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Kingdom of Glory hereafter: subject we must be either to his Mercy or his Power; for they that will not submit to his Golden Scepter, shall be bruised with bit Rod of Iron; and those his Enemies, that will not have him to reign over them, shall be brought forth and slain before himK. Luke 19. 27.

4thly, From Christ's fitting at th&right Hand of God, we may learn to triumph over Death and the Grave in the Words of the Apostle-, O Death! where is thy Sting j .6 Crave! where is thy Victory i But Thanks be to God who giveth us the ViBory thro our Lofd Jesus Christ; 1 Cor. 15. We may challenge all our ghostly Enemies to do their wont in the Words of the fame Apostle; Who shall lay any thing to the Charge of God's Elett? It is Christ that died, oi rather that is risen again, and set down at the right, Hafid of God to make Intercession for usRom. 8. 34.

$thlvj From Christ's sitting at God's right Hand, lit us learn by the Eye of Faith frequently to look up to him, to enable us to bear up with Courage under all the Trouble's and Tribulations of this World: So St. Stephen did, who looking up stedfastly into Heaven, faw the Son of God standing at his right Hand ., and from that Prospect he lobk'd down with Contempt on this World, and despis'd all the Rage and Malice of his Persecutors, Ath 7. latter end. And so the Apostle exhorts all good Christians to do, Heb. 12. 2. Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, who for the.Glory that was Jet before him, endured the Cross, and despised the Shame, and is now set down at the right Hand of the Throne of God.

6thly, From Christ's interceding for us at the right Hand of God, let us learn to come boldly to the Throne of Grace; where we have a prevalent Friend and Advocate to obtain Grace and Mercy for us. And let us so rely upon his Interceflion, as not to seek to any other Mediators; for there is one Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus: He hath all Power both in Heaven and Earth ., and therefore as we have no need, so neither have we any,warrant to have recourse to any other.

Lastly, From Christ's being at the right Hand of God, we may learn the great Lesson of Heavenly-mindedness ., to seek those things that are above, where Christ sitteth at the right Hand of God, Col. 3.2. In a word, let us raise up our Hearts and Delires after him, that where he is, there may we in time be also: Which God grant, &c.

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DISCOURSE III. The Epistle for the Sunday after Afcenfton-Day.

i Pet.' iv. 7——12. The End of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto Prayer, and above all things have fervent Charity among your selves > for Charity {ball cover the Multitude of Sins, &C.

TH E Collect for this Day minds us of God's exalting his only Son Jesus Christ with great Triumph unto his Kingdom of Heaven •, and thence takes occasion to beseech him not to leave us comfortless, but to send to us his Holy Ghost to comfort us, and to exalt us unto the fame place, whither our Saviour Christ is gone before.

To this end, the Epistle for the Day puts us in mind of the approaching End and Consummation of all things, that we may be fit to be receiv'd at last into that holy place, which Christ is gone before to prepare for us. In this Epistle then we may observe,

First, A Proposition, in these words, The End of all things is at hand.

Secondly, Some preparatory Vertues or Graces that help to fit us for it. And they are,

ist, Sobriety or Temperance in the Use of God's Creatures; Be ye therefore sober.

zdly., Watchfulness or Diligence in Prayer; And watch unto Prayer.

idly, Fervent Love and Charity among our selves, which will cover a Multitude of Sins.

qthly, Hospitality to be used one to another without grudging; and this to be shew'd by ministring the Gifts we have received, as occasion shall require, like good Stewards of the manifold Grace of God.

$thly, Teaching and instructing the People, as God hath Z '". directed directed us, and ministring to them, according to the Ability that God giveth us. .

To which is added, the End we are to aim at in ail these things- , to wit, that God in all things may be glorified thro Jesus Christ.

These are the things here recommended to prepare us for the Coming of the Holy Ghost, and after that for the Conclusion and Consummation of all things; which must be therefore particularly handled. I begin then with the Proposition laid down in these words, The End of all things is at hand; where we are to enquire what is meant by the End of all things, and how it is faid to be at hand. For the

First, By* the End of all things, some understand the End of the Jewish, State, by the Destruction of the City and Temple of Jerusalem. , when the whole Polity and Government of the Jews was dissolv'd, and they came under the Power and Subjection of the Romans: Of this we read in St. Matt. 14. where our Saviour foretold the utter Ruin and Destruction of that obdurate Nation, for rejecting of him, and casting the Word of Salvation from them j telling them, that the Temple, of which they boasted, should be raz'd to the Ground, not having one Stone of that stately Fabrick left upon another, that should, not be thrown down: which Destruction was to be usher'd in with many amazing Signs and Tokens, such as the Coming of false Christs and false Prophets, with Signs in the Heavens, and on Earth Distress of Nations j Mens Hearts failing them for fear of what is coming upon them ., Wars and Rumors of Wars j the Sea and the Waves roaring, and the like; of which we read in that Chapter, When these things were fulhTd, and the End of the Jewish Church and State came by the Destruction of Jerusalem^ then happen'd that which is sometimes call'd <tw1ihna. Tit «'wof, the Consummation of the Age; and here T3 T&oj *t'rWi the End of all things,

