THE REWARD of the WISE: AND THE Fruitful Christians FUTURE BLESSEDNESS.

OPENED At the late Funeral of that Piously Wise and Faithful, Fruitful Servant of God and of our Lord Jesus, Mr. Thomas Moore of Whittlesey, Interred at the Church in Coleman-Street July 8. 1672.

By John Horne of Lin-Regis in the County of Norfolk.

Who is as the Wise man, and who knoweth the Interpre­tation of a thing? a mans Wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness (or strength) of his face shall be changed, Eccles. 8.1.
The Wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of Fools, Prov. 3.35.
The Fruit of the Righteous is a Tree of Life, and he that winneth Souls is Wise, Prov. 11.30.
Qui in Ecclesiae regnum parando constabiliendo (que) fidel [...] [...] ­navarint operam, pro modo fructus quem attu [...]erunt in vineâ Domini glori & h [...]nore coronabuntur in regno coelesti. Eras. in Lucae, 19.

London, Printed for Benjamin Southwood at the St [...] next to Sarjeants Inn in Chancery-Lane. 1672.

TO THE READER. ESPECIALLY, Those of mine, or the De­ceaseds Friends and Acquaintance.

Christian Readers, Brethren and Friends;

IN this Discourse, here presented to thee thou hast the commendations the heavenly Wisdome, the Original, [...]ountain and Author of which is Christ [...]imself, & God in him by his holy Spirit [...]nd the useful [...] [...] advantage of which unconceivable [...] what set before thee, [...]ith the acts [...] [...]cises of it [...] [Page]rent in us, the way to attain it, and how to use it, and what the reward and recompence of those that obtain and rightly improve it for the glorifying of God, and good of their Neighbou [...] things than which what can be of so great concernment to thee? or what is there [...] the whole Scripture more commended [...] thy choise and industry? For the pr [...] of Wisdome is above Rubies, and [...] thou canst desire is not to be compa [...] with her. This is that, that makes [...] that have it differ, both from the br [...] creatures, and from all other men, [...] being destitute thereof, are both in [...] and death in far worse condition [...] state than they: For without know [...] the soul is not good now, Prov. 19 [...] and dying without wisdome it perish [...] for ever, Job 4.20, 21. Whereas [...] that attain it, and use it as is here [...] rected, reap thereby immortality [...] eternal glory: where these things [...] neglected, what do men but trifle a [...] their times in vanity, bring their [...] [Page] [...] an end unprofitably, and in the issue [...]e down in everlasting misery? For [...]ther they pursue after and please them­selves with the counterfeit of wisdome, the wisdome of this World, and Science falsly so called, which having the name of wisdome, gulls and cheats abundance, as as if it were the thing it self (like as the Romish Harlot doth with her having the name of the Church) because men find, or fancy some secret content and pleasure therein to their animal soul at present, and it procures some respect and lustre with men, which at Death at furthest is extinct and vanisheth as to any benefit to the Soul departed; or else the honours of this world they otherwise court, or its riches or pleasures, which at the present finds them business with care and toil to get or keep them, and at length leaves them to lye down in poverty, and sorrow, and contempt with God, and all his Holy ones for ever: from all which evils the Heavenly Wisdome will preserve its Friends and Followers, and fill them [Page]with the true riches and pleasures, and advance them to the highest and enduring Honours. Such are the contents of this ensuing Treatise, with other matters intermixed tending to excite thee to the study and practice of Piety and Godliness; a Treatise occasioned by the Death and Burial of the eminently wise and pious man, Mr. Thomas Moore of Whittle­sey in the Isle of Ely. To the preach­ing whereof (as to most of its contents) and so to the writing hereof occasioned thereby, I may seem in a sort to have been somewhat signally designed and di­rected of God; considering by how un­expected, but yet gracious, providences I was excited and encouraged to go up to London, where for some time he had lain sick, or dying: how opportunely, I with my honest companion (Mr. Thomas Gonvile, whose unthought of coming and company gave me such encourage­ment) arrived there to be there at his end; the way made for my preaching, and beside all those, how after a whole [Page]days thoughtfulness, and some part of [...] ensuing nights, about what Text to [...]each that might suit the occasion. After I had committed the matter to Gods direction, and my self to rest, upon my awaking He brought this Text I [...]reated on sodainly to my mind: than which I think the whole Bible affords not [...]ne more suitable to the person and occa­sion. As if God by all these things would signifie, that He would not have [...] faithful, diligent and useful a ser­vant of his, as the Deceased was, to go [...] his Grave in silence and obscurity; but [...]hat some instructions should be given to [...]hers, as he had oft instructed others, [...]nd that from a Text that might best [...]it his worth, and the account God made [...]f him. But why God was pleased to [...]rder this service to so unworthy and un­ [...] a one for it as I, I cannot say, but [...] it pleased him, and I take it as a favour [...]om him, and honour to me, that I [...]ight, who was none of the least enga­ [...]d for his love and helpfulness to me, [Page]perform this office for him, of whom i [...] may be said, that his name (among the justs) shall be had in everlasting re­membrance: However [...] found such fare as many his betters, [...] Christ himself, and his holy Apostles, and Pro­phets. Of Christ himself we find the people of the world had this account; Some said he is a good man, others said nay, but he deceiveth the people Joh. 7.12. Yea and many of his disci­ples taking offence, Went back an [...] walked no more with him, Joh. 6.66 Such was this mans repute and fare wit [...] men also. They that knew him, an [...] were acquainted with him, knew that [...] was a good man; and so he was also re­puted by many that had less acquaintan [...] and intimacy with him. But some th [...] like no Religion, or none beyond the com­mon imposed Form, might be too read to reproach him, because more religio [...] than they liked on: Yea and some men Zeal for their opinions about Electio [...] and Reprobation, so as to reject as [...] [Page]errour the extent of Christs Death to all [...]en; not unlike the men of the straitest [...]ect of Religion among the Jews, who were Christs fiercest opposers, accounted Him a Decived person, and a Deceiver of others. And how should they do other­wise, while they judge themselves the only Orthodox! Seing he was a great Assertor and Opener of the extent of Christs Death, and of the grace of God in Christ, toward the world of Mankind, and jumped not with them in their frame of thoughts, about Gods Electing and Re­jecting: yea and asserted and urged the sufficiency in that Grace of God towards all men in the hearty belief, knowledg, and obedience of it, for producing in men, all that is necessary to their Salva­tion; laying that as the bottom doctrine from whence all others rightly flow, and receive light for the right understanding and improvement of them: yea both Promises, Threatnings, Instructions, Re­proofs, the Doctrines of Repentance from Dead Works, Faith towards God, Bap­tismes, [Page]and laying on of Hands, the Re­surrection, and eternal Judgment [...] E­lection and Reprobation, and what not; This, this (as to the Jews, Christ him­self) was the great stumbling block to those zealous ones, who took up uncout [...] notions of the world of the Elect, and bring as sorry proofs for it, as one I see lately that grounds his conceit upon Ro­mans 4.13. as if the world that Abra­ham was the heir of, must needs be the Elect; not minding that the same Pro­mise the Apostle there implies was made to his Seed also: and if his seed be the Elect (as doubtless they are, being Christ and all that are his, Galat. 3.16, 29.) then the Apostle should say that God pro­mised Abraham and the Elect, that h [...] (and so they) shall be Heirs of the Elect; or that the Father should be heir of hi [...] Children, whereas Children use to be ra­ther the heirs of their Fathers. Surely 1 Cor. 3.22. Revel. 21.6, 7. migh [...] suggest a better interpretation thereof Others accused his want of Human [Page]Learning, and of Ordination by the Bi­ [...]s, But wisdome is justified of her [...]ildren, Matt. 11.19. What he [...]ned and understood, or apprehended from the Scriptures, he soberly and [...]ceably propounded, both in word and [...]ting, to the great helpfulness of ma­ [...]n understanding, and furtherance in [...]y. He seperated not from the Nati­ [...]l Church, though he could not sub­ [...]be to all enjoyned in it, nor was able, said, to read and pray together; and [...]refore being a publick Preacher in [...]ittlesey, in which the Right Ho­ [...]able Earl of Portland offered to have [...]ured his continuance if he had pleased, [...]g well persuaded of his uprightness [...] abilities, he chose rather to lay it [...]n, and afterward demeaned himself [...]h all peaceableness, hearing weekly [...]established Minister, and being pre­ [...] at their service, for he was not for [...]ing up the tares until the Harvest, [...]rary to the Lords command, Mat­ [...]w 13.30. out of zeal to have his [Page] [...] [Page] [...] [Page]field now perfectly pure. In his you [...] times being acquainted with Revere [...] Mr. Cotton of Boston, and Mr. Pe [...] of Hingham, he suckt in some Noti [...] from the former, about Sons and Serva [...] of God, which he held fast a long ti [...] as may be seen by his Book stiled, T [...] Universality of Gods Love to M [...] kind; which yet after further light [...] sight he let go, as his after writ [...] (especially that large and excellent T [...] ­tise entituled, An express Declarat [...] of the Testimony of Christ; and [...] short Tract of Election, at the clo [...] his Treatise about the Person of C [...] do evidence. For neither did he rec [...] in light all at once, The path of [...] just is as the shining light that shi [...] more and more unto the perfect Prov. 4.18. St. Augustine ha [...] retractions, and He his second and thoughts. Sometimes the reveren [...] have of persons proves a snare: therefore its good (even towards hi [...] and all others) to observe the Ap [...] counsel, [Page] To try all things, and hold [...]t that that is good, 1 Thes. 5.21. [...]e Spouse found not her beloved till [...] was a little past the Watchmen, [...]nt. 3.4. And if the holy Apostles [...]ew in part, and prophecied in part, [...]an scarcely be expected that they who [...]ow them should perfectly comprehend that that they so knew and prophecy­ [...] without mistaking them in any thing. [...] a Proverb, Bernardus non videt [...]nia: the best men have also their [...]lings and imperfections, the acutest [...]t may mistake in something. Its good [...]accept of all helps by good men but means that we may see with our own [...]s, not only with theirs as resolving [...] Faith into their persuasions or say­ [...]s, because of our esteem of them, with­ [...] a Berean examination of them by the [...]ly Scriptures. He had a good, clear, [...]inguishing faculty, between things [...]t differ, through their confounding [...]ereof men often mistake: yet where [...] conjectured he had his mistakes too as [Page]well as others, as in somethings of th [...] Scripture Chronology, and about th [...] time of the Jews Return and Conversion which he greatly longed to have seen. I know not where we may find infallib [...] ­lity but in Christ and his holy Spirit, a [...] the Prophets, and Apostles guided a [...] acted thereby in the Holy Scriptures. Ma [...] useful Treatises he wrote & published b [...] sides these above mentioned, as about t [...] precious Blood of Christ, about the spec [...] Love of Christ to Believers, about [...] Liberty and Bondage of mans Will, ab [...] Prayer, about the spiritual Salt, an ex­cellent Soliloquy and Meditation, & besides divers Manuscripts left, some which (as that pretty large [...] ab [...] Antichrist) I hope may after some ti [...] be made publick. And as he was ha [...] in the Ofspring of his heart and bra [...] so very happy too he was in the Ofspring of his body with reference to his Son, [...] only Son that I ever knew he had, a [...] of his own name; who ran so swif [...] that he gat the start of him, for be [Page] [...] Spirit, and labouring migh­ [...], he spent his weak body [...] viee, and went to Heaven [...]ur years and almost five months before [...]m: [...] mightily set to propogate [...]e Der [...]onstrations of Gods love to man­ [...]nd, and therein mens Salvation; [...]hose works also praised him, and still [...]aise him in the gates: indeed his Sons [...] early setting had more of judgment in [...] to the surviving; because his years [...]ight have been more hopefully conti­ [...]ed: and had he lived to his Fathers [...]ars, he might have been of far greater sefulness, especially when his Father [...]as gone, who came to his Grave in a [...]od old Age, being entered upon his [...]ghtieth year, when being spent with [...]uch Meditation, Writing, and other [...]xercise in the studies of Wisdome, and [...]eeting with some matters of grief and [...]ouble, he fell into some distempers in [...]s Head, somewhat of a Lethargick [...]ture, of which he had had some sym­ [...]omes and shorter fits once or twice some [Page]years before, which now after some t [...] or three Months continuance put an e [...] to his life. But what shall we say, G [...] himself for mine iniquities, and the i [...] iquities of my Brethren hath done it [...] deprive us both of the Son and Fathe [...] and against Him there lies no just co [...] ­plaint for any thing done by him. T [...] Lord is righteous in all his ways, a [...] holy in all his works, Psal. 145.1. Their judgment is with the Lord, a [...] their work and reward with th [...] God; what remaines but that we hum­ble our selves, and put our mouths [...] the dust, if so be there may be hope th [...] God, though he hath sore broken us, m [...] turn again, and have compassion, a [...] defer his judgments, that the contem [...] of his Words and Servants have expos [...] us to, that they come not in our tim [...] upon us, or upon these Nations. I us search and try our ways and tu [...] from those iniquities which have pro­voked God in wrath to make such brea [...] es upon us, endeavouring by all the hel [...] [Page] [...]n and by them, or any other ways af­forded that we may obtain the Salvation [...]hat is in Christ Jesus with eternal [...]lory. To further you in which I pre­ [...]nt this Mite of mine unto you, and [...]all be glad if it contribute any thing to [...]ur heavenly advantage. I cannot [...]mmend it for its worth as composed by [...]e, but such as I have I herein offer up to [...]ods service and your helpfulness, beseech­ [...]g him to pardon its defects or mistakes, [...] accept of it graciously & praying you to [...]ake good use of it. Nor can I say that I [...]elivered all this in the Tabernacle that [...] contained in this Treatise. For neither [...]ould my body (tired with the Lords­ [...]ays exercise elsewhere; it being but [...]e day before this Funeral) nor the time [...]lotted permit me to do that: though I [...]as I thought sufficiently tedious both [...]r my self, and for my Auditory: The [...]eads of it were there delivered and [...]mewhat enlarged upon, though some of [...]hem here more largely spoken to: the [...]articulars under the second Proposition, [Page]though then generally spoken to, yet a [...] here more particularly enumerated, th [...] reasons of both added; as also all th [...] Application from the third Use, or th [...] first branch of the Uses under the seco [...] bracnh of the Text (then only propoun [...] ­ed briefly) to the last of all, and som [...] ­thing also to that time giving me mo [...] advantage now for considering the ma [...] ­ter further, and for setting down wh [...] I thought expedient. And now I leav [...] it to your perusal, only begging Go [...] mercy towards me and blessing with [...] and entreating your candour towar [...] and prayers for

Your unworthies [...] Friend and Brothe [...] in the Christian fai [...] Jo. Horne.

TO Mrs. ANNE WEST OF FOX-HALL IN Lambeth. [...]race and Peace through the knowledg of God and our Lord Jesus. [...]ND SISTER,

SInce you are pleased, our of your love to the De­ceased, and to the mat­ [...]s herein contained, by your [Page] [...] [Page] [...] [Page]benign and friendly hand to do the office of a Midwife to this my conception, to help to bring it into this World, which other­wise had either proved, as to that abortive, or stuck longer in th [...] Birth; I think it but meet and reasonable that your name also be put upon its front: and that your love both to the Truth, & t [...] the Deceased for the truths sake should be therein acknowledged God give his blessing with it, tha [...] you, and many others may hav [...] good thereby, and that I ma [...] not labour in vain, and by you help [...] bring forth this fruit there of for trouble, but for edifica­tion and benefit to many; and that the seed you have sow [...] [Page]thereabouts, may also bring forth fruit upon your account in [...]he day of the Lord Jesus Christ, [...]hat so you may never have cause [...]o repent you of it. And the Lord recompence all your love [...]nd labour of love to the De­ [...]eased (as also I wish and desire for that very kind and loving Friend and Brother to him, at whose house he died, Mr. R. John­ [...]on, and all other his Friends) [...]nto your bosomes, and fill you, [...]nd all that name the Name of Christ with an abundance of his [...]pirit, and of the fruits of his [...]ghteousness; that you and they [...]ay, in the Heavenly and glori­ous Kingdome hereafter Shine as [...]e brightness of the Firmament, [Page]and as the Stars for ever and ever. So desireth and prayeth for you and them,

Sister,
Your Friend and Ser­vant for Jesus sake. Jo. Horne

To my much Honoured Friend Francis Ʋnder­wood Esq of Thorney-Abbey, Grace, Mercy, and Peace from God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Honoured Sir,

ALthough I have not of late years used to prefix any Dedicatory Epistles [...] the Discourses I have made pu­ [...]lick, yet when I think of your [...]eater nighness and kindness to, [...]nd interest in our Deceased Friend and Brother, and your [...]xemplary love to him, I cannot [Page]but judg it meet and right in be­half of my self, and mine, and the Deceased Friends, to testifie our good resentment both of your love to the truth, and to the Deceased for the truths sake, by such a pub­lick acknowledgment thereof, tru­sting that your interest in him be­ing so dear above others, of, or near to your rank, none will quarre [...] with me that I single you out above them in this matter. I write not this to flatter you, but to thank you, and to excite you to have such further remembrance of your deceased Friend, as never to for­go or neglect those good instructi­ons and helps you have received frequently from him, or rather from God by him. I know it was [Page]great grief to you to part with [...]m, and that he died at so great distance from you, (as your solid, [...]ous, and loving Letter to him, [...] have prevented it, if it might [...]ve been, doth testifie) and that [...]u will now have a very great [...]nt of him, more than most o­ [...]ers though some in Whittlesey [...] much or more than you possibly) [...]nd therefore you with them (and [...]hat I write to you, I am willing [...]ey should share in also need the [...]ore comfort and consolation. I [...]re presume to believe that He [...]as a watchful & a good shepherd [...] his capacity over you, and his [...]ve was great to you, and though [...]od may afford you other helpers, [...]t I fear you will scarcely meet [Page]with another Mr. Moore among them all to be like him to you Well Sir, we have not lost him al [...] there is much of his spirit yet le [...] behind him in his Writings, the [...] you may converse with though [...] be gone, and its not long befo [...] you and I shall be in no more cap [...] ­city to converse with any bo [...] here, before you and I must [...] after him, and I hope to him, a [...] to Jesus Christ the Lord and S [...] ­viour both of us and of him: an [...] therefore let us redeem time, an [...] improve it well, that we may [...] found in peace of God in Christ And its well for us that thoug [...] God hath taken away this and th [...] other under Shepherds from us [Page] [...]s yet The great Shepherd and [...]ishop of our Souls, that loved [...]s so, as that he laid down his life [...]r us, though He was dead, yet [...]e lives, and lives for evermore [...] take care of his flock and fa­ [...]ily, who being so Great can take are of it all, and of every one of it, [...]ll over the World; yea and be­ [...]ng both so Good and so Eternal, [...]ill not fail it, though others do [...]ither through unfaithfulness, or [...]s not permitted to continue by [...]eason of death. He is as great [...]n Goodness, Mercy and Faith­fulness, as in Authority, Power, [...]nd Sufficiency to help and save us, and therefore He will not fail, nor be discouraged till he set [Page]judgment in the earth, and bri [...] every one of his faithful flock a [...] followers to the enjoyment of [...] everlasting Heavenly Pasture To him therefore lifting up [...] eyes and hearts, let us take co [...] ­rage, making use of what He ha [...] left us by himself, and by [...] Spirit in his thereby made) bo [...] Apostles and Prophets, yea a [...] of what he affords, or hath l [...] with us of any his faithful Pasto [...] or Teachers. Let us only ta [...] heed to follow his instruction hearing his voice, and fear no [...] but we shall do well in the iss [...] and conclusion. My Love an [...] Service to your Self, Lady, an [...] Family. And the God of peac [...] [Page]that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shep­herd of the Sheep, through the Blood of the everlasting Cove­nant (made in Him with us, through and according to which He will also raise from the dead the under-shepherds departed in the faith of Him, and all His faithful Flock in his due time, [...]o endless Glory and Happiness, He) make you and us all perfect [...]n every good Work to do his Will: Working in us that which [...]s well-pleasing in his sight, [...]hrough Jesus Christ, To whom be Glory for ever and ever, A­men. Even in all that he doth and orders to, and about us at all [Page]times; To Him committing you and yours, I am Sir

Your obliged Friend and Servant in wha [...] I may and canJohn Horne

THE REWARD OF THE WISE: AND [...]he future felicity of the fruitful faithful Labourers in Gods work and service.

Dan. 12.3.

[...]d they that be wise shall shine as the [...]ightness of the Firmament: and they that turn many to Righteousness, as the Stars for ever and ever.

