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Be called wonderful. You have seen many wonders abroad, you have seen the heavens and the earth, at which you many times wonder; but when God darts light into your
spirits, to cause you to see the beauties of Jesus Christ, - all other wonders will cease, and give way to this great
Wonder. As the stars, tho' they be glorious creatures in
themselves, yet when the sun arises, all their glory is eEclips:d; fo tho'God hath may wonders in the world, yec i when the Sun of righteousness ariseth, all other works of
God are darkned with the glory of him; certainly that foul knows not God gor Christ savingly, that knows him not
practically as the wonder of the world, and so cries oui, ne Oh the height, and depth, and breadth, and length of the Ludi glory of God in Jelus Christ.
DE 2. Labour fo to know Christ, as to have a practical and E, li experimental knowlege of Christ in his influences, and not s, merely a dotional. Alas! Christ is but a meer notion and
o imagination to most people in the world; how few koow Co Jesus Christ by way of influence, power, and fellowship obe with him? It is said of them that fear his name, that Eels i Christ the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his ke u wings, and they shall go forth, and grow up as calves of chept the stall, Mal, iv. 2. This clears it up, that as the sun bộ Eis an influence into the earth doth quicken and enliver the Te earth, and makes all the feeds and roots hidden in the eartti - Co to revive, and put themselves forth to sprout and flourish; afte fo there is an influence going forth from the Sun of righ
teousness upto the souls of men, to make them of dead to
become living, and of barred to become fruitful, and this is is called the power of Christ, that I may know him and the
power of his resurrection, Phil. iii. 10. i. e. That I may
know Christ, and be made partaker of the good things De Howing from Christ, this is the voice of one who would eolo favingły know Christ, Oh that I may koow him as a pro: ish phet instructiog me, as a priest fanctifying me, and as a ndio king reigning spiritually in me! Oh that I may know the chate power of his resurrection iá the vivification of my soul, ia in the abolition of my sin, in the acquisition of rightcoufiefs,
and in the restoring of me to the assured hope of future e fois glory! The devil is no great enemy to an historical know.
lege of the prophetical, priestly, and kingly offices of Christ, or of the resurrection of Christ, of which Paul speaks synechdochically; but to the holy virtue and power which comes from Christ in any of these particulars, he is a deadly enemy: It is your duty. therefore fo to know Christ, as that you may feel the heavenly influences of whatsoever you know of Chrift: For instance, it is one part of the cry, O that I may know Christ as a prophet instructing me! How is that? Why, Christ in his prophe: tical office teachech the heart concerning, himself, which Done can do but only Christ Jesus. I will not deny but mea or angels may present truths, and convince the understanding, but they cannot so make known a truth as to gain the heart by it, or to transform the heart into the vêny image of that truth; only Jesus Christ in the admioiAtration of the prophetical office teaches and prevails with the heart when he comes with truths. We see many people come to sermons, and there Christ is opened clearly and distinctly, and thereupon they get some potional, fpe. culative brain knowlege of Jesus Christ, but they are not changed, their hearts are not over-powered. At another time the same persons may come to a fermon, when Cbrill is named only by the by, and then their hearts are migh. tily wrougit upon, and they go away sayiog, Verily God is in this place; why now, Christ speaks to the heart, and before man speaks only to the car. 2. It is another part of the cry, Oh that I may know the power of the resurrec. tion of Chrift! How is that? Why, there is a virtue flowing from the resurrection of Christ from the grave, to the resurrection of the fouls of men from the death of fin. As Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Fale ther, even fo we also should walk in newness of life, Rom. vi. 4.. And this influence of Christ is called the exceeding greatness of his power, Eph. i. 19. It is exceeding great power that by the resurrection of Christ, an holy and gra. cious change should be wrought in the souls of men, from death to life, from bondage to liberty, from uncleappels to holiness, and from the power of Satan unto God. On that thus you would labour io know Christ in a powerful, praétical, and experimental knowlege.
3. Labour 3. Labour fo to know Chri ject of your faith, and + knowltge: Many ftud .. as students, and not
a temptation before a corruptions, lo the
lency, in his active and D and what he came inro the & it hath a mighty pow chi and to cause or procu
önly an object for you content but such an object,
Chrilt is a glorious on
War with Devils:
99 ur lo to know Christ, as to make him the ob. of your faith, and not merely as the object of your
ge: Many ftudy Christ, but herein they only act
ents, and cor as believers : Oh be acquainted with
"ymery of gracel the very setting of Christ before the i ser as the full object of justifying faith, hath a mighty
o draw our faith upon Jesus Christ; as the setting upration before a man, hath a power to draw out his uptions, so the setting of Christ in his glory and excel..
