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they ale zone; but they are to c'ers, co: 10 iken; there are no intech ctus io te piace, ionic they are drrer; theie ffers are orly mace in that place, from which they are crrej anay.
LAST.5, la what respect may they be said to be criven away in their otrovers? Br. (1.) in refpect cíther being criven away inter for the 29teic: baie. Havirgizedenemes io Ged, they Leioa aztec eroni:y to iin: fur rose are brought into the e erral flare ci concernste harniceis, but by the way of ibe fare cigrace, or been recorery in this life. The child that is dezd 12:10 mb, is born cead, and is caft cu: of the womb into the goort: o te who is dead, bile ke liceth, or is fpiritually dead, is cali foril of the womb of tigre, ia thelame state of death, irto tie piscuits misery. O miserable death, to die in obe gall cf'sitterselt endkrd of iniquity: it had been incomparabiy berter for luch as die thus, that they had never been bero. (2.) In regard · they ce frorna, ochtig wickecly againk God in cordiradiction to the divise izr: for th v can do co:hing but fint utile chey live. So deah takes them in the very cat of fioning; violently draws them from the embraces of beir lutis, and drives them away to the tribunal to receive their intence. It is a remarkable espression, Job xxxvi. 14. Tły dzir; coti: the marginal reading is, their soul dicih in gouth; iheir luils beinglively their desires vigorous, and expec. tations biz, as is common n youth. And their life is a nong the im. clean: or, dirik C.
p ry cr herd! fthem dieth among the Sodo. Toites, i. e. is taken atari che leii ct their fin and wickedness, as the Sedorites wire, Genix. Luke »i. 28, 29. (3) In as much
as they are driven au ay, loaded with the quilts of all their fins : this is ihe wiiding frieci, thar fire! ; Gown :in them in the dut. Job xx. 11. Their works flow throu is to the usher world; they go away wi:h the yoke of ch:s tranfgreffias wreathed about their necks. Guilt is a bad corupsion in life, but how terrible will it be ia dtaib! i: lies now. per bars, like celd brimitone on their benum’i consciences; but, when death opens the way for (parks of divine vengeance, I ke fire, to fall upon it; it will make dread . ful flage: in che con ciences in which the foul wiil b2 as it were wrapt up for ever. Lastly, The wick d are driven away in their wickedness, in fo far as iney die under the absolute power of their wickeilr.cfs. While there is hope, there is some restraint on the worst of nuen: and these moraleidowments, which God gives to a nur ber of men, for the benefit of markisd in this i fi, are fo many allays and reiirain's upon the impetuous wickedness of human nature. But all hope being cit om, and thefe gifts withdrawn, obe wickedress of the wicked will the arrive atiis perfection. As the
feeds af grace fuwa in the hearts of toe elect, come to their full .. maturity ai death: fo wicked and neith difpofitions in the repro.
bate come then to their higheit pitch. Their prayers to God will : then be turned to horrible curles; and their praises to hideous i blafphemies, Matth. xxi. 13. There shall be weeping and gnalhing
of teeth. This gives a dismal but genuine view of the state of the wicked in another worid.
11. I shall discover the hopelefizess of the state of unrenewed men, at death. It appears to be very hopeless, if we consider these four things :
First, Death cuts off all their hopes and prospecis of peace and pleasure in this life, Luke xii. 19. “ Soul, thou hast much goods laid
up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. " Ver. 20. But God said unto hin, Thou fool, this night thy soul « shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which " thou hast provided?” They look for great matters in this world, they hope to increase their wealth, to see their families prosper, and to live at ease; but death comes like a stormy wind, and flakes off all their fond hopes, like green fruit from off a tres.When he is “ about to fill his belly, God shall calt the fury of his wrath upon him," Job xx. 23. He may begin a web of contrivances, for advancing his worldly interest: but before he gets it wrought out, death comes and cuts it out. “ His breath goeth forth, he returpeth to his earth: in " that very day his thoughts perish,” Pfal.cxlvi. 4.
Secondly, When deach comes, they have no solid grounds to hope for eternal happiness. “ For what is the hope of the hypocrite, tho' “ he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul ?” Job xxvii. 8. Whatever hopes they fondly entertain, they are not founded on God's word, which is the only sure ground of hope: if they knew their own case, they would see theinselves only happy in a dream, Aud indeed.
what hope can they have? The law is plain against them, and condemns them. The curses of it (these cords of death) are about them already. The Saviour, whom they slighted, is now their Judge; and their Judge is their enemy. How then can they hope? They have bolted the door of mercy against themselves by their unbelief. They have despifed the remedy, and therefore must die without mercy. They have no saving interest in Jesus Christ, the only channel of conveyance, in which mercy flows;'and therefore they can never taste of it. The sword of justice guards the door of mercy, so as none can enter in, but the members of the mystical body of Christ, over whose heads is a covert of atoning blood, the Mediator's blood. These indeed may pass without harm, for justice has nothing to require of them. But others cannot pass, since they are not in Chrift: death comes to them with the sting in it, the sting of unpardoned guilt. It is armed against them with all the force the sanction of a holy law can give it, 1 Cor. xv. 56. “ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of “ fin is the law." When that law was given on Sinai, “ the whole “ mount quaked greatly,” Exod. xix. 18. When the Pedeemer was making satisfaction for the elect's breaking of it, “ the earth did quake, " and the rocks rent,” Matth. xxvii. 51. What possible ground of hope then is there to the wicked man, when death comes upon him armed with the force of this law? How can he escape that Fire, which « burnt unto the midst of heaven?" Deut. iv 11. How fhall he be able to stand in that sinoke, that “ascended as the sinoak of a furnace?' Exod. xix. 13. How will he endure the terrible “ thunders and “ lightnings,” ver. 16. and dwell in “ the darkness, clouds and thick “ darkness?” Deut. iv. II. All these resemblances heaped together, do but faintly represent the fearful tempest'of wrath and indignation, which shall pursue the wicked to the lowest hell: and for ever abide on them, who are driven to darkness at death.
