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have us tell thee of these Things? Should we be guilty of the Blood of thy Soul, by keeping silent that which God hath charged us to make known? Wouldst thou perish in Ease and Silence, and have us to perish with thee, rather than displease thee, by speaking the Truth? If thou wilt be guilty of such inhuman Cruelty, God sorbid we should be guilty of such sottish Folly. This Kind of Preaching or Writing is the ready Way to be hated; and the Desire of Applause is so natural, that sew delight in such a displeasing Way. But consider, Are these Things true, or are they not? If they were not true, I would heartily join with thee against any that fright People without a Cause. But if these Threatenings be the Word of God, what a Wretch art thou, that wilt not hear it, and consider it? If thou art one of the People of God, this Doctrine will be a Comsort to thee, and not a Terror. If thou art yet unregenerate, methinks thou shouldst be as searsul to hear of Heaven, as of Hell, except the bare Name of Heaven or Salvation be sufficient. Preaching Heaven and Mercy to thee, is intreating thee to seek them, and not reject them; and preaching Hell, is but to persuade thee to avoid it. If thou wert quite past Hope of escaping it, then it were in vain to tell thee of Hell; but as long as thou art alive, there is Hope of thy Recovery, and theresore all Means must be used to awake thee from thy Lethargy. Alas! what Heart can now possibly conceive, or what Tongue express, the Pains of thoso Souls tha't are under the Wrath of God? Then, Sinners, you will be crying to Jesus Christ, "O Mercy! "O Pity, Pity on a poor Sow!!" Why, I do now, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, cry to thee, "O have "Mercy, have Pity, Man, upon thy own Soul! Shall God pity thee, who wilt not be intreated to pity thyself? If thy Horse Ice but a Fit before him,
thou thou canst scarcely sorce him in; and wilt thou so obstinately cast thyself into Hell, when the Danger is soretold thee? Who can sland before the Indignation os the Lords and who can abide in the Fierceness of hit Anger (m)? Methinks thou shouldst need no more Words, but presently cast away thy Soul-damning Sins, and wholly deliver up thyself Jo Christ. Resolve on it immediately, and let it be done, that I may see thy Face in Rest among the Saints. May the Lord persuade thy Heart to strike this Covenant without any longer Delay! But if thou be hardened unto Death, and there be no Remedy, yet say not another Day but that thou wast saithfully warned, and hadst a Friend that would sain have prevented thy Damnation.
C H A P. VII.
The Necessity of diligently seeking the Saint's Rest, r
§ I. The Sains't Restsurprisingly negleffed; particularly § 2. by the Worldly-minded, § 3. the prophane Multitude, § 4. formal Professors, § 5—8. and by the Godly themselves, whether Magijtrates, Ministers, or People. § 9. The Author mourns the Negleff, and excites the Reader to Diligence by considering, § 10. the Ends we aim at, the Work we have to do, the Shortness and Uncertainty of our Time, and Diligence of our Enemies; § II. cur Talents, Mercies, Relations to God, and our /spiffions; § 12. what /finances we have, wlat Principles we profess, and ow Certainty never to do enough; § 13. that every Grace tends to Diligence, that to trifle is lost Labour, that much Time is mi spent, and that cur Recompence and Labour will be proportionable; § 14, thatstrhing is the divine Appointment, all Men do or will approve it, the best Christians at Death lament their Want of it, Heaven is often lost for Want of it, but never obtained without it; § 15. God, Chri/f, and the Holy . Spirit are in earnest, God is so in hearing and answering Prayer, Ministers in their Instructions and Exhortations, all the Creatures in serving us, Sinners in serving the Devil, as we were once, and now are, in worldly Things, and in Heaven and Hell all arc in
earnest. § 16. 72* Chapter concludes with proposing some awakening Question: to the Ungodly, and § 17. C^b to /A/ Godly.
§ i.TP there be so certain and glorious a Rest for JL the Saints, why is there no mote industrious seeking after its One would think, if a Man did but once hear of such unspeakable Glory to be obtained, and believed what he heard to be true, he should be transported with the Vehemency of his Desire aster it, and should almost forget to eat or drink, and should care for nothing else, and speak of and enquire aster nothing else, but how to get this Treasure. And yet People who hear of it daily, and prosess to believe it as a sundamental Article of their Faith, do as little mind it, or labour for it, as if they had never heard of any such Thing, or did not believe one Word they hear. .This Reproof is more particularly applicable to the Worhllr mincLd,—the prophane Multitude,—the formal Professors,—and even to the Godly themselves.
§ 2. The TP'orld.'y.minded are so taken up in seeking the Things below, that they have neither Heart nor Time to seek this Rest. O fooliJh Sinners, who bath htwitched you? The World bewitches Men into brute Beasts, and draws them some Degrees beyond Madness. See what riding and running, what scrambling and catching for a Thing of nought, while eternal Rest lies neglected! What contriving and caring to get a Step higher in the World than their Brethren, while they neglect the Kingly Dignity of the Saints! What infatiable Pursuit of flestily Pleasures, while they look on the Praises of God, the Joy of Angels, ?s a tiresome Burthen! What unwearied Diligence in railing therr Posterity, enlarging their Possessions; perhaps for a poor Living from Hand to Mouth; ,.*.'* while while Judgment is drawing near; but, how it shall go with them then, never puts them to one Hour's Consideration! What rising early, and sitting up late, and labouring from Year to Year, to maintain themselves and Children in Credit till they die; but, what shall follow aster, they never think on! Yet these Men cry, *' may we not be saved without so much "ados" How early do they rouze up their Servants to their Labour! But how seldom do they call them to Prayer, or reading the Scriptures! What hath this fVorld done for its Lovers and Friends, that it is so eagerly followed, and painsully sought aster, while Christ and Heaven stand by, and sew regard them? or what will the World do for them for the Time to come? The common Entranceintoitis through Anguifh and Sorrow. The Passage through it, is with continual Care and Labour. The Passage out of it, is the sharpest of all. O unreasonable, bewitched Men! Will Mirth and Pleasure stick close to you? Will Gold and worldly Glory prove fast Friends to you in the Time of your crealest Need? Will they hear your Cries in the Day of your Calamity? At the Hour of your Death, will they either answer or relieve you? Will they go along with you to the other World, and bribe the Judge, and bring you off clear, or purchase you a Place among the Blessed? Why then did the rich Man want a Drop os Water to cool his Tongue? Or are the sweet Morsels of present Delight and Honour of more Worth than eternal Rest? and will they recompence the Loss of that enduring Treasures Can there be the least Hope of any of these? Ah vile, deceitsul World! How oft have we heard thy most faithsul Servants at last complaining; "Oh the "World hath deceived me, arid undone me! It flats' *' tered me in my Prosperity, but now it turns me off *' in my Necessity. If I had as faiihfally served