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dom of beaven has the throne in thy heart, if thou haft a right to that kingdom: Christ is in thee; and God is in thee; and having chosen him for thy portion, thy soul has taken up its everlasting reit in him, and gets no kindly reft but in him; as the dove, until the came into the ark. To him the soul habitually inclines, by virtue of the new nature, the divine nature, which the heirs of glory are partakers of, Pfal. Ixxiii. 25. « Whom have I in heaven but thee.” “ And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee,” (2.) The laws of heaven are in thy heart, if thou árt an heir of heaven, Heb. viii. 10. “I “ will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts." Thy mind is enlightened in the knowledge of the laws of the kingdom, by the Spirit of the Lord, the instructor of all the heirs of glory: for whoever may want instruction, sure an heir to a crown fhall not want it. " It is written in the prophets; and they small all be taught " of God,” John vi. 45. Therefore though father and mother leave them early, or be in no concern about their Chriftian education, and they be foon put to work for their daily bread; yet they shall not lack teaching. Withal thy heart is charged, and thou beareft God's image, which consists in righteousness and true holiness, Eph.iv.24. Thy soul is reconciled to the whole law of God, and at war with all known fin, In vain do they pretend to the holy kindgom, who are not holy in heart and life; for without holinesi no man shall fee the Lord, Heb. xii. 14. If heaven is a rest, it is for spiritual labourers, and not for loiterers. If it is an eternal triumph, they are not in the way to it, who avoid the spiritual warfare, and are in no care to subdue corruption, resist temptation, and to cut their way to it, through the oppolition made by the devil, the world, and the flesh. (3.) The treasure in heaven is the chief in thy esteem and desire, for ic is your treasure, and where your treasure is, there will your heart be also, Matth. vi. 21. If it is not the things that are seen, but the things what are not seen, which thy heart is in greatest care and concern to abrain; if thou art driving a trade with heaven, and thy chief business lies there; it is a sign thy treasure is there, for thy heart is there. But if thou art of these, who wonder why so much ado about heaven and eternal life, as if less might serve the turn: thou art like to have nothing ado with it at all. Carnal men value themselves moft on their treasures i.pon earth; with them, the things that are not seen, are weighed down by the things that are seen, and no losses do so much affect them as earthly losses: but the heirs of the crown of glory will value themselves most ond their treasures in heaven, and will not put their private estate in the balance with their kingdom: nor will the loss of the former go so near : their hearts, as the thoughts of the loss of the latter. Where these first-fruits of heaven are to be found, the eternal weight of glory will surely follow after; while the want of them must be adinitted, according to the word, to be an unconteftible evidence of an heir of wrath.
Secondly, Let the heirs of the kingdom behave themselves suitable to their character and dignity. Live as having the faith and hope of this glorious kingdom : let your conversation be in heaven, Philip. iii. 20. Let your souls defight in communion with God while ye are on earth, since ye look for your happiness in communion with him in heaven. Let your speech and actions favour of heaven: and, in your manner of life, look like the country to which ye are going; that it may be said of you, as of Gideon's brethren, Judges viii. 18. Each one resembled the children of a king. Maintain a holy contempt of the world, and of the things of the world. Although others, whose earthly things are their best things, do set their hearts upon them; yet it becomes you to set your feet on them, since your beft things are above. This world is but the country, through which lies your road to Immanuel's land; therefore pass through it as pilgrims and strangers; and dip not into the incumbrances of it, so as to retard you in your journey. It is unworthy of one born to a palace, to set his heart on a cottage, to dwell there: and of one running for a prize of gold, to go off his way, to gather the stones of the brook: but much more is it unworthy of an heir of the kingdom of heaven, to be hid among the stuff of this world, when he should be going on to receive his crown. The prize set before you, challengeth your outinost zeal activity and diligence; and holy courage, resolution, and magnanimity, become those who are to inherit the crown. Ye cannot come at it, without fighting your way to it, through difficulties froin without, and from within: but the kingdom before you is sufficient to balance them all, tho' ye should be called to resist even unto blood. Preser Christ's cross before the world's crown; and wants in the way of duty before euse and wealth in the way of sin ; Choose rather to suffer affliction with the prople of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a jenfon, Heb. * 25. In a common inn, strangers (perhaps) fare better than the children: but here lies the difference, the children are to pay nothing for what they have got, but the strangers get their bill and must pay compleatly for all they have had. Did we consider the wicked's afterreckoning for all the fmiles of common providence they mieet with in the world, we would not grudge them their good things here; nor take, it amils that God keeps our belt things laft. Heaven will make up all the saints losses, and all tears shall be wiped away from their eyes there.
