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only music to hear how their miserable patients roar, to hear their bones crack; tis their meat and drink to see how their flesh frieth, and their fat droppeth; to drench them with burning metal, and to rip open their bodies, and to pour in the fierce burning brass into their bowels, and the recesses and ventricles of their hearts. What thinkest thou of those chains of darkness, of those instru. ments of cruelty ? Canst thou be content to burn? Seest thou how the worm gnaweth, how the oven gloweth, how the fire rageth ? What sayest thou to that river of brimstone, that dark and horrible vault, that gulf of perdition? Wilt thou take up thy habitation here ? Oh ! lay thine ear to the door of hell : hearest thou the curses and blasphemies, the weepings and the wailings ; how they lament their folly, and curse their day? Matt. xxii. 13. Rev. xvi. 9. How do they roar and yell, and gnash their teeth ? How deep are their groans ? How feeling are their moans? How inconceivable are their miseries? If the shrieks of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, were so terrible (when the earth clave asunder, and opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and all that appertained to them) that all Israel fled at the cry of them, Num. xix. 38, 34. Oh! how fearful would the cry be, if God should take off the covering from the mouth of hell, and let the cry of the damned ascend in all its terror among the children of men ? And of all their moans and miseries, this is the piercing, killing emphasis and bur. den, For ever and ever,
Why, as God liveth, that made thy soul, thou art but a few hours distant from all this, except thou repent and be converted. Oh! I am even lost and swallowed
int the abundance of those arguments that I might suggest. If there be any point of wisdom in all the world, it is to repent and come in 3 there be any thing righteous, any thing reasonable, this is it: if there be any thing in the world that may be called madness and folly, and any thing that may be counted sottish, absurd, brutish, unreasonable, it is this, to go on in thine unconverted estate. Let me beg of thee, as thou wouldst not wilfully destroy thyself, to sit down and weigh, besides what bath been said, these following motives, and let conscience speak, if it be not reason that thou shouldst repent and turn.
1. The God that made thee doth most gras ciously invite thee.
First, His most sweet and merciful nature doth invite thee. 0 the kindness of God, his working bowels, his tender mercies ! they are infinitely above our thoughts : higher than heaven, what can we do? Deeper than hell what can we know ? Job xi. 7, 8, 9. He is full of compassion, and gracious ; long-suf
; fering, and plenteous in mercy, Psal. Ixxxvi. 15. This is a great argument to persuade sinners to come in, Turn unto the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slov to anger, of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. If God would not repent of the evil, it were some discouragement to us why we should not repent. If there were no hope of mercy, it were no such wonder if rebels should stand out: but never had sub. jects such a gracious prince, such piety, patience, clemency, pity to deal with as you have. Who is a god like unto thee, that par-. doneth iniquity ? &c. Micah vii. 18. O sinners, see what a God you have to deal with ! If you will but turn, he will turn again, and have compassion on you: he will subdue your iniquities, and cast all your sins into the depths of the sea, ver. 19. Return unto me,
. saith the Lord of hosts, and I will return unto you, Mal. iii. 17. Lech. i. 3. Sinners do not fail in that they have too high thoughts of God's mercies, but in that, (1.) They overlook his justice. (2.) They promise themselves mercy out of God's way. His mercy is beyond all imagination, Isa. lv. 9, great mer. cies, 1 Chron. xxi. 13, manifold mercies, Neh. ix. 19, tender mercies, Psal. xxv. 6, sure mercies, Isa. lv. 3, everlasting mercies, Psal. ciii. 17. Isa. liv. 8, and all thine own if thou wilt but turn. Art thou willing to come in? Why, the Lord hath lain aside his terror, erected a throne of grace, holds forth the golden sceptre : touch, and live. Would á merciful man slay his enemy, when prostrate at his feet, acknowledging his wrong, begging pardon, and offering to enter with him into a covenantof peace ? Much less will the merciful God. Study his name, Exod. xxxiv. 7. Read their experience, Neh. ix. 17.
Secondly, His soul-encouraging calls and promises do invite thee. Ah, what an earn
est suiter is mercy to thee! how loving, how instantly it calleth after thee! how passion ately it wooeth thee! Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord, and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you : for 1 um merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever, Only acknowledge thine ini. quity. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord, for I am married unto you. Re. turn, and I will heal your backslidings. Thou hast played the harlot with many lovers, yet return unto me, saith the Lord, Jer. iii. 11, 12, 13, 14, 22. As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that he turn from his way, and live : turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezek. xxxiii. 11. “ If the avicked will turn froin all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die All his transgressions that he hath.committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done shall he live. Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, sø iniquity shall not be
Cast away from you all your transgressions, and make you a clean heart, and a new spirit; for why will ye die, o house of Israel ? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord, God, wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye, Ezek. xviii. 21, 22, 30, 31, 32."
O melting, gracious words! The voice of a God and not of a man! This is not the
manner of men, for the offended sovereign to sue to the offending traitorous varlet. Oh, how doth mercy follow thee, and plead with thee! is not thy heart broken yet? Oh that to day you would hear his voice!
2. The doors of heaven are thrown open to thee, the everlasting gates are set wide for thee, and an abundant entrance into the kingdom of heaven administered to thee. Christ now bespeaks thee, (as she her hus. band) Arise and take possession, 1 Kings xxi. 15. View the glory of the other world, as set forth in the map of the gospel. Get thee up into Pisgah of the promises, and lift up thine eyes westward, northward, southward and eastward, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, and that goodly mountain. Behold the paradise of God, watered with the streams of glory. Arise, and walk through the land, in the length of it, and in the breadth of it: for the land which thou seest, the Lord will give it to thee for ever, if thou wilt but return, Gen. xiii. 14, 15, 17. Let me say to thee, as Paul to Agrippa, Believest thou the prophets? If thou believest indeed, do but view what glorious things are spoken of the city of God, Psal. lxxxvii. 3, and know that all this is here tendered in the name of God to thee. As verily as God is true, it shall be for ever thine, if thou wilt but thoroughly turn.
Behold the city of pure transparent gold, whosc foundations are garnished with all manner of precious stones, whose gates are pearls, whose light is glory, whose temple is God.