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that the great Reafon of Mortality that a being restored, may be a fit dwelling Christian is subject unto, is that he may Place for the purified Soul, and the World be made free of that which made him at renewed, may be a fit House for righteous first, Mortal. Because Sin hath taken Men. - Thus you see, that Death to a fuch Poffeffion in this earthly Tabernacle, Chriftian is not real Death; for it is not and is so strong a Poison, that it hath in the Death of a Christian, but the Deatle fected all the Members, and by no Purga. of Sin his greatest Enemy, it is not a tion here made can be fully cleansed out, Punishment, but the Enlargement of the but there are many secret Corners it lurks | Soul. into, and upon occafion vents itself : Now, the next Comfort is that which Therefore it hath pleased God in his in is but partial, it is but the Dissolution finite Goodness, to continue the former of the lowest Part in Man, his Body; fo Appointment of Death, bue under a new far from prejudging the immortal Life of and living Conlideration, to take down his Spirit, that it is rather the Accomplishthis infected and defiled Tabernacle, as ment of that. Though the Body inust the Houses of Leprosie were taken down die, yet eternal Life is begun already under the Law, that fo they might be the within the Soul, for the Spirit of Chrif better cleansed, and this is the last Purifi-hath brought in Life ; the Righteousness cation of the Soul from Sin. And there of Christ hath purchased it
, and the Spirit fore, as one of the Ancients said well, hath performed it, and applied it to us : That we might not be eternally misera. Not only there is an immortal Being in He, Mercy bath made us mortal. Juf- a Christian, that must furvive the Duft tice hath made the World mortal, Ebat (for that is common to all Men) but there they may be eternally miserable ; but to is a new Life begun in him, an immortal put an End to this Misery, Chrift hath Well-being in Joy and Happiness, which continued our Mortality. Else he would only deferves the Name of Life, that have abolished Death itself, if he had not cometh never to its full Perfection, till the meant to abolish Sin by Death ; and in- bodily and earthly House be taken down. deed it would appear this is the Reason If you consider seriously what a nero Life why the World must be consumed with a Christian is trandated unto, by the Fire at the laft Day, and new Heavens Operation of the Holy Ghoft, and the and Earth fucceed in its Room; because, Ministration of the Word, it is then moft as the little House, the Body, so the great active and lively, when the Soul is most House, the World, was infected with this retired from the Body in Meditation : Leprofie, and so fubjoined 10 Vanity and The new Life of a Christian, is moft Corruption because of Man's Sin: There perfect in this Life, when it carrieth him fore that there might be no Reninant of the furtheft Distance from his bodily Man's Corruption, and no Memorial of Senses, and is moft abftracted from all Sin to interrupt his eternal Joy,the Lord will sengible Engagements, as you heard; for purify and change all : All the Members indeed it restores the Spirit of a Man to that were made Instruments of Unrighteo its native - Rule and Dominion over the ousness, all the Creatures that were Ser. Body, so that it is then most perfect, vants to Man's Lusts, a new Form and when it is most gathered within it felf
, and Falion thall be put on all, that the Body disingaged from all external Intanglements.
Now, certain it is, since the Perfecti- not terrible unto him. Since there is no on of the Soul in this Life, consists in Way to save the Passenger, but to let the such a Retirement froin the Body, that Vestel break, he will be content to have when it is wholly separated from it, then the Body splitted, thar himself, that is his it is in the most absolute State öt Perfectio Soul, may escape ; for truly a Man's on; and its Life acts most purely and Soul is himself, the Body is but an earth perfectly, when it hath no Body to com-ly Tabernacle that must be taken down, municate with, and to entangle it either to let the Inhabitant win out to come with its Lufts or Necessities. The Spirit near his Lord. The Body is the Prisonis Life, it hath a Life now which is then house that he groans to have opened, that beft when furtheft from the Body ; and he may enjoy that Liberty of the Sons of therefore it cannot but be surpasling bet God. And now to a Christian, Deatb is ter when it is out of the Body ; and all not properly an object of Patience, but chis is purchased by Christ's Righteoufness. of Desire rather, I desire to be dissolved As Man's Obedience made an End of his and be witb Cbrift, Phil
. i 23. He that Life, Christ's Disobedience hath made our hath but advanced little in Chriftianity Life endless : He suffered Death to sting will be content to die : But because there him, and by this hath taken the Şting is too much Flesh, he will defire to live; from it : And now, there is a new Sta- but a Christian that is riper in Knowtute and Appointment of Heaven publish ledge and Grace, will rather defire to ed in the Gospel, wbosever believerb in die, and only be content to live : He bim shall not perilo, but bave eternal will exercise Patience and Submission Life. Now indeed, this hath so entirely about abiding here ; but Groanings and changed the Nature of Deatb, that it hath Pantings about removing hence, because now the most lovely and desirable Aspect he knoweth that there is no choice beon a Christian, that it is no more an Ob-tween that Bendage and this Liberty. ject of Fear, but of Defire, amicable,
Verse 10. And if Christ be in you, the Body is dead because
of Sın: But the Spirit is Life, because of Righteoufness. IT T was the Arft curse and threatning, I cording to the Letter, yet from that Day
