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ju igment, of life and salvation through the grace the prophet, “PREPARE TO MEET THY
of an offended God. He could faithfully draw GOD !” These words, dear friends, are few, but very he could pronounce the awful sentence of coming coming, when every eye shall see Him, and all the dark picture of their iniquity and rebellion,
Others will be called to meet Christ at llis solemn. They are calculated, when applied by judgment, and yet point to the willingness of the kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Hiin. the Spirit of God, to soften the hardest heart, |God of Israel to welcome those who put their Then He will put all enemies under His feet. and awaken in the most drowsy conscience feel. ings of unutterable concern. The thought of a
trust in Ilim. Like another weeping Jeremiah, For “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from finite, helpless sinner being brought into the im- he could say even at the eleventh hour, “Only heaven, with His mighty angels
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your iniquity,” or with the evan- taking vengeance on them that know not God, sight the stars are not pure, must beget a thrill will have mercy upon you, and to our God, for Christ, who shall be punished with everla-ting ing interest, and stir up feelings of intense exercise. How much such a word is needed now He will abundantly pardon."
destruction.” Yes, sudden destruction shall come is very manifest. May the Lord the Spirit so
And is it not so now? Could we not speak of upon them as travail upon a woman with child, apply His truth, that many may be effectually God's solemn dispensations towards the children and they shall not escape. Then the meet and
of men, in famine, pestilence, sword, earthquakes, lowly Lamh, who died for the ungodly, and who The prophet Amos lived during the reign of and the like; and, concerning most, may it not now preaches peace and salvation to the chief of Uzziah, king of Judall, and in the days of Jero be truthfully declared, yet ye returned not sinners, will wield the sword of justice, and boam, king of Israel; when, with inuch that unto me, saith the Loril." But with all the thrill- execute the wratli of the insulted Majesty of
The sun will then bide his cheering was very evil, there was a good deal of outward ing denunciations of the wrath to come, blessed heaven. prosperity. God had repeatedly sent chastise- be God, the sweet sound of redeeming love is rays, and be wrapt in blackest sackcloth the inent upon His people, but they did not repent. still heard; the voice of pardoning mercy, through silvery moon only tell out the lesson of divine They were the people of God in little more than the blood of Jesus, is still sounded out; the will. vengeance, by being turned into blood; and the
They were idolaters, with Jehovah's ingness of an offended God to welcome, pardon, multitude of bright stars fall down upon the holy name attached to them. Their condition and save to the uttermost all that come untó angry scene, as if indignant at man's vileness
. serves to teach us the folly of resting in any God, by Jesus, is still proclaimed, and the wounded Then dismay and anguish will fill man's lofty thing outward, while destitute of the power of side of the Lamb of God still shielters many a mind, every resource will utterly fail, and all godliness, or of regarding prosperity as a ground returning prodigal ; still witnesses that wliere their entreaties of the rocks to fall on them, and for rejoicing and confidence; or of supposing sin abounded, grace hath much more abounded. the hills to cover them from the wrath of the that, because God has honoured people in His This is most blessed ; but yet we must not hide Lamb, will be utterly unavailing; for nothing service in times past, lle must necessarily do so from us that the axe is laid at the rout of the can hide from His faming eye, nothing pass again ; and we also learn that God is able to tree, the chariot wheels of the righteous Judge over the limits of His omnipotent arm. My call out and raise up for His work the most un- may be almost heard rumbling in the distance, fellow-sinner! do not say this awful scene will likely instruments. When Amus was excluded and the wide-spreading testimony of his faithful not be in your day. You may be among those fron prophesying at Bethel, because it was the servants is, PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD! who live to witness the great day of the wrath
Oh, how will you meet Him? king's chapel, he did not liesitate to acknowledge. The hour cannot now be far distant, when those of the Lamb. to the idolatrous priest that he was " no prophet, who have despised or rejected the sweet message How can you any longer refuse His mercy, and neither a prophet's son,” that is, that he had no of pardoning mercy, must be judged according rush on to this terrible judgment? We attectionclaim to the prophetic office, either by lineal to their works, and every tree that bringeth not atoly say unto you, PREPARE TO MEET
THY GOD! descent, or by educational attainmenis; but forth good fruit be hewn down, and cast into though a man of humble birth and occupation, unquenchable fire.
