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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 éxercise 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. 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 steer our course, if we would come to Emmanuel's land. It is a lamp rito 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 vits 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 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 aile send them to their Bibles. : They are strangers to the solid comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they bé dejected, it is Something else than the word that revives them: as Ahab was cured of his fullen fit, by the securing of Naboth's vineyard for him. ... į (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 whom he has employed to preach it; whatever other Face men put upon their contempt of the ministry, John xv. 20. The pervant, 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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gours 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 veffel, wherein God has put the treasure, be turned, with many, into veljals wherein there is no pleasure, yet, why is the treasure itself sighted? 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, 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 preachirg 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, art Inured, and taken, Ifa. xxviii. 13: What tears of blood are sufficient to lament that (the gospel) the grace of God, is thus recerved 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 gospel, ås 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 sun ariseth, we are struck blind wiih 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

Tacrifice and intercefsion, finners 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 righteoufn-Is, Rom. X. 3. Man, naturally, looks on God as a grèat Master; and

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They always resist the Holy Ghost. 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. Hepis 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. 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 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 fcriptures 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 themi, 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 dúft 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 aise send thein to their Bibles. :. They are ftrangers to the solid comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they bé 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. í (2.) Chrifl'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 conteinpt 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 kecap

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Take. That Levi was the fon of the hated, seems not to have been without a mystery, which the world in all ages, hath unriddled. But tho' the earthen velel, wherein God has put the treasure, be turned, with many, into velle's wherein there is no pleasure, yet, why is the treasure itself slighted? But fighted it is, and that with a witness this day. Lord, who hath believed our report? To whom shull 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 beafts would do, if they were driven into them, lla. 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 worfe and worie, under precept upon precept: and the result of all is, They go ant fall backward, and be broken, a: Jnared, and tuken., Ifa. 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 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 falt, 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, as a fhining fun, appeared to dispėl it, Tit. ii. ii. 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 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 Tacrifice 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 under the law, Gal. iv. 24. And go about to establish their own righteousn·fs, Ron. š. 3. Man, naturally, looks on God as a great Master; and They always resist the Holy Ghoft. They fire not the knowledge of his ways; and therefore bid hiin depart from them. The old calumny? is often raised upon him, en that occasion, John x. 20. Héris mad, why hear ye him? Soul exercise raised by the spirit of bordage, is accounted by many, nothing else but distraction, and melancholy fits; men thus blafpheming the Lord's work, because they themselves are beside themselves, 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 facred 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 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 witness now, and will, at the last day, be a witness of the enmity of your hearts against Christ, as a Prophét. 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 aise send thein to their Bibles. They are strangers to the folid comfort of the scriptures. And if at any time they be dejected, it is Something else than the word that revives them: as Ahab was cured of his fullen fit, by the securing of Naboth's vineyard for him. 1 (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 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

yours.

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