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World; thy Sin is found out for thee. Thou mayst see in this Glass wherein thou comest Sort of the Glory of God of glorifying God by a profound Submission to his Will, which is his Glory in, and from Man; - and what is the true Cause of every other sinful. Exorbitance in thee. .
And therefore I cannot but think, that the Author has judiciously singled out this. capital Instance of Man's Corruption, an ufurping Will, broken off from God, to draw our Thoughts as it were to a Point, and strike Conviction into the Soul; as well as juftly represented the Guilt, and fatal Consequences of it. If the Charge is false, we have comparatively no Sin ; the Love and Practice of every Virtue being implied in the contrary Disposition. Bụt if it is true, and we are not in Subjection to the Father of Spirits, adoring his Nature and Will, pleased with his Commands, and resigned to his Providences, the Word of Truth has but one Call for us, Repent and be converted. Whatever we pretend, or however we may appear outwardly to,Men, so long as there is this Root of a secret Enmity against God in the Heart, an alienat. ed, self-pleasing, opposing Will, we dishonor him in the whole Course of our Lives, and the whole State of our Beings, we can have no Communion with him here, nor Enjoy:
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"The peculiar Doctrines of the Gofpel åré.. easily connected with, and follow close upon this Discovery. Guilt incurred, Punishment due, and infinite Justice demanding it, what shall ward off the Blow ? Repentance, and Return to GOD:--So unbelieving Man fays; making a Merit of it; supposing that he has the Power to repent and return, in and of himself; and that whenever he does, GOD must receive him to Favor. But these are dangerous Suppositions to trust' to for Eternity; and utterly insufficient to'relieve the Conscience, laboring under a Sense of Guilt, and looking out every Way for some better ground of Hope. I will venture to say, it is hardly possible for the convinced, awakens ed Soul to trust to them; and I fear those who do have another secret Suppofition in reserve, which is, that Sin is not of fo deadly a Naturé, nor so odious to God, as it must be upon the Christian Scheme. A real Belief of the Guilt and Danger of it, will neceffarily be attended with alarming Appre hensions of the Defectiveness of Repentance, of its Insufficiency at the best for Satisfaction, and of our Impotence to Good in the future Course of our Lives. And this Sense will dispose, if not force' us to receive the muché wanted, friendly Aid of Revelation; and to form our Conduct upon the Notion of a SCRIPTURE-GOD, instead of one of Qur own making. For notwithstanding the
boasted Perfection of human Reason, and our conceited, arrogant Pretences to super natural Knowledge, God will always be unknown; as to his Counsels, Ways, and Actings, if he does not reveal himself. The Description given of him, (Exod. xxxiv. 6,7.) as forgiving Iniquity, Transgreson and Sin, and yet by no means clearing the Guilty, exceeds all the Understanding of the natural Man; and would still have been a Mystery, if Christ had not explained it, by bearing our Sins in his own Body, reconciling us to God by his Death, bringing in a perfect Righteousness-for us, enabling us by his Spirit to - fubdue the Power of Sin infourfelves, and completing our Redemption by making us new Creatures, fit for Heaven.
These great Points are clearly opened, and pathetically enforced in the following Discourses'; which we doubt -not will be generally confidered as the Result of Experience, answerable to their Title, and a fair Draught of The CHRISTIAN. And if the Author should be remarked by any as one of the Over-doers,hurting the Cause he would ferve ; let him be entitled to no Apology, if he has gone beyond the Rule of Scripture: Which indeed prescribes an amazing Height of Purity for such a weak, and sinful Creature as Man; but is nevertheless necessary to be proposed to him in its fullExtent, to convince him of his Sin, bring him to CHRIST, ..
direct him in his Aims, prove his Sincerity, and quicken his Endeavours. And to speak only of an absolute Submission to the Will of God, who will presume to affirm that less is required of us? It would be an ill Office in a Christian Divinę, to tell Men exactly where they may stop without Hazard; and, he would have but little Thanks for his Pains, from zealous Persons, endued from Above with a true spiritual Taste. whose State is progressive, and their Hearts-bent upon continual Advancement in Holiness : Which is what his Description of the newe: Creature implies; and not that none can be faved who come short of it, provided they are going on to Perfection, and trust not in: themselves, but in the Lord Jesus CHRIST.
It must be confessed, he is somewhat plain, does not palliate Matters, bears hard upon the Old Man, and strips him of all his. Disguises. · And therefore, it may be supposed that some, who have been used to prop themselves with the false Divinity of their Moral Character, and a decent Con formity to the external Parts of Religion, will be offended. This he knew very well, and that his hardest Work would be with Those who will let Religion do any thing with them but change their Hearts, and alter the earthly. Bent of their Affections. And that there are such at all Times in Christian Countries, Pretenders to Godliness, but in
the main Opposers of the Reality of it, and the bitterest Enemies of all others to those who would lead them into that Depth and Mystery of Iniquity, their own Heart, is not to be denied. But whoever thou art, Sinner, or Formalift, be so just to thyself, and to thy eternal Interest in the Savior, as to read what is here offered thee without Prejudice, if not with Good-will, to one whom thou must acquit in thy Conscience of any Design but Good-will towards thee. And if the Formalift, especially, should be disgusted at the home Expoftulations upon his Cafe, and more inclined to reject them with Disdain, than to take Occasion from them to enter upon an impartial Examina. tion of himself, let him be assured, that he has just Cause to suspect that all is not found with him at the Bottom. . • And let all watchful improving Christians, who know their Want of Deliverance, their Disability in their natural State, and want of Merit in their best, Christ's Power and Will to save them to the utmost in all Respects, their Willingness to be saved by him, faithful Adherence to him, and faithful Co-operation with the Spirit of Holiness for a renewed Will, and a sanctified Heart, choosing God for its Portion, and seeking his Kingdom and. Righteousness in the first Place; let them, I say, bless God for the Light and Spirit of the Author; and pray