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10. And most certain it is, that one dead in sin, has not senses exercised to discern spiritual good and evil. Having eyes, be sees not, he hath ears and bears not. He doth not taste and see that the Lord is gracious. He hath not seen God at any time, nor beard his voice, nor handled the word of life. In vain is the name of Jesus like ointment poured forth, and all his garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia. The soul that sleepeth in death hath no perception of any objects of this kind. His heart is past feeling, and understandeth none of these things.

11. And hence, having no spiritual senses, no inlets of spiritual knowledge, the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God; nay, he is so far from receiving them, that whatsoever is spiricually discerned is mere foolishness unto him. He is not content with being utterly ignorant of spiritual things, but he denies the very existence of them. And spiritual sensation itself is to him the foolishness of folly.. How, saith he, can these things be? How can any man know, that he is alive to God? Even as you know, that your body is now alive. Faith is the life of the soul : and if ye have this life abiding in you, ye want no marks to evidence it to yourself, but that EAEYXOS Tlvevualos, that divine consciousness, that witness of God, which is more and greater than ten thousand human witnesses.

12. If he doth not now bear witness with thy spirit, that thou art a child of God, O that he might convince thee, thou poor unawakened sinner, by his demonstration and power, that thou art a child of the devil! O that as I prophesy, there might now be a noise and a shaking, and may the hones come together, hone to his bone. Then come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they

And do not ye harden your hearts, and resist the Holy Ghost, who even now is come to convince you of sin, hecause you believe not on the name of the only begotten Son of God.

II.) 1. Wherefore, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead. God calleth thee now by my mouth ; and bids thee know thyself, thou fallen spirit, thy true state and only concern below. What meanest thou, O sleeper! Arise ! Call upon thy God, if so be thy God will think upon thee, that thou perish not. A mighty tempest is 'stirred up round about


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thee, and thou art sinking into the depths of perdition, the gulph of God's judgments. If thou wouldst escape them, cast thyself into them. Judge thyself, and thou shalt not be judged of the Lord.

Awake, awake! Stand up this moment, lest thou drink at the Lord's hand the cup of his fury. Stir up thyself to lay hold on the Lord, the Lord thy righteousness, mighty to save! Shake thyself from the dust. At least, let the earthquake of God's threatenings shake thee. Awake and cry out with the trembling gaoler-What must I do to be saved? And never rest, till thou believest on the Lord Jesus, with a faith which is his gift, by the operation of his spirit.

3. If I speak to any one of you more than to another, it is to thee, who thinkest thyself unconcerned in this exhortation. I have a message from God unto thee. In his name, I warn thee to flee from the wrath to come. Thou unholy soul, see thy picture in condemned Peter, lying in the dark dungeon, between the soldiers, bound with two chains, the keepers before the door keeping the prison. The night is far spent, the morning is at hand, when thou art to be brought forth to execution. And in these dreadful circumstances, thou art fast asleep; thou art fast asleep in the devit's arms, on the brink of the pit, in the jaws of everlasting destruction.

4. O may the angel of the Lord come upon thee, and the light shine into thy prison ! And mayest thou feel the stroke of an almighty hand, raising thee, with, Arise up quickly, gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals; cast thy garments about thee, and follow mne.

Awake, thou everlasting spirit; out of the dream of worldly happiness. Did not God create thee for himself? Then, thou canst not rest, till thou restest in him. Return, thou wanderer. Fly back to thy ark. This is not thy home. Think not of building tabernacles here. Thou art but a stranger, é sojourner upon earth: A creature of a day, but just launched out into an unchangeable state. Make haste. Eternity is at hand. Eternity depends on this inoment. An eternity of happiness, or an eternity of misery!

6. In what state is thy soul? Was God, while I am yet speaking, to require it of thee, art thou ready to meet death and judgment ? Canst thou stand in his sight, zebo is of purer eyes than to behold iniquitý? Art tħou meet to be par


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taker of the inheritance of the saints in light? Hast thou fought a good fight and kept the faith? Hast thou secured the one thing needful? Hast thou recovered the image of God, even righteousness and true holiness? Hast thou put off the old man, and put on the new ? Art thou cloathed upon with Christ?

7. Hast thou oil in thy lamp ? Grace in thy heart? Dost thou love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength? Is that mind in thee, which was also in Christ Jesus ? Art thou a Christian indeed ? That is, a new creature ? Are old thing's past away, and all things become new ?

8. Art thou a partaker of the divine nature ? Knowest thou not, that Christ is in thee, except thou be reprobate ? Knowest thou, that God dwelleth in thee, and thou in God, by his Spirit which he hath given thee? Knowest thou not, that thy body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which thou hast of God? Hast thou the witness in thyself? The earnest of thine inheritance ? Hast thou received the Holy Ghost-or dost thou start at the question, not knowing whether there be any Holy Ghost ?

g. If it offends thee, be thou assured, that thou neither art a Christian, nor desirest to be one. Nay, thy very prayer is turned into sin ; and thou hast solemnly mocked God this very day, by praying for the inspiration of his Holy Spirit, when thou didst not believe there was any such thing to be received.

