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loft all sense, I do not say only of vir- Serm. tue and goodness, but also of his own Xinterest and happiness, zdly, If Christ ^^^ has taken away the sting of death, and gives us the victory over it; then good Christians ought not to be afraid and terrified at death, any more than at an enemy that is already conquered, and can do them no hurt. Christ hath both died for us and is risen again, and one great reason why he did so, was to assure us that as it was not possible for him to be. holden of death, so neither should we be detained by it j for he took part of flejh and blood, that,.through death he might destroy him that "had the power of death, L e. the Devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime fubjeSl to bondage, Heb. ii. 14 and 15. Christ has made death to be nothing else but a passage unto life eternal, to all those who shall obey his commandmandments; Let us then sincerely indeavour to obey the commands of God, and death shall have no sting, nothing that is terrible in it. He that has either from Vol V. R the
S B R M. the beginning, or after true Repentance, X- made it the principal business of his life,
yf^K" to live soberly, righteously, and godly; may without fear expect the approach of death, nay even with joy and comfort hope for it. And this the generality of mankind are so sensible of, that tho' they desire not to be like the Servants of God in their lives, yet they cannot but wish with Balaam to be like them in their deaths, Num. xxiii. 10 j Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my loft end be like his. %dly and lastly, If Christ will give all his Servants victory over death, then we ought not to grieve immoderately at the death of our friends who die in the Lord, I would not have you ignorant,faith St Paul, concerning them that are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others that have no hope; For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him, 1 Thess. iv. 13. If we believe that there shall be a refurrrction from the dead, we ought not to sorrow immoderately for the
departure of those, who have lest this Sum, wicked and miserable world, and are gone to rest from their labours? For so faith the Spirit of God, Kev. xiv. 13. Blejfed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their lahours, and their works do follow them.
SE RMON XI
The InexctisableneJfs of rejecting the Gospel.
[Preached on Whitsunday]
Heb, ii. 3 and 4,
How /hall we escape, is we negleft so great salvation, which at the sirs began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also hearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
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count, how utterly inexcusable
1 all men are, who neglect the
Salvation of the Gospel; either
by rejecting it through Unbelief, when of
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