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danger than the latter, by so much as the soul is more valuable than the body.' If our Father is pleased to furnish us with our daily bread, how shall he then deny us our daily and hourly supplies of his grace 1 ? Especially since our interest therein is founded upon the covenant made in the blood of Christ : “My grace . is sufficient for thee ?:
7. A favourable acceptation of our duties, since they are the performances of children; and therefore not meafured according to their own worth, but according to the relation and affection from whence they proceed.
8. A gentle and merciful pardoning of our failings, even as a father pitieth and pardoneth the infirmities of a child; and though he does not dispense with presump. tuous offences, yet he either observes not, or forgives their many infirmities. And it is a privilege of high concernment to us, that as in our first conversion, the blood of Christ washeth away a whole life of fins at once, so after our conversion, the fame fountain stands open; whereunto we may and must resort, to cleanse our daily failings. Christ received by faith in the heart, is a continual sacrifice, which I may present unto the Father, for my fins commicted after my con. version.
9. A comfortable restitution of a just interest in the creatures. When man forsook the allegiance he owed to his Maker, the interest he had in the creature, did, as it were, escheats to the Lord : and though his goodness aíter permitted him the use of them, yet it was still, as it were, upon account: and as the fons of men have a great account to give unto God for their sins, so they have for his creatures. Christ hath restored unto us a better propriety 4 in that, which civil right hath made ours, than what we had before.
Rom. viii. 1S. 22 Cor. xii. 9. ' was forfeited. *a'stronger right of property.
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10. A comfortable and fanctified use of all conditions: in prosperity, moderation; in adversity, contentedness; in all, fobriety. For as our Lord hach purchased for us grace, to use all things aright, so he hath obtained for us an inheritance that renders the best the world can give us, unworthy to be valued, and the worst it can give us, unworthy to be feared, in respect of the blessedness which he hath fettled upon us.
11. Consequently contempt of the world, because higher matters are in my eye, such as the best the world can yield, cannot equal; nor the worst it can inflict, cannot take away. All this upon,
12. A lively hope: a hope that maketh not alhamed; even of that glory which my Saviour came down from heaven to purchase by his blood; and the assurance whereof he hath sealed with his blood. "I 'go to prepare a place for you, and if I go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, ye may be also 1.' A hope of a bleffed resurrection after death; a hope of that blessed appearance of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Ch ist; a hope of that glorious fintence, in the presence of men and angels, Come, ye blessed ;' and an hope of an everlasting estate of blessedness and glory in the presence of the Great God, and glorified saints and angels, unto all eternity. And the efficacy of this hope, dipped in the blood of Christ, brings us victory:
1. Victory over sin. Sin shall not have dominion • over you, for ye are not under the la.v, but under 'grace?' 'He that hath this hope puiifieth himself 'even as he is pure 3.'
2. Victory over the world, in the best it can afford us; its flatteries and favours: these are too small and inconsiderable, when compared with this hope ; they shine like a candle in the sun, and are ineffectual to win over a foul that is fixed upon this hope, and vic, Jcho ii. 3. Rom. vi. 14. 91 John iii. 3.
tory over the worst the world can in Aict. OurLord hath conquered the world in this respet or us : "Be (not afraid, I have overcome the world!,' and conquered it in us; This is the victory that overcometh the world, even your faith?
3. Victory over death; which now, by means of this blessed hope is stripped, as well of her terror as her power ; Thus thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jelus Christ 3.
And now ihough the nature of this argument hath carried my meditation to a great height, yet, to avoid mistakes, some things I must subjoin.
1. That when I thus aggravate the sufferings of our Lord under the imputed guilt of the fins of mankind; yet we must not think that his sumerings were the fame with the damned in duration, so neither in kind nor in degree; for this could neither consist with the purity of his nature, nor innocence, nor dignity of his person, nor the hypoftatical union of both natures in hin: but he suffered as much as was consilient with these considerations ; and, as consi sering the dige nily of his person, was equivalent to the fin and demerits of all mankind.
2. That his righteousness imputed to us, doch not exempt us from acquiring a righteousness inherent in us. This were to disappoint the end of his suffering, which was to redeem us from our vain conversation, and make us a peculiar people zealous of good works.
3. That this purchase of salv. tion by Christ for believers, is not to render then idle, or secure, or presumptuous; where there is such a disposition of foul, it is an evident indication, that it is not yet truly united unto Christ by rue faith and love ; his grace is fufficient to preserve us, and always ready to do it, if we do not wil.ully negle it or reject it.
John xvi. 33. & 1 John v. 4., 1 Cor. xv. 57.
FOR WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD, OVERCOMETII
THE WORLD; AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT
These things are herein considerable :
1. The ait which is here declared, Vietory or Overcoming.
2. The person that exerciseth this act, or concerning whom this is affirmed, described by this description, a person that is born of God.
3. The thing upon which this act of vistory is exercised, viz, the World.
4. The injir ugent or neans by which this act is .. exercised, viz. Faith.
5. The method or order, or former reason whereby faith overcometh this world.
Some few observations I shall deliver touching all these in the order proposed.
I. Viétory or overcoming is a fubjugation or bring. ing under an opposing party to the power and will of another. And this victory is of two kinds, complete and perfect, or incomplete or imperfe&t. 1. The notion of a complete victory is, when either the opposing party is totally destroyed, or at leaft when despoiled of any poilibility of future resistance. Thus the Son of God, the Captain of our salvation, overVOL. I.
came the word. “Be of good cheer, I have over"come the world 1.' And thus when we are delivered from this body of death, we shall overcome the world. This complete victory will be the portion of the Church and Christian triumphant. Again, 2. There is a victory, but incomplete, such as the victory of the children of Israel was over the Canaanites, which though they were subdued, as to any possibility of a total re-acquiring of a superiority or equality of power, yet they were not subdued from a possibility of annoying, disquieting and rebelling ; they remained fiill thorns to vex and disturb, though not to subdue their conquerors ; there was still an over-balance of power in the victors, though not wholly to extirpate them : and this is the condition of the Christian militant in this world: he keeps the world in subjection, and every day gets ground upon it; but he cannot expect to obtain a perfect, complete and universal conquest of it, till he can truly say with our blessed Lord, “The Prince of this world hath nothing 'in me 2.'. Which cannot be till our change comes; for till then we carry about with us our lusts, and passions, and corruptions : which, though with all vigilancy and severity, kept under, and daily impaired in their power and malignity, will hold a correspondence with the world and prince thereof, and be ready to deceive and betray us, though never to regain their empire and fovereignty; and the reason is significantly given by the same apostle, “ For
his feed abideth in him, and he cannot sin, because "he is born of God 3.!. Indeed he may, and shall have sin as long as he hath Aesh about him. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
not in us 4.' But although we have sin still abiding in us, and like the bias in a bowl, warping us to the world, yet that vital seminal principle of the grace of God, in Christ, always keeps its ground, its life, and ten• John xvi. 83. ? John xiv. 30. Si John iii. 9. 1 1 John i. 8.