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and wicked; the Approbation of our Lord and of all his holy Angels, an innumerable Company, to the little Flattery of our own corrupt Species. The Shame and Confusion, which every wicked Man must fall under at the Day of Judgment, when the Secrets of all Hearts shall be disclos'd, more terrible than any kind or degree of Reproach which can overtake us in this Life.
I would not be thought to declaim at random against the Honours of this World, we all know the agreeable Force they have over us; but I say the Honour which comes from God must have a greater, and cannot but overcome the World. It is abfolutely impossible in Nature for any Person to be influenced by a weaker Motive, or less Good, when a greater is at hand; and there is no Man --but may keep his future State and the Glory of it on his Mind, and
whilft he does so, the Praises of Men can have no Power over him.
It is in vain for us to alledge in our Excuse, that things present and sensible have naturally a greater Efficacy with us than things future and invisible. This is false in Fact. If we examine into the Conduct of our Lives, I mean the Exercise of our Affections, we must find, that as soon as things become present, and fall under our Enjoyment, we for che most part desert them, and are immediately called off, to pursue fomething distant and fucure. Hope and Expectation are our most constant and entertaining Affections; and 'cis only want of Attention to the Evidence and Worth of things not seen, which makes us walk by Sight, and not by Faith ; which want of Attention to any Object, be it present or future, visible or invisible, must cqually destroy its Efficacy.
Moses, and the Worthies of Old, esteem'd che Reproach of Christ greater Riches than the Treasures of Egypt, for he had respect unto the Recompence of Reward. Others were tortur’d, not accepting Deliverance that they might obtain a better Resurrection.
O præclarum diem (lays the Heathen) cum ad illud divinum animorum concilium cætumque proficiscar, cumque ex hac turba et colluvione discedam! proficiscar enim non ad eos folum viros, de quibus ante dixi, fed etiam ad Catonem meum quo nemo vir melior natus eft, nemo pietate præftantior.
Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith, for the Joy that was set before him, endur'd the Cross, despising the Shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God; consider therefore him, who endur'd such Contradiction of Sinners against himself; recollect the strange Scene of Mockery and Shame he passed thro',
lest ye be weary and faint in your Minds.
The Apostles were not asham'd of the Gospel of Christ, they spake the Word with all Boldness, at the same time as they were made a Spectacle to Men and Angels, set upon a Theatre for publick Scorn and Contempt, accounted as the Filth of the World, and the Off-scowring of all things, the very Dregs and Refuse; They thought the Sufferings of the present Time, great as they were, not worthy to be compar’d to the Glory which would be revealed in them.
If we recollect the Words of our Lord, Whosoever shall confess me before Men, him mall the Son of Man also confefs before the Angels of God. And whosoever shall be ashamed of me and
my Words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when he mall come in his own Glory and in his Father's, and of the holy Angels. If we consider the surprising
Scene which the last Day must disclose, when the God of all Glory fhall pronounce upon the Actions of Men, and appoint them their proper Mansions in his House, their places and Titles of Honour in his Kingdom ; when the Mean and Base of this World, the Vile and Contemprible shall be placed on the right Hand of God with Crowns of Glory; shall sit on Thrones judging the once Great and Honourable of the Earth, whose Pomp cannot follow them, whose Honour has been long since laid in the Dust, and whose Disgrace in the Court of Heaven must be so much the more insupportable, as being a State lo different from what they enjoyed here on Earth. If we consider that then shall the righteous Man stand in great Boldness, before the face of such as have afflicted him, and made no Account of his Labours; when they see it, they shall be troubled with terrible