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favor is life, and blefled are they whom he bleffeth : Let it be your firft thing to feek the Lord— You have the greateft encouragement. If you feek him early, you lhall find him. Remember you are under the ftrongeft obligations to be his. Receive, I bcfeech you, the inftru&ions and admonitions of thofe who are over you in the Lord —of thofe who earneftly pray for, ajid fteadily feek your everlafting welfare :—Cheerfully obey your parents in the Lord ;—you know not how often they bend their knees at the throne of grace, in agonies of prayer, for you. Remember—oh! do remember, as you grow up, that the ax is laid at the root of the tree. If, therefore, you do not bring forth good fruit you muft certainly be cut down, and caft into everlafting fire. But if, after all, you grow up in wickednefs, how great muft be your guilt, and how aggravated all your fins? —Should any of you thus go on in fin with the wicked, and finally perifh, certainly, in the day of judgment, it will be more tolerable for the children of Sodom and Gomorrah than for you.
Laftly—One word to thofe children who are not given up to God in covenant by baptifm.—Though your parents have not given up themfelves, nor you, to God in covenant, and though you have no fpecial intereft in covenant bleflings and privileges, yet you are in a gofpel land, and have many advantages for eternal life. You have the calls— the offers and invitation of the gofpel. You are called to give up yourfelves to God through Jefus Chrift. There is provifion enough in the uncovenanted mercy of God. The door of mercy is open. If you repent and come to Chrift he will receive you, while he rejects thofe wicked children who. though they are baptized, yet ftill go on in fin, and defpife the God of their fathers. Be perfuaded to leek the Lord—be not difcouraged, for though you are now afar off, you" may yet be brought nigh by the blood of ChrHt. The gofpel is come to you. Now is the accepted time—now is the day of falvation. The time is fhort—The day of grace may be foon over, and the day of wrath may quickly be at hand. Awake—fly from, the wrath to come.—Lay hold on the blefled hope now fet before you. Youth is a good time—It often is the only time, and it always is the beft time to make your peace with God through Jefus Chrift.—Come then—O now come ! for all things are ready. The Spirit and the Bride fay come: Let him that heareth fay come—and whofoevef will, let him take of the water of life freely—May the God of mercy blefs his own word, and to his name be all the glory for ever and ever—
BURIED WITH CHRIST IN B4PTISM, ILLUSTRATED
DELIVERED AT BYFIELD, MAY 18, ,}806. BY REV. ELIJAH PARISH,
Pastor or The Church or Christ In That Flac*.