Others again, by the End of all things here understand the End of the World- , of which they take the fore-mention'd Signs to be the Forerunners: so they understand that of Sti Peter, 1 Epist. $. io, where, speaking of the Coming of the Lord at the last Day, 'tis deferib'd by the Heaveni pajstng away with it great Noifei the Elements melting fyitb servent Heat, and the Earth's being burnt up with all things in it* This may be properly call'd the End of all things,

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tho the former may not be excluded, as prefaging and leading to this.

But how is this End of all things faid to be at hand? Why, if we take it for the Destruction as the Temple and City of Jerusalem, it was when St. Peter wrote this Epistle very nigh at hand. Christ himself told the Jews, ihitwhen they saw those Signs, they might conclude, it to be near even at the doors; adding, that that. Generation should not pass away, till all ihese things were fulfilled; Mat 24. 33, 34. St. James likewise mentions that Day of the Lord as drawing nigh; for behold the Judg standeth at the door, James 5. Accordingly this Destruction came upon them very shortly after, when the Romans came and besieg'd it round about, laying it even with the Ground, and not leaving one Stone upon another, .-.

If we take the End of all things.for the End of the World, that likewise is drawing nigh; for we are bid to be always upon our watch, lest that Day come upon us unawares.! We are often minded in Scripture of the near Approach of that Day, that the time is at hand, that the Lord doth not delay his coming, but he thatstiall come will come, and will not' tarry. The Time and Hour is conceal'd from us on purpose, that we may be continually upon our guard, and put our selves in a constant Readiness and Preparation for it.

And this will lead me, in the next place, to those preparatory Vertues or Graces here recommended to fit us for the coming of that time. The

1st Whereof is Sobriety The End of all things is at hand, Be ye therefore sober. Now Sobriety or Temperance is . that Vertue, that guides us aright in the modest and moderate Use of God's Creatures: when they are distinguish'd,. as they sometimes are, Sobriety is• a Moderation in Drinking, in opposition to Drunkenness; and Temperance in eating, in opposition to Surfeiting and Gluttony: but both consisting in the moderate Use of God's Creatures, are commonly reckon'd as one Vertue, call'd sometimes by the Name of Sobriety, and sometimes by that of Temperance j. andso are they to be here consider'd.

But what is that moderate Use of God's Creatures, wherein this Vertue consists? Why, that will be best known, by considering the. Ends for which God gave them. And they were,

~ , . (1.) For

{t.) For preserving the Life of our Bodies, which de* pends upon the daily Food and Nourishment we receive from these Creatures. Our Bodies are of that mouldring Frame and Constitution, that they stand in continual need of Sustenance to repair and support them ; and therefore God is gratioufly pleas'd to afford a constant Supply of Food to fatisfy the two craving Necessities of Nature, Hanger and Thirst j giving Meat for the one, and Drink for the other; without which they would prove deadly, and Nature would sink and fail under the want of both. Again,

(2.) God hath given us his Creatures, not only to preserve the Life, but the Health, Strength, and Vigour of our Bodies: he hath taken care as of our Being, so likewise of bur Well-being; and therefore hath not ty'd us up to the pinching Necessities of Nature, that is, to eat no more than will just keep us from starving, and to drink no more than what will barely keep us from perishing with Thirst but hath graciously allow'd us Plenty, to maintain the Health and Strength of our Bodies, that they may be the better fitted for the Work and Business of our Calling.

(3.) Another End or Use of God's Creatures, is for the Innocent clearing and refreshing of the Mind, that it may the better bear up under the Burden of worldly Cares and Sorrows, for these are apt to fink and lower the Spirits: and therefore God hath given these worldly Comforts to be as Cordials to support them. Hence we read of Bread to strengthen, and Wine to chear the Heart of Man, and Oil to give him a chearful Countenance; which things may be lawfully us'd to those Ends: for God hath not only allow'd, but commanded us to rejoice in the good things wherewith he hath blessed us •, and hath given us his Creatures not barely for Necessity, but Delight.

These are the Ends for which they are bestow'd and consequently whilst we keep within these Bounds, using the Creatures of God for the preserving of Life and Health, for increasing the Strength of the Body, and the Chearfulness of the Mind, we observe the Rules of Sobriety and Temperance: but they who transgress these Bounds, by eating to Surfeiting, and drinking to Drunkenness •, they who instead of cherishing, enfeeble their Nature, using the Blessings of God to the impairing their Health, and drowning the Vigourrand Activity both of Body and Mind •, such as these abuse God's Creatures by Riot and Excess, and turn the Instances of the Divine Bounty into the Instruments of their own Ruin. C 3 Now

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