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and never broke out, all these shall be Ser. I. reveald that Day. We must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that e- 2 Cor. v. very one may receive the things done in his Body, according to that he hath done, whither it be good or bad. Therefore judge nothing before the Time, untill the Lord come, who both will bring to Light the hidden things of Darkness, 1 Cor. ir. and will make manif:ft the Counsels of the Hearts. After a long Time the Lord of those Servants cometh, and reckoneth with Matt XXV. them. Are you ready therefore to give an Account of thofe Talents that have been committed to your Charge ? Or have you forgot the Doom that was past upon the Wicked and slothful Servant, and Matt. XXV. think it is all one whither you are prepar'd or not?
If we look upon the Sentence; ’tis irreversible, immutable, 'tis like that fatal Gulf in the Gospel, that divides the two Luk.xvili. Kingdoms of Light and Darkness, it can never be past, it can never be remov’d. Whatever we shall be the next Moment after this Fatal Sentence, that we shall be for ever: For as all Things within the Dominion and Empire of Time, are fubject continually to Change and Alteration ; so all Things within the Dominion and Empire of Eternity, are fix’d and immutable. I must work the l'orks
Vol. II. of him that sent me while it is Day: the
Night cometh when no Man can work. WhatJohn 'ix.
soever thy Hand findeth to do, do it with thy Eccles. ix. Might, for there is no Work nor Device, nor
Knowledge, nor Wisdom in the Grave whi'ther thou gozft. Perhaps too this is what is meant for us to understand by
that of St. Paul to the Hebrews, where it Heb, xii. is said of Esau that, He fouud no Place 17. of Repentance, tho' he sought it carefully
with Tears. From all this put together, 2 Cor. vi.
it is easy to infer that, Now is the accepted
we are to wall us, and make us clean, to Ifa.Si. 16.
away the Evil of our Doings, to cease to do
If we lastly consider the Matter of
Poilession of Endieis Happiness. For Mart.sxy. these shall gr aray in o Everlasting Punish46. mirst, but the Righteous in:o Life Eternal
Can any Man that has a Rational Ser. I, Soul, can any Man that has a Sence of his own Interest, can any Man that has a Tenderness for himself, a Value for his Life, consider these Things, and not immediately resolve that this Day ought to be prepar'd for, all the Days of this short Life, and that we should never suffer it to be long out of our Thoughts? When God ariseth to Shake terribly the Earth, but by a Temporal Judgment, shall the Prophet then call upon us, to prepare to meet our God; And do we need no Preparation to meet him at that final Judgment, and the Dissolution of all Things? When Jonah proclaim'd in Nineveh, Tet forty Days, and Nineveh Jonah iii, Jall be overthrown, it made fuch an Im- 50 Edding pression both on King and People, that they proclam'd a Fall, and put on Sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The King also arose from his Throne, and laid his Robe from him, and cover'd him with Sackcloin, aud sat in Afhes: And not so only, but also they cried mightily to God, and turn'd every one from bis Evil Way, and from the Violence that was in their Hands. God has proclaim'd not against Nineveh only, but France, Spain, England, &c, and every City of Sinners a Day of Judgment, a Day of
Vol. II. fierce Wrath und Indignation against all
Ungodliness and Unrighteousness of Men, who hold the Truth in Unrighteoufness. He has denounc'd this by his Prophets under the Old Testament, by his Son and his Apostles in the New, and by his Ministers from Age to Age ; and shou'd Nineveh tremble at the Apprehension of Temporal Evils, and shall we be infenble of Eternal ones'? Shall Nineveh be wrought upon by the Preaching of Jonah, and shall we be unaffected with the Preaching of the Son of God, and all his Holy Apostles and Prophets? With what Passion, whąt Anxiety, what Fear, what Solicitude does it become us all to entertain the Belief and Consideration of a final Judgment? No Oracle of God, no Voice of Prophets is more
true than this, That God has appointed a Aats xvii.
Day wherein he will judge the World in Righteousness
. And No Pestilence that walketh in Darkness, nor. Destruction that wasteth at Noon-Day ; no destroying invading Sword, which leaves that Land like a desolate Wilderness' behind it, which it found like the Garden of Eden before it; no Evil that Fear it self can Fancy, that Man or God himself can denounce, carries such dreadful Horrour, such astonishnishing Thunder and Tempest in it, as
that last Sentence, Depart from me, ye Ser. I. Cursed, into Everlasting Fire prepar'd for w the Devil and his Angels. And shall not we think it fit to lay this Day to Heart? Shall not we see it reasonable to endeavour to Escape that Day of Vengeance, and to be counted worthy to stand? Shall not we think it necessary to labour to appease that Fury, that we can't refift, that we can't escape, that we can't fustain? Shall not we think it necessary so to prepare our felves to meet our God in Judgment, that we may have Confidence i John ij: at his Appearing? And how this may
be done is what I now come to show you.
II. This Preparation doth consist,
Ift, In Self-Examination,
4thly, In frequent Reflections on this Day:
ift then, This Preparation must confist of Self-Examination, this is made
up of two parts.
I, You are to Examine your selves, concerning your Faith about a Judgment to come.
2. You are to Examine your fitness to appear in that Great Day of Judg