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it ; But they love them for their commendable qualities or perfections; whether natural or moral ; because, in whomsoever these are, they are from God, and can be traced to hiip as their fountais. Finally, regenerating grace fers the Affections fo firmly on God, that the man is disposed, at Gou's command, to quit his hold of every thing else, in order to keep his hold of Chrift; to hate father and mother, in comparison with Christ, Luke xiv. 26. It makes even lawful enjoyments like Joseph's mantle, to hang loose about a man ; that he may quit' them when he is in hazard to be enfnared by holding them.

If the stream of our Affections was never thus turned, we are; doubtless, going down the stream into the pit. If the luft of the eye, the luft of the flesh, and the pride of life, have the throne in our hearts, which should be possessed by the Father, Son, and holy Ghoit; if we never had so much love to God, as to ourselves"; if sin has been somewhat bitter to us, but never so bitter as suffering, never so bitter as the pain of being weaned from it: truly, we are frangers to this saving change. For grace turns the Affections upside down, whenever it comes into the heart.

Fourthly, The conscience is renewed. Now, that a new lifht is set up in the soul in regeneration; conscience is enlightped, instructed, and informed. That candle of the Lord, (Prov. xx. 27.) is now fouffed and brightned; so as it shines, and sends forth its light into the most rețired corners of the heart ; discovering fins which the fuul was net aware of before : and, in a special manner, discovering the corruption or depraviry of nature, that feed and spawn whence - all actual sins proceed. This produces the new complaint, Rom. vii. 24. 4 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the budy of this death ?" That confcience which lay Neeping in the man's bosom before, is now awakened, and makes its voice to be h:ard through the whole foul: and therefore there is ro more relt for him in the fluggard's bed'; he must get up and be doiing, arise, bafte and escape for his life. lt powerfully incites to obedience; even in the mott fpiritual acts, which ly not wiihin the view of the natural conscience; and powerfully reftrains from fin, even from these fins which do not ly open 10 the obfervation of the world. It urgeth the fovereign authority of God, 10 which the heart is now reconciled, and which it willingly acknowledges : and fo it engageth the man to his duty, whatever be the hazard from the world ; for it fills the heart so with the fear of God, that the force of the fear of man

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is broken. This hath engaged many to put their life in their hand; and follow the cause of religion they once contemned, and resolutely walk in the path they formerly abhorred. Gal. i. 23. “ He which persecuted us in times palt, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.” Guilt now makes the conscience to smart. It hath titrer remorse for fins paft, which fills the foul with anxiety, forrow and self loathing. Aod every new reflexion on the le fins, is apt to affect and make its wounds, bleed afresh with regret. It is made tender, in point of sin and duty, for the time to come ; being once burnt, it deads the fire; and fears io break the hedge, where it was formerly bit by the serpent. Finally, The renewed conscience drives the finner to Jesus Christ, as the only physician that can draw out the sting of guilt; and whose blood alone can purge o the conscience from dead works,” Heb. ix. 14. refusing all ease offered to it from any other hand. And this is an evidence that the conscience is not only fired, as it may be in an uore. generare state, but oiled also, with regenerating grace.

FIFTHLY, As the Memory wanted not its share of depravitys it is also bettered by regenerating grace. The Memory is weakened with respect to those things that are not worth their room therein; and men are taught to forget injuries, and drop their resediments, Matth. v. 44, 45. “ Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, --That ye niay be (i. e. appear to be) the children of your Father which is in heaven.". It is strengthened for spiritual things. We have Solomon's receipt for an ill meniory, Prov. iii. 1. “ My son, saith he, forget not my law." But how shall it be kept in mind ? “ Let thine beart keep my commandments.” Grace , makes a heart-memory, even where there is no good head memory: Psal. cxix. li.

Thy word have I hid in my heart.” The heart truly touched with the powerful swertvel's of truth, will help the memory to retain what is to relished. Did divine truths make deeper impressions on our hearts, they would thereby impress themselves with more force on

our memories, Prál. cxix. 93. " I will never forget thy precepis, for with them thou hast quickned me" Grace fanctifies-the memory. Many have large, but unfan&tified memories which ferve only to gather knowledge, whereby to aggravate their condemnation : but the renewed memory serves to * remember his comniandments to do them,” Pfal. cui. 18. It is a sacred store-bouse, from whence à Chriftian is furnished in his

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hour. It is the fore house of former experiences; and these are the believers way-marks, by noticing of which, he comes to know where he is, even in a dark time, Pfal. xlii: 6.5 my God, my soul is cast down withio nie : therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, üc. It also helps the foul to godly sorrow and self-loathing, presenting old guilt anew before the conscience: and making it bleed afresh, tho' the fin be already pardoned, Psal. xxv. 7. “ Remember not the fios of my youth." And where unpardoned guilt is lying on the fleeping copscience, it is often employed to bring in a word, which in'a moment sets the whole soul a-(tir : as when Peter remembered the words of Jesus.--" he went out and wept bitterly,”. Matth. xxvi. 75. The word of God laid up in a fanctified memory, serves a man to resist temptations, puts the sword in his band against the spiritual enemies, and is uilight to direct bis steps in the way of religion and righteousness.