There are others who may live out their threehe could boldly affirm that his commission was We are here reminded by the prophet, ist, score years and ten. Providential mercies strew from the Most High God., “I was an herdman, that all MCST meer God. None can escape their path. Youth has been enlivened with its and a gatherer of wild figs,” said he; “but the Lord this. Neither time, nor place, can hide from this pleasures and pastimes; manhood has been inet took me as I was following the flock, and the Lord Neither the depths of the sea, the ravages of with earthly honour and prosperity; their grey suid unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.” many centuries, the seclusion of the grave, or bairs were associated with every natural comThis is very important. The king and people the powerful grasp of death itself, can prevent fort; their dying pillow smoothed with longhad departeil from God, and were not in a state this.' Each and all of us must yet be brought loved friends, and many a weeping eye tollower to be used by Him; hence the Lord calls out the into God's immediate presence. 'l'o the believer, them to the grave; but they must yet meet God. humble herdman to witness for Him; and it it is a prospect that often kindles within him the Yes, the time must come when the dead, sinal/ seems to be God's way to accredit in his service happiest feelings, for he knows God in Christ to and great, shall stand before God; when the books those who depend upon himself, and to lay aside be bis Savivur und Father. Like the Psalmist, shall be opened, and they shall be judged out of such as are not going forward in dependance and he can exclaim, “When shall I come and appear those things which are written in the books, acfaith, but whose energies are carnal, and therefore before God? As the hart panteth after the cording to their works. They may escape being impotent. Another prophet reads us a similar waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O cut off by sudden judgment, and be consignei to lesson., “Ile says, " Israel is an empty vine; he God!” But to the unbeliever it is far otherwise, the grave before the glorious appearing of the bringeth forth fruit unto himself," arid azuin, for he knows not Gri, and he will only enter great God and Saviour; yet they must meet “When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted into His infinitely boly presence with guilt and God. All that are in their graves shall come himself in Israel; but when he offended in Bital confusion of face; nevertheless, he must meet forth, the sea shall give up the dead in it, and he died.” Let these things serve tv warn us, God. Some try to persuade themselves that it death and hell deliver up the dead in them, ant beloved, as well as to encourage us to depend will not be so, but in this they only betray their they shall all stand before God. Oh! my friends
, upon the living God!
folly and ignorance ; for God hath said that do solemnly consider these things; för "Ilow Before Ampos pronounced this solemn denu- “every one of us must give account of himself shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ?" ciation against the kingdom, and called upon the to God;” and to prevent any doubt whatever on 2. The prophet exclaimed, “PREPARE!" pople to meet their God, who had rained fire the sulject, our Lord declared that for "every for he knew that they were unprepared to meet and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed the idle worl that men shall speak, they shall give God. Many now are not prepared. They try sinful cities of Sodom, he reminded them of God's account in the day of judgment.” This is con- to harden themselves against de:th, and do ail ling-suffering toward them. He had smittenclusive. This is enough to lead us to go into the they can to banishi judgment to come from their tiren with famine, yet have ye not returned unto north, south, east and west, and cry out, PRE- thoughts; thus they live and die, unconcerned me, saith the Lord. He had withholden rai PARE TO MEET THY GOD! Oh, ye Christ- and unprepared. They are born in sin, they from them, and caused it to rain in some cities less souls! www can ye endure the thought of live in sin, and die in sin. They are enemies to and not in others, so that two or three cities ineeting God? On, ye unconverted, who love God by wicked works, and condemned alrealy, Wanlered into one city to drink water, but they the pleasures of sin, and post your way so zeal. because they have not believed on the name of were not satisfied; yet have ye not returned untiously on the bral road, how will ve bear the the only-begotten Son of God. God is not in all
Sarith the Lord.' !le had smitten them with bright light of God's glorious presence? What their thoughts, they say, our tongues are our own, blasting and mildew, yet have ye not returned account will you render to Hin? Dear fellow- who is Lord over uis ? Should a sense of sin cross unto me, saith the Liri. He hart sent pestilence sinners, azuin I say, you must meet G». the mind, they vainly endeavour to cover the among them, and slain their young men with the It appears as if God now stopped some sud- spot with some outward act of devotion or benesword, yet have ye pot retuuned unto me, saith Jenly in their sins, and called them in a moment volence; or they may perchance invest them
But further, God had smitten some from time into eternity. The pestilence cuts selves with an air of sanctity, and minule with of them as when He overthrew Sodom and them down, or the sword devours them, or some the people of God; but, alas! still unprepared Guinorrah, and those spared were as a firebrand other instrument is used to fuitil the sentence- to meet God. When the Lord Jesus comes, His p.ucked out of the burning; yet lle hail again to “This might thy soul shall be required of thee." | Haming eye will be able to pierce through the say of them, ye have not returned unto me. They may be revelling at Bels'izzar's impious innumerable guests of the marriage supper, and
But now the God of Israel pronounces by His banquet, and suddenly the hand-writing appear-make manifest every one that has not on the weda prophet the sole un sentence, “Thus will I doing on the wall makes them feel that the God of filing garment, and say, “ Friend, low camest un!v ihre, and because I will do it imt« thec. ljudgment is at hand; or, like the sons of Kora, thou in hither, not having a wedding garment!" * PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD!" llow wan's presumptuous heart may be exaltmy it- and then command the servants to " bind his verv solemn!
