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little hills obtain it by faith in an imputed righteousness, Psalm lxxii. 3. The river of life, and all its streams of comfort, are to make glad this city of God, Psalm xlvi. 4. Divine singers and all celestial musicians shall be there; all God's springs of love, mercy, and peace are in her, Psalm lxxxvii. 7; and every saint of God, whether a native of Rahab, Babylon, Tyre, or Ethiopia, shall be born in her; this and that man shall be born there, Psalm lxxxvii. 4–6. As soon as Zion travails she brings forth, and of her womb shall a nation be born at once: of the breasts of her consolations shall every babe of grace suck, and upon her knees shall every child of God be dandled; for God hath extended peace to her like a river, and righteousness as an overflowing stream.
Zion's laws are in the heart of Zion's King; the law of faith, the perfect law of liberty, and the law of the Spirit of life, go forth from hence: "out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem,” Isaiah ii. 3. And as for them that say, “Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us; He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall have them in derision.” The throne of grace is in Zion; " Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” This is our comfort, that God will never depart from this city; for “ the name of the city from that day shall be, the
Lord is there,” Ezek. xlviii. 35. From this city God sends help to his people; they are strengthened out of Zion: and it is against this city that all our blind legal watchmen are levelling their vain janglings; but all that fight against mount Zion and her munition, and all that distress her, shall be as the dream of a night vision, Isaiah xxix. 7. The Highest himself shall establish her; “ God shall help her, and that right early !" she shall never be moved; not one of her stakes shall ever be removed, nor any of her cords ever be broken, Isaiah xxxiii. 20. This city shall be let down out of heaven at the final conflagration, and shall be at the right hand of the King when he makes all things new, Rev. xxi. 2, 5; and all that compass about this beloved city fire shall come down from God out of heaven and devour them, Rev. xx. 9. To mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, are all the saints to be brought; here are the innumerable company of angels: this is the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven; here is God the judge of all, and here are the spirits of just men made perfect; here is Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel; and what would the believer have more? See that ye refuse not him that speaketh, Heb. xii. 22—25. It is out of Zion the Deliverer shall come to the Jews when he appears to turn away ungodliness from Jacob, Rom. xi. 26. Blessed are those
ambassadors who stick by this city, especially when she is as she is now, low in a low place. “Blessed are they that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass,” Isa. xxxii. 19, 20. O Zion, if my pocket did but spring as fast as my heart, I could write a volume upon thee; thou art almost hid by the smoke of Sinai: surely those that despise thee know not the thoughts of the Lord; and those that depart from thee shall never divide the spoil. They never could enjoy the freedom and privileges of this city; they never could be within her walls; they were only spies that came to count her towers, observe her palaces, and mark her bulwarks; and are hastening away, having robbed her ambassadors of the name Evangelist, which belongs to Zion's watchmen and no others; and can be no more applicable to a minister of the letter than the word grace would be to one of the dukes of Edom. However, God calls them in his word by other names; such as vain janglers, subverters of his people, tempters of God, bewitchers of his saints, authors of shipwreck, zealous affecters but not well, excluders from Christ, perverters of truth, spies that come in to see the liberty of his children, and bring them into bondage; tinkling cymbals; and declares that, if an angel from heaven preach any other gospel than that which his servant Paul preached, let him be accursed, Gal. i. 9.
As to the secret lashes that these gentlemen have given me, is little grief to me; I know that
God the Saviour revealed this doctrine to my soul, and I defy either Hill or dale, Scot or lot, Parsons or parson-makers, Groves or avenues, Wilks or mussells, Wills or testaments, Kinsmen or uncles, Towers or castles, backs or Bellies, Knights or days, Watts or whims, to prove that God's word points out either law or rule that mount Zion doth not furnish the believer with. Zion's King sends the rod of his strength from hence; his kingdom stands not in word “ but in power, in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; for he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men,” Rom. xiv. 17, 18.
No man can couple these two mounts together; and he that is a stranger to the sentence and wrath of the one is a stranger to the feasts and joys of the other; such never publish their conversion, nor their call to the ministry; and it is best not, for any discerning christian may easily perceive that they are strangers to both. I doubt not but men may learn some of these things notionally, and preach them; but what know they of these things? What know they of the terrors of God, the law of faith, the law of the spirit of life, of the dominion of grace, union with Christ, and liberty by the Spirit? To'plunder and preach these things without an experience of them in the heart, is only a parable in the mouth of fools. I did not so learn these things, nor did I find them in any authors; for the few that I have read, whether they were called Antinomians, or whether they were ministers of the letter, which now-a-days are called evangelists, neither of them pleased nor instructed me; for those called Antinomians seemed to have no experience, ånd those who pretended to be evangelists seemed to have as little understanding: this I know, that while I suffered the terrors of Sinai I was distracted, and when I was brought to Zion I was clothed and in my right mind. I did intend to have sent out a Riddle at the end of this; but, as it swells too big for the pockets of many of my friends, must postpone that till another oppor tunity.