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round for ever,' with unspeakable Vigour and Alacrity.

V. As we are reasonable Creatures related to God, we are bound to resign up, and submit our felves to his blessed Will and Disposal. For God hatha juft Dominion over all, founded in his own infinite power, that doth not like other Dominions result to him from any external Acts or Atchievements, but is the eternal Prerogative of his own Nature. For he, as well as all other Beings, hath a freedom to exercise his own Abilities so far as it is just and lawful; but being infinitely paramount to all other Powers whatfoever, he . can be subject to no fuperiour Authority, nor confequently be obliged by any other Law but that of his own Nature. So that whatsoever he can do, he can juftly do, if it be not contrary to the infinite Perfections of his Nature. For his Power being infinite, and unconfined as well as his Wifdom, Justice, and Goodness, doth sufficiently warrant him to do whatsoever is consistent with ibem; otherwise he would be infinitely powerful in vain. And therefore since he can exercise a Dominion over all, he must needs have an eternal Right to do it, so far as his own Wisdom, Goodnels and Justice will permit, which are the only Laws by which he can be bounded in the exercise of his infinite Power and Ability. So that while he governs us by fuch Rules and Laws, as are convenient to his own Nature, his own Greatness and Power, which exalts him above all other Law or Authority, fufficiently warrants him foto do. And being thus rightfully enthroned by the infinite Preeminence of his own Power and Ma


jesty, all other Beings so far as they are capable stand immutably obliged to submit and refign themselves up to his Government.

But besides that we are obliged to him as he is God, we are also bound to him as he is our Creator. For there is always a Power acquired by Benefits, where there is none antecedently; especially where the Benefit conferrid is no less than that of our Being, which is the case between us and God. And this is such a Benefit as is sufficient to entitle him to us, by an absolute and unalienable Propriety, though he had no antecedent right of Dominion over us by vertue of his own infinite Greatness. So that though before he created us, or any

other Being, he had free power to act any thing that lay within the compass of just and lawful, which just and lawful was not definable by any other Law but that of his own Nature ; and though since his Creation his Power is no more, ( so that he hath not acquired to himself Power by creating us, but only made new Subjects whereon to exercise that ancient power, and Dominion which was eternally inherent in him) yet doubtless by giving us our Beings, he hath laid new Obligations upon us to obey him. For now deriving our selves, as we do, from him, we are bound by all the ties of Equity and Justice to render back our selves to him, and to submit those powers to his Dominion, which are the effects and off-spring of his Bounty. For what can be more just and equal, than that that Will which is the Cause of our Beings, should be the Law and Rule of our Actions; than that we should serve him with those Powers we derived from him, and render him back the fruits of his own Plantation ? For now we are not our own, but God's, and He alone hath power to dispose of us; and whenfoever we dispose of our selves contrary to his Will and Pleasure, we do not only invade his Property, but employ the spoils of it against him. And whilit we continue thus doing, it is impossible 'we should ever be happy. For besides that, while we continue in Rebellion against him, we are in an actual Confederacy with Hell; for so when we are told that Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft, that is, Rebellion against God, the meaning is, that, like Witches, we are in League with the Devil, and are listed Volunteers under those infernal powers, who for blowing the Trrimpet of Rebellion in Heaven were banished thence fix thousand years ago, and have ever since been raising Forces in this lower World against God ; so that whilst we continue with them in Defiance to God, we are in the Devils Muster-roll, who is Captain General of all the revolted Legions, and so are of the quite opposite Party to the Loyal people of Heaven, and consequently can never hope while we continue such to be admitted to their Society and Happiness; besides all this, I say, Rebellion against God doth naturally draw a Hell of Miseries after it. For it cannot be sup-: posed that the wise Soveraign of the World, fhould be so unconcerned for his own Authority, as to suffer his Creatures to sturn at and affront it without ever manifesting his Displeasure against them in some dire and sensible Effects. And therefore though in this Life, which is the time of our Trial and Probation, he mercifully



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forbears to lead us to Repentance ; yet if we leave this Life with our Wills ansubdued and unresigned to him, we must not expect to be thus gently dealt with in the other. For it is as easie for him who is the Father of our Spirits, to correct our Spirits, as 'tis for the Parents of our Flesh to correct our Flesh. And though our Souls are no more impreslible with material stripes, than Sun-beams are with the blows of a hammer; yet are they liable to have horrid and dismal thoughts impressed upon them, and to be as much aggrieved by them, as sensible Bodies are with the most exquisite Tor

So that if God be displeased with us, there is no doubt but he can imprint his Wrath upon our Minds, in black and gastly thoughts, and cause it perpetually to drop like burning sulphur on our Souls. And it being in his Power thus to lah our Spirits, to be sure, when once he is implacably incensed against us, ( as he will be in the other World, if we go Rebels thither ) he will more or less let loose his power upon us, and make us feel his wrathful Resentments, by infusing supernatural Horrors into our Souls, and scourging our guilty and defenseless Spirits with inspirations of dire and frightful' Thoughts. Now though this be not a natural and necessary Effect of our Rebellion against God, because it depends upon his Will who is a free Agent ; yet considering that he is a wise Agent, and ibat as fuch ic is necessary he should one way orother manifeit hisDispleasure against such as are unreclaimable Rebels to his Authority, it is next to a natural one; and at least the fearful Expectation of it in such rebellious Spirits (which is a nisery next to the enduring

it) is necessary and unavoidable. For God hath imprinted a dread of his own Power and Majesty so deeply on our Natures that we are not able with all our arts of Self-deceit wholly to obliterate and deface it; and though in this life we may sometimes suppreß and stupefie our Sense of God, yet even here in despight of our felves, 'cwill ever and anon retirrn upon us.

And if when we have done what we know is offensive to that invisible Majesty we stand in aw of, we do but suffer our felves seriovily to refle&t upon it, there presently arises in our minds a swarm of horrid Thoughts and dismal Expectations; and if in this present State in which we have so many Salvo's for our wounded Spirits, so many pleasures and Selfdelusions to charm our natural dread of God, our overcharged Consciences do notwithstanding so often recoil upon us, and alarm us with such disinal abodings; what will they do hereafter, when all those pleasures are removed, and all those Self-delusions baffled with which we were wont to footh and divert them? Then doubtless we shall be continually stung with sharp and dire Reflections, and our Consciences like tragick Scenes be all hung round with the Ensigns of Horrour then shall the dread of God perpetually haunt us like a grim Fury, and the terror of his offended Majesty strike us inco an everlasting Trembling and Agony. For so So Fames tells us, that the Deyils themselves do believe and tremble, Jam. ii.196 they believe that there is an Almighty Being above them, and are conscious that they are in actual Rebellion against him, which makes them horri* bly afraid of his vengeance; and yet such is

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