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progress, away from the Sun of Righteousness, must be seen in the terribleness of its moral havoc among the immortal souls of men; perhaps among beings also of a higher order; and his character and destiny are those of the “wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever!"*
Hear, then, all ye whose hearts, up to the present moment, have been stout against the Lord: hear ye again the proclamation of mercy, “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ?"+ "Be ye reconciled unto God. For he hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."| “He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." S Suffer me to implore the whole of you, not to add another hour to the period of your rebellion and unbelief. Look unto JESUS, and live!
Cleave to him with purpose of heart; follow him fully; holding fast the beginning of the confidence, and the rejoicing of the hope, FIRM UNTO THE END. ||
To-morrow morning you quit this vessel; a vessel the remembrance of which must be for ever associated with your future destinies, be they what they may;
* Jude 13. + Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
John v. 24.
# 2 Cor. v. 20, 21. || Heb. iii. 6, 14.
whether the destinies of the despisers of mercy, or of the humble followers of the Lamb of God. Of our conduct on board this ship, of our treatment of Christ, and of his great salvation, you and I must render an account!
We shall all meet again—I say that we shall all meet again! It may not be in this life. shall meet with an assembled world, together with, holy and with fallen angels. We shall form part of that awful assembly which will be present on the Day of Judgment, and in the proceedings of that day we shall not be mere spectators; no! but we shall be personally and intensely interested.
Let us now choose the position we shall occupy in the presence of the Judge. Let us now decide whether we shall look up with joy, and behold in him our blessed Advocate and High Priest, engaged in his newcovenant love to save us, and to bring us to glory; or whether, under the overwhelming power of conscious guilt, we shall cry to the rocks to fall on us, and hide us from the wrath of the LAMB, and from the glory of his power. Oh! let every one of us now choose, whether our abode shall be with the unbelievers and the unholy, in everlasting burnings,* or with the sanctified in Christ Jesus, whose names are written in heaven, and whom the blessed Saviour will present faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy.t May God, in his abundant and great mercy, grant
* Isa. xxxiii. 14. + Jude 24; Matt. xxv.; Isa. XXXV.
that all the prisoners whom he hath been pleased, on repeated occasions, to commit to my care, during the passage to Australia, and all those whom I have addressed in the colony, may be graciously led “into all truth ;" and, under the abiding influence of the Saviour's love shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit, be preserved in the faith and obedience of the gospel to everlasting life, unto the praise of the glory of the riches of Divine grace. And may all other prisoners be duly instructed in the knowledge of the sacred Scriptures, and as “prisoners of hope”* flee for refuget to the atoning blood of the Cross, giving evidence that they have surrendered their hearts to the Lord, by walking in his footsteps, under the sanctifying influences of his Spirit, and in accordance with his blessed will, as set forth in his written and inspired Word.
Isa. lx. 8; Heb. vi. 18.
* Zech. ix. 12.