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gone, his soul is departed from thee, Jer. vi. 8. like a leg out of joint hanging by, whereof a man hath no use, as the word there used doth bear. Losing God, thou hast lost the fountain of good : and so, all grace, all goodness, all the saving, intiuences of his Spirit. What canst thou dp then? What fruit canst thou bring forth, more than a branch cut off from the ftock? John xv. 5. Thou art bęconje unprofitable, Rom.'

as a filliy rotten thing, fit only for the dunghill. (3.) Death has come up into thy windows, yea, and has fettled on thy face; for God, in whore favour is life, Pfal, XXX. 5.


gone from thee ; and so the soul of thy foul is departed. What a lothsome lump is the body, when the soul is

gone ? Far more lothsome is thy foul in this case. Thou art dead, while thou livest. Do not deny it,. feeing thy speech is laid, thine eyes closed, and all fpiritual motion in thee ceaseth. Thy true friends, who see thy case do lament, because thou art gone into the land of filence. (4.) Thou haft not a steady friend

among all the creatures of God; for now that thou halt Jost the Master's favour, all the family is fet against theę. Conscience is thine enemy : the word never speaks good of thee : God's people lothe thee, fo far as they see what thou art, Pfal. xv. 22. The beasts and lones of the field, are banded together against thee, Joh. v. 23. Hof. ii. 18. Thy neat, drick, clothes, grudge to be serviceable to the wretch that has loft God, and abuseth them to his dishonour. The earth groaneth under thee; yea, the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together, becaule of thee, and such as thou art, Rom. xxi. 22. Only hell from beneath is moved for thee for, “ There Mall in no wise enter into it, any thing that defileth, Rev. xxi. 22. Only hell from beneath is mored for thee, to meet thee at tłry coming, Ifa. xiv. 9. . Lastly, Thy bell is begun already. What makes hell, but exclusion froni the presence of God? “

Depart from ne ye curlid.” Now ye are gone from God already, with the curse upon you. That shall be your pupilliment at length, (if ye return not) which is now your choice. As a gracious state," is a state of glory in the bud; fo a graceless state, is helf in the bud; which if: it continue, will come to perfection at length. MOTITE 3.

Consider the dreadful instances of the wrath of God; and let them serve to awaken thee to fee out of this state. Consider, (1.) How it has fallen on men. Even in this world, many have been set up as monuments of divine vengeance; that others might fear. Wrath has swept away

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multitudes, who have fallen together by the hand of an angry God. Confider how the Lord spared not the old world, bringing in the food upon the world of the ungodly: anu turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into alhes, con demned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly," 2. Pet. ii. 5, 6. But it is yer more dreadful to think of that weeping, wailing and gnathing of teeth, amongft those, who in hell lift up their eyes, but cannot get a drop of water to cool their tongues. Believe these things, and be warned by them; left destruction come upon thee, for a warning to others. (2.) Consider how wrath fell upon the fallen angeis, whose café is absolutely hopeless. They were the first that ventured to break the hedge of the divine law., and God set them up for monuments of his wratlı against fin. They once left their own habitation, and were ziever allowed to look in again at the hole of the door; bác they are " reserved in everlasting chaios under darkness, unto the judgement of the great day," Jude 6. Lastly, Bebold how an angry God dealt with his own Son, itandiag in the room of ele&t fingers. "Rom. viii. 32.“. God spared not his own Son.”' Sparing mercy might have been expected, if any at all. If any. person could have obtained it, surely his owo Son would have got it, but he fpared hiin noi. The Father's delight is made a man of sorrows: he who is the wildom of God, becomes fore aniazed, ready to faint away with a fit of horror. The weight of his wrath makes him fweat great drops of blood. By the fiercenefs of this fire, his heart was " like wax melted in the midfi of his bowels." Behold here how fevere God is against fin! the sun was ftruck blind with this tersible fight, rocks were rent, graves opened, death, as it were, in the excess of aftonishment, letting its prisoners ftip away. What is a deluge, a shower of fire and brimstone on Sodomites, the terrible noise of a diffolving evorld, the whole fabric of heaven and earth falling down at once, angels cast down from heaven int's the bottornless pit? What are all these, I say, in comparisor 4 withi this ? God suffering! groaning, dying upon a cross ! infinite holincfs did it, to make fin look like itfelf, viz. infinite s odious. And will m. n live at ease, while exposed to this wrat!

Lastly, Consider what a God he is, with who to do, whose wrath thou art liable unto : He is a "sod of infaite knowledge and wisdom: so that none of th secret, can be hid from him. He infallibly fi whereby wrath may be executed towar


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Justice. He is of infinite Power, and so can do what he will
against the finner. How heavy must the strokes of wrath be,
which are laid on by an omnipotent band !, infinite Power can
make the funer prisoner, even when lie is in his greatest rage
against heaven : le can bring again the several parcels of duft,
out of the grave; put them together again, reunite the soul
and the body, lift them before the tribunal, hurry them away
to the pit, and hold them up with the one hand thro' eternity,
while they are lashed with the other. He is infinitely just, and

therefore niuft punish; it were acting contrary to his nature to
suffer the finner to escape wrath : Hence the executing of this
Wrath is pleasing to him; for tho' the Lord hath no delight in
the death of the finner, as it is the destruction of his own crea-
ture; yet he delights in it, as it is the execution of justice ;
“ Upon the sicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and
an horrible tempelt:" Mark the reason, " For the righteous
Lord loveth righteousness," Psal. xi, 6, 7. “ I will cause my fury
to rest upon them, and I will be comforted,? Ezek. v. 13
“I also will laugh at your calamity,” Prov. i. 26. Finally, He
lives for ever, to pursue the quarrel : Let us therefore conclude,
“ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Goit."

