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"It is high time to awake out of sleep." — Rom. xiii. ii.
"It is high time to awake out of sleep." — Rom. xiii. ii.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 21, 2013
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THE NEEDFUL AWAKENING.JOHN M. ASHLEYIt is high time to awake out of sleep." — Rom. xiii. 1 1.Introduction. — Sin is a sleep; i) as being an image of thateternal death which results from sin ; 2) as causing vividdeceptions ; 3) as so confounding things, that the sleeperdreads danger which is not, and fears not danger which is ;4) as allowing no real knowledge of the kind until the finalawakening. From this delusive sleep of sin we are biddento awake for four reasons. Because —I. Sin is a fire. — As fire consumes all external goods, sodoes the fire of sin burn up all interior good ; it is * a firethat consumeth to destruction.' (Job xxxi. 12.) Fire of sinto be quenched, like earthly fire needs to be, before all is burnedup before it.II. Sin is an uncleanness. — It is more defiling than clay ormud. The ass is to be helped. (Exod. xxiii. 5.); and thesheep to be pulled out of the ditch. (Matt. xii. 11.) Howmuch rather are we not to suffer such souls to lie in the ditchof sin, defiled by its mud ?III. Sin is a torment. — It makes a couch upon which thesinner lies in grief, pierced and tormented with the thorns of remorse, hopelessness, and fear. (Matt. vii. 16.) Sin is aworm of conscience ; a heavy burden. (Ps. xxxviii. 4.) Thesinner is as horrified when he really sees sin, as if he hadseen some horrid monster; the sight sorely troubles him,hence the invitation. (Matt. xi. 28.)IV. Sin is a great danger. — As a stone falling suddenlyinto the sea, it may plunge us any moment into hell. Sinner,as a shipwrecked soul, knows not when he may sink into thegulf of eternal woe.Epilogue, — Awake now ; Advent is here ; the day of pardon and of mercy ; or else you may sleep on to damna-

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