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omorrha, and the cities about them in like manner ving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange s_Gr. others flesh, are set forth for an example, ffering the vengeance of (1) eterilal fire. 8. Likewise '... , >'-. • * alia

(1) That the Duration of the Punishment of the Wicked in .the future ite, will be Eternal, is plainly delivered in the New-Testament. [Sec, ! Word Hell in the Index.] Against this it has been objected, that it is t consistent with the Goodness and Justice of God, to punifli finitt and tporary Sins with Eternal Punishments. I therefore think it proper to say nething on this Subject, though I cannot far enter into it.' I amstrmpersuaded that God neither can, nor will do any thing inconsistent tn his Goodness and 'Justice; but that the Annexing Eternal Punisbmbttt^ a part of the SanSion of his Laws, is inconsistent with these Attributes* not so evident to me, and will lie upon those to prove who affirm hr. cry thinking Man will, upon a thorough Examination, find that the w of God are My, just, and good; that an Obligation to obey them, arises m the Reason and Nature of Things; and that they are for the Advantage 1 Good of those to whom they are given. It is likewise evident in ft, that a less Penalty would not have been sufficient to have detifred hers from the Breach of them; because many are not deterred evert the Consideration of Eternal Punishments. And why may not God ; iiW *e hisLaws by what Penalties he pleases? Does he do any Injury-tw'

Creatures, by requiring them to consult their own 7»f ifrrif; and

provide for their own Hdppi?iess by the. strongest Motives?' ! not Sinners acquainted before hand what will be the Ctnsequencs their Disobedience to, and Contempt of his Larts? They may refore choose whether they will incur this dreadful Penalty or • But if neither Interest nor Duty, if neither the Love of God, ■

the Love of themselves, will prevail with them, they Iftm'-oriblame themselves, when this dreadful Punishment comes '■; upon 1. I have one thing more to offer on this Subject. 'If rhofe; 0 live wickedly, and die impenitently, will for ever continue in : Stare, it cannot then be said that they are punished only for '< and temporary Sins. Should this be the Cafe, (and I do noe

how it can be proved that it will nbtj) the Objection loses its seeming force, and comes to nothing. The best and safest y will be to drop all Disputes, which.. cannot do either our « or others any Good, and to use our utmost Care and-Dili's to avoid these Punishments. This, if we do, we may'de-' d upon such a Measure of divine assistance, as will effectually enus not only to escape them, but to obtain an eternal and t glorious Reward in the Kingdom and Presence of-God; for ch much less Pains will be sufficient than Men take t° ruin*

destroy themselves. I am persuaded, that the more attentive* my one considers the New-Testament, and what God has done :«e Sinners from Eternal Destruction, the more he' will be "meed of the mighry Uncertainty of those Arguments "which commonly advanced agairtit the Eternal -Duration ef'future iilbraents.

also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and 11 speak evil of dignities. 9. Yet s Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, s durst not bring against hi* a {*) railing accusation, but said, the Lord rebuke thee.'

10. Bat

8. "J t Exod. 22. 28. See on 2 People, t Re*-»*• 7- There wa Pet. 2; 10, 11. War in Heaven; Michael and m

9. r f Dan. 10. 13, 21. The Angels fought against the Drain, Prince of the Kingdom of Persia and the Dragon fought and his Withstood me one and twenty 5 Angels.

Days: but lo,Michael, one of the s * Zech. 3.2. The Lord sijj thief Princes came to help me, and unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thie,\ I remained there with the Kings Satan, even the Lord that hal of Persia.— There is none that chosen Jerusalem rebuke tbeer; hpldeth with me in these things, 10+* Pet. 2. 11. Whereas Angch but Michael your Prince, t Dan. which are greater in Power anil 12, 1. At that time shall Michael Might, bring not railing Aceujetin stand up, the great Prince which against them before the Lord, flandeth for the Children of thy

(i) It is very observable, how our Saviour chuses to represent to the Discourse between Abraham and the rich Man; though there the greatest Difference between them imaginable, the one was in ven, the other in Hell, yet they treated one another civilly. Abn is brought in giving the common Terms of Civility to this wretched wii ed Man, and calling him Son; Son, remember. It was indeed a very si* vere thing which he said to him, he put him in Mind of his fornuf Prosperity, and of his Fault in his. unmerciful Usage of Lazarus^ .jfl member, Son, that thou in thy Life time receivedjl thy good things, and Let* rus, &c. But yet whilst he speaks such sliarp things to him, he "balBj bad Language to him. A Man may fay very severe things, whereas Occasion requires it; but he must use 720 Reviling ; Rem ipsam die, mitW male loqui, Say the thing, but use no bad Language. And this, as one liys, is the true Art of Chiding, the proper Style wherein we must ose w reprove. If we do it with Malice, and Anger, and Contempt, it is misbecoming, even though we despair of doing Good; but if webapi for any good Effect, we are like to mjss of it this Way; for is rie Apostle fays excellently, The Wrath of Man worketh not the Righimsmfi if God.

