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88. (6) Confideration can continue and persevere in this rational Employment. Meditation holds Reason and Faith to their work, and blows, the Fire till it
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thoroughly burns. To run a few Steps will not git a Man Heat, but walking an Hour may; and tho' a ' fudden occasional Thought of Heaven will not raise our Affections to any fpiritual Heat, yet Meditation can continue our Thoughts till our Hearts grow warm. Thus you see the powerful Tendency of Confideration to produce this great Elevation of the Soul in heavenly Contemplation. - $. 9. (II) Let us next see how this heavenly IV'ork is promoted by the particular Exercise of the Affections.com It is by Confideration that we firft have Recourse to the Memory, and from thence take those heavenly Doctrines, which we intend to make the Subject of our Meditation; such as, Promises of eternal Life, Descriptions of the Saint's Glory, the Resurrection, Eco &c. &c. We then present them to our
Fudgment, that it may deliberately view them over, and take an exact Survey, and determine uprightly concerning the Perfection of our celestial Happiness, against all the Dictates of Flesh and Sense, and so as to inagnify the Lord in our Hearts, till we are filled with a holy Admiration.----But the principal Thing is to exercise, not merely our Judgment, but our Faith in the Truth of our everlasting Reft; by which I mean, both the Truth of the Promises, and of our own perfonal Interest in them, and Title to them. If we did really and firmly believe, that there is such a Glory, and that within a few Days our Eyes pould behold it; O what Paslions would it raise within us! What astonishing Apprehensions of that Life would it produce! What Love, what Longings, would it excite within us! O how it would actuate every Affection! How it would transport us with Joy, upon the least Assurance of our Title! Never expect to have Love and Joy move, when Faith stands ftul, which mu!! lead the way. Therefore daily exercise Faith, and
fet before it the Freencs of the Promise, God's ur ging all to aceept it, Cbnit's gracious Disposition, all the Evidences of the Love of Christ, his Faithfulness o his Engagements, and the Evidences of his Love in our selves; lay all these together, and think, whether! they do not reftify the good Will of the Lord concerning our Salvation, and may not properly be pleaded against our Unbelief. Thus when the Judgment hath determined, and Faith bath apprebended, the Truth of our Happiness, then may eur Meditation proceed to raise sur Affections, and particuJarly, - Love, Defore, Hope, Courage or Boldness, and Joy.
$ 10. (1) Love is the firf Affe&tion to be excited in heavenly Contemplation. The Object of it is Gooddess. Here, Cbriftian, is the Soul-reviving Part of thy Work. Go to thy Memory, thy Judgment, and thy Faith, and from them produce the Excellencies of thy Reft; present these to thy Affection of Love, and thou wilt find thyself, as it were, in another World. Speak out, and Love can hear. Do but reveal these Things, and Love can fee. It is the brutish Love of the World that is blind; divine Love is exceeding quick lighted. Let thy Faith take hold of thy Heart, and threw it the fumptuous Buildings of thy eternal Habitation, and the glorious Ornaments of thy Father's House, even the Mansions Christ is preparing, and the Honours of his Kingdom; let thy Faith lead thy Heart into the Presence of God, and as near as thou possibly canft, and say to it, “ Behold the An« tient of Days, the Lord Jehovah, whose Name is, “ I AM: This is He, who made all Worlds with “ His Word, who upholds the Earth, who rules the « Nations, who dispofes of all Events, who fubdues “ His Foes, who controuls the swelling Waves of “ the Sea, who governs the Winds, and causes the
Sun to run its Race, and the Stars to know their Courses: This is He, who loved thee from everlasting, formed thee in the Womb, gave thee this Soul, brought thee forth, Thewed thee the Light, and ranked thee with the chief of his earthly • Creatures, who endued thee with thy Understanda
ing, and beautified thee. with His Gifts, who maintains thy Life and all its Comforts, and distinguishes thee from the most miserable and vileft of Men. O here is an Object worthy thy Love!
Here shouldft thou even pour out thy Soul in Love! "? Here it is impossible for thee to love too much! * This is the Lord, who hath blesled thee with His « Benefits, Spread thy. Table in the Sight of thine Ene' "mies, and made thy Cup over flow! This is He whom « Angels and Saints praise, and the heavenly Hoits
for ever magnify!” Thus do thou expatiate in the Praises of God, and open His Excellencies to thine Heart, till the holy Fire of Love begins to kindle in thy Breast.
S 11. If thou feelest thy Love not yet burn, lead thy Heart farther, and shew it the Son of the Living God, whole Name is, Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; thew it the King of Saints on the Throne of his Glory, the First and the Last; who is, and was, and is to come; who liveth, and was dead, and behold, He lives for evermore; who bath made thy Peace, by the Blood of His Cross, and hath prepared thee with Himself an Habitation of Peace; His Ofice iz the Great Peace-Maker; His Kingdom is , che Kingdom of Peace; His Gospel is the 'Tydings of Peace; His Voice to thee now, is the Voice of Peace: Draw near, and behold Him. Doft thou not hear His Voice? He that bid Thomas come near, and see the Print of the Nails, and put his Finger into His Wounds; He O 2