Imágenes de páginas

for life, light, strength, and all spiritual benefits, Gal. ii. 20.

I live, yet not I but Chrift liveth in me : and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God' for this cause, in the mystical union, strength is united to weakness, life to death, and heaven to earth: that weakness death and earth, may mount up on borrowed wings. Depend on him før temporal benefits also, Matth. vi. 2. Give us this day our daily bread. If we have trusted him with our eternal concerns, let us be ashamed to distrust him in the matter of our provision in the world.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Lastly, Be of a meek disposition, and an uniting temper with the fellow-members of Christ's body, as being united to the meek Jesus, the bleffed center of union. There is a prophecy to the purpose, concerning the kingdom of Christ, Ifa. xi, 6. The wolf Thall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall ly down with the kid.' It is an allasion to the beats in Noah's ark. The beasts of prey, that were wont to kill and devour others, when once they came into the ark, lay down in peace with them : the Jamb was in no hazard by the wolf there; nop the kid by the leopard. There was a beautiful accomplishment of it in the primitive-church, Acts iv. 32, And the mu'titude of them that believed, were of one heart, and of one foul.' And this prevails in all members of Christ, according to the measure of the grace of God in them. Man is born-naked, he comes naked into this world, as if God designed him for the picture of peace : and surely when he is born again, he comes not into the new world of grace,

with claws to tear, a sword to wound, and a fire in his hand to burn up his fellow-members in Christ, because then he cannot see with his light. Oh! it is sad to see Christ's lilkes as thorns in one another's fides: Christ's lambs devouring one another like lions; and God's diamonds cutting one another : yet it must be remembered, that fin is no proper cement for the members of Christ, tho? Herod and Pontius Pilate may be made friends that way. The Apostle's rule is plain, Heb. xii. 14. • Follow peace with all men, and holiness' To follow peace 'no further than oor humour, credit, and such like things, will allow us; 'tis too short: to purfue it further than holiness, that is, conformity to the divine will allows us, in too far. Peace is precious, yei it may be bought too dear : wherefore we must father wanı it, than purchase it at the expence of truth or holi. Dess. But otherways it cannot be over-dear bought ; and it will always be precious in the eyes of the Sons of peace.

11. And

II. And now, finners, what shall I say to you? I have given you some view of the privileges of these in the state of grace: ye lave seen them afar off, But alas! they are not yours, because ye are not Christ's. The sinfulness of an unregenerate ftare is yours; and the misery of it is yours allo: but, ye have neither part oor lot in this matter. The guilt of all your

fins lies upon you : ye have no part in the righteousness of Christ. There is no peace to you, no peace with God, no truo peace of conscience; for ye have no saving interest in the great

PeaceMaker Ye are none of God's family: the adoption we spoke of, belongs not to you. Ye have no part in the Spirit of sanctification; and, in one word, ye have no inheritance among them that are fanétified. All I can say to you in this niatrer, is, that the case is not desperate, they may yet


Rev. iii. 20. • Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.' Heaven is promising an union with earth still! the potter is making suit to his own clay, and the gates of the city of refuge are pot yet clofed.

O! that we could compel you to come iu.

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]




confuin niate HAPPINESS or MISERY.

[ocr errors]

H E A D I.


JOB XXX. 23:
For I kizow that thou wilt bring me to Death, and to the

House appointed for all living.

fo PC 1


Come now to discourse of man's eternal laie, into which he

enters by death. Of this entrance Job takes a loleinn, feri. ous view, in the words of the text, which contain a general truch, and a particular application of it. The general truth is fuppofed,; naniely, that all men must, by death, remove out of this world ; they muit die. But, whittier muft they go ? They must go to the house a, pointed for all living ;? to the grave, that darksonie, gloeny, foliary house, in the land of forgetful. ness. Whereliever the body is laid up, till the resurrection ; thither, as to a dwelling house, deaih brings us home. While we are in the body, we are but in a lo.iging-house; in an ion, on our way homeward.

