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"and Honours, and thought on him as often, and "souorht him as painfully, O how happy had I now "been! But justly do I suffer the Flames of Hell, "sor buying them so dear, rather than have Heaven "when it was purchased to my Hands!"

§ 19. O That God would persuade thee, Reader, to take up these Thoughts niwt sor preventing the unconceivable Calamity of taking them up in HeH as thy own Tormentor! Say not, that they are only imaginary. Read what Dives thought, being in T01 merits (d). As the Joys of Heaven are chiefly enjoyed by the rational Soul in its rational Actings, so must the Pains of Hell be suffered. As they will be Men still, so will they seel and act as Men.

(d) Luke xvi.

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CHAP. VI.

The Visery of those, who, besides losing the Saint's Rest, lose the Enjoyments of Time, and luster the Torments of Hel'

§ l.'The Connexion of this with the preceding Chapth §2. (I) The Enjoymenti cf Time which the Danmc iose: § 3. (i) Their presumptuous Belief of theff Interest in God and Christ: § 4 (2) All their Hopes: § 5 (3) dil their Peace of Conscience: § 6. (4) All their carval Mirth: §7. (5) All their sensual Delights. § 8. (II) The Torments rf the Damned ere exceeding great: § 9. (]) The principal Autltr «/ them is Gsd himself: § 10. (2) The Place or State of Torment: § 11. (3) These Torments are the Effects of divine Vengeance: § J2 (4) God will tale Pleasure in executing them: § 13. (5) Satan and Sinners themselves will be God's Executioners: § 14. (6) These Torments will be universal; § 15. (7) without any Mitigation; § 16. (8) end eternal. § 17. Tl)e obstinate Sinner convinced of his Folly in venturing on these Torments; § 18. and intrcatedti fy for Safety to Christ.

§ I. A S Godliness bath a Premise os the Life that vow X"V ''i a"d of that which is to come; and if we seek first the Kingdom os God, and his Righieiufnefe, then all meaner Things stall le added unto us: So a"" are the Ungodly threatened with the Loss both

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spiritual and temporal Blessings; and because they sought not first God's Kingdom and Righteousness, therefore shall they lose both it and that which they did seek, and there /hall be taken from them /Ai7< little which they have. If they could but have kept their present Enjoyments, they would hot have much cared for the Loss of Heaven. If' they had lost and forsaken all for Christy they would have found all again in him; f°r hMfoald have been All in All to them. But now they have forsook Christ for other Things, they shall lose Christ, and that also for which they forsook him;

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Torments of Hell. §2. (I) Among the Enjoyments of Time, they shall

paiticularly lose their presumptuous Belief of their

Interest in the Favour of God, and the Merits of Chrijl,; ~—all their Hopes; -all their false Peace of Conscience; all their carnal Mirth; and all their

stijual Delights.

§ 3- (1) They Jhall lose their presumptuous Belief of their Interest in the Favour of God, and the Merits of Christ. This false Belief now supports their Spirits, and desends them from the Terrors that would other'-. w'se seize upon them.. But what will ease their Trouble, when they can believe no longer, nor rejoice any longerj If a Man be near to the greatest Mischief, and yet strongly conceit that he is in Sassety,, he may be as chearsul as if all were well. If there Were no more to make a Man happy, but to believe that he is so, or shall be so, Happiness would be far m°re common than it is like to be. As true Faith is' lne leading Grace in the Regenerate, so is false Faith 'w leading Vice in the Unregenerate. Why do such Multitudes sit still, when they might have Pardon, ptthat they verily think they are pardoned already? If y0Q 'could ask thoufands in Hell, what Madness F - brought

brought them thither? they would most of them answer, "We made sure of being faved, till we found "ourselves damned. We would have been more "earnest Seekers of Regeneration, and the Powerof "Godliness, but we verily thought we were Christi"ans before. We have flattered ourselves into these "Torments, and now there is no Remedy." Reader, I must in Faithsulness tell thee, that the confident Belief of their good State, which the careless, unholy, unhumbled Multitude so commonly boast of, will prove in the End but a Soul.damning Delusion. There is none of this Believing in Hell. It was Satan's Stratagem, that being blindfold they might follow him the more boldly, but then he will uncover their Eye?, and they shall see where they are.

§ 4. (2) They stall lose also all their Hates, In this Lise, though they were threatened with the Wrath of God, yet their Hope of escaping it bore up their Hearts. We can now scarce speak with the vilest Drunkard, or Swearer, or Scoffer, but he hopes to be faved for all this. O happy World, if Salvation were as common as this Hope! Nay, so strong are Mens Hopes, that they will dispute the Cause with Christ himself at Judgment, and plead their having eat and drank in his Presence, and prophesied in his Name, ar.d in his Name cast out Devils; they will flifly deny that ever they negleited Christ in Hunger, Nakedness, or Prison, till he consutes them with the Sentence of their Condemnation. O the fad State of these Men, when they must bid farewell to all their Hopes! JVben a wicked Man dieth, his Expectation stall periJh; and the Hope of unjust Men perijheth (a). The Eyes of thi lacked stall fail, and they stall not escape, and their Hope stall be as the giving up of the GhoJl(h). The givingup the Ghost, is a fit, but terrible Resemblance of a

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(a) Prov. xi. 7. (b) Job xi. ao.

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wicked Man's giving up his Hopes. As the Soul departeth not from the Body without the greatest Pain; so doth the Hope of the Wicked depart. The Soul departs from the Body suddenly, in a Moment, which hath there delightfully continued so many Years; just so doth the Hope of the Wicked depart. The Soul will never more return to live with the Body in this World; and the Hope of the Wicked takes an everlasting sarewell of his Soul. A Miracle of Resurrection shall again unite Soul and Body, but there shall be no such miraculous Resurrection of the Damned's Hope. Methinks it is the most pitiable Sight this World affords, to see such an ungodly Person dying, and to think of his Soul and his Hopes departing together. With what a sad Change he appears in another World! Then if a Man could, but ask that hopeless Soul, " Are you as consident of "Salvation as you were wont to be?" What a sad Answer would be returned! O that careless Sinners would be awakened to think of this in Time! Reader^ rest not till thou canst give a Reason of all thy Hopes, grounded upon Scripture-Promises; that they purify thy Heart; that they quicken thy Endeavours in Godliness; that the more thou hopest the. less thou sinnest, and the more exact is thy Obedience. If thy Hopes be such as these, go on in the Strength of the kord, hold sast thy Hope, and never shall it make thee ashamed. But if thou hast not one sound Evidence of a Work of Grace on thy Soul, cast away thy Hopes. Despair of ever being saved, except thou be born again; or of seeing God, without Holiness; or of having Part in Christ, except thou love him above Father, Mother, or t!-y own Life. This Kind of Despair is one of the frst Steps to Heaven. If a Man be quite out of his what must be the first Means to bring him in again? He must despair of ever coming to his JourF 2 *" ncy's

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