OUr Lord Jesus (for so I understand him to be, whose appearance is scribed in Chap. 10. either as in him­self, [Page 2]as the spiritual Being, that was aft [...] ­wards to be incarnate and made flesh; as represented by an holy Angel) hav [...] in Chap. 11. shewed and made known his holy and beloved Prophet Daniel, ma [...] of those great transactions that should [...] out in the World; especially as relating the people of the Jews, or Church of G [...] under the Grecian and Roman Monarch [...] declares in this Chapter what help G [...] would afford to his people, in the grea [...] overspreadings of the power of their ad [...] ­saries: and the good end that should be them. And so he saith, ver. 1. And at [...] t [...]e (namely when the Adversary shall p [...] the Tabernacles of his Palace between [...] Seas in the glorious holy mountain, or mou [...] ­tain of delight of holiness) shall Michael st [...] up, (even Christ, for by that name is he c [...] ­tainly called, Rev. 12.7.) the great Pri [...] (the Prince of the Kings of the earth, Re [...] ­lat. 1.5.) that standeth for the children of [...] people, (either for the people of the Jews, a [...] their posterity, Daniel being a Jew; or [...] also for the Church of God made up Jews and Gentiles, and by faith in Chri [...] made the seed of Abraham, and heirs accordi [...] to promise, Gal. 3.26-29. the partition wa [...] being broken down by Jesus Christ Eph [...] ­sians 2.15.) this great Prince shall, all th [...] [Page 3] [...]e stand up: which may be understood [...]her of Christs appearing in the flesh, and [...]ough sufferings entring upon his glory [...]d therein exercising his power in behalf [...] his Church: or else rather of his glori­ [...]s appearing or standing up at last in the [...]urches greatest exigence to give it deli­ [...]rance. And there shall be a time of trouble, [...]ch as never was since there was a Nation, [...]en to that same time: which time of so [...]eat trouble may be the time of the De­ [...]uction of Jerusalem by Titus, and of the [...]esolations and troubles following upon the [...]ewish Nation and People; especially if by [...]e standing up of Michael, we understand [...]e appearance of Christ in the flesh, and his [...]ing exalted through sufferings unto glory, [...]nd abiding therein, and in the exercise of [...]is power for his peoples help: For our Saviour seems to apply this saying to that very time of trouble in Matt. 24.21. where, speaking of the troubles that should be in Judea, and in and about Jerusalem, he saith, Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to that time, no nor ever shall be: where we must either by No, nor ever shal be understand that he means there shall never be such a time of trouble again in that Nation; or else if we under­stand [Page 4]stand it universally, that must of necess [...] the time here spoken of, this being s [...] time as there was never before since th [...] was a Nation. But if we confine our S [...] ­ours expression to that Nation, and u [...] ­stand him here to speak of the World versally, or of the Church in its larger pacity, then we may also understand [...] He may point out some such time of gr [...] trouble to the World, or to the Chu [...] rather from it, towards the end of the tim [...] or immediatly before Christs appearing glory, and so standing up for his peop [...] as there never was the like before in a age: As the time of the slaying of [...] Witnesses by the Beasts rising out of the botto [...] ­less pit, and of their dead bodies lying sl [...] Rev. 11.7-10. and of the gathering togeth [...] of the Kings of the earth to the battle of [...] great day of God Almighty, Rev. 19.14. ma [...] probably be, though in the conclusion th [...] Saints shall have joy, and the adversari [...] destruction, as is there implyed. And so [...] is said and signified here, when he adde [...] And at that time thy people shall be delivered every one that shall be found written in the Book namely, all they that shall be appointed o [...] God thereunto, or shall be truly righteous and fearers of God: this is the fruit and benefit of Michaels, or Christs standing up [Page 5] [...]hem, both to intercede with God in [...]ven for them, and to succour them from [...]out of Heaven. And this is the great [...]er of hope and consolation to the [...]rch and people of God, that whatever [...]ersaries rise up against them, and how [...]oever they prevail, and whatever sad [...]s of trouble come upon them, yet they [...] a great Prince, greater than all their [...]ersaries, even the Lord Jesus to stand [...]or their help; therefore they may hold [...]heir way, and hold fast the profession [...]eir faith with courage and confidence [...] conditions▪ only necessary it is that give diligence to be found in Christ, so that our names be found written in [...]en, even in the Book of Life; for no [...] shall fail of deliverance, Luke 10 20. [...]p. 5.9. He adds

[...]ers. 2. And many of them that sleep in the [...] of the earth shall awake, some (or these) [...]erlasting life; and some (or those) to shame [...]erlasting contempt. It is the manner [...]e Prophets of times to speak briefly and [...]isely of the things of Christ and his [...]gdom, so as to couple his first and se­ [...]d appearance and the things of each to­ [...]er, or so as following presently one [...]n another, as in Isa. 9.4, 5, 6, 7. Jer. 23.5, [...]d elsewhere: and so here, though the [Page 6]standing up of Michael may take in a [...] time of his appearing in the flesh, standing up to reign in his glory at the [...] hand of God, as all that time he is sa [...] stand for an Ensign to the Gentiles, or risen to rule over the Gentiles, or Nations, ah 11.10. Rom. 15.12. yet here he m [...] ons the things that shall accompany glorious appearance and Kingdome: when He shall descend with a shout, and sound of a Trumpet, and voice of the [...] angel of God, the dead in Christ shall rise [...] which shall be many of them that sle [...] the dust of the earth, 1 Thes. 4.15, 16. not only shall they arise, but also all the shall be raised by him: for so our Sa [...] himself assures us, saying, Joh. 5.28, 29▪ hour is coming, in which all that are in graves shall hear the voice of the Son of and shall come forth; they that have done [...] to the resurrection of life: and they that [...] done evil, to the resurrection of damn [...] And indeed Christ having dyed, and the [...] given himself a ransome for all, hath [...] lished death thereby for all, even that d [...] that by one mans offence came in upon the first death; so as none shall perish ever therein, but be raised up therefro [...] for as by Man came death, so by Man the surrection of the dead; for as in Adam all [Page 7]Christ shall all be made alive, 1 Tim. 2.6. [...]r. 5.14, 15. 2 Tim. 1.10. 1 Cor. 15.21. and so the word sany is somtimes for All; *Ponit aliquando Scriptu­ra pro omnibus multos. Si­cut Abraae dictum est, Pa­trem muliarum genti [...] posui te: cui tamen ali [...] loc [...]. In semine, inquit, tu [...] benedicentur omnes gentes. August. de [...]ivitat. Dei. l. 20. c. 23. and u­ [...]o signifie the nu­ [...]ousness of the [...]le sum of what [...]efers to, so the [...]y thousands of [...]el contains all [...]ir thousands, Numb. 10.30. and the [...]ny that were dead through the offence of one, [...] All men, and so the many made Sinners [...]ough one mans disobedience, Rom. 5.15-19. [...]d the Many Christ gave himself a ransome [...], are All men. Matt. 20.28. with 1 Tim. [...]4-6. though all men not acting alike to­ [...]ard him who did so great an Act of grace (Heb. 2.9.) towards and for them, and ha­ [...]ng thereby obtained the soveraign Lord­ [...]ip over all, as Mediator and Immanuel, God [...]ith us, is also the light of the world, the true [...]ght lighting every man coming into the world. The Saviour of all men, especially of them that [...]elieve: and that looking down upon all the [...]nhabitants of the earth, fashioneth their hearts [...]like, or together [...]: but doing some well and what is right in his sight, and others that which is evil and wicked before him, they [Page 8]shall not have the same state after the surrection: but some (they that have [...] good) shall awake and rise to everlasting [...] and some (they that have done evil in rejec [...] and refusing obedience to God and [...] Saviour) to shame and everlasting conte [...] or to the resurrection of damnation. [...] (then saith the Text) they that be wise [...] shine as the brightness of the Firmament: [...] they that turn many to righteousness, a [...] Stars for ever and ever. Wherein we [...] a particular and special account given way of divine prediction, or promise, the future happiness of some kind of per [...] in a double Proposition: viz.

1. They that be wise ( [...], or [...] instruct and make wise) shall shine as [...] brightness of the Firmament.

2. They that turn many to righteous [...] ( [...], that justify, or make righte [...] many) shall shine as the Stars for ever a [...] ever.

In either of them we have the Subject and the Praedicate; the persons of, or con­cerning whom something is asserted pro­phetically, and the thing asserted of the [...]. The subject in the former is the wise, or the [...] that being wise themselves do also instruc [...] others, and make them wise: Therefore in the Margin it is read the Teachers. Tha [...]

[Page 9] [...]ch is asserted of them is, that they shall [...]e as the brightness of the Firmament, The [...]ect in the second is, they that turn many [...]ghteousness, or make many just; and that [...]ch is asserted of them, is that they shall [...] as the Stars for ever and ever: for the [...]d (shall shine) is common to them both, [...] that is, 1. the matter promised or pre­ [...]ed: the other expressions shew

[...]. The manner of their shining: and so [...] Proposition hath its distinct expression way of Metaphorical illustration

[...]. They that be wise — as the brightness the Firmament. 2. They that turn many [...]ighteousness — as the Stars.

[...]. The duration of either, for ever and [...]r; which belongs to both, though ex­ [...]sly joyned to the latter: to these things, [...] by way of Explication, and so, I said [...]e is a promise or prediction of the excel­ [...]t future state of some: for those sayings, [...] that be wise, and they that turn many to [...]teousness, have a certain partitive force: [...] intimate, that all are not wise, all turn [...] many to righteousness. All as in the first [...]am, as made of God, were wise and [...]teous in him, I say as in their root and [...]ginal: and all in him and from him as [...]en are alike miserable, and void of wis­ [...]n and righteousness: There is no diffe­rence, [Page 10]for all have sinned, and come short the glory of God: and therefore also Th [...] is none righteous, no not one; there is none th [...] understandeth, none that seeketh after G [...] Rom. 3.10, 11, 19, 23. and therefore a [...] all shall dye, and must have died with wisdome too, (Job 4.21.) had not Christ d [...] for all, and having abolished death, obta [...] ­ed life, and immortality, and the fulness power and spirit to bring forth light a judgment unto men; but now he hav [...] done so, men may be, and some are, m [...] wise to Salvation: yea and being [...] themselves, may be (and some are) in [...] ­ments of bringing others to be wise a [...] and the like we may say of mens be [...] righteous, or attaining to righteousne [...] and being instruments of making oth [...] righteous. And we are to mind here, th [...] the wisdome here spoken of is not natu [...] or political wisdome, the wisdome of t [...] world, that men are apt to boast of, a [...] lift up themselves by, for there is no [...] thing promised of God, or predicted a [...] foretold to be the portion of such as a indued with that wisdome, and are w [...] according thereunto; No, the holy Gh [...] testifies otherwise of such, when he sait [...] I will destroy the wisdome of the wise, and bri [...] to naught the understanding of the prude [...] [Page 11] [...]here is the wife! Where is the Scribe! Where [...] the disputer of this world? Hath not God [...]ade foolish the wisdome of the world? 1 Cor. [...] 19, 20. and in ver. 2 [...]. Ye see your calling [...]ethren, how that not many wise men after [...] flesh—but God hath chosen the foolish things [...] this world to confound the wise, ver. 27. [...]hencein ch. 3.18. he saies, Let no man deceive [...]mself. If any man among you seemeth to be [...]ise in this world, let him become a fool, that [...]e may be wise: for the wisdome of this [...]orld is foolishness with God: for it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. [...]nd again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of [...]he wise that they are vain, ver. 19, 20. But he wise men here are such as are spiritually and truly wise, wise with the wisdome of God, that is, heavenly-wise to Sabvation. And this wisdome men may attain more generally to: though not all but some do actually attain it, by and through Jesus Christ; who, as He is the wisdome of God, so He came forth from God, suffered and died for our Sins, that he might take out of the way, that which stood against us, and being ascended, and having received the fulness of the Holy Spirit (which is the spirit of wisdome knowledg, understanding, &c.) doth use means with men to make them wise. So as it is no defect or fault of his [Page 12]that men are not generally made wise him: For wisdome (He who is the wisdo [...] of God) cries without and utters her voic [...] the streets, she crieth in the chief place of [...] course, in the opening of the gates, in the [...] she uttereth her words: yea she stands in [...] top of high places, by the ways in the place [...] the paths: she cryeth at the gates; at the e [...] of the City, at the coming in at the do [...] She takes all occasions and advantages all places and times to call to men, and off her help to them to make them wise to S [...] ­vation: as it is said, To you, O men, I c [...] and my voice is to the sons of men. O ye sim [...] understand wisdome, and ye fools be ye of [...] understanding heart. She saith not, O y [...] simple make your selves wise, and O y [...] fools give, or make to your selves an under­standing heart: but as one that knows the insufficiency in men to do such things fo [...] themselves, and as one graciously ready, as well as able, to work such things in them, she speaks to men to accept and admit of what she is ready to give them: and so [...] follows: Hear, for I will speak of exce [...]l [...] things, and the opening of my lips is [...] things—receive my Instruction and not Silver, and Knowledg rather than choise Gold. H [...] instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not, P [...] ­verbs 1.20, 21. and 8.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, [...]

But now though Christ calls thus ge­ [...]ally and indefinitely to men, speaking to both in and by his works of Creation and [...]vidence, and by his law and doctrine [...]en forth to us, Psal. 19.1, 27. (though [...] to all alike doth He afford the means of [...]wledg, nor in all ages and places, a like [...]ness and richness thereof; but distributes [...]se things variously according to his plea­ [...]e, accordingly expecting and requiring [...]in of them) yet men do not alike enter­ [...] his calls and counsels: no not under the [...]e voice and means of conveighing it to [...] But some hear, and embrace him, and [...] made wise: others refuse and reject [...] and his words, and remain brutish, or [...]er become more brutish than by nature [...]y were; Sathan obtaining more power [...]r them, and God being provoked [...]ough loath and often long first before he [...]moved to it) leaving them to him, to [...]d the eyes of their minds, and darken [...] infatuate them. And this is the true [...]se of the difference among men, why [...]e attain to wisdome, others not. To this [...]pose speaks our Saviour to his Disciples, [...]en they came and asked Him why He [...]ke to the people in Parables. To you, [...]h He, namely to you my Disciples, It is [...]n to understand the mysteries of the King­dom [Page 14]of Heaven, but to them it is not gi [...] for (as rendring the reason of that differen [...] whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and shall have more abundance (that is to him [...] hath received Gods preventing grace some measure, and retains, or improve [...] or to take *Qui non contsmpsit gra­tiam Dei: sed jam aliquan­tulum saltem in ea profecit. Beza in locum. Be [...] Exposition, that hath not [...] temned the G [...] of God, but [...] somewhat at least profited in it; God give more of it. The secret of the Lord is them that fear him, and He will shew the [...] Covenant, Psal. 25.14.) but whosoever not (that is, contemns, receives not, o [...] not to have, or retain it, as Rom. 1.28.) him shall be taken away, even that he hath: [...] the means of giving, and capacity of ceiving what is tendred to him.) Ther [...] speak I to them in Parables, because they [...] see not (are careless and regardless of [...] I shew them, and cause them in some [...] sure to see: refusing to take notice the [...] and hearing they hear not (they attend [...] neither do they understand. And in th [...] fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith hearing ye shall hear & shall not understan [...] seeing ye shall see and shall not perceive [...] was first their sin in refusing; being by [...] [Page 15] [...] judgment turned into a punishment to [...]m, and why?) for this peoples heart is [...]xed gross (it was not so always, but by [...]dening it they have made it so, and by grees it is become so, Zech. 7.11, 12) And [...] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes [...]e they closed, (or, winked with, [...]) [...]st they should at any time see with their eyes, [...] hear with their ears, and understand with [...] hearts and be converted, and I should heal [...]: that is, they have rebelled against [...] in the means afforded and endeavours [...]chsafed of God to make them wise, con­ [...]t and heal them: that being rendred as evident character of a rebellious person, people, To have eyes to see, and yet refuse [...]e, and ears to hear, and yet refuse to hear, [...]ech. 12.2. I would have healed them [...] if Christ should have said, and as is [...] of Babylon, Jer. 51.9.) but they would [...] be healed: They hold fast deceit; they use to return, Jer. 8.5. This is the condem­ [...]ion, that light is come into the world, but [...] love darkness rather than light, because [...]r deeds were evil: for every one that doth [...]solvedly & of choice doth) evil, hateth the [...]t; neither cometh to the light, loast his [...]ds should be reproved, or discovered, Joh. 3. [...] 20. and so mens wilfulness is the true [...] proper cause of their woe; and is [Page 16]rendred by God himself as the true rea [...] of mens perishing without wisdome, knowledg, when He swears that as He li [...] He hath no pleasure (none at all, neither se [...] nor open) in the death of the wicked, bu [...] ther that he turn and live: and there [...] calls and expostulates with them, Tu [...] turn ye, why will ye die, O house of Israel zech. 33.11 But now to his Disciple [...] addes, But blessed are your eyes, for they and your ears, for they hear: As the rea [...] still why it was given to them to know mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, [...] they winked not with, or closed their [...] nor stopped their ears, as the obstinate [...] rebellious ones, Zech. 7.11, 12. But [...] trariwise they see and heard, they le [...] and received the light vouchsafed, and discoveries it made, and the voice truth brought to them, and what it s [...] fied, and therefore they were blessed, dued with greater capacity of seeing [...] hearing, more understanding and inla [...] ment in spirit, Matt. 13.11, 12, 13, 14, 16. like to which also was that answer ven by Christ to Judas, when he asked h [...] Why he would manifest himself to them, [...] not to the world, the refusers and rejec [...] of him, Joh. 14.22, 23, 24, If any man [...] me (saith he) he will keep my words; and

[...]

[...]ther will love him, and we will come unto [...], and make our abode with him. He that [...]eth me not, keepeth not my sayings, &c. To [...]em that turn at his reproofs, He powres out [...] Spirit, and makes known his words, but [...] them that set at naught his counsels, and [...]ll none of his reproofs, he doth not so, nor [...]e they in a fit posture for it; yea such a carriage provokes him to give them up to their [...] lusts, and let them walk after their own [...]e [...]sels, Prov. 1.23, 24, 25. Psa 81.10, 11, 12. [...] that both mens first complying with, or [...]t complying with the light and truth [...]herewith God by Christ prevents them, is [...]e exercise of their voluntary choise, not [...]e necessity or excellency of their natures, [...]th are mercifully prevented by Grace: [...]r God fashions their hearts alike before he [...]nsiders their works to approve the one, or [...]ndemn, or be angry with the other, [...]sal. 33.15. He that chuseth to comply [...] the grace that prevents him, chuse [...] [...]t of himself, nor hath any liberty thereto [...]t as Grace prevents, strengthens, and in­ [...]ines him thereto: but yet Grace works [...]t so, as not to leave him a capacity of [...]hoise or refusal, but gives him the capacity [...] chuse, excites him thereto, and directs [...]d strengthens him therein; and he volun­ [...]rily obeying it, is approved, commended, [Page 18]followed with more grace, and made wis [...] to Salvation; and useful for the good [...] others: though this last according to God free pleasure more absolutely: who distri­butes his gifts for usefulness, differently [...] those that are made spiritual ones, as he see good, as is plainly asserted, 1 Cor. 12.7, 8. To one is given by the Spirit the word of w [...] ­dome, to another the word of knowledg, by [...] same Spirit, to another the working of Mir [...] ­cles, &c. But all these worketh one and the s [...] same Spirit, dividing to every man severally [...] He will. The others rejection is not [...] want of, or from any defect in preventing grace, for wisdome calls and stretches out [...] ­hand, that is, puts forth her power for help­fulness, and in the day of Salvation is succo [...] ­ing them also that they might hear, and obe [...] and chuse the fear of the Lord, Prov. 1.22, 23, 24, 25. 2 Cor. 6.1, 2. and would gather th [...] also, Matt. 23.37. but it proceeds from th [...] mere voluntary choice of the Will, or So [...] in them, chusing to retain its Idol, lust, [...] way of iniquity. Its true, before the gra [...] of God prevents and works, men natural [...] and necessarily do evil, and follow af [...] vanity. But thats not the thing for which God is angry, and provoked to deny, [...] withold his grace: for notwithstanding th [...] He prevents them: Yea that is matter [...] [Page 19]pity and commiseration to Him, to see men naturally under such a power and necessity of evil: but mens rejections are condemned [...]s they are their voluntary and unnecessi­ated choises of evil after grace preventing [...]hem counsels and excite them to do better: [...]hence, This is the condemnation, that Light [...] come into the world, and men love darkness [...]ather than light, because their deeds are evil, [...]oh. 3.19. And Because I called and ye re­ [...]used, I stretched out my hand (saith wisdome) [...]nd no man regarded. Ye have set at nought all [...]y counsels, and would none of my reproofs, I also will laugh at your calamity, and mock when [...]our fear cometh— Then they shall call upon [...]e, but I will not answer; they shall seek me [...]arly, but shall not find me. For that they hated knowledg, and did not chuse the fear of the Lord—therefore shall they eat the fruit of their [...]wn way, and be filled with their own devices, Prov. 1.24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31. What our [...]aviour saith to the Jews refusing him [...]nd his words, being in a sense and measure more generally true: viz. If I had [...]ot come and spoken to them, they had not had [...]in: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also (and so generally he that hateth the way and means of Gods conveighing his divine light and power as such, hates him that so con­veighs [Page 20]it) If I had not done among them th [...] works that no other man did, they had not ha [...] sin: but now they have both seen and hated b [...] me and my Father, John 15.22, 23, 24. Ye [...] though we say that some men attain to wi [...] ­dome through their voluntary complying with the grace of God preventing them, and others fail thereof through their wilful r [...] ­fusings of that grace which prevents them which had it been complyed with, would also have made them wise: yet we alway [...] reserve to God (as is meet) his own Sove­raign liberty and freedome of preventing the one or other with more or less; affor [...] ­ing more or less clear means, or discoveries of his truth in and by those means; exe [...] ­cising longer or less patience towards the [...] or taking more ordinary or extraordina [...] courses with them: For as sometimes [...] makes some Sinners examples of his Se [...] ­rity, for admonishing others and exciting them to Rep [...]tance, who were not le [...] Sinners than those whom He makes exam­ples; Luke [...]3.1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So He may a [...] sometimes doth make some, as bad as [...] thers, examples or special instances of h [...] mercy, for the moving others to seek me [...] ­cy of Him, and incouraging them to ho [...] for it from Him in their seeking it, 1 Tim. 13.15, 16.

Now of those that are made wise, it is said, They shall shine, &c. Where we may further inquire;

1. What these wise men are, and where­ [...] their wisdome stands, or is evidenced.

2. What is imported in its being said, They shall shine as the brightnefs of the firmament.

1. These wise men we have seen, are such [...]s are made so through the Grace of God, [...]ringing Salvation to them, closed and complyed with by them, with a wisdome [...]hat no man hath by and of himself, or by [...]is own mere strength and industry, but by [...]he Grace of God in Christ Jesus: by which as any man is in closing with and [...]beying it made in Christ: so being thereby [...]rought to and made in him, Christ is made [...] God to him wisedome, righteousness, &c. [...] Cor. 1.30. the Author and Fountain of [...]avenly and true wisdome to him. In which wisdome, and so in those that are made wise thereby, there are, among other [...]ings, these chiefly observable, viz.

