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This Argument is excellently urged by Serm. the Apostle, Heb. x. 31. It is a fearful
IV. thing to fall into the hands of the Living God; to fall under the final Displeasure of Him, who liveth for ever, and can make his Punishments as durable as he thinks fit. The same confideration is likewise laid before us by our Saviour, Matt. X. 28. Fear not them that kill the Body, and after That bave no more that they can do ; But I will forewarn you whom ye sball fear : Fear him, who after he has killed, can destroy both Soul and Body in Hell yea I say unto you, Fear him. The Particulars of This Punishment, are best fet forth in the words of Scripture ; in those words, which God himself has thought most proper to work upon our Fear, in such manner as it ought to be worked up
St Mar. ix 44. It is, The Worm. that dieth not, and the Fire that is not quenched. Rev. xx. 10. It is, The lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the Devil and the false Prophet are, and Mall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And ch. xiv. 11. The smoke of their Torment afcendeth up for ever and ever, and they
Ser m. have no rest day nor night. What the full IV. purport
and literal meaning of these figurative expressions is, we do not perfectly know. But thus much is evident, that they fignify the greatest Severity of Punishment, which the Justice and Wisdom and Goodness of Him who has infinite and eternal Power, can think fit to inflict. From which Wrath to come, the Gospel exhorts us to flee ; and from which, God of his infinite mercy grant, &c.
O H. iv. 24.
hip him, must worship him in
90 HESE Words are part of our Serm.
Saviour's Discourse with the V.
Woman of Sanaria; for the
course to Her, and of the consequent opportunity That gave him to instruct the rest of her City, he seems to have taken his Journey on purpose into
Serm. That Country. For when the Disciples, V. during the Time of his being imployed
in This Work, would have interrupted him by desiring him to take fomewhat to eat; he replied unto them, ver. 34. My Meat is to do the Will of him that sent me, and to finish his Work. After which he adds immediately in the very next Words, ver. 35. Say ye not, there are yet four Months, and then cometh Harvest. Bebold, 1 say unto you, Lift up your Eyes, and look on the Fields, for they are white already to barvest. Which Words, being a Similitude only, without the interpretation, and their connexion being somewhat difficult; they deserve briefly to be explained by the way. The true Sense of them depends, upon what the Evangelist had before related, ver. 30. that a great number of the Samaritans, upon the woman's report, were coming out of the City to fee Jefus. Whom when Jesus beheld at a distance, coming towards him ; he shows them to his Disciples, and he says ; The Hufbandman supports himfelf under the Labour of bis imployment ; with a distant hope of Harvest after four months to come : But
bebold, our Harvest is at band, and ready Serm. to be reaped : meaning the Samaritans, V. who were ready to receive his Doctrine; and whom upon That account he here compares, as he usually does all well-difposed Persons in the whole course of his Preaching, to good Wheat. And that This Passage, which would otherwise be very obscure, ought to be understood in this figurative sense, which thus makes it very easy and intelligible ; appears likewise further, from the very next words, ver. 36. And be that reapeth receiveth Wages, and gathereth Fruit unto Life eternal; that both be that foweth and be that reapeth, may rejoice together. The words, Fruit unto Life eternal, show evidently what Harvest it is he was speaking of. But to return to the more immediate occasion of the words of the Text. Our Saviour, in his Discourse with the Samaritan woman, having proved himself to her to be a Prophet, by discovering to her that he knew all the most secret actions of her Life ; she immediately, as was natural to an inquisitive perfon, asks his Opinion concerning that great Question between the Jews and the