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eft(e); whether that Entrance means by Faith and • Prayer here, or by full Poffeffion hereafter. Therefore
the Saints in Heaven fing a new Song unto him who has redeemed them to God by his Blood, out of every Kine dred, and Tongue, and People, and Nation, and made them Kings and Priests unto God (f). Either Christ then must lose his Blood and Sufferings, and never fee of the Travail of his Soul, or else there remaineth a Rejt to the People of God. In Scripture this Rest is promised to them. As the Firmament with Stars, so are the sacred Pages befpangled with these divine Engages ments. Christ says, fiar not, little Flock, for it is your Father's good Pleasure to give you the Kingdom (g). I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my Table in my Kingdom (h). &c. &c. &c.---All the Means of Grace, the Operations of the Spirit upon the Soul, and gracious Aktings of the Saints, every Conrand to repent and believe, to fast and pray, to knock and seek, to strive and labour, to run and fight, prove that there remains a Reft for the People of God. "The Spirit would never kindle in us such strong Desires after Heaven, such Love to Jesus Christ, if we should not receive what we defire and love. He that guides our Feet into the Way of Peaceli), will undoubtedly bring us to the End of Peace. How nearly is the Means and End conjoined? The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth Violence, and the violent take it by Force(k). They that follosu Christ in the Regeneration, Shall sit upon Thrones of Glory (1).--Scripture assures us, that the Saints have the Beginnings, Foretats, Earnests, and Seals of this Rest here. The Kingdom of God is within them (m). Tho' they have not feen Chrift, yet loving him, and believing in him, they rejoice with
eres ling (n) 1 Pet. i. 8, . (o) Rom. v. 2. (p) Ephef. i. 13, 14, (9) Heb. xii. 14. (r) John ii. 3, 36. (s) Ephef. v. 5. (t) Pf.dm ix, 17. (u) 2 Theil. ii. 12. (w) 2 Thel, i. 7--9.
ling to accept of Christ for their Saviour and their King, and to be saved by him in his Way, and upon his most reasonable Terms, they might have been faved. God freely offered them Life, and they would not accept it. The Pleasures of the Flesh seemed more desirable to them than the Glory of the Saints. Satan Guered them the one, and God offered them the other, and they had free Liberty to chule which they would, and they chose the Pleasures of Sin for a Seafon, before the everlasting Reft with Christ. And is it not a righteous Thing, that they should be denied that, which they would not accep: ? When God prest them so earnestly, and persuaded them to importunately, to come in, and yet they would not, where should they be but among the Dogs without? Tho' Man be fo wicked, that he will not yield till the mighty Power of Grace prevail with him, yet still we may truly say, that he may be saved, if he will, on God's Terms. His Inability, being Moral, and lying in wilfull Wickedness, is no more Excuse to him, than it is to an Adulterer, that he canxat love his own Wife, or to a malicious Person, that he cannot but hate his own Brother: Is he not so much the worse, and deserving of so much the forer Punishment? Sinners shall Jay all the Blame on their own Wills in Hell for ever. Hell is a rational Torment by Conscience, according to the Nature of the rational Subject. If Sinners could but then fay, it was long of God, and not of us, it would quiet their Consciences, and eafe their Torments, and make Hell to them to be 110 Hell. But to remember their Wilfu'ness, will feed the Fire, and cause the Worm of Conscience never to die (x). ** $ 15. It is the Will of God, that this Reft should yet remain for his people, and not be erjoyed till they corne