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S. MATT. X. 28.
Fear not them which kill the Body, but
are not able to kill the Soul : but rather, fear Him which is able to destroy both Soul and Body in Hell.
1. The One of these is mortal, the Other not, Hebr. ix. 27.
That the Soul is immortal, appears,
3. From the Existence of God; for if God Be, He is fuft, Hebr. xi. 6.
But He will not exercise this power to the Killing, but destroying, i. e. punishing Both in the Persons of the Wicked and Impenitent, Job
1. The Body, by the most exquisite Torments, as to all its Senses, S. Luk. xvi. 24. 2. The Soul, 1. By Depriving it of His Presence, S. Matt.
xxi. 41. 2 Thel. i.9. 2. Arming it against itself, Job vii, 20. and
xiii. 26. 3. By Afflicting each Faculty with its pro
per Punishments. From whence, this
That we are not to fear Them which can only kill or hurt the Body; and that, 1. No Perfon.
1. Not Man, Ifa. ii. 22.
2. Not Satan, Job i, 12. S. Jam. iv. 7. 2. No Tbing 1.' Not Want. 1. For God can supply us extraordi
narily, as he did the Ifraelites and
Elijah. 2. No Creature can take or with-hold any
Thing from us without Him. 3. God can make our Want better than
Plenty, Rom, viji. 28. 4. It is His Will that we trust on Him,
S. Matt. vi. 25, 33.
1. Because it is no real Evil.
nourable we may be, S. Matt, V. II. 3. Not Death.
1. No Creature can bring it without God. 2. Its Sting is taken out by Christ, 1 Cor.
3. Hence it may be no real Evil, 1 Cor.
4. But a freeing us from Evil.
i. 21. 2 Cor. V. I. 4. In what Sense are we to fear no Creature ? 1. Negatively 1. Not but that we may ufe all lawful
Means to prevent any Evil or Mifchief that we may receive from them. Timor eft fuga imminentis mali ardui,
quod evitari poteft. 2. Not but that we may pray against any
Evil from them, Psal. lvi. 1. and
2. Positively. But,
selves about future Events from them,
Dan. iii. 16. 2. Not fear them, so as to despair of
eschewing any Evil from them,
2 Chron. XX. I 2. 3.
nor so as to make use of any unlawful Means for eschewing it.
nor so as to neglect our Duty to God, A&t. iv. 19, 20. 5. Why are we to fear no Creature, but GOD only? 1. Fear is a part of Divine Worship, Deus.
vi. 13. Ifa. viii. 13. 2. No Creature can do us either Good or
Harm, without God. 1. Not Good. 2. Not Harm, Daniel, Three Children,
Rom. viii. 38.
If so, then lay aside all Fear of the Creature, considering that it is,
1. Vain and groundless.
In order to which,
vidence and Concurrence in each A :
ction, S. Matt. X. 29, 30.
Pfal. xxvii. 1. and cxviii. 6, 7.
Turn the Fear of Creatures, into the
Fear of the great Creator, Isa. viii. 13.
1. Why is God so describ'd, as here in the Text? 1. To shew His Sovereignty over both Soul
and Body. 2. That He alone hath Power over both,
S. Luk. xii. 4. 3. Because this is the greatest Argument
ad hominem, to fear Him. 2. What is it to fear God? There is a twofold Fear of Him, Exod. xx. 20. 1. Bad, Rev. xxi. 8.
as, 1. When our Fear drives us from God,
Exod. xx. 18. Gen. iii. 8, 10. Rev.
vi. 16. 2. When we fear only the Effets of God's
Wrath, S. Fam. ii. 19. Rom. viii. 15. 2. Good, Prov. xxviii. 14. which is, 1. To fear and reverence His Majesty and
Excellency, Gen. xxviii. 16, 17. Deut. xxvii. 58.
2. To fear to displease Him, Prov. xii,
13. Psal. xc. II. 3. What are we to fear in God?
1. His Power, Fob xxxvii. 23, 24. fer. V. 22 2. His Providence in the Government of
the World, and disposing of all Things,
Psal. xcix. 1. fer. X• 7. 3. His Anger and Threatnings against Sing
ners, 2 King. xxii. 19. 4. His Justice in Executing them, fer. XXVI
14. Job xxxiv. 17. 5. His Judgments executed, Ifa. XXV. 1,2,3.
Habak. iii. 16. Psal. cxix. 118, 119, 6. His Mercies, Hof. iii. 5. Jer. V. 24• Pfal
8. His Eternity. 4. Why is God alone to be fear'd, and above all Things?
1. Because He is the greatest - Being:
1. From Satan.
4. From our Sins.
come to any Good. 5. How are we to express our Fear of Him? 1. By repenting of our former Sins, Foel ii.
13, 14. 2. By avoiding what he hath forbidden,
Prov. iii. 7. and xvi. 6. 3. By doing, 'what He hath 'commanded , Ecclef. xii. 13.