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and honoured. There must be Darkness to Salvation. It is a Principle in the in that Way, where this Candle which Hearts of Folks, which is vented now by was a Lamp 'to David's Feet, shines many, that the Word doch not reach not. Some promise to us 'Liberty, but their particular Carriages and Conversati. they themselves are the Servants of Cor- ons, in civil Matters, these are appreruption; it is no Liberty to be above all hended to be without the Sphere and ComLaw and Rule. It was innocent Adam's pass of the Word ; while it is commonly Liberty to be conformed to a holy and caft up to Ministers, meddle with the juf Coinmapt, nav, this was his Beauty : Word and spiritual Things, and not with The Spirit ideed gives Liberty where he our Matters. Truly I think, it we fepais, bui chis Liberiy is from our Sins and race these from the Word, we may quickCorruptions, not to them, it looses the ly separate all Religion from fuch Actions; Chains of a Man's own corrupt Lufts oft and if such Actings and Businesses be witlihim, to walk at freedom in the Way of out the Court of the Word, they are also his Commandments, the Spirit enlargeth withouç the Court of Conscience ; Conthe Prisoner's Heart, and then he runs, science, Religion and the Word being but not at random, but the Way of bis commensurable. Therefore I beseech Commands, Pfal. cxix. 32. It was our every one of you, take the Word for the Bondage to be as wild Alles, traversing ruling of your Callings and Conversation our Ways, to be gadding abroad, 10 among Men, extend it to all your Actions, change our Way Now, here is the Spi- that in all those you may act as Christians, rit's Liberty, to bring us into the Way, as well as Men. It is certainly the Liand that Way is one. Let is then learn centiousness of the Spirits of Men, that this one Principle, the Word must be the cannot endure the Application of the Word Rule of your Walking, both common and into their particular Actions and Converreligious. · Alas, 'tis not spiritual Walking, sacions, to confiae Religion to some solemn Now this spiritual Walk proceeds from Duties: Remember, 'lis a Walk, à con spiritual Principles. It is certain, the Spirit tinued Thing, without Interruption, there of Jesus Chrift is he in wbo:n we live. fore your whole Conversation ought to be and move, and have our Being spirituas so many Steps progressive to Heaven.ally, without him we can do nothing : Your Motico should not be to begin only and therefore Christians ought to walk when you come to pray, or read, or hear, with such a Subordination to, and De. as many Men do, they are in a quite dif- pendance on nim, as if they were meer ferent Way and Element, when they step Instruments, and Patients under his Hand; out of their civil Callings, into religious though I think in regard of endeavoured Ordinances; but Chriftians, your Motion Activity, they should bestir themselves, hould be continued in your eating and and give all

. Diligence, as if they acted indrinking, and sleeping, and acting in your dependantly of the Spirit: Yet in regard Callings, that when you come to pray, of Denial of himself, and Dependance on or read, you may be but stepping forward the Spirit, each one ought to act, as if he in the Way, out of one darker obscurer did not act at all, but the Spirit only acted Path, into a more beaten Way. Re in him. This is the Divinity of Paul, member, this Word can make us perfect T.laboured more abundantly than they 4

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all, yet not l, but Grace in me, I live, tbee. Do not measure the Call into yet not I, but Cbrift in me. Ohow Duties, by the Strenth thou finds in thy self, difficult a Thing is it to réconcile these two but look unto him who strengtheneth us in the Practice of Chriftians, which yet with all Might. Now the Spirit workeih cannot really be, except they be together? in us b: fubordinate spiritual Principles, as It is certainly one of the great Mysteries believing in Christ, and loving of hin, as of Christianity, to draw our Strength and our Lord and Sariour; ard these two Acts Activity from another, to look upon uur drives on a Soul fiveeily in the Way of felves, and our Actings, as they can do Obedience. Fear, where pot mixe in its nothing, as empty Vines; and that rot. Actings with Faith and Love, is a Spirit of withstanding of all infuled and acquired Bondage : but the Chrisian ouglu io walk Principles. Whatever we ought to do in according to the Spirit of Adoption, which jus ing and discerning of our Condition, crys, Abba, Fatber, Yet how many yer sure I am, Christians in the Exercise Christians are rather in a fervile and llaand Practice of Godliness, should look viih Manner driven on by Terrors and upon themselves void of any Principle in Chaftisements to their Duty, than by Lore: themselves, either to do or chink, not that | There is a Piece of Liberty in Chriftian we are sufficient of our selves: The Walking, when there is not a Reftraint proficient and growing Christian, should upon the Spirit, by this Navish Fear; this, look no more on his own Inclinations and I say, is not beseeming these that are in Habits, than if he had none ; he Mould Christ Jesus; you oughe xo have the consider himself an ungodly Man, that no Spirit of your Father for your Leader and Fruit can grow upon, one that cannot Guide. O! how sweet, and how certain pray, as he is in himself. But alas! we and necessary also, would this Walking come to Duries in the Confidence of Quali- be? The Love of Christ would be an inlications for Duties, acts more confidently ward Principle of Motion, and would in them, because accuftomed to them, and make our fpiritual Actings as easy and fo makes Grace and Religion a kind of pleasant, as natural Motions are. Fear is Art and Difcipline, that Ufe and Experi- but a violent Principle, that is like the ence makes expert into. Learn now this Impulse of a Stone thrown upard; as long one Thing, which would be instead of as that external Impression remains, it many Rules and Doctrines to us, to put moves, but fill flower and flower, and out of your Eye's the Consideration of at length evanisheth: But if you believed what you are by Gifts or Grace, or Expe in him, and your Hearts were engaged to rience : Do not consider that, but rather love him, O! how would it be a pleasant fix your Eye's on the Grace of Jesus Chrift, and native Thing to walk in his Way, as and upon the Power and Vertue of the a Stone goeth downward. Consider your Holy Spirit which is given by Promise ; Principles, that acts you to Matters and thar when the Way is all the easieft to Duties of Religion : Many Men there be, you, both by Delight and Custom, yet you in whom appears no Difference of their may find it to your natural Principles as Work to Beholders ; but, O! how wide insuperable, as at the Beginning; and may a Difference doth God discern in them? Aill cry, Draw me, and I will run after Engines and Artifice may make dead and ibce; load me, and I will walk wirb lifeless Things move and walk as orderly

