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moments disturbed with conscious guilt, and your dying groans interrupted with the imagined cries of the poor, against whom ye now shut your hands and hearts. But still more dreadful will it be to be awaked by the last trumpet hereafter, and to hear that terrible sentence rend your hearts:-“ Son, remember that 66 thou in thy life-time receivedst: thy
good things, and likewise Lazarus his “ evil things: but now he is comforted, " and thou art to be tormented.” Delay not therefore, whilst you have yet opportunity, to ward off these heavy curses, by doing good unto all men, as far as your abilities extend. '
LET Lastly, my brethren, of what condition soever ye are, whether rich or poor, go on chearfully in the faithful discharge of your duty; knowing that ye shall reap in due time, if ye faint not. The parable before us will teach you, that your labour will not - be forgotten, or your expectations perish with the grave. The poor Lazarus was indeed for a while laid at the rich man's gate full of sores, and seemed to be forsaken
both by God and man;-but soon the time of his trial was ended; soon his patience under his afflictions was rewarded; soon a new and brighter scene was opened, and the loathsome and despised beggar transformed into an angel of light in Abraham's bosom.
To which happy place, that both the poor and the rich may rejoice together, may
God of his infinite mercy bring us all, for the sake of that Saviour, who was poor that we might become rich!
SERMON LXXIII. .
Acts ii. 32.
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we
are all witnesses.
THAT the Messias was to die and rise
again, both the types prefigured, and the prophecies of the Old Testament foretold : And that our Jesus, whom we believe to be the Messias, did suffer and undergo the shameful death of the cross, the Jews and Heathens unanimously acknowledge; though their unreasonable inalice urge it as a reproach to his person and authority, and a shame to our belief: But that he rose again, few, or none of
them, though pressed by sense of miracle, conviction of reason, and clearness of prophecy, will be brought to believe. For they reasonably infer, that if they should once grant the truth of his resurrection, they would be proved liars out of their own mouths, and their own confessions would shame their infidelity. And therefore we find St. Peter, in this chapter, arguing against them with such nervous reasons, as neither the most subtle cunning could evade, nor a tolerable degree of obstinacy withstand: For he shews out of the Psalms of the Prophet David, that the Messias. was to rise again, and he then proves, that our Jesus, after his death and crucifixion, according to that, and other prophecies, did actually rise again ; “ For this Jesus hath God “ raised up, whereof we are all wit
From these words I shall take occasion to consider first, The efficient cause of Christ's resurrection, and that is “ God.”