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wherefore, we must rather want it, than purchase it, at the expence
of truth or holiness: But otherwise it can. not be over-dear bought; and it will always be precious in the eyes
of the sons of peace. II. And now, sinners, what shall I say to you? I have given you some view of the privileges of those in the state of grace ; ye have seen them afar off. But, alas ! they are not yours, because ye are not Christ's. The sinfulness of an unregenerate state is yours; and the misery of it is yours also; but, ye have neither part nor lot in this matter. « The guilt of all your sins lies upon you; ye have no part in the righteousness of Christ. There is no peace to you; no peace with God, no true peace of conscience; for ye have no saving interest in the great Peace-maker. Ye are none of God's family ; the adoption we spoke of belongs not to you. Ye have no part in the Spirit of sanctification ; and, in one word, ye have no inheritance among them that are sanctified. All I can say to you in this matter is, that the case is not desperate, they may yet be yours, Rey. iii. 20.
6 Behold! I stand at the door and knock ; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Heaven is proposing an union with earth still ; the potter is making suit to his own clay, and the gates of the city of refuge are not yet closed. O! that we could compel you to come in.
Thus far of the State of Grace:
THE ETERNAL STATE ; OR, STATE OF CONSUMMATE:
HAPPINESS OR MISEBY.
For I know, that thou wilt bring me to Death, and to the
House appointed for all Living.
The by death,
a solemn serious view, in the words of the text, which contain a general truth, and a particular application of it. general truth is supposed; namely, that all men must,
remove out of this world ; they must die. But whither must they go? They must go to the house appointed for all living ; to the grave, that darksome, gloomy, solitary house, in the land of forgetfulness. Wheresoever the body is laid up till the resurrection, thither, as to a dwelling-house, death brings us home. While we are in the body, we are but in a lodging-house ; in an inn, on our way homeward. When we come to our grave, we come to our home, our long horne, Eccl. xii. 5. All living must be inhabitants of this house, good and bad, old
young Man's life is a stream running into death's
devouring deeps. They, who now live in palaces, must quit them, and go home to this house ; and they, who have not where to lay their heads, shall thus have a house 1.t length. It is appointed for all, by him, whose counsel shall stand. This appointment cannot be shifted; it is a law which mortals cannot transgress. Job's application of this general truth to himself is expressed in these words; I know that thou wilt bring me to death, &c. He knew, that he behoved to meet with death ; that his soul and body behoved to part; that God, who had set the tryst, would certainly see it kept. Sometimes Job was inviting death to come to him, and carry him home to its house ; yea, he was in hazard of running to it before the time, Job vii. 15. « My soul chooseth strangling and death, rather than my life.” But here he considers God would bring him to it; yea, bring him back to it, as the word imports. Whereby he seems to intimate, that we have no life in this world, but as runaways from death, which stretcheth out its cold arms, to receive us from the womb; but though we do then narrowly escape its clutches, we cannot escape long; we will be brought back again to it. Job knew this, he had laid his account with it, and was looking for it.
DOCTRINE, All must die.
Although this doctrine be confirmed by the experience of all former generations, ever since Abel entered into the house appointed for all living; and though the living know that they shall die, yet it is needful to discourse of the certainty of death, that it may be impressed on the mind, and duly considered,
Wherefore, consider first, There is an unalterable statute of death, under which men are concluded. It is afpointed unto men once to dic, Heb. ix. 27. It is laid up
for them, as parents lay up for their children : They may look for it, and cannot miss it, sceing God has designed and reserved it for them. There is no peradventure in it; we must needs die, 2 Sam. xiv. 14. Though some men will not hear of death, yet every man must see death, Psal. lxxxix. 48. Icath is a champion all must grapple with; we must enter the lists with it, and it will have
the mastery, Eccles. viii. 8. “ There is no man that hatla power over the spirit, to retain the spirit ; neither hatlı he power in the day of wrath.” They indeed who are found alive at Christ's coming shall all be changed, 1 Cor. xy. 51. But that change will be equivalent to death, and will answer the purposes of it. All other persons must go the common road, the way of all flesh. Secondly, Let us consult daily observation. Every man seeth that vise men die, likewise the fool and brutish person, Psal. xlix. 10. There is room enough on this earth for us, notwithstanding of the multitudes that were upon it before us; they are gone to make room for us, as we must depart to leave room for others. It is long since dcath began to transport men into another world, and vast shoals and multitudes are gone thither already : Yet the trade is going on still ; death is carrying off new inhabitants daily, to the house appointed for all living. Who could ever hear the grave say, It is enough? Long it has been getting, but still it asketh. This world is like a great fair or market, where some are coming in, others going out ; while the assembly that is in it is confused; and the more part know not wherefore they are come together : Or like a town situated on the road, to a great city, through which some travellers are past, some are passing, while others are only coming in, Eccles. i. 4. “ One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh ; but the eartlı abideth for ever." Death is an inexorable, irresistible messenger, who cannot be diverted from executing his orders, by the force of the mighty, the bribes of the rich, por the intreaties of the poor. It doth not reverence the hoary head, nor pity the harmless babe. The bold and daring cannot outbrave it ; nor can the faint-hearted obtain a discharge in this war. Thirdly, The human body consists of perishing principles, Gen. iii. 19. “ Dust thou art, and unto dust shait thou return.” The strongest are but brittle earthen vessels, easily broken in shivers. The soul is but meanly housed, while in this mortal body, which is not a house of stone, but a house of clay, the mud walls cannot but moulder away, especially seeing the foundation is not on a rock, but in the dust ; they are crushed before the moth, though this insect be so tender that the gentle touch of a finger will dispatch it, Job in
19. These principles are like gun-powder, a very small spark, lighting on them, will set them on fire, and blow up the house. The stone of a raisin, or a hair in milk, have choaked men, and laid the house of clay in the dust, If we consider the frame and structure of our bodies, how fearfully and wonderfully we are made ; and on how regular and exact a motion of the fluids, and balance of humours, our life depends; and that death has as many doors to enter in by, as the body hath pours; and if we compare the soul and body together, we may justly reckon, there is somewhat more astonishing in our life than in cur death, and, that it is more strange, to see dust walk. ing up and down on the dust, than lying down in it. Though the lamp of our life be not violently blown out, yet the flame must go out at length, for want of oil. And what are those distempers and diseases, we are liable to, but death's harbingers, that come to prepare
its Fay. They meet us, as soon as we set our foot on earth, to tell us at our entry, that we do but come into the world to go out again. Howbeit, some are snatched away in a moment, without being warned by sickness or disease. Fourthly, We have sinful souls; and, therefore, have dying bodies; death follows sing as the shadow follows the body. The wicked must die, by virue of the threatening of the covenant of works, Gen. ii. 17. “ In the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die." And the godly must die too; that, as death entered by sin, sin may go out by death. Christ has taken away the sting of death as to them, albeit he has not as yet remove ed death itself. Wherefore, though it fasten on them, as the viper did on Paul's hand, it shall do them no harm; but because the leprosy of sin is in the walls of the house, it must be broken down, and all the materials thereof carried forth. Lastly, Man's life in this world, according to the scripture account of it, is but a few degrees remov, ed from death. The scripture represents it as a vain and empty thing, short in its continuance, and swift in its passing away.
First, Man's life is a vain and empty thing, while it is; it vanisheth away, and, lo! it is not, Job. viii. 6. My duys are vanity. If ye suspect afflicted Job of partiality in this matter, hear the wise and prosperous Solomon's