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After Confirmation

After Confirmation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


II Chron. xxix. 31. Then Hezekiah answered and saidy Now ye
have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near, and
'bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the House of the
""' Lord.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


II Chron. xxix. 31. Then Hezekiah answered and saidy Now ye
have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near, and
'bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the House of the
""' Lord.

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AFTER COFIRMATIOBY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.II Chron. xxix. 31. Then Hezekiah answered and saidy ow ye have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near, and 'bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the House of the ""' Lord. RELIGIO is the brightest ornament of every state. Solomon was never more truly encircled v^^ith glory, than v^hen he led the devotions of his people at the dedication of the Temple : nor was Hezekiah at any period of his reign more ho- nourably employed, than when he was purifying that Temple from the abominations which had been introduced into it by his father Ahaz. The exhorta- tion in our text was delivered by him to the whole congregation of Israel, after that the sacrifices for the purification of the Temple had been offered. And to you who are of the younger part of our audience they may with great propriety be addressed, after the services which you have this day been called to perform. With a more immediate view to your benefit, we will consider, - y 2 I. The 324 2 CHROICLES, XXIX. 31. [289. I. The act in which you have been engaged — You have been to the Bishop to be confirmed : and this is,
 
1. A solemn act — [From the levity of too many who attend on these occa- sions, it may be thought to be a ceremony of no importance. But it is a most solemn transaction between God and vour souls. You have this day been taking upon yourselves the vows which were made in your behalf at your baptism ; and have been de- voting yourselves to God as his servants : and, whether vou have been sincere or not in the performance of the duty, the consequences of it will be very important : if you have given yourselves to the Lord in sincerity and truth, he has accepted you to his favour, and numbered you among his children : but, if you have lied unto God with your lips, you have riveted upon your souls your former iniquities, and provoked God to give you up to greater obduracy* ] 2. A reasonable act — [The first-fruits of every thing were the Lord's : nor could any man appropriate them to his own use without the greatest impiety. Thus arc the first-fiuits of your time and strength to be given up to God. It is generally thought that the Jewish children at about twelve years of age went up to Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord in a more solemn manner : and we know that our blessed Lord went thither at this age, that he might in a more peculiar way than he had ever before done, engage in the services of " his Father's house." We cannot do better than follow his example in this particular. As soon as we have arrived at an age when we are capable of understanding and executing the vows that are upon us, we should go up to the Hou«e of the Lord, and there solemnly acknowledge our obligations to serve our God, and implore from him the grace and strength that shall be neeedful for us. This, we are expressly told, is " a reasonable service''."] 3. An irrevocable act — [It was an established law, that if any thing whatsoever had been devoted to the Lord, it could not be recalled. Least of all then can you be liberated from the engagement which you
 
have this day entered into, and which would have been binding upon you, even though you had never obeyed the call of your Diocesan in relation to it ] But Confirmation is to be the commencement of a new and more determined course of devotedness to God. I will therefore proceed to mark, II. The • Isai. xxviii. 22. Rom. i. 21. •" Rom, xii. 1. 289.] AFTER COFIRMATIO. 325 n. The duty which yet remains to be performed — • The act in which you have this day been engaged must be, 1. Continued — [The whole remainder of your lives is the time for the per- formance of your vows. There never will arrive a period when you are absolved from them, or when you are at liberty to relax your attention to them. Every morning and evening were the sacrifices offered in the Temple, and a double number on the seventh day : so must every day begin and end with fresh sur- renders of yourselves to God ; and the sabbath in particular must be a day of more than ordinary communion with him. " If you look back, after having put your hand to the plough, you are not fit for the kingdom of God:" yea, ''if you draw back, it is to certain and everlasting perdition*^."] 2. Progressive — [After all had been done that was necessary fot the purifi- cation of the Temple, Hezekiah called on the people to present sacrifices and thank-offerings unto the Lord : and, in conse- quence of this exhortation, they were presented in great num-

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