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Motive 2.-0 ye children of wrath, your state is wretched, for ye · have lost God; and that is an unspeakable lofs. Ye are without God
in the world, Eph. il. 12. Whatever you may call yours, you cannot call God yours. If we look to the earth, perhaps you can tell us, that land, that house, or that herd of cattle, is yours : But let us look up. ward to heaven, is that God, that grace, that glory yours? Truly, you have neither part nor lot in that matter. When Nebuchadnezzar talks of cities and kingdoms, O how big does he speak! Great Bahylon that I have built-iny power,-my majesty! but he tells a poor tale, when he comes to spcak of God, saying, rour God, Dan. ii. 47. and iv. 30. Alas! finner, whatever thou hast, God is gone from thee. O the misery of a godless foul! Haft thou loft God? Then, (1.) The fap and substance of all that thou hast in the world, is gone. The godless man, have what he will, is one that hath not, Mat. XXV. 29. I defy the unregenerate man to attain to foul- fatisfaétion, whatever he poíleiseth; since God is not his God. All his days he eateth in darkness: in every condition, there is a secret disatisfaction haunts his heart like a ghost: the soul wants something, tho' perhaps it knoweth not wliat it is: and to it will be always, till the soul return to God, the fountain of Catisfaction. (2.) Thou canit do nothing to purpose for thy elf; for God is gone, his fouil is departed from ther, Jer. vi. 8. like a leg out of joint hanging by, whereof a inan hath no use, as the word there used doth bear. Lofing God, thou hast lost the fountain of good; and so, all grace, all goodness, all the firing influences of his Spirit. What canit thou do then? What fruit canit thou bring forth, more than a branch cut off from the stock: John xv. 5., Thou art become unprofitable, Ronr. ili 12. as a filthy rotten thing fit only for the dunghill. (3.) Death has come rp into thy windows, yea, and has settled on thy face; for God, in whole favour is life, Píal. Xxx. 5. is gone from thee, and so the foul of thy soul is departed. What a lothsome lump is the body, when the soul is gone? Far more lothsome is thy soul in this case. Thou art dead while thou liveít. Do not deny it; seeing thy speech is laid, thine eyes closed, and all : fpiritual motion in thee cease:h. Thy true friends, who see thy case, do lament, because thou art gone into the land of silence (1) Thou haft not a steady friend among all the creatures of God; for now that thou hast loit the Master's favour, all the fanily is fer against thee. Conscience is thine enemy: the word never speaks good of thee: God's people lothe thee, so far as they see what thou art, Pfal. xv. 22. The beasts and stones of the field are banded together against thee, Job v. 23. Hof. ii. 18. Thy ineat, drink, clothes, grudge to be ferviceable to the wrerch that has lost God, and abufeth them to his di honour. The earth groaneth nder thee; yea, the whole creation groaneth, and trivuileth in p:iin together, because of thee, and such as thou art, Rom. viii 22 Heaven will have nothing to do with thee: for there shall in 190 nzife enter into it any thing that defileth, Rev. xxi. 22. Only fell from beneath is moved for thee, 10 meet thee at thy corringe
Ifa. xiv. 9. Lastly, Thy hell is begun already. What makes hell, but exclusion from the presence of God? Depart from me ye cursed.
Now ye are gone from God already, with the curse upon you. That | shall be your punishment at length (if ye return not) which is now
your choice. As a gracious state is a state of glory in the bud; so a ku! graceless state is hell in the bud; which if it continue, will come to - perfection at length.'
