322 THB ATURE AD Al'THOR OP SALVATIO.countless multitudes that crowd the last assize, we should have reproached Godwith setting anything before us to be loved and desired but heaven, or any-thing to be hated but hell.We therefore remind you again, that salvation ia the grand and exclusiveresult. We remind you that God regards not whether you be rich or poor, andtherefore speaks not for these ends, but for your salvation. Do you ask of the Bible, why it is so full of earnestness, and eloquence, and precept, andexample? It will tell you "That you n>ay be saved." Do you ask M-hy acommunion table is spread from time to time? It will reply, " That you maybe saved." Do you ask why I have addressed you from this place so often and80 fervently? I answer, "That you may be saved." If you could hear thepraises of the redeemed — oh, these are so loud and so melodious, because theyare saved — If you could hear the wishes of the damned — oh, these are so meltingbecause they cry to be saved, and they cannot. Salvation gained or salvationlost, employs the thoughts and fills the years of Heaven and Hell. How is itthat we, standing on this isthmus, on the one side of which are the streams thatmake glad the city of God, the heavenly Jerusalem — and on the other side of which are the dark and moaning streams of Hell — how is it that men, on whosepresent movements hang the issues of eternity, are so torpid, so dead to con-siderations that should wake the rocks and stir the vast universe into restlessanxiety? We find this great city to be noise, and bustle, and confusion, frommorning to night, and from one year to the commencement of another, thatmen may be rich, and famous, and powerful : but how little desire in our homes,how little anxiety in our churches, to be saved ! In our public libraries andmuseums m'c see hundreds and thousands ransacking the memorials of thelearned dead ; but how few with prayerful hearts and eager eyes perusing therepository of life — the Word of the Living God ! — How fewer still emulatingthe conduct of the wise man, who having got a glimpse of the jeuel of greatprice, sold all that he had and bought it. I can here conscientiously exoneratemyself, for I have laid before you the infinite importance of Eternity, theimmeasurable worth of the soul, the nearness of a judgment-seat, and theunquestionable certainty of death. And if, alas, any of you are summoned toan eternal world, and awakened to serious thought, only by the opening graves,and the congregating dead, and the great M-hite throne, and its august Judge — I bid you remember that your minister told you of these things, and, at the risk of wearying you, put you again and again in mind of them.I. What is implied in this Word, " and be saved?" — There is impliedin it, first, salvation, or deliverance from the dominion, or ascendancy, or powerof sin in this world ; and secondly, salvation from the consequence of sin — eternal death in the world to come.