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S E R M. but he that doth the WiM of my Father which **"'' is in Heaven,The Gospel itself speaks aloud, and tells us,that we must deny ungodliness and worldly lujls, that we should live soberly,righteoujly, and godly in this present worldjooking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of that great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. The Apostle St Paul, That great vindicator of the liberties of Christians, warns and perswades Ms, and repeats it with great earnestness over and over again j Be not deceived; ad let no man deceive you with vain words; neither fornicators, nor idol a tors, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, and £o on; i. e. no one that allows himself and continues in any one known vice; shall according to the terms of the Gospel of Christ, inherit the Kingdom of God. For, Not every 'one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, faith our Saviour, but he that doth the Will of my Father which is m Heaven. Lash, Lastly, From what has been said, weS E Rm.
may learn to reconcile the Severity and VIII. the Companion of God; the Severity, in giving a Law, which required sinless Obedience; and the Compassion in mitigating it, by the Grace and Mercy of the Gospel; Which Grace extended itself backwards to good men under the Law; and the Severity will reach forward to the impenitent Under the Gospel. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments,and his ways past finding out! To conclude therefore, Let us then heartily set about the reformation of our lives, and by obedience to God's commands indeavour to walk worthy of that religion we profess, adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Let us consider and admire the infinite wisdom and mercy of God, in restoring men to a capacity of attaining that happiness by the obedience of the second Covenant, which they utterly forfeited by the transgression of the first; and let us not frustrate the grace of God by the disobedience of our lives, least there re
Sejm. main no more Sacrifice for our Sin: For jj**- if the word spoken by Angeh was fidsoft, and every tranfgrefiion and disobedience received a jujl recompence of reward; how sloall we escape if we negleB so great Salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him? For if we fin wilfully after we have received the Knowledge of the Truth; that is, if Christians live as those who know not God, in the Practise of any vice or debauchery whatsoever; there remain? M more Sacrifice for Sin, no new Dispensations; but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which Jhall devour the adversaries.
How Christ has enabled us to conquer Sin.
[Preached on Eafler-Day.]
i Cor. xv. 56 and 57.
The fling of Death is fin, and the ftrength of fin is the law; But thanks be to God which givetb us the" ,victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
H E N he who was the desire S E R M. and expectation of Nations IX. appeared first in the World, <-rv">J it highly concerned all those who looked for redemption in Israel, rightly to understand the end
S E R M. and design of his coming: And if we *'' who live at this distance of time after his appearing in the flesh, expect yet to be partakers of the common Salvation which he has purchased for us; it highly concerns Us also to understand wherein that Salvation consists, and how and on what conditions he has purchased it for us. The Jews who lived about the time of his coming, misted by a partial application and wrong interpretation of the prophecies that went before concerning him, expected a temporal prince to appear in the power and splendor of this world, who JJmdd deliver their nation from that slavery into which the Romans had subdued them, and res ore again the kingdom to Israel; They expected that Jerusalem should have become once again the Head of the nations, and the glory of the whole Earth; They expeSled that Messiah the prince foould have come to sit upon the throne of David for ever, and to have csablisoed a kingdom among them which Jhould have had no end. And so indeed he did; though in a sense far different