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never become God to threaten what it will not become him to execute. If the Punishment be in it self unjust and unreasonable, it can never become the Governour of the World to enact and establish his Laws by such a Sancti
but if it be just and reasonable , God will ever be the same, his Nature is immutable, and there can be no Ground to think that God will not exercise Justice, when the Day of Grace, the Day of Mercy is paft.
zdly, We are hence taught what a Value we ought to set upon our Redemption by Christ. To redeem us from the Dominion of Iniquity, to redeem us from the Wrath to come, how unspeakable a Mercy was this ? Ah, were the Eyes of our Understanding enlighten’d, were our Hearts purify'd, that we could discover all the Deformities of Sin, that we could truly fee it as it is! Ah, were we but strong in the Faith, that we had but a lively Idea and strong Perswasion of the Misery of the damnd Spirits, and of the Bliss and Glory of the heavenly Inhabitants ! How hould we rejoyce in the Lord ?
How should we publish his wondrous Ser. VI:
2 Cor. iv.
Let no Man deceive you with vain Words,
for because of these things cometh the Wrath of God upon the Children of difobedience.
HA T the things are a Vol. II.
gainst which the Wrath
of God is here denounced,
the Pagan World,the Works of Darkress, Uncleanness, Covetoufness, corrupt Communication and such like. But here least any one imagining, that the
Rev. iii. are in the are not like this or that
Vol. II.Wrath of God is leveld only against scanV dalous and enormous Crimes, should from
thence infer, that he is not concern'd in my Text or Discourse, (tho' indeed he
be) for Men are very apt to think well of Luke themselves, and with the Pharisee to thauk
Publicane in mean time they To prevent this I think fit to tell you from innumerable other Places of Scrip
ture, that Hell is prepar'd as well for the Matt . 25. flothful and unprofitable as wicked Servant;
that he who fools away Life shall as certainly perish, as he who consumes it in Rioting, and Drunkenness, in Chambering and #antonness; he that neglects and slights Religion as well as he, who is an open and profess'd Enemy to it. • And hence it is, that the Apostle not content to have forbidden us the Works of Darkness in my Text, and the two Verses inmediately following it, he does in the Ninth Verse put us in mind of the Fruit of the Spirit, For the Fruit of the Spirit is in all Goodness, and Righteousness and Truth. And this he does to let us know, that to secure our felves from the Wrath to come, atis not enough not to do Evil, but we must do good; 'tis not enough not to walk as Children of Darkness, but
we must walk