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away to him? Then you are no more at your own disposal. Faith is the souls coming out of itself to the Lord, that he may be all to us, and we as nothing. Away, then, with self-wifdom, it is but folly : Self-righteousness, nothing other than rags; and self-Itrength is pitiful weakness.
You must no more look on yourselves as the children of your natural father the devil. You have been too long at his beck, his captives, llaves, and drudges. You must now change masters, you must renounce the prince of darkness, having inlifted with the Prince of peace. They are contrary masters, and ye cannot serve both, Matth. vi. 24. Answer all temptations to fin with this, that ye have come out from among them, and therefore have nothing to do with the work or entertainment of the house of hell.
Believers, you are to look on yourselves as 'no more belonging to the world lying in wickedness : John, xv. 19. “ Because ye are not of the world ; but I have chofen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Have you come away to Christ in the covenant? Then
your back on the world, on its courses and ways, you must no more conform yourselves thereto, but to the heavenly Jerusalem: Rom. xii. 2. « And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” You have put your hand to the plough, do not adventure to look back. You have left the fociety of the wicked, do not mix with them again : Psal. xxii. 7: “ Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."-Ye are no more for your lusts and idols, but for the Lord : Rom. vi. 16. « His servants ye are, to whom ye obey." Have you given Christ the throne ? Then
your lusts must be mortified : “ For they that are Chrift's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts,” Gal. v. 24. The offending right hand and eye must be parted with. These will return back to seek entertainment from you as fora merly; but remember, you must be as obedient children, “ not fashioning yourselves according to your former lufts in your ignorance," 1 Peter, i. 14. -Finally, consider yourselves as no more, belonging to the law, or covenant of works, as a husband : Rom. vii. 4, “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that
should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we shouk! bring forth fruit unto God.” They who have laid hold on Christ, in the covenant of grace, are divorced from the law. So that, though you are to perform all incumbent duties, you are not to perform them under the influence of the first covenant, as seeking and procuring life and falvation by them ; but to express your thankfulness to him, whose you are, as being under Christ's law of love.
2. They are to look on themselves as his universally, without exception or reserve of any thing, Whatever you are, whatever you have, whatever you can do, or suffer, all is the Lord's ; for in that day in which the foul closes honestly with Christ, all is made over to him together. To be more particular.-Look, then, on your bodies as his, to be temples for his Spirit, 1 Cor. vi. 19. with which to serve him. Even all the members of the body, are to be consecrated to the Lord, as instruments of righteousness unto God, Rom. vi. 13. You are to use your tongues in speaking for him, your hands in acting for him, your feet in going his errands. To abuse the body by. intemperance, uncleanness, and the like, is to VOL. II,
defile the temple of God. To exhaust the body in worldly labour, so as to unfit it for bearing its part in the service of God, is facrilege, a devouring that which is holy ; for your bodily strength is the Lord's.- Look upon your souls also as his.' The soul is the best part of the man, and it is given away to God when one enters into his covenant. It is purchased by Christ, as a precious thing; and ye are to have a peculiar care of it, and must not presume to lay it at stake, as many do, for the satisfying of a lust, who often forget to loose the precious pledge by repentance.- All the faculties of your souls are his.-Your hearts are the Lord's : Prov. xxii. 26. « My son, give me thine heart.” The world and our lusts have long divided our hearts betwixt them. They have been as a common inn, fo throng with strangers, that the Master of the house had to lodge without. But, O remember! they are now the Lord's; that he must be the otject of your choice, your love, your desire, and delight; and that all your affections must center in him whose your heart is. – Your will is also the Lord's : Acts, ix. 6. “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?” You must learn to say, Thy will be done. Put away your self-will. The will of his commandments must determine your practice; the will of his providence, your lot. The long quarrel betwixt the Lord and you must now be at an end, namely, whether your will or his fhall be done. His will must ever govern + your will, and yours stoop to his.--Your conscience is his. It ought to be subject to him in all things, and to him only. Receive nothing in religion, in point of faith or practice, but upon ihe authority of God, speaking in his word; otherwise, you prostitute conscience to your lusts and the opinions of men: Matth. xxiii. 9. " And call no
Father which is in heaven.” With whatever pretences these things be supported, such as antiquity, strictness, &c. they are to be rejected, Col. ii. 20. 21. 22. Receive every thing held out in the word, however opposite it may be to your carnal reasoning, interests, &c. Your every thought should be brought into captivity, to the obedience of Chrift, 2 Cor x. 5.- Again, you must consider also, your worldly comforts and enjoyments as his. If you have given yourselves to the Lord, you have laid them all down at his feet, to be disposed of at his pleasure : Luke, xiv. 26. “ If any man come unto me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be
dila ciple.” You will look on them now as the Lord's loan, which he may call back from you when he will. Look on them as what you are to improve for God. Your life, your liberty, honour, wealth, reputation, all is the Lord's, to be used for his honour, and willingly parted with at his call.-- Your gifts and opportunities for serving God, are also his. The Lord has put them under your care, for the use of them, while the property remains in himself. You are but the stewards, and must use these talents for his honour; he has given you them with this charge, Luke, xix. 13.“ Occupy till I come.” Have you a gift of knowledge ? Do good by it, use all your gifts and comforts, for your salvation-work, and for the good of those with whom you are connected --Finally, your time is his, Eph. v. 16. “ Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Do not think you may fill up your time as you please in pursuit of vanities, or in following your lusts. No, you must make conscience of spending to E e 2
good purpose every inch of your time; you must be careful that you trifle it not away, doing nothing, or worse than nothing.
3. They must look on themselves as his for evermore ; not merely for a time, but for all times, all cases, and all conditions : Pfal. Ixxiii. 23. 26. “ I am,” fays the Pfalmift, “continually with thee.—My flesh and my heart faileth ; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Remember, that your ears are bored to the Lord's door-posts, you have lifted up your hand to the Lord, and cannot go back. You muft, then, be his, without interruption : Deut. v. 29. “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever !” You must not be one day for God, another for the devil, nor take your religion by fits and starts, you must not suit your religion to times and companies.--You must be his, without apoftacy and defection: Pfal. cxix. 12. « I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end." You must make no term-day with Christ, but having loved your Master, you must resolve to abide with him for ever, to live with him, and to die with him, that thus you may be with him through the end less ages of eternity. And therefore your heart must rest in him, as an object which is completely satisfying : Pfal. lxxiii. 25. “ Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth, that I desire besides thee.” Have you not come into the covenant, because, having traversed the whole creation, you could not find rest to your fouls there, and therefore had taken Christ as a covering to the eyes, and a complete portion to the foul ?--Resolve, then, that nothing shall part