1. A right understanding and judgment [...]f things. Naturally men, in and of them­selses and as walking in the principles of [...]e world, are blind and darkened in their understandings, especially as having re­ [...]sed the tenders of wisdome, Sathan gets [Page 22]power over them to blind them, 2 Cor. 4.4 [...] the Gentiles that receive not the Grace [...] God, have their understandings darkned, b [...] ­ing alienated from the life of God, through th [...] ignorance that is in them, because of the blind­ness (or hardness) of their hearts: but the [...] having learned Christ, and having heard hi [...] and been taught by him as the truth is in Jesu [...] are inabled and helped to put away lying knowing and understanding the truth E­phes. 4.17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25. Men gen [...] ­rally as in and of themselves, and as wal [...] ­ing after the course of this world, are br [...] ­tish and foolish, void of all right judgment and understanding; Surely every man by [...] own knowledg is brutish, every founder is co [...] ­founded, Jer. 10.14. There is none that [...] derstandeth, none that seeketh after God, R [...] ­man. 3.11. But God sent his only begotte [...] Son into the world, and hath put his Spirit upon him, that He might be the light of the world, and bring forth judgment to the Ge [...] ­tiles, and having given him a light to the pe [...] ­ple (the Jews, or professed Church) and [...] the Gentiles, hath appointed him therein [...] be for salvation (his salvation or way of [...]a­ving men) to the ends of the earth, that wh [...] ever believes on, and follows him, might [...] walk in darkness, but have the light of life, Isa­ah 42.1. and 49.6. with Acts 13.46, 47 [...] [Page 23] John 8.12. and 12.46. and to those that behold and listen to him, he brings forth [...]udgment into truth, or into victory over all [...]he errors of the world that was in their minds, and over all their corrupt passions, [...]usts and affections; giving them to under­stand the truth, and to discern between the right and wrong, good and evil; that they might chuse the good and live: and so in his might they see light, they see where their true interest is; where peace and safety, felicity and happiness are to be met with by them, viz. that it lies not in their having the riches, honours, or pleasures of this life, or world; nor in having the science and knowledg of many things, or in being morally just among men, and approved of them; nor in living long here in health and quietness, or the like; but in having the love, favour, and approvement of the great God, the Maker and Creator of all things, and in the being blessed and accepted of him, and en­joying him for our portion: and they see the way to this peace, the way by which they may obtain this love and favour, acceptance and approbation with God; that it is by coming to, believing on, and abiding in Christ. He being the Way, the Truth, and the Life, so as None can come to the Father, but by him, for it is through his Blood, We [Page 24]have access to the Father by his Spirit, which Spirit He in and with this Heavenly Do­ctrine administers and gives forth to those that yield up themselves according there unto, to obey and serve him, Joh. 14.6, 7. Ephes. 2.18. Acts 5.32. Prov. 1.23. [...] that in this wisdome is a right discerning of, and these wise ones know and perceiv [...] their true Interest, both as to the end wherein their happiness stands, and as to the Way to attain that End; yea and thei [...] want and need of both, the emptiness i [...] themselves, and in all other things to reliev [...] and help them: for seeking God they know [...] all things, Prov. 28.5. In knowing Christ and him crucified they know God, the only true God, and his infinite excellencies, his power, wisdome, and goodness for help­ing and saving us men, and for overthrow­ing the power, policy, and malicious con­trivances of all his and our enemies; his truth and faithfulness for making good his Words and Promises, his hatred of sin and wickedness, love of purity and holiness, &c. and they know themselves, their own sin­fulness, death, poverty, brutishness, and misery, the emptiness and falsness in their own wisdome, righteousness, strength, &c. the vanity of the world, the right end and use of all things, whom God approves, [Page 25]chuses and specially loves, whom he hates [...]nd rejects, and what not that) concerns [...]heir happiness? judging that one (even Christ) died for all, they judg also that all were [...]ead at Law: and that He died for all, that [...]ey who live should not hencefrrth live to them­selves, but to him that died for them, and is [...]sen again; and so they know (in some mea­sure) their ingagements to Christ, and to God in Christ: yea they know no man after [...] Flesh (themselves or others) but if any [...]an be in Christ that he is a new Creature; old [...]ings passed away, and all things become new, [...]nd that all things are of God, 2 Cor. 5.14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Other men, as to these things, [...] fools, and walk in darkness, Eccles. 2.14. [...]ey neither know aright their own misery, [...]or what it is will do them good: they have [...] learned that Precept of the Heathen, [...] teipsum, to know themselves: much [...] do thy know God, and him whom he hath [...], Jesus Christ: there is no judgment in thier [...]ings, Isa. 59.8. they take a Cloud for Ju­ [...], as is the Proverb: they worship some [...] instead of God: this world with its [...]easures, honors, riches, or some such thing, [...] their summum bonum, their greatest good, [...] spring of good to be enjoyed by them, [...] their apprehensions: Or if they have [...]ard of and believe a God, and that the [Page 26]happiness of the Soul stands in his favour and blessing; yet they know not the way how to obtain that, and enjoy him for their portion; but seek and think to please him with their own or other mens inventions even with doing those things that he hath forbidden, choosing the things which he delight not in, yea which his Soul abhors, Isa. 66.4 [...] having false imaginations and conceptions o [...] him; as some think to pacifie him and hi [...] anger, by making Groves, Altars, and [...] ­mages, and offering up corrupt Sacrifices yea some have thought to please him and obtain his favour, by slaying and sacrificing their Sons and Daughters to him; ye [...] sometimes to Idols and Devils instead of him Mic. 6.6, 7. Jer. 19.4, 5. Isa. 17.8. Psal. 106.36, 37, 38. others by estab­lishing their own righteousness accord­ing to the Law, and so by their own good­ness, even the deeds of the Law, whereby no man living can be justified; a mans own righteousness being a bed too short whereupon he cannot stretch himself, a covering too sca [...] wherein he cannot wrap himself, Isa. 28.20 Thus the Jews sought after righteousness, b [...] obtained it not, because they sought not b [...] faith, in believing Gods testimony; but [...] it were by the works of the Law, and submitte [...] not to the righteousness of God, even to Christ [Page 27]who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes, Rom. 9.31, 32. and 10.3, 4. with 3.20. Gal. 3.10. Psa. 143.2. and so some not believing Jesus Christ the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, and to have died and given himself a ran­some for all, and to be the propitiation for the sins of the whole world (though fully and plainly attested of God in the testimony of the holy Scriptures) but through their ignorance how to make those sayings ac­cording to their plain import agree with o­ther sayings of Scripture, which they rightly understand not: or having an high esteem (some of them) of such holy and precious men, as they believe them to be (and pos­sibly in the main some such may be, or have been, God not imputing their ignorances and mistakes) that have found out some uncouth ways of interpreting those plain sayings, to elude the evident voice of them (as that by All is meant only some of all sorts, by Every one, every one that believes, and by the world and whole world, only all the Elect, whereas the Scriptures speak of the Elect, as a party taken and chosen out of the world, and so no part of it, but distinct from it, as in Joh. 15.16.19.) they hinder themselves and others from the right and clear understanding and perception of that [Page 28]love and pity of God to man, that as reac [...] ­ing and including them, would be powerful to reconcile them to God and save them being believed and perceived by them, Ti­tus 2.11, 12, 13. and 3.4, 5. 1 Joh. 4.14.19. and put themselves and others upon other by-courses to find out that Christ die [...] for them, and that they have good ground to believe on and hope in him; and so the [...] run to the Law, or Works, or endeavour to lay a row of frames and good qualitie [...] below him to lay him upon, not having him for the bottome foundation; for while they think Christ died only for the Elect they also necessarily think they must know their Election, before they can know that He died for them, and so that they have any right to come to, or believe on him: and so oftentimes it happens that some conceit­ing themselves to be better framed that others, think with the Pharisees they are more beholden to God than they; despi [...] ­sing them, and trusting in themselves that they be righteous and his Elect ones: and others not able to find any such goodness or betterness in themselves, as may per­suade them that God loves them better, o [...] hath elected them, are ready to distract themselves, or run to desperation: and in­deed how should any works or frames, not [Page 29]proceeding from and begotten by the first appearance of Gods love in Christ to men, but preceding the perception thereof, be good evidences of their Election which is in Christ Jesus, and not before or out of him? Surely whereas the Apostles say they were after the appearance of the love and pity of God to mankind, saved by his mercy, those may rather say they were so far saved be­fore, as to know their Election, or else for their believing on Christ as a Savi­our appointed of God for them, they have no foundation, and what a pudder they put themselves and others into about knowing the rightness of their frames too is wonder­ful, so that as the Wise man saith, *Though I do not judge so rashly as to conclude either all of the one apprehension wise, nor all of the other, in these points, to be fools, or wicked. The labour of the foolish wearieth e­very one of them, because be knoweth not how to go to the City, Eccl. 10.15. While he who is the way to it, and the gate for admission, and the openness of it for all men as sinners and enemies and lost ones in themselves (though in respect of the parting with all in entring it, and the per­secutions or trials thereupon attending it is strait) and that Grace of God towards all mankind displayed in him, which being be­lieved [Page 30]and minded, engages, moves, and strengthens to enter, it is rejected of them But they (that are truly in Christ) and wis [...] in Him, so far as in Him, understand all things in a measure, though not all as yet to perfection. But from this right judgment proceeds also, and is found in these wis [...] men:

2. A renewing of the mind, Ephes. 4.23 Rom. 12.2. Naturally and according to the course of this world, while mens under­standings are dark and void of judgment and discretion, the mind is full of vanity air and emptiness, exercised about things that cannot profit, save or do good, because vain, Loving vanity, and following after lea­sings, Psal. 4.2. Ephes. 4.17, 18. Yea no [...] only Vanity, but wicked works possess it Col. 1.21. The minding of the flesh, Rom. 8.7. and of earthly things, Phil. 3.19. setting the mind on things below, savouring and nur­sing on them are mentioned as things that men ignorant of the truth are guilty of, Co [...] los. 3.2. Men of corrupt minds are they that are destitute of the truth, 1 Tim. 6.5. even as Chil­dren & Fools mind Bables, Toys, Butterflies Trifles, and the like; while understanding men are exercised in considering weightie [...] and more useful matters: even so the foo­lish unrenewed mind being destitute of the [Page 31] [...]rinciples of truth, for want of understand­ing and credit given to them, is taken up with sensual, earthy and worldly vanities, [...]eglecting and not taking good heed to [...]hat is of greatest worth and concernment [...]o the Souls happiness; like to that foolish [...]mperour that busied himself with catching [...]lies, while others were busie to catch away is Empire; so fares it with fools or evil [...]ersons (which are all one in Scripture lan­guage) they are busie in minding the riches, [...]onours, or pleasures of this life, Sciences falsly so called, or notions of truths, crot­ [...]hets and conceits, elegancy of phrase and [...]peech, and such things, while remaining [...]gnorant of the truth, and not setting their minds to the things of eternal life, Sathan [...]atches away their Souls, and eternal life from them, even while they set not their [...]earts to seek and get the knowledg of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to obey his heavenly calls and counsels, and walk in the exercise and practise of these things that are well-pleasing in his sight. But they that are truly wise persons, are renewed, in some measure, in the spirit of their minds; so as their hearts and affections are taken with, and their minds are exercised about the things which they see in the light of the Gospel of God to be excellent and glori­ous, [Page 32]they are minding the Spirit and th [...] things thereof, which is life and peace their hearts being through the force an [...] power of the light shining into their heart turned from darkness to light, and from t [...] power of Sathan unto God, that they may re­ceive forgiveness of their Sins, and inheritan [...] among the sanctified by the faith of Jesus, Ro­mans 8.7. Acts 26.18. thus it is said, T [...] heart of him that hath understanding (that hath received and retaines a right judg­ment, and so is truly wise) seeketh knowledg Prov. 15.14. Wise men see such an excel­lency in wisdome, as they mind how [...] obtain it, such an excellency in the knowled [...] of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and [...] in the enjoyment of God and his favour through him, as all other things are far be­low them in their esteemes, and so in th [...] exercise of their minds and thoughts abo [...] them. Yea they are loss and dross with the [...] in comparison of those rich Jewels, and tha [...] Pearl of great price discerned by them, Ph [...] lip. 3.9. perceiving their own want of tho [...] heavenly things, as well as the worth an [...] advantage of them it draws their mind from all other matters, to think of and de­fire after them: and indeed, as we in [...] ­mated above, this is one part of a righ [...] judgment to understand our selves: th [...] [Page 33] [...]. He that is wise in his own eyes, there is more hope of a fool (a meer ignorant person) than of him, Prov. 26.12. The An­gel of the Church of Laodicea that thought himself rich and encreased with goods, and that he wanted nothing, and knew not [...]hat he was wretched, miserable, poor, blind [...]nd naked, little minded the getting the [...]rue riches, the Gold tried in the fire; and the [...]rue covering for our nakedness; the white [...]ayment of the righteousness that is of God by [...]he faith of Jesus, Rev. 3.16 17, 18. The full soul loaths the honey comb, but to the empty soul, that seeth its own emptiness and feels its [...]ants,) every bitter thing is sweet, Prov. 27.7. This is the right judgment in the truly wise, [...] judg of God, that He is infinitly full and [...]l-sufficient: of Christ, that He is infinitly excellent and precious, and God in Him, [...]finitly good, loving, and gracious; but [...] our selves and of all other things, that [...]e and they are empty, vain, and unsatif­ [...]ing creatures, and therefore their mind [...] on these things, how they may be partak­ [...]s of the fulness in God in Christ, and as [...]ey receive thereof, how to live to, and [...]lorifie him, and shew forth his vertues [...]nd praises to others also, for their Salvati­ [...]n; being lowly minded of and concerning themselves and their own things, but ad­miring [Page 34]and thinking highly of the things of Christ; yea and both these are joyned with

3. A right choise. The wise man doth not only see the good, and discern between it and the evil: but he also chuseth the good and refuseth the evil. He not only seeht and thinks that the instruction of wisdome i [...] better than Silver, and that knowledg i [...] better than choise gold: but he also receive [...] instruction, and not silver, and knowledg rather than choise gold, Prov. 8.10. He not only seeth that the knowledg of Christ Jesus is Pearl of great price, to be preferred far a­bove all things else: but with the wise mer­chant he lais hold of it and makes it his or with the Apostle Panl, couuts all things [...] loss and dung, that he may win Christ, Phi­lip. 3.8, 9. Matt. 13.45. A fool or simp [...] person not discerning between things, th [...] worth of the one, and worthlesness in th [...] other, chuses by some outward shew [...] appearance, fancy or affection, pleasa [...] taste or delightfulness to the senses. He re­ceives Silver and not instruction, and Go [...] rather than the heavenly knowledg: b [...] cause he knows not the worth thereof. H [...] is for the Barley corn with the dung-h [...] Cock in the Fable, or for the mire and di [...] with the Swine, rather than for the Pea [Page 35]and Jewel. Heavenly things suit not his [...]alate, they are far above, out of his sight [...] as he discerns not either their true beau­ty, or real magnitude: they seem to him as [...]e Stars do to our sight, of far lesser quan­ [...]ty and magnitude than the Hills and fountains of the earth: Wisedome is too high [...] a fool, Prov. 24.7. The natural man re­ [...]ives not the things of the Spirit. He makes [...]t them the matters of his choice, For [...]y are foolishness unto him, neither can he [...]ow them, because they are spiritually discern­ [...]. But he that is spiritual, the truly wise [...]an, discerneth all things, 1 Cor. 2.14, 15. [...]d therefore he also chuseth judiciously, [...]th as to the end and means. He makes [...]d and Christ his ultimate and highest [...]d, his chief desire and good. He halts [...] between God and Baal, but saith of the [...]rd, He is my Rock, my Fortress; my God, him will I trust, Psal. 91.2. And he chuses [...]d his hold on the direct ways and means the enjoyment of God. He saith, One [...]g have I desired of the Lord, that I will [...] after, that I may dwell in the house of the [...]rd all the days of my life; to behold the [...]uty (or delight) of the Lord, and to inquire his holy Temple. He knows God is to be [...]nd in his own house: in Christ Je­ [...]; and in, or among them that are united [Page 36]in heart and spirit with him; his true, and truly holy Church: and therefore he chuse acquaintance with them, and resolves ther [...] to seek after and wait for him. He know [...] his dwelling place is in Sion; and therefore he sets his face thitherward, and chuses th [...] way thereto to walk therein, thus Dav [...] saith also, I have chosen the way of truth: th [...] judgments have I set before me; I have stu [...] unto thy testimonies, &c. and thy testimoni [...] have I taken as an heritage for ever; for th [...] are the joy and the rejoicing of my heart, Psa [...] 119.30, 31, 111. A simple man, or sin [...] fool, may somtimes see and be convinc [...] in his judgment, that there is a betterne [...] in the love and favour of God, and in t [...] knowledg of Christ Jesus than in oth [...] things: a betterness in wisdome than in [...] the riches and pleasures of this world; b [...] yet because there is an easiness in the acq [...] ­ring these; or a present sensual delight be found in them, whereas in the way the other, there is something of difficu [...] and appearing danger, and a remoteness the good in them from the present se [...] sight, or feeling; The way narrow, and gate streight that leads to life; whereas ways of flesh and world are broad, and gates to those enjoyments wide and ea [...] therefore he chuseth the worse part: [Page 37] [...]her to gratifie his sense and sensual lust [...]nd appetite, than to take pains to obtain [...]hose far better spiritual enjoyments, like [...]at wicked Queen that cried out;

Video meliora, proboque, deterior [...] sequor.
I see and do approve the better things,
Follow the worser if it pleasure brings.

Thus it is with men in whom judgment [...]th not the victory, but lust, and passion, [...]nd appetite; but the wise man, in whom [...]dgment is brought forth into truth, and hath [...]e victory, he firmly and fixedly chuseth [...] b [...]st things, and rejects the worse. And wise man is known more by his choise [...]an by his voice: other men, wicked men [...]d fools, may say well, but they will not [...]use to themselves judgment, or the thing at is good, they lay not hold on eternal [...], and the instruction that leads to it [...] chuse that tends to and will end [...] their destruction; hating wisdome, and [...]ving death, Prov. 8.36. But the wise man [...]th other wise: And then from this pro­ [...]eds also, or with it follows

4. A seasonable and diligent endeavour [...]r the good that he chuses and minds, [...]d that is to be chosen by him. I say, [...] A seasonable endeavour: for the Wise [...]ns heart discernes both time and judgment, [Page 38]Eccles. 8.5. both the time when, and th [...] way and manner how to attain his end. H [...] takes hold of time by the foretop. The wi [...] Son gathers in the Summer, while there [...] both good to be gathered, and convenie [...] season for gathering it. He redeemes the tim [...] or opportunity, and doth not suffer it to b [...] gotten from him, or kept from his improv [...] ­ment, as fools do, Ephes. 5.16. The foo [...] or son that causeth shame, sleeps in the Ha [...] vest time, when other men that are wise, a [...] at work, and taking care to provide again [...] the winter, Prov. 10.5. For the fool discern [...] not the time or season, Luc. 12.56. H [...] knows not the time of his visitation, and the [...] fore lets it slip, Luk. 19.41, 43. The Sto [...] in the heaven, the Turtle, Crane and Swall [...] are wiser than he; for they know their [...] pointed times, and observe the time of th [...] coming: but the foolish man knows not the ju [...] ­ment of the Lord, however much he boa [...] of wit, and parts, and wisdome; [...] cause the Word of the Lord is rejected by his and there is no true wisdome in him, Jer. 8.7, with 5.3, 4. And great is the misery of m [...] in this respect, that they know not the ti [...] and judgment that appertains to every co [...] cernment; and so are snared in ane vil tim [...] when it falls suddenly upon them; as fishes th [...] are taken in an evil net, and as birds that a [...] [Page 39]taken in a snare, and they are not aware of it, [...]cles. 8.5, 6. and 9.12. Matt. 24.48, 49, [...], 51. The fool is a sluggard, and folds his [...]nds together to sleep, and cries, yet a little [...]p, yet a little slumber, till his time and op­ [...]rtunity for getting good be gone: till [...]verty come upon him like one that travaileth, [...]d want like an armed man, Prov. 6.10, 11. [...]t the wise man knows and lays hold of [...]e opportune time, which is accounted a [...]int of highest prudence. In tempore venire, [...]nd so it may be said, in tempore facienda [...]cere) omnium rerum est primum: to come in [...]ne, or to do things in season, especially [...]ose great things of the Souls eternal wel­ [...]re, is the chiefest thing of all. For how [...]d is it and will be to overslip that time, [...]d then to begin to seek and knock for [...]trance, when the door is shut, and men [...]ced to stand without, and hear it said [...]om within to them, Depart from me, I [...]ow you not, ye workers of iniquity, what [...]eart can conceive, or tongue express? but [...]rely it will be most dismally and dreadfully [...]d: as our Saviour signifies, when he saith, [...]here shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, [...]uk. 13.25, 26, 27, 28. As it is also signi­ [...]ed by Him in the Parable of the Virgins: [...]here the foolish Virgins neglecting the [...]oper time of furnishing their vessels with [Page 40]Oyl, and then setting on it when too lat [...] and not before, found no entrance with th [...] Bridegroom, but were excluded, Mat. 25, [...] 9, 10, 11, 12. But these that are truly wis [...] they know and lay hold on the opportunity and therein also use

2. A diligent endeavour in the right a [...] best ways to attain their purpose; for know­ing the worth of the heavenly commoditie [...] and the uncertainty of the time of their co [...] ­tinuance, in a capacity of seeking and ge [...] ­ting them (for they know and mind th [...] in the grave, and state of death, to which th [...] are going, there is no work or devise, no wis [...] dome, or knowledg, Eccles. 9.10. and th [...] their Life is but a vapour, that appears a litt [...] while and is gone, and vanisheth away; so [...] there is no boasting of the morrow, none know­ing what will be on the morrow, or what a d [...] will bring forth, Jam. 4.14. Prov. 27.1. and knowing also the exceeding folly a [...] misery of failing of, and loosing them, the therefore give diligence while they ha [...] time. With the Spider (or Stellio) they ta [...] hold with their hands, and therefore are in [...] Kings Pallaces, Prov. 30.28. they labour f [...] the meat that perisheth not, but endures to eve [...] lasting life, John 6.27. they so run as th [...] may obtain: beating down the body, and bring­ing it into subjection to the spirit, 1 Cor. [...] [Page 41]24.27. They give diligence to the full assu­rance of hope to the end, and to make their calling and election sure, or firm, Heb. 6.11, 12. 2 Pet. 1.10. They hear counsel, and receive instruction, that they may be wise in the latter end, Prov. 19.20. They fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life, 1 Tim. 6.12. they ask, they seek, they knock, Mat­thew 7.7, 8. They buy the truth and will not sell it: parting with whatever must be let go, that they may obtain it, Prov. 23.23. They think nothing so good or excellent, or so worthy their affecting and retaining, as that for the sake thereof the truth of God and Christ, and the infinite benefits of it, the knowledg of Christ Jesus, and the win­ning of him, should be neglected and waved, Phil. 3.7, 8, 9. They therefore put away whatever will not consist with their obtain­ing and retaining those better matters; like the wise man that hath found a field, where­in he knows there is a treasure hid, they dig and search till they meet with and obtain Gods Kingdom and his righteousness: and like the Wise Merchant, that seeking goodly Pearles, found a Pearl of great price, and sold all he had, the goodliest too, to buy that pearl of great price and worth, Mat. 13.44, 45, 46. They cut off right hand or foot, where they of­fend, and pluck out the right eye, and cast them [Page 42]away too, rather than to loose the Kingdome of Heaven, and fall into Hell fire, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, Mark 9.44, 45-48. They receive Gods words and lay up his commandements within them (receive not only informations for their knowing things, but Gods and Christs com­mands in things to be done also) so as they incline their ear to wisdom, and apply their hearts to understanding; yea, they cry for, or after knowledg, and lift up their voice for un­derstanding: they seek for it as for Silver, and dig for it as for hidden treasures, Pro. 2.1, 2, 3, 4. and 10.14. Yea they take not offence at, but receive and turn at wisdomes reproofs, and follow her counsels whatever they be, or whithersoever they lead; taking the Kingdom of God, as it were by violence, because they know the necessity and worth of it, Prov. 3.23. and 15.5.31, 32. Matt. 11.12. They hear wisdomes voice, watching at her gates, and waiting daily and diligently at the posts of her doors, knowing that so they shall find her: and finding her, they shall finde life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord, Prov. 8.33, 34, 35. Yea and knowing that two are better than one; and a threefold cord is not easily broken, they join in company with those that fear God, and go forth by bands with the Locusts, Prov. 30.27. Ec­cles. [Page 43]4.9, 12. Psal. 119.63. Matth. 3.10. Psal. 133. 1-4. Yea further, in this Wise­dome and these wise men there is

