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has been revealed against all the wickedness and ungodliness of the children of men. Besore sin entered into the world, God and man lived in perfect amity and friendship : Man was the darling of heaven, God's viceroy; and he gave him å sovereignty over all the works of his hands, Gen. i. 28. But no sooner had man finned, but a difinal cloud of wrath began to hover over man's head, which had diffolved in a thower of inares, fire, and brimstone, to the destruction of all mankind, had it not been for the interposition of a second Adam, the eternal Son of God, who undertook to take away the fin of the world. For his sake, and upon the account of his fatisfaction unto justice, a stop is put to the execution of divine vengeance. But that same flood of wrath will run with the greatest violence against all unbelievers, who reject him, and his great salvation, Heb. ii. z. ad x. 28. &c.

2dly, God did not take the inhabitants of the old world in a surprise; but gave them warning before the flood came and destroyed them : he dealt with them by the miniftry of Noah for the fpace of one hundred and twenty years, Gen. v. 32. compare with vi. 11. in order to reclain them, but all in vain.

Jul fo, God is long-suffering, and low to wrath, towards the children of men. He doth not fpeedily execute judgement, like man, in a fury and rage: no; but he waits to be gracious; he warns of the wrath to come, and beseeches and intreats them to turn from their evil ways : Forty years was liis fpirit grieved with that generation of Israel in the wil. derness, until at length he sware in his wrath that they should never enter into his rest; but many a time he turned away his wrath, Plal. lxvii. 38. before it came to that..

3dly, When the appointed time for the execution of the threatening against the old world came, God made the heavens and the earth to combine for their destruction ; for both the fountains of the great depth from below were broken up, and the windows of heaven above were opened upon them, Gen. · VII. II.

Just fo, God, who is the Lord of lofts, and doth whatsoever he wills in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, Dan. iv. 35. can and will arm the whole crearion against impenitent linners: he cao command the earth io, open its mouth, and swallow up its inhabitants, as it did Korin, Datdian, and Abiram, Numb. xvi. 31. 32. ;. and he cau call for bofts of angels, and celeitial luminaries, to avenge his quarrel 1503 rebellious aners, as he did in the case of Sen

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nacherib, 2 Kings xix. 35. and the inhabitants of Canaan, Exod. xxxiii. 2.

4thly, The waters of the flood were irresistible. All the inhabitants of the old world, with their united force, though many of them were giants, men of huge ftature and strength, Gen. vi. 4. yet they were not capable to stop the current of the flood.

Sirs, the wrath of God, when it breaks out upon Christ. despisers, cannot be stopped by all the power of angels or men: “ Who hath hardened himself against God, and hath prospered ?” Job ix. 4. “ Who would set the briers and thorns in battle against him, he would go through them, he would consume them together," Il. xxvii. 4. “The stouthearted are spoiled, the men of might cannot find their hands," when God contendeth, &c. Pfal. Ixxvi. 5.

sibly, The waters of the deluge overflowed all the refuges that the inhabitants of the old world ned to for shelter. We may easily imagine, that they would fly to the highest rocks and mountains to save themselves from the waters ; but the waters swelled and rose, until it covered all the high hills and mountains on the face of the earth, under the whole heaven, Gen. vi. 18.-20. there was no shelter left them. .

Just so is it in the case before us. Sinners, when they heat of the wrath and vengeance of God pursuing them on the account of fin, they fly to the hills and mountains of their own making. Some fly to the mountain of general mercy: but God sweeps away thạt; for “ he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will Mew them 10 favour,” If. xxvii. 11. Some fly to the refuge of an outward profesion of religion, and think to find thelter there; but the water of God's wrath pursues them there, as it did the foolish virgins with their empty lainps, Matth. xxv. 6. Others they fly to the mountain of the works of the law ; but the deluge pursues them there, “ for by the works of the law shall no fiesh be justified,” Gal. ii. 16. Thus God makes " the hail to sweep away the refuge of lies," II. xxviii. 17.

6thly, The flood was universal; it fpared none but those that were in the ark. In like manner, the flood of God's wrath will destroy all that are out of Christ; “ for there is none other name given under heaven among men, whereby we must be saved, but the name of Jesus," Acts iv. 12.

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II. The second thing was, to speak of the warnings that God gives of the deluge of everlasting wrath that is to come upon all Godless and Christless finners ; for as God warned

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the old world of the deluge of water, 1 Pet. iii. 20. fo dorn he warn the inhabitants of this world, particularly of the visible church, of the wrath to come.

I Mall not stay upon this, having lately had an occasion, from Job ix. 4. to present before you a great many beacons of divine wrath, that he has set up in the scriptures of truth, to warn finners, that they split not on the same rocks on which others dathed their souls into à hell of eternal wrath and misery. No man can read his Bible, or hear the gospel preached, but he must hear of a wrath to come from God upon impenitent finners : “ Except ye repent (says Christ); ye shall all likewise perilh,” Luke xiii. 3. God “ thall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his trespasies," Pfal. Ixviii. 21. “ The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God," Psal ix. 17. And, of all sorts of finners, the wrath of God will burn hottest against gospel and Christ despisers : “ It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the day of judgement, than for such,” Matth. x. 15. A notable word to this purpose you have, Heb. x. 28. “If they that despised Moses’ law died without mercy, under two or three witnesses, of how much sorer puuilhinent, suppose ye, shall he be, thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an anholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace."

