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your trial comes on, to bear witness against you. I remark also,

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IV. In the fourth place, there is still another witness to your folly, though the time for his testimony is not yet arrived: I mean the great Revealer, Death.

He, too, is everywhere about your path and about your bed. Wherever there is life, there is Death. He is in the sea, as well as on the land; with his gigantic strides he compasses the wide circumference of this inhabited globe. The utmost extent of human skill, and vigilance, and vigor, cannot resist his power. He is in the whirlwind and in the gentle breeze. He watches aloft, and he sits below on the foaming billow. He comes on the burning rays of the meridian sun, and in the tranquil moonlight. He is imbodied in the atmosphere. He is borne along throughout the unruf fled voyage of human existence, and lurks unseen on many a lee shore. Wherever we move, and to whatever point we direct our steps, in every place, and time, and circumstance, he is there. Men do not move hand or foot, but he observes them; nor form a passing thought which he does not see, nor speak so much as a single profane word which he does not hear.

How terrible the thought to a wicked man, that Death is so near him,—just waiting for the patience of God to come to an end, in order to strike the blow! The thoughtless sailor braves the storms and perils of the ocean, and fetches at last the circumference of the globe, and comes home, and finds that he has been sailing round this little ball of earth only to die. Or perhaps he sleeps where the sea-weed grows, and the seamonsters nurse their young ones, and the coral rock is anchored-where heroes sleep, and navies are forgotten.

This is no illusion. Death's grim form stalks alike amid the frequented and the solitary abodes of men. His spectre hovered there over those scenes of almost forgotten wickedness. His ghastly eye was there; on his ear fell that soft whisper, those still, and almost sepulchral breathings, that were not meant for mortal man to hear. All-pervading, unrelenting Death, will reveal that unknown wickedness. Nothing shall have power to silence his testimony. He shall come into your windows on the land, or stand by your hammock on the sea; he shall have a place near that bed of languishing, and there recount your crimes, find out your sin, and fill you with his reproaches.

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V. A fifth remark, which is, that after death, there is a judgment.

This is heaven's high and unchangeable decree. "God hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness." We do not know when that Day will come; and only know that then every man must give an account of himself unto God. The morning of that Day shall break on this slumbering world when men think little of its coming. The graves shall be opened; the sea shall give up her dead; men and angels -all, all shall appear at the judgment seat of Christ.

Who shall say, that Day is not near to him? There is amazing emphasis in those few words, "after death, the judgment !" The hour seems indeed far distant; but it will be as soon as time, with his eagle wings shall have finished his short career on earth. Intervening ages pass rapidly over those who sleep in the dust, and in the caverns of the great deep. There is no dial plate there, on which to count the hours of time. No

longer is it told by days, or months, or years, nor by observation of the heavenly bodies; for the planets which mark these periods are hidden from their sight. Its flight is no longer noted by events perceived by the senses; for the ear is deaf, and the eye is closed. The busy world of life which wakes at each morning, and ceases at every night, goes on above them; but to them all is silent and unseen. The greetings of joy and the voice of grief, the revolution of empires and the lapse of ages, send no sound within that narrow cell. Generation after generation are brought and laid by their side; the monumental marble tells the centuries that have passed away; but to the sleeping dead the long interval is unobserved. Like a dream of the night, when, with the quickness of thought, the mind ranges time and place almost without a limit, there is but a moment between the hour when the eye is closed in the grave, and when it wakes to the judgment.*

We sicken over the sins of men, and sometimes wonder why they are not always found out in the present world. But at that Day everything will be revealed just as it is. "The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God." The Son of Man shall come with power and great glory, and "before him shall stand all nations." Sovereigns and slaves shall be there. Rich and poor, young and old, male and female, seamen and landsmen, shall be there. Deeds of solitary and associated wickedness shall then stand forth; long forgotten deeds shall then be remembered; deeds till then unknown shall be disclosed. Deeds committed under the veil of night shall then be set in the light of God's countenance. Deeds done in foreign lands, or in

the islands of the sea, and far away from human eyes, shall no longer lose their atrocity in the distance of place, time, or retirement; but every ear shall hear of them.

The sentence of men will be of little moment then, compared with the judgment of God. Yet will his judgment be sanctioned, justified, honored by the unanimous voice of all the universe. And what is never to be lost sight of by the man who would fain cover up his wickedness, the magnificent scenes of that Day, and all its solemn splendor, impressive and affecting as they will be, will be lost sight of in the more impressive and affecting developments of the character and conduct of men. God will do justice to the secret transgressor then; and the secret transgressor will be forced to do justice to himself. His history shall no longer be secret; nor shall he ever again ask the question, " Will it ever be known?" The truth will then never be forgotten, and the sentence will eternally vibrate on his ear, "Be sure your sin will find you out!"

SERMON VII.

THE GREAT ALTERNATIVE.

MARK xvi. 16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but

he that believeth not shall be damned.

THE offer of the Gospel is not a mere offer, which men may receive or reject at their pleasure. It is an authoritative offer, and one which they are commanded to receive, and cannot reject with impunity. Rebellious man is invited to return to his allegiance to the God of Heaven; and if he does so, he has the promise of pardon and life. But if he refuses to do so, it is at his peril. It is a princely offer, which may not be trifled with. Our Lord Jesus, after he had been "delivered for our offences, and raised for our justification," came to his disciples, and said, "All power in heaven and in earth is given unto me. Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned."

These are gracious words, yet are they fearful words. A great and solemn alternative is this-life or death, heaven or hell! Let us dwell upon both the parts of it; for we have an interest in it momentous as eternity. I. In the first place, he that believeth shall be saved. Mark the precision of the language. It is one of the most definite and comprehensive sentences in the Bible.

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