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Ser M. verlasting, and World without End.
His IV. Power, his Goodness, his Mercy, and o
ther Perfections, are all eternal and unchangeable as his Being. On this Security, the mind of man (after a Life of Virtue ) may rely with full Satisfaction; and they who love righteousness will be joyful therein, Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah, is everlasting Strength, If. xxvi. 4. and Deut. xxxii, 26, There is none like the God of Jesurun ; who rideth upon the Heavens in thy help, and in his excellency on the Sky: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting Arms ; and be fall thrust out the Enemy fram before thee. The fame Argument is made use of likewise by the Apostle, with regard to the Interceffion and Mediation of Christ; Heb. vii. 25, He bis able to save Them to the uttermoft, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them,
Other security there is no where to be found ; nor any thing that can afford fufficient comfort and support, in the days of adversity and trouble. The Power of Men will fail, and their Friend
ship is fallible and uncertain. The Plea-Serm. fures of Life are short; and the time will
IV. come, when there shall be no relish in them. At least, Death puts an end to all the injoyments, and all the hopes of this present Life. And therefore a Wise man will above all things endeavour, to secure to himself the Favour of Him who liveth for ever ; who alone can unloose the Bands, even of Death itself; and crown him with Immortality, and eternal Life. Hearken unto Me, faith the Prophet, ye that know righteousness; the people, in whose heart is my Law. Fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be afraid of their reviling For the Moth Shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm fall eat them like wool. But my righteousness Shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation, II. li. 7, 8. And ch. ii. 22, Cease ye from man, whose breath is in bis Nostrils; (whose Life depends on so small a thing as a Breath ; ) For wherein is he accounted of? The Pfalmist in like manner, Pf.cxlvi. 2, o put not your trust in Princes, nor in any Child of man; for there is no belp in them.
Serm. For when the Breath of Man goeth forth,
cil bis thoughts perish. Blefjed is be, that
for his belp, and whose
4thly, The Consideration of This divine Perfection, the Eternity of God, is a ground for frail and mortal man to hope for Pity and Compassion from him, This is the Use the Prophet Isaiah makes of this Meditation, ch. lvii. 16, I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth : For the Spirit should fail before me, and the Souls which I have made. The Psalmist likewise, Pf. cii. 24, I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my Days; Thy years are throrighout all Generations. And Pf. ciii. 13, Like as a Father pitieth kis children, To tle Lord pitieth them tkat fear him; For he knoweth our Frame, he remembreth that we are but dujt. As for man, bis days are as grals; as a jlower of the Field, lo ke flourisheth : For the wind passeth cver it, and it is gone ; ard the place thereof jhall know it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord, is from everlasting to everlast
ing, upon them that fear him; and his right- SERM. teousness unto childrens children.
IV. 5thly, The Confideration of God's bem ing eternal, leads us to a right knowledge and just sense of the Excellency of that Reward, wherewith he will finally crown those who obey his Commandments. The Greatness of which Reward consists principally in This, that it is an Inheritance which fadeth not away, eternal in the Heavens. This is a Reward worthy of Him to bestow, whose Kingdom ruleth over all; and which He alone is capable of bestowing, who Him self liveth and reigneth for ever. Bebold I come quickly, says our Lord, invested with his Father's Power and Eternal Dominion ; ( in the glory of his Father, as 'tis expressed, Matt. xvi. 27; ) bebold, (faith he,) I come quickly, and my
Reward is with me, to give every man according as bis Work gall be, Rev. xxii. 12. The reason is annexed, ver. 13. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. God who liveth for ever, hath promised to reward his Servants ' eternally; And therefore most
SER M. elegantly follows in the next verse That
IV. affectionate Exclamation, ver. 14. Blefmused are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the Tree of Life. God is eternal, by Necessity of Nature; But Man's immortality, is of free Grace. This therefore his dependent Immortality, or his Possibility of attaining to be Immortal, was excellently represented at first by that Figure of the Tree of Life growing in Paradise; And his condemnation to Mortality, by his exclufion from the Benefit of that Tree. And his restoration to Immortality again by the Will of God, is no less properly described, by his being again admitted to the Tree of Life ; Rev. ii.
To bim that wercometh, will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradife of God.
Lastly; If God is Eternal, this confideration ought to be matter of infinite Terror to all impenitent and incorrigible Sinners; that he who liveth for ever, as he will reward his Servants eternally, fo he can punish bis Enemies as long as he pleases; for there is no End of his Power.