wherein God thought fit.p compre- forward Man. was made mortal; and bend all Misery, Thou sbal die tbe Deatb there seemeth to be much Mercy and Goodin tbat Day tbou catel: Though the ness of God interveening to plead a delay Sentence was not presently executed 16 of Death it felf, that fo the Promise of
Life in the second Adamt might come to Dissolution of that Continuity without the first and his Posterity, and they might much Vexation; and yet the Soul muft be delivered from the second Deatb, fuffer many fuch Tortures in one Day, though not from the first. Always we because the Things are perilhing in their bear about the Marks of Sin in our Bodies own Nature, and uncertain. What is to this Day, and in so far the Threatning Sleep, which devours the most part of taketh Place, that this Life that we live our Time ? But the very Image and in the Body, is become nothing else but Picture of Death, a visible and daily Ře a dying Life : The Life that the Ungod presentation of the long Cessation of the ly Thall live out of the Body is a living lenfitive Life in the Grave ; and yet Deaib ; and either of these is worse than truly it is the best and moft innocent Part fimple Death or Destruction of Being. of our Time, though we accuse it often : The serious Contemplation of the Mile. There is both less Sin, and less Misery ries of this Life, made wife Solomon to in it; for it is almoft the only Leniment praise the Dead more than the Living, and Refreshment we get in all our Mifecontrary to the Custom of Men, who reries. Job fought it to allwage his Grief, joice at the Birth of a Marchild, and and ease his Body : But it was the Extremourn at their Death. Yes, it pressed mity of his Mifery, that he could not find him further, to think them which have it. Now, my Beloved, when you find not at all been, better than both; because that which is called Life, fubject to lo they have not seen the Evil under the much Misery, that you are constrained Sun : This World is such a Chaos, such a often to desire you had never been born i Mafs of Miseries, that if Men understood you find it a Valley of Tears, a House it before they came into it, they would be of Mourning, from whence all crue De fær more loath to enter into it, than they light and fulid Happiness is banished: are now afraid to go out of it. And truly Seeing the yery Officers and Serjeants of we want not Remembrances and Repre- Death are continually surrounding us, and fentations of our Misery 'every Day, in walk alongst with us, though unpleasant that Children come weeping into the Company, in our greateft Contentments, World, as it yere bewailing, their own and are putting Marks upon your Doors, Misfortune, that they were brought forth as in the Time of the Plague upon Houses to be sensible Subjects of Misery. And infected, Lord, bave Mercy upon us, · what is all our Lifetime, but a Repetition and are continually bearing this Motto to
of Sighs and Groans, Anxiety and Satie our View, and founding this Direction to ty, loathing and longing, dividing our our Ears, cito, procul, diu, to get foon Spirits and our Time berween them? | out of Sodom, that is appointed for DeHow many Deaths muft we suffer, before ftruction, to fly quickly out of our felves, Death come? For the Absence or Lors to the Refuge appointed of God, even one of any Thing much delired, is a Separati that was dead and is alive, and bath on no less grievous to the Hearts of Men, redeemed'us by bis Blood ; and to get than the parting of Soul and Body: far off from our selves, and take up dwelFor Affection to temporal perifhing ling in the blessed Son of God, through Things, unites the Soul fo unto them, whose Flesh there is Access to the Father ; that there is no parting without Pain, no fecing all these (I say) are so, why do not
we awake our felves upon the Sound of were Happiness in the Generality of Men, the Promise of Immortality and Life, that that Computation were true, either brought to our Ears in the Gospel ? Mor- tha it had never begun, or that it might tality hath already seized upon our Bodies, end here ; for that which is the greatest but why do you not catch hold of this Dignity and Glory of a Man, his immortal Opportunity of releasing your Souls from Soul, it is truly the greatest Misery of the Chains and Fetters of eternal Death? lintul Men, because it capacitates them Truly, my Beloved, all that can be spo- for eternal Milery. But if we make our ken of Torments and Miseries in this Accounts right, and take the right Period, Life, suppose we could imagine all the truly Deatb is but the Beginning of our exquisite Torments invented by the most Time, of endless and unchangeable Encruel Tyrants fince the Beginning, to be durance either in Happiness or Misery : combined in some one Kind of Toriure, And this Life in the Body, which is only and would then stretch our Imagination in the View of the short-lighted Sons of beyond that, as far as that which is com- Men, is but a strait and narrow Passage posed of all Torments, surpasseth the into the infinite Ocean of Eternity ; but fimplest Death ; yet we do not conceive lo inconsiderable it is, that according as nor express unto you that Death to come. the Spirit in this Passage is fashioned and Believe it, when the Soul is out of the formed, so it must continue for ever ; for Body, it is a most pure Activity, all where tbe Tree falleth, there it lieth. Sense, all Knowledge: And seeing where There may be Hope that a Tree will it is dulled and dampished in the Body, it sprout again, but truly there is no Hope, is capable of so much Grief or Joy, Plea- that ever the damned Soul shall see a sure or Pain, we may conclude, that Spring of Joy ; and no Fear that ever the being loosed from these stupifying earthly blessed Spirits shall find a Winter of Grief, Chains, that it is capable of infinite more such is the Evenness of Eternity, that there Vexation, or Contentation, in a higher is no Shadow of Change in it. or purer Strain.
