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roar of battle for the songs of heaven : he had forgotten the tumult of warfare in those peaceful regions where they learn the art of war no more.
Learn then, dear reader, that eternity has no terrors for the soul that is in Christ. Consider how great and innumerable are the blessings connected with real religion; how it fills the soul with satisfaction and joy, to feel that sin is pardoned, and that all is safe for another world; and how it cheers life when, on good grounds, a man can apply to himself the blessings to which the Scripture invites, and say,
• My Maker is my friend; he will never leave me, nor forsake me: he has promised to bless me here, and will at last receive me to himself.”
In the invitations of the gospel to these unspeakable blessings there is no exclusiveness : “ Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” He descended from heaven, and took upon himself the nature of man. He suffered and died, he ascended to heaven, and lives to plead for all who seek an interest in his atoning work. The Scripture declares, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” Christ has said, “ Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast
Come then to Jesus, as being guilty and condemned; trust alone in his merits; pray for an interest in his love, for grace to rely on him, to look to him as the only ground of your hope for pardon and acceptance; and be assured that if you come thus, he will not reject you. Make his love your plea, and it shall prevail; then, on that love shall be founded your real joy: it shall be the source of your
blessings in time, and the object of your admiration and the theme of your song through the ages of a blissful eternity.
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READER !-- Allow me to address you as a friend, for I have no other interest to plead than your own. that you are too busy to attend to the subject of this little tract. Whatever may be the importance of your present business, it addresses you on an affair of much greater importance. On the other hand, do not cast it aside, from a conviction that, by its very title, it cannot apply to you. You may be the subject of much' thought, and of many anxious cares, and yet you may not have seriously considered what I would now submit to your attention. Let me, then, press it on you. Be not offended with
my earnestness, but accept it as the pledge of affection. If your life were really in danger, he would be your best friend who should most urge you to seek its protection. You will be persuaded. You will pause with me, and seriously weigh the following CONSIDERATIONS. 1. CONSIDER THAT
This is a point which you have never disputed; but it is also a point which you have never duly regarded. You hastily admit that you must die; but the very haste you indulge, shows the desire you have to expel the event of death from your thoughts. If it were, allowed to rest on your mind, would
you live as you do? Would you be so oppressed by the cares of this life, or so eager in its pursuits, or so ensnared by its pleasures, if you habitually and deeply felt that the things of this world are, like the scenes of a theatre, passing away; themselves perishing from your touch, and you perishing while you use them?
SOON COME TO AN END.
And is it possible that yourself and the objects in which you are interested, are thus alike perishable, and will you not regard it? Must you so surely, so shortly die, and will you not consider it? Are all your schemes and hopes and joys suspended on the slender thread of life; and when it is snapped will they all fall, and fall for ever--and will you not consider it? Oh, I beseech you consider, in time, that the sum of your life is, that you must die. Consider, in the midst of all your gains and pleasures, that the result is, the more you can possess the more you will lose. Consider that, in the moment of your death, the whole world, which is every thing to you now, will be really nothing to you then!
II. CONSIDER THAT WHEN LEAVE THIS WORLD, YOU WILL STILL LIVE, AND LIVE FOR EVER. Man was made for a better world than this. Here there is provision for his body; but there is none for his soul. Hence the beast of the field is satisfied; but you are restless. You have power to love, and to hope, and to enjoy, beyond what the objects of this life can gratify: you know of none other; and therefore you are unhappy. You have not sought, by a course of perverted thought, to suppress the conviction of your immortality ; but you have not allowed it to become a principle of conduct. You would do a violence to your nature, if you cherished the idea of annihilation; and your whole soul clings to the desire and hope that you may live hereafter. This alone is proof of your immortality. But of what avail is it, that you have the nature of angels, if you live as the brutes which perish? If you boast of reason, I entreat you to use it. · Consider whether it becomes you, child of immortality as you are, to pamper the body, and to starve the soul; to labour for this life which vanishes, and to neglect the life which is everlasting ; to lay up treasure on earth, where you must lose it, and not to lay it up in heaven, where it will be for ever yours, and for ever accumulating? O believe it, you must live for ever! Believe it, immortality is your greatest blessing, or your bitterest curse !
Never to die is, for ever to be happy -or for ever to be unutterably wretched !