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,pattern os obedience to the will of God, -as far as it was then made known. But Christ, as he made a suller revelation of the mind of God to the world than ever was done before, fo he never failed in aay one instance of exemplisying the proper duty of man.
3. How inexcufable then must they be, wh» are not recovered to a godlike temper and converfation by this most excellent dispensation ? Where we have not only the most perfect and plain precepts, and the most exceeding great and precious promises, but alfo the most sull and lively, the most suitable and engaging example. '""If the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and difobedience received a just recompence of jeward; how shall we escape, is we neglect fo great falvation, which at the sirst began to be spoken by the Lord?" Heb. ii. 2, 3. Or is we neglect to comply with fo excellent a constitution, which the Son of God himself not eonly taught us, but exemplified to us?
4. With what care and attention mould we "study the lise of Christ, as it is drawn in the Gofpel-history? Indeed every thing which God hath thought sit to reveal, must be worthy of our diligent and,serious consideration. "All Scripture is written by inspiration of God; and is prositable for doctrine, for re'proof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," 2 Tim. iii. 16. And no part of Scripture must be magnisied to the depreciating of others. But certainly none can be more usesul and necesfary, more sit for our frequent search and meditation, than that which gives
us 4B3 the picture of the mind and lise of our master; that while we stedfastly behold in the glass 'of the Gofpel the glory of the Lord, we may be xhangei'into the fameimage, from glory to glory ,*s by the spirit us the Lord, 2 Cor. iii. 18* And that leads me to inser,
5. We should earnestly pray for the grace cof the fame divine Spirit with which Christ was anointed without measure, in order to our being formed to the fame mindin our measure. In vain will the bright representation of the .holy mind of Christ be set before us in the Gofpel, unless the blessed Spirit open our eyes, 'and cause the light of the glorious Gofpel of -Christ to shifle isto our hearts. But this we are directed to ask for, and encouraged to hope we shall not be denied, is we cry to the common Father for this great gist, Luke \\. 13. .
6. Let us never allow ourselves to rest in any thing short of a real and growing conform mity to our Lord. By this we should judge ofiour relation to him, and of his complacency in us; and not .merely by the name we bear, or the notions that sill our minds. "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his," Rom. viii. 9. Study then fo to know him., as to be made conformable to him, *Phil. iii. is. Reckon every view you take of him, every thought you have of him, occasioned by reading or hearing concerning him, to be-indeed of little service to you, is it has no transforming influence. Go on then still following after this, if that you may apprehenl
that, for which also you are apprehended of •Christ Jesus, ver. 12.
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7. As far as this is our aim and scope, we may take comfort from the discovery of his present glory. For, as his heavenly mind and converfation ended in the heavenly glory; so a present imitation of him by us, as he was upon earth, is indeed a pledge of our suture conformity to him nvthe upper world. As is wesuffer with him, fo especially is we live with him and like him, wesliall also reign with him. If, as he did, We live to God, are dead to sin, overcome the world, serve our generation, and persevere to the end in the exercise of christian graces, and virtues, suitable to the conditions and circumstances of lise, through which we pass: we shall, at the end ofsuch a course,' follow him into his kingdom.
SERMON V. A carnal and a spiritual Mind.
Rom. viii. 6.
For to be carnally-minded, is death: but to he spiritually-minded is life and peace,
IN the former part of this epistle the apostle describes the sinsul state, in which the whole world is involved, whether Gentiles or Jews; they are all become guilty before God, and •bnoxious to his wrath. He then shews, that
me way of falvation for both, which was always designed in the counsel of God, and gradually made known to the world, but now most sully in the Gofpel, was not to be by the works of the law, or by any merit of our own, but by the .gracious and free pardon of our sins for Christ's fake, and uponfaith in him^
But lest this way of justisication by faith should be misinterpreted, and abused to encourage men in sin, and in the neglect of holiness; the apostle in the sixth chapter comes to treat of fanctisication,. and to shew, that theGofpel lays us under the strictest engagements to univerfal holiness ; that our faith in Christ and our baptismal dedication m his name bind as indispenfably to this;
And in the sirst verse of the eighth chapter, he sums up both the great blessing of which he had been treating, and the holiness that he had been inculcating; and represents them as inseparably connected.- "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." This is a certain truth, that the sentence of condemnation no longer holds against real Christians, but all their sins are pardoned. But who are fo in Christ, that they may take the comfort of this privilege? They, and they only, " who walk not aster the flesh, but aster the Spirit." And aster the apostle hath shewn, how esfectual a provision is made by the gist of the Spirit of /z/dyand by God's fending his own Son into the world, both in order to our pardon, and our recovery to holiness, ver. a, 3, 4, he proceeds more sully to
explain explain the character which he had given of Christians, and to urge the necessity of it.
Would you know whether you are in Christ, and may be esteemed in the sense of the Gofpel to walk not aster the slesh, but aster the Spirit? The apostle tells you, ver. 5. "They that are aster the flesh, do mind the things oC the flesh; but they that are aster the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." And to shew that: k is of the utmost consequence to us, as ever we would escape condemnation, to see that we mind not the things of the flesh, but thofe of the Spirit; he adds in the text, " For to be carnally minded, is death ; .but to be spiritually minded, is lise and peace."
In the words we have,
I. Two very oppofite characters; to be tarnally minded, and to be spiritually minded.. Characters, which divide all mankind into two parties. Every man must be denominated either the one or the other of these. However people may agree or difagree in other things, here is the most essential and wide difserence that can be between man and man, that fome are carnally, and others spiritually minded. And yet on the other hand, there is eften such a mixture in the temper of thofe towhom these very different characters belong, that contributes not a little on both sides to darken the character, unless diligent care and serious consideration be used to know, which in truth is our own. But then, to excite our concern for making this discovery, and to convince us of the great preserence due to- the poe above the other";