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proaching deluge, and exhorted them The apostle, Heb. xi. 7. produces to repentance, that iniquity might not Noah as an instance of that faith prove their ruin ; yet his words seem which is the substance of things hoed to them as idle tales, which they ped for and the evidence of things not ridiculed and despised ; but with seen, and exemplifying the faith by what mighty consternation were they which the just do live. By faith No. filled, when they saw the flood com- ah, being warned of God of things ing and taking them all away.--So not seen as yet, prepared an ark to Christ, by his word and ministers, the saving of his house. In like manadmonishes sinners that the end of ner true faith realizes all the instrucall things is at hand, and warns them tions and warnings of God, relating to flee from the wrath to come; while to the invisible and eternal world, disbelieving mockers, willingly igno- and by an irresistible influence, moves rant of the destruction of the old all the subjects of it, in the way of world, say, Where is the promise of universal and persevering obedience his coming ? But what mighty con- to the commandments of the Lord, sternation and despair will seize their to work out their salvation with fear souls, when they perceive all his and trembling. May we be subjects threatenings about to be verified, and of like precious faith to the saving of themselves overwhelmed and destroy. our souls ! Amen. ed in foods of vengeance, for ever and ever? When Noah and his house, secure in the ark, were floating on
ORDINATION. the surface of the mighty deep, what ON the 3d of April, the Rev. Willan admirable spectacle did they exhi- iam L. Strong, was ordained to the bit to the astonished universe --But pastoral office, over the Congregationa spectacle how much more admira- al church and society in Somers, in ble and wonderful, amidst the disso- the presence of a large and respecta. lution of the heavens and earth, and ble concourse of people ; who observthose displays of divine wrath which ed great propriety of conduct, and will destroy the wicked, will be the manifested deep and unusual solemnieternal salvation of the righteous, in ty of spirit. The public religious soChrist, to astonished spectators in lemnities were performed by the fol. heaven and hell ?
lowing gentlemen-The Rev. Timo. Our Saviour draws a parallel, Mat. thy M. Cooley, of Granville, made the xxiv. 38. between the spirit and prac- introductory prayer; the Rev. Joseph tice of the old world, and the conduct W. Crossman, of Salisbury, preached of the Jews before the destruction of the sermon from Malachi ii. 7, “ For Jerusalem, and of mankind before the beis the messenger of the Lordof Hosts ;** end of the world. For as in the days the Rev. Dr. Williams, of Tolland, that were before the flood, they were made the consecrating prayer ; the eating and drinking, marrying and Rev. Dr. Willard, of Stafford, gave giving in marriage, until the day that the charge; the Rev. Azel Back. Noah entered into the ark, and knew us, of Bethlehem, gave the right hand not until the flood came and took of fellowship; and the Rev. Mr. them all away ; so shall the coming Prudden, of Enfield, offered the conof the Son of man be.
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spectly, not as fools, but as wise
redeeming the time. They are PART III.
