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to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same, and if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. Luke 6. 32. So that here are some works of the law.

These heathens shew the work of the law. This work is a single work, and it is written in their hearts, it cannot be love, because if it were, they would be justified. But all are under sin, and we have seen how far they can go in some works of the law. This single work of the Law is a sense of wrath, attended with dread of God. For the law worketh wrath. So every man feels he is condemned; and to

appease offended. Divinity, sacrifices are offered, or good works done to please him. Whatever things the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law, that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God. Rom. 3. 19. Men have tried to erase this from their hearts, but there it is written of God, and there it must remain, in spite of infidels, moralists, or divines so called. The south sea islander with his human sacrifice is a better divine than thousands of those who are admired for their wisdom among the ancients, or religion among christians: not one of these wise men has been able to remove this work written. To this conscience bears witness, and therefore works must be done or some mediation resorted to--And had not the

Devil had wrath to work upon, he never could have introduced Lords many, and Gods many.

Conscience also testifies that they are guilty, and so exposed to wrath; and their thoughts the mean while, till wrath is executed, not confessing evil but accusing one another because of evil wilfully done; or excusing, imputing it to human frailty and infirmity. The next set of men, and the only left, are those that have sinned in the law and shall be judged by the law. Behold thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent being instructed out of the law; and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself! thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal! Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery! thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege! thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonourest thou God! Rom. 2. 17. Here then is a witness that sin in both is wilful and against light. So says Paul; what then, are we better than they? no in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles--that they are all under sin. Rom. 3. 9. Here then God has left a faithful monitor, and when he comes to judge the secrets of men, He will be true, and every man who has cavilled, spoken of man's excellence, or of God's injustice will be found C

a liar, as it is written; That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

But it is further declared in the scriptures that with mankind in their natural state God strives, and for their good at the very worst of times, as before the flood. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. This does not exclude good, tho' it proves that they had no good as of themselves; yet was their conscience and the work of the law (wrath and condemnation) striving with them; these where-ever they are found are good and must come from the spirit of God who is good. Therefore it is said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years-This striving could not be by the ministry of Noah-For Noah himself was at that time among them-not having yet found grace in the eyes of the Lord. It must be then some inward striving, and that is said to be by the spirit of the Lord. Then came the ministry of Noah: when by faith he being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the sav、 ing of his house, by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Heb. 11. 7. And so reasonable and just does the judgment of God appear to every awakened sinner, and the testimony that has been

borne against us in our conscience so clear, that he is surprised every one does not fall under it-thus the thief, dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation, and we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds. Luke. 23. 40. Noah warned them as he was warned himself. And God gave them abundant time thro' his long suffering, when he waited in those days. 1. Pet. 3. 20. Such as these are said by Paul to despise the riches of his goodness, and forbearance and long suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth them to repentance; but to this they never come: for it must be a gift. Yet adds Paul, after thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Rom. 2. 4. If we go on to the days of Israel in the wilderness, it is written of them; But they rebelled and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy: and he fought against them. Isa. 63. 10. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned whose carcases fell in the wil derness! And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest! but to them that believed not. Heb. 3. 17. And these are said to harden their hearts and provoke, against all the warnings, kindnesses, and entreaties of God.

With those men who stand marked as the greatest sinners God has used the faithfullest

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warnings and utmost long suffering consistent with justice. So that they can make no reply. Esau was not rejected till he had despised the birthright-Pharaoh resisted the repeated testimony of his own conscience, he contradicted his own word, I have sinned this time, and the evidence, the witness of his own magicians, This is the finger of GodSaul; I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and thy words. 1. Sam. 15. 24. Judas; I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. Felix trembled, as Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come. Acts. 24. 25. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, almost thou persuadest me to be a christian.

Yet how does he maintain his sovereignty and his dignity, his justice and his judgment, his kindness and his compassion having made all things for himself. Still he expresses his grief that his creatures will destroy themselves, the grief not of disappointment, but love; and repents himself of the work of his hands, the repentance not of vexation, but of kindness. Gen.6. 6.

But because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Eccl. 8. 11. Still judgment must go forth. For justice and judginent are the habitation of God's throne. And hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make

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