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° v ^ zdly, And to Conclude. If we understand the Phrase, having our Conversation in Heaven, to signify in the latter Sense (according to the most jlriSl and proper Meaning of the words in the Original,) having our Citizenship, our Home, our proper Country or Habitation in Heaven, and consequently looking upon ourselves as Members and SubjeSts of That City or Kingdom which is above: If we consider it under This View, the obvious Inference from hence is, that then we ought constantly to indeavour to obey the Laws of That Kingdom, that is, the Commandments of God; least if, during our Pilgrimage here in a a foreign Country, we live contrary to the Laws of Heaven, we be hereafter rejected at our return, and refused admittance into our own City. Rev. xxii. 14, B le fled are they that do his commandments, that they may have Right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in thro* the Gates into the City j For without, are dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers and murderers and Idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh 1 a Lie. a Lie. For there foall in no wife enter in- Serm,
to it any thing that defileth; neither what- XVI. soever worketh Abomination, or maketh a\CZi Lie. And the same thing is expressed by our Saviour in the Gospel, Luc. xiii. 26. When ye begin to say, Lord, open unto us j
for we have eaten and drunk in thy
presence, and thou hast taught in our Streets; he Jhallsay, I know you not whence ye are; depart Jrom me, all ye Workers of Iniquity. The Laws of our heavenly Country, and the Customs of a vitious World, are contrary to each other. Rom. vii. 22. I delight in the Law of God after the inward man; but I see another Law in my Members, warring again/I the Law of my mind: For the Flejh lufteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the Flesh; and 'These are contrary the One to the Cither, Gal. v. 1 y. This being the Cafe; it follows therefore, as St James concludes, ch. iv. 4. that whosoever will be a Friend of the World, of the stnful and debauched, of the vitious and corrupt World, must needs be an Enemy of God: Because the Carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither V o L. V. C c 2 indeed
Serm. indeed can be, Rom. viii. 7. For This XVI- reason, the Apostle beseeches us, as being *^V>J Strangers and Pilgrims here, to abstain from jlejhly Lusts, which war against the Soul; that is, which unfit us for our heavenly Country, the habitation of everlasting Righteousness and Peace, 1 Pet. ii. x 1: and exhorts us, not to be conformed to 'This World, Rom. xii. 2. but to be transformed by the renewing of our Mind; that is, to press forward towards the Mark of the Prize of our High Calling, forgetting those things which are behind: After the example of the Patriarchs, Heb. xi. 15. who truly if they had been mindful of That Country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned; But now they desire a better Country, that is, an Heavenly. Where, if We also have our conversation Now, we (hall together with them be glorified likewise hereafter.
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2 Cor. Hi. iy, 18. Now the Lord is That Spirit j and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty; But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the same Image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
HE Holy Ghost having been S E R M. poured forth upon the Apo- XVII. sties at Pentecost in so very V^rv singular and plentiful a manner, as that, before that time, 'cis said, comparatively, not to have been C c 1 given
S E R M.given at all, Joh. vii. 39; and Those who XVII. were n0t yet acquainted with That day's Miracle, are represented as not having heard so much as whether there was any Holy Ghost, Acts xix. 2. that is, whether there had yet been any such plentiful Effusion of it, as the Prophets had foretold: For This reason, St Paul in the 8th verse of this chapter, whereof my Text is the Conclusion, elegantly stiles the Gospel, by way of Eminence, the Ministration of the Spirit. And from That consideration, through the whole chapter, he magnifies the DoSlrine of Christ, as being more clear and plain, more powerful and efficacious, more illustrious and glorious, than the Law of Moses. Ver. 3. Ye are, faith he, the epistle of Christ, ministred by Us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in the fiejhly tables of the heart: His meaning is, The Power and Efficacy of the Gospel, is as much greater than that of the Law, as can be expressed by comparing that which is written in a. Book, with that which is imprinted inwardly in the very Heart and Soul itself The fame