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that ye are not concerned about salvation, and confequerftly that ye are not yet convinced of fin. -,. 4. Are your hearts ever affected about salvation? - When there is a concern about any thing in the foul of man, it never fails to set the heart a work, and to fill the affections. -. Now, sürely if ye be in any good degree concerned about salvation ye will be affected. (1.) Have ye never any fears of fal. ling sort of salvation ? Let us fear, left a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should seem to come short, says the apostle, Heb. iv. 1. A heart weighted, and really concern. ed about falvation, will see many grounds to fear that possibly it may lose salvation at last. The falls of others, the difficulties and opposition in the way to salvation, and its own felt weakness, will ever occasion fear in the heart about this. What one is very concerned to have, he is always feared to lose. (2.) Do ye never taste any thing of the anger of God in the threatenings? These that are concerned about salvation, get such a taste of God's displeasure, as is wont to fill their hearts with grief and sorrow. If ye know nothing of this, it looks very ill, and speaks you not du• ly concerned about falvation. (3.) Do ye never find any thing of shame for sin rising in your heart? If none of these affections be moved, it is a sad but sure evidence that ye are not concerned about falvation, and consequently that ye are not yet solidly convinced of fin.
5. Whither runs your discourse.commonly? Do ye never speak of salvation? We told you formerly, that when the heart is much concerned about salvation, the mouth will sometimes be em: ployed in speaking about it. Now, where runs your talk commonly? Is there never a word of
falvation in your discourse? It is a fad sign that ye never yet were, convinced of sin, that ye never yet laid salvation to heart. Do not think that it will clear you, to tell that ye must conform your discourse to the temper of those with whom ye converse: for I say, (1.) Do, ye never converse with any body that would be willing to entertain discourse about salvation? If it be so, then I am fure it is choice and not necessity makes it fo: this therefore is a further proof of your uncon cernedness about falvation, ye llight the converfe. of such as may help you. (2.) Are ye never in a company where ye may lead the discourse? If ye be a master of a family, a parent, or any superior, I am sure amongst your inferiors ye may. have the leading of the discourse: nay, though ye be servants, ye may fonie time, or other have as fair a pretence, to prescribe: to others, the subject of discourse, as they have to prescribe to you. (3.) If ye shift the evidence of all this, I shall put here a question or two to you, which will, if faithfully applied, make a discovery of you in this mata ter: and, i, Do ye not weary of the company and of the discourse that has no respect to falvation ? 2. Is it not a restraint upon you, when ye are kept from discoursing of salvation ? If ye be really concerned about it, I am sure it will be so Sometimes with you. But I proceed, and in the
.61b Place, I put the question to you, What diligence is there in using the means of salvation? No man that understands either scripture or rea. fon, can think the man concerned about salvatioon, that useth not the means of salvation. Now, because I judge that here we may meet with not a few of you, I shall defcend to particulars, and deal plainly with you about this matter. The
means of fivation are of three forts, recret," privities and publicóli Now, I will put fonie questions to you in 'refererice to each of them.I til 197 1 P begii with these which we call fecrets and of thenti halFonly name fecret rending of the ferie ptures, and prayer, Lev. xvii. 5. Rom. x. 13. And A référence to these Pirall put two or three questions to you! And; (r. Are ye neglecters of lečtet prayeria Can ye rife in the morning, and go to your work, and never bov a knee to God? To fuch we dare fay.confidently, Yelwere never Fet eớircerred about your souls falvation. (2) Are yelever concerned to know whift Tucaels ye. have it your prayers ? Mon part del T fear by fbekt prayenis," as fome ufnatural parents do by their children"; they qay-them down to others, and never enquire wht" Beebmes of thein; "whe. ther they did or ligé :Swhich argues that they are hót in earnest in theit. We ever find the faintsre @orded in feripture in earneft about the acceptance and success of rheir prayers. (3.) Are all your fecret prayers confined to Hated times, it may be morn ingand événnig? Orate ye frequently breathing out your defires in ejaculations? If ye negle&tthese, His à fad figni yėrate hot coneerned about lawati Önt." Ejaculations, I may fay, are' the genuine ef! fect of concern about fillvation. "Here, I do not approve of these coinnion fornis that people'üfe to the great feandáis of religion and offence of God, God Yavetat, the Lord deliver uts,?uponete fy. turn,”! Thefe fürely argue want of concerit á: bout fälvation, and want of dite respect to God! Perfons duly concerned about tålvation will freak of God'withinioret fear and dread, than is com. monly in thefe lexpressions, which, as 'Ayeya are af ed, are certainly. à palpable-breach of the Ithird
Eommand. 'But when I fpeak of ejaculations, i mean thereby affectionate and reverend desires fent op to God about falvárioit:' and I believe there thah fearce be found any redly concerned about salvation, who are uffer Prangers to them. (4.9 Do ye neglect the reading of the word of God, or do yé not? Such of you as will not be . ät pains to learn to read the word of God, I can fcarce think you in earnelt concerned about salvia tion, fince ye neglect so-neceffaryst menn; at leåft I think ye have need to be very sure of the grounds yè lean upon, if ye do conciude yoärselves' really concerned about it, while ye Heglect this duty! When people are not åt-paiàs to read, or take not care to get the fcripture read to them in secret', if : tro' age they be incapable, it is a fad sign of want. of concern about falvation. I would delire vou to consider seriously that one command given by God to his church of old. He gave them his laws and his statutes, which if a man do,& målt even live in then, Levxvii. 5. And he gives them á peremptoryolcominand how to use them, Deut! xi. 18, 19, 209 Fe Mall lay up the fe my words in your beart, and in your soul, and bind them for å Sign upon youth hands that they may be as frontlets betweenlydur eyes ?1 and ye shall reach them your children, speaking of them when thox fitteft in thine house, and when thou walkeft by the way, when thou lieft dorun, and when thouriseft up: and thou Soult writë them upon the doorsports of thinë house, and upon why gates. Every where they were to have the law of God along with them. How they can be cohcerned duty about, falvation, who nes glect the use of that which God commands, and commands fo peremptorily, I do not well under Atmd (5. Do ye take heed to what yet read?
Do ye learn to do all the words of the Lord; or do ye endeavour to understand what ye read? In a word, are ye affected with what ye read, or are ye not? If ye bę not, then it is evidence enough, that ye are not concerned seriously about salvation: so that ye are not solidly convinced of fin. If ye either neglect the ufe of these means of falyation, or prove unconcerned as to the success of your use of them, it is undoubtedly sure that yet ye have not laid salvation to heart. I do not indeed say, but even the children of God may be more remifs at some times than at other times, but entirely to neglect or prove unconcerned, they cannot, nor indeed can any that is laying falvation to heart. Buty i
Dwigiosove ti . I come, in the second place, to enquire into your diligence in your families : and here I fall fay only two things. (1.) This concern about salvation will make those who have families care, ful in the performance of family-duties, and these who are members of families careful in attendance upon them. When once a man, is serious about falvation, he will be sure to set about these duties which may any way contribute to his fafety and establishment. (2.) When a person is once con: cerned about falvation, then there will some re. gard be had to the success of such duries, that is, such an one will take care to know, whether he is better or: worfe by the duties he follows. Now, bring these two home to your own consciences: and let me ask you what conscience ye make of performing or of attending to thefe duties? If ye either neglect them, or 'turn indifferent as to the success of them, paft all peradventure, ye are in a dangerous condition. . A man that sees himself in a state of misery, and thinks serioully, of salvati