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How God hardenc: Pharaoh's heart, and yet lov lie hardened himself by disobedience, and so in this our day it may be said, that God hartens some, and yet they harden themselves, as follows: First, God calls by prosperity or favours, and yet many enjoy them without a feeling sense from whom they flow. Secondly, God calls by commandments; an inward monitor, telling what is right and what is wrong : but some do not give attention thereto, which, if they would, they would hear the voice more and more distinctly, till at length it would become their teacher.Thirdly, God calls by miracles; the operation of bis Spirit perhaps under preaching, or some other cause, and they have thought, if I could always feel as I do now I should soon be a christian; or if all my companions would turn and serve the Lord, I would gladly go with them to heaven.But through inattention, those serious impressions, which I call niracles, soon wear off. A miracle is something done out of the common course of nature, by the operations of the power or spirit of God; therefore, O reader, it was not the minister who made you have those feelings, but tie power of God; therefore, in some sense, you have been called upon miraculously, and you cannot deny it, Fourthly, God calls by affiction, and when people are taken sick, and view Meath near, they make vows and promises, and think how good they will be if God will spare them and raise them up. But when they are recovered then (Pharaoh like too soon forget their promises, and break their vows, and hereby be. come harder than before, and can do things without remorse which once they would have felt the lash of conscience for. And that preaching, which once would make impressions on their mind, strikes their heart and bounds back like a stone glancing against a rock. This character is virat
inay be termed a Gospel hardened sinner. Thus you may discover that this plan clears the Divine Character, and casts the blame on the creature, where it ought to be cast: whereas, the opposite would cast the blame directly on God, if he decreed it so: this is the trutis, pand you cannot deny it. Although Christ bath promised once to draw ALL men unto him, (not to drag, for bait draws birds, yet they come voluntarily) yet he never promises to draw them a second time, but on the other hand positively saith, My spirit shall not always strive with mai). And again, Because I have called and ye have refused, but ye have set at nought my counsel, and would none of my rcproofs, I also will laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear cometh. Eplıraim is join. ed to his idols, let him alone. And the language of a reprobate is, is the harvest is past, the sunmer is ended, and we are not saved." (Jer. viii, 20. Prov. i. 24, 25, 26. Gen. vi. 3.) : As the Lord requiretli a right sacrifice in the path of (revealesi) duty; those who, like Cain, bring a wrong offering, the fruit of the ground, instead of the firstling of the flock, like Abel, inust expect, like Cain, to be rejected, (Gen. iv.7.) for God saith, Behold I have set life and death before you ; choose you this day whom you will serve, &c. (Josh. xxiv. 15.) one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen the good part. We do not read God chose it for her: this is the truth
and you cannot deny ii.--Even as we lead in John iii. 19. that this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, &c. Oh! reader, prepare to meet thy God! !
Obj. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lamp, to make one vessel to honor, and another to dishonor ?
Ans. A polter never makes any vessel on pur.'
pose to destroy it; for the most dishonourable
Now observe, if God be unchangeable, as Paul saith, God cannot lie, then he is bound by his immutability or the law of his nature, to perform his promises to the obedient, and his threatenings against the disobedient; and this is the truth
Pand you cannot deny it. Objection. Bible language is, I will, and you shall, and the promises are yea and amen, without any ifs or ands.
Answer. To take the promises without the condition, is a practice of Satan, (Luke iv. 10, 12.) which he made use of to our Lord to get him to fall down from the battlement of the temple, and thereby tempt God, and presume on God, because of the promise which the devil intended he should think to be unconditional : and so bear him up in the way of disobedience. Whereas our Saviour knowing the path of duty to be the way of safety, replied, 'tis written, thou shalt not tempt the Loril thy God. For in the way of obedience there is a promise of preservation, and in the way of dis. obedience a threatening of destruction ; this is the truth, Pand you cannot deny it; therefore to cut these two little letters IF out of the Bible, which make such a great significant word, is wrong ; seeing it is so frequent in scripture : and
frequently there are conditions implied in the Bii ble, though not expressed ; for instance, David,
when at Keilah (1 Sam. xxiii, &c.) inquired of the Lord whether Saul would come down, and the men of the city deliver him up, and the Lord answered in the affirmative. Here is no condition expressed, yet there is one implied; for David left the city and fled to the wilderness ; so Saul came not down, neither did the people deliver him up. Again, God said to the Ninevites, by Jonah, Yet forty days and Ninevah shall be overthrown. Now if you say all threatenings art without conditions, you give God the lie ; for the city was spared in consequence of their believing God, and
turning from their evil way, Jonah iii. 5, 10. This is the truth, Pand you cannot deny it. Again, Ezek. xxxiii, &c. There is a condition implied and explained undeniably, though not so fully expressed at the first, concerning the righteous and wicked man, which you may read at your leisure; this is the truth, and you cannot deny it. Objection, says one, 6 God will have mercy on whom he will have inercy, &'! Answer :
6 God will have mercy on whom he will,
Come think you who they be?
And from their sins do flee ;
And truly hates his sin;
To turn to God again.
Come think you who they be?
Likewise his liberty;
And do outstand their day;
Their own heart's lusts a prey. Objec. “My people shall be made willing in the day of my power," says one. Answer, That is home-made scripture, for the Almighty doth not so speak, but king David (Psa. cx. 3.) speaks to the Almighty, « Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” He doth not say, they shall be inade willing ; the word made is not there, neither has it any business there. Again, those little words in italic letters were not in the original, but were put in by the translators to make what they think to be sense in the English language ; and those little words, 6 shall be," are in italic letters, of course put in by the translators; now I leave them out, and in lieu thereof, put in the word are, and then read it, " Thy peo: