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one vessel to honour and another to dishonour. The clay being utterly incapable thro' its vileness, leanness, coldness and hardness of being applied to any other purpose-stiff and unmanageable in itself as human nature is. He has. What if God willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted (by their pride and enmity) to destruction, and that he may make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he had before prepared unto glory. Even us whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles. Rom. 9. 21.

In this state then are all mankind by the permis sion of God, even enemies in our minds by wicked works. Under the law, yet transgressors of it and so exposed to eternal punishment. But this is intended only to display the glories of that throne whose habitation is justice and judgment; but which is only upholden by mercy. For mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upholden by his mercy, Prov. 20. 28. Isaiah, 16. 5. It would be impossible and it is impossible for that King, or his throne

either, to be upholden who has nothing but justice and judgment, who confers no favours, and can have no affections. But the tender mercies of the Lord are over all; and for this he justly claims a return from his creatures, for benefits bestowed, in gratitude and love. But there are no such things. Whatsoever

things the Law saith, and all it says, in brief is this, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength, and thy neighbour as thyself, 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. This is the ministration of death which makes the way for a ministration more and most glorious. For where there is neither Justice nor judgment going before, there can be no mercy.


"A God all mercy is a God unjust."

Now it is said that justice and judgment are the habitation of God's throne; mercy and truth before his face, and were it not so there could be no such persons as saints.-But how are they saints! They are said to be sanctified in Christ Jesus. Now it appears to me that an earthly king who extends mercy to a criminal must be unjust in so doing. He may be and he is amiable and compassionate: but he is unjust to himself and to his law, for neither have been satisfied. So he cannot be both just and merciful in the same offender. But it is written, God is just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. Yea, that he declares his righteousness by this proceeding; as Paul testifies. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation thro' faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins

that are past thro' the forbearance of God. Rom. 3. 25. Do we then make void the law thro' faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. 26. for the throne, the fountain of the law, is upholden by mercy which is extended thro' faith, the gift of God,

Being then made saints in Christ Jesus and of sinners men cannot become saints without mercy; how is this brought to pass? God who is rich in mercy for the great love wherewith he hath loved us, even when we dead in sins, hath quickened together with Christ, and hath raised us up together. Eph. 2, 5. But that he was raised up implies that he humbled himself, and that he was quickened that he was dead. And so he was. For he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. sanctification is in Christ thro' his death. fore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people thro' his blood suffered without the gate. Heb. 13. 12. Christ then must die, that we might be saints. He was made sin for us who knew no sin himself.

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He himself bare our sins in his own body upon the tree. 1. Pet. 2. 24. They were not only laid upon him, but he took them. He bare the sins of many, they were imputed to him, and he acknowledges them as his own. O God thou knowest my foolishness and my sins are not hid from thee. Ps. 69. 5. Innumerable

evils compass me about, mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head: therefore my heart faileth me. Here he became exposed to the wrath of God, which is thus declared: Awake O sword against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the Shepherd. Zech. 13. 7. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. Is. 53. 5. He laments; thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Ps. 88. 7. Thy fierce wrath goeth over me, thy terrors have cut me off. 16. Not only the sorrows of death, but the pains of damnation, and its fears, came upon him and he sunk. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about, the snares of death prevented me. Ps. 18. 4. And so again; my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death. Mark. 14. 34. And sinking under this heavy load and unable to find any foundation on which to stand, being laden with our sin, he cries, I sink in the deep mire where there is no standing. Ps. 69. 2. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 15. Enemies, Devils and men add to the dreadful pangs of his soul; and natural life hastening to a close, and the fear of eternal

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destruction from the presence of God, as he found his face turned from him, all these things brought him further and further down; till his soul came into hell, the feelings of fierce wrath, not that he entered into the receptacle of the damned; but he says the sorrows of hell compassed me about. O amazing mystery!

But mercy and truth were to go before the face of God, and the prayer for this King of Israel is, O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. Ps. 61. 7. God had promised thus unto him as the helper of Israel in his low estate oppressed by enemies, and said, I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant, with my holy oil have I anɔinted him; with whom my hand shall be established, mine arm also shall strengthen him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father my God, and the rock of my salvation. Ps. 89. 19. The first promise is, that my faithfulness and my shall be with him. Now you may see what promise the Lord had in his view and exercised his faith upon all his life time until the trying hour. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be



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