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been happy, nay much happier for us, that the First had never been? What Satisfaction or Comfort is it likely to afford to an imprison d Malefactor, or notorious Criminal, to entertain him with discourses of the mighty Pomp and glorious Solemnity in which he that is to give Sentence upon him shall appear? What Support or Relief can be expected from such a Ones Contemplating on the great State of his Trial, and the Majesty of his Condemnation? Certainly they who live like Sadducees, tho they call themselves Christians, altho’ Christ is risen, nay because he is risen, are of all Men most miserable
. To Them, and to Them only is the Resurrection of Christ a matter of joy and Unspeakable Consolation, over whose whole Lives and Conversations, over all whose Thoughts and Words and Actions this Belief has so Powerful an Influence as to keep'em in a constant and Reverential awe of the great Majesty of their Judge, as well as in a perpetual Course of Gratitnde and Praise and Love to their Redeemer.
To whom with the Father and Holy Spirit be all Honour and Glory and Praise both now and for evermore. Amen.
Romans VI: 21;
What Fruit had ye then in those
Things , whereof ye are now asamd?
End of those Things is Death.
S our Firft Parents were they from whom all Mankind was propagated, and as thro' the whole vaft
Family of the World, there are visible Marks of our Relation one to another, and a common Likeness wherein we all agree ; So their Sin was the Parent of all the Sins that have, or are, or shall be Committed to the End of the World; and This unhappy Offspring too, tho' so infinite in Number and Variety, do yet all
agree in some Resemblance to their First Original; Facies non omnibus Una, Nec Diversa tamen; qualem decet eße Sororum : They all bear Likeness enough to each other to prove themselves of the fame Family, and deriv'd from the fame Stock ; Even that First Disobedience of Adam, as all the Sins, that are descended from it, was Unprofitableness and Vanity in the Enjoyment, Shame and Confusion in the Consequence, and in the End Destruction and Death. For what Fruit gather'd our first Father from the forbidden Tree? what gain'd he by it? Knowledge of Good and Evil ? he did indeed: 'but of Good loft, and Evil got. What immediately follow'd? He saw himself naked, and was alham’d? and what was the End of all but Death ? for in the Day that he eat thereof, He, and in Him all his Pofterity, did surely Dye. Yet tho’ of so pernicious and deadly a Nature, how soon did Sin overspread the Face of the Earth? With the Generations of Adam, which grew so soon to be so vastly Numerous, it made an equall Progress; and as Man, the Work of God's hands, obey'd his Blessed Command Encrease and Multiply ; So Sin, the Work of the Devil, seem'd to have had a Cursed Command from Him, and accordingly that too was Fruitfull and Multiply'd and Replenisb'd the Earth. Whatever new
Citys were Built, wherever new Colonys were Sent forth; Murder, and Rapin, and Luxury, and Luft, and all other Wickedness followed and kept equall pace; and the whole History of the Beginning of Nations, and Rise of Monarchys, is nothing else but an Account of the new Territorys, and Conquests, and enlarg'd Dominions of Sin. This then being the most Universal Contagion spread over all the World, as general an Antidote, as universal a Remedy ought to be sought out and apply'd to it. And my Text seems to be of this Nature; for it discovers the whole Progress of Sin, in its first Commitment, its immediate Consequence, its last End; it insinuates itself into all the different sorts of Mankind likely to be inveigled by it, by Motives suitable to each one's natural Inclinations and Pallions ; Those of a more sensual or fordid Mind, whom Sin flatters either with Hopes of Profit or Pleasure, it teaches to consider, what Fruit is in it? To the more generous and noble Spirits, it uses the powerfull Argument of the Shame and dishonourable Nature of it; and to those, with whom Fear has a greater Force, the more strong and universally prevailing Argument, Death: thus do's our great Apostle in these Words, as elsewhere he says of himself, Become all things to all Men; that if possible He may save some.