thing of it in your hearts. It is no new doctrine. It isas old as sin itself. Our first father, Adam, felt it. So didCain, after he slew his brother ; and all that have everturned from sin to God. Here we learn that Jonah felt itTHE SINNER UNDER CONVICTION. 79before he could be saved. And so must you, and everyother sinner, know what conviction for sin is, before youcan go into heaven. God has been trying in every way toteach it to you. When you begin to learn it, you will feelit in your hearts. You may not talk about it to any one.Like Jonah, you may try to keep it to yourself. Yet,like him, you will feel in your hearts that you have sinnedagainst Grod. The world may look bright to others, but itwill look dark to you. Sometimes you may try to lift upyour heart, and say, " God be merciful to me a sinner."This feeUng in your heart is brought about in a great manydifferent ways. Sometimes by sickness, sometimes by ser-mons, sometimes by the death of friends, sometimes bythinking on your own dangerous state as a sinner. ButGod, by his Holy Spirit, is doing it all. No storm maydrive you on the sea. No winds and waves may come towake you up and show you your sins. But Jesus, who diedfor you ; Jesus, who prays at the right hand of God foryou; Jesus, who watches over you in all your wanderingsfrom him ; this Jesus sends out the Holy Spirit in searchof you. He comes into your very heart. He shows youyour sins. He makes you look at them ; and, as you look,he turns them over and over, and tells you of their guilt.He gives to them a colour and a character you never sawin them before. He holds them up before your eyes, andtells you that God looks at them. He tells you that Godhas written down every wicked word, and thought, andwish, and act of your life. He tells you, too, how pureand good a being God is ; and how he must have hatedyour sins to give his only Son to die, that he might be ableto forgive you. He shows you that God must be angrywith you ; that he must one day punish you. You hear no80 SERMON IV.voice from the clouds, telling you all this ; no lightningflashes conviction into your minds ; no thunder crashes onyour ear, and tells you that you have sinned against God.