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Rom. i. 30. And if they could, they certainly would make him another than what he is. For, consider it is a certain truth, That whatsoever is in God, is God: and therefore his attributes or perfections are not any thing really distinct from himself. If God's attributes be not himself, he is a compound being, and so not the first being (which to say is blasphemous) for the parts compounding are before the compound itself; but he is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.

Now upon this, I would, for your conviction, propose to your consciences a few queries, (1.) How stand your hearts affected to the infinite purity and holiness of God? Conscience will give an answer to this, which the tongue will not speak out, If ye be not partakers of his holiness, ye cannot be reconciled to it. The Pagans finding they could not be like God in holiness, made their gods like themselves in filthiness: and thereby discovered what sort of a god the natural man would have. God is holy ; can an unholy creature love his unspotteil holiness? Nay, it is the righteous only that can give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness, Pfal. lxxxvii. 12. God is light ; can creatures of darkness rejoice therein ? Nay, every one that doth evil hateth the light, John iii. 29. For, what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor. vi. 14. (2.) How ft and your hearts affected to the justice of God? There is not a man, who is wedded to his lusts, as all the unregenerate are, but would be content, with the blood of his body, to blot that letter out of the name of God. Can the malefactor love his condemning judge? Or an unjustified finner, a just God? No, he cannot, Luke vii. 47: To whom little is forgiven, the fame loveth little. Hence seeing men cannot get the doctrine of his Justice blotted out of the Bible; yet it is such an eye-fore to them, that they strive to blot it out of their minds. And they ruin themselves by presuming on his mercy; while they are not careful to get a righteousness, wherein they may stand before his Justice; but say in their heart, The Lord will nnt do good; neither will he do evil, Zeph. i. 12. (3.) How stand ye affected to the Omniscience and Omnipresence of God? Men naturally would rather have a blind idol, than an allseeing God; and therefore do what they can, as Adam did, to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord. They no more love an all-feeing, every-where present God, than the thief loves to have the judge witness to his evil deeds. If it could be carried by votes, God would be voted out of the world, and closed up in heaven: For the language of the carnal heart is, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath for fuken the carth, Ezek. viii. 12 (4.) How stand ye afected to the Truth and Veracity of God? There are but few in the world, that can heartily subscribe to that sentence of the apostle, Rom. ii. 4. Let God be true, but every man a liar. Nay truly, there are many, who, in effect do hope that God will not be true to his word. There are thousands who hear the gospel, that hope to be saved, and think all safe with them for eternity, who never had any experience of the new birth, por do at all concern themselves in that question, whether they are born again, &r nt? A question that is like to wear out from among us this day. Our Lord's words are plain and peremptory, Excepi man be born again, be cannot see the kingdom of God. What are fuch hopes then, but real hopes that God (with profoundest reverence be it fpoken) will recal his word, and that Chrilt will prove a false prophet? What else means the fianer, who, when he heareth the words of the curse, bl.ft him. If in bis heart, saying, I fhall have piace, tho'l walk in the imaginatiin of mine heart, Deut xxix 19. Lafily, How flani ye affected to the Power of God? None but new creatures will love him for it, on a fair view thereof; tho' others may flavishly fear him, upon the account of it. - There is not a natural man, but would contribute to the utmost of his power to the building of another tower of Babel, to hem it in. On these grounds, I declare every unrenewed man an enemy to God.

2dly, Ye are enemies to the Son of God That enmity to Christ is in your hearts, which would have niade you join the husbandmen, who killed the heir, and cast him out of the vineyards If ye had been beset with their temptations, and no more restrained than they were. Am 1 a dog, you will say, to have so treated my sweet Saviour? lo laid Hazard in another case; but when he had the temptation, he was a dog to do it. Many call Christ their sweet Saviour, whose consciences can bear witness, they never sucked so much sweetness from him, as from their sweet lusts, which are ten times sweeter to them than their Saviour, He is no other way sweet to them, than as they abuse his death and sufferings, for the peaceable enjoyment of their Jults; that they may live as they list in the world; and when they die, may be kept out of hell. Alas! it 'is but a mistaken Christ that is fweet to you, whose fouls lothe that Christ, who is the brightness of the Futher's glory, and the express image of his person. It is with you as it was in the carnal Jews, who delighted in him while they iniltook his errand into the world, fancying that he would be a temporal deliverer to them, Mala

But when he was come, and sui as a refiner and purifier of silver, verse 2, 3. and cast them as reprobate silver, who thought to have had no small honour in the kingdom of the Meffiah; his doctrine galled their consciences, and they reited not till they imbrued their hands in his blood. To open your eyes in this point, which ye are fo loth to believe, I will lay before you, the enmity of your hearts against Christ and all his offices.