5. Cautelousness and circumspection, their Eyes are in their head, Eccles. 2.14, and they understand their way, and ponder and consider the path of their feet, that all their ways may be established; not believing with and as the simple ones, every word, or closing with all that hath a fair appearance in the flesh, or outside; but being wary, they look well to their going, Prov. 14.8.15. with 4.26. they walk circumspectly and exactly, looking to themselves, because they know the world is full of deceit and deceivers: and Sathan can transform himself into an Angel of light, and his messengers into Ministers of righte­ousness, Ephes. 5.16. Joh. 2.7, 8. 2. Cor. 11.13, 14. They believe not every spirit, nor fol­low every Preacher, that hath a form of god­liness, nor are led by the speciousness of their carriages, their zeal, noise and brave appearances in the flesh, or outside perfor­mances of religious actions; but they try the spirits, whether they be of God or not: and to that purpose they make use of Gods touchstone, his Law and Testimony, from which they will not start, or be waved by any pretending Apostleship from God, or appearing like Angels in their gifts, parts, [Page 44]speech, or carriages towards and a [...]gst men: they mark whither mens doctrines confess Christ come in the flesh, and lead to and build only on him, as the full, all-sufficient and only foundation of our hopes: and whither they speake the Language of the holy Apostles and Prophets, Isa. 8.20. Gall. 1.8, 9. 1 John 4.1, 2, 3, 6. They understand the voice of their Shepherd and strangers therefrom they will not hear or follow, John 10.4, 5. They know that in believing on, cleaving to, and abiding in him, there is sure and certain safety; and out of him nothing but danger of destru­ction, and therefore by no pretences will be drawn from him: They understand that at what time God speaks to, or concerning, a Na­tion, or concerning a Kingdome, to build or to plant it, yet if that Nation or Kingdome do evil in his sight, and obey not his voice, He is at liberty, for all his former speaking, or promise to harden and reject it, and will re­pent of the good wherewith He said He would benefit it, Jer. 18.9, 10. And when he saith to a righteous man (as He doth to none not truly and acceptably righteous) thou shalt surely live, yet if that righteous man trust in his righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righ­teousness shall not [...] remembred; but for his iniquity that he hath done, he shall die, Eze. 33.13. [Page 45]and therefore as he is not discouraged from repentance by any threatnings against any sinful acts or ways that run in absolute formes: so neither is he emboldened to sin against God, because of any promises to the righteous in absolute forms: nor will therefore be drawn to cast himself from the Pinacle of the Temple, presuming and being confident that the Angels of God shall preserve him from harm, because it is said to such as make God their refuge, and the most high their habitation, that his Angels shall bear them up in their hands, and keep them in all their ways, that they dash not their foot against a stone, Psal. 91.9-11, 12. Mat. 4.5, 6. The wise man feareth and departeth from evil. He knows his standing is by faith, and that in waiting upon God, and keeping his way, he shall be ex­alted out of all low ebbs that befal him, to inherit the land: that in Christ Jesus only are all the promises of God yea, and in him A­men, to the praise and glory of God: so as in abiding in him and his doctrine they shall surely be met with and enjoyed; but in de­parting from, and wandring out of him, they are departed from him too, and he should become as a bird wandered out of his place, and therefore he fears to imbrace such Scripture-less sayings; as ‘Once in Christ, and ever in him: That no sin can [Page 46]unson a Son of God; whom God loves once, he loves for ever; if such a person sin never so much, or never so often, he cannot perish, but must be pardoned, cleansed, and saved: and therefore no need for such as are once justified of God can fear sinning against Him, as a thing that deprives him of heaven and happiness.’ He fears to suck in such Principles as may be­tray his Soul in a temptation, and so to give any admission to sin and wickedness, know­ing that God spared not the Angels that sinned, nor his people which He brought out of Egypt, but afterward destroyed them that believed not: nor the natural branches, or seed of Abraham, though elected of God, and in Covenant with him as his first born people. He is not high minded because of any grace bestowed upon or wrought in him, but fears to offend, or to follow after any principle or counsel lead­ing him thereto: knowing that though Gods goodness is towards and upon him; yet the continuance of it to him is no otherwise assured than in his abiding in Christ, keeping his Commandments, and so continuing in his goodness, Prov. 14.16. Psal. 37.34. 2 Co­rinth. 1.20. Romans 11.20, 21, 22, 23. John 15.9, 10. 1 Cor. 9.27. with 10.1, 3. 10, 11. But the fool rageth and is confident, or he goeth on, transgresseth, and is angry [Page 47]with them that would put him in fear [...] any harm that may befal him; and is bold and confident: confident that he stands so sure he can never be moved. He can never fall away totally and finally, though he hearken to the enticements of Sin and Sathan, and follow his desire and inclination to satisfie his lust and affection: for why? He is e­lected, He is in Christ, a Son of God: Sin he may, and suffer he may, but all shall be for his advantage at last, and work for his good: even his presumptuous sinnings and sufferings for them too, and he can never perish; therefore he goeth on, and where­as He that feareth alwaies is blessed; this bold, presumptuous and confident fool falls into mischief, Prov. 14.16. and 28.14.

6. A foresight of dangers, with a prudent, provident care to prevent them: and this also because his Eyes are in his Head, and he makes use of them to look before him; even to what is yet to come. And he hath so good a fight through the spirit of wise­dome given him, in and through the faith of Christ, and shewing him things to come, as that he sees things afar off, and what others see not; even the end of ways, and events, and issues of courses, good or evil, before they be come upon men. He sees the effects in the causes, and the fruit in [Page 48]the root, and in the nature of the stock and juice it springs from: whereas the foo [...] and evil man seeth not things till they b [...] come, or just upon them: for he wants th [...] eye of Faith, or which the Faith or Gospe [...] of Christ received gives; and he hath no [...] or uses not that heavenly prospective-glas [...] which makes evident things not otherwise seen; and shews the things that are far of in their true magnitude, as if they wer [...] near hand: thus its said, The prudent ma [...] foreseeth the evil and hideth himself: the spir [...] tually wise and good man seeth it before [...] be come into other mens sight or view, o [...] before it be upon him; and he seeth th [...] place of refuge, where he may be safe from it, and escape its dint, and thither betake himself, and there hides himself, that [...] find him not out. He knows that in Chri [...] Jesus there is salvation and deliveran [...] from all that is evil and may hurt him fro [...] the World or Devil, and that in repentin [...] (if gone astray from him) returning to, an [...] believing on him, and obeying his Wor [...] and Doctrine, and abiding therein, h [...] shall not perish, under whatever may hap­pen to or in the world, but he shall hav [...] everlasting life: and therefore he betake himself to him, his counsels, and instruct [...] ­ons, and follows them, trusting to h [...] [Page 49]Promises, and so he is safe and hidden; but the simple pass on, and are punished, they trans­gress and go beyond the bounds God hath set them, they abide not in the Doctrine of Christ, to believe and obey that; and seeing no evil come upon them, nor any appear­ance of it, they go on, on, on, in their de­ceitful ways till the sad issue of them come upon them; they cry peace, peace, hoping for, and promising themselves safety and security till punishment befals them, till sud­den destruction comes upon them as Travail up­on a Woman with Child, and they shall not e­scape it, Prov. 22.3. & 27.12. 1 Thes. 5.2, 3. But the Wise, with the prudent and provident Ant, they foresee a Winter before [...]t be arrived, while yet the Summer and Harvest last, and the Sun shines warm upon them, and they provide against it come: provide their meat in the Summer, and gather their food in the Harvest. Prov. 6.7, 8. & 30.25. They know that though no Wild-Beast be yet upon them, yet many such there are; many evil spirits, and evil men full of Craft, Power and Cruelty, and that they are not [...] themselves able to encounter with them, and make their party good against them, they being a feeble folk in themselves, and therefore preparing against the worst, they, with the Conies make their houses and habitati­ [...]ns in the rock; they make the Lord their re­fuge, [Page 50]the most High their habitation. Pro. 30.26. Ps. 91.9. They know that though the light be sweet, & its a pleasant thing for the eye to see the Sun, yet the time of darkness will come too, and that though a man may live many days & rejoice in them all, yet the days of darkness will, or may, be many, because all that cometh is va­nity; and therefore they remember God their Creator in the days of their youth, or choise, before the evil days come, and those years draw neer in which they shall say they have no plea­ [...]ure in them. Eccles. 11.7, 8. & 12.1. know­ing and minding that in the world, the fol­lowers of Christ must have tribulation, and are lyable to many tryals and temptations, and that they are often (and may be so to themselves) deep and heavy, and of long continuance: They, with the wise Virgins, are careful to furnish their Vessels with Oyle, before they give rest to their Souls; that so if long tryals come upon them, and Christ defer his coming to help and deliver them (figured out in the Parable by the Bride­grooms staying till midnight) yet their Lamps may burn, and shine, and not go out: that is, they mind the word of God, and knowledge of Christ, and treasure it up within them; laying up in store a good founda­tion therein against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life: They meditate the Law and Doctrine of the Lord day and night, [Page 51]and walk therein, that they may have such hope and trust in the Lord, as to be made like the tree planted by the waters side, and that spreads out her roots by the Rivers, that is not careful in the year of drought, sees not, or is not hurt by any evil, nor ceases from bearing fruit, &c. Mat. 25.1, 4, 7, 10. Jer. 17.7, 8. and so they lay up knowledge and keep it with­in them. Prov. 10.14. & 14.33. & 22.18. and yet so as they make use of it too, to shine as Lamps by it, and give light to others; and so there is in them also.

7. A right use making of their knowledg, as it is said, the lips of the righteous feed many. Pro. 10.21. & the tongue of the righteous useth knowledge aright. Prov. 15.2. for as they keep knowledge, Prov. 5.2. so they disperse it too, Prov. 15.7. and so they use it not for pride and ostentation to puff up themselves with it, or do hurt by it to others, as fools & sinners do, increasing therethrough their own guilt & punishment, but to do good to & instruct others: & so they are [...], Teachers, as the Margin reads it, or such as make others wise; that is, are Instruments of it in the hand of God. As it is also said, The wise in heart (they thai with the hart be­lieve the Gospel unto righteousness) shall be [...]alled prudent; and the sweetness of the lips [...]ncreaseth learning (with the mouth confession [Page 52]is made to salvation.) For understanding is a well spring of life (both to himself and others) to him that hath it; Whereas, the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth (or maketh wise) his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as honey comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones, of them namely that hear and duly receive them. Prov. 16.21, 22, 23, 24. Rom. 10.10. and so we may take in here that other rea­ding, The Teachers or Instructers shall shine, &c. but then we must couple in the former reading with it, and understand it of such Teachers as are also themselves wise in the points spoken to and explicated: such as do first hear and obey the word themselves, and are doers of the truth they teach to others; for it is not every one that saith Lord, Lord, that is the wise man; for many shall say in that day to Christ, Lord, Lord have we not Prophe­sied in thy name? and in thy name cast out De­vils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? to whom He shall say, Depart from me ye that work iniquity. Therefore our Saviour likens him that hears his sayings and doth them, to a wise man, that built his house upon a rock: and when the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house it fell not, because it was founded upon [...] Rock, Whereas, the hearer of them and th [...] [Page 53] not doer (the prating fool, that receives not commandments to obey and do them) is like a foolish man that built his house without a foun­dation (or upon the sands) and the rain descen­ded, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell (and so the prating fool shall fall) and great the fall of it, Matt. 7.21-27. Prov. 10.8. But he that heareth himself speaketh constantly Prov. 21.28.

And indeed this instruction may be signi­fied in the diversity of construction of this word, rendred wise and Teachers: viz. That they that would be (or are) Teachers of others, should be wise themselves, (i.e.) Men of under­standing &, fearers of God, (none others be­ing wise in the Scripture language: thence the righteous are opposed to fools, Prover. 14.9.) Art thou a master in Israel, saith our Savi­our to Nicodemus, & knowest not these things, John 3.10. implying, that Masters, or Teachers in Israel, should not be strangers to the matters of regeneration, whereof he had been there speaking: Verily, verily I say unto thee, We (namely Christ and his faith­ful servants) speak what we know: and testifie what we have seen, ver. 11. It is noted of our Saviour, that He did and taught, Act. 1.1. and so he would have others also do: Who­soever (saith He) shall do and teach, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Hea­ven, [Page 54]Matth. 5.19. such are the subject of Gods promises here, the truly wise, for the foolish (though prating fools) shall not stand in Gods sight. He hates (as to fellowship w [...]th him, or as to admission of them to nighness to him) all the workers of iniquity, Psal. 5.5. But the wise shall inherit glory, Prov. 3.35. which is the summe and sub­stance of what is here asserted, when he saith, They that be wise shall shine as the bright­ness of the Firmament: and that is

2. The Second thing in, or part of, the Proposition, that that makes it up a full Proposition or Observation, and therein we come to enquire what is imported in its being said, They shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament. Wherein I shall here only speak of its general import, leaving the Metaphorical resemblance till afterward: and so it's to be noted that he saith not they do shine; but in the future, they shall: which future may either refer to all the time of Michael's standing up, as it may signifie the whole day of Christs manifesta­tion, and of the Gospel preaching him, ac­cording to the revelation of the mystery, and so indeed as our Saviour himself was the light of the world, while a Preacher in it, Joh. 9.5. So he calls John Baptist a burning and a shining light, John 5.35. and his Disci­ples, [Page 55] the light of the world, Matth. 5.14. and the Angels of the seven Churches are called seven Stars, Rev. 1.20. and both He and the Apostle would have the believers of his Doctrine, and the Preachers thereof to shine as lights unto others, holding forth the word of life, Matt. 5.16. Phil. 1.1. with 2.16. or else it rather refers to the time to come: When Christ shall be revealed from Heaven, and come with all his Saints: and they that here believed on him, and served him, and suffered with him, shall appear with him in glory, 1 Thes. 3.13. Coll. 3.4. the time of the resurrection mentioned in the vers. before; or of the end of the world: and this appears more properly to be the time spoken of, because of what we find from our Saviour to that purpose, in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares; where our Saviour saith, that in the end of the world, the Son of man shall send forth his Angels, and they shall gather out of his Kingdome all (sean­dals, or) things that offend, and them that do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire, where shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth; and adds, Then (at that time) shall the righteous (the truly wise) shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdome of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear, Mat. 13.40, 41, 42, 43. Indeed here, and now in this [Page 56]world and time, though they be and shine as lights, yet they are beclouded and ob­scured very much with reproaches, put to shame and ignominy among men, and that by the greatest persons of, and such are in most repute for wisdome and learning with them, and have a great lustre and splendour therethrough in the earth; even as our Lord himself, the bright and morning Star, and the Sun of righteousness was vilified and set at naught by the Master builders, the chief Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, and Rulers of the people, they that thought themselves righteous and very wise, and were reputed the most eminent and religious persons a­mong others, men of the straitest Sect of Religion, that had a great deal of zeal and devotion, a great appearance of piety and religion, and whom the eyes of men were therefore generally upon, as appears by that saying, John 7.48. Have any of the Rulers, or of the Pharisees believed on him? These covered him over with reproaches, calling him a Wine-bibber, and a gluttonous man, a friend of Publicans and Sinners, Mat­thew 11.19. A Samaritan, and one that had a Devil, Joh. 8.48. One that deceived the people, John 7.12. that He cast out Devils by Beelzebub the Prince of Devils, Mat. 12.24. yea that he was Beel zebub himself, Matt. 10.25. [Page 57]as if he had been a Devil incarnate in­stead of God manifested in the flesh, a Blasphemer, Joh. 10.33, 36. Matt. 26.65. a Teacher of sedition, and an enemy to Cesar, Luke 23.2. John 19.12. and as He foretold that it should be with his Followers, that they should be reproached, and have their names cast out as evil doers, so it befell and befalls them also, and that too, from men appearingly pious and religious, that make a great shew and flourish in the flesh, and would be esteemed the only Masters in Re­ligion; the most zealous and Orthodox: by such oftimes the truly wise are reputed a­mong the foolish, and the followers of Christ numbred, as He was, with the trans­gressors, suspected and accused of error or heresie, false doctrine, or bad living, be­cause not consenting with their Rabbi­ships in all their Dogma's, or not conform­ing to them in all their scrupulosities or fu­perstitions: Such sometimes are accounted Fanaticks, Schismaticks, Arminians, Pela­gians, and branded with names as hateful as that of Samaritan was to the Jews and Pha­risees. So as it is not easie to discern who are the lights in truth to be followed, or walked with by us; in respect whereof partly, they are also called Gods hidden ones, Psal. 83.3. But then at that great day they [Page 58]shall appear; for God will bring forth their righoeousness as the light, and their judgment as the noon day. Psal. 37.6. Then Zions righ­teousness shall go forth as brightness, and their salvation as a lamp that burneth. And the Gen­tiles shall see their righteousness and all Kings their glory. Isa. 62.1, 2. Especially such as being indued with wisdome themselves, do also improve it for others good, so as they make others also wise and righteous as fol­lows. For I shall wave the farther enlarge­ment to this, and the use to be made of it, till I have taken in the second Proposition or Assertion also, they both agreeing in the substance of their praedicates or matters as­serted, and only differing in the manner and way of illustration. And so it follows.

2. Propos. They that turn many to righ­teousness, (justifie or make righteous many) shall shine as the Stars for ever and ever. Wherein are divers things implyed. As,

1. That men are naturally in and of them­selves void of or without righteousness, as it is said, there is none righteous. No, not one. Either as to the primitive, original righte­ousness, in which God made us at first; or as to the righteousness of (or after) the Law) for all have sinned and are come short of the glo­ry of God. Rom. 3.10, 23. yea that men are averse from righteousness; out of the way [Page 59]of or towards it; their backs upon it as it [...]re; as those that are going from it, or far­ther and farther off it. So much is implyed in the phrase of turning them to righteousness. Which word, turning, though not formal­ly in the Original Text here, yet is found in Luke 1.17. Acts 26.18. and in other places; and so the Scripture expresly affirms of all men in their natural unconverted state; yea of those also that are under the Law, and are seeking and endeavouring after righte­ousness according to the Law; that they are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doth good; no not one. Destruction and misery are in all their ways, and the way of peace they have not known. Rom. 3.12-17.19.

2. That there is a righteousness for men to be turned to; or a way for those that are not, to be made righteous: both as righte­ousness signifies freedom and discharge from the guilt of sin and condemnation by the Law for it: and as it signifies a conformity to the mind of God, and title and right thence to Gods Blessing and Promises. For,

1. There is a righteousness wrought and prepared of God for us in both respects in Christ Jesus; called therefore the righteousness of God, and not our own. Phil. 3.8, 9. a righ­teousness without the Law; not commanded [Page 60]us in, nor to be attained of us by the Law, in observing and acting after that (for the Law neither required Christ to suffer and die for us, nor us to get him to do so) but yet is witnessed to by the Law and Prophets: even the righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ unto (or for all ( [...]) and upon all that believe. A righteousness freely prepared of God in Christ, and wrought by Christ for, and declared and manifested in the Gospel (which is the faith) of Christ unto all, as that that is free for all, and God would have all submit to, and come and partake of: but comes upon all that believe, so as they have benefit of it. This is Christ himself in a sort as delivered up for our offences, and raised again from the dead for our justification: That hath given himself the ransom for all men from that first death and judgment they were fal­len under; and being raised again is the Pro­pitiation, the abiding covering Sacrifice ( [...]) for the sins of the whole world: so as there is in him a plentious Redemption, a power and sufficiency for the forgiveness of the sins of the whole world: a covering plaister and hiding of sins for all the world: and this in­tended on Gods part, as a Medicine or Pro­pitiation for the whole world; so as that for­giveness of sins is with him therein for them all, as in a publick Fountaine or Treasury [Page 61]where they may have it in a due repairing thither for it. Yea, and during the day of his grace and patience, their sins are so far covered, as that they are preserved there­by from actually perishing, his patience is afforded that they might repent, to the end that in coming to him they might receive forgiveness of sins; yea and title to Gods Promises and the blessings thereof; and be made righteous and conformable to him in themselves (such is the virtue in him) and so fitted and made meet for their enjoyment. And this comes upon all that believe (that gi­ving hearty credit to the Gospel, are brought in, to depend on God in and by Christ; yeil­ding up themselves to him, to listen to, and be guided and ordered by him) so as that they become actually justified therereby, both acquitted of all their sins and interested in all Gods Promises by virtue of him, who also makes and will make them more and more comformable to Gods mind in all righ­teous frames and conversation. As it is said. Be it known unto you, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins. That as a thing prepared and made ready in him for all, and to be received by men in their being turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God. Acts 26.18. And in him ( [...]) all that believe are [Page 62]justified from all things from which they could not be justified by the Law of Moses. Acts 13.38.39. Through his name whosoever believes shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10.43. And so being justified by his grace are made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Tit. 3.7. And He will sanctifie and cleanse them by the washing of water in the Word; so as to pre­sent them to himself a glorious Church, not ha­ving spot or wrinckle, or any such thing: but that they may be holy and without blemish. Ephes. 5.26, 27. Thus is Christ the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believes: so as to make them just and righteous in Gods sight. Rom. 10.34. 1 Cor. 1.30. and thence his name is The Lord our Righteousness Jer. 23.6. This is that righteousness of his which he hath openly declared, revealed or shewed in the Gospel. In the sight of the Heathen. The Salvation prepared before the face of all people. Psal. 98.2. Luke 2.30. As also,

2. There is a righteous frame and dispo­sition of Soul, and a righteous demean­our, conversation and walking proposed to us in the Scriptures of truth, in the word and doctrine of the Gospel, to be followed after by us in the receiving of and walking in Christ Jesus; which the grace of God that brings Salvation (or is saving) to all men teacheth, Tit. 2.11, 12. 1 Tim. 6.11. and [Page 63] All Scripture given by inspiration of God is profitable to instruct and direct us in, and pro­mote in us, 2 Tim. 3.15, 16.

