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world, in which this difference will be made. Di. rect his mind to those plainer evidences of a future ftate, which he may find in the holy fcriptures ; not only in the declarations which they contain, but also in the facts which they record relative to Jesus Christ, who died, rose and ascended, and now lives in glory,
Tell him, that he is a fallen creature. And that he may be apprized of the finful inclinations and corrupt tendencies of his heart, lead him to come pare himself with the divine law in its purity and perfection. Tell himhowsinenteredinto our nature, and death into our world ; even by the revolt of the first parent of our race.
Inftruét him in the strictness of the divine law, which condemns, and must in its nature condemn every transgression of, or deviation from its own commands. Hence lead him to fee, that by the deeds of the law no man can be justified before God, or claim a reward at his hands ; but, on the contrary, every soul, consid. ered in himself, and in relation only to the law, lies under guilt and condemnation.
Tell him, that there is a Saviour provided for finners ; who this Saviour is and what he has done. Teach him, that God, in his boundlefs compaffion to fallen men, fent down from heaven his divine fon, who, being manifefted in our flesh, obeyed the precepts and suffered the penalty of the law for us ; wrought wonders to prove his heavenly mission; marked the way to heaven by his doctrines ; exemplified in his own life that manner of life which he has injoined on us ; and, after his death on the cross, rose again and gave many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, then afcended to heaven to prepare a place for us, and there lives to inake intercellion for them who come to God by him. Teach him, that, through the righteousness and intercession of this Saviour, the
greatest finners may obtain the pardon of fin, and the life to come.
Tell him what be msejt do to be faved; that he muft believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour whom God has sent ; that saving faith in Chrift is nothing less than a hearty content to, and com. pliance with his gospel ; that it includes a persuafion of his divine million, a love of his heavenly doctrines, a fubmission to his holy precepts, a conformity to his excellent example, a repentance. of known fin, and a resolution and care to walk in newness of life ; that this faith purifies the heart, works by love, and forms a new creature; that consequently no man can justly pretend to be a believer in Christ, as long as he indulges au temper, and leads a life opposite to the gospel of Chrift; that true faith is only that, which is accompanied with repentance from dead works, and a life devoted to the service of God.
Tell him, that faith is the gift of God ; a fruit of divine opperation ; a consequence of God's opening the heart. This is the doctrine of scripture. In the finful and corrupt nature of fallen man there is an opposition to the spiritual and holy design of the gospel. This opposition must be conquered ; this enmity must be subdued; pride must be brought down; the stupid heart must be awak enedi; prejudices against the truth must be removed. How shall the word produce these great effects? It must come as a sword in the hand of the spirit. It muft come with demonstration of the fpirit and with power. It is mighty only through God. Therefore allow not your young man to indulge the vain felf-flattery, that believing to his own salvation is no inore than what he may do at any time, wher, he may fee occasion; and hence be led to imagine, that an early attention to his
salvation is needless; but put him in remembrance that, since faith is the gift of God and a fruit of the spirit, and since the spirit's most usual time to work is the period of youth, it highly concerns him to listen to the calls of grace, comply with the motions of the spirit, and engage in the work of his falvation now in this peculiarly acceptable time, left being hardened through the deceitfulness of fin, and through an evil heart of unbelief, he depart from the living God.
Tell him how he must feek the gift of divine grace. Since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, he must frequently read, diligently hear, and carefully examine this word
j attend to the evidences of its truth and the importance of its contents; consider his own immediate concern in its discoveries ; pray for divine direâion and illumination ; guard against the temptations which would harden him in the practice of his fins and divert him from the care of his soul. Caution him against evil
company, dangerous amusements, and the follies, vanities and lufts which are especially incident to his age. Instruct him to seek the favour of his maker immediately, earnestly, constantly and perseveringly, and yet to seek it humbly, and with a sense of his unworthiness.
Tell him of the fins which, you see, moft easily beset him, and from which, you apprehend, his greatest danger arises ; warn him to avoid them; furnish him with arguments against them; represent to him the destructive influence they will have on his reputation, comfort, interest, and especially on his soul; show him, how they harden the heart, waste the conscience, grieve the spirit, defeat the word, dishonor God, provoke his wrath, and terminate in misery. Point out to
him the baleful influence of his evil communication and example to corrupt the hearts, viciate the morals, and ruin the souls of others ; hold
to his view the awful judgment of God against those who corrupt the earth with their abominations. The smoke of their torment will ascend forever and ever ;' and the faints will give glory to God for his righteous judgment.
Tell him of his duty in its various branches ; the duty of fear, trust, resignation and obedience which he owes to God ; of faith, gratitude and love which he owes to the redeemer; of benevolence, truth, justice, condescension and peaceableness, which he owes to mankind ; of fobriety, charity, temperance and humility, which he owes to himself. Represent to him the beauty, amiableness and importance of these virtues. Whatsoever things are true, just, pure, honest, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, bid him think on these things.
Tell him that he must die. He is apt to put away the thoughts of death. Urge him to confider, that death is as certainly appointed for him, as it was for his ancestors, who are already gone to the grave ; that, though he is now in the bloom of youth and vigour of health, he is no more sure of life, than his grandsire who stoops with age
and bends on his staff-apply for his awakening the deaths of others, and especially the deaths of the young-press upon him the wise man's exhortation, “ Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work in the grave, whither thou goeft.
Finally. Tell him of an approaching judgment, at which both small and great must stand before God. Remind him that God will judge the secrets of all hearts-will disclose the hidden things
of darkness will try every man's work of what fort it is will render to all according to their deeds whether good or evil-to them, who by patient continuance in well doing have fought for glory, honour and immortality, eternal life : but to them who have not obeyed the truth, but have obeyed unrighteousness ; indignation and wrath.. If you see him, in contempt of all your warnings, ftill refolved to walk in his own ways, and in the fight of his own eyes, bid him remember, that for all these things God will bring him into judgment.
These are the fubjects on which you should talk to the young, and to which you should often call: their attention.
And now, that I may discharge a part of my own duty, I turn myself to the young. You have seen that it is the duty of parents, ministers, the aged, and all who regard your happiness, often to speak to you. And surely, if it is our duty to speak, it is yours to hear us, when we speak. If you will not hear, we may as well be filent. We shall, indeed, thus deliver our own fouls.; but we shall aggravate the destruction of yours. Therefore hear instruction, be wise and refuse it not. Be of a teachable disposition. Receive our commandments humbly; take our reproofs thankfully; regard our counsels seriously, if you doubt their propriety, examine them honestly, and
pro.. pose your objections modestly ; if you find them to be just and pertinent, follow them conscientiously. Consider, weigh and apply the things which have been spoken in your hearing.
There is a God, who made and preserves.you : fear and love him with all your hearts.; honour and obey him in all your ways.. You have im. mortal: souls, which must live, and be happy on