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worketh-in us, than all the evil Spirits that conspire against us. And as this Grace is fufficient, so is it ever ready for us. The Spirit of God is never wanting to those that seek to, and desire its Aid, and never fails such as heartily engage in this fpiritual Comibåt: If earthly Parents (faith our Saviour) know hoto to give good Gifts to their Children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask it. While we strive against Sin, we shall be fure to have the Spirit of God to strive with us, and that will derive that Strength and Power into us that will make us more than Conquerors. Hence we find St. Paul, who struggled so hard, and was sometimes foild by the Power of his Corruption, at last thanking God for giving him the Victory, thro Jesus Christ our Lord; Rom.7.25. 1 Cor. 15; 57. And elsewhere we are told, that if we fight this good Fight of Faith, we shall finish our Course with Joy, and in the end receive a Crown of Glory. I say then with the Apostle, that if ye walk in the Spirit, ye shall not fulfil the Lufts of the Flem, but shall find Grace and Strength enough to subdue and vanquish them. So that from this Discourfe we may learn,
1. The difference between a Regenerate and Unregenerate Man; in the one the Spirit prevails, in the other the Flesh is predominant: that is, the Will' of the one is led by the Spirit, which miakes him act the Deeds, and bring forth the Fruits of the Spirit; but the Will of the other fol. lows the carnal Dictates, and performs the Will of the Flesh. The Character of a good Man is to be led by the Spirit into the Ways of Purity and Peace, which is to walk in the Spirit : And the Note of a bad Man is to follow the Sway of sinful and vile Affections; which is to fulfil the Lufts of the Flesh. From whence we may learn,
2. How to know and judg of our spiritual State : if we are acted by the Holy Spirit of God, and delight in the foremention'd Fruits of it, we may safely conclude our felves in a Regenerate State; for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God.
But if we give up our felves to the Command of a carnal and sensual Appetite, and are at the beck of every impe. rious Luft, we are in the Gall of Bitterness, and Bond of Iniquity; for they they that palk after the Flejn cannot please God, nor will they ever be accepted by him. Not that every Act of Concupiscence or inordinate Affection will exclude us fron the Favour of God, or the State of Regenera
tion; but 'tis the voluntary Consent and wilful Continuance in the Love and Practice of them that denominates an Uaregenerate Man, and excludes from the Kingdom of Hea
We find St. Paul sometimes complaining that the Body of Sin was too strong for, hin, that the Law in his Members warred against the Law of his Mind, and carryd him captive to the Law of Sin and Death, but still he lamented and labour'd against it, and never left fighting and striving till he had got the Mastery: Which teaches us what to do in the like Case ; to wit, not to yield to, but strive against Temptation, and to say with Joseph, Homo can I do this great Wickedness, and fin again't God? Wherefore, in the
Last place, let us learn from hence to walk in the Spirit, and to make no provision for the Flesh, to fulfil the Lufts thereof. To encourage us, the Apofle afsures us, There
is no Condemnation to them that walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit; Rom. 8. 1. but they that do otherwise will certainly fall into Condemnation for to be carnally-minded is Death, but; to be Spiritually-minded is Life and Peace : ver. 6. & ver. 13. If ye live after the Flesh, ye Mall die ; but if ye through the Spirit mortify the Deeds of the Body, ye fall live. We fee, then the Way both to Life and Death; let us all this day make our Choice, and such a one too, of which we may never have cause to repent,
afar off, &c.
Works of the Flesh.
Diedsudsel Dosada DISCOURSE XXXIX. The GOSPEL for the Fourteenth Sunday after
St. Luke xvii. 20. And it came to pass, Jesus went to Jerusalem,
that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee: And as he entred into a certain Village, there met him ten Men that were Lepers, who stood
HE Epistle for this Day spake of the Graces of the
Spirit, and the Victory obtain'd by them over the The Gospel speaks of the miraculous Acts of the famie Holy Spirit, and the Victory obtain'd thereby over Satan and the World, our great and ghostly Enemies.
The particular. Miracle here related is that wrought by our Saviour on the ten Lepers, the Subject of this Day's Gospel. In which we may observe,
First, Our Saviour's Progress to Jerusalem, which was through the midst of Samaria and Galilee; that which may be learnt from thence, is what hath been before observ'd in the Miracle of the deaf and dumb Man, viz. Christ's going about doing Good, and spreading his healing Influences in all places of the Country, and the Regions round about ; of which you may read in the Gospel for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. And as in that Miracle of the deaf and dumb Man, fo in this of the Lepers, we may observe,
First, What went before it.