self on a platform of mock religion, when the hand and foot, and take him away, and cost him But, as usual, God's denunciations are mingled vtwning earth exclaims to every conscience, that into outer darkness, where there shall he weeping with testimony to lis mercy. Hence we find God is the judge of all; or, like another Herod, and gnashing of teeth.” This is an exam le of the prophet, almost immediately after, saying, they may he found dignified with princely one not prepared to meet God. He might have - Thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, honours, Hattered by assembled hosts, and mani- flattered himself with his goud intentions, and Seek ye me, and ye shall live,” and aguin,“ S.ek festing, in man's esteem, inore than seraphic have made great alterations in his mode of living, the Lord, and ye shall live.... seek good and not eloquence
, when an angel' is dispatched to bring still he was unpardoned, unwashed in the blood evil, that ye may live, and so the Lord, the God the proud ruler to the grave. O, my frienis, of atonement, unsaved, ani therefore unprepared, of Hosts, shall be with you," &c.
how could you answer the sum'nons of the great | O my reader, whether you are rich or podi, This was the Gospel in the days of Amos. God, “ This night thy soul shall be required of or young, inoral or immoral, let me again 6xy The prophet could tell sinners that were ripe for thee ?" We beseech you to ponder the words of unio you, PREPARE TO MEET TIIY GOD!
JULY 2, 1860.)
He who knoweth Jesus as his Saviour ueet God! We reply, every one who helieves in His vineyard ? not idle in the market place, on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. For the but, as the servants of Christ, doing His will i hath wisdom, for he is made wise unto scripture saith, that “if thou shalt confess with day by day serving Him, labouring for Him, ac
salvation; therefore JESUS CALLS -- He thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in cording to His Word? Are we steadily perseverthine heart that God hath raised Him from the ing in His service, through evil report and good calls without; He uttereth His voice in
divu shalt le saved; for with the heart report, through honour and dishonour, through the streets; He crieth in the chief places man lielieveth unto righteousness, and with the suffering and loss, through pain and weakness ? mouth confession is made unto salvation.” All, Are we stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding of concourse; in the openings of the then, who have received that Saviour whom God in the work of the Lord ? hath sent are prepared to meet God, for they are Are we faithful stewards ? Are we using our
gates; in the city He uttereth His words, born again, accepted in the beloved, justified from gifts, both spiritual and temporal, time, substance, saying, “How long, ye simple ones, will all things, children of God, indwelt by the Spirit, health, strength, knowledge, experience, &c., in presented in the heavenly places by the great obedience to His truth? Are we fervently, faith- ye love simplicity ? and the scorners defligh Priest, who ever lives to make intercession fully, wisely, prayerfully, humbly, occupying till light in their scorning and fools hate fur them; and their blessed hope is, that when He come? Are we laying up treasures in heaven? knowledge ?" Jesus calls to us by our the Bridegroom comes they will behold His face Are we so using the talents committed to our trust, with joy. These are some of the blessings the that we can confidently look for His “Well done, parents; our mother's knee is generally grice of God bestows on every guilty sinner good and faithful servants ?”
the first shrine at which we kneel to lisp that helieves on the Lord Jesus Christ for salva- Are we caring for His people? Are His saints tion. They are not foolish virgins, who merely dear to us for Christ's sake? Do we weep with our infantile prayers.
