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still accepted in the Beloved, Eph, i. 6. But God is angry with the wick•d every day, Pfal. vii. 11. There is a fire of wrath burns continually against laim, in the heart of God. They are as dogs and swine, most abominable creatures in the fight of God. Tho' their natural state be gilded over with a thiring profeslion, yet they are abhorred of God: they are to him as /moke in his nose, Isa. Ixv. 5. and lukewarm water, to be spewed out of his mouth, Rev. iii. 16. whitech fepulchres, Matth. Xxiii. 27. a gencration of vipers, Matth. xii. 34. and a people of his wrath, Ifa. X. 6. .
Secondly, He is displeased with all they do: It is impossible for them to please him, being unbelievers, Heb. xi. 6. He hates their persons; and so hath no pleasure in, but is displeased with their best works, Ifa. lvi. 3. He that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck, &c. Their duty, as done by them, is an abomination to the Lord, Prov. xv. 8. And as men turn their back upon them whom they are angry with; so the Lord's refusing communion with the natural man in his duties, is a plain indication of this wrath.
Secondly, There is wrath in the word of God against him. When wrath is in the heart, it seeks a vent by the lips; so God fights against the natural man with the word of his mouth, Rev. ii. 16. The Lord's word never speaks good of him, but always curseth or condemneth him. Hence it is, that when he is awakened, the word read or preached often increaseth his horror. First, It condemns all his actions, together with his corrupt nature. There is nothing he does, but the law declares it to be sin. It is a rule of perfect obedience, from which he always in all things, declines; and so it rejects every thing he doth as fin. Secondly, It pronounceth his doom, and denounceth God's curse against him, Gal. iii. 10. For as many às are of the works of the law, are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that contineth not in all things, which are written in the book of the lulu, to do them. Be he never so well in the world, it pronoun. ceth a woe from heaven against him, Isa. ii. 11. The Bible is a quiver filled with arrows of wrath against him, ready to be poured in on his soul. God's threatnings in his word, hang over his head as a black cloud, ready to ihower down on himn every moment. The word is indeed the faint's fecurity against wrath, but it binds the natural man's lin and wrath together, as a certain pledge of his ruin, if he continue in that state. So the conscience being awakened, and perceiving this tie made by the law, the man is filled with terrors in his soul.
Thirdly, There is wrath in the hand of God against the natural man. He is under heavy strokes of wrath already, and is liable to more.
117, There is wrath on his body. It is a piece of cursed clay, whiclı wrath is finking into by virtue of the threatning of the first covenant, Gen. ii. 17. In the day that thou eat ft thereof, thou shalt surely die. There is never a difeare, gripe hor stitch, that affects him, but it comes on him with the sting of God's indignation in it. They are all cords of death, fcut bcfore to bind the prisoner,
2dly, There is wrath upon his foul. (1.) He can have rio communion with God; he is foolish, and shall not stand in God's sight, Pfal. v. 5: When Adam (inned, God turned him out of paradise : and natural men are, as Adam left them, banished from the gracious presence of the Lord; and can have no access to him in that state. There is war betwixt heaven and them: and so all coinmerce is cut off. They are without God in the world, Eph. ii. 12. The sun is gone down on them, and there is not the least glimpse of favour towards them from heaven. (2) Hence the soul is left to pine away in its iniquity. The natural darkness of their minds, the averseness to good in their wills, the disorder of their affections, and disteinper of their consciences, and all their natural plagues, are left upon them in a penal way; and being so left, increase daily. God casts a portion of worldly goods to them, more or less; as a bone is thrown to a dog : but alas! his wrath against thein appears, in that they get no grace. The Physician of fouls comes by them, and goes by them, and cureš others beside them; while they are confurning away in their iniquity, and ripning daily for utter destruction. (3.) They ly open to fearful additional plagues on their souls, even in this life. First, Sometimes they meet with deadning ítrokes; Glent blows froin the hand of an angry God; arrows of wrath that enter into their souls without noise, Ifa. vi. 10. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and put their eyes, left they see with treir eyes, &c. God strives with them for a while, and convictions enter their consciences; but they rebel against the light: and by a secret judginent, they are knocked on the head; fo that, from that time, they do, as it were, live and rot above ground. Their hearts are deadned ; their affections withered; their consciences stupified; and their whole fouls blasted; cast forth as a branch, and withered, John xv. 16. They are plagued with judicial blindness. They thu their eyes against 'the light, and they are given over to the devil, the god of this world, to be blinded more, 2 Cor. iv.4. Yea, God fends them strong delusions, that they should believe a lie, 2 Thess. ii. i 1. even conscience, like a false light on the fhore leads them upon rocks; by which they are broken in pieces. They harden themselves against God; and he gives up with thein, and leaves them to Satan and their own hearts, whereby they are hardned more ard more. They are often given up unto vile affections, Ron. i. 26. The reins are laid on their necks; and they are left to run into all excefs, as their furious lätts draw thein. Secon.:ly, Sometimes they meet with quickning strokes, whereby their souls become like mount Sinai; where nothing is seen, but fire and smoak; nothing heard, but the thunder of God's wrath, and the voice of the trumpet of a brcken law, waxing louder and louder : which inakes them like Pashur, (Jer. xx. 4.) Ä terror to theinfelves. God takes the filthy garments of their fins, which they were wont to sleep in securely; overlays them with brimstone, and sets them on fire about their ears: so they have a hell within them.