HEB. ii. 7.-By faith Noah, being warned of God of things

not seen as yet movel with fear, prepared an ark, to the faring of his house.

THE SECOND SERMON ON THIS TEXT.

LTAVING spoken to the two first heads of the method, IT I now go on to

III. The third thing proposed, which was, to speak a little of Christ, as the great New Tenament Ark, that God has provided for saving finners from the deluge of his wrath, ist, The ark was a mean of God's preparing for the salvation of Noah and his family. It is true, Noah built the ark; but it was entirely at God's order and direction. It would never have entered into Noah's head or heart to build the ark, if God had not given him the plan of it.

Just so, Christ is a Saviour of God's providing and appointment. The plan of man's redemption by Christ was laid in the heart of God; it is the wisdom of God in a myftery. Men and angels would have been at an eternal stand, if it had been put to them, how man should be saved from the wrath of God, and the curse of the law, in a confiftency with the justice, holiness, truth, and faithfulness of God. The whole creation cried, Your belp is not in us. Well, but God devises a way; the Son of God shall be incarnate, and be substitute in the room of sinners; and, by his obedience to death, justice shall be satisfied, and the honour of the law re. paired, and “ whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” John iii. 16. Psal. cxviii, 2 z. “ This is the Lord's DOING, it is wondrous in our eyes." We find God glorying in it as the chief of his ways, Pfal. Ixxxix. 19. 20. “ I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have found David my servant,” &c.

2dly, The ark was very large and capacious, as is clear from the account that we have of it, Gen. vi. 14.-19. And it was necessary it should be so, considering that it was the common receptacle, not only of Noah and his family, but of all sorts of beasts, birds, and living creatures, that were upon earth, and necessary provision for their subsistence, for the space of about a whole year.

But, Sirs, the New Testament Ark is far more large and capacious than Noah's ark; for he is none other than the infinite and incomprehensible God, in the person of the eternal Son, who made all things, John i. 3. compare with Heb. i. 3. and upholds them by the word of his power. As there was room and provision in the ark for all the living creatures of every kind that entered into the ark; so there is room in Christ for all that will come, be they Jew or Gentile, Barbarian, Scythian, bond or free, male or female, it is all one. Ye are welcome to enter into the New Testament Ark, John iii. 16. and x. 9.

3dly, All that entered into the ark were saved, but all that did not enter in perished, Gen. vii. 21-23. Just so is it here, Mark xvi. 16. “ he that believeth in Christ shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be danged.” 4tbly, Noah's ark was a piece of grand folly to the wits of VOL. III. Qua

the the world : no doubt they would flout him and mock him as a fool, while he was a preparing the ark, to the saving of his house. Just so Christ, and the way of salvation through his death, " is to the Greeks foolishness, and to the Jews a stumbling block,” i Cor. i. 2 3.

Sthly, Hence it came that few, only eight fouls, entered into the ark, and were saved, Gen. vii. 18. Just so is it here, Christ " is despised and rejected of men,' If. lii. 3. and therefore few come unto him. Matth. xxii. 14. “ Many are called, but few are chosen." Chap. vii. 14. “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

6thly, Although there were but few saved in the ark, yet it was a great evidence of God's love and kindness to man, that any of them were spared, when they all deserved to die, Gen. vi. 5. 2. 12. Just so here, although there are but few that are saved, yet his providing a Saviour, and saving a remnant of mankind by Christ, is a wonderful instance of his love and kindness to mankind, 1 John iv. 9. “ In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” See John iii. 16. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

7thly, The ark, after it had been tossed upon the waters for about seven months, at length rested upon the mountains of Ararat, Gen. viii. 4. So Christ, our New Testament Ark, after he had been tossed in this world, and torn in his name, person, miracles, and ministry, he rested from his work and warfare, in his resurrection and ascension ; after he had suffered, he entered into his glory, Luke xxiv, 26. having finished the work the Father gave him to do, he rested in heaven, and is repossessed of that glory he had with the Father before the world was,” John xvii. 4. 5.

8thly, They that were saved in the ark (viz. Noah and his children became heirs of a new world, Gen. ix. 10. &c, So all that are saved by faith in Christ become heirs of God, and of glory, and are “ begotten into the lively hope, io an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, i Pet. i. 3. 4.'

Sthly, Noah and his family, after they were saved by the ark, got a promise, That the water should never more destroy the earth, Gen. ix. 9-11.; and, in token thereof, the bow was set in the clouds, ver. 12-17.

So all that fly to Chrif are secured by God's covenant and

promise

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