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which pufillanimity prevented, and rendered the feed of salvation (that you have planted in every rational being) from profiting by an increase of merit to claim your mercy through the infinite ransom you have purchased us with, abortive. O my God, the scriptures that you deposited with our fathers, to enlighten our understanding and guide us in an unerring direction to the altar of redemption, on which you, my Lord and my God, was pleased to be immolated, I have made 'use of to my own destruction and by persuasive allurements enticed and fettered many in the shackles of impiety, blaspheming our God, whose Majesty we received our being to adore. O my Creator, my Saviour and Redeemer, my God and my All, your blessed name be for ever adored, and if your creature was capable of infinite adoration, O my God, I would with my whole heart and powers of my soul lay it with myself buried at your sacred feet. My Jesus, my Lord and Mefliah, how could your justice, my God, so far-give place to your mercy as to screen and suffer so base a reptile to go on for a series of years.depreciating your adorable and most facred Deity with impunity. True it is, my Lord, as the scripture teils us, that you will have mercy and not sacrifice, and in this your miscreant creature is this scripture verified. O my God, can I ever cease thanking, praising, loving and adoring your infinite goodness, pouring out my soul and devoting the small remains of life in the love and service of your omnipotent Majesty, and sorrow for the impious years Bb

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I have lived. I will now turn' my eyes 'upon this child of the devil, unworthy to lick up the mire of the infernal lake, actuated by vain conceit, erroneous and irreligious principles, from which proceed a restless and malignant zeal, a firebrand, irksome and irreconcileable; with this ferid monster you grew up and made your league. What distant clime have you not trod in quest of that very peace your callous heart, as a ftill-born fætus, was not capable of perceiving; though you were continually with every enticement invited to its banquet.

Proverbs, chap. 9. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars ; the hath killed her beasts, she hath mingled her -wine, she hath also furnished her table; she has -sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city. Who is simple, let him turn in hither; he that wanted understanding, she faith to him. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish and live, and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth the scorner, gettech to himself shame: and he thać rebuketh a wicked man, getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, left he hate thee : rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give in. struction to a wife man, and he will be yét wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the begine ning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased. If thou art wise, thou shalt

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be wise for thyself; but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Man being invested with the most noble quality of free-will, to reject, or accept at pleasure, the divine feed being sown in his heart, his falvation depends on himself. O misadvised culprit, to restrain and mortify your pallions and various inclinations, that your life might pass unsullied, emaciating your body and restraining your will from common necessaries, that the poor might find a refuge, and in you a common father; what other delight have you freked from your youth, and considered it your duty to sort with the needy and bear their burthens to inculcate religion in their hearts, root out vicious' habits, and in all things make them happy; and this not confined co your own nation, but universal, the whole stock of the human species. · And yet vain man, the Imperial or Royal duty from which the other should proceed and draw its effects, you have not alone Ilighted, but thundercd forth from a malevodent and mifchevous heart, the most spiteful and wicked blasphemy; so that while your morals and duty to your neighbour remained unim. peachable (your wicked instruction excepted) you were in a far more wicked and detestable itate, than the reprobate angels or devils. They stood part of the Celestial Hierarchy, and thro? the excellency of their superior quality were worthy the immortal thrones they were seated on, but contemplating as they conceived their irrevocable sublim'ty, and being struck with a secret passion of fondnels at the exquisite and B b 2

spotless spotless beauty, height of magnificence, with crown's, and exceeding great weight of glory they had attained to, dazzled chose high intellia gences, and formed a secret attachment which was the nurse-egg that produced self-love, pride and rebellion. Their wages are a total secludon from their God, stript of their captivating ornaments, taken from their thrones, and metamorphosed into frightful fiends of hell. Man being, at the fall of the angels, created to fill their vacant thrones, that there might be no excitement to pride (the cause by which the angels fell) was vested in a humiliating garb composed of sime. In this dirty coat he was to remain until a reasonable trial should be the test of obedience and reverence to the Divine Decree. Satan observing these dirty creatures and judging they were formed to fill the thrones from which himself and associates had been degraded, resolved with contemptuous scorn to allure them into the snare themselves had been entrapped, and reasonably considering the difparity, betwixt an angel and the man of mud, contrived his fall in due progression adequate to the disparity. He therefore made use of the most vile reptile (by which subtlety he retains the name of the old serpent) to accomplish his plot. In the garden of delights man had free access and his enjoyment unrestrained, but che

tree of knowledge, which as a ceft of his obe· dience to his Creator he was forbid có caste.

Satan made use of this stratagem, by twining about the tree of knowledge in the presence of Eve, inviting her to the banquet, who,

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observing the delight of enjoyment painted in the countenance of the serpent, and that he survived the pleasure, was raised by curiosity and desire to try the experiment which nurseegg proved fatal, being of the same species with that of the devil's self-love, pride, and rebellion. Let us view these created gods, Great Lucifer or Satan, prince of the first tribe, who, before his godship, was one of the most bright, glorious and resplendent princes of the heavenly hierarchy, new habited in the coat of the most vile reptile, and with the brotherhood are condemned to eternal perdition. Man's fall entailed an equal punishment on himself and posterity. The humiliacing state of man presented no enticement to his fall, which renders him less excusable ; but ihaine and remorse obtained at the Divine Tribunal, mercy and the promise of a Meffiah to reinstate him in his original birthright. The promise, after two thousand years, was settled in the family of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, continued

in the tribe of Judah, and allotred to the lineage i of David 1000 years before his manifestation.

The Royal Prophet, in his Psalms, speaks fully and in the most clear terms of the Divinity of the Messiah, his Priesthood, his offering bread and wine, his life of humiliations, sufferings, death, resurrection, ascension, and seating his glorious humanity on the Right-Fiand of his Fatier. The Lord said unto my Lord, « Sic thou on my Right-Hand until I make thy enemies thy foot-stool.” The latter part of this prophecy took place forty years after Israel put our MefBb 3

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