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CHAP. XX.

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Death,

Hell, of the Four last things

& Fudgement, Heaven.

I. of Death. O our life

of the main businesses of should be to prepare for death. 4

In order hereunto observe these directions.

First, Medicare often and seriously on thy death and dißolution even in time of thy bealth. Foseph of Arimathea made his Sepulchre in his garden, that in the midst of his delights he mighe think of death. Often retire, and take thy self alone, and walk in the valley of sbe shadow of death. Do not start from the thoughts of it, Do by chy soul, when thou findest it by of such meditations, as we do by our horses, that are given to boggle and start when we ride chem, when hey fly back, and start at a thing in the way, we do not yield to their fear, and go back (chac will make them worse another time ) but we ide them up close to that they are afraid of, and o in time break them of chac ill quality. So do hou, bring up thy heart, and inure it to look pon death, and co handle that Serpent. Con

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Cha Chap.20. of Death

579 fider , deach is making its approacheson ry mans particular death lies in his own fins. Deatle

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upon thee before thoo art an2?! cannot burt us, bue by the force of our owo X therefore, prepare for it, that when it comes fins. A man may safely handle a Serpent when and attaches thee, thou maist be foundicthe sting is our. If death be disarmed of its sting a gracious state, with such a frame of Spins and poyson, it cannot hurt us. It concerns us bid it welcom, and be able to say with us be removed and pardoned, and to labour before Paul, I desire to be disolved, and to keep we die, to abolish the ftrength of death, Now

the way to do this is, Christ

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1. To humble ow souls unfeignedly before the Lord, and to repent of all our fons.

2. To fly to Clorift and to close with him for pardon and Grace.

The frequent meditation of death otros 1. To quicken thy soul to a deep baratan :

cellent means

repentance for thy past fins.

lives, and to walk in the waies of holinesse.

riches, and the love of this world.

as to ali real converts, and trme believers, so that

glorious Palace, to the blisseful mansions above.

it will keep worse company from chee.

2. To repreffe the eager and in diabeet ,. 3. In the strength of his Grace to amend our -3. To antidote thee againft fin for visit The fling of death is taken away by Christ Feltus come. work out thy salvation. Think often of death them: It will be only a dark and short paffage to a

4. To make thee improve time, and earth ic cannot hurt chem, nay, will be an advantage to death the power and strength thereof, The where is thy fting? O grave where is the victory?

Secondly, Labour to take away from So that they may triumph as Paul did, o death, boured to know wherein his power and from our Lord Felus Christ. But now to all imperitent, it to lie in the hair of his head, they cealeda is the sting of deach? Deach is deach with a wit. the strength of deach lies: The Spirit all in their fins. No fight in the world more dreadtill it was cut. teachech us that, in 1 Cor. 15.56, The Pingle ful than co see a dying finner ( with his Conscideath is fin. The power and force and fing oras Ence newly awakened) conficting with death,

Tharks be to God, who giveth us victory through

liftims seeing Sampson lo exceeding free

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neffe, and Hell into the bargain to them chat die

Consider therefore

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ry mans particular death lies in his own fins. Death cannot hurt us, but by the force of our own fins. A man may safely handle a Serpent when che sting is our. If death be disarmed of its sting and poyson, it cannot hurt us. It concerns us therefore to wfe effectwal means that our sins may be removed and pardoned , and co labour before we die, co abolish the strength of death. Now the way to do this is,

1. To humble ow souls unfeigredly before the Lord, and to repent of all our fins.

2. To fly to Christ and to close with him for parden and Grace,

3. In the strength of his Grace to amend our lives, and to walk in the waies of holinesse. The fling of death is taken away by Chrift Felus as to all real converts, and trwe believers, so chac ic cannot hurt them, nay, will be an advantage to them: It will be only a dark and short passage to a glorious Palace, to the blisseful mansions above. So that they may triumph as Paul did, o death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? Thanks be to God, who giveth us victory through our Lord Fesus Christ. But now to all imperitent, unpardoned sinners, how deadly, how incurable is the sting of death? Deach is death with a witnelle, and Hell into the bargain to chem chat die in their firs. No sighc in the world more dreadful than to see a dying finner ( with his Conscience newly awakened) condicting with death

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and fin, and the Law, and Gods Curfe cogerber. O how fad, how intolerably sad is it to see a man chat hath gone on in a long , carelesse, ob ftinate course of finning, now at the point of death co have his eies first opened, and co se himself on che brink of the dreadful pit, unavoidably falling into the lake of fire and brimftom. Tofach a person, deach brings its porsoned arron, and executes him with its venemous fling,

Thirdly, Give all diligence in chis life, colag hold on eternal life, I Tim. 6. 12. That is, to enter into the fort degree of life eternal. Eternal life

may be look'd upon under three confiderati ons. As Initial, as Partial, as Perfectional. · 1. The eternal life initial is that which is ob tained in this life, and is an earnest of that which is to follow. 'Tis the life of Grace: Of chis og Saviour fpake, foh. 5.24. Verily, verib, Ilo unto you, he that heareth my Word, and believe on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, an shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death to life. And foh.3.36. He that believesbo the Son bath everlasting life.

2. The Partial life eternal is that which be longech (though to the nobler) yet but to a po of man, namely, to the Soul. The happines which the Souls of Sainis enjoy becween che tim of their death, and the last day, is the partial li eternal. 3. The Perfectional life eternal is chat whic

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shall be conferred on the Saints immediatly after che blessed reusion of their souls and bodies, and that gracious sentence pronounc'd, come ge blessed of my Father, receive the Kingdom prepared for you from the fonndation of the world. So that we see we must iu this world enter into the first degree of ecernal life, if ever wc intend to be parcakers of the other two. We must be raised from the death of fin to the life of grace. We must as the Apostle (peaks, Col.1.13. Be delivered from the power of darknesse, and translated into the Kingdom of our blessed Saviour. We must with Paul be able to say, Gal.2.20. I live, yet not 1, but Christ liveth in me, i. l. By his Spirit guides and governs my will, affetions, and all the powers both of my soul and body. Whoever would be saved when he is dead, must begin to be faved while

he is living. We must begin to live chat blessed and eternal life before we Jie.

Fourthly, Inure thy self to die to this world and he enjoyments of it, every day, more and more. Paul cels us, he died daily, 1 Cor.15.31. If we would learn to do so, it would not be so hard to die, when we come to it in good earneft. Deach s not so strong to him whose natural strength has been wasted with a long, pining sicknesse, is to him who lies but a few daies sick, and has Zrength of nacure to make resistance. That Chris Zian, whose love co his life, and the contenta

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