Often have we have a name to live; but they have tasted that His
mourners? Do we comfort His feeble ones ? heard a father's voice bidding us seek the Lori is gracious, and know assuredly that Do we burn for His offended ones? Do we restore Carist is precious to their souls; and their con. His blacksliding ones? Do we support His weak, Jesus in the days of our youth. Jesus fidence is not in themselves, but in the already visit His sick, clothe His naked, and feed His calls by nature; the seasons each preach accomplished work of the Lord Jesus. Thus, hungry? Do we pray for all saints ? though vile and worthless is themselves, God Are we confessing Iris nume? Do our relatives, a sermon from that text which bids us himself graciously gives them a title to meet acquaintances, neighbours, and fellow-townsmen prepare to meet our God. Jesus calls Him on the ground of the blood and righteous know that we are on the Lord's side? Do we give by His word, where He bids the wicked ness of the Lord Jesus Christ. The matchless a certain sound, an unmistakeable witness, that story of grace is not merely that which informs Christ himself is our Master and Saviour?' It is forsake his way, and the unrighteous the intellect, but it softens and subdues the heart, comparatively easy to talk about religion, and to wins the affections, pacities the demands of con- tell persons that they should pray and read their man his thoughts, and turn unto the science, and constrains us to live unto God. Bibles ; men will not object to this : but do we Lord, who is ready to pardon, and mighty Blessed preparation! the work of God himself, tell them that Christ Jesus came into the world hy His Spirit, through Jesus. Such are cleansed to save sinners ? Are we seeking to win souls to
Jesus calls by providence, when by the blood of Jesus, have peace with God Christ, and to exalt the precious name and pre- He causes our prospects to fail, our through the blood of Jesus, they are justified cious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ ? hv the blood of Jesus, sanctified by the blood of Fellow Christians! If thus we are running the
riches to fly away, and our substance to Jesus
, made nigh to God by the blood of Jesus, race, our cry is, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!" diminish, in order that we may see the and have liberty to enter into the holiest of all and, with the Psalmist we may each say,
vanity of the creature, and be led to set by the blood of Jesus."
for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; *Happy Christian! God's own child ! I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy like our affections on things above, where Called, chosen, reconeiled;
ness.”. Only a little while, and heaven itself shall happiness is only to be found. Jesus Once a rebel far from God,
ring with hallelujahs and rejoicings, because the Now made nigh by Jesus' blood !"
marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath calls by afflictions, as He did to you, dear Yes, it is God that justifieth them. It is God made herself ready."
reader, when you were stretched on the who has pledged himself to save them from the " A little while, He'll come again!
sick bed, and imagined you were dying; wrath to come, and bids them even now to re
Let us the precious hours, redeem; joice in hope of glory. God himself has made
Our only grief to give Him pain,
but you did not die, you are spared. Oh, Christ to be unto them righteousness, sanctifica
Our joy to serve and follow Him.. tion, and redemption. God himself has provided
Watching and ready may we be,
yield obedience to that call, and at once for them a great lligh Priest, who entered into
As those who long their Lord to see!" trust in the Redeemer! Jesus calls by lieaven on their behalf with His own blood, and who ever lives to make intercession for them.
bereavements, He takes our companions Their salvation and everlasting security, then,
from our side by the cold, irresistible rest not in their frames, experiences, love, or 'Tis strange, 'tis passing strange, 'tis hand of death, that he may be led to ask, aithfulness, hut on the grace, faithfulness, and immutability of God himself. If God justities wonderful, that Jesus should call, invite, am I prepared for death? Jesus calls the poor trembling heliever, who can condemn ? and plead with outstretched arms with with outstretched arms; as on the Cross If God inputes righteousness, who can lay an sinners, and yet that sinners should re. He hung, He pleaded earnestly with sincharye! It God gives eternal life, why need they fear death? olf God welcomes, who need fuse. But strange as this is, yet 'tis ners, saying, “ For you I am now dying, lesizate to recline on His bosom of eternal, unaler ble love?
