That is, knowing the terror and dread of that terrible and dreadful day in which Christ will judge the whole race of mankind; and being persuaded of the truth and certainty of it ourselves, we endeavour to persuade all men by all means to fly from the wrath to come, by repentance and faith, that they may be found of God in peace in that solemn hour.
Learn hence, That the knowledge and consideration of the present terrible judgments of God, and the future terrors of that great day, should move the ministers of God to persuade, and the people to be persuaded, to a careful and serious preparation for it. Such ministers as know and consider the terrors of the Lord, will both persuade others, and be persuaded themselves, to look after reconciliation and acceptance with God; that when Christ comes terribly, they may appear comfortably: Knowing the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men. It follows, But we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. As if he had said, We hope God hath discovered our sincerity unto you in some measure, as he is an observer of it, and witness to it himself.
Learn hence, That then a minister has the full assurance of his sincerity, when he has the approbation of God and his own conscience, and also a testimony in the consciences of his people. This is gained by the purity of our doctrine, by piety of our lives, and by the prudence of our conduct. When these are evident and manifest to the consciences of our people, how convincing is it to them, and comfortable unto us!