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pared for the devil and his angels. (Matt. xxv. 41.) Or, if it be named as a prison, (1 Peter iii. 19.) it is a prison from which men never go out; (Matt. v. 25, 26.) or as darkness, but it is the blackness of darkness for ever, (Jude 13.) reserved for the ungodly. The burning (Isaiah xxx. 34.) is everlasting burnings. (Isaiah xxxiii. 14.) The torment is an everlasting torment: The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever. (Rev. xx. 10.) It is not to me pleasant to speak, nor to you pleasant to hear these things; but I must be faithful; and happy are you if by hearing them you are so warned as for ever to escape them.

On the other hand, the unseen realms of future bliss have, under their varied descriptions, always attached to them the same mark of eternity. If heaven be described as a kingdom, (Matt. v. 3.) it is also styled as everlasting kingdom. (2 Peter i. 11.) If it be a crown, it is a crown that fadeth not away, (1 Peter v. 4.) or glory, (Rom. v. 1.) it is eternal glory; (1 Peter v. 10.) or an inheritance, it is incorruptible as well as undefiled; (1 Peter i. 4.) or a house, it is a house eternal in the heavens ; (2 Cor. v. 1.) or salvation, it is eternal salvation; (Heb. v. 9.) or life, it is life everlasting. (John iii. 16.)

But I pause in my description: and before I conclude, would address your consciences.

My brethren, you stand on the margin of eter

nal things; the immense ocean of eternity is stretched out before you; you must soon embark upon it. Time, how short! life, what a vapour! As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth; the wind passeth over it and it is gone, (Psalm ciii. 15, 16.) he may die in a thousand different ways each hour. Any thing is strong enough when commissioned by your God to bring you to death, and launch you on this boundless sea of eternity. Here is one striking character of death; it lifts up the hangings that hide eternity, and it shews us the reality of what we now see not; death is in this view the entrance upon eternity.

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On your life then, thus uncertain, depends a happy or a miserable eternity. I appeal to your understanding as men, to your conscience as accountable beings, to your reason as reasonable beings,-follow your true interests. Shall the tenant at will thus needlessly provoke and offend to the uttermost that landlord on whom he is wholly dependent? Shall the sailor on the masttop fall asleep while the stormy ocean tosses the vessel to and fro with its swelling waves? then, much less should we on the brink of eternity offend our God, and be unconcerned about our souls.

O never forget there are multitudes that shall everlastingly perish. Your Saviour has declared

it in the plainest terms: Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat. (Matt. vii. 13.) Remember the possibility of being deceived— there is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Prov. xvi. 25.) And oh if deceived, how fatal is the mistake. How terrible the reflection, 'I looked for heaven, and behold I am lost, for ever lost in hell!'

Improve then, to the uttermost, all the means which God has bestowed for your conviction and conversion : the word of truth, constant prayer, self-examination, and weekly sabbaths. O rest not till you see your interests for eternity clearly and surely established. This is, this must be true wisdom. That is not wisdom which regards merely things seen. The rich man in the parable whose lands brought forth abundantly, was wise enough as to this world; he laid his plans judiciously in earthly things-but the Bible says, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. (Luke xii. 20.)

What is called wisdom in this world, at the best is but the wisdom of one who spends all in providing so well for his journey to a distant country, where he has to live the rest of his days, that he arrives a bankrupt at the journey's end. Often ask yourselves, ‘Am I provided for eternity? What treasures have I for that heavenly

country?' Let us not live in waste here, and starve for ever. Most men are occupied in thinking how they shall live in the world, it should be, how they shall live out of it, in eternity.

O how Satan the great deceiver imposes on men; they take a pebble for a pearl, they prefer a flint to a diamond, they choose time before eternity, and strut about in the momentary delusion, as if adorned with real wealth and glory.

But my beloved brethren in Christ, let the consideration that eternity is at hand, calm your mind and remove all your anxieties about this world. The only material question, 'Where shall I lean my head, and lodge my soul, and find my home for ever,' is to you satisfactorily answered. The Lord is the strength of your heart, and your portion for ever. (Psalm 1xxiii. 26.)

SERMON X.

ETERNITY.

2 CORINTHIANS IV. 18.

We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We proposed to consider, 1. The things seen: 2. The things not seen: 3. Eternity: 4. Our duty: 5. The preciousness of Christ. We have considered the two former heads, pointing out under each head the objects intended, and the character of those objects. There remains to consider,

3. ETERNITY,

4. OUR DUTY REGARDING IT,

5. THE PRECIOUSNESS OF CHRIST.

III. THE NATURE OF ETERNITY.

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