years; Behold. the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his Temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, in whom ye delight. Behold He shall come, saith the Lord of Hofts (a). The Lord comes to his Temple. The Spirit of the Lord, he cries, is upon Me; because He hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek : He hath fent Me to bind up the broken hearted, to pro

(a) Malachi, iii. s.

claim liberty to the captives, to comfort all that mourn.

Come unto Me, and I will give you reft. I am he which giveth life unto the world (b). Does not the world flock to welcome the invitation? Hear the words of the Son of God: Ye will not come unto Me that ye might have life. Many are called; but few are chosen (c). Such was the general result. But among the few who obeyed the call, and were chosen, were those, who became the instruments of calling unborn multitudes to salvation. Their voice is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world (d). Such was St. Matthew,

In pursuing the history of the Redeemer of the world, the Evangelist is conducted by the course of his narrative to the most important event of his own life. By profession he was a publican; a collector of the public revenue, a receiver of the taxes which the Jews paid to the Roman government. On several accounts the Publicans were extremely odious to their countrymen ; partly, because it was their business to gather the tribute exacted by

(6) Isaiah, lxi. 1, 2. Matth, xi. 28, 29.

John, vi. 33, 35.

(c) John, v. 40. Matth, xxii. 14. (d) Psalm, xix. 4. G4

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the enemy, to whom the land of Iráel was now in subjection: partly, because the intercourse in which their occupation engaged them with foreigners and idolaters, rendered them, in the eyes of their own nation, unclean and profane; and partly, because, in executing their office they were proverbially guilty of extortion, with a view to encrease their own emolument, or to recommend themselves to their rapacious masters. Of the contempt and hatred with which they were beheld you discern repeated proofs in the Gospels. When our Lord instructs his disciples, that for a man to love only his brethren and those who love him is a very low degree of Christian virtue ; he impresses this truth by the question, Do nat even the publicans the same? On another occasion, in order to illustrate the extreme disgrace, the complete exclusion from fellowship and brotherhood, to be inflicted on every man who should disobey the apostolical authority of the Church; he delivers this direction: Let him be unto thee as a beatben man and a Publican. The condescension of Christ in admitting Publicans into lociety with Him disgusted and scandalised the Pharisees. Why eateth your Master

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