his active and passive obedience, in what he is, the came into the world for, as an object of faith, va mighty power both to draw out faith where it is, caule or procure faith where it is not : Chrilt is not . Object for you to work apod when you have faith,
an object, as being fer before the foul, hath á ng power to cause faith; it may be your complaint,
is a glorious object indeed, he is the chicfest among Wouland: but alas! I am dead in fin, and I want a
to see him savingly in all his glorieś. Why now It before you as the object of faith and sooner or If you belong to him, you will feel his influences: not only an object of faith for the fouł to work up. when it can see, but such an object, as the very ferof it before the fou!, hath a quickniog power to work
the soul, to cause the eye to see him, and to cause
eart to make after him, though it were never so bad, s, . .. ** 1.4. Labour fo to köow Chrilt as he is your righteous
s, both to expiate former iniquities, and to yield obe. hence to the law for your jnftification. This is the Spix il's second conviction of aż whom he purpoleth for sale ration. First, He convinceth them of lin, apd, 2dly, He convinceth them of righieousness; but of what, or whose Tighteoufaess? surely not of their own. Alas! fouls in this case usually look upon themselves first as liquers cb. Doxious to the law of God, and the curse thereof, and
therefore never able to expiate fio. 2dly, As creatures. de made
made to a superpatural eod; and therefore bound to an. Do wer the whole mind of God in the obedience required at
their hands; Dow it being discovered to them, that both
faculty to see him * ser Christ before you per a later, if you beloa DU He is not only an ou
life in the soul, to cause the heart to make aite dead.
these are beyond the compass of their own endeavours, there is no other way, but to look to Christ Jesus as their righteousness, the spirit therefore convinceth them of Christ his righteousness: And indeed it is Christ, and only Christ, who first expia tes former iniquities, he satisfies for sin, and procures the remission of sins, In his blood we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, Eph. i. 7. And, 2dly, He fulfils all righteousness, he performs all the o. bedience which juftly may be required of us; ' For if .. when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by • the death of his fon, much more being reconciled, we
Ihall be saved by his life,' Rom. v. 16. His death recodciles us, and his life saves us; his passive obedience, and the actual obedience which he yielded to the whole law of God, is that righteousness whereby we are reconciled and saved. Oh. that you would labour to know Christ thus; as he is God your righteousness, and so act your faith on him.
SECT. XII. . Of Satan's Affaults upon Defires after Christ. THE Holy Ghost having brought on the soul thus far,
in the next place begins to breed in the heart some desires after Christ; and indeed how should it be otherwise? The frequent discourses of Christ, aod of the mercies of God in Christ to poor finners, are so suitable and favoury, that the soul begins to taste fome sweetness in hearing them, and this sweetness stirs up some passionate desire; Oh that Christ were mine! Oh that I had my share in the passion and purity of the Lord Jesus Christ! Oh I thirst, I faist; I languilh, I long for one drop of mercy; as the hare panteth for the water brooks, fo my foul panteth after thee, 'my Lord, and my God: Oh that my poor trembling foul were now received into the blessed bleeding arms of Jesus Christ!
Satan that hears this, underlands well enough that now the soul is not far from the kingdom of God, it is even u• pon the quickoing, and therefore he plies this season, therefore he beltirs himself with all the policy and power of hell to cause it miscarry; g. d. Come my angels, come devils, and beitir yourselves, it may be those desires are
only flashy, it may be these pagtings are nothing but a pang: Have not the desires of many been like lightoiog, foon in and soon out, too violent to hold? Or like the wiod, which how strongly soever it seem to blow one way at present, yet foon after it is found in the quite contrary point: A maa may be druok with passion and affection as really as with wine; and as it is ordinary for a man to make a bargain when he is in his cups, which he repeots of lo
soon as he is sober again, so it is ordinary for finners, who make choice of Christ and his ways in a sermon (while
their affections have been elevated above their ordinary 1 pitch by fame moving discourse) to repent of all they have
done a while after: How many have come from a fermon with a full gale of desires, but when the impression of the
word, which heated their affectioas, was but once wora. : off, when they came to themselves again, and were as far
from any such defires after Christ, as ever they were bęfore? Sudden desires seldom ripen into a deliberate choice; rash and lasty wishes do bot seldom settle into a permanent
resolution to renounce fio aod self, and to calt the fool . wholly on Jesus Christ: Come then and blow on these de
fires, blast them in the bud, that they may Dever. bear fruit, nor come to maturity of faith. Thus Satan. calls on. his legions, and they arm themselves agaiqft the soul, aow panting and breathing after Christ.
. SECT. XIII, of the Soul's wrestling with Satan, as to this Afault: T AE duties, therelore that apw, concern you, are 1 these:
1. Content not yourselves with some sudden pangs of affection, but labour to perserve those impressions, which the Spirit at any time makes on your souls. This is the caveat of the apoille, Therefore we ought to give the more earaert hecd to the things which we have heard, left at any time we should let them nip, or run out as leaking vessels. It may be at present your desires are firong, earDelt, eager, vehement, extreme thirsting, as the parched earth, for refreshing showers, or as the hunted hart for the water-brooks; surely this is well, and herein you dif. ference your desires, from lazy, cold, heartless, indiffèr. G 3.