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no faving interest in the great peace maker. Ye are none of God's family: the adoption we fpoke of belongs not to you. Ye have no part in the Spirit of fan&ification; and, in one word, ye have no inheritance among them that are fanttified, All I can say to you in this matter, is, that the case is not defperate, they may yet be yours, 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 propoling an union with earth Nill, the porter is making suit to his own clay, and the gates of the city of refuge are not yet clofed. O! that we could compel you to come in.
Thas far of the State of Grece,
The ETERNAL STATE; or State of cons
summate Happiness or, Misery;
Јов xxx, 23.
For I know that thou wilt bring me to Death, and 10 the
House appointed for all Living.
Come now to discourse of man's eternal flate, into which
hę enters by death. Of this entrance Jub takes a folemn serious view, in the words of the text, which contain a general truth, and a particular application of it. The general truth is supposed; namely, that all men muft, by death, remove out of this world ; they must die. But, whither must they go ? They must go to ibe house appointed for all living ; to the grave, that darksome, gloomy, solitary house, in the land of forgetfulness. Wherefoever the body is laid up, till the resurrection ; thither, as to a dwellingboufe, death brings us home. While we are in the body, we are but in a lodging-house : in an inn, on our way home. ward. When we come to our grave, we come to our home, our long home, Ecclef. xii, 5. All living must be inbabi. tarts of this house, good and bad, old and young. Man's life is a stream, running into death's devouring deeps. They, who now live in palaces, muit quit them, and go home to this house, and they, who have not where to lay their beads, shall thus have a houfe at length. It is appointed for all, by him, whose countel thall land. This appointment cannot be shifted; it is a law, which mortals cappot transgress. Job's application of this general truth to him. fulf, is expressed in these words; I know that thou wilt bring me to death, &c. He knew, that he behoved to meet with death; that his soul and body behoved to part; that, God, who had set the tryf, would certainly see it kept. Some. times job was inviting death to come to him, and carry him home to its house ; yea, he was in hazard of running to it before the time, fob vii. 15. • My soul chooseth • Arangling and death, rather than my life.' But here be considers God would bring him to it; yea, bring him back to it, as the word imports. Whereby he feems to intimate, that we have no life in this world, but as runaways from death, which Aretcheth out its cold arms, to receive us from the womb; but though we do then narrowly escape its 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 must die,
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 knotu that they shall die ; yet it is needful to discourse of the cer. tainty of death, that it may be impressed on the mind, and duly considered.
Wherefore consider first. There is an unalterable fatute of death, under which men are concluded. It is appointed
unto men once to die,'Heh. ix.27. It is laid up for them, and cannot miss it; seeing God has designed and reserved it as parents lay up for their children; they may look for it for them. There is no peradventure in it; we must needs die, 2 Sam. xiv. 14. Though some men will not hear of death, yet every man must see death, Pfal. Ixxxix. 48. Death is a champion all must grapple with ; we must enter the lists with it, and it will have the mastery, Ecclef. viii. 8. There * is no man that hath power over the spirit, to retain the spisrit, neither hath he power in the day of wrath. They in.deed 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 must go, the common road, the way of all flesh. Secondly, Let us consult daily observation. Every man seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and brutish person, Psal. xlix. 10. There is room enough, on this earth, for us:notwithstanding of the multitudes that were upon it, before us : they are gone to make room for us; as we must depart to leave room for o. thers. It is long since death began to transport men into another world, andvat shoals and multitudes are gone thither already: yet the trade is going on Gill; death is carrying - off new inhabitants, daily, to tbe house appointed for all loo ving. Who could ever hear the grave say, It is enough? Long has it been getting, but still it asketh This world is like a great fair or market, where some are coming in, o. thers going out ; while she assembly that is in it is confused, and be more part know Bot wherefore they are come iogether; or like a town situate on the road, to a great city, thro' which some travellers are pas, some are passing, while others are only coming in, Eccl. 4. • One generation para • feth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth « abideth forever.' Death is an inexorable, irrefsible mera senger; who cannot be diverted from executing his orders, by the force of the mighty, the bribes of the rich, nor the intreaties of the poor, It doth not reverence the hoary head, nor pity the harmless babe. The bold and daring cannot outbrave it: nor cap the faint hearted obtain a difcharge in this war. Thirdly, The human body consists ot perishing principles, Gen. iii. 19. • Dult thou art, and • unto dust shalt thou reture. The strongest are but brittle earthen vessels, easily broken in shivers. The foul is but meanly housed, while in this mortal body, which is not a house of Rone, but a house of clay; the mud walls canpot but moulder away, especially seeing the foundation is not on a rock, but in the duft; they are crushed before the znoth, though this infect be tender, 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 let them on fire, and blow up the house. The stone of a saisin, or a hair in milk, bave chcaked them, and laid the house of clay in the dust. It we consider the frame and stru&ure of our bodies, how fearfully and wonderfully we are made: and on how regular and exact a motion of the Auids, and balance of humours, our life depends; and that death has as many doors to enter in by, as the body hath pores ; and it we compare the soul and body together, we may juftly reckon, there is somewhat more altonishing in our life, than in our death; and that it is more Itrange, to see dust walking up and down on the dust, than lying down in it. Though the lamp of our life be not violently blown out; yet the flame must go out at length, for want of oil. And what are those diftempers and diseases, we are liable to, but death's harbingers, that come to prepare its way? They meet us, as soon as we set our foot on earth: to tell us at our entry, that we do but come into the world to go out again. Howbeit, some are snatched away in a moment, without being warned by fickness or disease. Fourthly. We have sinful fouls, and therefore have dying bodies: death follows sin, as the shadow follows the body. The wicked must die, by virtue of the threatning of the covenant of works, Gen, ii. 17. • In the day that thou eatest thereof, 5 thou shalt surely die.' And the godly must die too ; that as death entered by @n, sin may go out by death. Christ has taken away the fling of death, as to them; albeit he has not
removed death itselt. Wherefore though it fasten on them, as the viper did on Paul's hand, it shall do them no harm; but because the leprosy of fin is in the walls of the house, it must be broken down, and all the materials thereof Çarried forth. Lastly, Man's life in this world, according to the scripture account of it, is but a few degrees removed from death. The scripture represents it, as a vain and empty thing, mort in its continuance, and swift in its paffing a way.
First, Man's life is a vain and empty thing, while it is : it ranisheth away: and lo! it is not. Job viii. 6. My day's are vanity. If ye suspect afficted Job of partiality in this matter, hear the wife and prosperous Solomon's character of the days of his life, Ecclef. viii. 15. All thirgs have I feen in the days of my vanity, i. e. my rain days. Moses, who was a very active man, compares our days to a sleep, Pfal. C. 5. They are as asleep, which is not noticed, till it be