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dishonoured by such a trust, John v. 23. In Christ he appears,
1. As a God of majesty and glory, 2 Cor. iv. 6. There is no glass in which ye can represent to the rising generation the glory and majesty of God so lively as in Christ. The creating a world of no-. thing, the deluge, destruction of Sodom, are but dim glasses, in comparison of the mystery of Christ. Here the glory of his infinite holiness, and infinite hatred of lin, his exact justice, his precise and unalterable truth, his unsearchable wisdom, most fully appear. 2. As the God of grace, 1 Pet. v. 10.
The former view of God is apt to fill the soul with the honour, awe, and reverence of him, fit ballast for the vain heart: this view of God is apt to fill thç foul with faith and love, whereby the heart may be disengaged from the vain world, and knit to him as the alone upmaking portion of the soul. In Christ ye can let them see majesty vailed with mercy, righteousness and peace kissing mutually, a crystal wall to go between them and the consuming fire.
III. The third thing is, to give the reasons why this is the true way of propagating religion, the standing to the rising generation.
1. Because all true religion begins with the knowledge of God in Christ. Hence our Lord says, John xvii. 3. This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Chrift whom thou hast sent. As long as ignorance of God continues in the soul, the prince of darkness rules thers, the works of darkness go on there, and the party is on the way to everlasting darkness, Hof.iv. 6. I. xxvii. I. Therefore cruel are they that bring up
young ones, whether children or servants, in ignorance ; cipecially considering, that it is the learnning age, which season missed, the loss is feldom retrieved.
2. Because vain is that religion and knowledge that brings not the soul to, betake itself to God's truth for a portion, and to renounce the world and its way, 1 Cor. viii. 1. Our aim in all our teaching should be to affect the heart, to bring finners to God, to be his only, wholly, and for ever. To fatisfy ourselves with filling their heads with notions of religion, while we are careless of getting their hearts to Christ, is forry service.
3. Because the right discerning of the glory of God in Chrift, is the true way to bring a linner to faith in him: Psal. ix. 10. They that know thy mame will put their trust in thee. Joha iv. 10. Jefus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that faith to thee, Give me to drink ; thou would have asked of him, and he would have given i hee living water. All who are brought acquainted with him, cannot chufe but take up their fouls reft in him : and whoever do not betake themselves to him, it is because they know him not. For his glorious excellency truly discerned, cannot miss to captivate the heart.
USE. Make God known to the rising generation, so as they may be stirred up to give up with the vain and falle world, and to betake themselves to the promise of the gospel, therein to take God for their portion. I have given motives already, I will now give directions how to manage the work. Ị. A general direction. Aim at that particular
ly, and keep it always in your view, to teach them to know God in Chrift. Never satisfy yourselves with letting them know, what God is in himself: out of Christ; for that may strike them with terror, but it will never bring them to him in faith and love. But labour to difcover to them the glory of God in the face of Jesus. Shew them Chrift, and ye
shew them the Father : for in him the fulness of the Godhead dwells. In his perfon, you may let them see God's willingness to take mankind into union and communion with himself; in his office!, how willing he is to teach them, justify them, and fanctify them ; in his holy birth, what a nature is pleasing to him ; in his righteous life, what a conversation he requires ; in his fatisfactory death, how dreadful his wrath is against lin; and in a word, how they may be made holy and happy for ever. Therefore inculcate on them the knowledge of Christ. I
this for three reasons. ift, Do this, and ye do all to them. Hence says the Apofie, i Cor. ii. 2. I determined not to know any thing among you, fave Jesus Christ, and him crucified. When the darkness of the night fits down on the face of the earth, as many candles as are burning abroad, so many spots of the earth will be enlightened: but let the fun arise, and there will be light over all; for the one fun will do. more than millions of lighted candles. So, whenever Christ the Sun of righteousness ariseth, that gross darkness which covers the mind, will suddenJy be dispelled. There is more of the glory of God to be seen in the face of Jesus, than throughout the whole compass of the heavens and the carth, whicb yet were made to declare the glory
of God. Life, eternal life, is in the knowledge of him, John xvii. 3.
2dly, Neglect this, and ye do nothing to them to purpose. Hence says Christ, John viii. 24.-f ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your fins. That light that is without him is but darkness, and the sparks of knowledge and religion that is without illumination in the knowledge of Christ, will leave those that walk in the light of them, to lie down in forrow at length, John i. 9. Not one truth is rightly learned, that is not learned as it centers in Jesus, Eph. iv. 20. 21.,
3dly, Because the rising generation is in extreme hazard in this point at this time, beyond what they have been for many years. . A religion is like to come in among them, that has no relation to Christ and his Spirit, which is in effect but refined Paganism. With some Christ is almost dropt out of their practical divinity, and morality in doctrine is juftling out the gospel of the grace of God; and hence immorality in practice comes in like a flood. And principles are vented highly in. jurious to his glorious Godhead.
2. Particular directions are these.
I, Acquaint them with God's word. Let your children be learned to read ; and your servants that cannot read, be so charitable as to teach them. And ye such servants secure that in your, hiring of yourselves. And press them, and stir them up to read the scriptures ordinarily when they can do it. It is recorded of Timothy, to his honour, that from a child he had known the holy fcriptures, which are able to make men wise unio Salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus, 2 Tim. iii. I
2dly, Neglect not family-catechising. Oblige them to get the shorter Catechism, and labour to make them understand it by examining them. For which cause ye have many good helps laid to
3dly, Often inculcate on them their sinful and miserable state by nature, and the salvation for them in Jesus Christ.
4thly, Join a practical exhortation with your catechising. It might be profitable to clofe the ca. techising on every question of the Catechism upon a particular head, with a short admonition to them by way of use. Ex. gr. on the first, Well, mind that the great thing ye have to do in the world, is to glorify God; and that the great thing ye have to seek, is the enjoyment of him.
5thly, Inculcate upon them, and train them up in a reverenee and esteem of the ministry of the gospel, as an ordinance of Christ for the salvation of sinners. And oblige your family to a conscientious attendance ; none of them to sit at home that are capable of profiting by the word, without a reason that will hear weight before God, 1 Cor. i, 21.
this the rather that some are train. ed up in a neglect, or in a contempt of it, to the insnaring of their poor fouls. Mind the children of Bethel.
6thly, Inculcate and labour to impress them with the belief of the vanity of the world, and the impossibility of finding a rest to their heart in any creature. Tell it them from the word, your own and their experience.
7thly, Inculcate and labour to impress them with the belief of the full happiness to be found in a God in Christ, held forth to them in the promise of the