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with you, and have compassion on you: For.be will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. But many are stopt in the way, because judginent bath not its perfect work. They are not yet humbled under the mighty hand of God, and will not submit to the Lord Jesus Christ, but say obstinately We will not have this man to reign over us. But our Lord Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, saith concerning such, · But those mine enemies, that will not that I should reign over them, bring bither, and slay them before me.' Matt. xix. 27.
O Friends, let us all be a willing people, and take Christ for our Saviour and Sovereign, who is our rightful Lord; who died (saith the apostle) and revived, and rose again, that be might be Lord both of the dead and living. Let us live to Christ, that died for us ; live to him bere, and we shall live with him for ever. Let our souls praise the Lord, and all that is within us bless his holy name, that hath sent his Son from heaven to seek and to save us chat were lost, and to redeem us from all iniquity, that we might be a peculiar people zealous of good works. Blessed be God, who daily loadeth us with his benefits and blessings ! And blessed be Christ, our Redeeiner, the Lord of life, who hath invited us to come to him, that we might have life; that we may eat of the fruit of the tree of life, whose leaves are for the healing of the nations : that we may sit under bis shadow with great delight, and his fruit will be sweet unto our taste. Our Lord Jesus will feed us with beavenly manna, and with honey out of the rock of our salvation, and the true and living bread, that came down from heaven : he will make us a 'feast of fat things, and with wine on the lees well refined.' O remember the loving kindness of God, let it ever be before your eyes, that you may walk in his truth, as
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the royal Psalmist speaks. And when the meeting is over, keep your watch, and let not the spirit of the world, nor the prince of the power of the air, that rules in the children of disobedience, hinder the good seed (the word) from taking root; and bringing forth fruit, that may abound to God's eternal glory and praise, and your everlasting consolation..
O Friends, live for heaven and eternity, and labour abundantly in the work of the Lord; and you shall know to your joy and comfort, that your labour shall not be in vain. Do you now follow your works while you live, and your works shall follow you when you die. Rev. xiii. 7. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, for they shall rest from their labours, and their works follow them.' I would not have you think, that I put you upon any depending upon your own (best) works ; for if we do any good work, it is by the help and assistance of the Spirit of Christ, by whose power alone we are enabled to do it. It is by the strength and power of Christ Jesus, in whom we believe: It is by that strength and power, that we derive from him, that we are kept faithful to the death, that we may obtain the crown of life. It is by Christ alone, the great Captain of our salvation, that we must conquer our spiritual enemies, resist the devil, and overcome the world, and be more than conquerors; that persevering in holiness to the end of our days, we may say with the apostle Paul, when we come to die, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also, that love bis appearing.'
Therefore I beseech you all, to give all diligence, to make your calling and election sure, and so run in your heavenly race, as to press forward, towards
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the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, that you may obtain life eternal. "The grace of God, that bringeth salvation, bath appeared to all men; and God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life.' And the invitation is made to all : 'Look unto me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth. Salvation is offered to all, and the means of obtaining it, is by faith in Christ Jesus, the dear and blessed Son of God, who was born of the Virgin Mary, and took our nature, as the son of David and the seed of Abraham. As he was made man, he was a confinable being; but he is also both God and man, so he is infinite and eternal, God over all, blessed for ever! Come then to Christ, that you may have life and quickening vital influence from him, and of his fulness, receive grace for grace: Come to the blood of Jesus, that purifying fountain, to wash you from all your sins, and wipe off all your old scores. Christ is made not only wisdom and righteousness, but sanctification and redemption to us : We are justified freely by the grace of God, through the redemption, that is in Jesus Christ.'
Walk in love (saith the apostle) as Christ also hath loved us, and given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. God offers salvation to us in Christ, the second Adam, who only can redeem us from that bondage and misery, which the first Adam by his fall and apostacy brought on all mankind.
Christ is the only Saviour of sinners, and the author of eternal salvation to all them that believe in bim and obey him. This is the generation of them that seek the Lord, they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who came from heaven to show them the way thither, and came to seek and save them hat were lost. 'Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
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King of glory shall come in: Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle ;' the Lord Jesus Christ, who is mighty to save our souls, and to subdue all the enemies of our salvation.
Now unto him that hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to whom be glory and dominion, for ever and ever.' Amen.
A Sermon preached at the Quakers' Meeting-House,
in Devonshire-House, London, January 20, 1694.
BY WILLIAM PENN.
IT was the blessed encouragement that our Lord Jesus Christ gave to his disciples, and all his followers (when he took on him the nature of man, and was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us) and therein to all the sons and daughters of men, who should follow him through the many and great tribulations, and give up their names and hearts to him, to be witnesses of his truth, and of that holy testimony which he should communicate to them near bis farewell,
and a little before his being offered up, 'Let not · your hearts be troubled ; ye believe in God, believe also in me : in my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; I go to prepare a place for you, and I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also ;' now my Friends, these mansions they are the recompences of reward that are set in view of the righteous, and promised of God by
Jesus. These many mansions are the manivards, diversities of rewards, that refer to the