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But most unsafely in a fæd'ral dress,
S EGT. V. Tbe Gospel of divine Grace the only means of converting
Jinners; and should be preached iberefore moji clearly,
fully, and freely. THLY ought, who royal grace’s heralds be,
To trumpet loud salvation, full and free ;
Because some, blinded with the blazing gleams,
* 2 Cor. ii. :6.
The revelation of the gospel-flow'r, Is still the organ fram'd of saving pow'r : Most justly then are legal minds condemn’d, That of the glorious gospel are afham’d: For this the divine arm, and only this, " The pow'r of God unto salvation is *. For therein is reveal'd, to screen from wrath, The righteousness of God, from faith to faith?” The happy change in guilty finner's case They owe to free displays of sov’reign grace; Whore joyful tidings of amazing love The ministration of the Spirit prove. The glorious vent the gospel.news express, Of God's free grace, thro’ Christ's full righteousness, Is Heav'n's gay chariot, where the Spirit bides, And in his conqu’ring pow'r triumphant rides. The gospel-field is still the Spirit's soil, The golden pipe that bears the holy oil; The orb where he outshines the radiant sun, The silver channel where his graces run. Within the gospel-banks his flowing tide Of lightning, quickning motions sweetly glide. “ Received ye the Spirit, fcripture faith t, By legal works, or by the word of faith?" If by the gospel only, then let none Dare to be wiser than the wifest One.
We must, who freely get, as freely give The vital word that makes the dead to live. For ev'n to finners dead within our reach We in his living name may most successful preach.
The Spirit and the scripture both agree Jointly (says Christ) to testify of ine The preacher then will from his text decline, That scorns to harmonize with this design. Press moral duties to the last degree? Why not? but mind, left we successless be, No light, no hope, nor strength for duties spring, Where Jesus is not Prophet, Priest, and King. No light to see the way, unless he teach ; No joyful hope, save in his blood we reach; No strength, unless his royal arm he stretch.
. Rom. i. 16, 17. + Gal. iii. 2. Joba xv. 26. v. 39.
- SONNETS. Part I. Then from our leading scope how gross we fall, If, like his name, in ev'ry gospel-call, We make not him the First, the Last, the All *!
Our office is to bear the radiant torch,
Ho, ev'ry one that thirsts tt," is grace's call
Who spend their means no living bread to buy,
* Rev. i. 11. Col. i. II. † 2 Tiin. i. 10. † Mark xvi. 15.+ Ifa. xiv. 22. John i. 39. 45. ** Rev. xxii. 17. It lfa.lv. 1, 2.
Whose wide-mouth'd clefts speak to the brazen sky Its passive thirit without an active cry, The gospel-preacher then with holy skill Mult offer Christ to whofover will, To Ginners of all forts that can be nam'd; The blind, the lame, the poor, the halt, the maim'd *. Nit daring to restrict in’extensive call, But op’ning wide the net to catch 'em all. Nu fiul must be excluded that will come, Nor right of access be confin'd to funie, Though none will come till conscious of their want, Yet right to come they have by fou’reign grant; Such right to Christ, his promise, and his grace, That all are damn'd who hear and don't embrace : So freely is th' unbounded call dispens'd, We therein find ev'n finners unconvinc'd; Who know not they are naked, blind and poor t, ? Counsellid to buy, or beg at Jesus' door, And take the glorious rube, eye-salve, and golden store. This priže they are oblig'd by faith to win, Else unbelief would never be their fin. Yea, gospel-offers but a sham we make, If ev'ry finner has not right to take : Be gospel-heralds fortify'd from this To trumpet grace, how'er the serpent hiss. Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful shape 'Gainst innocence itself malignant gape ; Then sacred truth's devoted vouchers may For dire reproach their measures constant lay. With cruel calumny of old commenc'd, This sect will ev'ry-where be spoke against 4. While to and fro he runs the earth across Whose name is ADELPHON KATEQOROS 4. In spite of hell be then our constant ftrife To win the glorious Lamb a virgin-wife.
Luke xiv. 21. of Rev. iii. 17, 18. # 1&s xxviii. 229
An Exbortation to all that are out of Christ; in order
to their cl fing the match with him : containing alfo motives, and directions:
EADER, into thine hands these lines are giv'n,
, But not without the providence of heav'n; Or to advance thy bliss, if thou art wise ; Or aggravate thy wo, if thou despise. Frithee, for thee, perhaps the omniscient ken Has forın'd the counsel here, and led the pen. The writer then does thy attention plead, In his great name that gave thee eyes to read.
Conviction offered to finners, especially such as are wedde
forictly to the law, or self-righteous, that they mayli the need of Christ's rigbteousness.
IF never yet thou didst fair Jesus wed,
Nor yield thy heart to be his marriage bed ;