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Address Preparatory to Confirmation.

Address Preparatory to Confirmation.

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Prov. viii. 17. I love them that love me: and those that seek me
early, shall Find me.

Prov. viii. 17. I love them that love me: and those that seek me
early, shall Find me.

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ADDRESS PREPARATORY TO COFIRMATIO. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Prov. viii. 17. I love them that love me: and those that seek me early, shall Find me. THESE are the words of our blessed Lord% who, under the name of Wisdom, addresses himself to the" children of men ^ and urges them to receive instruc- tion from him". But to the ijoung they are more par- ticularly directed: and it is for their encouragement more especially that I have selected them for our consideration at this time. Two things they declare to us most explicitly ; I. Who they are that already enjoy God's favour — God in some respects may be said to love the whole world, even in their present degenerate state: for " he so loved them, that he gave his only-begotten Son for them." But there are some who are more particularly the objects of his favour. Mark, 1. The description given of them — [" They love the Lord Jesus Christ." They know his character, as set forth in the Holy Scriptures; they know him to be the only, and all-sufficient Saviour of fallen man They have seen and felt their obligations to him, and have sought for redemption altogether through the blood of his cross They live in daily habits of communion with him They have a good hope of acceptance with God
through him and his vei'y name " is precious to their souls" '\ 2. The love he bears towards them — • [" He loves them," and looks with peculiar complacency upon them, " rej oicing over them with j oy, and resting in his love, and '^ ver. 22—3 1 . ver. 4, 5. *= ver. 32, 33. 42 PROVERBS, VIII. 17. [44^. and joying over them with singing**." To them he delights to ** manifest liimself, as he does not unto the world *," even to * come and sup with them V and " make his abode with them" " He rejoices over them to do them good V' impart- ing all needful supplies of grace and strength to their souls \ and ordering all things both in heaven and earth for the promotion of their welfare' He accounts them "his  jewels^" and "his peculiar treasure';" and esteems the salvation of their souls a rich recompence for all the sufferings he ever endiu-ed " For them does he interest himself day and night in heaven ; ever " making intercession for them" with his Father, and preparing kingdoms for them, which they in due season shall inherit, in glory and felicity similar to his own" O! who amongst you does not desire to partake of this blessedness? ^
But as amongst you there must be many who are not yet in this blessed state, and who yet desire to participate this happy lot, we proceed to shew, II. Who they are that shall certainly obtain it — In some respect&it may be said, that '• He is found of them that sought him not, and made known to them that inquired not after him." But no person is authorized to hope for an interest in his favour, unless he seek after it. The promise is, " Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find." But The persons to'whom the promise is more especially made, are ** those who seek him early." [Those who seek the Lord even " at the eleventh hour'* shall not be cast out"; but those who in the early dawn of their day are found desirous of entering into the service of their Lord, shall surely be employed by him. The very circum- stance of their seeking the Lord while yet they are free from the cares of this life, and before their souls are vitiated with its sinful pleasures, whilst their consciences are yet tender, and their hearts open to every good impression, is a strong presumfjtion in their favour: we should be ready, without any express promise from God, to say, that such persons " shall never seek his face in vain." But we have an absolute pro^ tnise in their favour: we can assure them from God himself, that they shall never fail."] "They," *ZepIi. iii. 17. • John xiv. 21 — 23. ' Rev iii. 20, « Jer. xxxii. 40, 41. *• John xv. 5, 7, If). ' Rom. viii. 28. •' Ma!, lii. 17. ' Exod. xix. 5. "Heb.xii.2. Isai.liii.il. "John xiv. 2. Rtv. iii, 21. • Matt. xx. 6, 7.

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