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of a day, haftening unto the place from whence we shall return no more;—that whilst we are here,—our conduct and behaviour is minutely observed ;-that there is a Being about our paths and about our beds, whose omniscient eye spies out all our ways, and takes a faithful record of all the passages of our lives; --that these volumes shall be produced, and men shall be judged out of the things that are written in them;—that without respect of persons, we shall be made accountable for our thoughts, our words and actions to this
greatest and best of Beings, before whose judgmentfeat we must finally appear, and receive the things done in the body, whether they are good, or whether they are bad.
That to add to the terror of it,—this day of the Lord will come upon us like a thief in the night;—of that hour no one knoweth ;that we are not sure of its being suspended one day or one hour; or, what is the fame cafe,--that we are standing upon the edge of a precipice, with nothing but the single thread of human life to hold us up ;-and that if we fall unprepared in this thoughtless state, we are lost, and must perish for evermore.
What manner of persons we ought to be, upon these principles of our religion, St. Peter has told us, in all holy conversation and godliness;- and I shall only remind, how different a frame of mind, the looking for, and hastening unto the coming of God, under such a life, is, from that of spending our days in vanity, and our years in pleasure.
Give me leave, therefore, to conclude in that merciful warning, which our Saviour, the judge himself, hath given us, at the close of the same exhortation,
Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be over-charged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the care of this life ; -and so that day come upon you unawares ; -for as a snare shall it come upon all that dwell on the face of the whole earth.Watch therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these
things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Which may God of his mercy grant, through Jesus Christ Amen