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is obliged to watch in himself and in others, to account for the last being first, and the first last, for those who seem to run well not obtaining the prize, those who are lame and a subject for scorn and derision that they should attempt such a thing, at last taking the prey, and what has been said above respecting the Holy Ghost striving with many men, and his being withstood, resisted and sinned away, may explain the fearful state of many who are under such feelings as none can say are not good, for they are a sense of their danger, of their guilt, of their misery, with continual reproofs, and rebukes, so that they seem to be in the way of an awakened sinner and the gospel being heard by them they begin to discover confidence, hope, zeal, love and tenderness, and yet after all come to nought: these things being the joy of the hypocrite, the triumphing of the wicked, and by them they become vain glorious, hard and self-sufficient so as never more to shew good, but in their pride tread under foot the son of God. The Holy Ghost doth not cease to testify that these things will not stand. Till at last entirely he gives them up. Thus they do despite unto the Spirit of grace. Heb. 10. 29. Their conscience is then seared with a hot iron, and so he that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Being left to their ease, the prosperity of fools destroys them. Pro. 1. 33. Matth. 22. 1 &c.

But if he withdraws himself from such as are given up to a reprobate mind, he is promised as a spirit of life and love to all who fear God and believe in his Son. We are washed, we are sanctified, we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, (as we have seen and known;) and by the Spirit of our God. The promise made by the head of his church to all that seek Him with their whole heart is: I will send unto you the comforter-And it is declared that he, Christ, shall baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. By one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one spirit. 1. Cor. 12. 13. And again, know, you not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? Rom 6. 3. To be baptized is to be made partakers of the benefits of Christ's death, and this is felt and known by one thing. We love him because he first loved us. John. 4. 19. And this keeps us close to him. For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge that if one died for all, then were all dead; and that he died for all, that henceforth they which live should not live unto themselves, but unto him who both died for them and rose again. Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. 2 Cor. 5. 14. As many then as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ-Here is first love by

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baptism of the Holy Ghost. Love shed abroad in the heart. But Christ in the heart, and love in the heart is not clothing; they are not only washed as the priests of old were, but they must be clothed. Their garments were many and diverse, and so are the saints'. But let them be what they may, there is one essential to make all the rest set easy and becoming. And Peter mentions it. Be ye clothed with humility. As Christ is the covering of every believer whether as armour or garments; to be clothed with humility we must put him on. And as they are exhorted to put him on, who are already holy in him, there are times when this is not done, and other times when it is done. It is not al. ways that a man feels himself humble, and till he puts on the Lord Jesus as humbling himself to death he will feel the want of Peter's garment. By faith to receive him as humbled for us, produces the like mind with him. And this garment is at once a defence and an ornament, without it we are neither fit for the temple, nor the camp.

As saints there is another clothing for us, thus spoken of-Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. Col. 3. 12. They are already holy but must put on something else, bowels of mercies, and on the first covering this sets well, but

without it, bowels of mercies will sound with too much fleshly affection, yearning over improper objects, and at last leave us rebellious, dry and barAs Paul found to his cost, when he could wish himself accursed from Christ for his kinsmen. He was wanting here in humility. Christ was not then in humbling love constraining him.


There is the righteousness of the saints as fine linen clean and white put on. Which righteousness is by faith in Christ and most sufficient it is to enable us to stand boldly before God, to minister in holy things, or before our enemies to keep our ground good. I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor; surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name Ps. 140. 12. Still even this sets awkward and is not comely without the first, as we often find assured of our justified state begging God to attend to us as such, and yet not easy nor comfortable for want of putting on humility. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4. 10. Again, Put on the whole armour of God. But this in all its parts, offensive and defensive, depends for its usefulness and success upon our having put on the inner garment, being clothed with humility. David could never succeed in any of his conflicts, till he was brought to renounce self and to entire dependance upon God. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for

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me, and he found success pleading his mercy. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Ps. 18. 34.

And what is above all, the bond of perfectness, charity, which cannot be done without humility beneath. It will set with an ill grace, either be to tight or too loose, as the servant who was forgiven went out and forgetting his own obligations, refused that mercy to his fellow servant, which his Lord in so gracious a manner had shewed him. Mat. 18. 21. Thus cutting off the saints. Or like Jehoshaphat, too loose. Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate God? thus letting in the world. 2 Chron. 19. 2. But this being beneath, even humility as our inner garment, it gives an efficacy to the whole. How many prayers,struggles, pleas, appeals, how much faith and hope and love has been exercised and sent up from a consciousness of our need, and a seeking God our only refuge, and yet no full and satisfactory reply, and why? We have found out at last; The Lord shall save the humble person. Job 22. Job 22. 29. And he forgetteth not the cry of the humble Ps. 9. 12. And what can effectually do this? nothing but the dying love of an humbled Saviour and a dear Redeemer.

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