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3dly, There is wrath on the natural man's enjoyments. Whatever be wanting in his house, there is one thing that is never wanting there, Prov. iii. 33. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked. Wrath is on all that he has; on the bread that he eats, the liquor he drinks, and clothes which he wears. His basket and store are cursed,
Deut. xxviii. 17. Some things fall wrong with him; and that comes .. to pass by virtue of his wrath; other things go according to his wish,
and there is wrath in that too; for it is a snare to his soul, Prov. i 32. . The prosperity of fools fhall destroy them. This wrath turns his bleff(ings into cuirses, Mal ii. 2. I will curse your bieffings: yea, I have cursed them already. The holy law is a killing letter to him, 2 Cor. jii. 6. The ministry of the gospel, a favour of death unto death, chap. ii. 15. In the sacrament of the Lord's supper, he eateth and drinketh d'umnation to himself, 1 Cor. xi. 29. Nay, more than all that, Christ himself is to him, a fone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, 1 Pet. ii. 8. Thus wrath follows the natural man, as his shadow doth his body.
Athly, He is under the power of Satan, Acts xxvi. 18. The devil has overcome him, so he is his by conquest; his lawfui captive, Ifa. xlix. 24. The natural man is condemned already, John iii. 18. and therefore under the heavy hand of him that haih the power of death, that is the devil. And he keeps his prisoner, in the prison of a natural fate, bound hand and foot, Ifa.lxi. 1. Laden with divers lufts, as chains wherewith he holds them falt. Thou needest not, as many do, call on the devil to take thee; for he has a fast hold of thee already, as a child of wrath.
Lastly, The natural man has no security for a moment's safety from the wrath of God its coming on him to the uttermost. The curse of the law denounced against him, has already tied him to the stake: so that the arrows of justice may pierce his soul; and in him may meet all the miseries and plagues that flow froni thé avenging wrath of God. See how he is set as a mark to the arrows of wrath, Plal. vii. 11, 12, 13. God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword: he hath bent his bow, and made it ready; he hutb also prepared for him the instruments of death. Doth he ly down to Neep? There is not a promise, he knows of, or can know, to secure him that he shall not be in hell ere he awake. Justice is pirfu17s, and cries for vengeance on the sinner: the law casts the fire buls of its curses continually upon him: wasted and long tired pationce is that which keeps in his life: he walks amidst enemies armed massim um: his pame may be Megor Misfubin, i.e. terror round about, Jr. XX. 3. Alges, dievils, men, beasts, stones, heaven, and earth, are in rustiucts, on a word of command rom the Lord, to ruin him.
alis the natural inan lives, but he must die too; and death is a dreadfut ncaager to him it comes upon him armed with wrath,
and pestice kid charges in his hand. (1.) Death chargerh him to L ancieras rarewell to all things in this world; to leave it, and the zway to bother world. All whad a dredful charge must this
be to a child of wrath! He can have no comfort from heaven; for God is his enemy: and as for the things of the world, and the enjoyment of his lusts, which were the only springs of his comfort; these are in a moment dried up to him for ever. He is not ready for another world: he was not thinking of removing fo foon: or if he was, yet he has no portion secured to him in another world, but that which he was born to, and was increasing all his days, namely, a treasure of wrath. But go he must; his clay god, the world, must be parted with, and what has he more? There was never a glimmering of light, or favour from heaven, to his soul: and now the wrath that did hang in the threatning as a cloud like a man's hand, is darkning the face of the' whole heaven -above him: and if he look unto the earth, (from whence all his light was wont to come) behold trcuble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and he mall be driven to darkness, Isa. viii 22.