3. That men may be turned to this righ­teousness from their unrighteous state and practices: or they may be made partakers and practicers thereof. It is true, no man can of himself turn himself thereto; or make himself righteous therewith. This also is of God; who as he made his Son who knew no sin, sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him: so also sent his Son to bless us in turning every one of us from our iniquities. Acts 3.26. and hath put his spirit upon him that he might bring forth judge­ment to us. By whom he hath also given forth his Law and Doctrine which is a mini­stration of the spirit, (and so is perfect converting the soul, Psal. 19.7.) and of righteousness. 2 Cor. 3.8, 9. The Gospel, or preaching, of Christ is the power of God to salvation to eve­ry one that believeth: yea and the word of faith by which seriously heard and minded the heart is perswaded to believe, Rom. 1.16. & 10.8.17. Isa. 55.3. With this our Lord Jesus sent his Servants to open the eyes of the blind, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, Acts 26.18. True it is that all have not this Law and Doctrine of God alike clearly, nor some [Page 64]at all declared to them, but even there the goodness or kindness of God as otherwise evidenced, is leading them to repen­tance; to which also his chastisments pro­vokes them. And though they cannot by those less clear means attain to that under­standing and abundance of consolation as men may by the clearer means the Law and Doctrine of God as audibly and distinctly made known (at least ordinarily and without miracle) yet they that by such means fear God and work righteousness, or keep the righte­ousness of the Law, their uncircumcision is count­ed circumcision, and God through and by means of Christ accepts them, Acts 10.34. Rom. 2.4, 5, 26, 27. But the choice way and means that God useth for conversion and turning of men to himself, is the preaching of the Gospel. That being a preaching of re­pentance and remission of sins in the name of Je­sus Christ, Luke 24.46, 47. and therein Christ is set forth a Prince and a Saviour, giving repentance and forgiveness of sins, Acts 5.31. though so as yet men are therefore requi­red to listen to him, and in hearing to receive the grace he gives for turning them, so as to repent and be converted that God may blot out their sins and forgive them, Acts 3.19. Yea he now by and with the Gospel preached to all Nations, commands [Page 65]all men every where to repent, Acts 17.30. whereunto his Spirit is not straitned, or shortned, but so administred that his words do good to him that walks uprightly, that doth not willingly and stubbornly decline the force of them; winking with the eye, that he might not see, and hardning the heart, that he might not understand, and be con­verted; but singly yields up to the power working therewith, Mic. 2.7. Matt. 13.12-15. Acts 28.26, 27.

4. That he makes use of Men and their Ministry or Service, even such as he hath indued with wisedome and capacity thereto, by holding forth that word, law, and do­ctrine, and walking therein blamelesly, to be means or instruments for converting men and bringing them to righteousness; by bringing them to Christ Jesus to know, be­lieve on, and obey him. And such as are made wise and gracious themselves by that blessed word He commissionates and com­mands them to call others to Christ, that they might be made wise and righteous also in and by him. So He gave the word, and great was the company of publishers of it, Psal. 68.11. and Christ being ascended on high, gave gifts to men. And He gave some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, or Gospel-preachers, some Pastors and Teachers, furnish­ing [Page 66]them with gifts, and appointing them in the exercise of those gifts to instruct o­thers that are ignorant in the knowledg of Christ, and thereby endeavour their con­version unto God, Eph. 4.8-11. and so to make them Disciples to Christ, and so wise and righteous persons, Matt. 28.18, 19, 20. Mark 16.15, 16. He hath set them as the salt of the earth, and light of the world, to be useful and profitable to others, to draw them in also to glorifie God, Mat. 5.13, 14, 15, 16. Yea, The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every one to profit withal, 1 Cor. 12.7. and No man lights any candle to put it un­der a bushel, or under a bed, but to set it on a Candlestick, that it may give light to all that come into the house, Matt. 5.15. Every one that hears (that in any measure udderstands and is obedient to the truth of the Gospel) hath commission and command from Christ to call others to him, endeavouring their coming to him, that they may be made righteous. Let him that heareth say, Come. Rev. 22.17. Christ commissionates neither all, nor only University Scholars, and those that are learned in the Arts and Sciences to be his Ministers, Preachers of his Gospel, and inviters of men to Him; and so instru­ments of turning them to righteousness, and makers of them righteous. If they hear not [Page 67]his Call themselves, and be not subject and obedient to Him, He commissionates them not to be his Preachers, nor accepts their service, how learned soever otherwise they be. For to the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my Statutes, or that thou shouldst take my Covenant in thy mouth, seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee? Psal. 50.16, 17. But whoso hears, yea whither man or woman, learned or unlearned in worldly Sciences, they are bid to say, Come: and they may do it, so they keep (as all must) within their bounds, and go not beyond the proportion of Faith that they have received, or behave not themselves disorderly. A Woman indeed is not permitted to speak in the Church, or Con­gregation, nor to usurp authority over the man; but otherwise if they have the gift, they may pray or prophecy, 1 Cor. 14.24. and 11.5. 1 Tim. 2.11, 12 and be Teachers of good things, Tit. 2.3. and by their good conversai­on may endeavour to win in their husbands that believe not the word, 1 Pet. 3.1. the woman of Samaria was a good instrument by cal­ling her neighbours to bring them to know Christ, Joh. 4. and not only Aquila, but Priscilla too instructed Apollos, and helped to bring him to a perfecter understanding in the way of the Lord, Acts 18.24, 25, 26. [Page 68]and we read in the Church History of a woman that was very instrumental in con­verting a Nation. Every man as he hath received the gift of God may minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God, 1 Pet. 4.10. (though every one may not be an Elder or Officer in or over a Church, but such as are chosen orderl thereto) doing all things orderly, decently, and so as in charity, and for edi­fication, 1 Cor. 14.26 40. and 16.14. He that had but one Talent, should have tra­ded with it; and put it to use for his Lords advantage, and ought not to have wrapt it up in a Napkin, or hid it in the earth; and for his not doing so, he met with that terri­ble Sentence; Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I strowed not: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the Exchangers— Take therefore the Talent from him— and cast ye the unprofitable Servant into utter darkness, there shall be weeping and gna­shing of teeth, Matt. 25.26, 27, 28, 30.

5. That where men are faithful in hold­ing forth the word and truth of God, and walk thereafter, and so to their abilities and capacities are seeking the glory of God and the good of Souls, there God is and will be with them, and bless them, Mat [...] [Page 69]28.18, 19, 20. the Difciples going forth, and doing, and observing what Christ com­manded them, he promiseth, Lo I am with you alwaies to the end of the world. So the Lord by the Prophet Jeremy, saith, If they had stood in my counsel, and caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil ways, and from the evil of their do­ings. Jer. 23.22. The diligent hand here too makes rich, Prov. 10.4. while Paul plants and Apollo waters, God gives increase, 1 Cor. 3.6, 7. If men refuse to come to Christ to be converted and gathered to him, and to God in, and by him, whom his ser­vants would gather to him; their labour in that case shall not be in vain, they shall be accepted of God, and reckoned as ga­therers of many, or turners of them to God, because they did faithfully endeavour it: even as Abraham in the Scripture is re­puted to have offered up his Son Isaac, though he was not actually sacrificed, or slain, (God by his Angel interposing) be­cause he was really willing and ready to have offered him up, and intended it, Ge­nes. 22. with Heb. 11.17, 18. And our Lord Jesus when he complained that He had laboured in vain and spent his strength in vain, and for naught, because when he would have gathered Israel, Israel would not be, or were [Page 70]not gathered, comforts himself in this, that his judgment was with the Lord, and his work or reward with his God. Isa. 49.4. That is, God would judge him and reward him ac­cording to his faithfulness, and heartie en­deavour after others good, as fully as if they had received the good he desired. Thence he adds, that though Israel be not gathered, yet should he be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and his God would be his strength. Yea, and make him successful to others; not only to raise up the Tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved (or desolations) of Israel, but also to be, a light to the Gentiles, and to be his Salvation to the ends of the earth. verse 5, 6.

And truly that we may also note, that of­ten times when the labor of his servants prove unsuccessful with some, he directs them to others with whom they find success: as in the Parables of the marriage Dinner, and of the great Supper; when the labor of the servants in calling the fore­bidden Guests proved unsuccessful, they setting light by the Feast and making excu­ses why they would not, or could not come; they were ordered to others, to call and bring them in, with whom their endeavours took such place, that the Feast & house was filled with Guests, Mat. 22.1, 2-9, 10. Luke 14.16, 17-23. And when the Apostle [Page 71] Paul, labouring with the Jews to convince and turn them in to God, found them un­believing and obstinate: God sent him to the Gentiles that would hear, and many of them were converted by him. Acts 13.46, 47, 48, and 28.25-28. Yea many, in many places were brought in by his, and his fellow lobourors Ministry, as appears in many chapters of the book of the Acts. God often going forth with his Servants so as to prevaile upon peoples hearts. So he went forth with Peter and the Apostles at Jerusalem, so as many thousands were con­verted by them. Acts 2.41, 47. & 4.4. & 5.14. & 21.20. Yea, and with those that were not Apostles: and, for ought we find mentioned of them, no ordained per­sons, by any humane ordination. Those that were scattered abroad by reason of the persecuti­on that arose about Stephen, went and Preached the word every where, and the hand of the Lord was with them, so as a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Acts 8.1, 4. & 11.19, 20, 21. So doth God own and accom­pany the faithful diligent endeavours of his Servants. He that received five Talents, and traded diligently with them, and he that received but two did likewise, both of them were so blessed of God in their tra­ding, as to double their stock: that so no [Page 72]man might be discouraged from diligence by the less measure of his received furniture or gifts. Yea, and doubtless had he that had but one Talent, traded with it, and been faithful and diligent to improve it, he should have been so blessed therein, as to have brought in an acceptable increase; perhaps two or three more, Mat. 25.16, 17.

6. That where men in their faithful and diligent improvement of their Talents, are made instruments of converting men (Mi­nisters by whom they believe as God gives to any or every one, 1 Cor. 3.5.) there he attributes the event and the effect to them, though but instruments, as if they were the Authors and Producers thereof. So here, they that in­struct many, and are succeeded with their conversion, are said to turn many to righte­ousness, or to make many righteous; though the power was of God and not of them, and the praise to be given to him; without whose power and blessing they had done no­thing, much less effected any good by their doing. So the effect is sometimes attribu­ted to the Instrumental cause, sometimes to the Principal. As the Axe is said to hew or cut down a Tree, though of it self it can per­form no action; but the man that useth it may more properly be said to hew or cut down with or by it. Thus our Saviour of­times [Page 73]ascribed his cures to the faith of the persons cured, because therethrough they received the benefit which they that belie­ved not could not receive; not coming to him for it, or being judged unworthy of it, Mat. 9.22. Mark 5.34. & 10.52. Luke 7.50. & 8.48. & 17.19. & 18.42. with Mat. 13.58. Mark 6.5, 6. And so the Apostle saith to Timothy, Take heed to thy self and to the Doctrine; continue in them; for in so do­ing, thou shalt both save thy self and them that hear thee. Attributing his own and others mens Salvation to him in his faithful dili­gence in his work and office, which su­preamly was to be ascribed to God only, and his grace in Christ Jesus, 1 Tim. 4.16. After the same race or manner doth he here speak of making others wise (as the for­mer word may be rendred) and of turning to righteousness, justifying or making just many. But as these things are all here im­plyed, so it is here plainly and sully expressed and said;

7. And lastly, That they that turn many to righteousness (or make many righteous) they shall shine as the Stars, for ever and e­ver. That's the full proposition here assert­ed. That is;

1. In the short and sum of it, they shall be gloriously rewarded for the good therein [Page 74]done by them; their work shall be with the Lord, so as he will highly recompence it or reward it with glory. Yea, both they that are wise themselves, and those also more especially that are instrumental causes, by their faithful endeavours of making o­thers wife and righteous; especially they that make many so, shall be rewarded glo­riously, or with great glory, in the resurecti­on of the just. (and so we shall carry them both on together as I said above) and this because;

Rea. 1. God is not unrighteous to forget their labour after wisdome, and especially therein, their love to his name. He having of his great goodness made precious promises of re­wards unto such, Heb. 6.10. with 2 Cor. 6.16, 17, 18. & 7.1. Mal. 3.17. & 4.2, 3. He is faithful and cannot, nor will forget his word, or go back from his Covenant confir­med and ratifyed in, and by the blood of his only Son, but will make it good and perform it to the utmost, Heb. 10.23. with Isa. 51.6. For the heavens shall vanish away like smoak, and the earth shall wax old as a Garment: but my salvation (saith he) shall be for ever, and my righecousness shall not be abolished. And He hath promised to accept and reward glo­riously such persons as are themselves wise, and causes of others being so, and that be­ing [Page 75]themselves just and righteous, are cau­ses of righteousness to others, (Psal. 91.14, 15, 16. Isa. 62.1, 2, 3.) Because

Reas. 2. He is a lover of wisdome and righ­teousness. He is himself the only wise God, Rom. 16.27. Jude 25. and the just and righ­teous Lord, Zeph. 3.5. and wisdome and righteousness are of, and from him, Prov. 2.6. Psal 4.1. beams issuing forth from or gene­rated by him, and his influxes, and there­fore loved of him; or rather they are the beams and influences of his blessed and be­loved Son, our Lord Jesus, the wisdome of God and his tighteousness, or just and righ­teous one; and therefore they are lovely too, and delighted in by him, so as to ren­der lovely and delightful to him those that are in, so as to be made wise and righteous by them. As it is said, A wise Son maketh a glad Father, Prov. 10.1. And my Son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine, yea my reins shall rejoice when thy lips speak right things, Prov. 23.15, 16. And, My Son be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reprorcheth me, Prov. 27.11. comparing those passages with Chap. 3.11, 12. Heb. 12.5, 6, 7, 8. whereas the fool­ish may not stand in his sight. He hateth all the workers of iniquity, Psal. 5.4, 5. The righ­teous Lord loveth righteousness, and the righte­ous: [Page 76]his countenance doth behold the just, Psal. 11.7. and 146.8. Yea, because also

Reas. 3. He loveth mankind, and desires mans welfare and happiness, Would have all men saved, and come to the knowledg of the truth, that being good and acceptable in his sight. He would not that any perish, but all come to repentance; to which purpose he hath interposed his only Son, the man Christ Je­sus, who gave himself a ransome, or price of redemption for all, the one and only Medi­ator of God and man; therefore he would have all men wise and righteous, that they might be happy, 1 Tim. 2.3, 4, 5, 6. 2 Pe­ter 3.9. He would rather that the wicked turn and live, than go on in sin and die, and pe­rish: therefore also he loves those that are so wise, as to take the course to be happy, as Men loving their Children like it mainly when they see they do well, and take the course to live happily; and therefore also He loves and likes them mainly, who being wise themselves make it their business, (by holding forth his Word and Doctrine, and setting before them the love and goodness of God, and the great things he hath done for them, and invites them too, their need thereof, and the misery that will come up­on them, if neglecting them, &c.) to do their endevour to convert others to righteousness, [Page 77]and bring them to be just and good, that they may be happy. For seeing he loves man, and desires his welfare, nothing can be more acceptable to him, than to endea­vour to promote mans happiness. And in­deed he hath therefore so highly loved, ho­noured, and glorified his Son Jesus Christ, as man, because He in obedience to Him and love to us, laid down his life for us; as he saith Himself: Therefore my Father lo­veth me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again, Joh. 10.17. And because he humbled himself to Death, the Death of the Cross for us, that so he might therethrough be the Saviour of us, The Authour of eternal Salvation to all that obey him, and bring many sons to glory; therefore God hath highly ex­alted him, and given him a Name above every name, that every knee should bow to Him, and every tongue confess to him, that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, Phil. 2.7, 8, 9, 10, 11. with Heb. 2.10. and 5.9. so as He is the brightness of his glory, and in the fulness of his power and glory for evermore. And as any one in listening to and believing on Him, becomes a follower and disciple of Him, and walks in his steps, making it his business, according to his capacity, to do good to others, and win them in to him, and so to righteousness; so God loves and [Page 78]approves of them the more, and will con­form them to his blessed Son, and give them fellowship with him in his Kingdome and Glory. Yea they that come nearest him in likeness of love, and charity, and good­doing to others here, shall doubtless be nearest to him in glory hereafter. God so loves man, that he likes and approves it, and will reward it, when men so love one another, as to do good to one another in outward and bodily matters. He that is (good of, or) hath a bountiful eye shall be bles­sed: for he giveth of his bread to the poor, Pro­verbs 22.9. and He that hath pitty on the poor, lendeth to the Lord, and what he hath given will he pay him again, Chap. 19.17. especi­ally they that out of love to Christ and them relieve his Members and Brethren, though but with outward bodily reliefs, for they shall hear that heavenly Sentence, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit ye the Kingdome prepared for you from the foundation of the world, Matt. 25.34, 35, 36. Oh how much more then shall they be rewarded that have hazarded their lives, and spent their time & strength to do good to the Souls of others; to turn them in to Christ, to the making them righteous, and so his friends and bre­thren; and preserving them from hell and destruction! Surely the wise (and wise­makers) [Page 79]shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament: and they that turn many to righ­teousness (or make many righteous) as the stars for ever and ever: they shall be glori­ous, abundantly glorious: that's the sub­stance of what is asserted here of them, and signified in both the Metaphors used for il­lustration, and in what is added thereto; wherein we have also,

2. The manner of their being glorified, or rather the exceeding great measure of it. We may speak to both the Metaphors toge­ther, as to what is common to both first; and then take notice of something peculiar and special, in which there is some difference,

1. Common to both, namely to the [...]rightness of the Firmament, and to the [...]tars, is that they are; 1. High above us, [...]nd so it may denote and signifie, that both [...]he wise, and they that turn many to God, [...]hall be highly honoured and glorified: even [...]s Christ, the great turner of many to God, [...]e perfect one in wisdome and maker of [...]ise men, is highly glorified above all, so [...] He is far above all Principalities and Po­ [...]ers, Thrones and Dominions, and every name [...]at is named both in this world, and in that to [...]me, Ephes. 1.20, 21. Angels, Principali­ [...] and Authorities being made subject to [...]im, 1 Pet. 3.22. And all things put under [Page 80]his feet. He being glorified with Gods own self, even with that glory He had with him before the world was, Heb. 2.8. John 17.5. and there­in exalted, extolled and made very high, Isai­ah 52.13. So also they that here are wise, and means and instruments of making o­thers so, and they that in their endeavours turn many to righteousness, shall be highly glorified, God will exalt and honour them, and set them on high, because they have known and glorified his Name, Psal. 91.14, 15, 16. Yea their glory shall be as high above all the glory of this earth, as the Heavens are higher than the earth; and the stars above our common lights and torches, and that i [...] exceeding high, as it is said, Is not God i [...] the heigth of heaven, and behold the heigth o [...] the Stars how high they are, Job 22.12. an [...] yet as high as the Heavens are above the earth so great is his mercy (or kindness) toward the [...] that fear him, Psal. 103.11. Their glor [...] shall be above the reach of men, either [...] give to them, or take from them. Ah [...] suerus having promoted Haman, and set h [...] feat above all the Princes that were wi [...] him, yet could pull him down thence, a [...] command him to the gallows. But the gl [...] ­ry of the Saints shall be above the reach [...] either Men or Devils to pull them do [...] from.

Pure and unmixt bodies, and their splen­ [...]our or glory in which they shine, is pure [...]nd elear; there is no fuliginous, smoaky, [...]isty matter mixt with the Firmament, specially the brightness of the Firmament, [...]nd the glorious Stars: neither is there any [...]ixture of mans invention and endeavour [...] their splendour, or shine, as in the shin­ [...]ngs or brightness of fires, or candles, and [...]orches here below: even so also shall the [...]lory and splendor of the Saints and holy [...]en, the truly wise and such as have turn­ [...]d many to righteousness, be a pure and [...]nmixed glory and splendour; nothing of [...]orldly casualties, changes, or vicissitudes [...]all it be obnoxious to; neither shall there [...]e any thing so weak, as that that is of mans [...]aming and devising put upon them; as [...]ow there is put upon the sons of the glory [...]f this world; human wreaths and crowns, [...]tles, dignities, robes, and the like: But [...]l shall be there, and upon them divine [...]nd heavenly, pure and unmixed, the new [...]erusalem, the Bride, the Lambs wife shall [...]ave on her the glory of God: and her light, [...]lendor, or lustre, shall be like that of a stone [...]ost precious, like a Jasper-stone, (in part [...]e representation of the glorious God upon is throne, Rev. 4.3.) clear as Chrystal, Re­ [...]elat. 21.11.

