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^^r^f der hii feet, and given him to be the head over all things to the Church. When therefore this his Mediatorial kingdom shall be finished, and the number of his Elect accomplished, then unto them that look for bimjhall be appear the second time without Sin unto salvation, Heb. ix. 28. Then shall he redeem his Elect from death, and ransom them from the power of the grave: Then Jhall the Sea give up the dead that are in it, and Death and Hell Jhall deliver up the Dead that are in them, and death Jhall be swallowed up in viBory -, O Death, where is thy sting! O Grave, where is thy viSlory! But this deliverance from the first and natural Death, mail be common both to the Just and Unjust. 'Tis the Second death that shall be properly and finally the punishment of Sin; and from This, the jfuft only shall be delivered. Whosoever believeth on me, shall never die, Joh. xi. 26. that is, (as the words may more properly be rendred,) stall not die for ever. On the Just the Second death shall have no S E R M. power, but they shall be priests of God *%, and of Christ j they shall be made com- *SV^~ pleatly happy both in Body and Soul, and {hall reign with him for ever and ever.

The application I shall make of what hath been said, shall be only in these two brief inferences: 1/?, If Christ delivers no man from the punishment of Sin, who is not first delivered from the service and dominion of itj then no man who continues in the service and dominion of Sin, can expect to be delivered from the punishment thereof. Christ has indeed given himself a propitiatory Sacrifice, a full, perfect and sufficient Oblation for the Sins of the whole World j but 'tis not that the whole world, or that any particular persons should absolutely and unconditionately be thereby excused from the punishment of Sinj but that all those who by true Repentance turn from Sin and become righteous, should obtain Remifllon and Reconciliation with God: For he did not die, that he might indulge men in Sin, but that he might save them

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S E R u.from it. Christ has indeed brought Life i and Immortality to light, and opened an "* abundant entrance into the Kingdom of God; but 'tis not that any unreformed and unrenewed nature should be made partaker of that Spiritual Happiness, or be admitted to have a share in those pure and undefiled Rewards; but that those who have broken off their Sins by Repentance, and their Iniquities by Righteousness and shewing mercy to the poor, (which is the Wedding-garment required by our Lord in the Parable,) should be entertained at the eternal Supper of the Lamb: For as impossible as 'tis for God to cease to be holy, or for the purity of the Divine Nature to be reconciled to Sin, so impossible is it for a wicked man to obtain remission whilst he continues wicked, or for a Sinner to be admitted into the kingdom of Heaven. Be not deceive J, faith St Paul, neither sornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves; with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, that is, no unrighteous person

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God, i Cor. vi. 9. Again, Gal. v. 21. ha ving reckoned up the like catalogue of Sins, he adds, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time pafl, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God. And Ephef. v. 6. Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience, zdly, If Christ delivers no man from the dominion of Sin any otherwise than by giving him a clear knowledge of his duty, and a sufficient power to peform it, then no man who makes not use of that knowledge and power to an actual performance os his duty, can be delivered from the dominion of Sin. Christ hath completely performed his office for us; but if We will not also perform what remains for us to do for ourselves; if we will yet chuse rather to continue in the service of Sin, than to come forth into the glorious liberty to which we are called; we must, notwithV.QL. V. P standing

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continue still under the dominion of Sin, and shall at last fall into the puniflment thereof. The Imputation of the Righteousness of Christ, (which some have vainly depended upon, while they themselves continue to live in open contempt of his righteous laws,) is a ftlse and groundless imagination: 'Tis the unalterable Nature of Things, and the Will of God; that if we expect to be made happy for ourselves, we muft also become righteous for ourselves. Righteousness is not an outward imaginary quality, but an inward and real disposition of the heart and sou!, which must show forth itself in real and substantial acts of Holiness and Piety. Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth righteousness, is'righteous, i Joh. iii. 7. And St James, ch. i. 27. Pure religion and undejiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Let no man therefore deceive himself with vain imaginations, in hopes of being

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