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Satan, ble and come of the fire

• let us crown ourselves with rose-buds before they be

(withered, let none of us go without his part of our vo: luptuousness, let us leave tokebs of joyfulaess in every

place, for this is our portion, and our lot is this,' Wil. .. . 6, 7, 8, 9. Or if thou sayest all these are cardal, and

thy sorrow is spiritual, and there is no proportion betwixt these two; why then, saith Satan, go to the word and prayer, and other means, Kindle a fire and compass thyself "about with sparks, and then walk in the light of thy fire,

and in the sparks which thou hast kindled,” Ifa. l. 11. Go thy ways to duties, and rest in duties, and never talkmore of a principle of grace, or of love to God, fetch'd from Christ Jesus as the spring of all. Thus Satan tempts, this is his method and malice in this case, he plots first to allay and take away the smart which God hath made, by outward mirth: But if he fiods the foul bleeds still, and will not be stenched, but only by the blood of Christ, and that is it which it is busily enquiring after, then by way of diversion he bids such pray, and hear, and coofer, and joy in them, and rest in them. He cares not where they have comfort, so it be on this side Jesus Chrift; well he knows, that a reaching out of the foul towards the merciful hand of Christ holden out to help it up in the next and immediate act, by which a mao is quite and for ever pul. led out of Satan's power, and put into the paradise of grace; and therefore here now he beltire himself, and to the soul that cries after ease and comfort, he offers comforts of these several sorts, carnal and spiritual outward mirihs, and resting on means of grace. :

Of the Soul's Wrestling with Satan as to these Alfaults.
To these two assaults you must use suitable repulses,

To the first then of wicked companions and their temptations, consider of these particulars:'..

1. It is not so much a companion, a friend, a loose com: pany of men, as the devil in and by them, that tempts thee to carpal comforts. When Christ began to thew to his disciples, how that he must go into Jerufalem and suffet many things of the elders, and chicf priests, 'and scribes; then Peter took him aside, and would needs comfort him


vith, Be it far from thee Lord, this shall not be udio

thee. But he turned and said unto Peter, Get thee bei hind me Satan, thou art an offepce voto me, thou sa.

vourest not the things of God, but those that be of men,' Mat, xvi, 21, 22, 23, 24. Peter in his disuasion was an pstrument of Satan, and set on work by Satan, and there.. fore Christ calls him Satan; no less are they that bring carQal comforts to spiritual fores. snim E: 2. Io seeking comfort, it is no way of God, to advise with carnal and unregenerate friends. Alas! they think thou art mad, they know not what trouble for fia means, why then fhould thou discover thy disease to such who are no physicians: When God wrought wonderfully from heaven, in the conversion of Paul, it is said, that he obeyed God immediately, and never consulted with fless and biood, Gal, i. 16. Thus do thou. Doth God by his ministry convince thee of thy finful ways, of becoming a new man, of coming to him for case and refreshment? Give up thyself to this call immediately, and consult not with flesh and blood.

3. There is no suitableness of what they offer to the healing of thy forrowful and (io-sick soul. What idle com papions can quiet thy conscience, forgive thy sin, fupport thy spirit, or fill thee. with spiritual joy? Alas! all their joys are but as the crackliog of thorns under a pot; * Vanity, vanity of vanities, all is vanity. I said of laugh

ter, It is mad, and of joy, what doth it?' Eccl. ij. 1, 2. The There is no more agreement betwixt carnal mirth and a spiritual fore, than bétwixt light and darkness. Away then, Depart from the tents of these wicked men, and 'touch nothing of theirs, left thou shalt be consumed in all their fins,' Numb. xvi. 26.

4. It was the apostle's advice to them, who upon the prick of the heart enquired for cure, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. And this he did very earnestly, for with many words did he testify and exhort, faylog Save yourselves from them, Acts ii. 40. He insisted much on it, and seriously charged, adjured, and intreated them, as kaowing it to be a business of very great importance ia what company such young beginners lighted; furely this


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concerns thee as'much asi him.Oh that whed fack teinpl tations are abroad, thou wouldft' think as if thou heardt that queltion put to thee, Why seek ye the living among the dead? Luke xxiv. 3. What living lasting joys can be found with them that are dead in fios? Oh save thyself from them! . i wrino. No in-'rs

To the second assault of going to duties, and refting on duties for ease and comfort. Coolider, ve!. I l

1. This is a seeking för righteousness, as it were, by the words of the law, not directly, but as it were, it-fets up one thing for another; Being ignorant of the rightesoolaess of God, we establish our own righteousøefs, and * are not subject to the righteousaels of God, Rom. ix. 3 to and x. 3. "

3. Doties maý pacify conscience for a time, but certaiolý it will not hold: Then Ephraim faw his fickness, and • Judah saw his wound, then weat Ephraim to the Alls. * rian, and fest to kiog Jareb, yet could they not heal him;

por cure him of his wound; Hof v. 13. lé is vaturalto med to rest on duties, so it was at first, Adam and all his posterity was to be saved by doing; Do this and live: And hence all to this day seek in like manger -io be faved by doing; but if this were fufficicnt, what need of a Savio hur? If we rest on duties, or any thing this side Chrift, we fhall find them as weak as the Assyrian, or as Jareb, they * Cannot heal us, they cannot care us of our wounds. ...