3. Most manifest and conspicuous, such is the brightness of the Firmament, and the Stars above; they may be seen by their own light, at the greatest distance and remote­ness: even a man, as it were, with half an eye may see their shining splendour; so as the brightness of candles and torches at a great distance cannot be seen: even so the glory of the wise and faithful ones that are instruments of turning many to Christ, it shall be most bright and manifest, it shall be seen and beheld of all: for when Christ shall appear in glory, they shall also appear in glory with him, Coll. 3.4. Therefore that time and state is called, the manifestation of the Sons of God, when they shall all be seen and known, who and how excellent they are, Rom. 8.19.21. then men that could see no glory in and upon the servants and fear­ers of God, nor no profit accruing to men by his fear and service; but said, It is in vain to serve God, and what profit to keep his ordinances, and walk mournfully before him, and that call the proud happy, shall tack about, and turn, and gaze upon the strange change that shall be then, and discern plainly be­tween the righteous and the wicked; the wise man that is truly and spiritually so, and the fool; him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not. For then the day of the Lord [Page 83]shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, and all that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, so as it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto them that fear the Lord, shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing under his wings: So as to render them bright and conspicuous also. Yea, then the righteous shall shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father: So as their glory cannot possibly be any longer hid, Matt. 13.43. Mal. 3.14, 15, 17. & 4.2. Now the life of the Saints and holy men of God is hid with Christ in God: but then Christ their life appearing, it shall appear also to be very glo­rious; when He shall come to be glorified in his Saints, and admired in all them that be­lieve; their glory shall be so great, clear and wonderful, and so discerned to be by all, Coll. 3.3, 4. 2 Thes. 1.10. And then the sons of them that hated them shall come ben­ding to them, and all they that despised them, and looked upon them as poor, piteous, sorry people, shall bow down themselves at the soles of their feet, and call them the City of the Lord; the Zion of the holy one of Israel: and whereas they were forsaken and hated, God will make them an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations, Isai. 60.14, 15. and that leads to the next thing, They shall be as [Page 84]the brightness of the Firmament, and as the Stars.

4. Perpetually and everlastingly glori­ous. The Firmament and Stars are not sub­ject to those decays, and expirings, and ex­tinguishments as to their lustre and glory, as our inferiour lights, Candles, Torches, and the like, which may either be blown out, and so loose their shine, or will of themselves in short time expire and go out, as suffering a consumption and defect of the matter that feeds their light and shine: but though by reason of the Clouds intervening, or the earth in their daily revolutions, in their turning about it, or by reason of the brighter glory of the Sun, their brightness or shining lustre is not alwaies seen by us; yet they are alwaies alike bright and glo­rious in themselves. And yet because of that intermission of their shining unto us, by reason of those things above mentioned, the Holy Ghost might, to supply that de­fect, adde here that expression (which may be understood to appertain to both clauses) viz. That they shall shine for ever and ever. [...]. a hidden, unknown time, and still beyond that, even for ever and ever: their glory shall be like the glory of God that shall shine upon them everlasting, E­verlasting joy shall be upon their heads, and [Page 85]sorrow and sighing shall flee away, Isai. 35.10 and 51.11. They shall be an eternal excellency for the Lord shall be their everlasting light, and the days of their mourning shall be ended, Isai­ah 60.15, 19, 20. The glory of this world passeth away, and mens shining lustre like the lamp of the wicked goeth out, their honour shall not descend to the grave after them, Psal. 59.17. 1 John 2.17. but God will give these an everlasting name, honour and renown, so as they shall be had in ever­lasting remembrance, Isa. 56.5. Psal. 112.6. For the mercy and kindness, ( [...]) of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto childrens children, to such as keep his Cove­nant, and think upon his Commandments to do them, Psal. 103.17, 18.

5. Indeed both the brightness of the Fir­mament and the shining of the Stars are inferiour to that of the Sun: and so the Holy Ghost may signifie in his use of those Similitudes, that their glory spoken of shall be inferiour to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ the Sun of righteousness, and indeed its meet that He in all things and for ever should have the preheminence, & be glorified in [...]ll their glory, as they also are made glorious by partaking of his: as the Philosophers tell us, that the Firmament and Stars derive [Page 86]their shining lustre and splendour from the Sun, and from its light and lustre: So to be sure all the Saints and holy ones shall do so from Christ, not shining in any splendor, in such sense their own, as not to have or derive it from him. And yet inasmuch as our Saviour useth the Metaphor of the Sun to set forth the greatness of the then shining glory of the righteous, Matth. 13.43. it may signifie to us also, that the Mystery of God, and the great and glorious thoughts and purposes of his heart towards his ser­vants and people was not made out so sully and clearly in former times to and by the holy Prophets, as they are now in these last days by the coming, and appearing, and in the Doctrine and Discoveries of the Lord Jesus by himself and his Apostles, Ephs. 3.5. We have the things of God more fully made known in these last days than in those former times, God reserving this honour to the appearance and ministry of his bleffed Son. As the way into the Holiest was not y [...] made manifest, while the first Tabernacle wa [...] standing: So neither was the glory of it or that was to be thence revealed, so fully signified and declared, Heb 9.8.

2. As to what is peculiar of difference in these two Metaphors or Similitudes, the brightness of the firmament and the Stars [Page 87]I shall only observe, that the Stars are the more glorious ornaments of the Firmament, and exceed the brightness of the Firmament barely, or where there is no Star. And so to that in saying that they are wise, or in­struct, shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the Stars. We may note, that he doth signifie both

1. That there shall be different degrees of glory given as rewards to the fearers and servant of God: as is also signified by the Apostle in saying, He that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly, and he that soweth liberal­ly shall reap liberally, 2 Cor. 9.6. And our Saviour implies the like in his answer to the two Sons of Zebedee and their Mother, de­siring that they might sit one at his right hand, and the other at his left hand in his Kingdome: for He tells them among other things, that [...]o sit at his right hand and at his left in his Kingdome (that is, to be near to Him) is not his to give, but to them for whom it is prepared [...]f his Father, as implying that it is so pre­pared for some, but not for all his Disci­ples, Matth. 20.21-23. Mark 10.40. as also it is implyed in that of Zechary 12.8. [...]s the words may be construed and under­stood, where he saith, He that is feeble a­mong them, shall in that day be as David: and [Page 88]the house of David shall be as God, as the An­gel of God before him: and in that of the Apostle, that as one Star differeth from ano­ther Star in glory: So also shall be the Resur­rection of the dead, 1 Cor. 15.41, 42.

2. That the greatest Glory shall be given to them that are most abundant in doing good; for they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament, but that is less than the Stars; like to which they shall shine that turn many to righteousness; which is more than simply the being wise, yea or instructing or making others wise: for so they may do that turn not many to righte­ousness: this also is confirmed by the for­mer proofs, particularly that of 2 Cor. 9.6. and is evidenced in the Parables of the ta­lents and pounds, where he that by trading with his pound got ten pounds is rewarded got with rule over ten Cities; when he that had got but five, is rewarded with ruling but over five, Luke 19.17-19. for God shall render in the judgment to every man according as his works shall be, to them that do work good shall he reward glory, honour and peace, but yet so as to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile, for there is no respect of persons, but there is of works, with God, Rom. 2.6 10.11. which renders it a thing not in vain to be more di­ligent and industrious in the way and work [Page 89]of the Lord, but good to abound therein, which would be bootless and in vain, if men being believers on Christ in the main, should be equally rewarded for doing little good, as if they, or others that did more. Indeed when there is a heart to do more, and the reason of not doing more is merely want of matter or capacity for doing more, there the reward of them that do less, as to the matter done or administred by them, may be as much or more than of them that have done more as to the matter done, having ability to have done still more or better than they did; as in the case of the poor woman casting in her two mites, which was all that she had, into the Treasury, accepted by our Saviour as doing more than all they that out of their superfluity had cast into it, though much more in quantity than she had, Mark 12.41, 42, 43, 44. as also in the Pa­rable of the Labourers, where they that wrought but one hour, not being called in sooner, and as it may seem more referring themselves to the good pleasure of their Lord for their wages and reward, and less capitulating with him than those that came sooner, had equal reward with them, Mat­thew 20.1-9 15. But where men have ca­pacities and abillities proportionable, and do not equally proportionably to them, [Page 90]the more faithful, diligent, and bountiful shall have the greater reward. And so its a good encouragement to greater diligence and abundance in the service of God and Christ, knowing it shall not be in vain in the Lord, 1 Cor. 15.58. and yet so as puts no discouragement upon any that have hearts set to do more, but have less talents or abililities. But that belongs to the use of these points, to which (having been so large in Explication) we now come at length; even to

Application.

Applicat. 1. And first what hath been said on the first point, may serve

Ʋse 1. To commend to us the study of Wisedome, or a diligent endeavour after it, as that which will be of greatest advantage to us; for seeing they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament in and after the Resurrection, well may we say with Solomon, How much better is it to get wisdome than gold! and to get understand­ing, rather to be chosen than Silver, Pro. 16.16. It is true that much Silver and Gold will make men glitter here; but it is in things without them; their gay cloaths, and gawdy garnishings of them, their houses, houshold [Page 91]stuff, horses, and suchlike matter; but alas the glory and shine they give them, is as much below that of the wise man here pro­mised and predicted, as the glory or shine of the Glow worm is below that of the brightness of the Firmament. Gold and Silver, Riches profit not in the day of wrath, from which wisdome will make us wise to Salvation, giving us that righteousness which delivers from Death. Prov. 11.4. A good Name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving kindness rather than Silver and Gold, Prov. 22.1. But it is not Silver and Gold that will without wisedome give us a good name, much less loving favour with the Lord: but wisdome will give us them; for Riches and Honour are with her, yea du­rable riches and righteousness, and whoso sinds her, finds life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord, Prov. 8.18, 34, 35. Wisdome is that that will make a mans face to shine, and change the boldness (or strongth) of his countenance, Ec­cles. 8.1. truly it puts a lustre upon faces, or appearances now. Stephen who was a man indued with the Holy Spirit, and therethrough with such wisdome, as all his learned Adversaries were not able to resist, even when he came to answer his adversa­ries accusations for his life, in the presence of the Greatest Council in Jerusalem, All [Page 92]that sat in Council looking stedfastly on him saw his face, as it had been the face of an Angel, Acts 6.8-10-15. with 7.1. Oh what will it do when he shall appear with Christ in glo­ry? Men may be rich, and have riches, and yet leave little fame or glory behind them when they are gone; no nor have any great matter of lustre while in possession of them. How pittifully did Croesus or Crassus look to a judicious eye, and so Nabal and Ha­man; but much more in the eye of God and his holy ones, in comparison of Saint Paul, or Peter, or Stephen, yea or any the least in Gods Kingdome? Yea men may be rich and infamous, do so unworthily as to foile all their heights and enjoyments in the world by their foolish and sordid acti­ons, as that rich man Nabal did, Whose name was Nabal and folly was with him: truly many have gotten greater fame, and shone more among men both in their life time and after death by their wisdome, though but poor and mean persons, than those that have been very wealthy being void of wis­dome; as not only many Prophets and Apostles, but even many Heathens, that are yet famous for their wisdome and learn­ing, though but a worldly and perishing wisdome: as far below the heavenly wis­dome, as a rush light is below the brightness [Page 93]of the Firmament; and therefore that that will give them no lustre in the Resurrection. Surely Solomons wisdome made him shine more than all the riches and honour of his Kingdome, others have been as rich as he, but none so wise: nor did his Riches so much as his great Wisdom draw the Queen of Sheba to come so far to see him: and yet his folly in loving strange women, how much did it take off the lustre of his wis­dome! How much more gloriously would he have shone, had he been so wise as to have shunned that folly: and he prefers even a poor and wise child before an old and foolish King that will no more be admonished, for this out of prison may come to reign, when he other, though born in his Kingdome, may become poor, Eccles. 4.13, 14. especially being wise with the wisdome of God, which is the wisdome here commended, as endring them that are wise therewith so [...]orious hereafter: even Christ the wisdome [...]f God as known of us and believed on by [...]s, in knowing him we shall know all things [...]ghtly: and have our hearts and minds [...]ghtly framed so as to fear God and keep [...]s commandments, and the fear of the Lord, at is wisdome, even the beginning (or prin­pal matter of it the [...]) and to de­ [...]rt from evil, that is understanding, Job 28.28. [Page 94]Prov. 1.7. and 9.10. Psal. 111.10. thats the wisdome, the praise whereof is so set forth in the Scriptures, that makes them happy that gets her, and that find the under­standing and knowledg of her: The mer­chandise whereof is better than the merchaudise of Silver, and the gain whereof is better than fine Gold, that is more precious than Rubies, and so excellent, that all the things that a man can desire are not to be compared to her. In her right hand is length of days, and in her left hand riches and honour: her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her happy is every one that retaineth her, Prov. 3.13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. For they that be wise with this wisdome shall shine as the bright­ness of the Firmament for ever and eve [...] Other wisdome worldly and humane lite­rature may make a man shine for a time nay sometime through many ages, lik [...] some candles and torches that have the thieves, as they call them, in them, the strong sents and stinking smoakes belonging to them, as in the heathen Poets and Phi­losophers, and divers Heathen-Christian may be seen. But its this heavenly wisdo [...] only that will advance a man on high, a [...] make him shine most purely, brightly, a [...] above the reach of envy, and for ever [...] [Page 95]the world to come. And therefore the wise having such happiness entail'd upon them, as may render it evident and easie to be be­lieved that Wisdome is the principal thing, Pro­verbs 4.7. It may in the next place

Ʋse 2. Exhort us all to get wisdome, get understanding; yea above all things & with all gettings to get this understanding, that we may be made of the number and company of these wise men, who shall obtain such ex­cellent glory, such a happy portion. And surely its not a thing impossible to get this wisdome, for then the Holy Ghost would not exhort us to go about it: let there be but an earnest and hearty endeavour after it, according to Gods directions given us thereabout, and God that is ready to give it, yea that gives liberally to all and upbraids not, will give it to us, James 1.5. Labour we then for that meat that endureth to ever­lasting life, which the Son of man will give unto us so labouring for it, for him hath God even the Father sealed, John 6.27. Fools and Scorners and all are called to it, to look after it, and promise is made of God, that [...]n obeying his Calls and Counsels therea­bout, they shall have it given them. To [...]hat end that we might have it, did God [...]end his only begotten Son, his Word and Wisdome, both to take out of the way [Page 96]that which hindered its communication to us, and having done that, to be the author and giver of it: and to that end hath he put his Spirit upon him, that he might bring forth judgment to us, though barbarous and bru­tish Gentiles naturally, and thereby make us wise to Salvation: and He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him freely give us all things, and so this wisdome also, Rom. 8.32. Yea and Christ came forth from God to that purpose, to set on foot the preaching of that word wherethrough that heavenly wisdome may be obtained: and being ascended up on high, and having received of the Father the promise of the Spirit, even the spirit of Wis­dome and Ʋnderstanding, the spirit of Counsel [...] and Might, the spirit of Knowledg, and of the fear of the Lord. He hath given forth this Spirit also, and thereby made known the heavenly word, wherethrough this ex­cellent wisdome is conveighed, and may be received, and all that we may be made wise: so that it is not to be despaired of, no not by the most simple and foolish, but hopefully and believingly to be sought for and endeavoured after by us. In and for worldly matters and earthy advantages men may possibly weary themselves in the very fires for nought, and labour in vain [Page 97]and to no purpose; but looking after this we shall neither labour in vain, for God hath not said to the House of Jacob seek ye me in vain; He the Lord speaks righteousness, and declares things that are right: and He hath said, Ask and ye shall receive, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and it shall be opened unto you, with reference to this Heavenly com­modity, For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knock­eth it shall be opened, Isai. 45.14. Mat. 7.7, 8. Nor being obtained, shall we ever repent the labour and diligence we use for getting it, it is of that infinite price, worth and be­nefit, as the Honey is good, and the Honey­comb is sweet to the taste, so shall the knowledg of Wisdome be unto thy Soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thine expectation shall not be cut off, Prov. 24.13, 14. Yea, Man knoweth not the price there­of, it cannot be valued with the Gold of O­phir, the precious Onyx, or the Saphire: the Gold and Christal cannot equal it, and the exchange of it shall not be for Jewels (or ves­sels) of fine Gold; no mention shall be made of Coral, or of Pearl, for the price of Wisdome is above Rubies. The Topaz of Ethiopia can­not equal it, neither shall it be valued with the [...]ure Gold, Job 28.13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

Quest. But (as there follows) where shall [Page 98]this Wisdome be found! and where is the place of Ʋnderstanding. How shall we come by it! or what shall we do to obtain it?

Answ. I might say while it is yet a day of Grace, as the wise Virgins said unto the foolish, Go ye to them that sell, and buy for yourselves, Matt. 25.9.

1. Go to them that sell, that is, to Jesus Chri [...], and to God in Christ, and to his Holy Spirit, in and among his people, o [...] Church, his house or Temple: for Wisdome hath built her house, and hewed out her seven Pillars, and there she hath killed her Sacrifice mingled her Wine, and furnished her Table and she sends out her maids (or servants) with whom she and her spirit also go forth to ca [...] persons in thither: and she saith to the simp [...] turn in hither, and to them that have no under­standing, Come, eat of my bread, and drink [...] the wine that I have mingled, Prov. 9.1-5, 6. Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the wa­ters, and he that hath no money, &c. Isa. 55. [...] and Blessed is he that heareth her words, wat [...] ­ing at her gates, and waiting at the posts of [...] ­doors: for whoso finds her finds life, and [...] obtain favour of the Lord, Prov. 8.33, 34, 3 [...] But take heed of other posts, Go not to [...] ­thel, nor enter into Gilgal, &c. Amos 5. [...] Seek by the faith and in the Doctrine a [...] Ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ, a [...] [Page 99] not as it were by the works of the Law, or by other mens precepts or devises, Rom. 9.31, 32. Isai. 29.13. Matt. 15.8, 9.

Quest. But how shall we know which is Gods house, his Church and beloved Peo­ple? For many lay claim to that name and titly. The Church of Rome tells us she only is the true Church, the house of God, and God and Christ and the Holy Spirit; and this heavenly Wisdome is only in and with her, and so to be sought for there only; other Societies say they are the holy and only Church, and the truth and true wis­dome only with them. How shall we know whither to go?

Ans. Search the Scriptures: God hath [...]aused them to be written for our instruction [...]n righteousness, and they are they that testifie [...]f Christ, and therein also set forth and de­ [...]cribe to us his true Church: and all that [...]retend to the name of the Church acknow­ledg, that those Scriptures are to be re­ceived as truth by us, which we have among [...]s, being the Scriptures of God, in which [...]e have Gods testimony, which is sure and [...]ill not deceive us; but makes wise even [...]e simple ones, that attend to it, and to God [...] and by it, and they tell us that they are the Church of God, or children of it, that keep the [...]mmandments of God, and the faith of Je­sus, [Page 100]Rev. 12.17. And truly by them the Church of Rome above all the rest is disco­vered to be that Strumpet and Harlot that magnifies her self as the only Queen or La­dy, but loves not Christ, but gives his ho­nour to graven Images, and such like de­vises of their own, to his Mother after the flesh, and other deceased Saints, and keeps not, but expugnes Gods commandments, as the Second Commandment against making graven Images, and worshipping and bow­ing down to them; and the Commandment of Christ, that all his Disciples should drink of the Cup in the Supper of the Lord, they notoriously cast by, obtruding upon men her inventions and institutions for Ar­ticles of Faith; as the Popes Supremacy and Infallability, Transubstantiation, Purga­tory, and many other matters, & strictly en­joyning her own commands, while she cast [...] by Christs: Yea she above all makes her­self drunk with the blood of the Saints an [...] Martyrs of Jesus. So that the way to tru [...] wisdome is to decline and come out of tha [...] filthy Babilon. The Reformed Churches a [...] to their bulk are visible enough, but ha [...] their tares overspreading them too mu [...] too, and their divisions and fractions; [...] that in a manner we may take up that co [...] ­plaint of the Prophet Micah in respect [...] [Page 101]true and thorough Members of the Catho­lick Church. Wo is me, for I am as when they have gathered the Summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the Vintage, there is no Cluster to eat. Scarce a pure Church or greater So­ciety of all sound Christians in every re­spect. But yet we may find such as to the main Fundamentals of the Faith hold and maintain them; and so far as any do so and put not upon us Doctrines and Practises inconsistent with them, we may so far own and join with them. And amongst such Churches we may by the light of Gods Word, taken heed to by us, meet with here and there two or three or more doubtless, with whom we may have more intimate Fellowship and Communion in the Name of Christ: Who hath promised His presence in any so small a company of those that in­deed confess and fear him, Matt. 18.20. So that if we cannot find a whole Nation of hearty Believers and real Members of Christ, nor a whole Countrcy or City: Yet if we find but any smaller company of such as take heed to the Word of God, and give up themselves to worship God in Christ, and walke in their conversations ac­cording thereunto, we need not be at a loss for finding God and Christ among them, to to give us Wisdome and Understanding in [Page 102]the knowledg of himself, and with such we may walk without needless breaches or separatings from the National Church, or owning and outwardly acknowledging the truth, though mixed with Tares, Mat. 13.28, 29. As David though not renting from the National Church of Israel (though not faultless, Neh. 8.17.) yet was also compa­nion more intimately of all such as feared God, and of them that keep his precepts, Psal. 119.63. and resolved to praise God both in the Con­gregation more generally, and in the Assem­bly of the upright, Psal 111.1. even as those that feared God in Malachies time, with­out renting or dividing from their publick Assemblies, spake often one to another with Gods good approvement, Mal. 3.16, 17. yea and so our Saviour practised, and his Disci­ples. As for such as question the lawful­ness of National Churches, they seem to have forgotten the Scriptures that tell us, That Christ shall call a Nation that he knew not, and Nations that knew not him, shall run unto him, Isai. 55.5. and that Christ sent his Apostles to disciple all Nations, who sure­ly therefore might disciple or church whole Nations, as they were found complying with them, Matt. 28.18, 19, 20. But were our case such as somtimes Elias supposed his to have been (as thank God it is not) [Page 103]that we knew none not corrupted in faith, and practice from the word of God; yet if we accordingly as God is preventing us with light and truth, and by his spirit is therein enlightning and moving at our hearts (as we shewed in the beginning of this discourse, that wisdome is preventing men generally with her calls and counsels) do yield up our hearts to God, and (as our Saviour saith) do his will in what He makes clear and evident to us to be his will. He will further instruct and teach us of his mind, and we shall know the doctrines pro­posed to us whether they be of God or of men, John 7.17. and walking in the light as God gives it forth to us, and is in it, we shall not fail to be of the true Church, and to partake of the prayers and grace of it through Christ, though we may be at some loss where to find it, or the members of it. Come we then to the testimony of God, and close we with the light and truth He there­in and thereby manifests unto us, and we shall be in the way to get this wisdome: for the testimony of God is sure, when mens pretensions and boastings that they are the Church may deceive us, The entrance [...]f Gods word giveth light, and it giveth under­standing too, so as to make wise the simple, Psal. 19.7. and 119.130. so as to Salvation; [Page 104]of which some mistakes through infirmity & weakness of sight shall not deprive us. But withal Go to them that sell; Go to God in and by Christ Jesus in the operation & guidance of his holy Spirit, by earnest Prayer and Sup­plication; as it is said, If any man lack wis­dome, let him ask it of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him, but let him ask in faith, nothing doubting, Jam. 1.5, 6. Ask ye, and ye shall receive; for every one that asketh receiveth, Matt. 7.7, 8. Thus the Spouse addressed herself to her Beloved, Tell thou me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, and where thou causest thy flock to rest at noon, Cant. 1.7. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples, Chap. 2.5. and Thou that dwel­lest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice, cause me to hear it, Chap. 8.13. and Solomon, or the wisdome of God by him, joyns together the minding and re­ceiving Gods word, and praying or crying to God, in Prov. 2.1-3.5. My Son, if tho [...] wilt receive my words, and hide my command­ments with thee; so that thou encline thin [...] car unto wisdome, and apply thine heart to un­derstanding: yea if thou criest after knowledg [...] and liftest up thy voice (namely to God) fo [...] understanding—Then shalt thou understan [...] the fear of the Lord (the beginning or prin­cipal [Page 105]point of wisdome Cha. 1.7. and 9.10.) and find the knowledg of God, for the Lord giveth wisdome (it is the Lords to give, there­fore needful to look and repair to him for it, and He doth give it, therefore there is good encouragement to seek and ask it of him.) Out of his mouth cometh knowledg and under­standing. But yet in and with this going to God and Christ for it, both in taking heed to his Word, and calling on his Name for it. We must also

2. Buy it. Go and buy of them that sell. So the Holy Ghost counsels us to, Prov. 23.23. Buy the truth and sell it not, wisdome, and instruction, and understanding: Buy it how­ever, whatever it may cost thee; but sell it not upon any terms whatsoever, for the greatest gain or advantage that may be tendered to thee: And again, Ho every one that thirsteth come ye to the waters, and ye that have no money, come, buy and eat, buy wine and milk without money, and without price, I­saiah 55.1. and again saith our Lord Jesus, I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou maist be rich; and white raiment, that thou maist be cloathed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear, Revel. 3.18. which are but the same with this heavenly Wisdome with its fruits and benefits.