strangely true, that Christ Jesrs, the that you might come with me and live." Dear friends, are you thus prepared to meet Lord from heaven, is willing to save sin- Jesus not only calls, but He likewise Gul! Be assured that nothing but the blood of Jesus can shielt pru in that day. Do you say
ners, while sinners are unwilling, and counsels guilty, rebel man to buy of Him that you hope to be prepared? The question is, refuse to be saved. In the first chapter gold tried in the fire, that he might be Are you now prepared to meet God? Your post. fuf Proverbs, from the 20th verse to the rich; to buy raiment, that he may be prsnement of the suject only betrays the unreliet of your heart, and proves thit you still end of the chapter, this sad truth is clothed; to seek the Spirit's anointing, reject God's testimony to thi, sin-cleansing etli declared. Jesus calls on three distinct that he may see his own sinfulness and they of the blood of the Cross. In that Cross, Grad manifests himself in boundless love to guilty classes-the simple, who are learning to need of salvation. “Come now, and let man, and presents atoning blow, everlasting sin, but whose lives are not as yet con. us reason together," says Jesus; “though chosoever will accej t it. Orice more, dear realer, taminated by open vice; the scorner, who your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as I beseech you to solemnly consider these things, has despised a mother's tender instruc. white as snow; though they be red like and PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD. Lastly, it strikes me that there is also a sense in
tion, and passed by with negligence a crimson, they shall be as wool.” Jesus which we, who are true believers, may profitably father's earnest prayers; the fools, who reprores by His threatenings, when He apply these words of the prophet. We know we moek at sin, and laugh at the religion of declares, “The wicked shall be turned are secure as to our salvation, but are we at present prepared in heart for the glorious appear- Jesus. To each of these, Jesus, in the into hell, with all the nations that forget ing of our great God and Saviour? Are we loving character of wisdom, presents promised God;" and, “The soul that sinneth, it His appearing?. Are we worshipping, adoring; blessing to those who obey : “ Turn shall die.” My dear reader, shall it be, praising Him with our whole heart ? o-flections set upon things above, where Christ you at my reproof; behold, I will pour that after Jesus has thus declared His of the day, because Christ Himself is to us the out my spirit unto you; I will make readiness and willingness to save, He chiefest among ten thousand ? Are we living for known my words unto you.” After Jesus shall at length have to say, “I have His glory? Are we aiming to exalt Christ, to has thus pleaded, He waits awhile, and called, and ye refused"? Will you concommend Christ, to spread the sweet savour of the name of Christ, denying self, hating sin, mor- then expostulates. “Whoso hearkeneth tinue to listen to Satan and the world, tifying the deeds of our body, so that Christ may unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be and yet refuse Christ Jesus, who is the death ? Are we living upon Christ, abiding in quiet from fear of evil.”
only way of salvation ? Will you still
BY T. W. MEDHURST, KINGSTON-ON-THAMES.
despise His gospel ? When angels won- sins of all who believe. At once flee to among my children, such as no one else der at God's willingness to save; when Jesus, and you are safe. Are you saying, would notice or regard. “I am God.
, devils tremble at His almighty voice; “I would go to Jesus, but cannot.” Then and not man,” and therefore I pardon when saints weep and rejoice, because seek the Spirit's promised aid. “Be- again and again, not only first offences, Jesus is so ready to save; will you alone hold,” says wisdom, “I will pour out but repeated transgressions, forgiving continue careless, despising His plead- my spirit upon you, I will make known and forgetting them for ever. ings, rejecting His reproofs, and setting my words unto you.” Are you saying, God, and not man," and therefore I bear at nought His commands ? If you are "I would seek the salvation of my im- with such numerous affronts, such gross so foolish, so besotted, so mad, then hear mortal soul, but alas! alas! I am too great ingratitude, such inexcusable conduct in the consequences of your refusal. Jesus a sinner to hope for mercy.” That is
my people. “I am God, and not man," says, “ Because I have called, and ye re impossible; great sinner though you may and therefore I invite, entreat, and befused; I have stretched out my hand, be, yet Jesus is a greater Saviour ; His seech such base backsliders to return and no man regarded; but ye have set at blood cleanseth the vilest from all sin. unto me, and prove the power und free. nought all my counsel, and would none of Are you saying, “So many have been to ness of my forgiving love.
“I am God, my reproof; I also will laugh at your cala- Jesus, that I fear He will now reject my and not man,” and therefore I save freely
, mity; I will mock when your fear cometh; petition." Oh, believe me, He will not; fully, and for ever, such degraded, de when your fear cometh as desolation, He casteth out none who come to Him. praved, and desperate sinners, to the and your destruction cometh as a whirl- “While the lamps holds out to burn, praise of the glory of my grace. wind; when distress and anguish cometh
The vilest sinner may return."