1. Every unregenerate man is an enemy to Christ in his Prophetical Office. He is appointed of the Father, the great Prophet and l'eacher ; but not upon the world's call, who, in their naturalitate, would have unanimoully voted against hiin: And therefore, when he came, he was condemned as a lęducer and blasphemer. For evidence of this enmity, I will initance in two things.

Evidence 1. Consider the entertainment he meets with, when he comes to teach fouls inwardly by his Spirit. Men do what they can to stop their ears, like the deaf adder, that they may not hear his voice.

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They always resist the Holy Ghoft. They désire not the knowledge of his ways; and therefore bid him depart from them. The old calumny

is often raised upon him, en that occafion, John x. 20. He is mad, why :hear ye him? Soul exercise raised by the spirit of bondage, is accounted by many, nothing else but distraction, and melancholy fits; men thus blafpheming the Lord's work, because they themselves are beside theinfelves, and cannot judge of these matters. i Evid. 2. Consider the entertainment he meets with, when he comes to teach men outwardly by his word. • Y1.) His written word, the Bible, is flighted; Christ hath left it to us, as the book of our instructions, to thow us what way we must

{teer our course, if we would come to Emmanuel's land. It is a lamp to light us through a dark world to eternal light. And he hath left it upon us, to search it with that diligence, wherewith men dig into mines for silver and gold, John v. 39. But ah! how is this sacred treasure profaned by many! They ridicule the holy word, by which they must be judged at the laft day; and will rather lose their fouls than their jest, dressing up the conceit of their wanton wits in fcripture phrases; in which they act as mad a part, as one who would dig into å mine to procure metal to melt and pour down his own and his neighbour's throat. Many exhauft their spirits in reading romances, and their minds pursue them, as the flame doth the dry stubble ; while they have no heart for, nor relish of the holy word, and therefore feldom take a Bible in their hands.. What is agreeable to the vanity of their ininds, is pleasant and taking : but what recommends holiness to their ủnholy hearts, makes their spirits dull and 'flat. What pleasure will they find in reading of a profane ballad, or story book,'to whom the Bible is tasteless, as the white of an egg! Many lay by their Bibles with their Sabbath-day's clothes and whatever use they have for their clothes, they have none for their Bibles, till the return of the Sabbath. Alas! the dust or finery about your Bibles is a witness-now, and will, at the last day, be a witness of the enmity of your hearts against Christ, as a Prophet. Besides all this, among these who ordinarily read the fcriptures, how few are there that read it as the word of the Lord to their fouls, and keep communion with him in it. They do not make his statutes their counsellors, nor doth their particulat anse send them to their Bibles. They are strangers to the solid comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they be dejected, it is

fonething else than the word that revives them: as Ahub was cured of his fullen fit, by the securing of Naboth's vineyard for him.

(2.) Chrill's word preached is despised. The entertaininent molt of the world, to whom it has come, have always given it, is that which is mentioned, Matth. xxii. 5. They made light of it. And for its fake they are despised whom he has employed to preach it; whatever other face men put upon their contempt of the ministry, John xv. 20. The

Servant is not greater than the Lord: if they have persecuted me, they will also perfecute you; if they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's fake. That Levi was the son of the hated, seems not to have been without a mystery, which the world in all ages, hath unriddled.' But tho’ the earthen vessel, wherein God has put the treasure, be turned, with many, into vessels wherein there is no pleasure, yet, why is the treasure itself slighted? But flighted it is, and that with a witness this day. Lord, who hath b; lieved our report? To whom fhill we speaks Men can, without remorse, make to themselves silent Sabbaths, one after another. And alas! when they cone to ordinances, for the most part, it is but to appear (as the word is, to be fren) before the Lord, and to tread his courts; namely, as a company of beasts would do, if they were driven into them, Ifa. i. 12. fo little reverence and awe of God appears on their spirits. Many stand like brazen walls before the word, in whose corrupt conversation the preaching of the word makes no breach. Nay, not a few are growing worse and worse, under precept upon precept: and the result of all is, They go ant fall backward, and be broken, a." Jnared, and tuken, Isa. xxviii. 13. What tears of blood are sufficient to lament that (the gospel) the grace of God, is thus received in vain! We are but the voice of one crying, the Speaker is in heaven; and speaks to you from heaven by men: why do ye refuse him that speaketh? Heb. xii. 25. God has made our Mafter heir of all things, and we are sent to court a Spouse for him. There is none so worthy as he ; none more unworthy than they to whom this match is promised; but the prince of darkness is preferred before the Prince of Peace. A dismal darkness overclouded the world by Adam's fall, more terrible than if the sun, moon and stars had been for ever wrapt up in blackness of darkness; and there we thould have eternally lain, had not this grace of the golpel, as a shining fun, appeared to dispel it, Tit. ii. 11. But yet we fly like night owls from it; and like the wild beasts, lay ourselves down in our dens; when the sun ariseth, we are struck blind with the light therenf; and, as creatures of darkness, love darkness rather than light. Such is thę enmity

