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fures in heaven, but they are holy pleasures: there are places to stand by in heaven, but it is holy ground. - That holiness that casts up in every place, and in every thing there, would mar all to the unregenerate. (4.) Were they carried thither, they would not only , change their place, which would be a great heart-break ta them: but they would change their company too Truly they would never like the company there, who care not for communion with God here; nor value the fellowship of his people, at least in the vitals of practical godliness. Many indeed mix theinselves with the godly' on earth, to procure a name to themselves, and to cover the naughtiness of their hearts : but that trade could not be managed there. (5.) They would never like the employment of heaven, they care so little for it now. The business of the faints there, would be an intolerable burden to them, seeing it is not agrecable to their nature. To be taken up in, beholding, admiring, and praising of him that fitteth upon the throne, . and of the Lumb, would be work unsuitable, and therefore unsavoury to an unrenewed foul. Lastly, They would find this fault with it..!! that the whole is of everlasting continuance. This would be a killing ingredient in it, to them. How would such as now account the Sabbath-day a burden, brook che celebrating of an everlasting Sabbath in the heavens? · Loftly, Regeneration is absolutely necessary to your being admitted into heaven, John iii. 3. No heaven without it. Tho' carnal men could digeft all these things, which make heaven so unsuitable for them; yet God will never suffer them to come thither. Therefore born again ye must be: else ye shall never see heaven, ye shall perish eternally. For, (1.) There is a bill of exclusion against you in the court of heaven, and against all your furt: Except a man be horn again, he cannot see the kingdom of God, John iii. 3. Here is a bar before you, that men and angels cannot remove. And to hope for heaven, over the belly of this peremptory sentence, is to hope that God will recal his word, and facrifice his truch and faithfulness to your safety; which is infinitely more than to hope the earth shall be for saken for you, and the rock removed out of his place (2.) There is no holiness without regeneration. It is the new man, which is created in true hølinefs, Eph. iv, 24. And no heaven without holiness; for without holiness no man soall see the Lord, Heb. xii. 14. Will the gates of pearl be opened, to iet in dogs and {wine? No; "their place is without, Rev. xxii. 15. God will not admit such into the holy place of communion with him here; and will he admit them into the holiest of all hereafter? Will he take the children of the devil, and give them to sit with him in his throne? Or will he bring the unclean into the city, whose street is pure gold? Be not deceived, grace and glory are buc two links of one chain, which God has joined, and no man fhall put afunder. None are transplanted into the paradise above, but out of the nursery of grace below. If ye be unholy while in this worlu, ye will be for ever miferable in the world to conie. (3.) All the

unregenerate are without Christ, and therefore having no hope while in that case, Eph. ii. 12. Will Christ prepare mansions of glory for them, that refuse to receive him into their hearts? Nay; rather, will he not laugh at their calamity, who now let at nought all his counfel? Prov. i. 25, 26. Lastly, There is an infallible connection betwixt a finally unregenerate state and damnation, rising from the nature of the things themselves: and from the decree of heaven, which is fixed

and unmoveable as mountains of brass, John i. 3. Rom. viii. 6. To * be carnally minded is death. An unregenerate state is hell in the bud. It is eternal destruction in embryo; growing daily, tho' thou doft not difcern it. Death is painted on many a fair face, in this life. Depraved nature inakes men meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the damned, in utter darkness. (1.) The heart of stone within thee, is a sinking weight, as a stone naturally goes downward; so the hard stony heart tends downward to the bottomless pit. Ye are hardned againit reproof: though ye are told your danger; yet you will not fee it, ye will not believe it. But remember, that the conscience its being now (eared with a hot iron, is a sad presage of everlasting burnings. (2.) Your unfruitfulness under the means of grace, firs you for the ax of God's judgmenn, Matth. iii. 10. Every tree that hringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. The withered branch is fuel for the fire, John xv. 6. · Tremble at this ye . despisers of the gospel: if ye be not thereby made meet for heaven, 'ye will be like the barren ground, bearing briers and thorns, nigh unto curfing, whose end is to be burned, Heb. vi. 8. (3.) The hellith disposition of mind, which discover themselves in profanity of life, fit the guilty for the regions of horror. A profane life will have a miserable end. They which do such things Mall not. inherit the kingdom of God, Gal. v. 19, 20, 21. Think on this, ye prayerless persons, ye* mockers of religion, ye cursers and swearers, ye uuclean, and unjust persons, who have not so much as moral honesty to keep you from lying, cheating and Itealing. What sort of a tree think ye it to be, upon which these fruits grow! Is it a tree of righteousness, which the Lord hath planted? Or is it such an one as cumbers the ground,

