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Verf. 13, 14. For if ye live after the Flesh, ye shall die : But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the Deeds of the Body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God.
confifts ir Union; separate chem, The Hearts of Men lay, It is a hard and they remain not the same, or shey Saying, who can bear it. And indeed I they loose their Vertue: li is much more cannot deny but it is so to our corrupt thus in Cbristianity, the Power and Life Nature ; and therefore so holden out in of it consists in the Union of these Things Scripture; the Words chosen to press it, that God hath conjoined, so that if any express much Pain and Pains, much TorMan pretend to one Thing of it, and ment and Labour : It is not so easy and neglect the other, he hath really none of trivial a Business to forsake Sin, or fubthem : And to hold to the Subject in due it, as many think, who only think Hand, there are three Things, which it easy, because they have never tried it. joined together in the Hearts of Chrifti. It is a Circumcision of the Fore-skin of the ans, have a great deal of Force : The Heart, and you know how it disabled a Duty of a Chriftian, and his Reward, whole City, Gen. xxxiv, and how it enand his Dignity; his Work and Labour raged the Heart of a tender Mother, feems hard and unpleasant, when con. Exod. iv. 26. It is the Incision or cutfidered alone ; but the Reward sweetens ting off a Member, and these the moft it, when it is jointly believed: His dear and precious, be it the right Hand Duty seems too high, and his Labour or right Foot, which is a living Death, as great, yet the Confideration of the real it were, even to kill a Man while he is Dignity he is advanced unto, and Privi. alive. It is a new Birth, and the Pains lege he has received, will raise up the and Throws of the Birth are known. Spirit to great and high attempts, and to Regeneration certainly hath a travelling fustain great Labours: Mortification is Pain within it, in so much that Paul the work and Labour ; Life, eternal travelled in Pain till it were accomplished Life is the Reward; following the Spi in these, Gal. iv. 19. Though Men conrit is the Christian's Duty, but to be ibeceive Sin in Pleasure, yet they cannot be Son of God, that is his Dignity. rid of that deadly Burden without Throws
and Pains : And to half this Work, or to out the very Idols your Hearts sacrifice
have, the Spirit, if you through the Spi- Leader : Christ our Father hath left us rit mortify, &c. Stronger is he that is in to the Spirit in his Latter-will; and there. you, than he that is in the World ; fore as we have absolute Necessity, so he though he does not vent all his power to he hath both Willingness and Ability, beyou; yet you may believe that there is a cause it is his Office. O Lord, I know, secret latent Vertue in the Seed of Grace, faith Jeremiah, the Way of Man is not that it cannot be wholly overcome or in bimself, it is not in bim that walketb conquered, and there is one engaged in to direct bis Steps, Jer. X. 23. 0! it the Warfare with us, who will never were great Point of Wisdom, thus to leave us nor forfake us, who of set Pur- know our Ignorauce and Folly, and this pose withdraweth his Help now and then, is the great Qualification of Christ's Difio discover our Weakness to us, that we ciples, simple as Children, as little Chilmay cleave the fafter to him, who never dren, as void of Conceit of their own letteth Sin get any Power, or gather any Wisdom, Mark X. 15. And this alone Strength, but out of Wisdom to make the capacitates the Soul to receive the Imprelfinal Victory the more glorious ; in a lions of wisdom ; as an empty Table is Word, he leads us through Weaknesses, fittest to write upon, so a Soul emptied of Infirmities, Faintings, Wrestlings, that it self: Whereas Self-conceit draweth a his Strength may be perfected in Weak Number of foolish sensless Draughes in ness, tbat wben we are weak, then we the Mind, that it cannot receive the true may be strongest in him, 2 Cor. xii. 9. Our Image of Wisdom. This then, when a Duty then is to follow this Spirit where Soul finds that it hath milled it self, being soever he leadeth us : Christ, the Captain misguided by the Wild-fire of its Lufts. our Salvation, when he went to Heaven, and hath hardly escaped perishing and talhe sent the Spirit to be our Guider, to lead ling head long in the Pit, this disposes the us thither where he is; and therefore we Soul to a willing Resignation of it Telf, should resign, and give up our felves to his to one wiser and powerfuller, the Spirit Guidance and Direction. The Nature of God; and so he giveth the Spirit the of a Creature is Dependence; fo the String of his Affections and Judgment to very Effence of a Chriftian confifts in lead him by, and he walketh willingly in Dependence and Subordination to be that Way to eternal Life, lince his Heart Spirit of God. Nature itself would teach' was enlarged with so much Knowledge them that want Wisdom, to commit and Love; and now having given up themselves to these that have it, and not to your selves chus, you would carefully carry the Reins of their own Life bem- eye your Leader, and attend all his Mo.. selves.