It is worth observing, that there is such a variety of scripture no. tions of heaven's happiness, as may suit every afflicted cale of the faints. Are they oppreyred? The day corneth, in which they fhall have the dominion. Is their honour laid in the duft? A throne to fit upon, a crown on their head, and a fceptre in their hand, wili raise it up again. Are they reduced to poverty. Heaven is a treasure. If they be forced to to quit their own habitations, yet Christ's Father's house is ready for them. Are they driven to the wildernessThere is a city prepared for them. Are they banished from their native country? They fhall inherit a better cosintry. If hey are deprived of publick
ordinances, the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple there, whither they are going; a temple, the doors of which none can shut: if their life be full of bitterness, heaven is a paradise for pleasure. If they groan under the remains of spiritual bondage, there is a gloo rious liberty abiding them. Do their defiled garments make them ashamed? The day comech, in which their robes shall be white, pure and spotless. The battle against flesh and blood, principalities and powers, is indeed fore; but a glorious triumph is awaiting them. If the tail and labours of the Christian life be great, there is an evertasting rest for them in heaven. Are they judged unworthy of society in the world? they shall be admitted into the society of angels in hea. ven. Do they co.nplain of frequent interruption of their communion with God? There they shall go no more out, but fhall see his face for evermore. If they are in darkness here, eternal light is there. If they grapple with death, there they shall have everlasting life. And to fum up all in one word, He that overcometh Mall inberit all things, Rev.
xxi. 7. He shall have peace and plenty, profit and pleafue, every E thine desirable ; full satisfaction to his most enlarged desires Let the
expe&ants of heaven, then, lift up their heads with joy, gird up their
loins, and fo run, as they may obtain; trainpling on every thing that F may hinder them in the way to the kingdom. Let them never account
any duty too hard, nor any cross too heavy, nor any pains too much, fo as they may obtain the crown of glory.
Lastly, Lei those who have no right to the kingdom of heaven, be stirred up to seek it with all diligence. Now is the time, wherein the children of wrath may become heirs of glory: and when the way to everlasting happiness is opened, it is no time to fit fill and loiter. Raise up your hearts towards the glory that is to be re. vealed!, and do not always ly along on this perishing eatih. What can ali your worldly enjuymears avail you, while you have no solid ground to expect heaven, after this life is gone? These riches and honours, profits and pleasures, that must be buried with us, and cannot accompany us into another world, are but a wretched portion, and will leave men comfortless ac long run. Ah! why are men fo fond, in their life-time to receive their good things! why are they not rather in care, to secure an interest in the kingdom
of heaven, which would never be taken from them, but afford them . a portion, to make them happy through the ages of eternity! if
you desire honour, there you may have the highest honour, and which will last, when the world's honours are laid in the dust; if riches, heaven will yield you a treasure; and, there are pleasures
for evermore. O! be not despisers of the pleasant land, neither i judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life: but inarry the heir,
and heaven shall be your dowry; close with Christ, as he is offered is to you in the gospel, and ye shall inherit all things. Walk in the 1. way of holiness, and it will lead you to the kingdom. Fight against
lin and Satan, and ye shall receive the crown. Forsake the world, and the doors of heaven will be open to receive you.: Head
MATTH. XXV. 41: Then Mall he say also unto them on the left Hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting Fire, prepared for • the Devil and his Angels.
