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has been known—" Whatsoever thou sowest, that also shalt thou reap."
Sow, young men, your follies, your revellings, your mockery of religion, your unconcern for the soul, your forgetfulness of God, and judgment to come, and eternity. Spring is your sowing-time. The field is the world—is human life. Scatter before you the seeds of your hardening hearts, your thoughtless minds, your gay and giddy career. But remember the reaping-time! “ Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes, but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”- Eccles, ai. Surely the fruit of the seed sown by your own hands must by right be your portion and
-reap hereafter. Youth also may go forth bearing precious seed; it may“ sow in tears," but it shall “reap in joy.”—Ps. cxxxii. Denying itself to the enticements and the snares of vice, with a changed heart and a mind enlightened by the Spirit of truth, it may sow its purity and rectitude of purpose, its well-doing, its burning zeal for the glory of God and the highest interests of man, its separations from the ungodly, its gentleness, its temperance, its resolution, through grace, to be faithful unto death. And through him whose blessed name it bears, it shall doubtless "come again rejoicing, bringing with it its sheaves"its reward and fruition for eternity.
Spring proclaims—“As thou sowest, thou shalt reap that day.” Men who are taken away in that season, reap in eternity what they began to sow in time.
Summer—the summer of life-has watered and sunned the sown seed into the thickening tares or the waving wheat. The youth of sin has passed into the manhood of iniquity-the spring oflevity and guilt into the summer ofincreased and increasing guiltiness. Habits which held the character only with a young and flexible grasp, are now rivetted with the stern rigour of an armed man. The current of corruption runs deeper and broader-it has worn itself into the core of the affections and energies, and is wide-spread over the whole life. This is the natural course of sin in man. If he still choose that course, if God in mercy arrest him not, mark its progress-it stops not. While in like manner the good seed is cheering the observer's eye, and blessing the ground on which it grows. There is progress and promise in the appearance of it every day.
Should men die in the summer of life, as they grow so shall
they fall. Growing in the holiness and spiritual mindedness of heaven, they shall fall heirs of heaven. Growing in the likeness and image of the wicked one, they shall fall into their
own place." Summer takes its character usually from the spring : it foreshows, too, the nature of the harvest.
Then cometh the harvest. « The harvest of the world of the field of life is ripe.” The tares are ripe. They have been ripening for a long space. The vessels of wrath are fitted for destruction. Man himself, yielding to the dominion of Satan, sowed the tares in his own path. Man fits himself in his character as a vessel of wrath. The tares are ripe, and they are reaped. The wheat is ripe, and it is reaped. The harvest is wholly reaped.
the tares in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
6 BE NOT DECEIVED: GOD IS NOT MOCKED." have sown, so shall ye reap that day.
At that time shall the voice of remorse and of weeping tell
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, AND WE ARE NOT SAVED.!?
READER, the unconverted are not saved in death. Dying impenitent as they have lived, they die as fools. Listen to a man who forsook God, as, in the bitterness of his anguish, he tells to a spirit from the dead—“I am sore distressed, for the Philistines make war upon me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more.” Often it is known to procrastinate in death. Repent to-day, 'tis madness to defer
“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, ,
But to-day ye die."
Then might the debauchee untrembling
At the poor bugbear-Death !”
READER, the unconverted are not saved in judgment. Their works go before them to the judgment. Mountains or rocks cannot hide them from the Judge, or divide them from their sins, their works, the fruit of their lives. Their sentence is passed and pronounced—“DEPART.”. And the reapingtime is over, and the fruits are with their lost souls for ever and for ever! Their wickedness, their falsehood, their revellings, their blasphemy, their odious diseases, their profaveness,
their sins--as the worm that never dieth shall cry"We are thy works, and we will follow thee."
The Baptist's sermon in substance was-“ Flee from the wrath to come.
Behold the Lamb of God." This you may take as the voice and warning of the departed year. It reminds
you of the word spoken by a well-known voice to the Roman in his sleep--- WE MEET AT PHILIPPI." We meet at the judgment, Reader, in the day of dread decision and despair, is the sound of THE DEPARTED YEAR.
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IN pursuing this discussion, we shall not take up in detail each of the crude, dangerous principles, that come under the name of liberalism, but shall confine ourselves to a Scripture exhibition of three grand points which appear to meet them all. 1. The importance of the truth. 2. The nature and importance of faith; and, 3. As the consequence of the two former, the duty of zealously defending and promoting the truth. Let these be firmly established in the minds of men, and the doctrines of liberalism will cease to corrupt.
