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munta you defolate. And the Patience Vol. VII. of God's Judgments will then deter

mine. Why Bhould they be smitten any more? they will revolt more and more. Yea, Pacience it self, after a long and fruitless expectation, will expire. A Sinner may continue so long impenitent, till the Patience of God, as I may fay, grows impatient, and then our ruin will make haste, and deftru&tion will come upon us in a moment. If Men will not come to repentance, the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, as it follows in the next Verse after the Text ; the Judgment of God will suddenly surprize those who will not be gained by his Patience.

3. Consider that nothing will more hasten and aggravate our ruin, than the abuse of God's Patience. All this time of God's Patience, his Wrath is coming towards us, and the more we presume upon it, the sooner it will o. vertake us ; Luke 12. 45, 46. The wicked servant, who said his Lord delayed his.coming, and fell to rioting and drunk.

mef, our Saviour tells us, That the Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him.


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And it will aggravate our ruin; the Vol.VII. longer punishment is a coming the "heavier it will be ; those things which are long in preparation, are terrible in execution; the weight of God's . wrath will make amends for the flowness of it, and the delay of Judgment will be fully recompensed in the dread: fulness of it when it comes.'

Let all those consider this who go on in their fin, and are deaf to the voice of God's Patience, which calls upon them every moment of their lives. There is a day of Vengeance a coming upon those who trifle away this day of God's Patience ; nothing will sooner and more inflame the wrath and displeasure of God against us, than his abused Patience, and the despised riches of his Goodnefs. As Oyi, tho’ it be soft and smooth, yet when it is once inflamed, burns moft fiercely; so the Patience of God, when it is abused, turns into Fury, and his mildest Attributes into the greatest Severities.

And if the Patience of God do not bring us to Repentance, it will but prepare us for a more intolerable ru. in. After God hath kept a long indig.

mnation in his Breast, it will at length Vol.VII. break forth with the greater violence.

The Patience of God increaseth his Judgments by an incredible kind of proportion ; Levit 26. 18. And if you will still (says God to the People of Israel) walk contrary to me, and if ye will not be reformed by all these things, I will punish you yet seven times more. And v. 27. I will bring seven times more plagues upon you, according to your sins. At first God's Justice accuseth Sinners ; but after a long time of Parience, his Mercy comes in against us, and instead of staying his hand, adds weight to his blows; Rom. 9. 22. What if God willing to them his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted for destruction. They, upon whom the Patience of God hath no good effect, are vessels of wrath, prepared and fitted for destruction. If ever God dif play his wrath, and make his anger known, he will do it in the most fevere manner upon those who have despised and abused bis Patience ; for thele, in a more peculiar manner, do treasure up for themselves wrath against the day of wrath, and the revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Το To conclude, Let us all take a re

VolVII. view of our lives, and consider how long the Patience of God hath waited upon us, and born with us; with some twenty, forty, perhaps sixty Years, and longer. Do we not remember how God spared us in such a danger, when we gave our selves for lost? and how he recovered us in such sickness, when the Phyfician gave us up for gone? and what use we made of this Patience and long-suffering of God towards us ? It is the worst temper in the World, not to be melted by kindness, not to be obliged by benefits, not to be tamed by gentle usage. He that is not wrought upon, neither by the patience of his Mercy, nor by the patience of his Judgments, his case is desperate and past remedy. Consider this all ye that forget God, left his Patience turn into Fury; for God is not slack, as some men count fackneß; but long-suffering to finners, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


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