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honour his dear Son, and magnify the riches of his grace in glory by him. The devil himself is wounded by his sword, bound by his chain, and trampled under his feet; as you read, “ The Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan, the crooked serpent, even leviathan, that piercing serpent, and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea,” Isa. xxvii. 1. He bound him with his chain, Rev. xx. 1; he trod upon the lion and adder, and the young lion he trampled under feet, Psalm xci. 13. Therefore cleave thou to Christ, and let his whole revealed mind and will be thy rule. Moses and his legal works, Elijah and his fiery zeal, willingly withdrew, as good servants ought, from the mount while the disciples were with Jesus, Matt. xvii. 8. And, when you hear men pointing the hardened and impenitent sinner to the blood of Christ, and sending happy souls to Moses' law for a rule and a yoke, regard not every. Lo here, and Lo there;' but go to Christ for both your rule and your yoke. If thou art a believer, go not to Sinai, but cleave to another mount, as Isaiah tells you in his vision; “ And it shall come to pass in the last days [mark that], that the mountain of the Lord's house [that is Christ, compare with Dan. ii. 35;] shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall say,

Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will

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heart that will keep the soul from falling; “The law of his God is in his heart, none of his steps shall slide."

Thus, reader, if thou art one of the legal stamp, who seeketh rest and findeth none, I have gone as far as I can, with truth on my side, after thee; and shall have many a secret arrow shot at me for going so far. Howbeit I have not dethroned the Saviour, nor exalted the servant in the Master's place; nor have I made void the law; but have set it on a level with the rest of God's word as a rule: nor have I offered any encouragement to hardened sinners; but have established the law in all its force against them. God help you to preach up good works by your life, as the Saviour did: every miracle that he wrought proclaimed who he was; and, to shew that he sought not the glory of men, he said, “See thou tell no man of it.” But good works will always preach themselves; for the more he charged them the more they spread it abroad. Let free-grace dwell on your hearts and tongues, and let your lives proclaim the fruits of the Spirit; and do not act like the workmongers; for Christ declares “they say and do not,” Matt. xxiii. 3. And this appears plain enough in our present Arminian leader, who in public print has called every sound gospel minister a child of the devil; as the Pharisees, in the Lord's days, “called the master of the house Beelzebub,” Matt. x. 25. So, agreeably to Christ's prediction, our present pope has con

ferred the same name on those of his household. Thus they apply to the family of Christ what their pharisaical fathers of old applied to the Master.

May the Father of all mercies, and God of all comfort, keep us by his mighty power through faith to salvation; and enable us to give the world an account of the root in us by the fruits produced by us! Thus God shall get the glory, and we the blessing. Amen.

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more can ye, except ye abide in me. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do now thing.” But he that leads my soul to Moses is sure to destroy all my fruitfulness : from the Lord, not from the law, is my fruit found, Hos. xiv, 8. All the fruits that the law produces are sour grapes, untimely fruits, wild figs, and eye-service; and are produced from the fear of a criminal, and therefore justly called dead works, which must all be purged away by the blood of Christ before the soul can be saved.

It is a strait path that lies between a loose profession and a legal working: but the soul that is blessed with a divine unction from above has a sufficient leader to guide him into all truth, This I found in my own experience, when my judgment was much confused, and my under, standing very much beclouded; yet I felt an inward teacher; for, if the legalist got hold of me, and I drank into his spirit, then I fell to work at mortifying my corruptions in my own strength; temptations then began to operate, sin prevailed, and I got into bondage, and found enmity to God himself spring up in my heart. And if, on the other hand, I listened to some loose professors, who cried out against my preaching up

convictions by the law, and the feeling sense of pardon, peace, and love, by faith in Christ, then I lost all my peace and comfort. Thus the blessed inward teacher led me when I could not see my way; and

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