Thirdly, Death roots up their delusive hopes of eternal happiness: then it is their covenant with death, and agreement with hell is broken. They are awakned out of their golden dreams, and at length lift up, their eyes : Job viii. 14. “Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose “ trust shall be a spider's web.” They truft áll shall be well with them after death : but this their trust is but a web woven out of their own bowels, with a great deal of art and industry. They wrap themselves. up in this their hope, as the spider wraps herself in her web. But it is but a weak and sender defence ; for however it may withstand the threatnings of the word of God; death, that belom of destruction, will sweep them and it both away, so as there shall not be the least shred of it left them; but he, who this moment will not let his hope go, shall next moment be utterly hopeless Death overturns the house built on the sand : it leaves no man under the power of delusion.
Lastly, Death makes their state absolutely, and for over hopeless. Matters cannot be retrieved and amended after death. For (1) Time once gone care never be recalled. If cries or tears, price or pains,
could bring time back again; the wicked man might have hope in his
there it must ly..
First, To take heed that ye entertain no hopes of heaven, but what are built on a solid foundation: tremble to think what fair hopes of happiness death sweeps away like cobwebs; how the hopes of many are cut off, when they seem to themselves to be on the very threshold of heaven; how, in the moment they expected to be carried by angels into Abraham's bosom, into the regions of bliss and peace, they are carried by devils into the society of the dainned in hell, into the place of torment, and regions of horror. I beseech you to beware, (1.) Of a hope bnilt op, where the ground was never cleared. The wise builder digged deep, Luke vi. 48. Were your hopes of heaven never shaken ; but ye have had good hopes all your days? Alas for it; you may see the mystery of your case explained, Luke xi. 21.“ When “ a strong man armed keepeth his place, his goods are in peace.” But if they have been shaken, take heed left there have only some. breaches been made in the old building, which you have got repaired. again, by ways and means of your own I assure you your hope (howsoever fair a building it is) is not to trust to; unless your old hopes have been razed, and you have built on a foundation quite new. (2) Beware of that hope which Ivoks brisk in the dark; but loseth all its luftre, when it is set in the light of God's word, when it is
examined and tried by the touchstone of divine revelation, John ji 20: 6. For every one that doth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to " the light, left his deeds should be reproved Ver 21 But he that .66 doth the truth. cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made mani. “ fest, that they are wrought in God " That hope, which cannot abide fcripture-trial, but links when searched into by sacred truth, is a delu. fion, and not a true hope : for God's word is always a friend to the graces of God's Spirit, and an enemy to delusion. (3.) Beware of that hope, which stands without being supported by scripture-evidences. Alas! many are big with hopes, who cannot give, because they really have not any scripture grounds for them. Thou hopest that all Mall be well with thee after death: but what word of God is it, on which thou haft been caused to hope? Psal. cxix. 49. What scriptue-evidence hast thou to prove, that thy hope is not the hope of the hypocrite? What hast thou, after impartial self-examination, as in the fight of God, found in thyself, which the word of God determines to be a sure evidence of his right, to eternal life, who is possessed of it? Numbers of men are Tuined with such hopes as stand unsupported by scripture.evidence. Men are fond and tenacious of these hopes; but death will throw them down and leave the self-deceiver hopeless. Lastly,Beware of that hope of heaven, which doth not prepare and dispose you for heaven, which never makes your soul more holy, John iii. 3. “ Every man that kó hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure " The hope of the most part of men is, rather'a hope to be free of pain and torment in another life; than a hope of true happiness, the nature whereof is not understood and discerned : and therefore it stakes down in sloth and indolence, and does not excite to mortification and a hea. venly life. So far are they from hoping aright for heaven; that they must own, if they speak their genuine sentiments, removing out of this world into any other place whatsoever, is rather their fear than
their hipe. The glory of the heavenly city does not at all draw their i hearts upwards towards it'; nor do they lift up their heads with joy,
in the prospect of arriving at it. If they had the true hope of the marriage-day, they would, as the birde, the Lamb's wife, be making tbemselves ready for it, Rev xix. 7. But their hopes are produced by theit slotlı, and their sloth is nourished by their hopes Oh! Sirs, as ye would not be driven away hopeless in your death, beware of these hopes. Raze them now, and build on a new foundation ; left death leave not one stone of them upon another, and ye never be able to hope any more.
Secondly, Haften, O sinners, out of your wickedness, out of your finful state, and out of your wicked life : if ye would not at death be driven away in your wickedness. Remember the fatal end of the wicked man, as the text represents it. I know there is a great dif. ference in the death of the wicked, in respect of fome circumstances : but all of them, in their death, agree in this, that they are driven awrly in their wickedness. Some of them die refolutely, as if they
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