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fatherly chastisements, and are bettered by them, as becomes the dutiful children of to good and kind a father:All these are sure grounds for a Christian to hope, that these graces have not been given in vain, but that God designs, and will crown them with pardon, favour, and happinefs eternal.

This, we say, is the comfort of all God's servants, whether of those that die, or of those that lament the loss of their dear friends.

On the other hand; with what a sad and heavy heart must they leave the world, who, looking back, can see nothing in their whole life, but what must render them unworthy of the mercy of God; who have lived an idle, useless, careless life, and are cut off in their fins; who are going to appear before a Judge, whose laws they have broken, whose graces and favours they have set at nought; who have done little or no good in their generation.

-What sorrowful dying thoughts must such people have!-What little comfort and hope will their surviving friends have!

But this is a subject too foreign and too mournful to be inlisted on, upon this occasion. I only hint it, that such as have any degree of seriousness may think in time, and to fome good purpose, what an ill-fpent life must end in.

As to our sister and friend, we hope, and we believe, that none of the

graces which God vouchsafed her, were lost upon her; that she

died

died in the true faith and fear of God, after a well-spent life; that she is gone to appear before a judge, whom she endeavoured, by a sober and useful life, to make her friend; and that she is happier, where she now is, than ever fhe was in this world.

May we all bless God, for such good examples, and endeavour to imitate them, that we may one day meet in the paradise of God, and be made partakers of a blessed resurrection, for the Lord Jesus' fake.

To whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for

Amen.

ever.

SERMON

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PREACHED AT THE FUNERAL OF THE REV. THOMAS ALLEN,

VICAR OF KIRK-MAUGHOLD.

THE PROPER DUTY OF CHRISTIANS IN GE-
NERAL, AND OF THE MINISTERS OF

CHRIST IN PARTICULAR.

1

JOHN xvii. 4.

I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK WHICH THOU GAVEST

ME TO DO.

TH

'HESE are some of the last words of our

blessed Saviour, and spoken just before he laid down his life for us. As he was man, he had a work given him by God to do, and to finish, before he should leave this world.

It was to make known the will of God to fallen man; that God would be reconciled to men upon certain conditions, which he had declared to them ; and especially he was to make known to them, that God would call all men to an account, and adjudge them to happiness or misery, according to the works done in the body. This work our Lord declares he had finished; and makes it the subject of his rejoicing before his death.

Now although the best of men come infinitely short of this pattern, yet every Christian

tians own,

is bound, at the peril of his soul, to strive to come up to it; that is, “to do his duty in “ that state of life unto which it shall please “ God to call him.”

And yet this is a matter so seldom laid to heart, at least so seriously as it ought to be, that most people look upon their time as their own, to be disposed of as they please; and that they are at liberty to choose what work pleases themselves, not what the providence of God had given them to do.

So that the account men are to give of the work they have done, is too often the least and last of their thoughts. And yet all Chris

that

upon this depends their everlasting happiness or misery.

And every Christian, as he hopes to die in peace, and in the favour of God, as he hopes for heaven, ought to live so as that when he comes to die he may be able to say, I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do; that is, according to the allowances made by our mērciful God to human frailty, I have been doing my duty, the work which the providence of God appointed me. I was sensible of my own weakness, and therefore I always prayed for his grace and assistance, that I might do my duty fo as to please him. I found myself too often wanting to my duty; and as often as I did so, I begged his pardon, and endeavoured to amend where I had done amiss: And this has been my constant care.

Whoever

Whoever cannot say something lik= this to himself when he comes to die, will certainly die either with a feared or an uneasy conscience.

I do not say this to terrify any sincere soul, who, though late, has repented of his unprofitable or idle way of living, and is now working out his salvation with fear and trembling. If his repentance be sincere; that is, if he is bringing forth fruits meet for repentance, answerable to amendment of life, he may comfort himself with the assurance of mercy, and pardon, and happiness.

But what I aim at is, to awaken such finners as are manifestly in the way of perdition, and not to suffer them to go on without shewing them their danger and their ruin. Such for instance, as never think of the account they are to give, never mind their falvation, put off their repentance and conversion from time to time, till it may be too late to do them any good. Now; the

way

I would take to awaken such finners into a sense of their danger, is this:-I would endeavour to convince, (and may the grace of God make

my

endeavours effectual!) I would, I say, endeavour to convince you and myself, of the real danger every Christian is in, who is not actually doing the work which God has given him to do.

And this we shall see very plainly, if we will but consider these following truths: That

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