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3. Consider, that though Christ be an Jll'Sufficient Saviour, and able to save to the uttermost; yet he is not able to save those, that refuse and reject him.
A medicine doth not cure, because it is compounded of such and such precious ingredients, though never so well suited to that distemper; but because it'is applied: so neither doth Christ save us, as he is compounded of many precious ingre-! dients that qualify and fit him to be an all-sufficient Saviour, as his Deity, Humanity, unction of the Holy Spirit, and his own willingness; but as received, as believed on, and applied to the soul by faith: and, therefore, whatever he hath done or suffered in his life, death, or resurrection, will all be but in.v&in to us; and his precious blood will run waste, if, through impenitency and unbelief, we reject this All-sufficient Saviour, and keep at a distance from him.
4. Consider, If you do not accept of Christ and salvation by him, you will be rejected by him to your greater and sorer condemnation.
Think you not, that it will heighten your sin here, and your misery hereafter; that, when God hath been at so much cost and so much care to furnish an All-sufficient Saviour for you, you should be found to neglect so great salvation? Think not, that the tenders of Christ and salvation, which are made to you, are indifferent; that, though you slight and neglect them, you shall be in the same condition you were before: no; but the despising of Christ, and the abusing of grace, and the neglecting of so great salvation, are those things, that inspirit and enflame hell-fire, and make the never-dying worm to gnaw more cruelly, and will sink you deeper into that scalding lake that burns with fire and brimstone, where you shall be burnt in streams and drowned in flames. It had been better for you, that there never had been a Christ tendered, grace exhibited, and salvation purchased for you by Christ. If we neglect this salvation, we are without hope or possibility of recovery for ever. Pray observe what the Apostle speaks, after he had been comparing Christ and Moses, together with the wrath that should follow upon the despising of the one and the despising of the other: Heb. x. 28, 29. He, that despised Moses' Law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God; and hath counted the blood of -the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing; and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace? These shall not have so much mercy afforded them, as to die without mercy.
And, thus, I have handled this excellent portion of Scripture, concerning Christ's Intercession, and his All-sufficiency to save all that come unto God by him. ,
EXCELLENCY OF HEAVENLY TREASURES,
MATT. vi. 20, 21, 22.
BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, WHERE NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST DOTH CORRUPT, AND WHERE THIEVES DO NOT BREAK THROUGH NOR STEAL: FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO.
1 Here is not a soul in the world so destitute and beggarly, but it hath somewhat that it may call, and doth esteem, its Treasure. Not only he, that hath, as the Psalmist speaks, all that his heart can wish, who grasps in possession whatever his covetousness and unbounded desires grasp in imagination; but he also, that possesseth nothing but his own poverty, that hath no abundance but want and misery, such a one whom you would never suspect to be a hoarder, yet hath he that, the hopes and enjoyment of which he counts precious and his soul's treasure.
In dangerous and difficult times, what is the first and chief care of every man, but so to dispose of this his treasure, that, whatever losses he may sustain in other accessary good things, that are but lumber and utensils to the soul, yet his Treasure may be secured both from corruption and violence?
Our Saviour here throws open before our view two Reposi. tories, or Common Treasuries: Vast ones, they are; wherein all the good things, that ever any man in the world enjoyed, are laid up: and they are Earth and Heaven. If you have any treasure, as,certainly every one of you has, it must belong to one of these two places: you must deposit it either on earth or in heaven. "I/)ok now," says Christ: " take a view of Earth's Exchequer; and what see you there r There, indeed, is the World's Treasure: all, that many millions of men have been gathering together, and hoarding up for several ages." If you