Surhly, There is a change made on the body, and the members thereof, in respect of their use : they are confecrared to the Lord. Even the body is for the Lord, 1 Cor, vi. 13. It is the temple of the holy Ghost, ver. 19. The members thereaf, that were formerly instruments of unrighteousness unto fin, become instruments of righteousness unto God, Rom. vi. 13. Servants to righteousness unto holiness, ver. 19. The


that conveyed finful imaginations into the heart, is under a covenant, Job xxxi. to do fo co more; but to serve the foul in viewing the works, and reading the word of God. The car that had often been death's porter to let in fio, is turned to be the gate of life, by which the word of life enters the soul. The tongue that set on fire the whole course of nature, is restored to the office it was designed for by the Creator; namely, to be an inftrument of glorifying him, and setting forth his praife. In a word, the whole man is for God, in soui and body, which by this blessed change are made his.

LASTLY, This gracious change shines forth in the conversa tion. Even the outward mao is renewed. A new heart makes Bewness of life. When the King's daughter is all glorious within, her cloathing is of wrought gold, Pfal. xiv. 13. The Aigle eye niakes the whole body full of light, Matth. vi. 22. This change will appear in every part of one's conversation, particularly in these following things.

I. In the change of his company. Tho' sometimes he de{pised the company of the faints, now they are excellent, in whom is all his delight, Pfal. xvi. 3. “1 am a companion of all P

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that fear thee." faith the royal Pfalmift, Psal. cxix. 63. A renewed man joins himself with the faints : for be and they are like minded, in that which is their main work and business : They have all one new nature: They are all travelling 10 IMMANUEL's land, and converse together in the language of Canaan, In vaio do men pretend to religion, while ungodly company is their choice : for," A companion of fools Thall be destroyed, Prov. xiii. 20. Religion will make man shy of throwing himself into an ungodly family, or any unneceffarý familiarity with wicked men: as one that is clean, will beware of going into an infected house.

2. In his relative capacity, he will be a new man. Grace makes men gracious in their several relations, and natively leads them to the conscientious performance of relative duties. It does not only make good men, and good wonen : bút, makes good subjects, good huibands, good wives, children, servants, and, in a word, good relatives in the church common-wealth and family. It is a just exception made againit the religion of many, namely, that they are bad relatives, they are ill husbands, wives,' matters, servants, &c. How will we prove ourselves to be new creatures, if we be still just such as we were before, in our several relations, 2 Cor. 4. 17. “ Therefore, if any man be in Chrift, he is a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold all things are become new." Real godliness will gain a testimony to a man, from the consciences of his nearest relations, tho' they know more of his fioful infirmities, than others do, as we see in that case, 2 Kings iv. 2.

Thy servant, my husband is dead, and thou knowest i hat thy servant did fear the Lord."

3. In the way of his following his wordly business, there is a great change. It appears to be no more his all, as some time it was. Though saints apply themselves to worldly business, as well as others; yet their hearts are not swallowed up in it. Įt is evident they are carrying on a trade with heaven, as well as a trade with earth, Philip. iii. 20. " For our conversation is io heaven." And they go about their employment in the world as a duty laid upon them by the Lord of all ; doing their lawful business as the will of God, Ephes. vii 7 working, because he has said, “ Thou shalt not steal.”

4. They bave a special concern for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ in the world : they espoule the interests of religion, and" prefer Jerusalem above their chief joy,"? Pfal. cxxxvii, 6. "How privately foever they live, grace makes

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then a public spirit, which will concern itself in the ark and work of God; in the gospel of God; and in the people of God, even these of them whom they never saw in ihe face. . As children of God, they naturally care for these things. They have a new and unwonted concern for the spiritual good of others. And no sooner do they taste of the power of grace themselves, but they are inclined to set

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for Christ and holiness in this world.; as appears in the case of the woman of Samaria, who, when Christ had manifefted himself to her," went her way into the city, and faith' unto the men, come see a man which told me all things that ever I did : Is not this the Chrift?” John iv. 128, 29. They have seen and felt the evil of fin, and therefore pity the world lying in wickedness. They would fain pluck the brands out of the fire, remembring that they themselves were plucked out of it. They will labour to commend religion to others, both by word and example ; and rather deny themselves their libery in indifferent things, than by the uncharitable use of its destroy others, 1 Cor. viii. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no fesh while the world fandeth, left I make my brother to offend."

5. In their ule of lawful comforis, there is a great change. They rest not in them, as their end; but ufe them as means to help them in their way. They draw their fatisfaction from the higher springs, even while the lower springs are running. Thus Hannah having obtained a son, rejoiced not so much in the gift, as in the giver, 1 Sam. ii. 1.." And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord.” Yea, when the comforts of life are gone, they can subsist without them, and

rejoice in the Lord, altho' the fig-tree do not blossom,” Hab. iii. 17. 18. Grace teacheth to ufe the conveniencies of a present life paflingly; and to fhew a holy moderation in all things. The heart, which formerly immersed itself in these things without fear, is now shy of being over-much pleased with them; and being apprehensive of danger, uses them warily: as the dogs of Egypt run while they lap their water out of the river Nile, for fear of the Crocodiles that are in it.

LASTLY, This chaisge shines forth in the man's performance of religious duties. He wio lived in the neglect of them, will do so no more, if once the grace of God enter into his heart. If

man be new-born, he will defire the fincere milk of the word, 1 Pet. ii. 2. Whenever the prayerless person gets the fpirit of grace, he will be in him a Spirit of supplication, Zech. xii. 10. It is as natural for one that is born again, to




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