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entreth into that within the Veil, whither S E R M. our Fore-runner is entred for us. And if ^^we have this Hope in us, then ought we {y*^ accordingly toy^ our affections on things above, not on things in the Earths that where our Treasure is, there may our Heart be also-, that we may seek those things which are above, where ChristJitteth on the right hand of God, and where our life is hid, (that is, deposited, laid up for us in the determinations of the divine good pleasure, 'tis hid) with Christ in God: that our Conversation, (the Thoughts of Our Home and final Abode,) may be in Heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who, at his coming, shall so change Us, that we shall become like him, when we shall see him us he is; and, as we have born the image of the Earthly, we shall also bear the Image of the Heavenly. By imploying our Meditations in This manner, upon our Lord's State of exaltation in Heaven j so as to make it a continual Motive to us, to prepare ourselves to become finally Partakers of that promised inheritance; we 3 shall

S E R M. shall contribute what in Us lies, towards XV- fulfilling that Prophecy which he spake

L/^rvJ before his Death, Job. xii. 32. And I> if I be lifted up from the Earth, will draw all men unto me.

^dly, Another proper and most important Use of the Doctrine before us, is as follows. If our Lord came down upon Earth, to put away Sin by the Sacrifice of himself; and if, in his State of Exaltation in Heaven, the Design of his continual intercession with God, and of his whole Government of the Church by his Spirit, be still always one and the fame, even the putting away of Sin: Then from hence we may learn how great and fatal a Corruption it is of Christian Religion, for men who live wickedly, in a course of Debauchery, or in the habitual Practice of any known Sin whatsoever, to expect to obtain Salvation by relying presumptuously upon the Merits of Christ, or upon His Intercession^ instead of obeying his Commands delivered in the Gospel. The Blood of Chris, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, was shed, not to render der men safe in unrighteous Living, butSerm. to purge the conscience of such as truly re- '*'* , pent and amend, to purge them from dead Lr>rN^ works to serve the living God, Heb. ix. 14; The End why our Lord gave himself for us, being, that he might purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. If this great End be attained; if (according to the language of St John) we walk in the Light, (that is, in the practice of true virtue and holiness,) even as God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all; then indeed the blood of Jesus Chrijl his Son cleanseth us from all past Sin. But if we fay we have fellowjhip with Him, and (still) walk in darkness; (that is, continue to live wickedly, and yet hope for Benefit from the profession of God's true religion from what Christ has either done or suffered for us j) we lie, and do not the Truth, 1 Joh. i.6.

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Ajhly, and lastly: As from what has been said, appears the Reasonableness of mens applying to God through That One Mediatour, whom he has appointed; so at the same Time appears likewise the Folly,

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S E R M. of their setting up Other Mediators, of ^]^ ( their own invention; such as are Angels, Saints, the Blessed Virgin, and the like. For there is One God, fays the Apostle, and One Mediatour between God and Men. And as departing from the One God and Father of All, who is above all, and through all, and in us all, is the first and highest Species of Idolatry; so another sort of the same Sin, is setting up false and imaginary Mediators, by will-worship, by a voluntary humility, as St Paul stiles it, and worshipping of Angels; when men intrude into things which they have not seen, vainly pujfed up by theirflejhly mind, and not holding the Head, from which all the body by Joints and Bands having nourijhment miniftred, and knit together, increasetb with the increase of God.

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SERMON XVI

The Conversation of Christians is in Heaven.

[preached on Ascension-Bay^

Phil. iii. 20.

For our Conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour\ the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 N discoursing upon These words S 1 R M. of the Apostle, I shall 1st en- XVL deavour briefly to show, what^**^* is the full meaning of this Phrase, of having our Conversation in Heaven; and zdly, what are the

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