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comes a lifeless mafs without fenfe or motion. But the foul can live without being joined to the body. We are expressly told, that “ they which kill the body, are not able to kill the foul*.” The foul is a fpirit, and when parted from the body, it still thinks and wills, as it did before. It stilt feels and remembers, and is conscious of what it is, of what it has done, and of what it is doing. So that in fact a man's foul is a man's felf. It is that part, which is really the man : and thus we find St. Luke saying in the passage, which in his gofpel answers to the text, “ What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself t.· But there is another consideration, which fhews in a far higher degree, the worth of the soul. It is this. The foul not only lives, and thinks, and feels, even when parted from the body: but it will live, and think, and feel for ever. It is immortal. It will never die. It came forth from God, and like God himself will never cease to be. It will live to all eternity.--My brethren, did you ever seriously try to confider, what eternity is, or what is meant by living to all eternity? We may form fome notion about time : for we reckon, * Matthew, x. 28. + Luke, ix. 25

and compare it, and so may understand something of what it is. But eternityaweful word! what can we know of it ? It is above our thoughts, and beyond our understanding. We may have fome idea of what it would be to live for millions and millions of years. But to think, that after these are gone, ftill millions and millions of years are to come ; that even when these are ended, eternity is still before: to consider that at the utmost diftance of time, which we can count or conceive, the foul will still be living and thinking, and feeling; and at the fame time will be no nearer to an end, than it is at this

prefent moment. What a vast, what a wonderful idea! of what inestimable value must the foul be! who can compute its worth?

But there is yet a further consideration to be added. The value of a thing is oftentimes best known, when it is loft. Now the soul may be loft. The man, who makes the bargain in the text, who fells his soul for the fake of worldly happiness, is said to lose his soul. What is meant by this expreffion? By the foul being lost, is not meant its ceasing to be ; its sinking, like the body, into a senseless state, without life and feeling. In this sense the soul cannot be loft : for it will live for ever. But bow will it live? this is the main question. Will it be happy or miserable ? will it live in bliss or in pain? It may be happy. It may live in bliss. It may dwell for ever in the presence, the favour, and the service of God. It may enjoy a glorious eternity in heaven. But on the other hand it may fail of all this. Instead of being happy, it may

be miserable. Instead of living in bliss, it may live in pain. Instead of dwell- .

ing for ever in the presence, the favour, and the service of God, it may be driven from his presence, be cast out of his favour, and be counted unworthy of his service. Instead of enjoying a glorious eternity in heaven, it may be condemned to suffer everlasting torments in hell. And this is what is meant by the souls being loft ; its being lost to every good, and defirable, and valuable purpose ; its being loft to peace, and hope and happiness; its being plunged into an endless state of grief, despair and misery.

Judge then, my brethren, what is the Worth of the Soul, and then say, Is worldly happiness well bought at such a price as this? Do these things bear any proportion to each other in value? Will worldly happiness make any amends for the loss of thesoul? Surely this one confideration that, * the things, which are seen, are temporal ; but that the things, which are not feen, are eternal* :" that all worldly happiness must coine to an end, but that the loss of the soul will be followed with never-ending mifery,--is of itself sufficient to decide the question. This one consideration proves beyond all doubt the truth, which I am explaining. If a man, for the fake of enjoying one day's happiness, would willingly engage to fuffer pain and torture for fifty years, should we not at once condemn his folly ? What then must we say to the folly of that man, who, for the sake of being happy while he lives, should consent to be miserable" for ever when he dies : who, for the sake of obtain. ing a short, temporal perishable enjoyment, fhould engage to suffer eternal torment? Would not such a man make a moft foolishi bargain? Would he not in the end bitterly lament what he had done? Let us suppose him to have gained, were it possible, the whole world ; to have had as large a share of worldly honour, wealth, and pleasure, as any man ever yet had, or could have. Let us suppose him to have been as great, and wise, and rich as Solomon himself; to have poffefsed all the means of worldly enjoyment which he possessed, to have lived in

* 2 Cor. iv, 18.

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the full possession of them for the greatest number of years, which any child of Adam has ever lived, yet what will all this profit him, when he shall die, and shall “ lift up his eyes in hell, being in torments ?” Ask him what he then thinks of his bargain, and of his wisdom in making it ; ask him, whether. his past pleasures make up

for his present sufferings? Whether, in gaining the world, and losing his foul, he has done well for himself? Whether, in casting up the whole. account, in balancing his gains against his losses, he is satisfied with what he has done ? What answer will he make to these enquiries ? He will surely say, “Ah!

I have miserably deceived myself. I « have made a most. foolish bargain. I gain4 ed indeed the world; but what does the * world. now profit me? What am I the bet6-ter. for all 1. Hrad, and all I enjoyed on earth? * Nothing of my pleasures, or my poffeffions snow remains. Not even a drop of water is " left, to cool.my tongue.. Had I ten thous “ fand, thousand worlds, how readily would "I give them all, that I might he delivered

from this place of torment. I have caught at a shadow, but have let go the substance. "I thought only of time. I forgot eternity, & Q that I had been wise: that I had undere

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