Motive 3. Consider the dreadful instances of the wrath of God; and let them serve to awaken thee to flee out of this state Consider, (..) How it is 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 multitudes, who have fallen together by the hand of an angry God. Consider how the Lord spared not the old world, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly: and turning
the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an revet overthrow, making them an example unto those that after Mould live
ungodly, 2 Pet. ii. 5,6. But it is yet inore dreadful to think of that
weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, amongst those, who in hell lift D up their eyes, but cannot get a drop of water to cool their tongues. 6. Believe these things, and be warned by them; left destruction come
upon thee, for a warning to others. (2.) Consider how wrath fell 11.01 upon the fallen angels, whose case is absolutely hopeless. They were
the first that ventured to break the hedge of the divine law; and God set them up as monuments of his wrath against sin, They once left their own habitation, and were never allowed to look in again at the hole of the door; but they are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day, Jude 6. Lastly, Behold how an angry. God dealt with his own Son, standing in the room of clect finners, Rom viii. 32. God (päred not his own son. Sparing mercy might have been expected, if any at all. If any person could have obtained it. surely his own Son would have got it; but he spared him not. The Father's delight is made a man of sorrows: he who
is the wisdom of God, becoines fore amazed, ready to faint away with nej a fit of horror. The weight of this wrath makes him fweat great Geldrops of blood. By the fierceness of this fire, his heart was like wax
melted in the midst of his bowels. Behold here how fevere God is against sin! the sun was struck blind with this terrible light ! 'rocks were rent! graves opened ! death, as it were, in the excess of asto
nishment, letting its prisoners slip away. What is a deluge, a shower 1:21. of fire and brimstone on Sodomites, the terrible noise of a dissolving
world, the whole fabrick of heaven and earth falling down at once, is angels cast down from heaven into the bottomless pit? What are all
these, I say, in comparison with this? God suffering! groaning, dyiøg upon 2 cross! infinite holiness did it, to make fin look like itself, viz, infinitely odious. And will men live at ease, while exposed to this wrath.
Lastly, Consider what a God he is, with whom thou hast to do, whose wrath thou art liable unto: He is a God of infinite knowledge
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and wisdom ; fo that none of thy fins, however fecret, can be hid from him. He infallibly finds out all ineans whereby wrath may be executed, toward the satisfying of justice. He is of infinite power, and so can do what he will against the finner. How heavy mult the strokes of wrath be, which are laid on by an omnipotent hand! infinite power can make the finner prisoner, even when he is in his greatest rage against heaven. It can bring again the several parcels of duft, out of the grave; pue thein 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 juft, and therefore must pụnish ; it were atting 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 deftruction of his own creature, yet he delights in it, as it is the execution of justice. Upon the wicked he shall rain fures, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempeft. Mark the reason, For the righteous Lord loveth righteousnefs, Pfal. xi. 6,7. I will cause my fury to reft 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 God.
Be awakened then, O young finner ; be awakened, o old sinner, who art yet in the state thou watt born in. Your security is none of God's állowance, it is the sleep of death: rise out of it ere the pit clofe its mouth on you. It is true, you may put on a breaft-place of iron, make your bow brass, and your hearts as an adamant: who can help it? But God will break that brazen bow, and make chat adaman. tine heart, at last, to fly into a thousand pieces. Ye may, if ye will, Jabour to put these things out of your heads, that ye may yet fleep in
a found skin, tho' in a state of wrath. Ve may run away with the - arrows sticking in your consciences to your work, to work them away; or to your beds, to sleep them out; or to company, to fport and laugh them away: bnt convictions so stilled, will have a fearful resurrection : and the day is coming, when the arrows of wrath Thall so stick in thy Toul, 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, to know what course to take; I offer them these few advices, and obtest and beseech them, as they love their own souls, to fall in with them. (1.) Retire yourselves into fome secret place, and there me. ditate on this your misery. Believe it, and fix your thoughts on it. Let each put the question to himself, How can I live in this ftare? How can I die in it? How will I rise again, and stand before the
tribunal of God in it? (2.) Consider feriously the sin of your natur , · heart and life. A kindly sight of wrath flows from a deep sense of
fin. They who see themfelves exceeding sinful, will find no great difficulty to perceive themselves to be heirs of wrath. (3.) Labour
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to justify 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. " . Humi. liation of soul, before the Lord, is necessary for an escape. God will not sell deliverance, but freely gives it to those, who see themselves altogether unworthy of his favour. Lastly, Turn your eyes, O. prisoners of hope, towards the Lord Jesus Chrift; and embrwce hiin as he offereth himself, in the gospel. There is no Salvation in any other, Acts iv. 12. God is a consuming fire ; ye are children of wrath: if : the Mediator intèrpose not betwixt him and you, ye are undone for ever. If ye would be safe, come under his shadow: one drop of that wrath cannot fall there, for he delivereth us from the wrath to come, 1 Theff. i. 10 Accept of him in his covenant, wherein he offereth himself to thee: and so thou shalt, as the captive 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 righte. ousness thou shalt be safe; for no storm of wrath can pierce it. ..
