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ź. Complete Satisfaction of our enlarg'd
and perfect Desires, Psal. xvii. 15. 3. The eternal Fruition of God, Joh.
3. All other Ways lead to Ruin, S. Matt.
1. Temporal, Mal. ii. 2.
to Satan. 2. It is difficult to get to Heaven.
[For the Reason hereof, see the Explication be fore, under the third Head ; or, why Holiness and Vertue is call?d the strait Gate.]
3. Therefore many miss of it, or fer there be that find it, as in the Text. 1. Many never heard of this Way of Life
by Jesus Christ, but those we are to leave to the Mercy of God, who, we are sure, can do Nothing contrary to infinite Goodness and Justice, however He is pleas’d at last to deal with them,
Gen. xviii. 25
2, Even learned Papists.
Ifa. liii. 1. S. Luk. xviii. 8. 4. Of them that believe it, How few labour
after it? S. Joh. v. 40.
1. The glozing Hypocrite.
5. Of them that pretend to look after
How few find it? S. Luk. xiii. 23, 24. As proceeding either, 1. Upon a wrong Principle, as the Light of Nature or humane Reason only
S. Luk. X. 42.
5. Not universally.
xix. 41, 42. and xiii. 24, 25. Prov. j. 28. III. USE S.
1. See how many will be deceiv'd, S. Matt. xxv. 1 1. and vii. 22. wherefore, depend upon Nothing for Salvation, but the infinite Goodness of God, the Merits and Satisfaction of our Saviour, and universal Obedience to all His Commands, or true and sincere Piety, here call'd the Strait Gate.
2. And therefore, ftrive to enter in, Luk. xiii. 24. ayavisente, strive, as Those who contend for the Victory in a Combat.
1. Earnestly, Ecclef. ix. 10. 2. Resolutely, Fosh. xxiv. 15. 3. Constantly, Luk. i. 75. 1 Cor. xv. ult. 4. Willingly and upon Choice rationally. 3. Strive more for this than for any Thing else, and do not delay and trifle away your time, 1 Pet. iv. 18. 1. This is our chief End and our Business
here. 2. There is Nothing else worth the looking after, Isa.lv. i.
IV. MOTIVE SI 1. We are all capable of it. 2. We are all invited to it, Rom. xii. 12. Ifa.
3. It is our own Faults, .if we enter not in, Ezek. xxxiii. II,
4. Tho' it be strait at first, it is easy after, wards, S. Matt. xi. 30. Prov. iii. 17.
5. Tho' it be ftrait, yet it is honourable, Prov. iii. 13, 14, 15.
6. There is no other way, either to present or future Happiness, S. Matt. xix. 16, 17.
7. Enter now, or hereafter you may not be as ble, S. Matt. vii. 21, and xxv. II.
V. - DIRECTIONS.
1. Search the Scriptures to find out the right Way, S. Joh. v. 39. 2. Beg of God to draw you into it, S.Job.vi. 44. 1. By giving you a clear Judgment to distin,
guish, Psal. cxix. 34, 18.
Good and Evil.
Jer. xxxi. 18. 3. By inclining your Hearts to Vertue, Pfal.
cxix. 36. 4. By directing you in each Action,Phil. ii. 13:
Ifa. lxi. 8. 2 Theff. iii. 5. 5. By enabling you to persevere, Hebr, xiii. 9; 3. Hear the Word, Rom. x. 17. 4. Often meditate. 1. Upon Vice.
1. The Nature.
2. Upon Vertue.
1. The Nature.
4.. The Folly and Vanity of the World.
1. With Reverence.
4. With Faith.
Farther MOTIV I S.
1. God your Enemy.
4. Satan your Tormenter for ever.
1. God the Father your Friend, Cant. V. 16.
S. Joh. xvi. 7.
S. Matt. viii. II. 5. All Happiąess your Portion, Psal. xvi. 17.
S. MATT. vii, 21.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, Shall enter into the Kingdom of
Father which is in Heaven,
Every one that professeth the Name of Christ here, shall not possess the Glory of Christ hereafter,
1. How far may a Man profess the Name of Christ, and yet come short of Heaven?
So far as,
1. The Son of God, S. Matt. yiii. 29.
out whom no Happiness can be ex
pected, S. Joh. i. 29.
S. Mar. ix. 38.