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his Service, have the most of his Fulness communicated to them. The Way then of fincere, universal, diligent Obedience to Jesus Christ, is a Way to enjoy the Manifestations and gracious Presence of Jesus Christ. Joh. xiv. 21, 23. He that hath my Commandments, and keepeth themi, be it is that loveth me : and he that loveth me, foall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him. ---- If a Man love me, he will keep my Words : and my Father will love bim, and we will come unto him, and make our Abode with him. Christ in all his Fulness will reveal himself to such as keep his Words, and will dwell with them in all his Fulness. He will not come to them empty-handed, nor will he dwell with them at their Charges : but he will bring with him the best and most plentiful Entertainment for them. He will say to them as to his Spouse, Cant. V. I. Eat, O Friends, drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. He will confer upon them those Graces and Comforts of his holy Spirit, which shall strengthen and refresh them during their Pilgrimage in this World, and raise their Desires of being with him in the heavenly World. As ever then we would have much of Christ's Fulness let out to us, be we careful to keep all his Commandments alway unto the end. In such a Courfe of constant. Obedience to him, we may confi. dently trust in him for full Supplies of all needed Grace. But if we are careless about obeying him, we do but in vain hope for Mercy, Grace, and Glory, from that Ful: ness thereof which is in him. Serve the Lord then in Sincerity, and that shall be verified on you. Pfal. Ixxxiv. 11. The Lord God is a Sun and Shield : The Lord will give Grace and Glory, and no good Thing will be withold frost them that walk zıprightly.
The Unreasonableness of labouring for
Things that cannot fatisfy.
ISAI. LV. 2.
that which is not bread ? and your la-
N the foregoing verse, our Lord invited i e such as thirst after blessedness, to come to
bim, chat they might be made partakers
thereof. : In this verse, he chides men for 3 their feeking happiness in other objects,
which were not capable of affording it to chem, or bringing them to the enjoyment of it. - In the words observe,
1. The thing they are charged with, viz. Spending theit money for that which is not bread, and their labour for that which satisfieth not. By money and labour, we are to understand, that cost and pains which men are at for che obtaining a thing. By that which is not bread, is meant, that which is not soul food, which will not promote the true life of the soul. By that which farisfieth
not, is meant, that which affords no real satisfaction to the foul. So that they are here charged with an eager pursuit of those things, whićh are no folid or soul-facisfying goods ; which will not cause their fouls to live, nor give theni full facisfaction of their desires. What these chings are, will presently be shown.
2. An expostulation, or demand of chem, why they fo do. Wherefore spend ye your money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which fatisfieth not? Christ treats them as reasonable creatures, demanding a reason of them for their thus doing. And this carries in it, a denial of their having any good reason for what they do. The course they take for attaining happiness is altogether irrational.
Doct. Those act 10,t unreasonably, who lay out their labour on such things as cannot afford true life or satisfaction to their sculs... Here iwo Propositions.
PROP. I. Some there be who lay out their labout on things which cannot afford true life or jacisfaction to their souls.----Many there are, who thus do, who are most industrious and laborious in the pursuit of those things which cannot secure the life of their souls, nor administer real fatisfaction to them. Now, the persons who thus do, may be reduced to two forts, viz. worldly. ininded persons, and self-righteous persons; all these spend their labour for that which is not bread, and which fa. tisfieth not.
T1.7 Worldly-minded persons. Such as mind earthly things, and fet their affections on things below. These do spend their strength and labour for the good things of this world, which cannot afford life or satisfaction to their souls. This may be more distinctly and fully explained and confirmed under these cwo heads.
1. The good things of this world cannot afford true life or satisfaction to the souls of men.
2. Some however do lay out their labour for these things.
1. The good things of this world cannot afford true life or satisfaction to the souls of men. They cannot give spiritual life, nor yield satisfaction to men's souls. There is an utter infufficiency in them unto these great ends. Indeed, earthly-minded men may take great complacency in the things of this world, and imagine them a fufficient portion, to constitute an happiness for their souls, as he did in Luk. xii. 19. I will say to mg Joul, Thou haft much goods laid up for many years ; take ibine ease, eat, drink and be merry. He expected happiness out of these earthly enjoyments ; and looked upon them not only as goods for the body, but also for the soul : Such things as his whole man might live upon, and find satisfaction in. But they are far from being life-giving and satisfying good things to the souls of men. For,
1. They cannot of themselves preserve bodily life, or render it comfortable, much less the life of the soul..... It is true, that by a constitution of nature, God has ordained chese things for the support and comfort of bodily life in this world. And human life has such a secondary dependence thereon, as that it cannot ordinarily subfist without them. Hence bread and water, which are put for all outward bodily comforts, are called the stay and staff. Ifai. iii. 1. They are the fupports of life. Yet however, they are so, only by the blessing of God upon them. Mattb. iv. 4. Man pall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. They are insufficient, of themselves, to uphold life, or make it easy and comfortable. Luk. xii. 15Man's life confifteth not in the abundance of the things which he pollefleth. Neither the comfort, fafecy, por continuance of his life, depend upon or are secured by these things...--For those that have most of this world, must die, .--as well as those that have least of it. The rich man died, as well as poor Lazarus. Luk. xvi. 22. The greatest affluence of worldly good things, is no security against death. Men cannot by their wealih save others
or themselves from the stroke of death. Pfal. xlix. 6, 7, 9, 14. They that trust in their wedlth, and boast thenselves in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. Like Sheep, they are laid in the grave, death shall feed on them.---- And as the rich must die as well as the? poor, so they may die as soon as the poor. As riches cannot keep off death, fo neither can they lengthen out life. They cannot prolong che days of men on earth, or procure for them a longer lease of life, than others. As many casualties await the richest, as the poorest, whereby they may as foon be brought to their end. The number of their months may be cut off in the inidft. Job xxi. 21. The good things then of this world cannot of themselves preserve life ; nor can they of themselves make life comfortable while it does last. For those that have most of this world, do not always live the most comfortable Lives. They are no more exempted from diseases, pains, weakne fles; cares and fears, than others..
From the whole then it appears, that this world's good things cannot of themselves preserve bodily life, and make it comfortable. And if they cannot do this, much less can they preserve the life of the soul; and administer comfort to that. That which is infufficient to give life and happiness to the body, is most certainly insufficient to give life and happinefs to the foul, which is a far more noble and excellent being...
2. The chings of this world are destitute of those properties, which are essential to the giving life and satisfaction to the soul. I: most be acknowledged, that the things of this world are good things. When God had made this world and all that is in it, he said of it all, that it was very good. Gen. i. 31. And the apostle says, that every creature of God is good. i Tim. iv. 4. They are good in themselves, being the good creatures of God; the effects of his power, and fruits of his goodness. And as they are good in themselves, so they are