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as Things that have Life. But the Prin- Man naturally makes a god of himself, iş ciple of this Motion, makes a huge Diffe- his own Alpha and Omega, the Begin: rence ; the one is moved from without, ning of his Actions, and the End of them, the other from it felf. The most part which is proper to God. As the Fall hacha of us act as irrational aid brute Beasts in cut of the Subordination of the Soul 10. Religion ; nay, 'we walk as inanimate and God in its Actions, that it canno! now.de Senfe.ess Creatures : 'Tis fome one or rive all from that blessed Fountain of All other Consideration without us, moves being and Well-being, fo is this Channel us, Custom, Censure, Education, and of Reference of all our A&tions to God such like : Ah! these are the Principles of Itopped, that they do not tend unto him, our Religion. How many would have as they are not derived from him ; and no Religion, no Form of it, if they thus they return unto a Man's self again. were not among fuch Company? And There is one Point of self, and tnaking it therefore we see many change it, accord our Aim and Delign, which posfibly ingto Companies, as the Fish doth its Skin, many doth not take heed unto. It is or. according to the Colour of that which dinary for us to act and walk in Christian is nearest it. How many would do many Duries, for our Salvation, for obtaining of Things they dare not for Punishment and Life Eternal, as our chief and only End, Censure, and for that fame dare not leave which is but an inferior End, because we other Things undone? In a Word, the ought not to walk mainly for Life, but to most part of us are fuch as would walk in Life ; we should not walk after the Com. ao Path of Godliness, if it were not the mand only for Heaven, but in the Way Custom of the Time, and Fear of Men of it unto Heaven. Our spiritual Walkthat constrained us. But, my Brethren, ing can never purchase us right vato the let it not be so among you, you who are least of his Mercies; when we have done in Cbrif Jesus ; let this be the Predomi- all, this should be our Soul's Language, nant in your Hearts to conftrain you, notWe are unprofitable Servants, our to live to your felves, but unto God, even Righteoufness extends not to thee. What this, that you believe, Cbrift bath died Gain is it to the Almighty that thou art for Sinners, that they migbt live from righteous ? Yet for the most part, we Sin; and from this let your Hearts be in- make our Walking as a Hire for the Ro. flamed with his Love, that it may carry ward. The Covenant of Works, doing you on in a sweet and blefled Neceffity for Life, is fome Way naturally imprint10 walk in all well-pleasing : Ler the Con- ed in our Hearts, and we cannot do, but sideration of his Love lay on a Constraint, we would live in doing; we cannot walk but a Constraint of Willingness to live to unto all well-pleasing, but we would also him who hath thus loved you. But as walk urto pacifying of God. Self rightethe Principle is spiritual, fo muft the End oufness is Men's great Idol, which when be ; and I think these two compleat the all other baser and groffer Idols are down, Mystery of the Practice of Chriftianity, they do still seek to establish. But Chrito act from another Principle unto another ftians, observe this Evil in your selves, End'; even as these two make up the and füffer this Mystery of Godliness to be. Myftery of iniquity in our Hearts, to aa wrought in you, the abasing of your selves, fromour felves, unco our selves; every the Denial of your felves. I would have

