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his easy yoke, they Would throw down their arms and submit. They think, if they yield to the gospel, they must bid adieu to pleasure. But what will become of their pleasure, when the day of his forbearance being expired, he will speak to them in his wrath, and fill them with hopeless horror and dismay?

Bless the Lord, ye favoured few, whose eyes are opened, whose hearts are softened, and who are become the willing people of this Saviour. Yet a little while and he will appear again, and then you also shall appear jvith him in glory!

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Psalm ii. 4.

He that Jitteth in the heavens Jhall laugh j the Lord JJjall have them in derision.

TH E extent and efficacy of the depravity os mankind, cannot be fully estimated, by the conduct of heathens destitute of divine revelation. We may fay of the gospel, in one sense, what the apostle says of the law, It entered that Jin might abound *. It afforded occasion for displaying the alienation os the heart os man from the blessed God, in the strongest light. The sensuality, oppression and idolatry which have prevailed in all ages, sufficiently prove the wickedness * Rom. v, 20.


have read offer two points for the consolation of those who love him, and for the timely consideration of those who have hitherto disregarded him.

I. That hesitteth in the heavens.

II. The notice he taketh of his enemies. He smiles at their rage, and treats both their power and their policy with contempt.

I. He whom God has anointed (therefore called Messiah) he against whom kings and rulers, nations and the people rage, Jittetb in the heavens. He has finished his great work, and entered into his rest; having by himself surged our Jinst he is immoveably seated on his throne, at the right hand of the Majesty on high *. He is the Head, King and Lord of principalities, dominions and powers, possessed of all authority, unchangeably fixed over all, God blejfed for evermore -f-. In this character he is the Representative, High Priest, Advocate and Shepherd of all who put their trust in him. He is ever mindful of them. While he is preparing a place for them near himself, by the power of his Spirit he maintains an intercourse with them, and manifests himself to them as he does not * Heb. j. 3. f Rom. ix. 5.

to to the world. By his providence, which ruleth over all, he manages their concerns upon earth, supplies their wants, and gives them present and effectual help and support in their time of trouble. To him their eyes and hearts are directed, they look to him and are enlightened*, strengthened, and comforted. And under his protection they are safe. He having taken charge of them, and engaged to save them to the uttermost, no weapon formed againjl them can prosper. Now they may draw nigh to God with boldness, for they have One who ever liveth to make intercession for them. Now they may lay aside all anxious uneasy cares, for they have a mighty Friend who carcth for them. Now they may fay, each one for himself, / will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength, and my song, and my salvation -j-. Whether you have indeed fled to him for refuge as the hope set before you, committed your soul to him, and accepted him in all his offices, as your Prophet, Priest and King, is a point of experience; if you have he knows it, for he enabled you to do it j and he will not disappoint the hope, and * Ps. xxxiv. 5. t I&. xii. 2.

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