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of a more heinous nature, and will be more severely punished in the day of judgment.
Moses truly said unto the fathers; a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me, Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear That prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people'.
And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire ..
Woe unto thee, Chorazin; woe unto thee, Bethsaida : for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you!
For that servant which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes: But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to Acts iïi. 22, 23. $ Matt, ü, 10. • Matt. xi. 21, 22. whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more".
For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness *. · And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds"..
When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming, fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power?.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth ; when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac,
22 Thess, i. 7.-9.
and Jacob, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves and all the prophets thrust out.. · I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received, and heard, and hold fast, and repent: if therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief; and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the Word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghosto?
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; But a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery
* Luke xiii. 28.
Rev, iii. 1-3.
Heb. ii. 1-4.
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses's law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses : Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace" ?
God be merciful to me a sinner!
Our Father, Which art in Heaven &c.
Prayer that we may live answerably to the obligations of our Christian profession, that so we may
be entitled to the promises of the Gospel covenant. BLESSED be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life! And blessed be Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the only. Mediator between God and man, Who humbled Himself, even to the death of the cross, that we might live through Him, and Who is now set down
at the right hand of God, where He ever liveth to make intercession for us!
I beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thou wouldst fit and prepare me more and more for that eternal redemption, which our Saviour Christ hath obtained for us. Give me that repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, which will entitle me to the benefits of His death and passion: and grant, that the grace of God, which bringeth salvation, may effectually teach and persuade me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Dispose me, O Heavenly Father, so to obey the precepts, that I may inherit the promises of the Gospel. Bless me, O Lord, with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Bless me in forgiving my iniquities : and bless me in turning me from all iniquity. Oh! let the blood of Jesus, that Lamb of God Which taketh away the sins of the world, cleanse me from all sin; and purge my conscience from dead works to serve Thee the living God.