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are dnce cast into the fire prepared for the Devil and this Angels, shall ever enter into their Masters jey. As the tree falleth, so it lieth. There

is no change to be wrought in man withinthose s flames; no purgation of his fins, no fanctificati

on of his Nature, no justification of his person, y and therefore no salvation for him. Without

the mediation of Christ, no man fhill ever enter into Heaven: And when he hath delivered up the Kingdom unto God, even the Father, then Thail the office of ibe Mediator cease. The condition then of the damned is unalterable; their cona demnation irreversible , their torments remediles. their miferies eternal. The Reasons hereof

kint Comment on Fude, are conceived by Divines to be these,

1. Because of the great rejse of the Majesty against whom they have sinned. We are finite creatures, and so noc fic to judge of the nature of an offence against an infinite God. The Law-giver best kñowes the merit of fin, which is the tranfgreffion of his law.

2. With man offences of a quick exebution, are judged to deserve a long punishment ; and the costinuance of the penalty is not measured by the continuance of the Act of Jinning; therefore no won.. der if it be so with God.

3. The damned sinned here as long as they could; if they had to eternity been allowed to

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les Chap,20 608 live, they would have improved it albes grieved his spirit longer, bad they livedbe presented to us by a lake of fire. In this life, if fon. They would have dalied wih celo by the wrath of God, which abideth on them, te yea dispositively and in respect of their his anger be but kindled a little, and a park of it extinguished, nor mortified. The largely his wits end. But how dreadful will their partion ons, did so. In Hell the desire of fans fly into the Conscience, the poor creature is at not their hearts there changed.

4. They despised an eternal bagpinel Who knowes the power of his anger ? Ps.90 11. fore do juftly suffer an eternal torment

, their punishment ariseth according token how can we think of enduring the paines and ter of their obligations against which ihey fall ments of Hell? damned therefore all not be taken fins punishment by annihilation,or de frattuna conscience, that is, with a cutting reflexion upfrom them, by any compassion Chewed another and by-past pleasures, Luke 16,2;. Son rememe perfons ; lo tbeir punishment shall not beter on, and remembrance of their former enjoyments, us in the Scriptures under fandry dreadful their lives past, and set before them their precious by outer darkneß, and blackneß of darki ing their backs upon eternal life offered in the Gothat never goeth out, by a lake of fore and brisk peighted, the folly of their own choice, their turnthe woful state of the damned, I conceive oil şer pursuit of fenfual satisfactions, their disregard. reduced to these four Heads.

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2. Wich the pain of Jerse, inflicted on them by the wrath of God, which abideth on them, re pre’ented co us by a lake of fire. In chis life, if his anger be but kindled a little, and a spark of it fly into the Conscience, the poor creature is at his wits end. But how dreadful will their portion be against whom he stirreth op his fierce wrath? Who knowes the power of his anger ? Ps.90.11. We chat cannot endure the gripes of the Cholick, the paines of the stone, or a violent tooth-ach; how can we think of enduring the paines and torments of Hell :

3. They shall be tormented with the worne of Conscience, that is, with a cutting reflexion upon,

and remembrance of their former enjoyments, and by-past pleasures, Luke 16.25. Son rememe ber thou in thy life time badft thy good things ; or when Conscience shall repeat over the paßages of cheir lives past, and set before them their precious time wasted and mispent, opportunities of Grace heighted, the folly of their own choice, their turn

ing their backs upon eternal life offered in the Gospel; their grosse neglect of their souls; their éager pursuit of fenfual satisfactions, their disregarding admonitions, fifing convictions, quenching the motions of the Spirit of God, hating to be reformed; O these will be sad (wofal fad) remembrances. The scourges of Conscience we meet with here, are too great a price, for the short pleasure of a brutish luft: 0 then, what a reason

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Chap.20. of Hello 610 ging pain will such reflections as there can not to be damned. But al as when all those years after? What will they do that on the are gone, there are thow ands, upon thousands

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4. As they will have a sharpfenfe n. of their present woful state, and a liter

more to be endured, even throngh all Eternity.

Ô sad and woful condicion! 0 Ecernity ,

What heart can ibink on these things without split

it upon themselves; so they will become the heart, O Lord, to depart from tbee for ever, aod vexation that by their own foly they are Eternity , Eternity! This word ever breaks See they muft continue for ever in elismernance, to be hurled down among devils and dam. with despair of ever coming out of it. Th. to lose the fight and fruition of thy pleafed counte. cause there is no hope of Heaven; auraer alwaies burning, yet never consumed, ever dying, condition, under an everlasting puro, ma ned fiends into a lake of fire and brimstone, to be pease the wrath of God, which abidub on worm of Conscience, yet never devoured, alwaies mal pain of sense, because there is no reason het never diffolv'd, alnaies grawed upon by the And this despair of ever coming and isok nahing the teeth, weeping, howling, vexing, Hell of Hells, 0, wo and al do! eis forest without any glimpse of hope,or one drop of comfort? od Authour writing upon chis Argument, Iring in pieces? O Lord, whatever thon denieft this awakening passage; if God / laid me for this life, whatever shall be my lot and portion world be filled with fand from the earth tonih efectual assistance of thy Grace, to enable me to

fhould speak thus to a damned foul, let the bere, yet deny me not (i humbly beseech thee) the every thousand year, and fetch only owny repent of all my fins, and forsake them, and to give from that mighty Jardy mountain, and mkn up my soul to Christ Fefus for pardon and life, that sand years expired, I will deliver the cutes from this dreadful wrath to come. Even so let it be and those extream torments: That me mire. Heavenly Father, for thy rich mercy and my Through that unconceiveable length of time is Thall conclude this discourse of Hel, with a

ever they must be cormenced. Drexeluwe

work out my salvation , to enable me unfeignedly to.

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by him I maybe justified and sanctified, and saved

forlorn wretch, notwithstanding that he were mise would infinitely rejoyce, and deem bis intollerable bellish torments, yet upon such an

few serious meditations. Let us consider,
1. How great, how inexcufable is the folly and

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not to be damned. But alas! when all those years are gone, there are thousands upon thousands more to be endured, even throngh all Eternity.

O sad and woful condicion! 0 Eternity, Eternity , Erernicy! This word ever breaks che hearc. o Lord, to depart from bee for ever, to lose the fight and fruition of thy pleased courtenance, to be hurled down among devils and dam. ned fiends into a lake of fire and brimstone, to be alwaies burning, yet never corfumed, ever dying, yet never diffolv'd, almaies gnawed upon by the worm of Conscience, yet never devoured, alwaies grashing the teeth, weeping , howling, vexing, without any glimpse of hope,or one drop of comfort: vvat heart can tbink on these things without splitling in pieces? O Lord, whatever thon deniet me for this life, whatever shall be my lot and portion bere, yet deny me not ( i humbly befeech thee) the effectual assistance of thy Grace, to enable me to pork out my salvation, to enable me unfeignedly to. repent of all my fins, and forsake them, and to give up my soul to Christ Fefus for pardon and life; that by him I may be justified and sanctified, and saved from this dreadful wrath to come. Even so let it be 2 Hcavenly Father, for thy rich mercy and my weet Saviours merits sake.

I shall conclude this discourse of Hell, wich a few serious meditations. Lec us consider, 1. How great, how inexcusable is the folly and

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