« הקודםהמשך »
fet upon God through Christ, is the truest Evidence of saving Grace. When Learning will be no Proof of Grace; when Knowledge, Duties, Gifts will fail; when Arguments from thy Tongue, or Hand, may be confuted; yet then will this from the Bent of thy Heart prove thee sincere. Take a poor Christian, of a weak Understanding, a feeble Memory, a stammering Tongue; yet his Heart is set on God, he hath chosen Him for his Portion, his Thoughts are on Eternity, his Desires there, he cries out, so that I “ were there!” he takes that Day for a Time of Imprisonment, in which he hath not had one refreshing View of Eternity; I had rather die in this Man's Condition, than in the Care of him who hath the most eminent Gifts, and is most admired for his Performances, while his Heart is not thus taken up with God. The Man that Christ will find out at the last Day, and condemn for Want of a Wedding-Garment, will be one that wants this Frame of Heart. The Question will not then be, how much have you known, * or professed, or talked? hut, how much have you loved,
and where was your Heart? Chriflians, as you would have a Proof of your Title to Glory, labour to get your Hearts above. If Sin and Satan keep not your Affections from thence, they will never be able to keep away your Persons.
4. (2) A Heart in Heaven is the highest Excellence of your Christian Temper. As there is a common Excellence, by which Christians differ from the World; so there is this peculiar Dignity of Spirit, by which the more excellent differ from the rest. As the nobleft of Creatures, fo the noblest of Christians are they whose Faces are fet most direct for Heaven. Such an heavenly Saint, who hath been wrapt up to God in his Contemplations, and is newly come down From the Views of Christ, what Discoveries will he