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I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God.
them. They that be whole need not a physcian but they
that are fick.
SERMON LIII. A Sight of Christ the Defire and Delight of Saints
in all Ages. John viii. 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 streets 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 shall taste of my fupper.
240-256 SERMON LVI. The Nature of Justification, and the Nature and
Concern of Faith in it, Rom. i. 16, 17. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, 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 iii. 19. And this is the condemnation, that light is
come into the world, and men loved darkness rather the light, because (or, for) their deeds are evil.
A New Year's Gift. Rom. xii. 11. And that, knowing the vime, that now it is high time to awake out of feep; for now is our
now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
SERMON LX. On the Death of his late Majesty King Garag II.
is 2 Sam. i. 19. How are the mighty fallen! 34.
63 SERMON LXI. Religion and Patriotisin the Constituents of a good
Soldier. . 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
Specimen of the Author's Poetry.
SE MON XLIII.
THE VE 6 L OF MERCY AND THE VESSELS OF WRATH
Rom. ix. 22, 23.--The vessels of wrath fitted to dea struction ; and--the vejlels of mercy, which He had efore prepared unto glory.
HE true notion of the present world is, that it
a state of preparation for another; and, ther ore, such as we habitually are here, such shall
be for ever. Mankind are now forming, like lay 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, so neither are men removed from the present state, and fxed 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 veflels of wrath are fitted to deftruction, 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 different form of expression, when speaking of these different forts of persons. The preparation of the velels of mercy for glory, he afcribes to God, as his work. Hence he uses an active verb, referring expressly to God as the agent--the vesels of merry, VOL. III,
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 particle—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'essels 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 fignificant is the metaphorvessels of mercy! vellels 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 foon 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 elfe.
And shall these vefsels of wrath answer no valuable use in the great house of the universe? Will they ferve to furnish out no apartment of this vast building? 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