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ants of the church triumphant; he is cast out; “no lion to hur:," &c. (6.) Freed from all vexing and carking cares, whereby ve are now tortured. Care wastes the spirits, and eats out the comforts of our life here always; but no such thing in the church triumphant; no fear, and therefore no care: no fear of want where all thing; will be enjoyed. (7.) Freed of all doubts of the love of God; none saying, “ where is thy formar loving kindness?" You sha!! be in the embraces of your King for ever, wrapt up in his arms and bosom. (8.) Freed of the society of the wicked world. Chrift's lily is now among the thorns, but in the church triumphant there is no more pricking briers in all God's field; Chrilt will throughly purge his floor." (9.) Freed from all divifions. The faddert thing in the church militant is the divisions among those that are really gracious. The divisions between godly and wicked are not so afflicting as the divisions among frints. But this shall be done away then, then they will be all one in the Lord, and all their jealousies and censures of one another will end. (10.) Freed of all distraction and wandering of spirit in the worship of God; now the heart will be fixed on God for ever.. Let these things excite you to long for the day-break of ever. lasting vifon above.
Queft. What fecurity have we, while in the church militant, that we shall come to the church triumphant, where the King of Zion is in perfon?
Answ. (1.) God has ordained it for you, as you see Matth. XXV. ult. &c. (2.) The promise of God, which is “ yea and amen in Christ," secures it. Luke xii. 32. &c. and xxii. 24. &c (3.) Your King has purchased it for you ; Eph. i. 14. a “ purchased poffe Mion.” (4.) Your King, who is also your Intercessor, has praved for it, John xvii. 24, &c. (5.) Your King has taken poffeffion of it for you, John xiv. 2. “ I go to prepare a place for you.” (6.) Your King has given you the earnest of it; his kingdom within you says you are come to his kingdom above ; the first-fruits of the Spirit affures you of the full vintage. 17.) Your union with the King of Zion fecures it; the glory of his natural body is a presage of the glory of his mystical body. (8.) A goodly company are already arrived, “an innumerable company of the first born,” and therefore the rest shall follow; therefore " look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh."
I proceed now to offer a word of exhortation unto the second fort of persons I named, and that is to you who are yet strangers to Zion's King, and enemies to his kingdom and govern
ment. I already gave you the character and marks both of his friends and enemies: in a few words, to clear the matter to you. All who are yet in a state of nature, and never felt the efficacy of the grace of God in a work of regeneration, are. among the enemies of Zion's King; for “the carnal mind is enmity against God.” All who never felt the power of Christ's prophetical office execute upon them in a work of illumination, opening the eyes of their understanding to know Chrift in his person, natures, offices, and undertaking, and to know the mind and will of God revealed in the word. 'All who are “ignorant. of the righteousness of God, and going about to establish their own righteousness," I mean all legalists, who are cleaving to the law as a covenant, and have not “ submitted to the righteousness of JEHOVAH. TSIDKENU,” are yet enemies to the, kingdom and government of Zion's King ; never any, in reality, submit:ed to his laws and government, who did not first submit unto his righteousness. All who fit under the drop of the gospel, and have a Saviour and his whole salvation brought near unto them, and yet continue to reject him and his falva. tion through unbelief, Christ will hold all such as enemies to his kingdom and government: Heb. ii. 3. “ How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” They that were invited to the marriage-supper of the King, and yet refused, the King sends forth his armies, and miserably destroys those wicked. men. All Gallios and neutrals in the cause of Christ, who are easy whether the cause of Christ sink or swim, they are among his enemies ; for “ he that gathereth not with us, scattereth abroad;" lukewarm Laodiceans the Lord [pues them out of his mouth. All that are combining against the Lord, and against his Anointed, and laying their heads and hands to. gether to ruin the kingdom of Christ, a covenanted work of reformation, and with axes and hammers breaking down the carved work of the temple, &c. All profane Efaus, who for a mess of pottage are selling their birth-right as Christians, sacrificing their liberties whereby Christ hath made them free, for any secular or worldly consideration whatever. All who are, with the serpent, licking up the dust of the earth, and preferring the vanities of this world to things of eternal concern. All who are rejecting his laws as the rule of their obedience, and who are saying, “we ourselves are lords, and will come no more unto thee," and whose practice has this language,'.. “ We will not have this man to reign over us: Let him depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of his ways:'. I say, you, and all such, are enemies to Zion's King, and stran. gers to his governinent? Now, my exhortation to you, as one of the heralds of the
renowned King of Zion, is, to surrender your rebellious arms; and submit unto his royal authority: “ Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, that the King of glory may come in."
By way of motive, I need only put you in mind of some things that have already been insisted on; as, 11, Consider the dismal wrath and danger abiding all his enemies. See the use of terror. 2dly, Consider what for a King he is to whom ye are called to submit. See the properties or qualities of Zion's King, spoken to on the first head of doctrine. 3dly, Consider the advantages of his government. Spoken to in the use of confolation. 4thly, Consider how earneft he is with the rebellious finners, to come in under his rule and administration. (1.) He invites the rebels to submit, Il. lv. 7." Let the wicked forsake his way," &c. (2.) He beseeches sinners to be reconciled to him, and to God in him, 2 Cor. v. 20. (3.) He promises welcome with the golden sceptre of peace in his hand; “ Come to me who will, I will in no wise cast out." (4.) He is grieved at the obstinacy of sinners, who will not submit, as in the case of Jerusalem, Luke. xix. (5.) He reasons with sinners, and expoftulates the matter, Il. i. 18. Jer. ii. (6.) He swears that he has no pleasure in their death and ruin, Ezek. xxxiii. 11. “ As I live, I have no pleasure in your death," &c. (7.) When there is no persuading of them, he takes away his kingdom with regret, Matth. xxiii. at the close. (8.) Consider how glad he is when a rebel Ginner submits to him, as the father of the prodigal, &c.