II. I fhall drop a few words to the saints.
First, Remember, that at that time, (namely, when ye were in your natural state) ye were without Chrifto having no hope, and without Gord in the world Call to mind that state, ye were in formerly; and re. .. view the misery of it There are five memorials, I may thence give in to the whole affeinbly of the saints, 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 take you, when he past by your neighbours! he found you children of wrath, even as others; but he did not leave you so. He came into the common prison, where you lay in your fetters, even as others, and from amongst the multitude of condemned malefactors, he picked out you, commanded your fetters to be taken off, put a pardon in your hand, and brought you into the glorious liberty of the ' children of God; while he left-others in the devil's fetters. (2.) Re. member there was nothing in yo:i to engage him to love you, in the day he first appeared for your deliverance Ye were children of wrath, 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 had been led forth to execution. Even so, Failer, for so it seemeth good in thy fight, Matth ix. 26., (3-) Remember, ye were fitter to be lothed than loved in that day. Wonder, that when he saw you in your blood, he looked not at you with abhorrence, and palled by you. Wonder that ever such a cine could be a time of love, Ezek xvi. 8. (4.) Remember, ye are decked with borrowed feathers. It is bis comeliness, which is upon you, ver. 14. It was he that took off your prison.garınents, and clothed you with robes of righteousness, garments of salvation: garments wherewith ye are arrayed as the lilies, which toil not, neither do they spin. He took the chains froin off your
arms, the rope from about your neck; put you in such a dress as ye might be fit for the court of heaven, even to eat at the 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 you in your low estate. Is ihis your kindness to your friend? In the day of your 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 thein, ye who were once in the same condition? Ye have got ashore indeed, but your fellows are yet in hazard of perishing; and will not ye make them all possible help for their deliverance? 'What they are, ye sometimes were. This may draw pity from you, and engage you to use all means for their recovery. See Tit. iii. 1,2,3.
Thirdly, Admire that matchless love, which brought you out of the state of wrath. Christ's love was active love, he loved thy soul froni the pit of corruption. It was no easy work to purchase the life of the condemned sinner? but he gave his life for thy life. He gave his precious blood to quench that flame of wrath, which otherwise would have burnt thee up. Men get the best view of the stars, froin the bottom of a deep pit: from this pit of misery into which thou waft cast by the first Adam, thou mayst get the best view of the Sun of righte. ousness, in all its dimensions. He is the second Adam, who took thee out of the horrible pit, and out of the miry clay. How broad were the skirts of that love, which covered such a multitude of siņs! behold the length of it, reaching from everlasting to everlasting, Psal. ciii 17. The depth of it, going lo low as to deliver thee from the lowest hell, Pfal. Ixxxvi. 13. I'he height of it, in raising thee up to fit in heavenly places, Eph. i 6.
j. Fourthly, Be huinble, carry low fails, walk softly all your years: Be not proud of your gifts, graces, privileges, or attainments: but remember ye were children of wrath, even as others. The peacock walks flowly, hangs down his starry feathers, while he looks to his black feet. Look je to the hole of the pit, whence ye are digged, and walk humbly as it becomes free grace's debtors. .
Lastly, Be wholly for your Lord. Every wife is obliged to be dutiful to her husband; but double ties lie upon her who was taken from a prison or a dunghill. If your Lord has delivered you froin wrath, ye ought, upon that very account, to be wholly his : to act for hiin, to suffer for him, and to do whatever he calls you to. The saints have no reason to complain of their lot in the world, whatever it be. Well may they bear the cross for him, by whom the curse was born away froin thein. Well may they bear the wrath of men, in his cause, who has freed then from the wrath of God; and chearfully go to a fire for him, by whom hell-fire is quenched to thern Soul and body, and all thou hadít in the world, were sometimes under wrath: he has removed that wrath, shall not all these be at his service? That