Quest. But seeing those are invited to [Page 106]buy that have no money, and to buy without money or price, that is money­worth, what must we pay or give for it? or how can we be said to buy it?

Answ. It is called a buying, because as in buying there is a parting with something that we may acquire a right to, or interest in or possession of another thing, even of the thing that we buy: So here there must be a letting go something, though it be not truly money, or any thing truly desireable, much less any thing that may for its real worth be valuable with this heavenly Wisdome (the price whereof is above Rubies, so as it cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, the precious Onyx, or the Saphir,) yet it is what we are apt to prize at a high rate: yea ma­ny do so highly prize it, as that they will rather go without wisdome, than part with it: and that ihat is in general, whatsoever is by wisdome reproved, and whatsoever the heart cannot attend to wisdome to re­ceive and walk thereafter, except neglected and parted with by it; as it is said, Turn at my reproofs, (namely from all your Sins and Idols, from every false way that I discover to be so, as I discover it, and from loving or cleaving to any thing, so as to cause a neglect of me, and of obedience to sayings.) And [...] will poure out my spirit to you, I will make known [Page 107]my words, Pro. 23. as particularly to instance in some things, or Heads of things.

1. We must part with and let go our love of honour and applause with men, and the leaning and relying on them, their learning, wisdome, power, multitude, and be willing to suffer the loss of that esteem that we have, or might have with them; yea and to incurr their hatred, reproaches, or injuries, as they may be occasioned by our cleaving to and walking in the truth: this was one thing the not parting with which hindered the Jews from closing with Christ, and so having the wisdome of God: they received honour one of another, and contented not themselves with, or looked not after that honour that came from God only. How can ye believe, that so do, saith our Saviour, Joh. 5.44. yea this hindered many who in their hearts were convinced of the truth of Christ from attaining the wisdome that is by it, that they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God, Joh. 12.43. they minded what the Rulers and Pharisees did, and hung upon them that mislead them, for direction, Joh. 7.47, 48, 49. And so now if we love the praise and honour of men that are great and learned, and make [...] great noise and shew of their zeal and strictness as the Pharisees did, and would [Page 108]as they, be reputed the only wise, religious and orthodox persons, we shall mistake and do amiss. If we prefer any mans seeming, yea or real zeal and devotion, or fame for piety or learning, and value their approve­ment, so as that we will be waved from Gods testimony thereby, and them that cleave thereto, though but a few, and de­spised as our Saviours Disciples were, we shall deprive our selves of wisdome. Yea, our Saviour tells us if we Come to him, and hate not (comparatively & as in competition with him) our Fathers▪ Mothers, Brethren, Sisters, Wives, Children, yea and our own lives also, we cannot be his Disciples, that is, we cannot be good Scholars and proficients in his School, so as to attain to be made wise and truly understanding persons, Luke 14.26. He that loves Father or Mother more than him is not worthy of him, and he that loveth Son or Daughter more than him, is not worthy of him, Matt. 10.37.

2. We must part with all high thoughts and conceits of our own knowing, under­standing, or sufficiency in our selves, for that will cut off our legs as it were, and take us off from travailing after and seeking for this heavenly wisdome; for that wil [...] make us lukewarm in our desires and en­deavours after it, and take us off from buy­ing [Page 109]it, as it did the Angel of the Church of Laodicea, who saying in his heart, that He was rich, and increased with goods and wanted nothing, not knowing his own wretchedness and misery, poverty, blindness and nakedness, grew therethrough so luke warm, that Christ threatned to spue him out of his mouth, as some nauseous humour, Rev. 3.16, 17. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit, there is more hope of a fool (even of a mere fool's being made wise) than of such an one, Prov. 26.12. thence Wo to the wise in their own eyes, and the prudent in their own sight, Isai. 5 21. for they think they know, when they know not any thing as they ought to know, 1 Cor. 8.2. and so grow scornful of such counsel and instructions as are needful for them, to bring them to know and to be wise indeed; so as they are ready with the Pha­risees to say, Are we blind also, John 9.40. for the Scorner loveth not one that reproveth him, neither will he go unto the wise, though it be He that heareth reproof getteth under­standing, and he that hateth reproof is bru­tish, Prov. 15.12.32. and 12.1. and so though [...]he seek for wisdome, he findeth it not in his way and manner of seeking it, Prov. 14.6. for God scorns the scorners, but gives grace to the lowly, Prov. 3.34. this self-conceit and [...]leaning to our own wisdome and under­standing, [Page 110]which makes us swerve, and car­ries from attending to Gods word, and its instructions, and those that bring them to us so as not to listen to or be guided thereby must needs therefore be parted with by us, if ever we will be wise; as it is said, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknow­ledg him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil, Prov. 3.5, 6.7. And if any man among you seem to be wise in this world, let him become (own and acknowledg himself to be) a fool that he may be wise, 1 Cor. 3.18. Naaman the Syrian thinking himself wise enough, so as he could fore-understand how the Prophet must deal with him for healing his leprosie, was put into a rage and passion through his scornfulness, and turned away from the means of healing which the Pro­phet directed him to, so as he had missed of healing doubtless, how or which way soever else he had sought it, had he not upon the wise advise and persuasion of his servant laid down that high thought and scornful­ness of the Prophets counsel and submitted himself thereto, 2 Kings 5.10-14. read the relation there. And see how dangerous a thing it is to lean to our own thoughts, a [...] the conceits of our own knowing, and th [...] [Page 111]scorning contrary counsel that seems ridi­culous to us, and how good it is to hear the good counsel of God and his holy servants, and receive their instructions, as what tends to make us wise in the latter end, Prov. 19.20. the leaning to and retaining these two evils, their own imaginations and the authority of their Fathers and Masters, so as to forsake Gods law and disobey his voice was the occasion of Gods heavy judgment upon the land of Israel; See to this purpose Jer. 9.12, 13, 14. Its good with David to hate thoughts and love Gods law, Psal. 119.113.

3. We must also part with and let go evil company and counsellors, such as cause us to erre from the way of wisdome and know­ledge; for He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be de­stroyed, Prov. 17.20. Thence wisdom cal­ling the simple and them that have no un­derstanding to come to her house and par­take of her provision which is fit and virtu­ous to give them understanding, saith, For­sake the foolish and live, and go in the way of understanding, Prov. 9.5, 6. as implying that there is no living nor walking in the way of understanding while foolish persons are our companions, and delighted in by us. And by the foolish are meant all that are ig­norant of, or disobedient to the grace of [Page 112]God, however otherwise learned or wife they may seem to be to themselves or o­thers. As those that have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge; that being igno­rant of Gods righteousness go about to establish their own righteousness (and make that stand in Gods sight, or make it a sufficient stay or support; the ground of their hope and foundation of their confidence towards God) and submit not to the righteousness of God, even Christ the end of the Law for righ­teousness to every one that believeth, Rom. 10.2, 3, 4. as well as also other grosser trans­gressors. Thence the holy Spirit also pronoun­ces them happy that walk not in the counsel o [...] the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, no [...] sit down in the seat of scorners, but their deligh [...] is in the Law of the Lord, and therein their ex­ercise night and day. Psal. 1.1, 2. implyin [...] that men cannot exercise themselves in th [...] Law or Doctrine of the Lord, and deligh [...] themselves therein so as to attain the blesse [...] ­ness of being made wise thereby; excep [...] they avoid the counsels of ungodly person [...] the ways of sinners, the seat or teaching [...] the scorners. Solomon also instructing in th [...] book of the Proverbs, men in the way wisdome, which he highly commends to [...] and wills us above all things to get; giv [...] this as one of his first instructions: My so [...] [Page 113]if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. My s [...] ­walk not thou in the way with them, refrain [...]hy foot from their paths, Prov. 1.10, 15. and when he had said, Hear thou my son, and [...]e wise, and guide thy heart in the way, then [...]e immediately adds, as necessary thereto, [...]e not among Wine-bibbers, among riotous ea­ [...]ers of flesh; for the glutton and the drunkard [...]all come to poverty, Prov. 23.19, 20. as also [...] ch. 22.34. he exhorts to make no friendship [...]ith an angry man, nor go with a furious man. [...]nd else where, to go from the presence of a [...]lish man when we perceive not in him the lip [...]knowledge, ch. 14.7. and to cease to hear [...]e instructions that cause to err from the words [...] knowledge, ch. 19.27. And when the Apo­ [...]e would have the Corinthians not receive [...]e grace of God in vain but be enlarged in [...]eir hearts towards God and his Servants, [...]d to what is good; he warns them that [...]ey be not yoaked unequally with unbelievers [...]hey being such persons as from whom no [...]od or spiritual profit such as that of wis­ [...]me▪ is to be expected) but to come out [...]m among them, and be seperate, and not touch [...] unclean thing, and so God would receive [...]m and be a Father to them, and they should to him for sons and daughters, 2 Cor. 6.1. [...].17, 18.

4. We must part with our love of Ease [Page 114]and Pleasures, put away Slothfulness and Daintiness: for slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger, and not be filled with that wisdome whose fruits do satisfie, Prov. 19.15. Wisdom is not at­tained to but through diligence, and there­fore we must put away slothfulness, love o [...] ease, pleasures and such things. Thence Wisdom instructing us how we may attai [...] her of God, requires, besides a hearing [...] her, a watching daily at her gates, and wai [...] ­ing at the posts of her doors, Prov. 8.33, 34 And besides the inclining the ear, and applyi [...] our hearts unto her sayings, and calling to G [...] for her; that we seek for her as men seek silve [...] and dig for her as for hidden treasures, Pro [...] 2.4. And surely men that love silver, a [...] seek for it are industrious, and not sloth [...] in business: and did a man know there i [...] treasure hid in a place where he might ha [...] opportunity of digging for it, and wh [...] digging diligently he should find it; oh h [...] diligent would he be at it, early and late he find it! Thus the Apostle exhorting [...] Hebrews to give diligence so to know Ch [...] and God as to be filled with, or attain to full assurance of hope, to the end he ad [...] Be not slothful, but followers of those who thr [...] faith and patience inherit the Promises. Heb [...] 11, 12. Dij laboribus omnia vendunt, say [Page 115]Heathens; that is, the Gods sell all things to men for their labours; as if that was all the price they require for them. And there is some truth in it in reference to the only true God. The price for which he sells to us as from us wisdom and its great fruits and be­nefits is a hearty love to it and an industri­ous labouring to obtain it working (as the word is [...]) not for the meat that perish­eth, but for that which endures to eternal life, Which the Son of Man will (if we so do es­pecially) certainly give us, for him hath God even the Father sealed, set apart and authorised to that purpose, John 6.27. the hand of the diligent here also maketh rich, and beareth rule when he that dealeth with a slack, hand becometh poor, and the slathful shall be un­der tribute, Prov. 10.4. & 12.24.

5. We must part with whatsoever way and practice is in it self sinful, and contrary to the Law and Doctrine, Will and Com­mandment of God. Thus David, who was made wiser than his enemies, and got more un­ [...]erstanding than his teachers, & than the anti­ [...]ts, because he meditated in Gods Testimonies, [...]nd kept his Precepts and Commandments, [...]ells us, that He refrained his foot from every [...]il way, that he might keep Gods word and [...] get still more wisdom therethrough, Psal. 19.98, 99, 100, 101. For indeed wisdom (as [Page 116]is said, Wisd. 1.4.) will not enter into a wick­ed or malicious soul, nor where the body is subject to sin, for it is a pure, most holy influence from the most holy God, and lo­veth not that which is filthy and unclean. Thence the fear of the Lord is said to be the beginning thereof, because by it we depart from evil, pride, arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth doth wisdom hate, Prov. 8.13. Therefore if we would be truly wise, cleanse we our selves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, 2 Cor. 7.1. Laying aside all filthiness & su­perfluity of naughtiness, receive with meekness the ingraffed word (the fountain of Wisdom, Eccles. 1.5.) which is able to save the soul, Jams 1.21. And to add but one more,

6. Lastly, in a word; We must Deny ou [...] ­selves, take up our Cross and follow Christ and therein forsake all that we have: else w [...] cannot be Christs Disciples and obtain thi [...] heavenly gift, Mat. 16.24. Luke 14.33 [...] We must deny and forsake all our ow [...] things, casting them away as loss and du [...] for the excellency of the knowledge of ou [...] Lord Jesus (the true wisdom) as all o [...] own fleshly priviledges and rejoycings, [...] to the knowing our selves after them wh [...] ther our fleshly birth, or humane parts, [...] lations to such good and excellent perso [...] [Page 117]admission to Gods Church and Ordinances; so as not taking up content that we have them. Yea our own righteousness after the Law and our own best self attainments, our wisdom, carnal or fleshly understanding, with all our own desires and designs to g [...]t our selves, or keep to our selves the honors, riches and pleasures of this world, as any of them stand cross to, or are inconsistent with (as often or usually they are) the getting, the knowledge of Christ, laying down all our self conceits, interests and purposes at his foot, we must only and above all things at­tend to know him, and his grace and graci­ous mind and will concerning us, and follow on after him, therein patiently bearing and enduring what ever thing cross to our said interests, desires or designs befal us in the way of his truth and righteousness, and so doing we shall not fail of being truly and in­deed wise, and doing wisely to Salvation, for Good and upright is the Lord, therefore He (preventingly) teaches sinners in the way, the meek he will (by his following grace) guide in judgement, the meek (that hear his reproofs and rebukes, and take all well, and yet yield up themselves to him, to learn of him and follow him) will he teach his way. Yea, What man is he that feareth the Lord! him will he teach the way that he should go, his soul [Page 118]shall dwell at ease — The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, and He will shew them his Covenant, Psal. 25.11, 12, 13, 14. Thus doing we shall be made wise and ob­tain the happiness here spoken of, viz. to shine as the brightness of the Firmament, especially if also (as wisdom will lead us to, and direct us in that also) we make it our business to make others wise by instructing them, and to turn others to righteousness; with reference to which branch as also to the other reading of the word translated wise.

2. In the second place what hath been noted thereto, we may further apply it sundry ways, as

Ʋse 3. 1. To exhort and provoke such as have wisdom, and are in any measure fur­nished with the heavenly talents, to be di­ligent and faithfully in improving them and laying them out for the good of others also, endeavouring to their capacities, and in the places God hath set them, and accord­ing to the instructions of his truth, to make others wise and righteous, in turning them from their sins, errours and disobedience to the wisdome of the just one; and to be earnest, diligent, and servent herein as they have opportunity, knowing that their labour shall not be in vain in the Lord, but they shall re­ceive [Page 119]a good reward: They shall shine as the Stars for ever and ever, 1 Cor. 15.58. and this is a point of wisdom also; For the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise, Prov. 11.30.

Quest. But what should we do, or what course shall we take, that we may turn others to righteousness, and make them truly wise?

Answ. I might say shortly from the words of our Saviour to his Disciples and Apo­stles;

1. Let us retain the Salt in our selves and [...]ts favour that we have received of God in [...]nd by Christ; for Christs Disciples are the [...]alt of the earth, to purge corruption from them, and render them savoury unto God: But if the salt hath lost its savour wherewith [...]hall it be salted, its thenceforth good for no­ [...]hing, Matt. 5.13, 14. Mark 9.5. that is, [...]et us have and hold fast the word of Christ, and the wisdom therein contained [...]nd conveighed to us, with its reproofes [...]f instructions, so as we our selves may be [...]ept in an awful fear and reverence of God, [...]nd be sweet and clean in our speech and [...]arriage in the world and toward it: that [...]e savouring the grace of God our selves, [...]nd retaining the savour of it in our own [...]earts, may be made savoury to others; [Page 120] Letting no corrupt communication come out of our mouths, but such as is good to the use of edi­fying, that it may minister grace to the hearers, Ephes. 4.29. which in another Epistle is, Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, with the fear of God, and so what is of a cleansing nature, reproving the false hopes, confidences, and carriages of the world, or of such as do amiss among our brethren) that ye may know how ye ought to an­swer every man, Coll. 4.6. for evil communi­cations corrupt good manners, 1 Cor. 15.33. but a wholesome tongue is a tree of [...]life, that brings forth what's food for those that are whole and sound, and leaves that will hea [...] the Nations, or Gentiles that are disceased Prov. 15.4. Ezech. 47.12. Rev. 22.2. Bu [...] for this let the Reader view, if he have it the Treatise of our deceased Brother upo [...] this subject.

2. Let our Light so shine before men, th [...] they may see our good works, and glorify our F [...] ­ther which is in Heaven. For the Disciple of Christ are also the Light of the world, an [...] this light of God and Christ, whereby the are made lights, is put into them, that b [...] ­ing made lights by is, they might not b [...] put, or put their light under a bushel, but [...] a candlestick, so exercising and holding [...] forth, that it may give light to all that come i [...] [Page 121]the house, Matt. 5.15, 16. And this light they may and ought, to their abilities, to let shine two ways, or in a twofold letting it out, viz.

1. In word, in holding forth the word of Life: so the Apostle exhorts and directs the Philippians with their Bishops and Dea­cons; and not only (though principally) the Bishops and Deacons are concerned therein, Philip. 1.1. and 2.15, 16. Shine ye (saith he) as lights in the world: Holding forth the word of life, that's the way (as if he should say) in which ye are to and may shine as lights: not that every Believer is fitted to be a publick Preacher in some Congre­gation; but what they believe in, and with their hearts unto righteousness they may and ought also to confess with their mouth unto Sal­vation as they have opportunity and ability thereunto. And such as are gifted with pro­fitable gifts of wisdom, knowledge and un­derstanding may and ought soberly and or­derly to exercise them too for the good of o­thers. For all that have the gift, May prophe­ [...]yone by one, that all may learn and all may be comforted, Rom. 10.10. 1 Cor. 14.31. 1 Pet. 4.10. and all that hear (as we noted before may, nay are commissionated to say come, Rev. 22.17. and may shew forth the virtues and praises of him that hath called them out of [Page 122]darkness into his marvellous light; being a cho­sen Generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy Na­tion, a peculiar People, or purchased to that purpose. 1 Pet. 2.9.

