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the Lord hath been revealed, in the work of saith with power. It is put among the great mysteries and wonders of the world, i Tim. iii. 16. That Christ is believed on in the world. O what a great and terrible day will the day of Christ's coming to judgment be, when so many millions of unbelievers shall be brought to his tribunal to be solemnly sentenced! They are (as my text speaks) condemned already; but then that dreadful sentence will be solemnly pronounced by Jesus Christ, whom they have despised and rejected: Then mall that scripture be fulfilled, Lukexix. 27. " These mine enemies that would not *-* that I should reign over them, bring them hither, and flay

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>f Infer. 2. Hence be informed how great a mercy the least measure of saving saith is; for the least measure of true saith unites the soul to Jesus Christ; and then "there is no condemnation **.. to them that are in Christ Jesus," Rom. viii. 1. Not one sentence of God against them. So acts xiii. 39." By him all that "believe are justified in all things." The weakest believer is as free from condemnation, as the strongest; the righteousness of Christ comes upon all believers, without any difference. Rom. iii. 22. "Even the righteousness of God, which is by saith of Christ Jesus untoall, and upon all them that believe; for there

V is no difference." It is not imputed, as it is in inherent righteousness; one man hath more holiness than another: The saith that receives the righteousness of Christ, very different in degrees of strength; but the received righteousness is equal upon all believers: A piece of gold is as much.worth in the hand of a child, as it is in the hand of a man. O the exceeding preciousness of saving saith 1

Infer. 3. How dreadful a sin is the fin of unbelief, which brings men under the condemnation of the great God. No sin startles less, or damns surer: It is a sin that,doth not affright the conscience, as some other sins do, hut it kills the sou} more certainly than any of those. sins coujd do: For, indeed, other fins could not damn us, were it not for unbelief, which fixes the guilt of them all upon our persons. This is the condemnation. Unbelief is the sin, of sins; and when the Spirit comes to convince men of sin he begins with this as the capital sin, John *vi. 9. But more particularly,

First, Estimate the evil of unbelief, from its object. It is the slighting, and refusing of the most excellent, and wonderful person in heaven or earth: the vision of Christ by saith, is the joy pf saints upon earth: the vision of Christ above, is the happiOtU us faints in heaves. It is a despising of him who is altogetlier lovely ia himself, who hath loved us and given himself for os.

It is a rejecting of the only Mediator betwixt God and man; after the rejecting of whom there remains no sacrisice for sin.

Secondly, Let the evil of unbelief be valued by the ofser of Christ to our souls in the gospel: It is one part of the great myfiery of godliness, that Christ should be preached to the Genriles, I Tim. iii. 16. That the word of this salvation should be sent to us, Acts xiii. 26. A mercy denied to the sallen angels, and the greatest part of mankind, which aggravates the evil of this sin beyond all imagination. So that in refusing, or neglecting Jesus Christ, is found vile ingratitude, highest contempt of the grace and wisdom of God; and in the event, the loss of the only season, and opportunity of salvation, which is never more to be recovered to all eternity.

Infer. 4. If this be the case of all Unbelievers, it is not to be admired, that fouls under the first convictions of their miserable condition, are plunged into such deep distrelles of spirit. It is {aid of them, Acts ii. 27. "That they were pricked at the heart, "and cried out, men and brethren, what shall we do?" And so the jailor, '* He came in trembling and astonished, and said, Sirs, "what must I do to be saved i" Certainly, if souls apprehend themselves under the condemnation, and sentence of the great God, all in tears and trembling, their weary days, and restless nights, are not without just cause and reason. Those that never saw their own miserable condition by the light of a clear and full conviction, may wonder to see others so deeply distressed in spirit. They may mis-judge the case, and call it melancholy or madness; but spiritual troubles do not exceed the cause and ground of them; let them be as deep and as great as they will: And, indeed, it is one of the great mysteries of grace and providence; a thing much unknown to men, how such poor souls are supported, from day to day, under such sears and sorrows as are able, in a sew hours to break the stoutest spirit in the world. Luther was a man of great natural courage; and yet, when God let in spiritual troubles upon his foul, it is noted of him, ut nec vox, nec calor, nec sanguis fupereffet; he had neither voice, nor heat, nor blood appearing in him.

