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w lasting strength. Ifa. 40. 28. The Vol.VII. everlasting God, the Lord, the crea
tour of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary.
We cannot trust in men, because there is nothing in man to be a Foundation of our Confidence; his good will towards us may change, his Power may faint, and he may grow weary, or if these continue, yet they that have a mind and a power to help us, themselves may fail; therefore the Pfalmift useth this consideration of mens mortality, 'to take us off from confidence in man, Psal. 146. 3, 4. Put not your trust in Princes, zor in the son of man, whom there is no help; his breath ga eth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perifh. Isa. 2. 22.
Cease ye from man, whole breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?
The greatest of the Sons of Men are but lying refuges to the everlasting God; they are but broken reeds to the rock of Agess
Vol.VH. And this may support our Faith, not only in reference to our own condition for the future, but in reference to our posterity, and the condition of God's Church to the end of the World. When we die we may leave ours and the Church in his hands, who lives for ever, and reigns for ever. The enemies of God's Church, and those who have the most malicious designs against it, what ever jhare they may have in the affairs of the World, they can but domineer for a while, they must die, and that very day their thoughts perish : But thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.
2. For the encouragement of our obedience. We serve the God who can give us an everlasting reward. The reyard of the next Life is called Eternal Life, an Eternal weight of glory, 2 Cor. 4. 17. Eternal Salvation, Heb. 5. 9.. an Eternal Inheritance, Heb. 9. 15: That place where good Men shall be rewarded is called, everlasting
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mi habitations, Luke 16. 9. a house Vol . VII. Eternal in the heavens, 2 Cor. 5.
1. As the promise of our future
times takes off mens eyes from the King to his Successor : but he that serves God, serves the King, everlasting, as the Apostle calls him, who will live to dispence rewards to all those who are faithful to him.
3. For the terrour of wicked men. The Sentence which shall be past upon men at the day of judgment, is call?d Eternal Judgment, Heb. 6. 2. because it decides mens
Eternal state ; the Punishment that
VOL VII. shall follow this Sentence which shall pass upon the wicked, is called, Everlasting punisbment, Matt. 25. 46. Everlasting fire. Matt. 25. 41. Everlasting destruction, 2 Thes. 2. 9.
vengeance of Eternal fire, Jude 7. The smoke of the bottomless pit, is said to ascend for ever and ever, Rev. 14. 11. and the wicked to be tormented day and night, for ever and ever. Rev. 20. 10. Now as the punishment of wicked men is founded in the Justice of God; and the greatness of it in his Power; fo the perpetuity and continuance of it in his Eters nity. The Apostle faith Heb. 10:31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God; because he that lives for ever, can punish for ever; as the Eternal Demerit of lin feeds, and animates, and keeps aa live the never dying worm, so the wrath of the Eternal God blows up the Eternal Flame.
How should this awaken in us a fear of the Eternal God! Sinners,
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of sin, which are but for a season, to incense that Justice which will Punish' and torment you for ever! As good men shall have the everlafting God for their Reward, and their Happiness; so wicked men shall have him for their Judge and Aven, ger.
We fear the wrath of men, whose power is short, and whole breath is in their nostrils, who can afflict but a little, i and for a little while. Doft thou fear maz that fball die, and the fon of man that fball be made as grafs? and is not the wrath of the Eternal God much more terrible? Luke 12. 4, 5. And I fay una to you,s my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do z but I will forewarn you whom seifball fear; fear him, who after he hath killa, hath power to cast into hell, yea I Say unto you, fear him. The wrath of man is despicable, because it hath bounds and limits; the fury of linan can but reach to the body, it can go no