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There being a great many errors and sinful irregularities mixed with this work of God, arising from our weakness, darkness and corruption, does not hinder this work of God's power and grace from being very glorious. Our follies and sins that we mix, do in some respects manifest the glory of it: the glory of divine power and grace is set off with the greater lustre, by what appears at the same time of the weakness of the earthen vessel. It is God's pleasure that there should be something remarkably to manifest the weakness and unworthiness of the subject, at the same time that he displays the excellency of his power and riches of his grace.—And I doubt not but some of those things that make some of us here on earth to be out of humor, and to look on this work with a sour, displeased countenance, do heighten the songs of the angels, when they .####". what they see of the glory of God's all-sufficiency, and the efficacy of Christ's redemption. And how unreasonable is it that we should be backward to acknowledge the glory of what God has done, because withal, the devil, and we, in hearkening to him, have done a great deal of mischief!

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Showing the Obligations that all are under to acknowledge, rejoice in, and promote this Work, and the great Danger of the contrary.

THERE are many things in the word of God, that show that when God remarkably appears in any great work for his church, and against his enemies, it

is a most dangerous thing, and highly provoking to God, to be slow and backward to acknowledge and honor-Ged-in-the-work, and to lie stiff and Hôt to

put to a helping hand. Christ's people are in Scripture represented as his army; he is the Lord of Hosts or armies: he is the captain of the host of the Lord, as he called himself when he appeared to Joshua, with a sword drawn in his hand, Joshua v. 13, 14, 15. He is the captain of his people's salvation; and therefore it may well be highly resented if they do not resort to him when he orders his banner to be displayed; or if they refuse to follow him when he blows the trumpet, and gloriously appears going forth against his enemies. God expects that every living soul should have his attention roused on such an occasion, and should most cheerfully yield to the call, and heedfully and diligently obey it; Isa. xviii. 3, “All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth the trumpet, hear ye.” Especially should all Israel be gathered after their captain, as we read they were after Ehud, when he blew the trumpet in mount Ephraim, when he had slain Eglon king of Moab, Judg. iii. 27, 28. *How severe is the martial law in such a case, when any of an army refuses to obey the sound of strumpet, and follow his general to the battle! God at such a time appears in peculiar manifestations of his glory, and therefore not to be affected and animated, and to lie still, and refuse to follow God, will be resented as a high contempt of him. If a subject should stand by, and be a spectator of the solemnity of his prince's coronation, and should appear silent and sullen, when all the multitude were testifying their loyalty and joy, with loud acclamations; how greatly would he expose himself to be treated as a rebel, and quickly to perish by the authority of the prince that he refuses to honors 4 "At a time when God manifests himselfin such a great work for his church,

there is no such thing as being neuters; there is a necessity of being either for

or against the king that then gloriously appears: as when a king is crowned,
ădărean: public manifestations of joy on that occasion, there is no such
thing as standing by as an indifferent spectator; all must appear as loyal sub-
jects, and express their joy on that occasion, or be accounted enemies: so it
always is when God, in any great dispensation of his providence, does remark-
ably set his king on his holy hill of Zion, and Christ in an extraordinary man-
ner comes down from heaven to the earth, and appears in his visible church in
a great work of salvation for his people: so it was when Christ came down
from heaven in his incarnation, and appeared on earth in his human presence;
there was no such thing as being neuters, neither on his side nor against him:
those that sat still and said nothing, and did not declare for him, and come and
join with him, after he, by his word and works, had given sufficient evidence
who he was, were justly looked upon as his enemies; as Christ says, Matt. xii.
30, “He that is not w - - - that gathereth not wit
me, Scattereth abroad.” So it is in a time when Christ is remarkably spiritually
Trêsent, as well as when he is bodily present; and when he comes to carry on
the work of redemption in the application of it, as well as in the revelation
and purchase. If a king should come into one of his provinces, that had been
oppressed by its foes, where some of his subjects had fallen off to the enemy,
and joined with them against their lawful sovereign and his loyal subjects;
I say, if the lawful sovereign himself should come into the province, and should
ride forth there against his enemies, and should call upon all that were on his
side to come and gather themselves to him; there would be no such thing, in
such a case, as standing neuter: they that laid still and staid at a distance would
undoubtedly be looked upon and treated as rebels. So in the day of battle, when
two armies join, there is no such thing for any present as being of neither party,
all must be on one side or the other; and they that are not found with the con-
queror in such a case, must expect to have his weapons turned against them,
and to fall with the rest of his enemies.
When God manifests himself with such glorious power in a work of this
nature, he appears especially determined to put honor upon his Son, and to fulfil
his oath that he has sworn to him, that he would make every knee to bow, and
every tongue to confess to him. God hath had it much on his heart, from all
eternity, to glorify his dear and only begotten Son; and there are some special
seasons that he appoints to that end, wherein he comes forth with omnipotent
power to fulfil his promise and oath to him; and these times are times of re-
markable pouring out of his Spirit, to advance his kingdom; such a day is
a day of his power, wherein his people shall be made willing, and he shall rule
in the midst of his enemies; these especially are the times wherein God declares
his firm decree that his Son shall reign on his holy hill of Zion; and therefore
those that at such a time do not kiss the Son, as he then manifests himself, and
appears in the glory of his majesty and grace, expose themselves to perish from
the way, and to be dashed in pieces with a rod of iron.
As such a time is a time wherein God eminently sets his king on his holy hill
of Zion, so it is a time wherein he remarkably fulfils that in Isa. xxviii. 16:
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a
stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation.” Which the
two Apostles Peter and Paul (1 Pet. ii. 6, 7, 8, and Rom. ix. 33) join with
that prophecy, Isa. viii. 14, 15, “And he shall be for a sanctuary ; but for a
stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for
a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and many among them
shall stumble and fall, and be broken, and be snared and taken.” As signify-

