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XIV. of his guilt evermore assures him is prepar'd for him, and continually displays before the fight of his affrighted Soul, the horrible Scene of Everlasting Torment in a Future State. This Fear it is, that has ever been felt and own'd and acknowledg'd even among the Heathens themselves, and those that never heard of Diyipe Revelation. From the Sense of which are all those accounts they give us of their Infernal Judges, and the Descriptions of the Wracks, and the Wheels, the Rowling Stone, and the Evergnawing Vulture, and all the several Punithments of the Wicked after Death. All which, cho', for want of clearer Revelation, thus confusedly and darkly set out in Poetical Fictions, according to their Fabulous Theology, sufficiently testify, that there were such general and common apprehensions naturally implanted in the Minds of Men,

2dly, There is a Fear that pursues the Wicked, more than Natural, grounded upon express Revelation and the sure Word of God, who will render to every Man according to his Deeds, Indignation and Wrath, Tribulation and Anguish, upon every Soul of Man that do's Evil. And if, by the meer Light of Reason and Dictates of Conscience, Men could discover so much of the abominable Nature of Sin, as to make 'em by their own Self-condemnation to acknowledge, that

it juftly deserv'd; and consequently to Fear continually that it must undergo due Punishment, either in this World or that to come; How much more affrighting must these apprehensions be, when they find 'em all confirm'd by so much clearer Evidence from the Mouth of God himself? By which all that Natural dread, of which they could give no account, how it came to pofsess their Spirits, is plainly perceiv'd to have been put into their Hearts by the very maker of them; and all those first dismal, but uncertain Suspicions, all those tormenting, but dark guesses, are turn'd into certain Ex pectations of Indignation and Wrath from Infinite Justice, and Almighty Power, to the utmost degree offended and provok'd How is it possible that any Sinner can think himself one Moment safe or secure, not only from the proper Punishment of his Sins which is Eternal, or even those Temporary ones that are threatned by the Laws, either of God or Man; but even from every one of those thousands of Dangers and Accidents, that each Hour, each Minute, surround him, and may bring him to the deepest Misery or final Destruction; when by the Divine Word he is told, that he is out of the Divine Protection, which only can make a Man dwell in safety; when he is conscious to himself, that he has no Right to that


Providential Care of God, who careth for the Righteous, and hideth him under the fadoro of his Wings; but fets his Face against the Wicked, and the way of the Ungodly turns upside doron? How can he without horror reflect

upon all the Emphatical Declarations, that God by his Prophets has expreft, of the fierceness of his Anger against Sinners? Upon the Wicked be shall rain Snares, Fire and Brimstone, Storm and Tempeft, this shall be their Portion to drink. Death, Bloodsbed, Strife, and the Sword, Calamities, Famine, Tribulation, and the Scourge; these things are Created for the Wicked. When He is put in mind of all these tremendous Curses of the Law, Denounc'd againft the Disobedient, in that remarkable Chapter, the 28th of Deuteronomy, can he choose but be amaz'd and confounded, and feel at prefent that last and concluding Curse of them all verify'd, and even then Executed upon his own guilty Soul, The Lord Joall give thee a trembling Heart, and failing of Eyes, and forrow of Mind, and thy Life shall hang in doubt before thee, and thou fbalt fear Day and Night. In the Morning thou shalt say would God it were Evening; and at Even thou shalt say, would God it were Morning; for the Fear of thy Heart wherewith thou halt Fear? Shall not every Sinner some time or other feel by fad experience that the very fear of God's Judg- . ments Thall be itself one of the severelt



Judgments of God; who can, and often do's, as a present Punishment as well as a presage of future, deprive such of inward Peace, scare'em with Dreams and terrify 'em with Vifons, and make 'em like a troubled Sea, which cannot reft, whose Waters caft up Mire and Dirt, There is no Peace faith my God to the Wicked ? Bat ftill these are but the least of those Judgments, that God has in ftore for Sinners, these are only what the Law threatned, and respect chiefly wordly Plagues and Afictions :. but the Gospel, as it brought Life and Immortality to Light to those, that embrace it ; so it has in the most clear and plain Terms denounc'd Eternal Death to thofe, that disobey it. For tho' Temporal Evils ftill pursue the Wicked, and often, when God's wise Providence thinks fit, overtake them here, yet often they do not,

and when they do, they are noc the proper and adequate Punishments of Sin, nor what is Threatned by the Gospel. No, it is Everlafting Death and the Torments of Hellfire, that our Saviour denounces to be reserv'd for the final Doom of Impenitent Sinners. And He who came into the World to save Sinners, fhall himself at the laft Day condemn 'em with this dreadful Sentence; Depart from me, Te curfed, into Everlasting Fire prepard for the Devil and his Angels. Certainly, che Fear of a Wretch ftung with the Terrors


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of Conscience under the Gospel must be Infinitely more insupportable, than either by Natural Light or Revelation itself of the Law he could have conceiv'd; both for the clearer Certainty he has, that all these Threats shall unavoidably be fulfilld, and for the infinitely more Afflictive Nature of the Punishments themselves, both for Intenseness of Pain and Eternity of Duration; agravated further and ftill enhanc'd with the bitter Sense of that great Salvation and Eternal Bliss, which was proffer'd and refus d; and the Sinner having, as the Apoftle speaks, trodden under foot the Son of God, and counted the Blood of the Covenant wherewith he was Sanctify'd, an Unholy thing, and done despite to the Spirit of Grace; there remains nothing for him, but a certain fearfull looking for of Judgment, and fiery Indignation , which fall devour him. Heb. 10. 27.

Having thus shewn that the state of the Wicked is a state of Fear, I proceed to the

II. Proposition, That this Fear of the Wicked is far from a groundless Fear, It Jal come upon him; that is, what he fears shall certainly come to pass. But here I defire to be understood, not of all the Fears that I have enumerated, or that the Wicked have, for They are Infinite: Guilt is ever forming to itself frightful Ideas; and Wicked



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