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food, that have finned, but persons of all ages, ranks and qualịties in all generations. There is not one exception among all the natural defcendants of Adam, man nor woman, great nor finall, rich nor poor, king nor beggar; all have finned from the greatest to the least. None can justly upbraid another with what he has done in this matter, since alļ are in the provocation: All have finned and come fort of the glory of God. .

And this leads us to that which we did in the nexr place propose to discourse of to you, viz...

Fifthly, The import of this coming Soort of the glory of God; and this takes in or implies,

1. That man has fallen short of that glory which he had by the conformity of his nature to God. Man is said, 1 Cor. xi. j. to be the image and glory of God; and indeed so was be in his first and best estate. O what of God was there in innocent Adam! A mind full of light; how wonderfully did it represent that God who is lights and in whom there is no darkness at all! A pure foul, the exact transcript of the divine purity! The rest of the creatures had in them fome darker representations of the glory of God's wisdom and power, but only man of all the creatures in the lower world was capable to represent the holiness, righteousness and purity, and other rational per fections of the ever blessed deity; and upon this account man was the glory of God. God as it ip vere gloried in him as the master-piece of the vi- in sible creation, in whom alone more of God was to be feen than in all the rest beside. This man has now lost; he has fallen thort of the beauty and glory which made him the glory of God...

2. Man has lost the glory he had as he was the deputy of the great God in this lower world. He

was made lord of God's hand-works, upon earth; and all the creatures in it paid their homage to him, when they came and received their names from him in paradise :, but now the crown is fallen from his head, he has come short of this glos ry; the creatures refuse subjection to him. :

3. Man is come {hort of the glory he had in the enjoyment of God in paradise. It was man's glory, honour, and happiness to be allowed a more · than ordinary familiarity with God. God and A. dam conversed together in paradise. He was allowed the company of God; that made his state happy indeed. What could man want while the all-fufficient God kept up so close, so blessed and comfortable a familiarity with him, and daily loaded him with his favours! But this he has come short of. ;:;: 14. Man has come short of that glory he had the prospect of. God set him fairly on the way, and did furnish him sufficiently for a journey to e ternal, unchangeable, never-fading glory; but this he has come short of; and this indeed follows națively upon the former. This is indeed much, byt we conceive this is not all that the expression has in it; nay, certainly there is more in it: thiş falling short, though it only seems to point at the negative, yet certainly it takes in the positive; and we therefore say, that this expression, in the

5. Place,implies not only man's loss of his original beauty and glory in a conformity to the image of God, but that he has fallen in the mire, and is defiled by sin. He who some time a day was the i. mage and glory of God is now more filthy than the ground he treads on, than the mire of the street, than the lothlom toad. 6. Not only has he lost the dominion he had,

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but he is become a Nave, a Nave to fin. He who some time a day, looked like a god in the world, is now debafed down to hell. He to whom the creatures once vailed as to their sovereign, now daily stands in danger of his life by them, and lies open to the insults of the meanest of them.. in

7. Not only has he lost the sweet and foul-ravishing communion he had with God, but now he is (as it were) scarce capable to look toward him; the sight of God which once was his life is now to him as death. . ---8. Not only has man forfeited his title to future happiness, but which is worse, he is by fin entitled to future, eternal, inconceivable misery and wo. A dreadful coming short this is indeed. · From how high a hope in to what an inconceiv...

able abyss of misery and wo, is poor man fallen by sin ! The crown is fallen from his head. He was a little hence all beauty, glory, excellency and comeliness : but now, alas, we may grone out an Ichabod over him ! where is the glory! We come now, in the

Sixth place, to enquire into the fource and spring of all this misery and wo. "How and whence is it that all are involved in the guilt of sin; and

this fad and afflicting calamity flows, i 2.1. From the guilt of Adam's first sin. Adam by

the holy, wise, just and good appointment of God stood in the room of all his posterity. Had he stood, in him we all had stood, and retained the innocency and integrity of our natures, the favour, love and kindness of heaven; but he falling into fin, in him we all sinned; and by the disobedience of this one man, we all were made finners, as the apostle doth at large discourse, Rom. v. from the 12 ver, and downwards. This,

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Hew: this is the poisoned spring whence all our sin, all he world our sorrow and misery flows.

hom t 2. This flows from the natural depravity of the
gn, nor mind of man that is transmitted to us from our
- and la progenitors. We are shapen in iniquity, and in
-1. sin did our mothers conceive us. We received a

foul-ok fatal wramp when first formed in the womb, as Sut nok the Psalmist complains, Psal. li. 5. And indeed

there is none can bring a clean thing out of an his life unclean. Our infected parents transfer. to us the

infection of sin. Sin runs in a blood, and our na

tures have a natural inclination to evil, only to ea. s by le vil, and that continually, Gen. vi. 5. ' . - milimet 3. This flows from abounding temptations.

indeed As our hearts are wicked, and set only on evil ; Concerfo every thing in this present disorder on account 12 fallen of fin, is suited to carry on the infection. 'The ed. He creatures, by reason of sin, are made subject to va

nity. They are made subfervient to the lusts of e quta men; the devil and our corrupt hearts daily abuse e come them to this end; and by thele means it is that

al men have sinned, and thereby come short of -ce 2nd

the glory of God. yhence The application is that which we principally

designed in the choice of this subject: and there

fore, we have but named things in the doctrinal amby

part: and now we come to improve the whole.
· That which we design chiefly in the improve-
ment of this, is an use of conviction. Some days
ago we came to you proclaiming the grace, mercy
and love of God in Christ Jesus; now we come to
accuse you as guilty of sin. The design of our do
ing so, is indeed the advancement of the glory of
Christ, and in him of the grace and mercy of the
Lord God. But our present work in itself is such
as doth not in its own nature look that way, tho'

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by the infinite wisdom and goodness of God it be made subservient thereunto.

- You are all here present before the Lord, to hear what God the Lord will speak unto you; and as Ehud said to Eglon king of Moab, fo we say to you, We have a mesage from God to you, Judg. iii. 20. A sad message, not much unlike to that which Ehud brought to Eglon, a meffage of death. We. come this day to you to implead you in God's name as guilty of lin.. The message is not to some particular grofs offenders, but to every soul now present before the Lord; to the child, to the young man and maid, to those of riper years, and to them who are old, and stoop under the weight of many years.. .

In the name, and at the instance of the great, the terrible God, the king, the Lord of hafts, whose name is dreadful among the heathen, Mal. i. 14. that confirmeth the word of his fervants, and performeth the counsel of his messengers, if. xliv. 26. we are to implead, impeach, and accuse every soul here present as guilty of fin. Hitherto we have spoken in general, which, it may be, has been no better to you than Nathan's parable to David. It may be some of you have been saying, that the soul that has linned has deservedly fallen short of the glory of God, and fallen under the wrath of God; but now what we said before in general, we come to say in particular to every one of you, as Nathan did to David, Thou art the man, thou art the womàn, thou art the child, the young man, or the maid who haft sinned, and thereby come short af the glory of God.

Now that we may be successful in this work, : and bring you if possible, to understand your state and condition, we shall

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