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.