tions, that you may conform your self to Truly, not only the Sense of our own them: Whenfocver the Spirit pulleth you Imperfection, of our Folly and Ignorance by the Heart, drawech at your Conciin these Things that belong to Life, Mouldence, to drive you to Prayer, or any make us willing to yield our selves over such Duty, do not relift that Pull, do to the Spirit of God, as blind Men to not quench the Spirit, left he let you a. their Leader, as Children to their Nurses, lone, and do not call you, nor speak to as Orphans to their Tutors; but also, be- you. If you fall out thus with your cause the Spirit is made our Tutor and Leader, then you must guide your selyes
and truly you will guide it into the Pie, your Motion, it is your Lamentation be. if left to your felves; therefore make fore the Lord; I say unto you,
chear your much of all the Impulses of your Consci- Hearts, and lift them up in the Belief of ence, of all the Touches and inward Mo- this Privilege conferred upon you, you tions of Light and Affection, to entertain are ibe Sons of God: For he giveth this these, and draw them forth in Meditati
. Tutor and Pedagogue to none but to his on and Action, for these are nothing else, owa Children, as many as are led by but the Spirit your Leader plucking at you the Spirit of God, are the Sons of God. to follow him, and if you fit when beriseth Suppose you cannot exactly follow his lo walk, if you neglect such Warnings, Motions, but are often driven out, or then you may grieve him, and this can turned back; yer hath not the Spirit the nor but in the end be Bitterness to you. Hold of your Heart ? Are you not de Certainly,many Chriftians are guilty inthis, tained by the Cord of your Judgment, and and prejudge themselves of the prefent the Law of your Mind? And is there Comfort and Benefit of this inward anoint not some Chain fastened about you, ing, that teacheth all Things, and of this which maketh is out-ftrip the Practice, Bosom-guide that leadeth in all Truth; by Defires and Affections? You are the because they are so heavy and lumpish to Sons of God, that is truly the
greatest be led after him: They drive flowly, Dignity, and highest Privilege, in Reand take very much. Pressure and Persua. spect of which, all Relations may blush, Gion to any Duty ; whereas we should ac and hide their faces : What are all the cuftom our felves to willing and ready fplendid and glistering Titles among Men. Obedience upon the least Signification of but empty Shows, and evanishing Sounds his Mind : Yea, and which is worse, we in respect of this : To be called the Son often refift the Holy Ghoft; he draweth, of a Gentleman, of 2 Nobleman, of and we hold beloved Sins, he pulleth, a King, how much do the Sons of Men and we pull back from the moft fpiritual pride themselves in it? But truly, that Duries; there is so much Perversness and putreth no intrinsick Dignity in the Per. Frowardness yet in our_Natures, that fons themselves, it is a miferable Porerty there needs the almighty Draught of his to borrow Praise from another; and truly Arm, to make it fraight, as there is he that boafts of his parentage, aliena need of infinite Grace to pardon it. laudat non fua, be praisetb that wbicb Now, my Beloved, if you have in is anothers not his own.
But this Dig. your Defires and Affections religned nity, it is truly a Dignity, it puts intrinsick
Worth in the Person, and puts a more exyour selves over to the Guidance of this Spirit, and this be your real and lincere cellent Spirit in them, than that which is in Endeavour to follow it, and in far as you the World, as is faid of Caleb: And beare carried back, or contrary, by Temp- sides it intitles to the greatest Happiness cation and Corruption, or retarded in imaginable.
Verse 14, 15. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the Sons of God. For ye have not received the
Spirit of Bondage again to fear, &c. CHild Hildren do commonly resemble their | Imitation of him. · Therefore our Lord
Parcats, not only in the outward exhorts us, and taketh a domestick ExamProportion and feature of their Counte- ple, and familiar Patern to persuade us nances, but also in the Disposition and the more by, Be ye perfect as your Temper of their Spirits; and generally beavenly Fatber is perfect, Matth. v. they are inclined to imitate the Cuftoms 48. And there is one Perfection he eand Carriage of their Parents ; so that they specially recommends for our Imitation, fometimes may be accounted the very Mercifulness and Compassion towards living Images of such Persons, and in Men, opposed to the Violence, Fury, them Men are thought to out-live them and Implacableness, to the Opprellion felves. Now indeed, they that are the and Revenge, and Hatred that abounds Sons of God, are known by this Chao among Men, Luke vi. 36. And geracter, that they are led by tbe Spirit of nerally, in all his Ways of Holiness and God: And there is the more Necellity, Purity, of Goodness and Mercy, we and the more Reason too, of this Resem. ought to be Followers of him, as dear blance of God, and Imitation of him in Children, who are not only obliged by his Children ; because that very divine the common Law of Sympathy between Birth chat they have from Heaven, con. Parents and Children ; but moreover enfifts in the Renovation of their Natures, gaged by the tender Affection that he carand Affimilation to che divine Nature ; rieb to us, Eph. v. 1. Now, because and therefore they are poffefied with an God is high as Heaven, and his Way and inward Principle, that carries them power- Thoughts and Dispositions are infinitely fully towards a Conformity with their above us, the Pattern seems to be so far out heavenly Father; and it becometh their of Sight, that it is given over as desperate great Study and Endeavour fo observe by many to attempt any Conformity to all the Dispositions and Carriage of their it; therefore it hath pleased the Lord to put heavenly Father, which are lo honour his own Spirit within his own Children, to able and high, and suitable to himself, that be a Borom-pattern and Example: And chey at least may breathe and hali after the 'tis our Duty to relign our felves to his