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it, and the fun of prosperity shines upon thee; so that thou can't say with Esau, Gen. xxxiii. 9." I have enough." But know, thou hast more than all that, an, inheritance thou dott not confider of; thou, art a child of wrath, an heir of hell, That is an heritage which will abide with thee, amidst all the changes in the world, as long as thou continueft in an upre. generate state. When thou shalt - leave thy substance to others, this shall go along with thyself into another world. It is no wonder a slaughter-ox be fed to the full, and is not toiled as others are, Job xxi. 30." The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction ; they ihall be brought forth to the day of wrath." Well then, rejoice, let thine heart chear thee; walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the fight of thine eyes : live above reproots and warnings from the word of God; thew thyself a man of a fine fpirit, by casting off all fear of God; mock at feriousness ; live like thyself, a child of wrath, an heir of hell; " But know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment," Ecclef. xi. 9. Affure thyself, thy breaking shall come luddenly, at an instant, Isa. xxx. 13. “ For as the crackling of thorns under a por, fo is the laughter of a fool,” Eccles. vii. 6. The fair blaze and great noise they make, is quickly gone ; fo shall thy mirth be. And then that wrath that is now Hently linking into thy soul, shall make a fearful billing.
5. “ Wo to him that (like Moab) hath been at ease from his youth,” Jer. xlviii, 11. and never saw ihe black cloud of wrath hanging over his head. There are many who have no changes, therefore they fear not God," Pfal
. Iv. 19. They have lived in a good belief (as they call it) all their days; that is, they never had power to believe an ill report of their fouls state. Many have come by their religion too easily; and as it came lightly to them, so it will go from them, when their trial comes. Do ye think men fee from wrath in a morning dream? Or will they flée from the wrâth they never saw pursuing them?
6. Think if not ftrange, if ye fee one in great distress about his soul's condition, who was wont to be as jovial, and as little concerned about salvation as any of his neighbours. Can one gel-a right view of himfelf, as in a state of wrath, and not be pierced with sorrows, terrors, anxiety? When a weight, quite above one's strength, lies upon him, and he is alone, he can deither itir hand nor foot; but when one comes to lift it off him, he'll ftruggle to get from under it. Thunder-claps of wrath from the word of God conveyed to the soul by the spirit of the Lord, will surely keep a man awake.
LASTLY, It is no wonder wrath come upon churches and natious, and upon us in this land; and that infants and children yet unborn smart under it. Most of the society are yet child. ren of wrath ; few are feeing from it, or taking the way to prevent it; but people of all ranks are helping it on. The Jews rejected Chrift; and their children have been Imarting under wrath thefe fixteen hundred years. God grant that the bad entertainment given to Christ and his gospel, by this generation's be por pursued with wrath on the succeeding one.
Use (2.) OF EXHORTATION. And here, 1. I shall drop: a word to thefe who are yet in an unregenerate state. 2. To those thar are brought ont of it. 3. To all indifferently.
1. To you that are yet in an unregenerate ftate, I would found the alarm, and warn you to fee to yourselves, while's
yet: there is hope.
ye chilitren of wrath, take no rest in this difmal Atate ; but flee to Jesus Christ the only réfuge. Haste. and make your escape thither. The state of wrath is too hot a climate for you to live in, Micah ii. 10. " Arise ye and depart;. for this is not your reft.“ O finner, knowest show where thou, art ? Dost thou not see thy danger? The curse has entered into thy foul: wrath is thy covering the heavens are growing blacker and, blacker above thy head': the earth is weary of thee, the pit is opening her mouth for thees and should the thread of thy life be cut this moment, thou art henceforth-past: all hopes for ever. Sirs, if we saw you putting a cup of poison to your mouth, we would fly to young and fnatch it out of your hands: If we saw the house on fire about you, while ye were fast asleep in it, we would run to you; and drag you out of it :: But, alas!'ye are in ten thousand cimes greater hazard ; yet we can do no more but tell you of your danger; invite, exhort, beseech, and 'obtest you to look to yourselves ; and laměné your ftupidity and obftinacy, when we cannot prevail with you. to take warning: If there were no hiope of your recovery, we fhould be filent, and would not tormere you before the time; but tho’ye be lost and undone, there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Wherefore, I cry unto you in the name of the Lord, and in the words of the Prophet, Zech. ix. 12: “Torn: ye to the strong hold; ýe prisoners of hope.": Flee to Jesus; Christ out of this your natural state,
MOTIVE 1. While ye are in this state, ye muft stand or fall according to the Law, or Covenant of Works. If ye underfood this aright, it would strike: through your hearts as a thousand darts. One had better be a Lave to the Turks, condemned to
the galleys, or under Egyption bondage, than be'under the covenant of works now. All mankind were brought under it in Adam, as we heard before : and thou in thy unregenerate ftate, art still where Adam left thee. It is true, there is another covenant brought in :' but what is that to thee, who art not brought into it? Thou mult needs be under one of the two Covenants ; either under the Law, or under Crace. That thou art not under Grace, the dominion of fin over thee, manifestly evinceth ; therefore thou art under the Law, Rom. vi. 14. Do not think God has laid aside the first covenant, Mat. v. 17,18 Gal. iij. 10. No,
“ He will magnify the Law and make it honourable." It is broken indeed on thy part : but it is absurd to think, that therefore your obligation is dissolved. Nay, thou malt land and fall by it, till thou canst' produce thy discharge from God himself, who is thy party in that covenant; and this thou canst not pretend to, seeing thou are not in Chrift.