God, and not man,” and therefore I upon you. Then shall they call upon But perhaps the reader is saying, “I desplay such patience, long-suffering, me, but I will not answer; they shall have come to Jesus; I have found mercy.” | and forbearance toward both friends and seek me early, but they shall not find Right glad am I to hear you say so; but foes. me; for that they hated knowledge, and oh, will you not make your salvation "I am God, and not man," and there. would none of my counsel: they despised known, that others might be encouraged fore I remain faithful to my promises all my reproof: therefore shall they eat to come likewise? Will you not seek and covenant engagements, midst all the of the fruit of their own way, and be to bring others to Jesus, that they also changes and faithlessness of my fickle filled with their own devices.” Thus might hear the welcome message from people. “ I am God, and not man," and solemnly does Scripture set before us the Calvary? “This is a faithful saying, and therefore I give such rich, costly, invaluawful results of refusing Christ. The worthy of all acceptation, that Christ able gifts to the poor, destitute, and unsinner may succeed for a time in the Jesus came into the world to save sin-worthy sons of men. “I am God, and hour of prosperity, but the hour of ad- ners, of whom I am chief.” Poor sin. not man,” and therefore I hear, accept, versity will come, wherein he will find ner, however vile you are, there is hope and answer such poor, imperfect, and none to help. The ungodly may, per- for you, if you BELIEVE ON THE LORD worthless prayers, which no chance, banish fear in the day of health, JESUS CHRIST. TRUST YOUR SOUL TO would tolerate, much less approve. “I but vainly will they seek to do so in the JESUS, AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED. am God, and not mun," and therefore I hour of death. If you delay repentance
work such wonders; wonders in provitill a dying bed, you shall then find that “I am God, and not Man.”
dence, and wonders in grace; wonders all help from Christ has ceased, your
in the world, and wonders in the heart. prayers will then be in vain. Oh, I be. Thus spoke the Lord, when assigning a “ I am God, and not man,” and therefore seech you, put not off repentance until reason for not executing the fierceness I have prepared such mansions, and will too late shall ring in your ear, sounding of His wrath upon guilty and rebellious confer such kingdoms on sinners who your death knell. True, the thief found Israel. A God can do what a man can- have no claim upon me, nor the least mercy at the eleventh hour, as an en-not; and a God can bear what a man reason to expect any good thing from couraging proof to the penitent, that cannot. The God of Israel always acts me. Jesus is able and willing to save unto the in accordance with the grandeur, glory, Holy Spirit, fix my eye and my heart uttermost; yet, bear in mind, the thief and greatness of His nature. Every upon this glorious truth, that God acteth is the only one of whom the Scriptures thought of His heart, every word of His from himself, and like himself, in all speak as having found mercy in such a mouth, and every work of His hand, is things, and at all times, and therefore I time; therefore do not presume, do not
worthy of himself. If we bear this in may expect Him both to do and gire, procrastinate, but now seek mercy, while mind, it will fortify our minds, strengthen what on no other principle I could. He inercy in the person of Jesus waits to
our faith, and comfort our souls. Why is not a man, that He should lie, or save the guilty. Remember yet once does not God cut down the wicked at under any circumstances, forfeit His
Because He is God, and not word; nor is He the son of man, that “ There are no acts of pardon past,
Why does He try His people so He should change His mind, because of In that cold grave to which But darkness, death, and long despair,
greatly, and allow them to suffer so any thing that can possibly occur. No, Reign in eternal silence there."
much ? Because He is God, and not He is of one mind, and none can turn The rich man in hell, lifted up his man. Let us meditate on this declara- Him. He is without variableness, or
shadow of a turn. Because He is Jeho. eyes, being in torments, and was denied tion of our God for a few moments. a drop, one single drop, of water to cool “I am God, and not man," and there- vah, and changes not, therefore we poor, his parched tongue.
fore I am not soon moved to take ven- sinning, changeable creatures, are not Oh, my friend, be warned; if you geance upon my sinful and rebellious consumed. Believer, to thee the Lord perish, you will be without any excuse, creatures. “I am God, and not man,' says, “I am God, and not man," therefore because when Christ Jesus called, “Ye and therefore I am ready to forgive, and expect from Him as God, and act to
Turn your eyes now to receive back the returning prodigal to wards Him as God. Sinner, to thee the Mount Calvary; behold there the bleed- my heart and home. “I am God, and Lord says, “I am God, and not man;" ing Jesus, with the thorn crown around not man," and therefore I receive great expect Him, therefore, to pardon like a His brow, making an atonement for the sinners, taking to my heart, and putting God, to bless thee like a God, and to ful
BY JAMES SMITH CHELTENHAM.