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though they are baptized, yet still go on in fin, and despise the God of their fathers. Be persuaded to seek the Lord-be not discouraged, for though you are now afar off, you may yet be brought nigh by the blood of Christ. The gospel is come to you. Now is the accepted time-now is the day of salvation. The time is short-The day of grace may be soon over, and the day of wrath may quickly be at hand. Awake-fly from the wrath to come. -Lay hold on the blessed hope now set before you. Youth is a good time-It often is the only time, and it always is the best time to make your peace with God through Jesus Christ.-Come then-O now come ! for all things are ready. The Spirit and the Bride say come : Let him that heareth say come—and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely—May the God of mercy bless his own word, and to his name be all the glory for ever and ever
BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTISM,
S E R M 0 N,
DELIVERED AT BYFIELD, MAY 18, 1806.
BY REV. ELIJAH PARISH,
PASTOR OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THAT PLACE.
S E R M O N.
COLOSSIANS, II. 12. .
BURIED WITH HIM IN BAPTISM.
RELIGION is the best inheritance of
It fills the heart with peace, and hope, and joy. Religion assists man to direct his own powers, and to govern his own passions ; to fee God in all events, to acquiesce in severest trials; to endure forrows, and enjoy prosperity. The shafts of misery are broken ; their poison reaches not the heart, warmed with christian love. The gathering clouds of anxiety, which obstru& every prospect of delight, are scattered by the rays, beaming from the sun of righteousness. The breast tħrobbing with guilt and remorse is soothed and cheered by a view of Calvary, and the Saviour bleeding on the cross. The present world assumes a new complexion, and. futurity opens with undescribable splendor. The gospel appears excellent; its doctrines reasonable, and consistent; its duties practicable, and pleasant ; its promifes, satisfying and glorious.