3. Duties muft be used, but carnally applauded and gloried in, they will undo souls. Duties are to Satap as the ark of God was to the Philistines: He tremeled to see a foul diligent in the use of duries, but when the creature confides in them, apd rests on them, he hath his defigo. This was Bernard's temptation, wheo being asisted in du. ty, he could stroke his own head with Bene fecifli Bernar. de, O Bergard, this was gallanıly done, pow chear up thyself. Many a poor soul would have comfort, dod knows not whither to go for it but to prayer, hearing, readings &c. and that done, he goes away and strokes himfeif, Surely I shail do well now, I shall be able to wrestle with devils. This is the very way to miscarry. Ouè speaks it qui boldly, but truly, Many touks do not only perish pray

i ing áod repenting, but they perish by their praying and su repenting, while they carnally trust, and comfort them i felves in them. I defire to be rightly understood in this.

point; fome because they must rely on duties, let go their duties, because their comfort ought to be all in Chrift,

therefore they imagine a Christ talked of, and not desired, er loved, believed in, or prayed to, will folidly comfort.

Oh, take heed of Satan's deceit either way! What, is thy" a soul sad, and feeks to be comforted ? Go to Christ, but

go to him in a way of duty, oot restióg on the duty, but only on him; heár a sermon to bring thee to Christ, is faft and pray, and get a full tide of affections in them to no carry thee to the Lord Jesus Chrift; in this doing, Satan

will vanish and depart from thee, at least for a season, as w ho did from Christ, thé Captain of thy soul's falvation.. E . . . SECT. X. . .. .

.. Of Satan's Affaults upon the fight of Sin.

THE fouł now understanding that there is dio folid, Et fuitable comfort on this side Christ, begias chére. 1/fore to look out for Christ, Hot. vi: 1, 2, 3... Come, say om 'converts, let us retorn unto the Lord, for he hath broa. hasken us, and he will heal us; he hath (mitten us, and he.. of or will bind us up: After two days he will revive us, in by the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his meblight; then thall we know, if we follow on to know the ds, Lord, his going forth is prepared as the morning, and

he shall come upto os as the rain, as the latter and for. * Se mer rain unto the earth.' Well, faith Satan, if it be ed? tbus, if nothing but Jesus Christ will serve the turn, if a prin light of Christ be the next thing looked for, then take a

view of Christ in his beauties, graces, sweetnesses; acquaint *3 thyself with the history of Christ from first to last; learn

bim in his natures, person, incarnation, offices, codowe

menis; for his nature, he is God and man, [Theanthro che pos] God manifested in the fieth; for his person, he is the

lecond person in the Tripity, in which perfon both the i natures are ünited; for his incarnation, he was conceived. se me of the Holy Ghost, bors of the virgin Mary; for his office, o ne is a king, a priest, and a prophet; and for his eidow. 5 miests, he receiped the Spirit without measure, id him are


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hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowlege, in which refpect he is said to be fairer than all the children of meo. Why all this, faith Satan, I am willing thou should it learn, study and gain as much of the speculative, notional knowlege of Christ as possible thou canst; launch out (if thou wilt) into the deep questions and controversies of three persons in one nature, and of two paturęs in one per. fon: Consult all schoolmen in their hot disputes and new opinions, there chou mayft hear enough of the sound of his name. Oh the temptations of Satan when he hears fiapers complain! What, no remedy for a fin-fick foul? is there no balm in Gilead, no physician there ? And when the answer is given no, there is no other game under heaa vea, whereby possibly thou canst be saved, but only Jesus Christ. Why then, let me fee Christ, faith, the soul, give me a view of Jesus, or I die, I am undone, I perish everlastingly. Hereupon steps in Satan, saying, Come,

thou shalt have a view of Christ, I am ao enemy to a ge-' 'neral, notional, historical, speculative knowlege of Jesus Christ, only content thyself with Christ as an object of knowlege, and not of faith. And thus Satan deals with fouls, as we do with furveyors of lands, that take an ex.' act compass of our grounds or lands, of which they shall never enjoy a foot; and many are taken in this foare.' There is much talking of Christ, many luxuriate into a' theoretical knowlege, a meer brain knowlege of Christ, that have no right or title to Christ, aor ever look after it, and so they miscarry..

... SECT. XI...
of the Soul's Wrestling with Satan as to this Af-

fault.' . T o this assault you must use these repulses, . . 1 1. Labour fo to koow Christ, as to have your hearts taken up with the practical admiration of the glory of Christ above all the glories in the world, that is true knowlege which stirs up affections in the heart, and the effects thereof in your life; and the first affection that is a stirred up in the hearts of men at the sight of Christ, it is, a wondering and admiriog at the glories, splendors, and. excellences that are in. Christ, Ifa. ix. 6. His name halli


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