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H E A D VI.

H EL L.

MATTH. XXV. 41: Then fall he say also unto them on the left Hand, Depart

from me, ye cursed, into everlasting Fire, prepared for ilie Devil and his Angels.

WERE there no other place of eternal lodging but heaven, I

fhould here have closed my discourse of man's Eternal state : but fceng 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. lufting mifery: 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 ble!Jed his disciples, Luke xxiv. 50, 57. But the last tining 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. Fiifu, The quality of the condemned, ve cursed. The Judge finds the curse of the law upon them as tranfgressors, and sends thern away with it, from his presence, icto 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 curfe. And it is twofold, the panishment lofs, in separation from God and Christ, Depart fi om me: and the punihment of fenfe, in most exquisite and extreme torments, Depart from me into fire. 3dly, The aggravation of their torments. (1.) They are ready for them, they are not to expect a moment's respire. The fire is preparet, and ready to catch hold of those who are thrown into it. (2.) They will have the society of devils in their torments, being shut up with them in hell. They must depart into the fame 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 sinned. This speaks further terror to the damned, that they must go into the same torments, and place of torment with the

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 shut up together; for that name is cominon to devils and wicked men, scripture, Lev. xvii. 7. Where the word rendered devils, properly signifies hairy ores, or goats, in the Shape 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 mifery, 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. After having evinced that there shall be a refurrection of the body, and a general judgment, I think it not needful to infist 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 punithment. (And that the punishment of the damned shall not be annihilation, 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 thall be shut up. (2.) Their misery under that curse. (3.) Their society 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 fentence : but they were born under it, they led their life uzder 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 fhall ly on them through all the ages of eternity. By nature all men are under the curfe; 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 curse from Deut. xxix. 21. And the Lord Mall separate him unto evil. Thus shall the damned, for ever, be persons devoted to de. struction : separate and fet apart from among the rest of mankind, unto evil, as vessels of wrath, set up for înarks 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 fame expressions in the promise to the Lord's people, as Ifa xxxv. 10. And the ranfomed of the Lord fhall return, and come to Zion, &c. relating both to the return from Babylon, and to the faints going to their eternal rest in heaven: even fo temporal and eternal miseries, on the enemies of God, are sometimes wrapt up under one and the fame exprellion in the threatning, as lfa. xxx. 33. “ For Tophet is ordained of old : yea, “ for the King it is prepared, he hath made it deep and large; the “ pile thereof is fire and much wood, the breath of the Lord, like a • stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.' Which relates both to the temporal and eternal destruction of the Allyrians, who fell by the hand of the angel before Jerusalem. See also Ifa. lxvi. 24. What is that judicial blindness to which many are given up in whom the God of this world hath blinded their eyes, (2 Cor. iv. 4.) but the first fruits of hell and of the curle? Their sun is going down at noon day; their darknefs increasing as if it would not stop, till it issue in utter darknels. Many a laih, in the dark, doth conscience give the wicked, which the world doth not hear of: and what is that, but that the never-dying worin is already begun to gnaw them? And there is not one of these, but they may call it Jofeph, for the 'Lord shall add another; or rather Gad, for a troop cometh. These drops of wrath are terrible forebod. ings of the full shower which is to follow. Sometimes they are given up to their vile affections, that they have no more command over them, Rom. i. 26. So their lults grow up more and more towards perfection, if I may so speak. As in heaven grace comes to its perfection, so in hell (in arrives at its higest pitch; and as sin is thus advancing upon the inan, he is the neěrer and the liker to hell

. There are three things that have a fearful aspect here. Fiift, When every thing that might do good to mens souls, is blasted to them; fo that their blessings are crurfed, (Mal. ii. 2.) sermons, prayers, admonitions, and reproofs, which are powerful towards others, are quite inefficacious to them. 2dly, When men go on sinning still, in the face of plain rebukes from the Lord, in ordinances and providences: God meets them with rods in the way of their sin, as it were striking them back; yet they rush forward. What can be more like hell, where the Lord is always Initing, and the damned always sinning against him? Lastly, When every thing in one's lot is turned into fuel to one's lusts. Thus adversity and prosperity, poverty and wealth, the want of ordinances and the enjoyment of them, do all but nourish the corruptions of many. Their vicious stomachs corrupt whatsoever they receive, and all does but increase noxious humours.

But the full harvest follows in that misery which they shall för ever ly onder in hell; that wrath, which, by virtue of the curse, ihall come upon them to the uttermost: the which is the curse fully cxecuied. This black clouch opens upon them, and the terrible thunder-bolt (trikes them, by that dreadful voice from the throne, D.part from ure, ye cursed, &c. Which will give the whole wicked World a difual view of what is in the boson of the curse. It is,

