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what thou hast done, or to fall under the Hand of Justice. And since thou canst not attempt the one, be assured the other waits for thee.
Nay, but for any thing thou canst do to the contrary, thou wilt always continue fin. ful, and therefore not for thy paft only, but for thy present iustant Iniquity, thou must be for-ever the immediate Object of Justice and Wrath. The Sinfulness of Satan, this Moment as much challenges the Justice and Indignation of God, as did his first War in Heaven, when his Place was not found any more there ; and as long as he remains the evil Spirit he is, which he will do for-ever, the like Continuation of Justice and Displeasure shall light upon him, as a present, as well as an old Apoftate.
See now the Iffue of the Whole. God is ready to do himself Justice upon you, and to vindicate his Glory in your eternal Punishment. While you also, now and eternally unable to quit your Sinfulness, eternally are unfit for his Presence, and eternally remain the Object of his immediate Justice and Vengeance.
Say then, vain Man, where are thy Hopes sunk? What is become of that con. fident Boasting? Which Way canst thou save thyself? For ought thou canst do, thou hast no other Expectation but Judgment and fiery Indignation. Would God thou wert well aware of this thy deplorable, helpless State! Then I should bring to thee glad Tidings indeed, in the Offers of Mercy obtained for and proposed to thee in Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Saviour.
And truly, as we are never so near Glory and Immortality, as when we are struggling with Death, and forely beset in the dark and melancholy Paffage of a departing Hour; so it is an awful and importunate Concern about the Consequences of Sin, which leads a Man to the Gate of Mercy. And you may be sure you are never so near Salvation, as when, through the Grace of God, finding yourself lost and undone, you áre well-dispofed to throw yourself upon Mercy. .
I must intreat therefore, if you will be profited by the Message of Peace I have next to offer, that you will be at Pains with your
all the former Particulars. Inquire into the Reality of your Sinfulness; and weigh attentively the Consequences of Sin; and caft in your Mind, how unable you are to rescue yourself out of them. All this let Conscience and Reason speak : For I trust, you have heard nothing which is not as consistent with Reason, as it is with Scripture.
AND now I will draw this one Concluhon, which I will wish you to be deeply
convinced of, from all which hath been advanced ; namely, that “Sin is your greatest “ Enemy.” The Consideration of which, poflibly may help you to greater Seriousness in the Inquiry I am recommending. For whilft I remark these three Points as evidently rising out of the Subject, that Sin (by which I would principally be understood to mean Man's erecting his Will for his Guide instead of God's sovereign Pleasure, this being truly the Root of all other Sing and that which carries the highest Measure of Guilt in it) dishonors God, as the exČellent Governor of the World, - defiles the Soul of Man, - and brings Misery with and after it ;--I shall hope that you will be led more solemnly to consider the Consequences of Sin, and the Concern you have in them; and also that you are grown displeased and tired with it, and heartily willing to be rid of such a Monster and Enemy.
Sin is your greatest Enemy.
1. Sın dishonors God, as the Governor of the World. We speak not of the Glory which God hath in bimself; of that essential Honor which he pofseffes, as a most mighty, all-perfect, eternal, and independent Being : but we speak of the Manifestation of this most respectable Glory of the Godhead thro' the Submission of his Creatures. When God is obeyed and his Will meets with no
Opposition or Backwardness in the Soul, bud the Creature Aies with Joy to execute the Almighty Command, knowing no other Desire, nor wishing any other Happiness, than this Service of the most High; when a Race of Beings, whom God hath made, do thus wait upon his sovereign Will with one universal, uninterrupted Readiness of Obedience, then God is known among them to be what he is; then the Creator is glorified, and the Creature is blefled. But when Sin comes in, this beautiful and lovely Order is disturbed. The Things formed forget their Station, will not, do not any more obey: They Night their Maker, and pass on with an insolent Difregard of the divine Will, to act as they please, and God in the mean-time loses his Dominion : The Glory which should accrue to him from the Obe. dience of his Works is gone; and instead of one universal Monarch, as many as there are of Creatures, fo many self-worshipping Idols are set up in his Place. Then Confuficn follows and every evil Work.. Every one making his own Will his God, will bear no Control. And while from hence, Envyings and Refentmerts, and Hatred and Violence grow and spread, the Honor of God is deeply wounded, and his Government fuffers Damage, even to Desolation. In such Circumstances, the Glory of God is like
the Sun in the Night: It shines indeed with its proper and effential Brightness; but then it is not seen; the Face of the World is turned away from it. Though God ruleth the Earth, his Dominion is covered and unseen through the Darkness which Sin hath brought upon it. And, I beseech you, how horrid a Thing, that the Creature, the Şubject, the Dependent, should thus rob God of his Glory! That the Maker should be rejected and disowned by those very Works which his Hands bave made, and which he fails not to preserve and bless! Great God! Thou seeft it ; daily tbou beboldest this Ungodliness, and considerest the Wrong we are doing thy awful Majesty; Thou feeft thyself flighted, thy dread Command unnoticed and disobeyed, thy glorious Name forgotten. Almighty King! we are ashamed, yea even distressed, for the Dif, grace which is brought upon thy Glory, The Remembrance of our Rebellions pain us : O when shall we be rid of this Sing the Enemy that batb done thee this Dihonor !
2. Sin defiles the Soul of Man. Was it not a desirable State, that of Innocence and Purity ? Was not the Soul of Man a lovely Being, when it was stored with those Tempers, which can alone endear it to its Creator? While Humility, without the least