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And ev'ry finner must excufeless make,
The gospel preacher then, with holy skill,
+ Rev. xxii. 17. I isa. iv. 1, 2. ♡ Luke xiv 21.
Though none will come till conscious of their
want, Yet right they have to come by sovéreign grant; Such right to Chrift, his promise and his grace, That all are dainn'd who hear and don't emSo freely is th‘unbounded call dispens'd. [brace. We therein find ev'n linners unconvincd ; Who know not they are naked, blind and poor* ? Counsellód to buy or beg at Jesus' door, (fore. And take the glorious robe, eye-falve, and goldenThis prize they are obligʻd by faith to win, Elle unbelief would never be their fin. Yea, gospel offers but a sham we make, If evn finner has not right to take. Be gospel heraldós fortify'd from this, To trumpet grace, howe'er the ferpent hiss. Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful shape 'Gainst innocence itself malignant gape ? Then facred truth's devoted vouchers may For dire reproach their measures constant lay. With cruel calumny of old commenc'd, This feet will ev'ry where be spoke against I; While to and fro he runs the earth across, Whose name is ADELPHON KATEGOROS In spite of hell be then our constant strife To win the glorious Lamb a virgin-wife.
* Rev. iii. 17, 18. | Acts xxviii. 22.
# Or, The accuser of the brethren.
An Exhortation to all that are out of Christ; in
order to their closing the match with him ; containing also motives and directions.
EADER, into thine hands these lines are
giv'n, But not without the providence of Heav'n ; Or to advance thy bliss, if thou art wise, Or aggravate thy wo, if thou despise. For thee, for thee, perhaps th' omniscient ken Has form'd the counsel here, and led the pen. The writer then does thy attention plead, In his great name that gave thee eyes to read.
S.ECT I. Conviction offered to Sinners, especially such as are
wedded strictly to tie law, or self-righteous, that they may see the need of Christ's righteousness. F never yet thou didft fair Jesus wed,
Nor yield thy heart to be his marriage-bed, But hitherto art wedded to the law, Which never could thy chain'd affections draw From brutish lufts and fordid lover's charms
; Lo! thou art yet in Satan's folded arms, Hell's pow'r invisible thy soul retains His captive Alave, lock'd up in mafly chains. O! finner then, as thou regard'st thy life, Seek, seek, with ardent care and earneit strife, To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed wife. For base co-rivals never let him lose Thy heart, his bed of conjugal repose.
Wed Chrift alone, and with severe remorse
Art thou a legal zealot, soft or rude,
Heb xii. 17.
* Luke viii. 13.
No means, no motives can to Jesus draw
mands, And puny works from thy polluted hands; Perfection is the least that it demands. Wouldst enter into life, then keep the law *; But keep it perfectly without a flaw. It won't have less, nor will abate at last A drop of vengeance for the fin that's past. Tell, finful mortal, is thy stock fo large As duly can defray this double charge ; • Why these are mere impossibles,' (sayʻlt thou.) Yea, truly so they are, and therefore now, That down thy legal confidence may fall, The law's black doom, home to thy bosom call. • Lo! I (the divine law) demand no less « Than perfect everlasting righteousness; .. But thou hast fail'd, and lost thy strength to DO: " Therefore I doom thee to eternal wo; • In prisou close to be shut up for ay, • Ere I be baffled with thy partial pay. • Thou always didft and doft my precepts break, "I therefore curse thee to the burning lake.
* Matth. xxi, 17.