1.-We shall endeavour to present the Scripture-view of the importance of the truth. We formerly stated, that by the truth we understand the great distinguishing doctrines of the Gospel, as the manifestation of the divine nature in the mysterious relations of Father, Son, and Spirit—the guilt, corruption, and ruined condition of fallen man-the abundant mercy of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the atoning sacrifice and justifying righteousness of the Son--the renewing work of the Spirit-the headship of Christ-the glorification of his body, the church, and all the doctrines vitally connected with these. Now if these doctrines are, indeed, the truth, (and in the present discussion we are entitled to assume this,) shall we be required to prove their importance ? Is not the simple statement of them sufficient? Do they not commend themselves to every man's conscience, as in the highest degree momentous ? Yes, like the sun in the heavens, they shine by their own light, and arrest us by. their native grandeur ! The glory of God--the grace of Christ-the salvation of sinners, are the mighty interests they reveal: all that should engage our regard, excite our gratitude, or inspire our veneration. Accordingly they are an
nounced in every form of language that can enhance their importance. “The truth," “ the light,” “the joyful sound," "the glorious Gospel of the blessed God," are a very few of the terms employed to express their excellence. Only mark with what ardour of affection, what rapture of joy, the church welcomes the sacred herald, who comes to proclaim them “ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Sion, thy God reigneth!"
Indeed no fact strikes the serious reader of the Bible more forcibly than the mighty importance which it expressly attaches to truth. In the schools, truth is the subject of rious speculation and of barren assent: in the Scriptures, truth is the subject of divine revelation and of saving faith. “Bay the truth and sell it not,” is a precept everywhere enforced by the most impressive sanctions. We find our Lord solemnly testifying before Pilate"To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.” Truth is declared to be the means of the believer's sanctification—“Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” Truth is the symbol of the Lord's gracious presence in his church_“ Thus saith the Lord, I am returned unto Sion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth.” It is the test of genuine discipleship, and the charter of spiritual freedom—" If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It is the teaching of the Spirit—“Where He the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.” It is both our strength and ornament in the Christian warfare “Stand therefore," says the apostle, “ having your loins girt about with truth. And we have already observed, it is the character of Gospel charity, that "it rejoiceth in the truth." Now if such is the supreme importance of truth in every view and in every relation, surely that system which depreciates and degrades it into an object of indifference, must be replete with folly, and guilt, and danger. It presumes to despise the sacred symbol of the Lord's gracious presence in his church to reject the Scripture test of discipleship and the charter of spiritual freedom--to discredit the Christian's armour-to rebuke the charity of the Gospel-to pour contempt on the work of the Spirit, and to dishonour Him who is "the Truth," "the Amen," the faithful and true Witness.". Is there no guilt, no danger here? Yes verily, the most alarming judgments are denounced against all who presume to deal unfaithfully with the truth-Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil
, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.' 6 For I testify,” says Jesus, "unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall také way his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” But if such awful judgments are denounced against that man who dares to add or remove even the smallest stone in the temple of truth, how much more aggravated their guilt who would raze it to its very foundations? And is not this the fatal result of that reckless indifference that distinguishes our modern liberalism? Does it not virtually change the truth of God into a lie? O what mockery it pours on all the affection of his entreaties, on all the solemnity of his declarations! If that reasoning infidelity which presumes to arraign, judge, and condemn the truth of the Gospel must meet a severe retribution, surely this insolent indifference shall not go unpunished, which rejects its pleas and dismisses its claims without inquiry and without account. Is not this adding insult to injury, and despising the majesty as well as impugning the cause of the God of heaven? Such unprincipled conduct may indeed deceive the world under the name of moderation; but it springs from the father of lies," and “shall not stand in the judgment before him who “desireth truth in the inward parts," and challenges for himself the character of “ Jehovah, God of truth.”
Again, what a contrast is presented between the sacred politics of the Bible and the infidel politics of the world, as respects this important interest - The truth as it is in Jesus!” To unfold the principles, establish the power, and extend the triumphs of the truth, are the grand objects of the Old and New Testament theocracy; and to accomplish these objects, we see not only the spiritual dispensations of the church, but all that seems most secular to the eye of man made finally, and fully subservient. In pursuing the sacred history, we are taught to regard the rise and fall of "mightiest monarchies," only as so many evolutions in a higher administration, so many steps towards the full developement of the kingdom of Christ. Turn we now to the politics of the kingdom of this