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demands his first attention. Jus- would not be important, when a tice is the first step in religion. head or member of the house is Unless a man“ do justly," it is in departing? What brother or sisvain that he pretends “to love ter would not utter some words of mercy,” or “to walk humbly.” tender affection? What mother To point out all the particulars would not wish to give some adof justice, is impossible. A vice respecting her daughters, man's own business, engage- her sons ; their education and ments and connexions, will be destination in life? What father an index to show him his duty. would not have much advice and

Sometimes will the father find many commands? justice to his children a delicate The person having discharged and arduous service. All the his duty in the domestic circle, he children of an house have the may examine whether somewhat same claim on the father's sup- is not to be done to promote religport. Those fathers, therefore, ion. Has the person no fault to who, from partiality, or a pride confess, no forgiveness to ask, no of keeping their estates undivided, restitution to make, no thanks to make a favourite of one son, in- express to his instructor, no restead of securing him a portion proof for any offender, no comwith the rich, only entail on him fort for any sorrowing Christian ? the judgments of God. God Has he no testimony to give in does not suffer this robbery of behalf of God? These things one part of the family to enrich being accomplished, it may be another to pass with impunity. time for the person to separate Many instances are known of himself from the world, to exthose denied an equal inherit- clude all unnecessary visitants. ance, who are in affluent circum- Time is precious to the dying. stances, while the favourite of the They have not a moment for visfather is in poverty and obscurity. its of form or curiosity. In gen.

In dying circumstances men eral, company is injurious to should carefully discharge the their lives ; it is not friendly to duties of generosity, gratitude their self recollection, their deand charity. These may be se- votion, their spiritual comfort. rious duties. The heart of the Undoubtedly this was one gra. man may be much fixed on re- cious design of God in so genewarding a benefactor, making a rally ordering sickness to pregratuity to some friend, or be- cede death, that by their suspenstowing some charity; but these, sion of business, and their seclu. though perhaps indispensable du- sion from the world, men might ties of the dying, cannot lawfully be made to consider, to com. be performed by his executor. mune with their own hearts, to

Justice being done, the person acquaint themselves with God, has a right to the confidence of and prepare to die. the family ; then is a time for Having excluded the world, a advice, and sometimes direction serious review of past life may respecting domestic concerns. be greatly instructive. Now is Whose domestic system is so

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ing, “ What have I to do any soul. Perhaps you have enjoy- more with pleasures, with honed a hope of the divine favour, ours, with the praise of men, and of your own gracious state. with the enchantments of sense ? If so, review, re-examine the I will give myself to God; it is ground of that hope. Were all I can do. Now, oh my God, your convictions genuine ? Was I am thine, forever thine." your enmityslain ? Have you Now, as well as before, it is known the joys of pardoned sin, proper, especially if any doubts of peace with God, of fellowship or spiritual troubles cloud the with saints? Have you been ho- mind, to call in a minister of the ly in heart and life? Have you gospel, or if this favour cannot given diligence to make your be enjoyed, some experienccalling and election sure ? Do ed Christian, tó counsel and you know in whom you have be- comfort

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answer perplexing inquiries, reIn ascertaining your spiritual lieve from great distresses, and state, it will be necessary to con- in some sense prepare you to die. fess before God, and repent of After this, it may be duty all known sins. Not one sin must to spend the residue of life, be remembered with pleasure. chiefly in secret devotion. Your Not one lust must be spared. affecting situation, your serious You must judge and condemn prospects must impel you to yourself, and repent in dust and make known your desires in ashes, loathing and abhorring “strong cries."

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serious lieved, and whether he be able situation. His more impartial to keep what you have commit- and dispassionate view of your ted to him? Can you say not state may be of immense advanonly, that the time of your dipart- tage. Such a minister or Chrisure is at hand ; but, that you are tian may solve distressing doubts, ready to be offered ?

answer perplexing inquiries, reIn ascertaining your spiritual lieve from great distresses, and state, it will be necessary to con- in some sense prepare you to die. fess before God, and repent of After this, it may be duty all known sins. Not one sin must to spend the residue of life, be remembered with pleasure. chiefly in secret devotion. Your Not one lust must be spared. affecting situation, your serious You must judge and condemn prospects must impel you to yourself, and repent in dust and make known your desires in ashes, loathing and abhorring “strong cries." You may, in yourself. This must be done sighs and tears express those sincerely, with a deep, affecting wants, which cannot be uttered. sense of God, the day of judg- Your words are the breathings of ment, and eternity on the mind. dependence, of danger, of dis

Your repentance must be ac- tress, of affection ; “If it be not companied with a dedication of possible to save me from this yourself to God in the name of hour, O my Father, not my will, Jesus Christ. To consecrate but thine be done.” yourself to God is proper at all you also commit your family to times, but when your soul is on the mercy of God, your friends, the wing for another world it is ministers of the gospel, the necessary. Recollecting your church, and the world.

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It may be of infinite import for the remission of other sins. ance to leave your dying testimo- Whatever this sin may be, it ny in behalf of God and religion. certainly is a sin open, notoriThe words of the dying are ous, capable of being known; weighty ; they command the otherwise there would be no confidence of listening friends ground for the caution against and acquaintance. When departo praying for those, who have been ing from life, it is supposed men guilty of it. speak as they feel. It is an hon- The apostle doubtless alludes est hour. If the power of utter to the sin mentioned by our Saance permit, if light and comfort viour in the 12th chapter of cheer thy soul; say to your Matthew. The Pharisees, seefriends, "Now I know that God ing Jesus cast out a devil, reis good. I have a witness in my- proached him as casting out self. He is not a barren tree. devils by Beelzebub the prince Praying breath is never spent of devils. Jesus, having shewn in vain. My hope is an anchor the absurdity of this imputation, to my soul. I know in whom I takes occasion to warn them have believed. I am ready to de- against the sin of blaspheming part. I have fought a good fight, the Holy Ghost. “ All manner I have kept the faith.

A crown of sin and blasphemy shall be of glory is laid up for me." forgiven unto men ; but the

The last act of a dying man is blasphemy against the Holy to commit his soul to God. Ghost shall not be forgiven. Stephen, dying, said, “ Lord Je- And whosoever speaketh a word sus, receive my spirit.” The against the Son of Man, it shall Saviour himself in his last mo- be forgiven ; but whosoever ment cried, “ Father, into thine speaketh against the Holy Ghost, hand I commend my spirit.” it shall not be forgiven, neither Reader, may you be enabled to in this world, nor in the world say,

Come, Lord Jesus, come to come.” quickly."

“ Now lettest thou To understand the distinction thy servant depart in peace.” here made between speaking “ The world recedes, it disappears, against the Son of Man, and Heaven opens on my eyes,

speaking against the Holy Ghost, My ears with sounds seraphic ring,

we must remember, that Christ, Lend, lend, your wings,

while he was on earth, performI mount, I Av, Oh, death, where is thy sting?

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Spirit. But he promised them, THE HOLY GHOST.

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