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The Balances.

The Balances.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY JOHN STYLES, D.D.


Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."
Dan. v. 27.

BY JOHN STYLES, D.D.


Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."
Dan. v. 27.

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THE BALACES.BY JOH STYLES, D.D.Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."Dan. v. 27.Among the guilty children of men there are afew who are placed above public opinion, and who,being accountable to none of their fellow-creatures,audaciously usurp the mountain of the DivinePresence, and exalt themselves above the God of heaven. These have generally been monsters incrime, and the world's masters have usually provedits greatest curse.We are not in Belshazzar's circumstances, norcan we be : we cannot, as he did, profane thesacred vessels of the sanctuary; but we can dis-honour the sacred name of God; we can despiseTHE BALACES. 135his ordinances, violate his laws, neglect his greatsalvation, and incur a degree of guilt even more .heinous than that of the Babylonian monarch.The handwriting may not be seen on the walls of our houses ; but the condemnation of God is stillwritten in his book against all unrighteousness andungodliness of men ; and unless we attend to thewarnings and instructions of that blessed volume,it will be one day said to each of us, " Thou artweighed in the balances, and art found wanting."Give me your attention while I endeavour toshow,I. That the justice and mercy of God will bewithout impeachment in the final sentence thatwill be pronounced upon the children of men ; forthey will be weighed in the balances of Divineequity : II. When the examination takes place, onwhich this sentence will depend, some will befound wanting : III. The consequences resulting
 
from this discovery will be tremendously dreadful.I. That the justice and mercy of GodWILL BE WITHOUT IMPEACHMET I THE FIALSETECE THAT WILL BE PROOUCED UPOALL ME.I shall not now dwell upon their case who arein circumstances essentially different from our own.We live under a dispensation,1. Of law, which law we have violated, but whichis in its nature holy, just, and good— which is of perpetual obligation, and which condemns us toeternal death.2. Provision is made fir our salvation in the Gos-136 THE BALACES.pel, and which provision is offered to all whom thelaw consigns to everlasting perdition,S, On the acceptance or rejection of this salvationour sentence will depend. We shall either be acquit-ted, justified, redeemed, or we shall fall under thecurse of the law, and under the infinitely severercurse of the Gospel. Our condemnation is not tobe referred to a divine, irresistible decree, nor toany want of efficacy in the provision and in themeans, but simply upon our non-acceptance, ourown refusal. If you entertain false views of theDivine decrees, the blame is yours : God has nei-ther misled you, nor in any way influenced you toadopt such views. " If I am to be saved, I shall besaved, and nothing can hinder it. If I am to pe-rish, no efforts of my own can avail : it is in vainfor me to strive. Besides, how am I to accept orto strive ? Am I not dead ? and can the deadperform the functions of the living?" You maythink all this very ingenious and very conclusive ;but if it be the sole cause of your everlasting de-struction, the very thought of it will ere long fillyou with horror. Turn, or die ! — turn, and live !
 
Let us inquire what it is to accept or reject thissalvation. ot merely a cold assent to the greatdoctrines of the Gospel ; not a partial acceptanceof it, uniting his merits with our own, and thusmaking heaven partly a gift, partly a purchase : wecannot accept of it till we have utterly renouncedourselves. In humility the soul is brought to ac-knowledge its entire helplessness and ruined con-dition, and to depend only on him. Under thisTHE BALACES. 137consideration of our own state, and of the all-suffi-ciency of Christ as a Saviour, a principle of loveto him is produced in our hearts. This is to ac-cept of salvation, when we see we are lost andundone without it, and can receive it at the handsof God as the gift of his free grace.And what is it to refuse this salvation ? It is notnecessary you should deny the divinity of theGospel, question the truth of its doctrines, or enterupon a course of open rebellion against its pre-cepts. If we have not faith in Christ as a livingprinciple in our hearts, then we reject this salvation.If we do not love the Saviour, we reject him.II. When the examination takes place atTHE GREAT ASSIZE, SOME WILL BE WEIGHED ITHE BALACE OF DlVIE EQUITY, AD FOUDWATIG.That we may know whether we shall exhibitthis fatal deficiency, let us ask of ourselves threethings :— 1. Are we conscious that ice have broken the law of Goal?2. Have ice applied to God for the salvation hehas offered ?3. Have we good reason to believe that our suppli-

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