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and Earnest of their futureGlory; they Vol. II:
discourse at large of the Variety, the
Use, the End and Regulation of these
Gifts, and this in Epistles directed to
those very Men who were endowed
with such Gifts, to be read in all
Churches, and to lye open to all the
World, as well Infidels as Believers;
for this miraculous Effusion of the Spi-
rit, was to be the great Instrument, as
well of Converting the Infidel,as Con-
firming the Faithful. Now had there
been no such Spirit, had there been no
such Gifts, I appeal to any Man, whe-
ther it could ever have entered into the
heart of Man to write after this rate,
things fo monstrously impudent, ab:
surd and false too. This must have
exposed the Gospel, and the Propaga-
ters of it, to the last degree of Con-
tempt, and instead of Converting the
Nations, have forc'd those who had
already embrac'd it, to renounce and
explode it. But I will pursue this Ar-
gument no longer, for I perswade my
self, you are ready to say there is no
need I should ; you all believe a Life to
come,and a Heaven for righteous hum-
ble Souls: I rejoyce in it, and hope you
demonstrate your Faith by your Works;
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Vol. II. 2. Another Objection against a Hea

ven, which does very much chill and
damp the Influence of it in those that
say they believe and this is that it is re-
mote and distant, Temptations are pre-
sent, the things of this World court
us with immediate Poffeflion and En-
joyment; but the Reward of Self-
denial, the Crown of Righteousness
is remov'd from us, by a long Tract of
Time.

To this I answer, that supposing
the Veracity of God, and the Truth
of Revelation being prov’d, this way
of talking is very idle and extrava-
gant ;''cis well known that Tempta-
tions do but deceive, not satisfie the
Sinner, that even in this world we
owe more to Hope than Possession, and
live more upon Expectation than Fru?
ition. And why should we not be
content,' as well to rely upon God, as
on the false and flattering Promises of
the World, the Flesh, and the Devil ?
But suppose the thing were otherwise,
and that the Pleasures of Sin were all
real, solid, and in poffeffion, yet how
natural is it to remember what the
Scriptures minds us of, That they are but
for a season ; what is present will soon

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be past, and what is to come will soon Vol. II. be present; and then the things of this World, when once past, will return no more for ever ; but the things of the other, when once come, will never leave us, nor we them; The World paffeth away, and the Lusts thereof; but be that doth the will of God abideth for ever, 1 John 2. Lastly, How contradictory is this Objection to our daily Pradice ; we complain that Life is fbort, and yet object against Heaven, that it is at too great a distance. Alas ! we have not too much time hands ; by that time we can be prepared to meet our God, God will call us to himself ; as soon as we can have drest and adorn'd the Soul, it will be time for us to put off the Body. There are few that are fit for Heaven, who think it too long e're they go to it.Nay rather, 'tis so little we do, and there is so much to be done, that we want time to give God proofs of our Faith and Love, and our selves of our Integrity, and happy shall we be if Death and Judgment do not come too soon at last. The Scripture represents our Judge as

at the Door ; tells us, That Christ is ready to judge both the quick and

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Vol. II.the dead, and that a little while, and

be that shall come will come, and will not tarry, Heb. 10. 37,

3. The last thing that obstructs the Efficacy of the great Motive I am talk. ing of, an incorruptible Crown, is this, That the Pleasures of Heaven seem to Spiritual and refin'd. But to this 'tiş ea: fie to answer, All the fault is, we are too gross and carnal ; let our Minds be but once enlightened and purified, and we shall discover unspeakable Beauty and Perfeâion in the Scripture descriptions of a Heaven ; we cannot be so dụll as not to see, that the more raised and perfe&our Nature is, and the more excellent the Obje&t, the more divine and ravishing will be our Pleasure let us but take care to be renewd and transform'd from glory to glory let us be sure that we become Saints here, and equal to Angels hereafter; and then how far soever the Joys and Glo: ries of Heaven be above us now, we then shall be fit for them, and they for us ; in the mean time let us endeavaur to refine our Taste, to improve and exalt our Minds, and then we may af. sure our selves, that the Satisfaction of

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an immortal and incorruptible and glo- Vol. II. rious Nature, will have as much more Life and Gust in it, then what we meet with in any Enjoyment now, as such a Nature is above a crazy, carpal, fluggilh, mortal one.

I should now pass on to the second Motive taken from this Consideration, That so many run in vain, and fall fort of the prize. I should lay before you the Matter of Fact, invite you to reflect on the dismal Consequence of it, I should enquire into the Reasons of it, and besides the Dangers which are common to us, with Christians of all Ages, I should put you in mind of two or three peculiar to this, such are A. theism and Deism, and a general loosness in our Principles, a general Neglect and Contempt of the Scriptures, and the open Confidence of Sensuality and Vice, the number and obstinacy of our Divisions, and much Ignorance joyned with our Vanity on the account of Superficial Knowledge, but my time will not permit this; I will conclude therefore with beseeching you that you would prepare your felves to run with patience the race that is set before jouy that you would lay aside every

weight,

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