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Matthew xxv. 4L

Then shall he tay to them on the lefl hand. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew xxv. 4L

Then shall he tay to them on the lefl hand. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

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HELL By REV. EDWARD BOKERSTETH,Matthew xxv. 4L Then shall he tay to them on the lefl hand. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his an{;;els. Could I, my Christian friends, in faithfulness to your souls, have passed bj, in the course of this ministry, the subject of the pres- ent sermon, I should have rejoiced to omit it. Bui to sound an alarm, to utter the warning voice, to give notice of coming danger, is an essential part of ministerial fidelity and love. Did we see men in general, overwhelmed with the terrors of everlasting ruin, distressed with anxious apprehension, and sinking into despon- dency under the dread of hell, we might forbear to dwell upon a subject, in such a case uninviting and unsuitable; then it would be our more agreeable office to proclaim the riches and greatness of the salvation provided in Jesus for those ready to perish. But when we see men, almost without exception, dreading nothing less than the future punishment, wholly secure and unconcerned, regardless and careless of the miseries that are coming upon them; then how guilty must the minister be who warns not the wicked, who shuns to declare the council of God; that ^^ upon the wicked, God shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest, this shall be the portion of their cup.'' It is not in the language of severe and hard denunciation, that I desire to bring so fearful a subject before you, but in that of the tenderest compassion and earnest desire to promote your salva- tion. I am a poor sinner, even as you; I, by nature, am " a child of wrath" as you; if 1 hope to escape, it is only by sovereign H£LL» 55
grace and mercy in Christ Jesus, and bj daily flying to that Saviour who has delivered us from the wrath to come; and, having myself hope in him, can I but long to see you safe in this refuge? ^^ Know- ing the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men." " The wicked go away into everlasting punishments^ — The pun- ishment of which we now speak, is the punishment to be inflicted on the wicked after the day of judgment. And in order to have distinct views, remember there is, to the righteous dying in the Lord, a double state of blessedness, a paradise before the judg- ment day, as well as the glory of heaven after the judgment day. There is also to the wicked dying in sin, a double state of misery, a hell before the day of judgment, and after that judgment, the lake of fire and brimstone, in which the wicked are tormented for ever and ever. It is said, by Job, " The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction, they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath." And, Peter declares: "The Lord knoweth how ..to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished." They are now in the prison of hell, where the rich man was cast on his death, and they arc there with the fallen angels, "deliv- ered into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment." What that judgment is, we have now to consider. I will point out, L The Judge who sentences them — 2. The loss of good — 3. The suffering of woe — 4. T/ie accursed society — 5. The perpetual punishr ment. I. The Judge who sentences them. Here is the first fearful part of the woe. There is but one Saviour for lost sinners even now. There is but one Mediator and Advocate. He is tender, he is full of compassion; but this very Being becomes the awful Judge. "The wrath of Him that sit- teth on the throne," is " the wrath of the Lamb." If it were a cruel tyrant who sentenced them, there would be less ground for despair and horror. But it is one whose love is as unquestionable as his justice. He who left his Father^s glory, who emptied him-
self of Divine fullness, and took upon him the form of a servant, to die, that sinners might not die eternally, he must love man. He who wears our nature, must know our frame, and therefore must be an equitable Judge. And yet such is his truth, his purity, and his holiness, that from his own mouth proceeds the unuttera- 56 HELL. bly dreadful doom, " Depart^ ye cursed^ into everlasting Jire^ prepared for the devil and his angels.^^ O when I think how the sinner will at the last day tremble in bis presence; and look now at the way in which he slights and despises him, I am struck with amazement at his present uncon- cern. Talk to men now about subjection to Christ, they mock at you as enthusiasts; but O the day will come, when the remem- brance of a dishonored Christ will cut the heart with bitterest regret. ' O my madness! ' will the lost soul say, ' Christ was pro- claimed in my ears; I was invited to come to receive freely from him salvation. He was a sufficient Redeemer, but now the only possible Redeemer, is my judge, my scntencer, my condemner for ever.' Mark again the punishment as it consists in privation; or, II. The loss of good. This is implied in that fearful word depart, — ^' Depart from mc," Our Lord frequently thus describes the condition of the lost. *'Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity." So we are told. Psalm v. 5, "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight; thou hatest all workers of iniquity." ow, to understand this, remember that sinners can have noth- ing, and hope for nothing from a holy God, but through the Lord

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