which God will pluck up for fuel to the fire of his wrath? (4.) Your - being dead in sin makes you meet to be wrapt in flames of brimstone, ".) as a winding sheet; and to be buried in the bottomless pit, as in a grave. Great was the cry in Egypt, when the first-born in each family was dead; but are there not many families, where all are dead together? Nay, many there are, who are twice dead, plucked up by the 100ts. Sometime, in their life, they have been rouzed by apprehen. fions of death, and its consequences; but now they are so far on in their way to the land of darkness, that they hardly ever have the least glimmering of light from heaven. (5.) The darkness of your minds presageth eternal darkness. O the horrible ignorance Come are plagued with : while others who have got Tome rays of morning light into their heads, are utterly void of spiritual light in their hearts! If

ye knew your case, ye would cry out, Oh! darkness! darkness! darke ness making way for the blackness of darkness for ever! The face. , covering is upon you already, as condemned persons; fo near are yé to everlasting darkness. It is only Jesus Christ who can stop the si

execution, pull the napkin off the face of the condeinned malefactor, | and put a pardon in his hand, Ifa. xxv. 7. And he will destroy in this mountain, the face of the covering cast over all people, i. e. The face. covering cast over the condemned, as in Haman's case, Esther vii. 8. As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. .. Laftly, The chains of darkness ye are bound with in the prison of your depraved staté, Ifa. lxi. 1. fits you to be cast into the burning fiery furnace. Ah miserable mei! Sometimes their consciences ftir within them, and they begin to think of amending their ways. But alas! they are in chains, they cannot do it. They are chained by the heart; their lusts cleave so fast to them, that they canno-, nay, they will not, thake them off. Thus you see what affinity there is betwixt an unregenerate state, and the state of the damned, the state of ablo.. solute and irretrievable misery; be convinced then, that ye must be born again; put a high value on the new birth, and eagerly desire it.

The text tells you, that the word is the feed, whereof the new Creature is formed therefore take heed to it, and entertain it, for it is your life. Apply yourselves co the reading of the Scripture. Ye that cannot read, cause others read it to you. Wait diligently on the preaching of the word, as by divine appointment, the special mean of conversion : for-it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe, i Cor. i. 21. Wherefore caft not yourselves out of Christ's way; reject not the means of grace, left ye be found to judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life. Attend carefully to the word preached, Hear every sermon, as if you were hearing for eternity: and take heed, the fowls of the air pick not up this feed from you as it is sown. Give thyself wholly to it, i Tim. iv. 15. Receive it

not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, 1: Thesl ii. 13. And hear it with application, looking on it as a message sent from heaven, to you in particular tho' not to you only, Rev. ii. 22. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit faith unto ihe churches. Lay it up in your hearts, meditate upon it: and be not as the unclean beasts, that chew not the cud. But by earnest prayer beg the dew of heaven inay fall on thy heart, that the feed may fpring up there.

More particularly, (1.) Receive the testimony of the word of God, concerning the misery of an unregenerate state, the sinfulness thereof, and the absolute necessity of regeneration. (2.) Receive its testiniony concerning God, what a holy and just one he is. (3.) Examine thy wayz by it; namely, the thoughts of thy heart, the expressions of thy lips, and the tenor of thy life Look back through the several periods of thy life, and see thy sins from the precepts of the word; and learn from its threatnings, what thou art liable to, on the account of .: X2

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these fins. (4.) View the corruption of thy nature, by the help of the same word of God; as a glass which represents our ugly face in a lively manner. Were these things deeply rooted in the heart, they might be the seed of that fear and farrow, on account of thy soul's state, which are necessary to prepare and stir thee up to look after a Saviour. Fix your thoughts upon him offered to thee in the gospel, as fully suited to thy case ; having, by his obedience to the death, perfectly satisfied the jultice of God, and brought in everlasting righteousness. This niay prove the feed f humiliation, defire, hope and faith; and put thee on to stretch out the withered hand unto him, at his own coinmand. . . Let these things fink deeply into your hearts, and improve them diligently. Remember, whatever ye be, ye Must be born again; else it had been better for you, ye had never been born' Where. fore, if any of you shall live and die in an unregenerate state, ye will be inexcusable, having been fairly warned of your hazard.