First, As for what went before the Miracle, it was Christ's entring into a certain Village, the ten Lepers meeting him
there, and the Lepers standing afar off. What this certain Village was, it not being nam'd here or elsewhere, : will not be much material tò enquire: Certain it is, that 'twas either in Samaria or Galilee, thro which he passed in his way to Jerusalem ; but wherever it was, 'tis farther said, that
Ten Men that were Lepers met him there. Sonietimes we read that he went to them as Physicians do to their fick Patients, which is imply'd in his going about doing Good. Where Distance or Mens Infirmities were such, as would not permit them to come to him, there he either went to them, or heal'd them at a distance: And where he did not readily find Objects to fhew his Mercy and Compassion, there he went about to seek then. But here we read that these ten Men that were Lepers came and met him, upon the Report (no doubt) that they had receiv'd of him ; for he heald one Leper before, as he came down from the Mount: of which we read, Mat. 8.2, 3. St. Mark speaks of the fame or another, Mark 1. 40. And fo doth St. Luke, Chap. 5. 12,13. The Fame whereof being spread far and near, drew these ten Lepers to him. Indeed, 'tis all one to Omé nipotence to cure ten as one, and ten thoufand as well as ten; for to an Almighty Power all things are possible, and nothing can be hard or difficult to him, to whom nothing is impossible: And therefore our Saviour did not any way check their Boldness, but rather commended their Faith in coming to him.
But how did they behave themselves when they came to him? Why, the next words tell us, that they stood afar of; which they did not so much for fear, as to comply with the Law of Moses concerning Lepers, which was to stand off, and to be separated from Society till they were cleansed for the Leprosy being a foul and infectious Difcase, they that had it were to be remov'd out of the Camp, and to abide in their Tents seven Days, and the Priest was to go forth to them; as we read in the 17th Chapter of Leviticus. Accordingly, in compliance with this Law, these ten Lepers, being unclean by their Leprosy, stood afar off, and durft not conie near unto him: nor would our Saviour encourage them to break the Law of the Lepers, by calling them nearer.
But what did they at that distance in order to be heal'd? Why, 'tis faid, that being afar off, they lifted up their Voices, and cry'd unto him; which Cries were loud enough to reach his Ears, and were heard by him, as appear'd after ward,
open'd, and his Sight reftor'd to him. In like manner the
To these their Cries they added this short Petition, Jefus, Mafter, have mercy upon us. They did not harangue it to him about the Soreness and Sadnefs of their Distemiper, to move Compaslion, or about the Means and Methods of their Cure; nor did they go to him, like the proud Pharifee, with Boasts of their own Righteoufness, that they were not as bad as other Men ; nor with long extempore Prayers, to charın him with the Multitude and Variety of Words, which are fulsom and nauseous to all they are apply'd to, and no way become true and humble Supplitants : but they cry'd to him with these few hearty words, Jefus, Mafter, have mercy upon us. And indeed we find in Scripture, that these few hearty Words have prevailid more, and been attended with greater Succeffes than long and tedious O. rations. Tinirim
The poor Publican, when he went up folemnly to the Temple to worship, uttèrd only this Short Litany, Lord be merciful to me a Şinner, Luke 18.13. and was sent away justify'd to his owo House, before the proud Pharisee, with his long Robes, and long Prayers. The poor 'blind Man, in the same Chapter; following our Saviour with his earnest Prayer, utter'd only these words, Festthou. Son of David, have mercy upon me; ver: 28, 29. His whole Prayer was no more, which, 'tis said in the next Verse, he went on repeating again and again; Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy upon me: And the Effect of it was, that his Eyes were Lepers in the Text lifted up their Voices, and said more than once, Jesus, Mafter, have mercy on us; and what the Success was, we Mhall fee by and by. In the mean time, we may observe the Wisdom and Piety of our Church, in inserting this frequent and successful Petition into her Liturgy or Publick Service, doubling and trebling it in the Litany to the three Persons of the Blessed -Trinity; faying, Lord have mercy upon usg Chrift bave mercy upon us, Lord
have mercy upon us : which, if repeated with Earneftness and !
Affe&tion, is fo far from a vain Repetition (as some have vainly objected) that 'tis the most effectual way to obtain Audience and Acceptance. These are the previous Circumstances that went before the working of this Miracle ; from whence I proceed,
Secondly, To the Miracle it self, the Account whereof follows in the next Verse; And when be fam them, &c.