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I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God.
SERMON LIII. A Sight of Christ the Desire and Delight of Saints
: in all Ages. . John viji. 56. Your father Abraham rejoiced (earnestly desired) to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.
197--214 SERMON LIV.
The Law and Gospel. Gal. iii. 23. But before faith came, we were under the law,
Shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
215-240 SERMON LV.
The Gospel-Invitation. Luke xiv. 21–24. Then the master of the house, being
angry, said to his servant, Go out quickly into the ftreet's and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it'is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men that were bidden Mall taste of my Supper.
240-256 SERMON LVI. The Nature of Justification, and the Nature and
. Concern of Faith in it. Rom. ;. 16. 17. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ, for it is the power of God unto falvation, to every one that believeth; to the few first, and also to the Greek ; for therein the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith—or, therein is the righteousness of God by faith revealed to faith.
250-_284 SERMON LVII. ' The Success of the Ministry of the Gospel owing to
- a divine Influence. 1 Cor. iii, 7. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increale,
SERMON LVIII. The Rejection of Gospel-Light the Condemnation
of Men. John iïi. 19. And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because (or, for) their deeds are evil. .. 308-323
A New Year's Gist. Rom. xii. 11. And that, knowing the vime, that now it is
high time to awake out of peep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
324-343 SER MON LX. . On the Death of his late Majesty King Giang II. ' 2 Sam. i. 19. How are the mighty fallen! 34. - 163
SERMON LXI. Religion and Patriotisin the Constituents of a good
Soldier. 2 Sam. X. 12. Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God. And the Lord do that which seemeth him good. 363-387
SERMON LXII. The Crisis: or, the uncertain Doom of Kingdoms
at particular Times. Jonah iii. 9. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not.
387-411 SERMON LXIII.
The Curse of Cowardice. Jer. xlviii. 10. Cursed be he that doth the work of the Lord
deceitfully; and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
412-430 Specimen of the Author's Poetry.
o tell if God, that we per 387–4
TUE VE SILO OF MERCY AND THE VESSELS OF WRATH ..
Rom. ix. 22, 23. The vessels of wrath fitted to dea
Aruction ; and the vejlels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory.
T HE true notion of the present world is, that it
I . a state of preparation for another; and, ther „ore, such as we habitually are here, such shall W be for ever. Mankind are now forming, like
day in the potter's hands, fome for honour and some for dishonour; fome for wrath and some for glory. And as the potter does not put his vessels to their respective uses until they are finished and prepared for them, fo neither are men removed from the present state, and fixed in their respective residences in the eternal world, until they are prepared, finished and completely fitted for them. The vessels of mercy are prepared before-hand for that glory with which they shall be filled. And, on the other hand, the vessels of wrath are fitted to destruction, and fit for nothing else, before they are dalhed to pieces by the iron rod of divine justice.
It is a criticism worthy to be mentioned, even in this folemn place, where I never chuse to make a parade of useless learning, that the apostle uses a difa ferent form of expreslion, when speaking of these different forts of persons. The preparation of the vefels of mercy for glory, he ascribes to God, as his work. Hence he uses an active vorb, referring ex, pressly to God as the agent--the vejels of mercy, VOL. III,
e vessels ofhall be filled "e-hand for The vellelche
which he had afore prepared unto glory. But the fitting or preparing the vessels of wrath for destruction, he does not ascribe to God, but intimates, that it is their own work. Hence he uses a paflive par. ticle the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction---fitted by their own wilful sin and impenitence, during the long-suffering of God towards them, which had a tendency to lead them to repentance.
l'efleis of wrath-How terribly emphatical is this phrase! Vessels dreadfully capacious of divine wrath! to be filled to the brim with that burning liquid! But how beautifully significant is the metaphor vessels of mercy! veisels formed, prepared, finished, adorned by the gentle and skilful hand of divine mercy! vessels capacious of mercy, and to be filled, to overflow, with glory!
The gracious and sovereign God, who might justly have dashed these vessels of wrath to pieces as soon as ever they became marred clay in his plastic hands, endures or bears with them with much longsuffering, as well as with the vessels of mercy: Bears with them, as he has with you, for days, for months and years, notwithstanding their daring provocations, and ungrateful abuse of his patience; which nothing but divine patience could bear with so long. .But all this time, they contracted more and more
filth and pollution ; they became every day less fit for their master's use, and rendered themselves more and more fit for destruction, and fit for nothing else.
And shall these vessels of wrath answer no valuable use in the great house of the universe ? Will they serve to furnish out no apartment of this vast build. ing? Will they be of no use in this numerous family of reasonable creatures? Yes, they will furnish out the regions of hell, a place as necessary and useful in the universe, as it is now constituted, as prisons and bedlams upon the earth. They will serve as public and terribly illustrious monuments of the divine power and justice, and the righteous resentments of
hands, ender they becam vessels of word,