commanded not only to exhort An Address to professing Christians. one another daily, but to do it so
much the more as they see DEAR BRETHREN,
the day approaching.t Time is HE people of God are a short, and flies away with rapid
chosen generation, a royal wing. The awful day of death priesthood, an holy nation, a pe- and judgment is swiftly apculiar people, designed to show proaching : A day in which the forth the praises of him who elements shall melt with fervent hath called them out of darkness heat, and the world and all that into his marvellous light. That is in it shall be burnt up: A day they might act up to this high in which all things shall be made character, it is commanded that manifest ; when all men shall they should exhort one another be rewarded according to their daily : That they should consi- works, and time and opportunider one another, to provoke un- ties shall be no more. This awto love and good works.* They ful, this momentous day is conshould consider the relation they stantly approaching. It comes stand in to each other, as breth- nearer every hour and moment; ren in Christ ; as under indis- whether we sleep or wake, whepensible obligations to him, and ther we stand all the day idle, to one another. They should or whether we enter into our consider their mutual dan- master's vineyard, and do the gers, temptations, weaknesses work to which he hath called us. and tears, and counsel and warn | He commands that we exhort each other against sin, encour- and press one another daily to age, assist and stimulate one grow in grace and knowledge,
and to discharge all covenant du- | holy conversation and godliness? ties, in proportion to the swift Wherefore, beloved, seeing that and near approach of that day in ye look for such things, be diliwhich we shall all stand togeth-gent that ye be found of him in er, before the judgment seat of peace, without spot and blameChrist. . Our love, faithfulness, less.* In this day the secrets zealand energy, in pressing each of the heart will be revealed, and other to duty, and in perform- judged according to the gospel. ing all our covenant obligations, Every deceit and specious preshould increase, and rise higher tence will be detected, and every and higher as the day of death mask and false covering removand judgment is approaching. ed ; and how we have payed, or This duty, this brotherly and neglected to pay our vows will kind office, the writer has been be made manifest, to our exattempting to perform in the ceeding joy and triumph, or preceding papers, on covenant- shame and contempt, before asing with God; and is now still sembled worlds. No pleas of further atteinpting to fulfil, in fair professions, of distinguishthis address. This will natural- ing privileges, of offices and ly follow what hath been written high standing in the church, of on that subject, and serve fur-common or extraordinary gifts, ther to stimulate us to the duo without grace, will be of the ties already suggested. It be- least avail. Unless we are born hoves him to exhort you in re- of God, united to Christ by faith, alizing views of the day which is and live godly in Christ Jesus, approaching, of its near and the door will be shut against us, hasty approach to himself and and no pleas will ever avail to you, and of its immense, eternal open it. What solemn and deepconsequences to us both. It is ly affecting admonitions hath of high concern to you to re- our Lord and Judge given us of ceive this brotherly exhortation this ? Not every one that saith in the love of the truth, and in unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the near and realizing views of into the kingdom of heaven ; but death and the judgment day, he that doeth the will of my Faand to be quickened and anima- ther which is in heaven. Mated to all holy living, so much ny will say unto me in that the more as ye see the day ap- day, Lord, Lord, have we not proaching. The belief of such prophesied in thy name? And a day, how it approaches, what in thy name cast out devils ? a day it will be, and what its And in thy name done many eternal consequences, should a wonderful works? And then will waken, in every breast, the high-I profess unto them I never est concern to keep covenant knew you': depart from me, with God; to be circuinspect, ye that work iniquity.t When prayerful, sober, vigilant, sted once the master of the house is fast, immoveable always abound- | risen up and hath shut to the ing in the work of the Lord. door, and ye begin to stand withThe apostle, having spoken of out, and to knock at the door, this day and its concon int events, observes, What manner 2 Peter iii. 11, 14. of persons ought we to be in all + Matthew vii. 21, 22.
saying, Lord, Lord, open unto mands of our divine Redeemer. us, and he shall answer and say It is written, this is the will of unto you, I know you not whence God, even your sanctification.* you are : Then shall ye begin Ye shall be holy, for I the Lord to say, we have eaten and drunk your God am holy.t Let every in thy presence, and thou hast one that nameth the name of taught in our streets. But he Christ depart from iniquity. shall say, I tell you I know you This is a faithful saying, and not whence you are : depart. this I will that thou affirm confrom me all ye workers of ini. stantly, that they which have quity. There shall be weeping believed in God, might be careand gnashing of teeth, when yeful to maintain good works.ll shall see Abraham, Isaac, and God requires that his people Jacob, and all the prophets in should be eminent in holiness, the kingdom of heaven, and ye abounding in every good word yourselves thrust out.* How and work. Let your light shine should premonitions like these, before men, that they may see penetrate the heart of every pro- your good works, and glorify fessor, of every minister, and of your Father who is in heaven. church officers as well as com- That ye may be blameless and mon Christians? Since persons harmless, the sons of God withe so distinguished by gifts and out rebuke, in the midst of a privileges, and of such high crooked and perverse nation, standing in the church, shall among whom ye shine as lights thus be disowned by Christ, and in the world. Be ye there shut out of his kingdom, how fore perfect, even as your Father should it
engage all to work out who is in heaven is perfect.** their salvation with fear and This is the express language of trembling ? To be in an agony the divine word, and do we to enter in at the strait gate ? To profess ourselves to be the sons watch and pray always that they of God, and that Jesus Christ is may be counted worthy to stand our Lord, and shall we not obey before the Son of man? Suffer him ? How can we pretend to me, dear brethren, to plead this love him, or to be his disciples with you by the solemnities of if we keep not his words? How that day when we shall stand to- can we stand before him in the gether at the judgment seat of judgment, if we despise his Christ. How dignifying and commandments ? blissful, will it then be, to be The faithfulness of God in found
among those whose hearts keeping covenant with his peohave been found in God's stat- ple, and the excellency of the utes and stedfast in his coven- covenant which he hath made ant? But who can bear to be with them, as everlasting, orderthrust out of the kingdom of ed in all things and sure, furnish God, and to dwell for ever where further and endearing motives there shall be wailing and gnash-to activity and fidelity, in keeping of teeth ?