Be awakened then, 0 young finner; be awakened, 0 old
'finner, who art yet in the state thou wait born, in: Your, secu-
rity is none of God's allowance, it is the fleep of death: rise
out of it ere the pit close its mouth.on you: It is true, you may
put on a breast plate of iron, make your brow brass, and your
hearts as an adamant; who can help it? But God will break
that brạzen brow, and make that adamantine heart, at laft, to
fy into a thousand pieces : :Ye may, if ye will, labour 10 put
these things out of your heads, that ye may yet sleep in a found
fkin, tho' in a ffate of wrath: Ye may run away with the
grows sticking in your consciences to your work, to work
them away.: or to your beds, to deep them out: or to com.
pany to sport and laugh them away: but convictions so ftifled
will have a fearful refurrection : and the day is coming, when
the aty ws of wrath Niall so stick in thy foul, as thou shalt
never be’able to pluck them out thro' the ages of eternity,
unless thou take warning in time.

But if any desire to flee from the wrath to come : and for that end, ia know what courfe to take; I offer them these few advices, and obteft and beseech them, as they love their own fouls, to fall in with them: (1.) Retire yourselves into some fecret place, and there meditate on this your misery; Believe


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it, and fix your thoughts on it: Let each put the question to himself, How can I live in this state ? How can I die in it? How will I rise again, and stand before elie tribunal of God in it? (2:} Consider seriously, the fin of your nature, heart and life : A kindly sight of wrath flows froin a deep fenfe of fin : They who see themselves exceeding Goful, will find no great difficulty to perceive themselves to be heirs. 'of wrath (3.) Labour to juftify God in this matter: To quarrel with God about it, and to rage like a wild bull in a net, will but fix you the more in it: Humiliation of foul before the Lord, is Decessary for an efcape : God will not sell deliverance, but freely gives it to those who fee themselves alogether unworthy of his favour. Lastly, Turo your eyes, O prisoners of hope, towards the Lord Jesus Chrift; and embrace him as he offereth himself in the gospel : “ There is no salvation in any other," Acts iv. 12. God is a consuming fire ye are the children of wrath: if the Mediator interpose not bei wixt him and you, ye. are undone for ever. If ye would be safe, come under his Shadow; one drop of that wrath cannot fall ihere, for he " delivereth us from the wrath to come,'' 1 Toeff. i. 10 Accept of him in his covenant, wherein he offereth himself tot thee : and so thou shali, as the caprive woman,' redeem thy life, by marrying the Conqueror. His blood will quench that fire of wrath, which burns against thee : in the white raiment of his righteousness thou thalt be Fafe ; for no storm of wrath can pierce it.

II. I shall drop a few words to the fainter

FIRST, Remember, w that at that time, (namely, when ye were in your natural state) ye were withou: Chriít-having 'no hope, and without God in the world." Call 19 mind that ftate

ye' were in formerly; and review the misery of it. There are five memorials 1 may thence give in to the holy aisembly, of the faitts, who are no more children of wrath, but heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, tho' as yet in their minority. (1.) Remember, that in the day our Lord took you by the hand, ye were in no better condition than others. O what moved him to ta's you, when he past by your neighbours? Ne found you chilaren of wrath, even as others; but he did not leave you fo. He came into the common prison, where you lay in your fetters, even as others : and from amongst the mulia tude of condeinned malefactors, he picked out you, commanded your fetters to be taken off, put a pardon in your hand, and. trought you into the glorious liberty of the children of Gud Mź


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while he left others in the devil's ferters.. (2.) Remember there was nothing in you to engage him to love you, in the day he first appeared for your deliverance. Ye were children of Vrath, even as others, fit for hell, and altogether unfit for heaven : yet the King brought you into the palace: the King's Son made love to you a condemned criminal, and espoused you to himself, on the day in which ye might have been well led forth to execution. - Evea su, Father; for so it seemeth good in thy fight,” Matth. ix. 25. (3.) Remember, ye were fitter to be lothed than loved in that day. Wonder, that when be in your blood, he looked not at you with abhorrence, and passed by you. Wonder that ever soch a time could be a *** a time of Love,"' Ezek. xvi. 3. (4.) Remember, ye are decked with borrowed feathers. It is his comeliness which is upons: yoll, ver. 14. It was he that took off your prison-garments, and clothed you with robes of righteoufuels, garments of fal vation : garnients where with ye are arrayed as the lilies, which toil not, neither do they spin. He took the chains from off your arms, the rope from about your necks ; put you in such-ak. urefs as ye might be fit for the court of heaven, even to eat atthe King's table. (5.)" Remember your faults this day :" as Pharaoh's butler, who had forgotten Jofeph. Mind how you have forgotten, and how unkindly you have treated him, who remembred


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kindness to your friend?" In the day of

deliverance, did ye

think ye could have thus requited him, your Lord?

SECONDLY, Pity the children of wrath, the world that lies in wickedness. Can ye be unconcerned for them, ye who were once in the fame condition? Ye have got afhore indeed, but your fellows are yet in hazard of perishing; and will not ye make then all pofible help for their deliverance? What They are, ye sumetimes were. This may draw pity from you. an engage you to use all means for their recovery: See Tit. ill. 1, 2, 3:

THIRDLY, Admire that matcheless love, which brought you out of the date of wrath. Christ's love was, active love, lie #loved thy fuul from the pit of corruption."? It was no easy work to purchale the life of the condemned finner ! but he gave his life for thy life. He gave bis precious blood to quench that flame of wrath, which otherwise would have burnt thee up. Men get the best view of the stars, from the bottom of a deep pit; from this pit of misery into which thou waft cast by the 440 Adam, thou may ft ger the belt view of the Sun of Righteoul




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