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ing that both are fulfilled together. Yea, both are joined together by the prophet Isaiah himself; as you may see in the context of that forementioned, isa. xxviii. 16. In ver. 13, preceding, it is said, “But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept ; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little, that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared and taken.” And accordingly it always is so, that when Christ is in a peculiar and eminent manner manifested and magnified, by a lorious work of God in his church, as a foundation and sanctuary for some, he is remarkably a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, a gin and a snare to others. They that continue long to stumble, and be offended and ensnared in their minds, at such a great and glorious work of Christ, in God's account, stumble at o for the work is that by which Te makes Christ manifest, and STOWs his glory, and by which he makes the stone that the builders refused, to become the head of the corner. This shows how dangerous it is to continue always stumbling at such a work, forever doubting of it, and forbearing fully to acknowledge it, and give God the glory of it. Such persons are in danger to go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared and taken, and to have Christ a stone of stumbling to them, that shall be an occasion of their ruin; while he is to others a sanctuary, and a sure foundation. The prophet Isaiah, Isa. xxix 14, speaks of God's proceeding to do a marvellous work and a wonder, which should stumble and confound the wisdom of the wise and prudent; which the apostle in Acts xiii. 41, applies to the glorious work of salvation wrought in those days by the redemption of Christ, and that glorious outpouring of the Spirit to apply it that followed; the prophet in the context of that place in Isa. xxix., speaking of the same thing, and of the prophets and rulers and seers, those wise and prudent, whose eyes God had closed, says to them, verse 9, “Stay yourselves and wonder.” In the original it is, Be ye slow and wonder. I leave it to others to consider whether it is not natural to interpret it thus, “Wonder at this marvellous work; let it be a strange thing, a great mystery that you know not what to make of, and that you are very slow and backward to acknowledge, long delaying to come to a determination concerning it.” And what persons are in danger of that wonder, and are thus slow to acknowledge God in such a work, we learn by that of the apostle in that forementioned Acts xiii. 41, “Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.” The church of Christ is called upon greatly to rejoice, when at any time Christ remarkably appears, coming to his church, to carry on the work of salvation, to enlarge his own kingdom, and to deliver poor souls out of the pit, wherein there is no water, in Zech. ix. 9, 10, 11: “Rejoice §. daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy king cometh unto thee; he is just and having salvation.—His dominion shall be from sea to sea.—As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” Christ was pleased to give a notable typical or symbolical repsesentation of such a great event as is spoken of in that prophecy, in his solemn entry into the literal Jerusalem, which was a type of the church or daughter of Zion, there spoken of; probably intending it as a figure and prelude of that great actual fulfilment of this prophecy, that was to be after his ascension, by the pouring out of the Spirit in the days of the apostles, and that more full accomplishment that should be in the latter ages of the Christian church. We have an account, that when Christ made this his solemn entry into Jerusalem, and the whole multitude of the disciples were rejoicing and praising God with loud voices, for all the mighty works that they had seen, the Pharisees from among the multitude said to Christ, Master, rebuke thy disciples ; but we are told, Luke xix. 39, 40, Christ “answered and said unto them, I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out:” signifying, that if Christ's professing disciples should be unaffected on such an occasion, and should not appear openly to acknowledge and rejoice in the glory of God therein appearing, it would manifest such fearful hardness of heart, so exceeding that of the stones, that the very stones would condemn them. Should not this make those consider, who have held their peace so long since Christ has come to our Zion having salvation, and so wonderfully Inanifested his glory in this mighty work of his Spirit, and so many of his disciples have been rejoicing and praising God with loud voices? It must be acknowledged that so great and wonderful a work of God's Spirit, is a work wherein God's hand is remarkably lifted up, and wherein he displays his majesty, and shows great favor and mercy to sinners, in the glorious opportunity he gives them; and by which he makes ourland to become much more a land of uprightness: therefore that place, Isa. xxvi. 10, 11, shows the great danger of not seeing God's hand, and acknowledging his glory and majesty in such a work: “Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. Lord, when thy hand is }. up, they will not see; but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.”