At the same time, be intreated by the will of God and com.
* 1 Thess. iy. S. t Levit. xix. 2. # 2 Tim. ii. 19. || Titus iii. 8.
9 Matt. v. 16. Phil. ii. 15. * Luke xiii. 25, 26, 27, 28.
** Matt. v. 18.
ing covenant with him. He is eth all calculation. It has in it the faithful God, which keepeth every thing attractive and encovenant and mercy with them dearing. It should constrain us that love him, and keep his com- to a most strict, constant and mandments, to a thousand gen- cheerful obedience to the whole erations.* Hence his people will of God. The apostle Paul should be faithful in keeping besought the Christians of his covenant with him. They are day by the mercies of God, That under indispensible obligations they should present their bodies to imitate him as dear chil- a living sacrifice, holy, acceptadren. The excellency, wonderful ble unto God: which he insisted grace and perpetuity of the cov- was but their reasonable service.* enant, render the violation of it From this consideration, That most ungrateful, inexcusable and Christians were not their own, abominable.
but bought with a price, he presFurther, our blessed Saviour seth it upon them to glorify God was faithful to us, in the great in their body, and in their spirit, work of our redemption. No which were God's.f This is his poverty, shame, nor agonies of language to us, to all the churchthe garden or of the cross could es and disciples of Christ. It is divert him a moment from pur- the language of the love of God suing his Father's honor and the Father, and of the dying love the good of his people. He is of our Lord Jesus Christ. This still the same faithful Redeem- love, these mercies of God, coner. He lives for ever interced- strained the apostles and primi. ing for us, and governing all tive Christians to a life of wonthings for the good of them who derful self-denial, patience, forlove him. Shall we not be faith- titude and holy living. They ful to him, and walk even as he loved not their lives even unto also walked ?
death, that they might obey, honFurther, shall not the great or and enjoy Christ. Can we love of God and our Lord Jesus imagine that we indeed love Christ constrain us to a cheerful him and are his disciples, or exand universal obedience? The pect to share with them, in the love of God in devising a way of inheritance of all things, if the recovery for lost men, in which love of Christ have not, in some he might consistently enter into good measure, the same effect covenant with them, in giving upon us ? Can we believe that his only begotten Son from his he hath loved us, and washed us bosom, to purchase the blessings from our sins, in his own blood; of the covenant, and in his con- that he hath delivered us from descension to become a coven- the wrath to come, made us the ant God and Father to them, is sons of God and heirs of all without parallel. It passeth all things, and not deny ungodliness understanding The love of and wordly lusts, and live soberChrist in laying down his life for ly, and righteously, and godly in the sheep, and in purchasing the this present world ? Have we immense blessings of the new this hope, and shall we not purify covenant, for his people, exceed ourselves cven as Christ is pure?
* Deuteronomy vii, 9.
* Rom. xii. 1.
+ 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.