Naw, to give you a view of your misery, in this refpect, consider these following things, (1.) Hereby ye are bound over to death, in virtue of the threatning of death in that covenant, Gen, ii. 17. The conditioa being broken, ye fall under the penalty. So it concludes you, under wrath. (2.) There is no falvation for you under this movenant, but on a condition impossible to be performed by you. The justice of God must be fatisfied for the wrong you have done already. God hath written this truth in characters of the blood of his own Son. Yes, and you must perfectly obey the Law for the time to come. So faith the Law; Gal. ii. 12. The man that doth them, shall live in them,” Come then, O finner, see if thou canst make a ladder, whereby thou mayft reach the throne of God; frerch forth thinę arms, and try if thou canft fly on the wings of the wigd, catch hold of the clouds, and pierce through these visible heavens; and then either climb over, or breakthrough the jasper walls of the city above. Thefe things shalt thou do, as foon as, thou halt reach heaven in thy natural state, or under this Covenant. (3.) There is no pardon under this Covenant; Pardun is the benefit of another covenant, with which thou haft nothing to do, Acts xiii. y. “And, by him, all that believe are juftifed from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses." As for thee, thou art in the hand of a mercilets creditor, who will take thee by the throat, saying, " Pay what thou oweft:' and cast thee into prison, there to remain till thou haft paid the utmost farthing; unless thou beest fo wile as to get a futhicient cautioner for yourself in time, who is
able to answer for all thy debt, and get up thy discharge. This Jesus Carist alone can do. Thou abidelt under this Corenant, and pleadest mercy : But what is thy plea founded on ? T'here is not one promise of mercy or pardon in that Covenant. Doft thou plead mercy for mercy's fake? Justice will step in betwixt it and thee; and plead God's Covenantthreatning, which he cannot deny. (4.) There's no place for repentance in this Covenant, so as the lioner can be helped by it. For as soon as ever thou finneft, the Law lays its Curse on thee, which is a dead weight thou canst by no means throw off; no, not tho? thine head were waiers, and thine eyes à fountain of tears, to weep day and night for thy fin. That is what the law cannot do, in that it is weak through the flesh; Rom. viii. 3. Now thou art another profane Esau, that hath fuld the blesing; and there is no place for repentance, tl
thos thou seekelt it Garefully with tears, wbile under that Covenant. (5.) There is no accepting of the will for the deed, under this. Covenant, which was not made for good will, but good works.
The mistake in this point ruins many. They are not in Chrilt but stand under the first covedade; and yet they will plead this privilege. This is just as if one having made a feast for those of his own family, when they sit down at table, another man's servant that has run away from his master, should prefumptuouslyî come forward and lit down amongtt them : would not the master of the feait give such a stranger that check, ". Friend, how camelt thou in hither?" And since he is none of his family, command him to be gone quickly. Though a master accept the good will of his own child for the deed, can a hired servant expect that privilege ? (6.) Ye have nothing to do with Christ, while under this Covenant. By the Law of God, a woman cannot be married to two husbands at once : either death or divorce must dissolve the first marriage, ere she can marry another. So we must first be dead to the Lal, ere ve cau be married to Christ, Rom. vii. 4. The Law. is the first husband; Jesus Christ who raiserh the dead, marries the widow that was heart broken and plain by the first husband. But while the soul is in the house with the first husband, it cannot plead a marriage-relation to Christ.; nor the benefits of a marriage-covenant, which is not yet, entered into, Gal. v. 4. “ Chrict is become of no effect to you, whosoever of you are justified by the la:v, ye are fallen from Grace.” Peace, pardon, and such like benefits, are all benefits of the covenant of grace. Aņd ye must not think 10 stand off from Chrilt, and the mar•
riage-covenant with him, and yet plead these benefits ; more than one man's wife can plead the benefit of a contract of marriage paft betwixt another man and his own wife. Lasly, See the bill of exclusion, part in the court of heaven, against all under the covenant of works, Gal. iv. 30. 6. The son of the bond-women fall not be heir." Conipare ver. 24. Heirs of wrath must nor be heirs of glory. Wliom the first covenant hath power to exclude out of heaven, the second covenant can. oct briog into it.
Objection. Then it is impossible for us to be saved. Answer, It is so, while you are in that flate. But if you would be out of that dreadful condition, hasten out of that Itate. If a muro derer be under sentence of death; lo long as he lives within the kingdom, the laws will reach his life : but if he can make his escape, and get over the sea, into the dominiops of another prince ; our laws cannot reach him there. This is what we would have you to do : flee out of the kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of God's dear Son ; out of the dominion of the Law, into the deminion of grace.; then all the curses of the Law, or covenant of Works, Thall.tiever be able so reach you.
Motive 2. Oye children of wrath, your state is wretcheda for
ye have loft God; and that is an unspeakable loss, “Ye are without God in the world," Eph. ii. 12. Whatever you may call yours, you cannot call God yours. 'If we look to the earth, perhaps you can tell us, that land, that house, or that herd of cattle, is yours. But let us look upward io heaven, is that God, that grace, that glory yours? Truly, you have neither part nor lot in that matter. Wien Nebuchadnezzar talks of cities and kingdoms, O how big does he speak!
“ Great Babylon that I have builtymy power.com.my majesty :" but he tells a poor tale when he comes to speak of God, saying, “ Your God,” Dan. ii. 47. and iv. 30. Alas! finner whatever shou hast, God is gone from thee. O che misery of a godless foul! Hast bou loft God? Then, (1.) The fap and substance of all that thou hast in the world, is gone. The godless nian, have what he will, is one that hath not, Matth..8xv. 29. I defy the uoregenerate man to attain to foul fa:isfaction, whatever he polfeffeth, lince God is not his God. All his days he eateth in daikness : in every condition, there is a secret dissatisfaction haunts his heart like a ghost: the soul wants something, tlio' perhaps it knoweth not what it is : and so it will be always, till the soul return to God, the fountain of satisfaction. (3.) Ttou canst do nothing to purpose for thyself;. for God is