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H E A D II.
The MYSTICAL UNION betwixt

CHRIST and Believers.

į John xv. 5. I am the Vine, ye are the Branches. I TAVING spoken of the change, made by regeneration on all I those that shall inherit eternal life, in opposition to their natural real state, the state of degeneracy; I proceed to speak of the change made upon them, in their union with the Lord Jesus Christ, in opposition to their natural relative state, the state of misery. The cloctrine of the saints union with Christ is very plainly and fully inzsisted on, from the beginning of the rath verse of this chapter; which is a part of our Lord's fare well fermon to his disciples. Sorrow had I now filled their hearts; they were apt to say, “ Alas! What will “ become of us when our Master is taken trom our head. Who will ! " then instruct us? Who will solve our doubts? How will we be “ supported under our difficulties and discouragements? How will " we be able to live without our wonted communications with him?" Wherefore our Lord Jesus Christ seasonably teaches them the mystery of their union with him, comparing hinself to the vine. Stock, and 1 them to the branches.

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had told them, he would drink no more of the fruit of the vine, till he should drink it new witt: them 'in his Father's kingdom : and now he ; Thews himself to be the Vine, from whence the wine of their confo. lation thould come. The vine hath less beauty than many other trees: but is exceeding fruitful; fitly representing the low condition our Lord was then in, yet bringing many sons to glory. But that which is chiefly aimed at, in his comparing himself to a vine, is to represent himself as the supporter and nourisher of his people, in whom they live, and bring forth fruit. (2.) He compares them to the branches, ye are the branches of that Vine. Ye are the branches knit to, and growing on this stock : drawing all your life and fap from it. It is a beautiful comparison; as if he had faid, I am as a Vine, ye are as the branches of that Vine Now there are two sorts of', branches: (1.) Natural branches, which at first spring out of the stock: these are the branches that are in the tree, and were never, out of it. (2). There are ingrafted branches, which are branches broken off from the tree chat first gave their life ; and put into anuther to grow upon it. Thus branches come to be on a tree, which originally were not on it. The branches mentioned in the text,'are of the latter fort; brunches broken off, (as the word 'in the original language denotes) nanely, from the tree that firit gave them life. None of the children of men are natural branches of the second Adam, viz. Jesus Christ the true Vine; they are all the natural branches of , the first Adam, that degenerate vine; but the elect are all of than fooner or later broken off from the natural stock, and ingrafted into Christ the true Vine.

Doct. They who are in the state of grace, are ingrafted in, and united to, the Lord Jefus Christ. They are taken out of their natural stock, cut off from it; and are now ingrafted into Christ as the new stock. In handling of this, I thall (peak to the 111; ftical Union, (1.) More generally. (2.) More particularly.

A general View of the Myslical Univir.

one pind the memberse Christian; for, ! Corporal

First, In the general, for understanding the union betwixt the Lord Jesus Christ, and his elect, who believe in him, and on him.

1. It is a spiritual union. Man and wife, by their marriage-union, become one flesh: Christ and true believers, by this union, become. one spirit, 2 Cor. vi. 17. As one foul or fpirir actuates both the. head, and the members, in the natural body; fo the one Spirit of God dweils in Christ and the Christian; for, If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his, Rom viii. 9. Corporal union is made by contract; fo the stones in a building are united: but this is an unioni of another nature. Were it poflible we could eat the flesh, and drink the blood of Christ, in a corporal and carnal manner; it would profit nothing, John vi, 63. It was not Mary's bearing him in her womb, but her believing on him, that nade her a faint, Luke xi. 27, 29.

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