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of the hearts of men against Christ, in his prophetical office. 2. The natural man is an enemy to Christ in his priestly office. He is appointed of the Father a Priest for ever: that, by his alone • sacrifice and intercession, sinners may have peace with, and access to

God; but Christ crucified is a stumbling-block, and foolishness to the

unrenewed part of mankind, to whom he is preached, 1 Cor. i 23. ! They are not for him, as the new and living way. Nor is he by the

voice of the world, an High Priest over the house of God. Corrupt nature goes quite another way to work.

Evidence 1. None of Adam's children naturally incline to receive the blessing in borrowed robes; but would always, according to the {pider's motto, owe all to themselves; and so climb up to heaven on a thread spun out of their own bowels. For they desire to be under 'the law, Gal. iv. 24. And go about to establish their own righteousnófs, 'Rom. X. 3. Man, naturally, looks on God as a great Master; an

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They always resist the Holy Ghoft. They desire not the knowledge of his ways; and therefore bid him depart from them. The old calumny is often raised upon him, en that occasion, John x. 20. He is mad, why hear ye him? Soul-exercise raised by the spirit of bondage, is accounted by many, nothing else but distraction, and melancholy fits; men thus blafpheming the Lord's work, because they themselves are beside theinselves, and cannot-judge of these matters.

Evid. 2. Consider the entertainment he meets with, when he comes to teach men outwardly by his word. • Y1.) His written word, the Bible, is flighted; Christ bath left it to us, as the book of our instructions, to thow us what way we must

steer our course, if we would come to Emmanuel's land. It is a lamp to light us through a dark world to eternal light. And he hath left it upon us, to search it with that diligence, wherewith men dig into mines for silver and gold, John v. 39. But ah! how is this sacred treasure profaned by many! They ridicule the holy word, by which they must be judged at the laft day; and will rather lose their souls than their jest, dressing up the conceit of their wanton wits in scripture phrases'; in which they act as mad a part, as one who would dig into a mine to procure metal to melt and pour down his own and his neighbour's throat. Many exhaust their spirits in reading romances, and their minds pursue them, as the flame doth the dry stubble; while they have no heart for, nor relish of the holy word, and therefore feldom take a Bible in their hands. What is agreeable to the vanity of their minds, is pleasant and taking : but what recommends holiness to their unholy Hearts, makes their spirits dull and flat. What pleasure will they find in reading of a profane ballad, or story book, 'to whom the Bible is tasteless, as the white of an egg! Many lay by their Bibles with their Sabbath-day's clothes and whatever use they have for their clothes, they have none for their Bibles, till the return of the Sabbath. Alas! the dust or finery about your Bibles is a witness now, and will, at the last day, be a witness of the enmity of your hearts against Christ, as a Prophet. Belides all this, among these who ordinarily read the fcriptures, how few are there that read it as the word of the Lord to their fouls, and keep communion with him in it. They do not make his statutes their counsellors, nor doth their particular ase send them to their Bibles. They are ftrangers to the folia comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they be dejected, it is

fomething else than the word that revives them: as Ahub was cured of his fullen fit, by the securing of Naboth's vineyard for him. (2.) Christ's word preached is despised.

The entertaininent most of the world, to whom it has come, have always given it, is that which is mentioned, Matth. xxii. 5: They made light of it. And for its fake they are despised whony he has employed to preach it; whatever other face men put upon their contempt of the ministry, John xv. 20. The fervant, is not greater than the Lord: if they have persecuted me, they will also perfecute you; if they have kept my Sayings, they will keep

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