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these and Upright Men, for the most part, in will the most Publick Calamities, fare well; at 20 least much better than those that are not so.
In their greatest Extremities, when they
Human Means, strange, extraordinary, unis expected Succour and Relief doth arrive to in them. In a Word, that Care of the special
Providence of God attends them, that they
But it must be acknowledged, that though
viz, taking Light for Peace, and Joy, and * Comfort. And this is that which the Psalmilt Pf. 97.11.
tells us in another Place, Light is fown for
Whatever Affiliations come upon the Upright Man, yet he hath this Advantage of
other Men, that he bears them infinitely more lightly than they do : They are really no great Disturbance to him ; for he enjoys bien the same Calmness and Serenity of Mind, the fame Peace, and Quiet, and Contentment that ever he did. ?
His present Sufferings are rather matter of Rejoicing and Triumph to him, than of Discontent and Repining, for he knows that they come upon him by the Counsel and Disposal of the great Governor of the World: And he knows that he hath so sincerely approved himself to God, and is fo well beloved hy him; that he should not have been ordered into these Circumstances had it not been really for his good. And this Confideration doth so effectually support him under all the Difficulties that he hath 'to conflict with, that he not only fits down easily and quietly, but is very well pleased with the Dispensations of the Divine Providence towards him, how ingrateful foever they may be to Flesh and Blood.
Let what will happen to him, he is full of Peace and Joy: For he hath met with no Disappointment of his Designs. His great Aim was to please God; and his Conscience from God's Word assures him, that he has done it; and he hath nothing to do farther, but to wait for the happy 'Time, when the Secrets of all Hearts shall be revealed, and every Man's Counsels and Actions shall be made manifest, and then he doubts not to receive Approbation and Praise, and a great
Reward in that Day of the Lord Jesus. And med so much the rather, because this light Affliction, 2 Cor. 4. pens wherewith he is now exercised, he is assured, di will work for him a far more exceeding and eternal weight of Glory.
To concludę, Whatever his Sufferings be, that he will live and die in a profound Peace, per Efectly satisfied with all God's Dealings towards
him: And his Life and Death will verify, to all that know him, that Advice and Observation of the Psalmift ; Mark the Perfect Man, PC 29.24 and behold the Upright; for the End of that Man is Peace.
; Preached at .. ? WHITE-HALL,
On the Twentieth of March, 1684-5.;
LUKE xvi. 31. - If they hear not Mofes and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, thoone rose from the Dead.' OTSE HE Parable of the Rich Man and
T 13 Lazarus, in the Gospel, is so well Mi c known, that it is needless to relate
3 the Particulars of it. These Words are the Conclusion of that Parable, and they are made the Words of Abraham, who being in Paradise, is brought in as speaking them to the Rich Man in Hell.
The Occasion was this. This, now, Poor Man, not being able to obtain the least Comfort and Refreshment, for himself, under that unsupportable Anguish he endured ; bethinks himself of his Friends and Relations in the
World, World, and cafts about how to prevent their * coming to that fad Condition. And for this Ex purpose, he begs of Abraham, that he would
be pleased to send the happy Lazarus into the World again, to testify to his Brethren what he knew and had seen concerning the State of the other Life and to exhort them to a timely Repentance, left they should come into that Place of Torment in which he was..
To this Request Abraham thus answers, They had Moses and the Prophets, which did Li plainly enough testify against their Şins, and
offered sufficient Motives to them to Repent : and therefore there was no need of such extraordinary Means as he desired.
But this Answer did not satisfy the miserable Man. Still he pursues his former Request. Nay, Father Abraham, (says he) but if one went unto them from the Dead, 'they will repent. There was no resisting such an Argument as " that. If Lazarus, whom they had all known living, and now knew to be dead, should arise again, and Personally come to them, and tell them in what a fad Condition he had seen their Friend, and that they must all expect to run the same Fortune, if they did not change their Course of Living: This would come close to them, and be more convincing than a Hundred Arguments drawn from the Books of Moses and the Prophets, which were written many Ages before their Time, and so confequently could not be presumed to have so great a Force as an Argument drawn from their own Sense and Experience. ·