Sidor som bilder
[ocr errors]

King of faints has met it, and spoiled it, so that it in some fort is now empty.

As a practical improvement of what has been said, I would on this occasion earnestly call upon you,

1. As mortals, dying men and women, to come over this day to the Conqueror's side. Our Lord has obtained the victory over death, come ye and surrender yourselves to him, break your covenant with death and hell, enter into his covenant, and honestly enlist yourselves under his victorious banners, abide no longer among his enemies. To prevail with you, I would lay before you the following Motives. . (1.) If ye are out of Christ, ye live in death's territories ; yea, ye are dead; while ye live, death hath dominion over you, Eph. v. 14. “ Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” Ye are spiritually dead, the threatenings of the law, as the bands of death, gird you about; the divers lufts ye serve are as the chains of death unto you. 0! awake, ere ye be cast out of this world, and buried out of his fight.

(2.) The Conqueror is ready to receive you, and give you the privileges of the subjects of his kingdom, Zech. ix. 11. 12. “ As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit, wherein is no water; turn ye to , the strong-hold, ye prisoners of hope, even today do I declare, that I will render double unto thee.” Christ is coming this day in the word to your graves, and saying to you, as to Lazarus, Come forth, beftir yourselves, O prisoners of hope! and come away, when the Redeemer and Deliverer, who has overcome death, is calling you! Abide


not under the dominion of the foiled enemy, but come away to the victorious Lord of life..

(3.) Behold how he loved the children of men, John, xiv. 13. “ And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Why did he fight this battle with death, but to rescue finners to himfelf, as a prey out of the mouth of the devouring lion? Shall not his dying love win you, his dying groans awake you, out of your sleep in fin ? Does 1100 every wound he received call you to cast away your sins which lay so heavy on him ? will ye love death, and flight the Redeemer, Prov. viii. 26. “ All they that hate me love death."

(4.) How will ye grapple with death, if ye come not out of your fins to Jesus Christ ? Man, remember thou must die ; the day is coming these eyes will be closed, the breath that is now going out and in will go, to return no more till the last pulse beat. How wilt thou be able to grapple with the king of terrors alone ? Death cast down the man Christ; if it did so to the green-tree, what will become of thee, a withered dead branch ? Thou shalt sind death lively as to thee, armed with its sting againit thee, since thou art not in Christ, his victory belongs not to thee, but the first death will turn thee over into the hands of the second death ; and fo thou shalt be eternally dying, but never die.

(5) Come to Christ, and thou shalt have the benefit of his victory over death : John, viii. 51. « Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my sayings, he shall never fee death,” never feel the sting of death, its nature shall be quite altered to thee. O! are ye not thinking what way ye fhall get through that ford on that Red Sea, which

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
« FöregåendeFortsätt »