It is not unlikely that this work of God's Spirit, that is so extraordinary and wonderful, is To Tawning, or at least, a prelude of that glorious work of God,

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whatshöTTFrecede this great event have been accomplished; and how long this event has been expected by the church of God, and thought to be nigh by the most eminent men of God in the church; and withal consider what the state of things now is, and has for a considerable time been, in the church of lankind, we cannot reasonably think otherwise, than that the beginning of this great work of God must be near. And there are man -- - o R7. Amortga. It is sig

o - begin in Some very remote pa c world, that the rest of the world have no communication with but by navigation, in Isa. lx. 9: “Surely the Isles will wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring my sons from far.” It is exceeding manifest that this chapter is a prophecy of the prosperity of the church, in its most glorious state on earth, in the latter days; and I cannot think that any thing else can be here intended but America, by the isles that are afar off, from whence the first born sons of that glorious day shall be brought. JIndeed by the isles, in prophecies of gospel times, is very often meant Hurope : it is so in prophecies of that great spreading of the gospel that should be soon after Christ's time, because it was far separated from that part of the world where the church of God had, until then been, by the sea. But this prophecy cannot have respect to the conversion of Europe, in the time of that great work of God, in the primitive ages of the Christian church; for it was not fulfilled then: the isles and ships of Tarshish, thus understood, did not wait for God first; that glorious work did not begin in Europe, but in Jerusalem, and had for a considerable time, been very wonderfully carried on in Asia, before it reached Europe. And as it is not that work of God that is chiefly intended in this chapter, but that more glorious work that should be in

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the latter ages of the Christian church, therefore some other part of the world
is here intended by the Isles, that should be as Europe then was, far separated
from that part of the world where the church had before been, by the sea, and
with which it can have no communication but by the ships of Tarshish And
what is chiefly intended is not the British Isles, nor any Isles near the other
continent; for they are spoken of as at a great distance from that part of the
orld where the church had till then been. This prophecy therefore seems
plainly to point out America, as the first fruits of that glorious day.
God has made as it were two worlds here below, the old and the new
(according to the names they are now called by), two great habitable conti-
ments, far separated one from the other; the latter is but newly discovered, it
was formerly wholly unknown, from age to age, and is as it were now but
newly created : it has been, until of late, wholly the possession of Satan, the
church of God having never been in it, as it has been in the other continent,
from the beginning of the world. This new world is probably now-discover-

ed, that the new and most #. state of God's .#####mence there; that God might in it begin a new world in a spiritual respect,

when he creates the new heavens and new earth.
God has already put that honor upon the o:
born there literally, and there made the purchase & o ; so, as Provi-

dence observes a kind of equal-distribution of things, it is not unlikely that the great spiritual birth of Christ, and the most glorious application o

is to begin in this: as the elder sister brought forth Judah, of whom came
Christ, and so she was the mother of Christ: but the younger sister, after long
barrenness, brought forth Joseph and Benjamin, the beloved children. Joseph,
that had the most glorious apparel, the coat of many colors, who was separated
from his brethren, and was exalted to such glory out of a dark dungeon, and
fed and saved the world, when ready to perish with famine, and was as a fruit-
ful bough by a well, whose branches ran over the wall, and was blessed with
all manner of blessings and precious things, of heaven and earth, through the
good will of him that dwelt in the bush; and was, as by the horns of a unicorn,
to push the people together, to the ends of the earth, i.e., conquer the world.
See Gen. xlix. 22, &c., and Deut. xxxiii. 13, &c. And Benjamin, whose mess
was five times so great as that of any of his brethren, and to whom Joseph, the
type of Christ, gave wealth and raiment far beyond all the rest. Gen. xlv. 22.
The other continent hath slain Christ, and has from age to age shed the blood
of the saints and martyrs of Jesus, and has often been as it were deluged with
the church's blood: God has therefore probably reserved the honor of building
the glorious temple to the daughter, that has not shed so much blood, when those
times of the peace, and prosperity, and glory of the church shall commence, that
were typified by the reign of Solomon.
The Gentiles first received the true religion from the Jews: God's church of
ancient times had been among them, and Christ was of them: but that there
might be a kind of equality in the dispensations of Providence, God has so ordered
it, that when the Jews come to be admitted to the benefits of the evangelical
dispensation, and to receive their highest privileges of all, they should receive
the gospel from the Gentiles. Though Christ was of them, yet they have been
guilty of crucifying him; it is therefore the will of God, that that people should
not have the honor of communicating the blessings of the kingdom of God in its
most o state, to the Gentiles, but on the contrary, they shall receive the
gospel in the beginning of that glorious day, from the Gentiles. Insome on
to this, I apprehend God's d s will be wi -

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