177 ERE there no other place of eternal lodging but heaven, I
V fhould here have closed my discourse of man's eternal itate : but feeing in the other world, there is a prison for the wicked, as well as a palace for the faints, we muit also enquire into that state of ever. huffing misery: the which the worst of men may well bear with, without crying, Art thou come to torment us before the time? Since there is yet access to fly from the wrath to coine; and all that can be said of it, comes fhort of what the damned will feel; for who knoweth the power of God's anger ? .
The last thing our Lord did, before he left the earth, was, he lift xp his hands, and blessed his disciples, Luke xxiv. 50, 51. But the last thing he will do, before he leave the throne, is to curse and condemn his enemies; as we learn from the text, which contains the dreadful fentence, wherein the everlasting misery of the wicked is wrant up. In which three things may be taken notice fof. Fiil, The quality of the condemned, pe cur feil. The Judge finds the curre of the law upon them as tranfgressors, and sends them away with it, from his presence, irto hell, there to be fully execute upon them. 2dly, The punishment: which they are adjudged to; and to which they were always bound over, by virtue of the curse. And it is twofold, the panishment lofs, in separation from God and Christ, Depart from me : and the punith. ment of conge, in molt exquisite and extreme torments, Depart from me into fire. 3dly, The aggravation of their torments. (1.) They are ready for them, they are not 10 expect a moment's respire. The fire is prepares, and ready to catch hold of thole who are thrown into it. (2.) They will have the society of devils in their torments, being thut up with them in hell. They must depart into the same fire prepared for Beelzebub the prince of devils, and his angels; namely, other reprobate angels who fell with him, and became devils. It is said to be prepared for them; because they finned, and were condemned to hell, before man finned. This speaks further terror to the damned, that they niuft go into the same torments, and place of torinent with the a
devil and his angels. They hearkned to his temptations, and they must partake in his torments : his works they would do, and they must receive the wages, which is death. In this life they joined with devils, in enmity against God and Christ, and the way of holiness; and in the other they must lodge with them. Thus all the goats Thall be íhut up together; for that name is cominon to devils and wicked men, in scripture, Lev. xvii. 7. Where the word rendered devils, properly signifies hairy ones, or goats, in the fhape of which creatures, devils.' delighted much to appear to their worshippers. (3.) The last aggravation of their torment is the eternal duration thereof, they must depart into everlasting fire. This is it that puts the cape-stone upon their mīlery, namely, that it thall 'never have an end.
. DOCTRINE. . The wicked Mall be shut up under the curse of God, in .
everlasting Misery, with the Devils in Hell.
things. (1.5 ting of this
After having evinced that there shall be a refurrection of the body, and a general judgment, I think it not needful to insist to prove the truth of future punishments. The same conscience there is in men of a future judgment, bears witness also of the truth of future punish. ment. (And that the punishment of the damned shall not be annihi. lation, or a reducing them to nothing, will be clear in the progress of our discourse.) In treating of this awful subject, I shall inquire into these four things. (1.) The curse under which the danned shall be shut up. (2.) Their misery under that curse. (3.) Their fociety with devils in this miserable state. (4.) The eternity of the whole. .
1. As to the curse under which the damned shall be shut up in hell; it is the terrible sentence of the law, by which they are bound over to the wrath of God, as transgressors. This curse does not first seize them, when, standing before the 'tribunal, they receive their sentence : but they were born under it, they led their life urder it in this world, they died under it, rose with it out of their graves; and the Judge finding it upon them, sends them away with it, into the pit; where it shall ly on them through all the ages of eternity. By nature all men are under the curse, but it is removed from the elect, by virtue of their union with Christ. It abides on the rest of sinful mankind, and by it they are devoted to destruction, separated to evil, as one may describe the curfe from Deut. xxix. 21. And the Lord Mall separate him unto evil. Thus shall the damned, for ever, be persons devoted to destruction : separate and fet apart from among the rest of mankind, unto evil, as vessels of wrath, fet up for inarks to the arrows of divine wrath, and made the common receptacle and fhore of vengeance.
This curse hath its first fruits on earth, which are a pledge of the whole lump that is to follow. And hence it is, that as temporal and external benefits are bound up together, under the same expressions 1SS