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(1.) A voice of extreme indignation and wrath, a furious rebuke from the Lion of the tribe of Judah. His looks will be most terrible to them: his eyes will cált flanes of fire on them: and his words 'will pierce their hearts, like envěnomed arrows. When he will thus Ipeak them out of his presence for ever, and by his word chale them away from before the throne: They will see how keenly wrath burns in his heart againft them for tlicir fins. (2.) It is a voice of extreme disdain and contempt from the Lord. Time was, when they were pitied, besought to pity themselves, and to be she Lord's; but they despised him, they would none of him: but now Shail chey be buried out of his fight, under everlasting contempr. (3.) It is a voice of extreme hatred. Hereby the Lord shuts them out of his bowels of love and mercy. Depart, ye cursed: a. d. I cannot endure to look at you, there is not one purpose of good to you in mine heart; nor ihall ye ever hear one word more of hope from me. Lastly, It is a voice of eternal rejection from the Lord. He coinmands them to be gone, and so calls them off for

Thus the doors of heaven are fhut against them; the gulf is fixed between them and it, and they are driven to the pit. Now snould they cry with all possible earnestness, Lord, Lord, open to us! they will hear nothing but depart, depart, ye curfed. Thus thall the damned be shut up under the curse.

Use Fift, Let all these who, being yet in their natural state, are under the curfe, consider this, and flee to Jesus Christ betimes, that they may be delivered from it. How can ye sleep in thas state, being wrapt up in the curse! JESUS CHRIST is now saying unto you, Come, ye cursed; I will take the curse from off you, and give you the blessing. The waters of the sanctuary are now running, to heal the cursed ground; take heed to improve them for that end to your own fouls, and fear it as hell, to get po fpiritual advantage thereby. Remember that the miry places (which are neither fea, nor dry land, a fit emblem of hypocrites) and the marishes (that neither breed fishes, nor bear trees: but the waters of the fanctuary leave them as they find them, in their barrenness) Mall not be healed ; (seeing they fpurn the only renody) they shall be given to fult, (left under eternal barrenness, fet up for the monuments of the wrath of God, and concluded for ever under the curse), Ezek. xlvii. 11. 2dly, Let all curfers consider this, whose mouths are filled with curling themselves and others. Hle who clothes himself with curling, shall find the curle - come into his " bowels like water, and like oil into his bones,” (Psal. c. 18.) if repentance prevent it not. He shall get all his imprecations against himn fully answered, in that day wherein he stands before the tribunal of God: and shall find the killing weight of the curse of God, which he makes light of now. I * II

. I proceed to speak of the mifcry of the damned, under that curfe: a misery which the tongues of men and angels cannot suf

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in the promise to the Lord's people, as Ifa. xxxv. 10. And the ranjomed of the Lord Mhall return, and come to Zion, &c. relating both to the return from Babylon, and to the faints going to their eternal rest in heaven: even so temporal and eternal miseries, on the enemies of God, are sometimes wrapt up under one and the fame exprellion in the threatning, as Ifa. Xxx 33. “ For Tophet is ordained of old : yea, “ for the King it is prepared, he hath made it deep and large; the " pile thereof is fire and much wood, the breath of the Lord, like a “ stream of brimstone, doth kindle it." Which relates both to the temporal and eternal destruction of the Allyrians, who fell by the hand of the angel before Jerusalem. See also Ifa. Ixvi. 24. What is that judicial blindness to which many are given up in whom the God of this world hath blinded their eyes, (2 Cor. iv. 4.) but the first fruits of hell and of the curle? Their sun is going down at noon day; their darkness increasing as if it would not stop, till it issue in utter darknels. Many a lash, in the dark, doth conscience give the wicked, which the world doth not hear of; and what is that, but that the never-dying worm is already begun to gnaw them? And there is not one of these, but they may call it 70fcph, for the Lord shall add another; or rather Gad, for a troop cometh. These drops of wrath are terrible forebod. ings of the full thower which is to follow. Sometimes they are given up to their vile affections, that they have no more command over them, Rom. i. 26. So their lults grow up more and more towards perfection, if I may fo speak. As in heaven grace comes to its perfection, fo in hell (in arrives at its higest pitch; and as sin is thus advancing upon the man, he is the nearer and the liker to hell. There are three things that have a fearful aspect here. Fiift, When every thing that might do good to mens souls, is blasted to them; fo that their bleffings are Curfed, (Mal. ii. 2.) sermons, prayers, admonitions, and reproofs, which are powerful towards others, are quite inefficacious to them. 2dly, When men go on sinning still, in the face of plain rebukes from the Lord, in ordinances and providences: God meets them with rods in the way of their sin, as it were striking them back; yet they rush forward. What can be more like hell, where the Lord is always Imiring, and the damned always linning against him? Lastly, When every thing in one's lot is turned into fuel to one's lufts. Thus adversity and prosperity, poverty and wealth, the want of ordinances and the enjoyment of them, do all but nourish the corruptions of many. Their vicious stomachs corrupt whatsoever they receive, and all does but increase noxious humours.

But the full harvest follows in that misery which they shall for ever ly under in hell; chat wrath, whichi, by virrue of the curte, fall conce upon them to the uttermoft: the which is the curfe fully cxecuied. This black cloud opens upon them, and the terrible thunder-bolt (trikes them, by that dreadful voice from the throne, Depart from me, ye curfed, &c. Which will give the whole wicked world a dilutul view of what is in the bosom of the curse. It is,

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