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for them, and his gracious pardon; that God may be glorified in their confession, amendment, and salvation, for Jesus Christ's sake.

To whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour, thanksgiving, and praise, now and for ever. Amen.

SERMON

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SERMON

XCIV.

A FUNERAL DISCOURSE.

THE CONSIDERATION OF DEATH PUT

INTO PRACTICE.

O LORD of Life and Death, dispose, by thy grace, all that shall

hear this discourse, that, remembering our sentence is already passed, our whole lives may be a worthy preparation for death. Deliver every soul of us from the blindness of trusting to a death-bed repentance. Let me not speak to others upon this serious subject, and forget it myself. And when this sentence fall be executed upon me, be Thou, O Jesu, my mighty protector!

2 KINGS XX. I.

THUS SAITH THE LORD, SET THINE HOUSE IN ORDER, FOR

THOU SHALT DIE, AND NOT LIVE.*

Go

OOD Christians! I take this occasion,

when most people are, or should be serious, to speak to you upon the most serious subject in the world, and a subject which concerns every foul of us, as much as our life is worth,

* See Job xiv. 5. Pf.xxxix. 4. lxxxix. 48. xc. 12. Matth. X. 28. Mark viii. 36. Rom. v. 12. viii. 18. 1 Cor. vii. 29. xv. 56, 2 Cor. iv. 17. Heb. ix. 27. xi. 34. xii. 14. 1 Pet. i. 11.

I would

NECESSARY FOR AN

HAPPY DEATH.

of us.

I would desire you, and I would charge it upon myself, to consider seriously, what IT IŚ TO DIE) and WHAT PREPARATION IS

For sure we need not be told, that if death surpriseth any man before he be prepared for it, It had been better for that man if he had never been born.

The text I have made choice of is a melfage sent by the prophet Isaiah to king Hezekiah: Thus faith the LORD, Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live.

We little think of it, and yet indeed this very sentence is already passed upon every one

It is true, we know not when it will be executed, but executed it will be, and that in a very short while.

It behoves us, therefore, to be prepared for it; to set our house in order, while we have time, while we are in our right mind, and have our senses and thoughts about us ; always remembering, that it will be no proper time, when we come to die, to ask this question, What must I do to be saved?

The Spirit of God has already told us this: Pass the time of your sojourning here, that is, your whole life, in fear, with a great concern for what must become of you

die. That we may all do this more effectually, I will set before you,

ist. What our condition and business in the world is.

when you

2dly. What

2dly. What alteration death will make in our condition. 3dly

. What preparation for death will be necessary, to make our life easy, and our death happy.

Lastly. I will set before you, the different thoughts and reflections of dying persons, both of good and bad, that we may be warned betimes, what to choose, and what to avoid.

I. And first we shall consider, What our condition and business in this world is.

As for our condition; we are by nature born in sin, and subject to the punishment of fin, which is misery and death.

This punishment and sentence we cannot hope to avoid, it being passed upon us by a most righteous judge, and never to be reversed. Yet this comfort we have still left uş, that God has been so good, for his Son's fake, as to make a further trial of us, and to place us in this world in a state of probation, in order to try our obedience, and to mend our nature. And has given us this assurance, that if, during this short life, we give such proof of our obedience, as that our nature is thereby mended, and that we have sincerely endeavoured to be restored to the image of God, in which we were created, we shall, whenever we die, be received into that heavenly state which our sins had made us incapable of

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