10. Yet on the authority of God's word and our own church, I must repeat the question, Hast thou received the Holy Ghost ? If thou hast not, thou art not yet a Christian : for a Christian is a man that is anointed with the Holy Ghost, and with power. Thou art not yet made a partaker of pure religion and undefiled. Dost thou know, what religion is ? That it is a participation of the divine nature, the life of God in the soul of man ; Christ formed in the beart, Christ, in thee, the hope of glory : happiness and holiness : "heaven begun upon earth : a kingdom of God within thee : not meat and drink, no outward thing: but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost? An everlasting kingdom brought into thy soul, a peace of God, that passeth all understanding ; a joy unspeakable and full of glory?

11. Knowest thou, that in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision ; but faith that worketh No. I. E




by love; but a new creation? Seest thou the necessity of that inward change, that spiritual birth, that life from the dead ? Thal holiness? And art thou thoroughly convinced, that 'without it 720 inan shall see the Lord ? Art thou labouring after it? Giving all diligence to make thy calling and elcetion sure? Working out thy salvation with fear and treibling? Agonizing to enter in at ihe straight gate? Art thou in earnest about thy soul? And, canst thou tell the Searcher of Hearts, Thou, O God, art the thing that I long for! Lord, thou knowest all things! Thou knowest that I would love thee!

12. Thou hopest to be sared-but what reason hast thou to give of the hope that is in thee? Is it because thou hast done no harm ? Or, because thou hast done much good? Or, because thou art not like other men ; but wise, or learned, or honest, and morally good ? Esteemed of men, and of a fair reputation?' Alas, all this will never bring thee to God. It is in his account lighter than vanity. Dost thou know Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent ? Hath he taught thee, that by grace we are saved through faith? And that, not of ourselves. It is the gist of God ; not of works, lest any man should boast. Hast thou received the faithful saying as the whole foundation of thy hope : Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners ? Hast thou learned what that meaneth, I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance ? I arii not sent but to the lost sheep? Art thou (he that heareth let him understand!) lost, dead? Danned already? Dost thou know thy deserts ? Dost thou feel thy wants ? Art thou poor in spirit ? Mourning for God, and refusing to be comfort.ed? Is the prodigal come to himself, and well-content to be therefore theught beside himself, by those who are still feeding upon the husks which he hath left? Art thou willing to live godly in Christ Jesus? And dest thou, therefore, suffer persecution? Domen say all manner of evil against thee falsely, for the Son of Man's sake ?

13. O, that in all these questions he may hear the voice that wakes the dead, and feel that hammer of the word, which breaketh the rocks in pieces !

If ye will hear his voice to-day, while it is called to-day, harden not your hearts. Now awake thon that sleepest in spiritual death, that thou sleep not in death eternal! Feel thy lost estate, and arise from the dead. Leave thine old companions in sin


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and death. Follow thou Jesus, and let the dead bury their dead. Save thyself from this untoward generation. Come out from among them, and be thou separate, and touch not the unclean thing, and the Lord shall receive thee, Christ shall give thee light.

'111.) 1. This promise I come, lastly, to explain. And how encouraging a consideration is this, That whosoever thou art who obeyest his call, thou canst not seek his face in vain. If thou even now awakest and arisest from the dead, he haih bound himself to give thee, light. The Lord shall give thee grace and glory; the light of his grace here, and the light of his glory, when thou receivest the crown that fadeth not away. Thy light shall break forth as the morning, and thy darkness be as the noon-day. "God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shall shine in thy heart; to give the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. On them that fear the Lord shall the sun of righteousness arise, with healing in his wings. And in that day it shall be said unto thee, Arise, shine: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." For Christ shall reveal himself in thee. And he is the true light, .

2. God is light, and will give himself 10 every awakened sinner, that waiteth for him : and thou shalt then be a temple of the living God, and Christ shall " dwell, in thy heart by faith : and being rooted and grounded in love, thou shalt be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and heighth of that love of Christ, which passeth knowledge."

3. Ye see your calling, brethren. We are called to be an habitation of God through his Spirit : and through his Spirit dwelling in us, to be saints here, and partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. So exceeding great are the promises which are given unto us, actually given unto us who believe. For by faith we receive not, the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, the sum of all the promises, that we may know the things that are freely given to us

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4. The Spirit of Christ is that great gift of God, which at sundry times, and in divers manners he hath promised to man, and math fully bestowed since the time that Christ was glorified. Those promises before made to the fathers, he hath thus fulfilled: “ I will put my Spirit within you,

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