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heaven, "* and he abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself. Beloved, as the immutable faithfulness of God in his promise and oath affords believers strong consolation,† so it is to unbelievers for strong consternation and confusion. O sinner, tell me what shift dost thou make to think of all the threatenings of God's word, that stand upon record against thee? Dost thou believe they are truth or not? If not, thou art a wretched infidel, and not a christian; and therefore give over the name and hopes of a christian. But if thou dost believe them, O heart of steel that thou hast, that canst walk up and down in quiet, when the truth and faithfulness of God is engaged to destroy thee! So that if the Almighty can do it, thou shalt surely perish and be damned. Why man! the whole book of God doth testify against thee, while thou remainest unsanctified: it condemns thee in every leaf, and is to thee like Ezekiel's roll, "written within and without with lamentation, and mourning and woe," and all this shall surely come upon thee, and overtake thee,§ except thou repent: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but one jot or tittle of this word shall never pass away."

Now put all this together, and tell me if the case of the unconverted be not deplorably miserable: as we read of some persons that + Heb. vi. 18. + Ezek. Mat. v. 18.

*Mat. xviii. 3.
Deut. xxviii. 15.

ii. 10.

had bound themselves in an oath and in a curse to kill Paul, so thou must know, O impenitent sinner, to thy terror, that all the attributes of the infinite God are bound in an oath to destroy thee.* O man! what wilt thou do? Whither wilt thou flee? If God's omnisciency can find thee, thou shalt not escape; if the true and faithful God will save his oath, perish you must, except thou repent and believe. If the Almighty hath power to torment thee, thou shalt be perfectly miserable in soul and body to all eternity, unless it be prevented by speedy conversion.

II. The whole creation of God is against thee." "The whole creation (saith Paul) groaneth and travaileth in pain." But what is it the creation groaneth under? Why, the fearful abuse that it is subject to, in serving the lust of unsanctified men. And what is it that the creation groaneth for? Why, for freedom and liberty from this abuse; for the "creature is very unwillingly subject to this bondage." If the unreasonable and animate creatures had speech and reason, they would cry out under it as a bondage insufferable, to be abused by the ungodly, contrary to their natures and the ends that the great Creator made them for. While the Lord of hosts is against thee, be sure the host of the Lord is against thee, and all the creatures, as it were,

*Heb. iii. 18.

viii. 19, 21.

+ Rom. viii. 22.

Rom.

up in arms, till, upon a man's conversion, the controversy being taken up between God and him, he makes a covenant of peace with the creatures for him.*

of

III. "The roaring lion hath his full power upon thee." Thou art fast in the paw that lion that is greedy to devour; in the snare of the devil, led captive by him at his will.‡ This is the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience, his drudges they are, and his lust they do. He is the ruler of the darkness of this world, that is, of ignorant sinners who live in darkness. You pity the poor Indians who worship the devil for their God, but little think it is your own case. Why it is the common misery of all the impenitent, that the devil is their god. Not that they do intend to do him homage and worship, they will be ready to defy him, and him that should say so by them; but all this while they serve him, and come and go at his beck, and live under his government: "His servants ye are to whom ye yield yourselves to obey."** Doubtless the liar intends not a service to Satan, but his own advantage; yet it is he that stands in the corner unobserved, and putteth the things in his heart.tt Questionless, Judas, when he sold his master for money,

v. 8.

† 1 Pet. Eph.

** Rom. vi. 16.

*Job xxi. 21, 24. Hos. ii. 18, 20. 2 Tim. ii. 26. Eph ii. 2. vi. 12. T 2 Cor. iv. 4. tt Acts v. 3. John viii. 44. L

and the Chaldeans and Sabeans when they plundered Job, intended not to do the devil a pleasure, but to satisfy their own covetous thirst; yet it was he that actuated them in their wickedness.* Men may be very slaves and common drudges for the devil, and never know it; nay, they may please themselves in the thoughts of happy liberty.†

Art thou yet in ignorance, and not turned from darkness to light? Why, thou art under the power of Satan. Dost thou live in the ordinary and wilful practice of any known. sin? know that thou art of the devil. Dost thou live in strife, or envy, or malice? verily he is thy father. O dreadful case! However Satan may provide his slaves with divers pleasures, yet it is but to draw them into endless perdition. The serpent comes with the apple in his mouth; O! but (with Eve) thou seest not the deadly sting. He that is now thy tempter will one day be thy tormentor. O, that I could but give thee to see how black a master thou servest, how filthy a drudgery thou dost, how merciless a tyrant thou gratifiest, all whose pleasure is to set thee on work to make thy perdition and damnation sure, and to heat the furnace hotter and hotter, in which thou must burn for millions and millions

of ages.

*John xiii. 27. Job i. 12, 15, 17.

+ 2 Pet.

ii. 19.
John viii. 40, 41.

Acts xvi. 18.

1 John iii. 8.

¶ Tit. iii. 3.

IV. The guilt of all thy sins lies like a mountain upon thee." Poor soul! thou feelest it not, but this is that which seals thy misery upon thee. While unconverted, none of thy sins can be blotted out,* they are all upon the score against thee. Regeneration and remission are never separated; the unsanctified are unquestionably unjustified and unpardoned.†

Beloved, it is a fearful thing to be in debt, but above all in God's debt; for there is no arrest so formidable as his, no prison so horrible as his. Look upon an enlightened sinner, who feels the weight of his own guilt. O how frightful are his looks, how fearful are his complaints! His comforts are turned into wormwood, and his moisture into drought, and his sleep is departed from his eyes.

How light soever you may make of it now, you will one day find the guilt of unpardoned sin to be a heavy burden; it is a mill-stone; "whosoever falleth upon it shall be broken; but upon whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder." What work did it make with our blessed Saviour! It pressed the very blood out of his veins, and broke all his bones; and if it did this in the green tree, what will it do in the dry?

O think of thy case in time! canst thou think of that threat without trembling, "Ye

*Acts iii. 19.

Heb. ix. 14.

† 1 Cor. vi. 11. 1 Pet. i. 2. Mat. xxi. 44.

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