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God? Who will render to every man according to his deeds : to them that by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour, and immortality,
But unto them that are contentious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil! Behold, in the words of the same apostle, now we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we PRAY you in Christ's stead be ye reconciled unto God!! Heaven and earth are called to witness that the Almighty hath laid before THEE life and death, blessing and cursing; choose thee life, then, that thou mayest live! Turn thee, turn thee, for why wilt thou die?
In vain, however, are all the calls of mercy reiterated! They will not come unto Christ that they might have life. Blinded by the god of this world they justify themselves in their sins and pollutions by the idle doubts of their shallow minds, preferring these to all the truths of Omniscient Wisdom ! Did they but in an honest and good heart apply themselves to the word, all these would soon be rolled back like mists before the rising brightness of the Day-spring from on high. But when they search the Scriptures only in order to doubt and to scoff, is it possible that they can reap less than death ? "Let but one of these wonders (they cry),
one single miracle, be vouchsafed to us, and we ' will believe and embrace the Gospel, and bow 'our hearts in perfect obedience to all its precepts.' Such is, as it always hath been, the lying spirit in the mouths of the corrupted and rebellious; such is, as it always hath been, the pretext offered by the desperate, the natural hypocrisy of the human heart, to justify itself in sin and disobedience ! Meditate only, upon the long series of signs and wonders wrought through a period of centuries amongst the descendants of Abraham. Perpetual miracles were displayed before them in vengeance and in recompense. Their whole history is one of awful and tremendous and supernatural occurrences, even from its beginning unto its end! What were the effects of these miraculous dispensations? Did they not even still more harden the uncircumcised heart, till that very people amongst whom the Lord had thus always borne witness to his truth, by signs and wonders, and a stretched-out arm, were driven forth as unbelieving outcasts from before Him, and became as they are unto this day, an hissing and an astonishment unto the earth?
So would it be with these men; they would refuse to be ashamed. Possess ye, then, your souls in patience : let them scoff on their little day, in all their virulent impotence! They may be spared in this life, or they may be hung up in vengeance as signal examples of Almighty wrath, even before they descend by decay of nature to that state, of which they BUT PRETEND to doubt, for they cannot shut the ear to their own conscience, nor to the concurrent testimony of all nations, and of all ages. The wonders which they, in the dissimulation of their hearts, require to be wrought, have been, we see, through the corruption of our evil nature, proved, altogether ineffectual, for swaying the belief of the many. The collected evidences of miraculous powers exercised before a people, whose descendants are amongst us to this day, and who are *living witnesses of their truth-exercised through a period of many revolving centuries, are in their hand:—They Have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them! Let not these doubters be deceived; God is not mocked: Omniscient Wisdom, and All-suffering Mercy has given them their last warning-If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded THOUGH ONE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!