I conclude with two or three advices, in order to your becoming his subjects. .. 1. Be convinced that ye are by nature enemies, yea, en. mity itself; and do not deceive yourselves, by imagining that you have good hearts toward God; for they are desperately wicked.
2. Meditate much on your miserable thraldom and bond. age to sin, Satan, and the world, until the Son make you free, &c.
3. Attend carefully on the ordinances of the King of Zion, particularly that great converting ordinance of the preaching of the word; for this is “the rod of his strength, and it pleases him by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe ;" and liften carefully to hear the voice of the King of Zion in that ordinance, as Lydia, who attended on the ministry of Paul. See If. lv. 2. 3. &c. :. 4. With hearing of the word join a diligent reading of it: "' Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and these are they which testify of me." The Bible is
God's record concerning him whom he has set King in his holy hill of Zion; there his glory and beauty is decyphered with his own hand; there you have the will of the King, the latter
will of the King sealed with his blood. 1. 5. Be importunate fupplicants at the King's throne for grace and mercy. Zion's King is a merciful King; his work is to « fave the poor and needy," Psal. Ixxii. &c. He is liberal; " If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God," &c.
6. In the use of other means, see that ye essay the great work of believing; for without this it is impoflible to please the King, or his eternal Father ; “ This is his commandment, that ye believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ.” Do what you will, you will be held as rebels till you believe : “ He that believeth Thall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be damned.” And therefore, I say, in obedience to the commands of God, and in a dependence on his grace and Spirit, efsay the work of believing : “ This is the work of God, that' ye believe on his Son whom he hath sent."
7. Pray much for the purchased and promised Spirit from the King who is in the midst of the throne; plead the promise, “ I will put my Spirit within you,” Ezek. xxxvi. 27. and that promise, Psal. cx. 3. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.”
8. Caft out a red flag of war against all the enemies of the King of Zion, whether within or without you. Begin the war against his enemies in your own hearts, in your walk, and in your families ; begin reformation there : and having begun the war within, carry it abroad in your profession; and take up the cause of Christ in the land, his public intereft, and do what in you lies to oppose and discountenance those who are attempting to ruin his kingdom and interest in the world, particularly in the land wherein you live ; for if his kingdom be taken from us, if he remove the doctrine, discipline, worship, and government of his house, wo to our land; then the songs of our temple shall be turned into howlings, and our poor posterity shall, in a few years, be a company of Pagan and Popish idolaters. - Well, then, let me renew my call and invitation unto all strangers, foreigners, and rebels, to come and submit to the government of him whom God has set King in his holy hill of Zion. It was foretold by Jacob, on his death-bed, that “ the gathering of the people should be to him," and by Isaiah, that “ unto him should the Gentiles seek." Othat this may be the day and time wherein this prophecy shall be fulfilled! This time hundred years, viz. 1638, there was a strange ga. thering of the whole land unto the Lord Jesus, as their glori
ous Head and King. When his work seemed to be buried, and his friends were reckoning that they were like a company of dry bones, it pleased the Lord to breathe upon the dry bones, by the wind of his Spirit, and presently a great army stood up, and gathered life and strength to fight bis battles, insomuch that the whole land, in a little time, was brought under the oath of a covenanted allegiance to the King of Zion; and such a vigorous stand was at that time made for the royalties ‘of his crown, that these very powers then in being, which had been attempting to bury his cause, were obliged to give way to it. Although the kingdom and interest of Christ be brought low at this day, yet let us not lose hopes of its resurrection, but “ remember the years of the right hand of the Most High ;" let us “ remember the works of the Lord, and his . wonders of old; for the residue of the Spirit” is still with him; “his hand is not shortened, that he cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that he cannot hear." A nation can be born to him at once, just by the swaying of his royal'fceptre, the found of his voice in the difpenfation of the gospel. O that this may be the hour or year in which the dead through Scotland may hear the voice of the Son of man, and live!
Mean time, I say, I defire, as one of the meanest of his heralds, to invite and call, to intreat and beseech, yea, in his name and authority, I require all hearing me this day, to believe in his name, to trust him for salvation from fin, Satan, wrath, and hell, and to submit to his authority, to receive the law at his mouth, and to own him as their alone Judge, King, and Law. giver : “ Thou art my King of old, working falvation in the midst of the earth.”
· Object. 1. I have been in rebellion against the King of Zion, he will never shew favour to me.
Answ. All Adam's posterity are rebels; and if he did not receive such, he should have no kingdom on earth. But see what is said of Zion's King, Pfal. lxviii. 18. “He gives gifts unto men, yea, even to the rebellious.” And therefore let not this stand in the way ; break your covenant with hell, and submir.
Object. 2. My acts of rebellion draw decper than can be supposed to be forgiven.
Answ. “ Though your fins be as scarlet and crimson, he will make them white as snow, and as wool.” The King Sands with an indemnity in his hand to the greatest of rebels, saying, “1, even I am he that blotteth out all your transgres. fions," &c. · Object. 3. I am such a miserable, wretched, and worthless creature, that the King of Zion will never look upon me..