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his accusations, vanishes, and is loft in the glorious vision, and we know not what is become of him and being so taken up with the King in bis beauty, we neither ask, nor wish to know where he died, nor where he was buried ; Jesus is al} in all, and at such times he leaves no room for another. This righteoufness enables the finner to lift up his head to God, and to look Conscience out of countenance; yea, to look to the day of judgment with celestial triumph, mercy rejoicing against judgment. The fiery Law appears quenched in a Saviour's blood, and the everlasting Gospel fines like a million funs. “ Surely the light of the moon “ shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of “ the fun shall be fevenfold, as the light of feven
days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the “ breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their “ 'wound." Isai. xxx, 26. What poor, patched. up, pitiful linsey-Woolsey garments of righteousness, do those preachers bring forth, who are strangers to the King's wardrobe !-" a bed too " short for a weary foul to rest on, and a 6 covering too narrow for a foul convinced of it's “ nakedness to wrap itself in." Isai, xxviii. 20. Souls once enrobed with the royal raiment of needle-work, will never fetch their apparel from Rag-fair; for the nakedness and beggary of fuch preachers appear conspicuous enough (to fouls thus enlightened) in all they say, in all they do, in all they preach, and in all they write ; none covet their state, or envy their happiness, but fools and blind.
Blefjed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Not the mercy of carnal men is meant, for the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel; and though sinners love finners, and give to finners, yet they have not the reward of eternal inheritance for that; it is not done to the least of Christ's brethren, and so it is not done to him. Natural men, by their liberal acts, may procure a sort of ceremonial consecration on what they have; as the Saviour faid to the Pharisees, “Give alms of such “ things as ye have, and behold all things are « clean unto you.” Buc “though this righteous« ness may profit the sons of men, what does such -“ a person give to God?” Job, xxxv. 7, 8. These things can neither merit, nor procure the sure mercies of David--they come without any procuring cause in man; besides, whatsoever is not of faith, is sin; and without faith it is impossible to please God, much less merit at his hands. More. over, these blessings are pronounced on the disciples. of Christ, who believed in him, and followed him, and who themselves bad obtained mercy so to do. Merciful men, in the language of Scripture, are righteous persons and heirs of Heaven.“The righte“ous perish, and merciful men are taken away, none “conlidering that the righteous is taken from the ; . B 2
"sevil « evil to come—they shall enter into peace.” Ifai. Ivii. 1, 2. These disciples were chosen in Christ, and given to him; God had blessed them in him, and sent him to bless them, and he was now about it. As they had obtained mercy, to make them merciful, he blessed the merciful, and promised that they should obtain more mercy-which they would " want to help them in every time of “ need:” As Paul says, “ Having obtained mercy, “ I continue to this day.” A merciful man is merciful to the souls of men which he shews in praying for them, warning them, holding forth the word of life clearly and unadulterated to them, and declaring faithfully the whole counsel of God; " which is fowing to ourselves in righteousness, " and reaping in mercy.” Such a subject of divine mercy feels for troubled fouls, sympathizes with them, succours them, and bears a part of their burdens, gives them wholesome advice and counsel, and anoints them with fresh oil in the name of the Lord whereas a graceless sinner, an empty profes. for, or a legal preacher, is nothing but a barren wilderness, or a physician of no value.
God's sovereign mercy is the sure mercies of David, which God gave to Jesus the son of David, that he might communicate the same to the whole houshold of David, which is his own church and when this mércy is bestowed on men, it makes them merciful men. This mercy appears in God's
reveals revealing his Son in us, and uniting us to him: “But “ God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where“ with he loved us, even when we were dead in “ fin, hath quickened us together with Christ.” It appears in the gift of the Spirit : “ Of his own " mercy he saved us, by the washing of regenera« tion, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Such souls having obtained mercy, they faint not, either in preaching mercy, or in shewing mercy, either to the bodies or souls of men, though they meet with much opposition in it, and cruel treatment for it. “ Blessed are the merciful, for they mall obtain “ mercy;” not only to help them in every time of need, while in a militant state, but fuch shall find mercy of the Lord in that great day. 2 Tim. i. 18.
Blessed are the pure in heart. This purity of heart is, not the external varnish of a Pharisee, nor the bcasted perfection of an hypocrite, nor the empty dream of the carnally secure ; for though they are pure, yet it is only in their own eyes, not • being washed from their filthiness, Prov. xxx. 12. Nor is it the double portion of sanctity that those claim, “Who say, Stand by thyself, come not near to “ me, for I am holier than thou.” These pious souls are a smoke in God's nose, and a fire that burneth all the day, Isa. Ixv. 5. Nor does it consist in the final destruction or entire removal of the inbeing of fin—" For who can say, I have made my heart
« clean, I am pure from my fin?” Prov. xx. 9. Nor is it to be found in those who by a little decent carriage, and conformity to the letter of the Law, aim at purity. “ For they that San&tify themselves, « and they that purify themselves, shall both be « consumed together,” Isai. Ixvi. 17. This purity of heart ftands in having the heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and that by the blood of Sprinkling, which speaks pardon, peace, and reconciliation, which are better things than that of Abel. Such an one, and only such, “can serve God with a pure es conscience,” 2 Tim. i. 3. It is the faith of God's Elect that first applies the atonement, and ever after has recourse to that fountain in every time of need, not only to wash the feet, but also the hands and the head, from all the imperfections, failings, infirmities, hort-comings, &c. &c. that cleave to our best performances, “ for in o many things we offend all.” Thus God purifies our bearts by faith, Aets, xv. 9. Men who are destitute of this faith, and who never received this atonement, are as deftitute of internal purity as the prince of devils. “Unto the pure all things are « pure, but unto them that are defiled and unbe“ lieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and « conscience is defiled,” Titus, i. 15. The man whose fins are forgiven him, and whose conscience is purged from guilt and dead works, who is renewed by the Spirit, who is a believer in Jesus,