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ness and evil of sin, I shall give you another pro spect of it,,
6. In the hateful, monstrous and enormous crimes that are commited in the world. Some sins there are which bring along with them infamy and disgrace, even before men. , Human nature, as corrupt as it is,, shrinks at some sins, they carry in them such an evident contrariety to the faint remains of natural light. Sins there are, which, as the apostle fays, 1. Cor. v. 1. are not so much as named among the Gentiles. Now if a man be guilty of any of these crying abominations, these crimson sins, then he becomes odious in the world. Call a man a murderer, an incestuous perfon, an abuser of his parents, or the like, every sober person will flee from, and evite as a pest the company of such an one: but why? what is the matter what is there so odious in these crimes, that every one Aees from the person guilty of them there is sin in them; and hence it is, they are so hateful: and the only thing that distinguisheth these from others, is, That they have different circumstantial aggravations: for in the nature of sin they all do agree, the least and the greatest; the least sin strikes at the holy law of God, contemns the authority of the great and supreme lawgiver, as well as the greatest doth. And if sin be to odious when you get a fuller view of it, as it were in these large, these great and crying provocations, it is no less so, when it is less perceptible in thele sins which quadrate better with our vitiat. ed and corrupted natures; for indeed the difference among lins, as to greater and less, lies not so much in the nature of the fins, as in their different respect to our understanding, arising from the objects about which they are conversant. But
if after all these views of fin, your eyes are so blinded that you cannot see it, then come take a view of it,
7. In the case of the damned. Here, here you' may have a strange, an heart-affecting view of fin's ugly face. See the poor wretches lying in bundles, boiling eternally in that stream of brimftone, roring under the intolerable, and yet eternal anguish of their spirits. Take a survey of them in this lamentable posture. 'If you Mould see some hundreds of men, women and children, all thrown alive into burning pitch or melted lead, would not this present you with a sad scene of misery and wo? would not this be a dismal sight? indeed it would be fo: but all this is nothing to the unspeakable misery of the devils and damned, who have fallen into the hands of the living and finrevenging God, and are laid in chains of masly and thick darkness, eternally depressed and sunk into the bottomless depth of the wrath of God, and choked with the steam of that lake of fire and brimstone; and have every faculty of their soul, every joint of their body, brim-full of the fury of the eternal God: behold, and wonder at this terrible and astonishing sight; and in this take a view of sin. Were hell now opened, and saw you the daina ned in chains of darkness, and if you heard their dreadful' yelling, and found the steam of the bot. tomless pit, ye would then in every sense get some discovery of sin. It is only sin that has kindled that dreadful and inextinguishablc 'sire of wrath, and cast the dainned into it; and it is sin that holds them there, and torinents them there. If you had but a just impression of these things, how hateful would sin be to you? And if after all that has been laid, you still imagine that sin is not so bad as we
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convi&ted. Part I: would represent it, then come once more, and take a view of it,
8. In the sufferings of Christ. Here is a glass, O criminals, wherein you may see your own face. You think it a little thing that you have sinned; nay, it may be, you roll sin as a sweet morsel under your tongues. But come here, and see what a thing it is which you thus dreadfully mistake! Come see it holding the sword; O strange! Nay more, thrusting it into Christ's side! Here, linners, is a fight that made the earth to tremble, and the Sun to hide his face, as we see, Matth. xxvii. 51. Luke xxiii. 45. In this glass you may see, (1.) What God's thoughts of fin are. So highly opposite to his nature is it, that the bowels of affection he had to the son of his love, whom he so highly honoured, when the voice came from the excellent glory, saying, This is my beloved fon in whom I am well pleased, were not able to hold up the hand of inexorable justice from striking at him, nay, striking him dead for the fin of the elect world. Would not that be a great proof, think ye, of the aversion of a parent to any thing, if he would rather choose to say his son, nay, his only fon, his son whom he loved most tenderly, than it ihould escape a mark of his displeasure? (2.) Here you inay see more of the pollution of sin than any where else. Never was there any thing that gave so just apprehensions of the stain of sin, as the death of Christ. An ingrain'd pol. lution it must indeed be, if no less will wash it out than the blood of God. (3.) Here is a dreadful evidence of the power of sin. Never did this more appear, than when it blinded the eyes of the degenerate fons of men so far, that they could not discern the glory of the only begotten of the fa.
ge! Not brune ere, woul
ther, who was so full of grace and of truth, whose abte divine natu e daily beanied, as it were, through As a glas
that of his human, in miraculous operations, works and words, which none but God could do, hone but God could fpeak. And no lefs was the power of sin seen, when it hurried men headlong into that heaven-daring pitch of impiety,' to imbrue their hands in the blood of God. O sinners, would you see what fin is ? look at it with its
hands reeking in the gore and blood of God, and trembly I tell what you think of it. '
But it is like some of you may fay, What is this to the purpose ? This is not the fin that we are guilty of.' We have never imbrued our hands in the blood of God, and so herein we cannot see our crimes. This makes nothing to that which now you are doing, the unfolding the hainous,
nature of that crime you now implead us as guilty top of before God. To this we answer, iking a
(1.) Should we grant what is alledged as to erine your innocency in this matter, to be true, yet I procherein there is much of the nature of your sin to you be feen, since it partakes of the common nature of 70, in with that of the murder of God; and since it
is every equal way to, if notthat very same, against eader which God did evidence his hatred in so wonder
ful a manner, in the death of his only begotten lon, whom he pared not, but gave to the death, I wan he laid on him the iniquity of the elect world.
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(2.) We say that very fin lies' at your door, O
inners; and if you deny it, I would only ask you imeone question, Dare you hold up your faces, and in
the light of God say, That you did receive Jefus
Christ the first time ever there was an offer of him me made to you? If not, then you are guilty in that
..you practically determine the purting him to death
no crime. You by your practice bear witness to, · or assert the justice of the Jews quarrel, and bring
the blood of God upon your head : and therefore in their crimes you may see your own. All the world, to whom the gospel report comes, must either be for or against the Jews in their profecution of him; and no otherwise can we give testimony against them, but by believing the gospel report of him, that he was indeed the son of God, the Saviour of the world. In so far as we refuse a compliance with this, in as far are we guilty of the death of Christ: for unbelief subscribes the Jews charge against the son of God, and asserts him an impostor.
(3.) Either you are believers or unbelievers; if believers, then it was your very sins which killed Christ, it was for your iniquities he was bruis
ed. But he was wounded for our transgreffions, - he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement
of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like loft sheep. have gone an (tray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us" all, faith the prophet in the name of all the elect, Ifa. liii. 5, 6. If you be unbelievers, then you do not believe the witness that Christ gave of himself, that he is the son of God; and therefore, do pra-.. etically declare him an impostor, and worthy of death, and so may say of yourselves, with refpect to the Jews cruelty, that when they condemned him, they had your consent to what they did.
Now, what think ye, o criminals, when we have in thele eight different glasses given you a prospect of the crime we implead you of? - Is it not