O then, how happy are they in whore Therefore, we may conclude with the Souls this Life is already begun, which Apostle, that all Men by Nature are mife-Mall then come to its Meridian, when the rable in Life, but' infinitely more mise Glory of the Flesh falls down like witherrable in Death ; only the Man who is in ed Hay into the Dust: The Life as well Jesus Christ, in whose Spirit Christ as the Light of the righteous is progressive, dwells, and hath made a Temple of his 'tis shining more and more till chat Day Body, for offering up reasonable Service come, the Day of Death, only worthy in it, that Man only is happy in Life, but to be called the present Day, because it far happier in Death: Happy that he brings Perfection, it mounts the Soul in was born, but infinitely more happy that the highest Point of the Orb, and there is he was born mortal, born to die ; for no declining from that again.
The Spirit if the Body be dead because of sin, the is now alive in some holy Affections and Spirit is Life because of Righteoul Motions, breathing upwards, wrestling nefs. Men commonly make their Ac- towards that Point : The Soul is now in counts, and calculate their Time so, as Part united to the Fountain of Life, by if Death were the End of it: Truly, it I loving Attendance and Obedience, and it
is longing to be more closely united : The Shadows, breatbing Clay, and no more. inward Senses are exercised about spiritu: A godly Man used to calculate the Years al Things, but the Burden of this clayie of his Nativity from his second Birth, Mansion doth much dull and damp ihem, his Conversion to God in Chrift: And and proves a great Remora to the Spirit : truly, this is the true Period of the right The Body indisposes and weakens the Calculation of Life, of that Life which Soul much : "Tis Life, as in an Infant, Thall not fee Death, True Life hath but though a reasonable Soul be there, yet one Period, that is, the Beginning of it ; overwhelmed with the Incapacity of the for End ic hath none: I beseech you Organs, this Body is truly a Prison of reckon your Years thus, and I fear that Restraint and Confinement to the Soul, you reckon your selves, many of you, and often lothsome and ugly through the yet dead in Sins and Trespalles. Is Filthiness of Sin : But when the Spirit is that Life, I pray you, to eat, to drink, delivered from this necessary Burden and to sleep, to play, to walk, to work? Is Impediment, O! how lively is that Life there any Thing in all these worthy of it then lives; then the Life, Peace, Joy, a reasonable Soul, which must survive Love and Delight of the Soul, surmounts the Body, and so cease from such Things all that is poffible here, further than the forever ? Think within your selves, do highest Exercise of the Soul of the wiseft you live any other Life than this ? What Men surpasses the brutish-like Apprehen. is your Life, but a tedious and wearisome fions of an Infant : And indeed then, Repetition of such brutish Actions, which the Christian comes to his full Stature, are only terminate on the Body? O! then and is a perfect Man, when he ceaseth how miserable are you, if you have no to be a Man.
other Period to reckon from, than your How will you not be perswaded, Be Birth-day? If there be not a second loved in the Lord, to long after this Life, Birthday before your Burial, you may to have Chrift formed in your Hearts; for make your Reckoning to be banished erer. truly the Generality have not fo much as nally from the Life of God. Chrift fashioned in their outward Habit, As for you, Cbriftians, whom God but are witbin Darkness and Earthiness, hath quickned by the Spirit of his Son, and Wickedness, and witbout Impiety and be much in the Exercise of this Life, and Profanity! Will you not long for this that will maintain and advance it : Let Life ? for now you are dead while you your Care be about your Spirits, and to live, as the Apostle speaks of Widows hearten you in this Study, and to beget in that live in Pleasure : The more the you the Hope of eternal Life, look much, the Soul be satisfied with earthly Things, and lay fast hold on that Life-giving Sait is the deeper buried in the Grave of the viour, who by his righteous Life, and Flesh, and the further feparated from accurfed Deatb, hath purchased by his God: Alas! many of you know no other cwn Blood, both Happiness to us and Life, than that which you now. live in the Holiness : Consider what Debters you Body, you neither apprehend what this are 10 him, who loved not his own Life, new Birth is, nor what the perfect Sta and spared it not to purchase this Life to ture of it ihall be afterwards ; but truly us. Let our Thoughts and Affections be while it is thus, you are but walking occupied about this high Purchase of our