When we come to our grave, we conie to our home, our long liome, Ecclef. xii. 5. All living, must be indiabitants of this house, good and bad, old and young. Man's life is a stream, running into death's devouring deeps. Tiey who now live in palaces, muft quit them, and go home in this house; and they who have no-where lo lay their heads, finall thus have a house at leng:h." It is appointed for all, by him, whose coun!el shall stard. This appointment cannot be


fhifted; it is a law, which mortals cannot transgress. Jub's application of this general truth to himself, is expressed in thele words, I know that thou wilt bring me to death,' &c. Ile krew, that he belioved to meet with death; that his soul and body beloved to part; -that God, who had set the tryf, would certainly fee it kept. Sometinies Job was inviting death to come to him, and carry him home to its house; yea, he was in bazard of running to it before the time, Job'vii. 15. My fou!

chvoseth strangling and death, rather than my life.' But here he confiders God would bring him to it; yea, bring hiin back to it, as the word imports. Whereby He seems to intimate, that we have no life in this world, but as run-aways

from death, which stretcheth out its cold arms, to receive us from the womb; but though we do then narrowly escape i's clutches, we cannot eScape long; we will be brought back again to it. job knew this, he had laid his account with it, and was looking for it.

DOCTRINE, All music

Although this doctrine be confirmed by the experience of all former generations, ever since Abel entered into the house appointed for all living; and though the living know that they fhall die ; yet it is needful to discourse of the certainty of death, that it may be impreff:d on the mind, and duly considered..

Wherefore conlider firit, There is an unalterable tatute of death, under which men

are included : . It is appointed unió men once to die;' Hab. ix. 27. It is laid up for them, as parents lay up for their children: they may lock for it, and can. not miss it, ferring God has designed and seferved it for their There is no peradventure in it: We niuit needs die,? 2 Sam. xiv. 14. Though some men will not hear of death, yet every man nyit fee death, Plal. lxxxIx. 48. D.ath is a champion all mult grapple with : we nu enter the lists with is, and it will have the mastery, Eccief. vii. &. There is no man that trati power over the spirit to retain the Spirit, neither haid he power in the day of wrath. They indeed who are found alive at Christ's coming, shall all be changed, 1 Cor. xv. 51. but that change will be equivalent to death, will answer the purposes of it. All other persons nust go the common road, the way of all felh. Secondly, Let us consult daily observation. Every man · feesh chat wife men die, likevise the fool and brusiti perlon,' Pfal. xlix. 10. There is roon enough on this carth for us, notwithstanding of the multitudes that were upon it,

[ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

before us : they are gone to make room for us, as we must der part to leave room for oihers. It is long since death began to transport men into another world, and valt thoals and multitudes are gone thither already : yet the trade is going on still; death is carrying off new inhabitants daily, to the house appointed for all living. Who could ever hear the grave say, It is enough Long has it been getting, but still it alketh. This world is like a great fair or market, where some are coming in, cihers going out; while the aifenibly that is in it, is confused,

and the more part know not wherefore they are co:ne töge. ther; or, like a town situate on the road to a great city, thro? which some travellers have past, some are pasling, while oihers are only coming in. Ecclef. i. 4. One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.' Death is an inexorable, irrefiftible messenger, who cannot be diverted from executing his crders, by the force of the mighty, the bribe: of the rich, nor the intreaties of the poor. It doth not reverence the hcary head, nor pity the harmless babe. The bold and daring cangot out-brave it : nor can the faint-hearted ob!ain a discharge in this war. Thirdly, The human body consists of penishing principles, Gen. m. 19. Duft thou art, and cupto dust fhalt thou return. The strongest are but brittle earthen veffe is, easily broken in shivers. The foul is but nieanly beufed, while in this mortal body, which is not a house of stone, but a house of clay, the mud walls cannot but moulder 2way, especially seeing the foundation is not on a rock, bur in the duft; they are crushed before the moth, though this infect be forender that the gentle touch of a finger will dispatch it, Job. iv. 19. These principles are like gun-powder; a very small spark lighting on them, will set them on fire, and blow up the house. The ftone of a raisin, or a hair in m:)k, have choaked mein, and laid the house of clay in the dust. If we consider the frame and ftruäure of our bodies, how fearfully and wonderfully we are trade; and on how regular and exact a motion of the frids, and bilarice of humours, our life depends; and that death has as many doors to enter in by, as the body hath pores ; and if we compare the foul and body together, we nay juftly reckon, there is somewhat more astonishing in our life, than in our death; and that it is more strange, to fee dest walking up and down on the dust, than lying down in it. Though the lamp of our life be not violemily blown out; yet the flame must go out at length, for want of oil. And what are those distempers and diseales, we are liable to birt death's harbingers, that come to


« AnteriorContinuar »