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shall work together for good to them that love God, to them who are tbe called according to bis purpose. You are predestinated, says our text, to be conformed to be image of bis fons ; and your very afilictions and forrows are appointed to bring you to this conformity to Christ, who was himself a man of forrows, and acquainted with grief. You may rest satisfied, that nothing you meet with can hinder the purpose of God concerning you from taking effect, but rather all things shall be subservient thereunto. Therefore you may not only take the comfort of your mercies, but get above your afflictions, and rejoice in tribulution. Read the believers fecurity and triumph, in the verses following our text ; U'ho fall lag any thing to the charge of God's ele&t? It is God that justifierb: Wbo is be that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is rifen again, who is even at the right band of God, who also makerb intercession for us. Wbo fall separate us from the love of Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ( As it is written, For thy fake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as fheep for the slaughter) Nay in all these things we are more iban conqucrors, through him that loved us. For I am perswaded, that'neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
mor height, mor depth, nor arig other creaturez Mall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jefus cur Lord.
5: Forget not to pray for all that belong to tbe election of grace. For thole that are not yet gather’d. Other Sheep Christ bas, which are not yet bro't into the fold; pray that these may bear his voice, and follow him. Some of the elect are not only uncalled, but unborn : It is therefore a sutable petition in the publick liturgy of the church of England, which we can join in, That it may please God of his gracious goodness shortly to accomplish the number of his ele Et ” +
And pray for them that are gather'd and added to the church, That thig may be holy in all manner of conversation, as he who has called them is bulg : May walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the comforts of the Holy Gholt; and be pressing on towards pertection : May be guarded and safely carried thro’ this evil world, till they joyfully enter upon the rewards of the next. Plal. 28. 9. Save aby people, and bless thine inheritance, feed them also, and life them up forever.
† See the Durial Oifice in the CommonFraser Book.
6. Let the second coming and appear ing of our Lord Jesus Christ, be the matter of your earnest prayer, and obje& of your joyful bope and expectation. For in this day the Lord will make up his jewels. Now Chrift will raise up all that were given him by the father, without letting any be loft or wante ing; saying to his father, Here I am, and the children which thou bast given me. I prelent them all together, a glorious church, i not baving Spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. This will be done with exceeding joy, both on the part of the Father who chose them, theson who redeem'd them, the Holy Spirit who sanctified them, minifters who were instrumental to gather them in, and on the part of the chosen and redeemed them. Telves.
We have a pleasant vision of Christ at the head of a happy remnant, preserv'd irom the corruptions and carried thro’ ilie persecutions of antichrist : Read it; and then think what a glorious lighţ it will be to see him at the head of the whole church of che elect in the great day. Rev 14. I, to s. And I looked, and lo, a Lamb food on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having bis Fathers name written in their forebeads. And I heard a voice from beaven, as the voice of many water!, and as
the voice of a great thunder : and I beard the. voice of barpers barping with their harps : And. they sung as it were a new fong before ibe throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders : and no man could learn that song, but the bundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earlb. Tbese are they which were · not defiled with women; for they are virgins : these are they which follow the Lamb whitherroever he goetb : these were redeemed from ao mong men, being the first fruits unto God, and the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without fault before the throne. of God.
Thus I have been carried thro' what I propos'd on this subject. Many things which belong to it have been omitted ; and others but touch’d, which I could with pleasure have enlarg'd upon; but I have studied brevity.
And now, I desire to bow the knee in thanksgiving 10 the God and father of our Lord Fesus Christ, who has given me this opportunity to bear a Imall testimony to these important truths. I trust I have had a single aim at his glory in these discourses ; and so I look to Him, in his son Jesus, foc his gracious acceptance of what has been his own, and his merciful forgiveness of
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what has been otherwise : and on him I humbly depend to succeed them.
I close all with the apostles prayer and benediction, in 2 Thess. 2. 16, 17. Now our LORD JESUS CHRIST himself, and GOD even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting confolation, and good bope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
p Age 4. line 10. in the margin, r. cognoscuntur. . p. II. 1. 6. r. reverent p. 41. 1. 9. r. apoftlemip. p. 44. 1. 24. r. acquiesces. p. 45. I. 19. r. Hymeneus. p. 72. 1. ri. dele to. p. 88. 1. 8. r. creature. p. 101. I. 10. r. tell. p. 102. 1. 5. from the bottom, r. consciences. p. 110. 1. 2. from the bottom t. partakers. p. 125. 1. & dele, or not.