Inf. 5. How groundless and irrational is the mirth and jollity of ail carnal and unregenerate men? They seast in their prison, and dance in their setters. O the madness that is in the hearts of men! If men did but see their mittimus made for hell, or believe they are condemned already, it were impossible for them to live at that rate, of vanity they do: And is their condi tion lefef



dangerous, because it is not understood? Surely no; but much. more dangerous for that. O poor sinners, you have sound oat an efsectual way to prevent your present troubles; it were well if yon could find out a way to prevent your eternal misery: But it is easier for a man to stifle conviction, than prevent damnation. Your mirth hath a twofold mischief in it; it prevents repentance, and increaseth yonr future torment. O what ast hell will yonr hell be, who drop into it out of all the sensitive, and sinful pleasures of this world! If ever man may (ay of mirth, that it is mad; and of laughter, what doth it i He may say so in this case.

Infer. 6. Lastly, what cause have they to rejoice, admire, and praise the Lord, to eternity, who have a well-grounded confidence, that they are freed from God's condemnation? "O give thanks ta the Father, who hath delivered you fi vm "the power of darkness, and translated you into the kingdom "of his dear Son," Col. i. 13. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for if you be freed from condemnation, you are out of Satan's power, he hath no more any dominion over you. The power of Satan, over men, comes in by virtue of their condemnation, as the power of the jay lor, or executioner, over the bodies of condemned prisoners doth, Heb. ii. 14. If you be freed from condemnation, the sting of death shall never touch you; for the sting of death smites the fouls of men with a deadly stroke, only by virtue of God's condemnatory sentence, i Cor. xv. 55, jf}. "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law/' if yon be freed from condemnation now, you shall stand with comfort, and boldness, at the judgment-scat of Christ, in the great day; and verily in this thing is the love of God perfected, 1 John iv. 17. O it is a privilege in which the grace, mercy, and love of God, shine forth as clearly as the fun, when it fhineth in its full strength. And certainly you will find cause to lie at the seet of God, astonished, and overwhelmed with the sense of this mercy, when you fhall find yourselves free from the condemnation of God, whilst many others, as good as you were, are still under condemnation. Yea, yourselves freed, and many of your superiors in the world still under the curse, 1 Cor. i. 26. Yea, yourselves freed and others, that fat under the fame means of grace, and had the same external advantages you had, still in chains, 2 Cor. ii. 16. O brethren! This is a marvellous deliverance; look on it which way yon will, your ransom is paid, and not a penny of it by yon; it cost you nothing to procure your pardon; your pardon is full, and not one si* excepted out of it that you ever commitstd, You are freed, and Jesus Christ condemned in your stead, to procure your discharge; your pardon is sealed in his blood, and that for ever; so that you fhall never any more come into condemnation. ". He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent "me, hath everlasting lise, and shall not come into condem"nation, but is passed from death to lise," John v. 24..

Let them that are so delivered, spend their days on earth in praise, and chearful obedience; and, when they die, let them not shrink away from death, nor be afraid to take it by the cold hand, it can do them no harm. Yea, let them close their dying lips with, Thanks be to God for Jefus Christ. ». -\i^WMr



Of the Aggravation of the sin, and Punishment of Unbelief under the light of the Gospel.

Joh5m iii. 19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the -world, and men loved darknefs rather than light, because their deeds -were evil,

OU T of the foregoing verse it was fully proved in our last sermon, that all Christless, and unregenerate men, are no better than dead men, being condemned already. Our Saviour proceeds in this verse to aggravate the misery of those that refuse, and despise him; yet farther, and to let them know, that those who remain in unbelief, and the state of unregeneracy. must expect some greater, and sorer wrath than other men; not only a simple condemnation, but an aggravated, and peculiar condemnation. "This is the condemnation, that light is "come," isc.

In the words, we find these three parts.

1. The aggravation of sin, by the abuse of gospel-light, "Light is cotoe," <&c.

2. The aggravation of misery, in proportion to that abuse of light, "This is the condemnation."

3. The cause, and occasion, drawing men into this sin and misery, " Because their deeds were evil."

First, "We have here the aggravation of sin, by the abuse of gospel-light, "Light is come." By light we are to understand the knowledge, discovery, and manisestation of Christ, and re

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