This should teach us Christians how we ought to demean our sclvesd! Wards those who are at the greatest Distance from us, and how we to behave our selves towards one another in the greatest DifferenctsA Religion. None sure can be at a greater Distance than Abraham in?«radios, and the rich Man in Hell; and yet our Saviour would not «H sent them as at Terms of Defiance with one another. One might Mj expected that Abraham should have reviled this poor Wretch, and «■■■ daindto have spoken to him: But this is not the Temper of Heavm, al «ught it to be of good Men upon Earth, even towards the W<| pf Men.

, How does this condemn our Rudeness and Impatience witli on?


the blackness of darkness for ever. 14. And 1 Enocha!so, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying Behold, the Lord m cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15. To" execute judgment upon all, and to coovince all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their n hard speeches, which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. \6. These are 0 murmurers, complain-1 ers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth p Iptaketh great swelling words, having mens q Persons in admiration because of advantage. 17. But, beloved, 1 remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18. How that they told you there should be 4 mockers in the last time, who mould walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19. These be they who u separate themselves, 1 sensual, having not the Spirit. 20. But ye, beloved, b building up your selves on your most holy faith, c praying in the holy •' ' Ghost,

14- 1 t Gen. y. 18. Jared—«be- of us the Apostles of the Lord and g»t Enoch. Saviour.

m V Dan.- 7. 10. f Zech- 18. 5 Acts 20. 29. I know this 14.5s. t Mat. 2j. 31. t^Thes. that after my departing fell J. 7. See on Acts 1. II". $ grievous Wolves enter in amon]

*S» n t I Sam. 2.3. more you, not sparing the Flock, t t so exceeding proudly, let not Arrogan- Tim. 4. I. t 1 Tim. 3.1. ty come out of your Mouth: for 3. 3. See on 2 Thes. 2. 3. the Lord is a God of Knowledge, 19. » f Prov. 18. 1. Tnrougli and by him Actions are weighed. i0 desire a Man having separatedhimt Psal. 31.18. Let the lying Lip be self, seeketh and intermedleth with put to silence, which speak grievous all Wisdom, t Ezek. 14.7. EveThings proudly and contemptn- ry one of the House of Israel, or oufly against the Righteous, f Psal. of the Stranger that sojourneth in 94- 4- How 16ng shall they utter Xy Israel, which separatesb himftHhtsm and. speak hard things'? and all the me.— I the Lord will answer him Workers of Iniquity hast them- by my self, t Hos. 4. 14."" selves? fMal. 3.13. Your Words Themselves are separated w|4 have been Stout against me, faith Whores, and they Sacrifice with the Lord: yet ye fay, What 20 Harlots.— t Hos. 9. 10. — Thr have we spoken so much against went to Baai-peor, and stterisi thee? themselves unto that Shame.—

i6\ 0 See on 1 Cor. ro.'ib."; 1 V Jam. 3. Ij. See on 1 Cor.

; p t 2 Peti, 2. 18. They speak 2. 14. ,

great swelling Words of Vanity.— 2j 20. b '.* 1 Tim. r. 4. Nei:..* q See on Jam. 2. 1. give heed to Fables, and aic df

s7- " '.' 2 Pet. 3. 2. That ye Genealogies, which mir.iCei Qt>

may be mindful of the Words which stions rather than gtdiyEdsjhz-

were spoken before by the hoiy c V Eph. 6. i&. See 011 A*

Prophets, and of the Commandment 30 8. 26.

Ghost, 21. Keep your lelves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22. And of some have companion, making difference: 23. And others d save with fear, pulling them Jut of the fire, hating even the e garment spotted by the flesli. 24. f Now unto him that is able to keep you. From falsng, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25. *'To the only wife . God Our Saviour, he glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ,


Year of our Lord 96^

THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which • a must shortly come to pass; and he b sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2. Who bare record of the word df God, and of the c testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he d saw. 3. e Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and. keep those things which are written therein: for the f time is at hand.


»J. MiTiin. 4. t<5. See oil , t. — Come'irp^nther, I will mew

Rom. 11. 14. thee things that mull be hereafter.

c V Zech 3. 4, 5. — Take away b t Rev. 22. 16. I Jesus have

thesilthy Garments from him.— I sent mine Angel to testifie unto you

Will cloath thee with change of 5 these things in the Churches.—

Raiment.— So they set a fair Mi- 2. c t. Ver. 9. V Rev. 6. 9.

tre upon his Head, and clothed ".' Rev. 12. 17. See on 1 Cor.

him with Garments, t Rev. 3.4. 1. 6.

Thou hast a few Names in Sardis, d t 1 Joh. 1. I. See on 2 Pet.

Which have not defied their Gar- 10 t. 16.

totnts.— 3. e f Rev. 22. 7. —Blessed is he

24. f tEph. 3 20. | 1 Tim. 1. that keepetb the Sayings of the

*7- See on Rom. 16. 2V, 27. Prophecy of this Book.

JS-g See on Rom. 16.27. f t Rom. 13. II. tjam. T.

CHAP. I. 1st I Pet. 4 7. f Rev. 22. 10. See

J. 1 '." Ver. 3. 19. V Rev. 4. on t Cor. 7. 29.

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