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III. Though their condition be very fad and dangerous, yet it is no: desperate, if they will yec beftir themselves. For lec' them consider These four things.

1, God hath Zeclard a greater delight in the conversion of finners, wberber young or old, than in their destruction and damnation, Ezek: 33.11. Say unto them, as I live faith the Lord God; } . have po pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live, turn ye, turn ye from your evil waies, for why will ye die, O House of Ifrael?

2. The promises of God do stand in force, and wià be made good to repenting returning finners whether

young or old. True Repentance is never top late, but late 'repentance is seldom trne. Al forts of fins are pardonable cu reall penitents and true believers.

3. There is efficacy and vistne'énough in Chrifts. blood to cleanse not only young, but old finners from all their fins,

4. Christ is willing to accept old sinners, if they will repent and forsake their fins, and really turn to him, and close with him on his own terms, being willing to take him not only for their Saviour, but for their Lord and King, and to yield up themselves in sincere obedience to him, and to be guided and governed by his Grace and holy Spirit. Christ did not come to save men , by bringing them to Heaven in sheir ungodlinese, or to Glory in their

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IV. Though ancient people that their hopes of Heaven upon ? such as these, or in a long course of ignorance

, cortlar leet of God, and the concernants of ter a formal performance of religious dutits. But as condition, in an arconverted fit, ut few, who is one outwardly ( who has onely the noc chence follow, they must needs is circumcision of the fles) but he is a few, who is and sterly and finally depair; ber bi one inwardly, whose heart is circumcised. So he Anak:n themfelves, delay no longer is a true Chriftiax upon whose he art che saving condition, while there is a posibilitgal power of Grace upon his foul, really turning it unto dily fer them elves to get out of the work of conversion hath pald; who hath felt the the danger of it. 'Tis no folly to bem God. The fair and broad leaves of an outward fouls, co be wife for Eternity at lat. i profesion will nothing avail, if the fruits of relet them remembct, now if ever,

y. They should be exceeding camps For in Chrift Fesus, neither circumcision availeth nor deceive themselves withill

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dation for such a confidence. A falle man and honest conversation in the world, and freedom hope is but a dream of a waking map. If zult prom grofle fons. Now though outward righteoused Malefactor should frame a pardan faru neffe be not only exceeding commendable, but alin the prison, and think to be saved neceffary to Salvation , yet ʼtis a dangerous would it not prove a miserable chess

poing to reft upon; and by that only, we cannot himself? Does it not concern every conclude any man to be in a good state and con

fore to consider, whether the hope of forme dition to God ward. For, 1. You shall find it warrant, or promise from Gods Word chare things. 2. Such persons usually see no neceffory of

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, without any fufficient ground. Oh what loose and sandy foundations do many build witheir hopes of Heaven upon ? such as these,

1. Their outward profession of Christianity, and una formal performance of religious duties. But as riche Apoft le speaks, Rom. 2. 28, 29. He is not a Lifew, who is one outwardly (who has onely, the

circumcision of the flesh) but he is a Few, who is bauene inwardly, whose heart is circumcised. So he

is a true Chriftiax upon whose heart the saving it work of conversion hath pal'd; who hath felt the power of Grace upon his foul, really turning it unto her God. The fair and broad leaves of an outward profession will nothing avail, if the fruits of real bolines and fančtification be wanting. Gal.6.15. For in Chrift Fefus, neither circumcision availeih any thing , nor uncircumcision, but a new CreaIure.

2. Their moral and civil deportment, their fair and honest conversation in the world, and freedom from grosse fins. Now though outward righteoulneffe be not only exceeding commendable, buc alfo neceffary to Salvation , yet 'tis a dangerous thing to rest upon; and by that only, we cannot conclude any man to be in a good state and condition to God ward. For, 1. You shall find it mang

times accompanied with ignorance, or very little savoury knowledge of God, and spiritnall things. 2. Such persons usually see no neceffity of regeneration, and the nem birth; but content

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531 'more is requir’d than meer civility, and an outfrom groß fins , and the profile dier ward, moral uprightnes to ground a hope of fal.

vation upon, Paul before his conversion, was but the old nature only variados concerning the righteousneffe of the Law blameles, education. 3. There you

Phil.3.6. Yet when God had savingly enlightenmost part any great prizing ofciri," ed his soul

, what a dom doch he paß upon himing to get an interest in bim ; and is felf? and cals his self righteousnelle dung, which be not really unised to him, nojuhopishe accounted Gold before.

3. Some reformation ihat is wrought in them Chief care is usually about an den They have left fore fins they were formerly gia about mortification of inward Luts, "Sins, but an inward leathing, hating, abhorring, pering the affections. True Grace prel and forsaking all known fins, that is a good eviheart-duties, as well as external obedu dence of a gracious state. There must be a care to hibics inward and heart-fins, as well." mortific inward lufts, and the corruptions of the filthinesse, 2 Cor.5.18. If any maakt heart, as well as to abstain from outward acts of

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, these two things in whatever we do, 1 Cor 10.31. ? of it felf: If thy lufts and fins rather leave thee, of God. 6. There is usually a greater

cage, or the decay of natural vigour, this change or drink, or whatsoever yedo, do alu chan show them ; or abate and die meerly through

orm the Duties of the second Table, the is wrought in thee, not by Grace, but by age. Pealing'', good neighbours, and of a commodo leave chy former fins, and do it not out of obeGirst. You shall have some e very negligent and carelelfe of Gods or some temporal advantage, this is not the saEtical power of Godliaelle: So that i" chers chink them good Chriftians; why should

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more is requir'd than meer çivility, and an outward, moral uprightness cc ground a hope of fali vación upon. Paul before his conversion, was concerning the rigbteousnesse of the Law blameles,

Phil.3.6. Yet when God had savingly enlightened his soul,' what a doom doch he paß upon him- .. felf? and cals his self righteoufneffe dung, which he accounted Gold betore.

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vento. Buc 'cis not only the forbearing of some 5. lins, but an inward loathing, hating; abhorring,

and forsaking all known fins, chac is a good eviderice of a gracious state. There must be a care to et mortific inward lufts, and the corruptions of the akbeart, as well as to abstain from outward acts of

in. To mortifie: our sins, is a Sacrifice well-pleala iing to God: In a Sacrifice , these two ihings were requir'd. 1. That it should be flain, not die of it felf: If thy lufts and fins rather leave thee;

han thou chem; or abate and die meerly through ige, or the decay of natural vigour, this change s wrought in thee, not by Grace, but by age.

A Sacrifice was to be offered to God. If thou do leave chy former fins, and do it not out of obedience to God, but for thy credit fake, or profit, or some temporal advantage, this is not the sacrifice God delighrs in.

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