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JUDE, 14, 15.—Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to
execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
This passage, as we are informed, is a prophecy of Enoch. It obviously refers to the day of judgment. It places before us in one view the solemn majesty in which God the Judge will appear, the untversal personal interest with which men will attend, and the conviction of all the incorrigibly wicked. I invite your attention to but one of these thoughts.
THE UNGODLY WILL BE CONVICTED OF SIN IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.
The text asserts that it is one of the ends of that great trial “to convince all that are ungodly of their ungodly deeds." It will not only satisfy all holy beings with respect to the perfect rectitude of God's moral government, but it will also fully convince all those who remain his enemies. It will be seen, as we proceed, that the day of judgment will afford peculiar means for producing such a conviction.
I. It will exhibit scenes of such an interest as will arrest the sinner's attention, and fix it upon his character. A principal difficulty in convicting sinners in this world arises from their being so much engrossed with other subjects as to prevent a serious contemplation of themselves. This difficulty will be entirely removed. Before the bar of God, that wealth which was once looked upon as the treasure of the soul will have lost its value. Those fashions which once occupied the mind with their ever-changing vanities will be all forgotten, or only remembered as having been the occasion of ceaseless levity and folly. Ties of earthly attachment will have been sundered. The distinctions of rank will have given place to the distinction between the righteous and the wicked; and the soul will be emptied of all those worldly interests which have diverted the mind from the consideration of its real character and condition. To a mind thus divested of all earthly interests the scenes of the judgment must possess the most affecting character.
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If a man be on trial for a single crime of which he knows he is guilty, he turns pale at the sight of a well-known witness. The absence of his diversions, the solemn process, and the open testimony call his attention to his character and conduct with a power which cannot be resisted. How much more must the impenitent sinner's attention be fixed upon himself when he stands arraigned before the infinitely holy and omniscient God. The chief motive for self-deception, that of concealing his character from others, is now
Whether he forms a correct estimate of himself or not, he knows that God and angels and men now see him as he is. An idea of concealment is given up; and while his heart sinks under the expectation of being condemned by all, he cannot conceal from himself the ground of that condemnation. He knows he deserves it. He can no longer refrain from dwelling upon his own character with an unbiassed mind.
He knows, also, that his trial will fix unalterably his eternal state. Whatever pretexts he may have raised in his mind for self-justification, the period has arrived when he must feel that they can avail nothing. There is no motive left for concealing from himself his real character, and indeed no means of doing it. It is not in the nature of the human mind, thus arraigned, to avoid an impartial attention to its own character. When a soul is separated from all earthly attachments; when scenes of such solemn and amazing interest are rising before it; when its own most secret acts are all unfolded; and when its destiny is about to be settled for ever-how certainly will every wayward passion be hushed, and the whole soul be fixed with keenest intensity upon its guilt.
II. To increase this conviction of guilt, the perfect law of God will there be held up to the sinner's mind. One difficulty in convicting sinners here arises from the fact, that they set aside God's law, and adopt other rules of conduct. Take one who will have no law but that of honor: undertake to convince him of sin against God. How can you convict him? He admits no divine law. His only law is that of honor. Open the Scriptures and show him that he habitually breaks God's law; still he feels no guilt. That is not his rule of action. Become earnest with him ; charge him with sin, and urge him to fly to the Lord Jesus Christ for pardon, he is offended,-he fancies you represent him as mean and vulgar. In short, take what course you will, and just so far as his law of honor sets aside God's law, true conviction is prevented.
So, if one makes the common standard of morality his only rule of conduct, you cannot convict him. Talk to him of guilt; he is astonished,—he is perhaps angry. He asks, what have I ever done that is wrong? who can accuse me of any impropriety? And, according to his standard, he is, perhaps, guiltless. That law which reaches to all the thoughts and intents of the heart is cast out of his mind, and the guilty rebel is pleased to see how well his conduct accords with the rule he has adopted—that of mere morality.
But a far different standard will be produced on another day. When the great God is enthroned, and worlds are assembled, these standards, mere morality and worldly honor, will appear very small. It will no more be in