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you, in respect of Diligence and Earneit ward Ordinances are but the Shell where. ness, doing, walking, and running, as if in the Kirnel must be inclosed; all our ye were to be saved by it only: But again, walkings that is visible to Men, is but like you must deny all that, and no more con- a painted or engraven Image and Statue, lider it, or lean weight upon it, shan if ye that hath no Breath or Life in it, unless ought to do nothing, or did nothing. But the Spirit actuate and quicken the fame. your Ends should be more divine and I say not only the Spirit of God, but the high, as your Nature'is, to glorifie God Spirit and Soul in Man; for the Spirit's in your mortal Bodies, fince ye are bis, immediate and divine Operations are upon and bought with a Price. O how ought such a suitable Subject, as the immortał ye not to be your own? The great Pure Soul. Verily, there is a Spirit in Man, pose of your Obedience should be, a Deo and the inspiration of tbe Almighty gives claration of your Sense of his Love, and him Understanding : We must not abolith of your Obligation to him: Ye ought to the outward Form, because it hath fome walk in his Way, because ye are escaped Divinity ir. it, even the Stamp of God's Condemnation, and saved by him, and Authority ; and therefore, these who are not chat ye may be saved only. It is the swelled abɔve Ordinances, I fear they be Glory of our Heavenly Father, and the monftrous Christians. A Man is com. Honour of the Redeemer, for Christians posed of a Spirit and a Body, acted and to walk, even as he walked, and follow quickned by that Spirit, without either of his Footsteps ; it commends the Grace these, he is not a complete man : So I say, of Jesus Chrift exceedingly. Therefore he is not a Christian, that doth not worthis cannot but be the Choise and Delight Ihip God in the Spirit, and in Truth both; of a believing Soul, to walk unto all well and it is not Religion that excludes either : pleasing, to have the Glory of him as their the inward Soul-communion with God, or great Design to aim at ; who for our Sa!- the outward Ordinance and Appointvation laid aside his Glory, and embraced ment of God. But alas, this may be oor Shame and Reproach. We use to walk Complaint, we come and worship God, in Obedience to God, that we may pacific and draws nigh with our Bodies, but God for our Disobedience : But let a our Hearts are far removed. Here is Chriftian abhor such a Thought, Christ's the Death of many's Worship, the Soul is Blood must pacifie, but the walking of his separated from the Body of it, these are Child pleaseth him in his wel-beloved Son. but Pictures and Images of Christians ; we When he is once pacified for Sin, when have Mouths and Faces of Saints, but O! he once accepts your Persons, your Per-how little of divine Affection, or of Soulformances are bis Delight : Now this desires, breathes in us? We are Deniers of should be the great Scope of a Soul, that the Power of Godliness, by resting in a all its Powers fhould be fixed on, to please Form, and this is the great Sin of this Ge. him, and live to him.

neration, the Essentials, the vital Spirits of Now these three being established, we Christianty, are exhausted, and some dry muft conceive that the chief Agent and Bones, like an Anatomy of a Christian, Party in this walking must be spiritual; remains behind. I beseech you, gather therefore Mens Bodies are not capable of your Spirits to this spiritual Walking, they this Walk after the Spirit principally, Out-only can follow the Spirit, your Bodies

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are earthly and lumpish, and the Way is in this Exercise, and enter them to this all upward to the Holy Hill. Look in. Motion, and your Spirits will sweetly and wardly and measure your selves so, out surely act your Bodies and Externals; in all ward Appearance is no juft Measure ; Matters of GoJliness. reuire within your Souls, and engage them

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Verf. 1. Who walk not after the Flesh, &c. IT T is one of the greatest Mysteries in the Mercy of God, and Merits of Christ,

a Christian's Practice, to join these always in their Mouth, who yet declare two together, which the Gospel hath con- by their Conversation, that they do not so: joined, Juftification and Sanctification, much as deGre, or pui and to place them in their due Order : Holiness: I do not speak of these who There is much Mifcarrying in both these, are Antinomians in profession, but of a if either they are feparated, or misplaced great Multitude in the visible Church, who But, the Truth is, they cannot really be, are more really Antinomians, to wit, in except they be jointly ; yet, often it falls Practice, than most part of professed out, that in Mens Apprehensions and En-Antinomians. You hear all, of free deavours, they are disjoined: This then Grace, and free Redemption in Jesus were the Argument of a living, and be. Chrift, of tender and enduring Merlieving Christian, to join the Study of Ho-cies in God, and this you take for the linefs, with the Exercise of Faith in Chrift, whole Gospel; and presently upon the for Remifsion of Sin, and Righteoufness; Notion of Mercy and Grace, you conand not only to join it, but also, to derive clude unto your selves, not only Immunity it from that Principle: There is both an and Freedom from all the Threatnings of Union between these, and an Order efta- the Word, and from Hell, but likewise ye. blished in Scripture. The moft Part of proclaim secretly in your own Hearts, a these that profess the Gospel, are of two Liberty to fin so much the more securely; Sorts; they do either divide Holiness from the Door of Mercy cast open in the Gospel, imputed Righteousness, or Chrift's Righ- and the free Access to Chrift, manifested teousness from Holiness: I do nct say, therein, through the Corruption that is that any Man truly seeks to be covered within us, proves the very Occasion of with the Righteousness of Jefus Christ, and many's giving Indulgence to their Lufts ; to have his Sins freely pardoned, but he of delaying Reformation, and turning to will also ftudy to walk before God, in all God. You all profess, that you seek to be well-pleasing; but the Truth is, many do justified, and saved by Jesus Chrift; yea,you pretend, and profess to seek Salvation, and perswade your selves, to be escaped ConForgiveness in Chrift's Blood, and have demgacion, by Chrift: Now then, con

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