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whom there is mercy, that he may be feared. "The Lord delighteth not in the death of a sinner, but that he may repent, return and live. When the Scribes and the Pharisees brought unto Christ the woman taken in adultery, and said to him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act; now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned; but what sayest thou ? Jesus said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone upon her;' and they being convicted by their own consciences, went out one by one. When they were gone out, Jesus said unto the woman, Where are those thine accusers ? hath no man condemned thee ? she said, no man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.' Here he laid the axe to the root of the tree, they lived in the profession but not in the possession of the truth; they went out one by one, and being accused by their own consciences, they ceased to accuse her. Christ by bis Spirit doth reprove thee for thy sin, and bids thee go and sin no more. They only shall have the benefit of what Christ bath done and suffered in his outward coming in the flesh, that believe in him, and see the necessity of bis inward appearance and coming in the spirit, and answer the same. When Christ stands and knucks at the door of thy heart, be sure to let him in; if thou shuttest the door of thy heart against Christ, thou dost thereby provoke him to shut the door of heaven against thee. Rom. ii. 6. 'He will render to every man according to his deeds ;' to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour, immortality, eternal life to them, but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation, and wrath, tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doth evil; of the Jew first, and also the Gentile : but glory, honour and peace, to every man that worketh good. There is a time
to live and a time to die. This is the day of God's visitation, when God calls men by his Spirit
, and invites them to accept of mercy. There is a time coming when he will call them to judgment : wo be to them that have not answered the first call, when the second call comes. See to it while the Spirit of the Lord strives with you. Hearken to the voice of God, the oracle within, that reproves thee and checks thee for thy sin, and reverence the hand of the Lord when he corrects thee, and do thou patiently bear the indignation of the Lord, because thou hast sinned against Him. This is the day of God's visitation ! now he calls upon sinners, how long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity, and the scorners, delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? turn ye at my reproof; I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded, but ye have set at nought all my counsels, and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear cometh ; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish cometh upon you : then shall they call upon me, and I will not answer, they shall seek me early but they shall not find me ; but whoso hearkeneth unto me, shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.' Isa. liii. 3. Incline your ear and come unto me (saith the Lord) bear and your soul shall live ; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.' O live in the fear of the Lord and you shall have peace; live in the fear of God, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; it is the best wisdom that can be; it is the wisdom of heaven and eternity ; it is that wbich promotes thy soul's eternal happiness. When God calls thee by the voice of the rod, hear the rod, and him that hath appointed it, and say in thy heart, O
Lord I have waited for thee in the way of thy judge ments, I will bear thine indignation because I have sinned against thee. I will submit to thy correction because I have transgressed, I have done iniquity, I will do so no more ; I have done amiss; I have been vain and foolish, but I will not return to folly. I have forsaken the Lord, and he invites me to return, and I will return unto him.
Friends, they that will not hear God's call in the day of his grace, God will not hear their call in the day of his wrath ; He will be so far from pitying of thein, that he will mock when their fear cometh ; he will laugh at them and not regard them, and there is reason for it: for they hated knowledge, and didnot choose the fear of the Lord; they would none of my counsel, they despised all my reproof; therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices; for the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them; “this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil ;' and there is no peace saith my God, to the wicked; the sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord; but unto you that fear my name (saith the Lord) shall the Sun of of Righteousness arise with healing under his wings; and they shall be mine (saith the Lord of hosts) in that day that I make up my jewels, and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Blessed are those that in the day of their visitation answer the call of God's love, who hath sent his Son to bless us in turning every one of us from our iniquities. There are many would be glad of the bless: ing, but they say in their hearts, this man shall not reign over us, Christ shall not be our king: but let me tell thee, O man ! He will rule and govern thee) if ever be save thee; He will rule over thy mind, and over thy will, and affections, and desires; and
A CARELESS WORLD.
2 Sermon preached at the Qunkers' Meeting-House,
in Grace-Church-Street, London, Oct. 21, 1694.
BY WILLIAM PENN.
BLESSED are all those who have answered the call of God, and who are found in his way, whose way is the way of peace, who are not weary of well doing, but having been called of God, have obediently answered that call, and are found diligent, as those that expect to give an account of their deeds done in the body, that neglect not so great salvation, which so numerous a part of mankind are made partakers of; for it is certainly true, that God hath sent his Son into the world to bless mankind, who were all under a curse by nature, and children of wrath ; God hath so loved the world, as to send his Son to bless them. But, O my friends! who among us will come to be blessed ? who among the song and daughters of men will come to be blessed of the blessed Son of God this day? who came to bless us, in turning every one of us from our iniquities.
Friends, I call upon you all in the name of the Lord, come and be blessed; they that receive Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, receive the blessing :
that have received the dear and blessed Son of God, and have opened the door of your hearts
to him and said, 'O come Lord Jesus, come quickly! thou art the chiefest of ten thousand, and altogether lovely, thou art the desire of all nations, and most desirable to my soul; I bave have had other lovers, but now my soul loveth thee above all, and by thee will only make ien:ion of thy name ; which is that strong tower that I will fly unto, and take sanctuary in, at all times: O be not thou far from me when trouble is near, for at what time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee, and thou wilt set me on a rock higher than I ; who art mighty to save, who art the author of eternal salvation, that canst save me from sin here, and from the wrath to come.'All you who have answered thus, the call of God, and love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, that love bis appearing, and look and long for it, and who cannot be contented and satisfied without it, that wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus, whom our souls love above all, o wait for Him more than they that watch for the morning; these are they that shall have the heavenly dew of divine grace descend upon them, and they shall grow as the lilly, and increase with the increases of God, and
grow strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might; "they that wait upon the Lord, (saith the prophet Isaiah,) shall renew their strength ; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint; and they shall get victory over the world, and over the Prince of the power of the air, and triumph over death and the grave, and be able to say, 'O death where is thy sting! O grave where is thy victory!' and likewise say with the apostle Paul, when he was ready to be offered, and the time of bis departure was at hand, 'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the Righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto them that also love his ap