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" 127 it, and the fun of prosperity shines upon thee; so that thou can't say with Elau, Gen. xxxiii. 9. “ I have enough." Buf koow, thou has more than all that, an, inheritance thou doft not consider of; thou, art a child of wrath, an heir of hell, That is an heritage which will abide with thee, amidft all the changes in the world, as long as thou continueft in ag unre, generare state. When thou shalt - leave thy substance to others, this Thall 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. “ The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction ; they shall be brought forth to the day of wrathi's Well then, rejoice, let thine heart chear thee; walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the light of thine eyes : live above reproots and warnings from the word of God; shew thyfelf a man of a fine fpirit, by casting off all fear of God; mock at feriousness; live like shyself, a child of wrath, an heir of hell ; “ Bur know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment,'' Eccles. xi. 9. Affure thyself, thy breaking shall come luddenly, at an inftant, Isa. XXX. 13. “ For as the crack. ling of thorns under a por, so is the laughter of a fool,” Eccles. vii. 6. The fair blaze and great noise they make, is quickly gone ; so sball thy mirth be." And then that wrath that is now kilently, linking into thy foul, shalt make a fearful billing.
5. « Wo to him that (like Moab) hath been at ease from his youth,” Jer. xlviii, 11. and never saw the black cloud of wralba 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 Itate. Many have come by their religion too easily; and as it came lightly w them, so it will go from them, when their trial comes. Do ye think men Aee from wrath in a morning dream? Or will they flée from the wrath they never saw pursuing them?
6. Thiok ii 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 get-a right view of himself, 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 bim, he'll ftruggle to get from under it. Thunder-claps of wrath from the word of God conveyed to the soul by the fpirit of the Lord, will surely keep a man awaks.
LASTLY, It is no wonder wrath come upon churches and nations, and upon us in this land; and that infants and children yer unborn smart under it. Most of the society are yet child. ren of wrath ; few are fleeing 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 nor pursued with wrath on the succeeding one.
USE (2.) OF EXHORTATIO X. And here, 1. I shall drop: a word to thefe 'who are yet in an unregenerate state. 2. To those thar are brought out of it. 3. To all indifferently.
I. To you that are yet in an unregenerate fate, I would found the alarm, and warn you to fee to yourselves, while yet there is hope. 'Oye chiltren of wrath, take no rest in this difmal state ; but flee to Jesus Christ the only refuge. 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 relt:" O finner, knowest thou where thou, art? Dost thou not see thy danger? The curse bas 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 thee and should the thread of thy life be cut.this moment, thou art henceforth past. all hopes for ever. Sirs, if we saw you putring a cup of poifon. to your mouth, we would fly to you, and fnatch it out of your hands : If we saw the house on fire about you, while ye were fait asleep in it, we nould run to you, and drag you out of it :: But, alas! ye are in ten thousand times greater hazard ; yet we can do no more but tell you of your danger ; invite, exhorts, beseech, and obtest you, io look to yourselves;- and lament your ftupidity and obftinacy, when we cannot prevail with you io take warning. If there were no liope of your recovery, we should be filent, and would not tormert you before the time; but tho?
be lost and undone, there is hope in Israel concern-. ing this ihing. Wherefore, I cry unto. you in the name of the Lord, and in the words of the Prophet, Zech. ix. 12.“ Tuin: ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope.": Flee to. Jesus Christ out of this your natural state,
Motive 1. While ye are in this flate, ye muft ftand or fall! according to the Law, or Covenant of Works. If ye underfood this aright, it would stiike: through your hearts as a thousand larts.. One had better be a Daye 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 ftill 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 chou 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 aGde the first covenant, Mat. v. 17,1 Gal. iii. 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 diffolved. Nay, thou malt tand and fall by it, till thou canst' produce thy discharge from God himself, who is thy party in that covenant; and this thou caoft not pretend to, seeing thou are not in Chrift.
Naw, to give you a, view of your misery, in this respect, 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 condition being broken, ye fall under the penalty. So it concludes you, under wrath. (2.) There is no salvation for you under this movenant, but on a condition impossible to be performed by you. The justice of God must be satisfied for the wrong you have done already. God hath written this truth in characters of the blood of his own Son. Yea, 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 fioner, see if thou canst make a ladder, whereby thou mayst reach the throne of God; Itrerch forth thinę arms, and try if thou canft fly on the wings of the wiod, catch hold of the clouds, and pierce through thefe visible heavens ; and then either climb over, or break through the jafper walls of the city above. Thefe things shalt thou do, as foon as, thou halt reach heaven in thy natural ftare, 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. 9. " And, by him, all that believe are justified 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 wife as to get a luthcient cautioner for yourself in time, who is
able to answer for all thy debt, and get up "thy discharge. This Jesus Crist alone can do. Thou abidelt under this Corenant, and pleadest mercy : But what is thy plea founded on? There 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 Covenant. threatning, which he cannot deny. (4.) There's no place for repentance in this Covenant, so as the finner can be helped by it. For as soon as ever thou finnest, the Law lays its Curse on thee, which is a dead weight thou canst by no means throw off; no, not thoi 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 blefling; and there is no place fur repentance, tho' thou seekeit it Garefully with tears, while 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 Christ but stand under the first covenant; and yet they will plead this privilege. This is jult 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 presumptuoullyi come forward and sit down amongit them : would not the master of the feast give such a stranger that check, " Friend, how camelt thou in hither?” And fince he is none of his family, command him to be gone quickly. Though a master accepi 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 diffolve the first marriage, ere she can marry another. So we muft srst be dead to the Law, ere we can be married to Chrilt, Rom. vii. 4. The Law is the first husband; Jesus Christ who raisoth the dead, marries the widow that was heart-broken and įlain by the first husbind. Bat while the soul is in the house with the firit 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. “ Chrilt is become of no effect to you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from Grace.” Peace, pardon, and such like benefits, are all benefits of the covenant of grace. And ye must not think. 10 stand off from Chrift, and the mar.
riage-covenant with bim, and yet plead these benefits ; more than one man's wife can plead the benefit of a coutract of marriage paft betwixt another man and his own wife. Lastly, 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 fliall 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 bring into ir.
Objection. Then it is impoflible for us to be saved. Answer, It is so, while you are in that ilate.
would be out of that dreadful condition, halten out of that state. If a muro derer be under sentence of death; so 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 dominioos 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 dominion of grace; then all the carses of the Law, or covenant of Works, thall never be able to reach you.
Motive 2. O ye children of wrath, your state is wretcheda for ye have lost God; and that is an unspeakable lofs, “ 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 rell us, that land, that house, or that herd of cattle, is yours. But let us looks upward io heaven, is that God, that grace, thár glory yours? Truly, you have neither part nor lot in that matter. When Nebuchadnezzar talks of cities and kingdoms, O how big does he speak! “ Great Babylon that I have built,ny power,amy majesty :” but he tells a poor tale when he comes to speak of God, faying, “ Your God,” Dan. ii. 47. and iv. 3o. Alas! finner whatever thou hast, God is gone from thee. O the misery of a godless soul! Haft ibou toft God? Then, (..) The fap and substance of all that thou hast in the world, gone. The godiefs nian, haye what he will, is one that liath no!, Matth.. 8xv. 29. I defy the uoregenerate man to attain to soul fa:isfaction, whatever he pofsesfeth, fince God is not his God. All his days he eateth in darkness : in every condition, there is a secret dissatisfaction haunts his heart like a ghost: 'the soul wants something, thio' perhaps it knoweth not what it is : and so it will be always, till the foul return to God, the fountain of satisfactioo. (2.) Ttou canst do nothing to purpose for thyself; for God is