(2) Death chargeth foul and body to part till the great day. His į foul is required of him, Luke xii. 20. O what a miserable parting
must this be to a child of wrath! care was indeed taken to provide for the body thirigs neceilary for this life: but alas! there is nothing laid up for another life to it; nothing to be a seed of glorious resurrection: as it lived, so it must die, and rise again sinful flesh ; fuel for the fire of God's wrath. As for the soul, he was never solicitous to provide for it. It lay in the body, dead to God, and all things truly good; and so must be carried out into the pit, in the grave.cloths of its natural state: for now that death comes, the companions in sin must part. (3.) Death chargeth the soul to compear before the tribunal of God, while the body lies to be carried to the grave, Eccles. xii. 7. The spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Heb. ix. 2,7. It is appointed unto all men once to die, but after this the judgment. Well were it for the finful soul if it might be buried together with the body, But that cannot be: it must go and receive its sentence; and shall be ihut up in the prison of hell, while the cursed body lies imprisoned in the grave, till the day of the general judgment.
When the end of the world, appointed of God, is come; the trumpet shall sound, and the dead arise. Then ihall the weary earth, at the command of the Judge, cast forth the bodies; the cursed bodies of these that lived and died in their natural state: The fea, death, and hell, shall deliver up their dead, Rev. XX. 13. Their miserable bodies and fouls thall be re-united, and they listed before the tribunal of Christ. Then shall they receive that fearful fentence, D. part from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, Maith. xx. 41. Whereupon they mall go away into everlasting punishment, ver. 49. They shall be eternally shut up in hell, never to get the least drop of comfort, nor the least ease of their torment. There they will be punished with the punishment of lofs: being ex
communicated for ever from the presence of God, his angels and laims. · All means of grace, all hopes of a delivery, shall be for ever cut off from their eyes. They shall not have a drop of water to cool their
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tongues, Luke xvi. 24, 25. They shall be punished with the punishment of sense. They must not only depart from God; but depart into fire, into everlasting fire. There the worm, that fhall gnaw them, ihall never die; the fire, that fall scorch them, mall never be quenched. God shall, thro' all eternity, hold them up with the one hand, and pour the full vials of wrath into them with the other.
This is that state of wrath natural men live in; being under much of the wrath of God, and liable to more. Bort for a further view of it, let us consider the qualities of that wrath (1.) It is irresistible, there is no standing before it. Who may stand in thy fight, when once thou art angry?? Plal. lxxxvi. 7. Can the worm, or the moth, defend itself against him that designs to crush it? As little can worm man stand before an angry God. "Foolish man indeed practically bids a defiance to heaven: but the Lord often, even in this world, opens such fluices of wrath upon them, as all theis might cannot stop; but they are carried away thereby, as with a flood. How much more will it be so in hell? (2.) It is unsupportable. What one cannot refift, he will fet himself to bear: but, Who Jait dwell with devouring fire? Who Shall dwell with everlasting burnings? God's wrath is a weight that will sink men into the lowest hell. It is a burden no man is able to stand under. A wunded spirit who can bear it? Prov. xviii. 14. (3.) It is unavoidable to such as will go on impenitently in their finful course. He that being often reproved, hardneth his neck, shall sud. denly be destroyed, and that without remedy, Prov. xxix 1. We may now fly from it indeed, hy flying to Jesus Chrift: but such as fly from Christ, shall never be able to avoid it. Whither can men fly from an avenging God? Where will they find a thelter? The hills will not hear them; the mountains will be deaf to their loudest cries; when they cry to them, to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. (4.) It is powerful and fierce wrath, Pfal. xc. 11. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. We are apt to fear the wrath of man more than we ought: but no man can appréhend the wrath of God to be more dreadful than it really is: the power of it can never be known to the utmost; seeing it is infinite, and (properly speaking) has no utmost: how fierce soever it be, either on earth, or in hell,. God can still carry it further. Every thing in God is moit perfect in its kind; and therefore no wrath is so fierce as his. O finner, how wilt thou be able to endure that wrath, which will tear thee in pieces, Pfal. I. 22. and grind thee to powder, Luke XX 18. The history of the two she-bears, that tare the children of Bethel, is an awful one, 2 Kings ii. 23, 24. But the united force of the rage of lions, leopards, and the-bears bereaved of their whelps, is not sufficient to give us even a scanty view of the power of the wrath of God, Hof. xiii. 7, 8. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion; as a leopard by the way will I observe them. I will meet them as a bear ikat is bereaved of her whelps, and will rent the caul of their heart, &c. (5.) It is penetrating and piercing wrath. It is burning wrath, and