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If thou art turned from sin to righteousness, thou art not a canter, thou art not an enthusiast; thou art a true child of God; and a work of regeneration is not only begun in thy soul, but thou art going on to perfection, and thou hast laid the foundation of repentance from dead works, and repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, our great mediator and redeemer, who is the way, the truth and the life: and if thou be faithful to death, he will give thee the crown of life.,
Let us take heed to ourselves, and watch against the enemy of our souls, that he may not seduce us and bewilder us, and make us wander and lose our way, while we are travelling through the wilderness of this world, toward the heavenly Canaan. The same almighty arm, that brought us out of Egypt, will conduct us through the wilderness, and bring us safe to Canaan : our heavenly Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be our captain and leader, and after all our labours and dangers and conflicts with potent enemies in our way, he will bring us to the good land, to that kingdom that cannot be shaken; that inheritance, that is incorruptible, and undefiled, and fadeth not away: then we shall know our lot, and sing praises, living praises, with joy in our hearts, and harps in our hands, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, saying, blessing, honour, and glory, and power, to him, that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever! worthy is the Lamb, that was slain, to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honour, glory, and blessing; who hath redeemed us to God by his blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ;' and hath made us to our God kings and priests.-We must now believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, with a faith that worketh by love; we cannot be saved by a dead faith, but by a living faith: and as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ;
exalted and lifted up in the hearts of the faithful: Blessed are they that set him upon his throne in their hearts! O learn of Christ to be meek and lowly. Your bumility will exalt him, and will also exalt you at the last. Be faithful to the death, and you shall receive a crown of life. Those that have eternal life in their eye, and depend upon Christ alone for salvation, they bave laid a sure foundation. All other foundations will come to nothing; they are founded in time, and in time they will come to moulder away : but that city that God is the Builder and Maker of, that Abraham bad in his eye, will never decay, nor moulder away. Let us have this alwaysin our eye, that nothing may intercept our view. We havebere (saith the apostle) no continuing city ; We seek one that is to come. In this world we are as sheep among wolves. Fear not, little flock, (saith our Saviour, it is your Father's good pleasure to give you a kingdom. If we be the sheep of Christ we shall follow bim; for his sheep follow him, and know his voice, and a stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they know not the voice of a stranger. My sheep (saith Christ) hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hands. Here is encouragement for us to labour abundantly in the work of tbe Lord; for our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord. Let us, with Moses, choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for å season; and esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; and have Pespect to the recompence of reward.
Friends, I beseech you, in the fear of God, look up unto Jesus, the great Mediator of the new covenant, the Author and Finisher of your faith; that by patient continuance in well-doing, you may seek for glory, honour, immortality, and eternal life; wbicb
you shall obtain, if you persevere to the end : For he that endureth to the end, shall be saved.
Be not weary of well-doing; for in due time you shall reap, if ye faint not. He that bath appeared, as a God of salvation, and a mighty preserver of his people in all ages of the world, and hath been so both to the primitive Christians, and to all our Christian friends, that are gone before us to an eternal rest, if you faint not, but follow them, who through faith and patience do inberit the promises, you shall lay down your heads in peace in him, when you come to die : And when time shall be no more, you shall be for ever with the Lord.
To God be praise, honour and glory, who hath stretched forth his mighty arm to save. Who is the arm of the Lord but Christ Jesus, the Redeemer of souls ? When we had undone ourselves, and lost ourselves, in wandering and departing from the Lord, the true and living God, into darkness and the shadow of death, he stretched forth his almighty arm, to gather us, and to bring us into the Paradise of God again, when we were driven out by our own sin, from the face and presence of the Lord. Christ Jesus, the great and good Shepherd of his sheep, came to seek and to save them that were lost." The lost sheep that have wandered from bim, he will take them on his shoulder, and bring them to his fold : And he will make them lie down in green pastures, and lead them by the still waters, and satisfy them with the rivers of pleasure that are at God's right hand for evermore. He hath promised, that he will feed his flock like a shepherd, and gather his lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom. I hope Christ Jesus, the great Shepherd, will find some here this day, that have gone astray, and gather them with his divine arm, and keep them by his mighty power, through faith, unto salvation. To him be all praise, honour, glory, dominion and thanksgiving ; For he alone is worthy, who is God over all, blessed for ever and ever! Amen.
SURE FOUNDATION :
1 sermon preached at the Quakers' Meeting-House in Grace-Church Street, London, Oct. 10, 1694.
BY WILLIAM PENN, WITH HIS EXCELLENT PRAYER.
THE foundation of God standeth sure ; and they that build sure, must build upon it. - This hath been God's great love to us, in this day, age and generation, that he has laid for us this sure foundation, that which in all ages t'ia people of Cud have been built upon, and have been preserved in all the storms and tempests that have been raised, both from within and without. They who are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, are built upon the foundation of the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone ;' in whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord, Ephes. ii. 20.
Friends, I exhort you in the name and power of the living God, mind this foundation, upon it do you build all your hopes of salvation. The living power and truth of the living God, is that which visited us in the beginning, and gathered us out of that which is evil, into that which is holy, pure and precious : blessed are you that feel, and experimental„ly know this visitation of the Lord, within you, from day to day, and from one season to another: this is that wherein stands your refreshment, your consolation, your succour and relief in all the times of temp