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again, or not? 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 such hopes then, but real hopes that God (with profoundest reverence be it fpoken) will recal his word, and that Chrilt will prove a falle prophet? What elle means the figner, who, when he heareth the words of the curie, blijf it him of in his heart, faying, I Mall have peace, tho' I walk in the imaginatiin of mine heart, Deut xxix 19. Lafily, Hou stand ye affected to the Pover of God? None but new creatures will love him for it, on a fair view thereof; tho' others may slavishly 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 vineyard: If ye had been beset

with their temptations, and no more restrained than they were. Am ! ha dog, you will say, to have so treated my sweet Saviour: lo said Hazard

in another case; but when he had the temptation, he was a dog to do it. Many call Christ their sweet Saviour, whole 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, ihan as they abuse his death and sufferings, for the peaceable enjoyment of their lults; that they may live as they lift in the world; and when they die, may be kept out of hell. Alas! it is but a mistaken Christ that is sweet to you, whose souls lothe that Christ, who is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his perfon. It is with you as it was in the carval Jews, who delighted in him while they iniftook his errand into the world, fancying that he would be a temporal deliverer to them, Mala ii. I. But when he was come, and sui as a refiner and purifier of silver, verse 2, 3. and calt them as reprobate filver, who thought to have had no small honour in the kingdom of the Meffiah; bis 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 loch to believe, I will lay before you, the enunity of your hearts against Christ and all his offices.

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

Evidence 1. Consider the entertainment he meets with, when he comes to teach souls 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. Hepis mad, why hear ye him? Soul exercise raised by the spirit of bondage, is ac. counted by many, nothing else but distraction, and melancholy fits; men thus blaspheming the Lord's work, because they themselves are beside theinselves, 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 souls than their jelt, dressing up the conceit of their wanton vits in scripture phrases; in which they act as mad a part, as one who would dig into & 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 aboút 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 particular anse send thein to their Bibles. They are strangers to the solid comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they be dejected, it is something else than the word that revives them: as Ahuh was cured of his fullen fit, by the securing of Naboth's vineyard for him.

(2.) Christ's word preached is despised. The entertaininent moft of the world, to whom it his corne, have always given it, is that which is mentioned, Matth. xxii. 5: They made light of it. And for its fake they are despifed whom 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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yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's Take. 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 vefiel, wherein God has put the treasure, be turned, with many, into velfels wherein there is no pleasure, yet, why is the treasure itself flighted? But fighted it is, and that with a witness this day. Lord, who hath b lieved our report? To whom fbull we speak: Men can, without remorse, make to themselves silent Sabbaths, one after another. And alas! when they come 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, lfa. 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 and fall backward, and be broken, ar' Jnared, and taken, Ila. 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 Sneaker 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 Master 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 för ever wrapt up in blackness of darkness; and there we thould have eternally lain, had not this grace of the gospel, as a fhining 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 fun ariseth, we are strick blind with the light thereof; and, as *creatures of darkness, love darkness rather than light. Such is the enmity 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, bị his alone sacrifice and interceflion, 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 Tpider'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 righteousn:fs, 'Rom. $. 3. Man, naturally, looks on God as a great Master; ani.'

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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 occasion, John X. 20. He is mad, why hear ye him? Soul-exercise raised by, the spirit of bondage, is ac. counted 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 slighted; 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 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 Sabhath-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 witnessinow, 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 fèw 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 ale send them to their Bibles. They are strangers to the foliä comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they be dejected, it is Something 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 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 whom he has employed to preach it; whatever other face men put upon their contempt of the ministry, John xv. 20. The Jervant is not greater than the Lord: if they have perfecuted me, they will also perfecute you; if they have kept my Sayings, they will keep

yours

yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's Take. 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 vefjel, wherein God has put the treasure, be turned, with many, into vellels wherein there is no pleasure, yet, why is the treasure itself flighted? But fighted it is, and that with a witness this day. Lord, who hath believed our report? To whom full we speak: Men can, without remorse, make to themselves silent Sabbaths, one after another. And alas! when they come 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, lfa. i. 12. fo little reverence and awe of God appears on their spirits. Many ftand like brazen walls before the word, in whose corrupt conversation the preaching of the word makes no breach. Nay, not a few are growing worfe and worie, under precept upon precept: and the result of all is, They go ant fall backward, and be broken, ar! Jnared, and taken, 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 Sneaker 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 lie; 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 gospel, ás a fhining sun, appeared to dispel it, Tit. ii. 11. But yet we fly like night owls from ît; and like the wild beasts, lay ourselves down in our dens; when the sun ariseth, we are struck blind with the light thereof; and, as creatures of darkness, love darkness rather than light. Such is the enmity 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 thic {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 undeji The law, Gal. iv. 24. And go about to establish their own righteousn./s, * Rom. $.3.' Man, naturally, looks on God as a great Master; and

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