But here is to be minded, that if we would do good to others, make them wise and turn them to righteousness, we must hold forth the Word of life, and shew forth the virtues and praises of the Lord. Con­fess with our mouth the word of faith belie­ved in the heart to righteousness: not do as foolish people, the workers of iniquity, who all boast themselves, or as the word sig­nifies, speak of, or forth themselves, Psal. 94.4. [...] all the workers of iniquity speak themselves, talk of their own righteousness, paoclaim every man his own goodness, Prov. 20.6. which they that do are there opposed to the faithful friend to God, Christ or the souls of men; which He saith, Who shall find? as implying that they are not found amongst the self-proclaimers, that preach themselves and not Jesus the Lord, as the Apostles did, 2 Cor. 4.5. and cry up themselves, The Church, the Church, the persons to be adored, believed, depen­ded on, as it is said of the corrupt Israel that made mention of the God of Israel not in truth nor in righteousness, they call themselves of the Holy City, Isa. 48.1, 2, call themselves the [Page 123](or of the) Holy Catholick Church, and tell stories to men of their Perfection? reli­giousness, attainments; like the Whore that saith, I sit a Queen, and I shall be a Lady for e­ver, Isa. 47.7. Rev. 18.7. No, the way to turn many to righteousness and make them truly wise is to shew forth Gods praises, to make mention of his loving kindness, to do as he who said; My mouth shall shew forth thy rightheousnes, and thy salvation all the day, for I know not its numbers. I will go in the strength [...]f the Lord God, and I will make mention of [...]hy righteousness, of thine only: not of mine and thine together, Psal. 71.15, 16. That is, Preach, confess and make mention of the Gospel of Christ, which is, the power of God to [...]alvation to every one that believeth: for there­ [...]n is the righteousness of God revealed from [...]aith to faith, as it is written, the just shall [...]ve by faith, Rom. 1.16, 17. and this accor­ [...]ing both to the appointment of the Lord of [...]ld, who established a testimony in Jacob, and [...]pointed a law in Israel, in which he command­ [...]d the Fathers, to sh [...]w to their Children, the [...]eneration to come, the praises of the Lord, his [...]rength and the wonderful works that he hath [...]ne, to the end that they might set their hope [...] God and not forget his works, and not be as [...]eir Fathers, a stubborn and rebellious gene­ [...]tion, Psal. 78.4, 5, 7, 8. and to his own [Page 124]practise too, who having done marvellou [...] things, his own right hand and his holy arm ha­ving gotten himself the victory in his great [...] combate with and against Sathan, and all the principalities and powers of darkness. He hath made known his salvation (his resur­rection from the dead, and the salvation therethrough obtained for us, and his Gos­pel which is the salvation of God that the Gentile heard, Acts 28, 28.) his righteous­ness (not ours, but as he is ours, the Lor [...] our Righteousness, Jer 23.6.) hath he open [...] shewed (or revealed, Rom. 3.22.) in th [...] sight of the Heathen, not preaching some­thing first to make them Jews & Proselites Converts to God, & then when they cease [...] to be heathen shew them his righteousness as the false Apostles way was. And this h [...] commanded to his Disciples and Apostl [...] after him to do, not to go preach the law [...] works, but go preach the Gospel to every cre [...] ­ture or in the whole Creation, Mark 16.1 [...] preaching repentance and forgiveness of s [...] (not in Moses but) in his Name (in ope [...] ­ning his name, and so upon account of wh [...] He hath done and is become for men, a [...] in his Authority and Power requiring it a [...] that) among all Nations, beginning at Jerus [...] ­lem, the People and City that had m [...] deeply sinned, dying their hands in blood [Page 125]the Prophets and just men, yea and of the Lord himself, Luke 29.46, 47. And so the spirit of Prophecy instructed and required of men in the days past: saying, Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon (or proclaim) his Name, make known (not yours but) His deeds among the people. Sing unto him. Sing Psalms unto him. Talk ye all of his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name. And again; Sing unto the Lord all ye earth. Shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glo­ [...]y (his Son the brightness of his glory) a­mong the Heathens, his marvellous works among all Nations. For great is the Lord and greatly [...]o be praised. He also is to be feared above all Gods, 1 Chron. 16.8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25. Psal. 96.1, 2, 3. & 105.1, 2, 3. And so it was fore-prophecyed. One generation shall waise thy works to another, and shall declare [...]hy mighty Acts. I will speak of the glorious ho­ [...]our of thy Majesty: and of thy wondrous works (things or words) they (others) [...]hall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, full of compassion, slow [...]o anger, and great of mercy. The Lord is good [...] all, and his tender mercy over (or upon) all [...]is works Psal. 145.4-10. And surely Christ [...]eing made to us of God, wisdome, righteous­ [...]ess, &c. The way to make men wife and [Page 126]righteous is to turn them to him, that they may be made in him; which, though it be the work of God, yet it's a work that he doth by his Law or Doctrine that goeth forth from Sion; the preaching of the Gos­pel, Acts 26.18. or confessing his name, which He therefore hath made known un­to men, and put into their hearts that they might thereby be made instruments of con­verting others to him: as he hath also chosen them to put his name upon them, and to de­clare it, that the residue of men might thereby be moved and have advantage to seek after God, Acts 15.16, 17. With Gods Law o [...] Doctrine then (which is perfect converting the soul) such as know it, and have fitness in any measure for it, are to endeavour to convert others to God by Jesus Christ, setting him forth to and before all and every man as they have opportunity and capacity, as the only righteousness are salvation of God, prepared for them a [...] and every one, Luke 2.30, 31. Isa. 49.6. Rom. 3.21, 22. the righteousness of God [...] (or for) all, and upon all that believe. An [...] so declare his mighty works to that purpose t [...] them, which he hath done for all and ever one, as the holy Apostle did; who tells u [...] He dyed for all, and gave himself a ransom fo [...] all, and tasted death by the grace of God for ever [Page 127]very one, so as through his one righteousness the free gift is to (or for its) all men to justi­fication of life, that he is the propitiation for our sins, (even for ours who have him our Ad­vocate to make good our cause with God, as He is and doth for all that believe on him) but not ours only but also for the whole worlds, 2 Cor. 4.44, 15. 1 Tim. 2.6. Heb. 2.9. 1 John 2.1, 2. and this without such Ifs, or corrupt additions as are the product of mens ignorance, or unbelief of Gods Testi­monie, and dependance upon one anothers Wisdome, seeking honor one of onother, or loving the praise of men more than the praise that comes from God only, viz. those glosses and additions of all the Elect, every one of the believers, and the world of the Elect, &c. Whereas the Scriptures every where distinguish the Elect from the world, and do not call them by the name of the world. Alas! how should men be turned unto righteousness, unless they see that there is a perfect righteousness that is wor­thy to be turned to, made ready for them, and to be turned to by them, a righteous­ness wherein and wherewith they may be righteous? or (which comes to the same) how shall men be made righteous, if not made in Christ, or brought in to believe on [Page 128]and submit to him, there being no other way to righteousness for them: that that is of or after the Law, as attained to or attain­able by sinful fallen man, being rejected of God! And how shall men be made in Christ, if they see no excellency and preciousness in him, and preparation of him for them? if they be borne in hand that God sent him but for here and there one, they know not who, and they must infallibly be brought in, yea they cannot hinder themselves of it; and if not so, they must perish notwithstan­ding all endeavours after salvation? who that hath and useth the exercise of his rea­son, will look after him upon such motives as that Doctrine contains? and not rather take his course till he cannnt choose but come into him, as thinking otherwise or till then, all his labor will be needless & in vain? And what abouts are men fain to go, & cour­ses take they to bring men to righteousness, through their not knowing or believing Christ to be the Saviour of the world, the Saviour of all men, and especially of them that believe, while they put them upon the Law and legal humblings and works and opperations preceding the knowledge of Christ and the good foundation laid in him, to be as evidences or grounds of conceiving and believing that they are of the Elect, for [Page 129]whom only they imagine and say that Christ died! and oh what wretched mistakes are those men guilty of, and how destitute are they of the truth, that durst call the very manifest expressions of the Holy Apostles Errours and Blasphemies! But Gods way of holding forth light to men to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Sathan to God, [...]s to preach Gospel to them, to let them know that they being all Sinners a­gainst God, and lyable to his wrath, ungod­ly and enemies, He in the greatness of his mercy, to keep them from perdition sent his own and only begotten Son into the world to be their Saviour, and that he might be so, He delivered him up to Death for their offences that were upon them, and raised him again for their justification; and hath exalted and glorified him, and filled him with all His fulness, that they in­listening to and obeying him might be saved and made happy by him. To such purpose is that Word of reconciliation put into the Apostles, or committed to them, 2 Cor. 5.18, 19-21. That God was in Christ reconci­ing the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, but made him that knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him: where­with [Page 130]agrees the Doctrine preached by our Saviour to Nicodemus to regenerate him, viz. That as Moses lifted up the Serpent in the Wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth on Him might not pe­rish, but have eternal life: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him, might not pe­rish, but have everlasting life: For God sent not his Son into the World, to condemn the World, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned. He that believeth not is condem­ned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God, and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, &c. John 3.14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. like to which is the message sent to the bidden Guests in the Parable, Matt. 22.4. Go te [...] them that are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my Dinner, my oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready, Come ye to the Mar­riage. Whence we may (as also from 2 Cor. 5.19, 20, 21. Prov. 9.1-5, 6.) observe that there are two main Heads, or branches of the preaching to be preached to men to turn them to God, or to righteousness, o [...] of what is to be said to them, and the orde [...] to be observed in saying them, viz.

1. The Declaration of the Love and [Page 131]Grace of God in Christ to Sinners, and what He hath done and prepared for them for their welfare and happiness; as that He hath

1. Prepared a Dinner for them, a Feast for all people, Isa. 25.6. For entertaining them, and making them happy, and this in Christ Jesus, as it is said, This is the record that God hath given of his Son, that God hath given us (even us mankind the same us that he commands to believe, 1 Joh. 3.27.) eternal life, and this life is in his Son, 1 Joh. 5.21.

2. To that purpose made his Son flesh, and delivered him up to Death for us, for our Sins, and raised him for our Justificati­on; as it is said, This is the Gospel that we preached to you, viz. how first of all (or a­mong the first things) Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 2 Cor. 15.3, 4. This is the meaning of those expressions in the Parable. My oxen and my fatlings are killed, my choice things are sacrificed for you, and their flesh thereby are become meat for you, my Son who answered to all the Sacrifices of the Law, being delivered up to death for you, is become fit matter of nourishment for your souls; wherein is signified the greatness and freeness of the love and charity of the heart of God to­wards us, in not sparing his own dearly be­loved [Page 132] Son, but delivering him up for us all, and that when we were yet without strength, ungodly, sinners, and enemies, that he might be as a feast for us, matter of hope and en­couragement to confidence in God for us, Rom. 5.6, 7, 8, 10. and 8.32. Seeing also

3. That all things are ready, the fulness and every way sufficiency and perfect com­pleatness of the grace in Christ for us, both as to the end and as to the way, both as to the giving us full safety and satisfaction in the enjoyment, and as to the provision for making us fit and meet to enjoy that end; the end is eternal life, an everlasting King­dome and Glory: and this is ready in Christ for us, and to fit us for them; for­giveness of Sins, washing and Sanctificati­on, the Holy Spirit to renew us, and work all our works in us, and the whole work of God in and upon us in Souls and Bodies; and in a word all things pertaining to life and godliness are treasured up in him for us, and He also and God in and by him ready to impart them to us, nothing wanting in or with him, only men wanting as to the ac­cepting; but to move to that here is,

2. A gracious loving invitation and pro­vocation of men to accept of the grace of God set before them, and made ready for them, and to accept it to purpose, so as [Page 133]they may not fail of the enjoyment thereof; Come to the Marriage, Come eat of my bread, and drink of the wine that I have mingled: forsake the foolish, and live, and go in the way of understanding, Prov. 9.5, 6. Be ye recon­ciled unto God; yea, we beseech you in Christs stead, as if God did beseech you by us. Be you re­conciled, &c. 2 Cor. 5.20. Wherein we have

1. An evident signification that it is the blessed, gracious good will and loving mind of God, that men, any or every man, to whom the call comes, should be partakers of this provision, The simple and such as have no understanding He would have to come and eat; Every one that thirsteth, and he that hath no money, nothing good or de­sireable in himself, such as are not graciously thirsting for Christ, but are laying out money for that that is not bread, and labouring for that that satisfies not: Yea, He would have the wicked forsake their ways, and the unrighteous their thoughts, and turn to him, and He will be gracious to them, and abundantly pardon them, Isai. 55.1, 2, 7. The poor, the halt, the maimed, and those in the high-waies and hedges, the worst of men he would have them come to the Supper prepared by him, Luk. 14.21, 23. He would not that any should perish, but that all come to repentance, 2 Peter 3.9. Would have all men saved and come to [Page 134]the knowledg (or acknowledgment) of the truth, 1 Tim. 2.4. Hath no pleasure at all in the death of the wicked; but rather that they should turn to him in his Son and live, Eze­chiel 33.11. and 18.23. 32. and to that end He calls and invites them from the rising of the Sun, to the going down of the same, Psal. 50.1, 2. All the ends of the earth, Isai­ah 45.22. and waits with long patience upon them, Rom. 2.4, 5. 2 Pet. 3.9-15. even to Jezabel he gave space to repent of her evil deeds, Ren. 2.21. for Christ stands at the door, of mens hearts, and knocks, and if any man hear his voice, and open to him, He will come in and sup with him, &c. Rev. 3.20. yea and therefore he sends and calls again and again to men, Matt. 22.3, 4. and 22.37. and is angry with men for refusing to come, Matt. 22.7. Prov. 1.24, 25, 26, &c.

2. That there is a necessity of coming to and believing on Christ for the enjoy­ment of this grace and glory prepared in him, because

1. It is all treasured up in Christ for us, so as not to be enjoyed or received but in and with Christ. How shall not he with Christ (not apart from or without Christ) freely give us all things, Rom. 8.32. This life is in his Son; He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son, hath not life, 1 Joh. 5.11, [Page 135]12. The Feast is prepared in Wisdomes house, and she and her servants go forth to call men to it in the house, but do not carry it out of the house to them to be eaten in the streets, Prov. 9.1-5, 6. for men may not have forgiveness of Sins, the Holy Spirit, the grace and blessing of God in their own sinful ways, because Christ hath died for them; but for those things they must forsake the foolish, and leave their own waies, and come in to him and his waies, For

2. God is not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness, evil may not dwell with him, fools may not stand in his sight; he hates (as to fel­lowship with them) all the workers of iniqui­ty, Psal. 5.4, 5. No unclean thing or unrigh­teous thing or person therefore, may enter into or inherit his his Kingdom, 1 Cor. 6.9. Rev. 21.27. and therefore there is a neces­sity, that we be washed, sanctified, justifii­ed, made wise and righteous, which we cannot be but by turning to God in and by Jesus Christ, believing on and obeying him.

3. It was Gods end in sending his Son, and Christs in giving himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purifie to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Not that he might justifie and save us, and make us happy in our sins and un­cleaness, [Page 136]cleaness, Tit. 2, 13, 14. He dyed for all, that they that live should not henceforth live to them­selves, but to him that dyed for them and rose again, 2 Cor. 5.15.

4. Neglecting and refusing to come to Christ, to believe on and follow him, there­fore men must needs perish in thir sins and uncleaness. For

1. All things in this life and world will fail, being vain and momentany. All flesh is grass, and the goodliness thereof as the flower of grass, 1 Pet. 1.24. The world passeth away, and the fashion and lust (or desire) of it, 1 Joh. 2.17. 1 Cor. 7.31. and all our own wisdom is bruitishness and folly, with an enmity to God, and he will destroy it, Jer. 10.14. 1 Cor. 1.19. & 3.19, 20. and all our righteousnes­ses and goodness, though after the Law, but as a menstruous ragge, so as we cannot live in, or be justified by and on account of it, Isa. 64.6. Rom. 3.20. Gal. 3.10. no­thing but Christ will preserve us from pe­rishing, Acts 4.11.12.

2. Yea mens neglects of and rejections of Gods Grace and great Salvation, provokes his heavy anger and displeasure, which will kindle a fire that will never be quenched, but will for ever burn upon them, Mat. 22.7. Mark 9.44-48. Heb. 2.3. & 10.26.29. & 12.25.

Such things are to be talked of, proposed to and urged upon men, sometimes one and sometimes another of these things to convert them to righteousness: as also the discove­ry to men of what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God as to what he would have them do and practice in their believing on Christ, that they may please him, and have the fellowship of his spirit and his blessing. And so what God and Christ require of them, and his grace obliges them to do, or deny or to forbear. With the manifold incouragements to obedience, and heartnings thereto against all temptations, persecutions and whatever other discourage­ments, in proposing Gods pretious promises and gratious readiness in Christ to pardon sins and accept of weak, if upright, endea­vours, and the like, as the Scriptures abun­dantly evidence: to which it would be too long to speak here particularly. Such things are to be held forth by believers in holding forth the word of life in shining as lights a­mong men. Which they are to do also,

2. In their works and conversation: As the Apostle also implies, when he saith; Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that ye may be blameless and harmless (or fin­cere) the Sons of God. Without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse Nation; among [Page 138]whom ye shine (or shine ye) as lights. Name­ly, in so walking and demeaning your selves. Both these ways Levy is said to have exercised himself in, in his turning many a­way from iniquity, Mal. 2.6. The Law of truth (as the Gospel is called the Word of truth, Ephes. 1.13.) was in his mouth: and iniquity was not found in his lips. There is the first thing. And then the second follows, viz. He walked with me in peace and equity, and turned many from iniquity. And indeed they that will not be won by the word, may some­times be won to the word by a good Conversa­tion, as is implyed, 1 Pet. 3.1. For here­in also we may shew forth the virtues of Christ, and God in him: while we as Strangers and Pilgrims abstain from fleshly lusts, and have our Conversation honest among the Gentiles (the uncircumcised in heart) a Conversation that becomes and is answer­able to the Gospel of Christ: an holy, hum­ble, charitable, courteous, upright and blameless Conversation. So as that where­as they are apt to speak evil of us, as of evil do­ers, they may glorifie God (by occasion of the good works that they shall behold in and from us) in the day of visitation, 1 Pet. 2.9, 11, 12. which our Saviour also evidently implies in his exhortation to his Disciples, aforementioned in Mat. 5.16. When he [Page 139]saith, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works (walk so well and blameless before them in your holding forth the word of life, that your works may testifie of you, and evidence the force and power of the truth believed, and grace received and declared by you, so as men may behold them) and glorifie your Father which is in Heaven. For this way also we may declare or shew forth his salvation: even shew forth in our selves, as evidences of it, the saving virtue that is in the Gospel, and Grace believed by us; that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God to Salvation (even to save men from their sins in the power and pollution of them; yea and from the clog­ging force in sins guilt in the conscience [...]ausing deadness or sadness) to every one [...]hat believeth, whither Jew or Gentile. And [...]erein we may shew forth his righteousness; namely, that god is upright, faithful and [...]nd true in what he saith and promises; while according to his promises, we receive [...]is blessings in and upon us, to the filling us with the fruits of his righteousness, making [...]s apt to every good work, and chearful [...]nd hopeful in God under all evils of adver­sity, Psal. 92.13, 14, 15. And also while we exemplify in our selves before men the righteous ways and practises which God [Page 140]would have men walk in. And indeed without this all our profession or preach­ing is rendered vain and ineffectual exceed­ingly, and instead of glorifying God, as He is and will be in trees of righteousness of his planting, Isa. 61.3. God is dishonored among men by such as talking of and pro­fessing his love and grace do walk other­wise: witness what the Apostle saith in Rom. 2.17 24. Behold thou art called a Jew and restest in the Law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and (tryest the things that differ or) approvest the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Law, and art confident that thou thy self art [...] guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which has the form of knowledge, and of the truth in the Law. Thou therefore that teachest another, teachest thou not thy self! thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? thou that sayest a man should not com­mit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest Idols, dost thou commit Sacri­ledge? thou that makest thy boast of the Law, through breaking the Law dishonorest thou Gods for the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. Let us take heed we be not such lights, or such vain boasters and talkers of light and truth, and [Page 141]of the Gospel of Christ: but yeild we up our selves to the grace of God and its teach­ings, and walk we in the spirit in all good­ness, righteousness and truth; and so let us endeavour where God hath given any fur­niture and fitness for it according to what God hath given us, to seek and promote the good of others. With both these fore­mentioned particulars, adding and joyning earnest, and faithful, and fervent prayers, and supplications to God, that He would be merciful to us and bless us, and make his face [...]o shine upon us, that so his way may be known upon earth, and his saving health among all Nations, &c. Psal. 67.1, 2. as knowing that all our success in all our work and ser­vice for him, and endeavours with men, de­pends upon his grace and blessing: without which, they that labour to build the house of God & convert souls to Righteousness will be [...]ut labor in vain, Ps. 127.1. Thus we find Christ [...]ur Lord rising early and going apart to pray [...]o God before he went to teach the people, Mark 1.35, 38. and so let us endeavour to [...]o make others wise, and to turn many to [...]ighteousness, considering also that it is [...]ere farther implyed, and that this may serve,

Ʋse 4. 2. To inform us, That this the [...]nd of Gods giving the knowledge of him­self, [Page 142]and grace in Christ to us with any gifts more or less for usefulness, that we should live to him therein, and seek his honor, glo­ry and interest in endeavouring the good of others, not living to our selves or minding our own thing only, no not only the good of our own souls, much less inferior world­ly advantages, but that we should look up­on others, and seek their good also. No saying to our brethren, as Cain to Abel [...] Am I my Brothers keeper? but letting the sam [...] mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus; wh [...] being in the form of God and thinking it no robbery to be equal with him, yet so looked up on our needs and miseries as to abase and empty himself and take upon himself the form of a servant and the fashion of a man, yea and therein also to humble himself and become o [...] bedient to the death, the death of the Cros [...] that he might ransome and redeem us from the death and judgment that was upon us and become our Saviour: that He might lif [...] the poor out of the dust, and take the needy from the dunghil and set them upon the Throne with Princes: even the Princes of his people, Phil. 2.5, 6, 7, 8. Psal. 113.6, 7, 8. especially those that are stronger and more gifted. And mo [...] especially yet if also called to Office and Ministry among others, ought to bear the in­firmities of the weak, and look after that tha [...] [Page 143]is lost, not pleasing themselves, but every one seek his Neighbours good, and how to please him for his edification and salvation, seeking first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness: both that they may be more and more sub­ject to his Kingdom and Government, and filled with the fruits and benefits of it, and to that purpose with his righteousness: without which, there is no inheriting his his Kingdom. As also to promote his King­dom, enlarge his Church, bring in more souls, and souls more and more into it. And to that purpose shew forth and seek the manifestations and discoveries of his righte­ousness both in word and conversation, as is before noted. Not first to seek our selves; no not necessaries for our life, food and rai­ment, much less great matters in this world, honors and preferments, riches, pleasures, and the like, Rom. 15.1, 2, 3. Mat. 6.22.23. Luke 12.30, 31, 32. Yea they that have but one Talent, we may see, it's Gods mind and Christs that they trade for him with it, in seeking to bring an increase to him: that's evidently declared to be his mind, in the judgment awarded upon him that neglected to improve his one Talent. And that it is pleasing to God that we en­deavour the good of others, and their salva­tion with our own, is in this also plainly made manifest, in that they that instruct and [Page 144]make wise others and turn many to righte­ousness, shall receive such honor at the hands of God, as to shine as the brightness of the firmament and as the stars for ever and ever. Yea this also may serve,

Ʋse 5.3. To inform us what is the right use and improvement that we should make of those advantages and means of grace that God affords us in sending wise men and pro­phets, and holy men among us, who instruct us and hold forth the light of the know­ledge of God and of his ways among us, in word or conversation, or both: As also when his grace therein is received effectually & to purpose, and not in vain by us. Viz. That that is the end of God in such vouchsafe­ments to us, and the use and improvement which we are to make thereof, that we be made wise and righteous thereby. And so far is the grace of God received to purpose by us, as it hath that effect in us, and we become thereby wise and righteous, are turned from our iniquities and brought into and made partakers of the divine nature and virtues of Christ Jesus. Therefore we are not to rest content that we have Gods ser­vants, words and ordinances with and a­mong us: or that we get by them some light into our understandings, so far as to fill us with notions of truth, and to make us able to talk and make profession of it. There is [Page 145]great difference between such a knowing as may but puff us up and make us proud, and true wisdome and righteousness, the more we have of opportunities and means of knowledg; yea and the more knowledg we get thereby of what is good and true, and what is Gods will concerning us, and the more profession we make thereof, the more or greater fools are we, if we be not brought into subjection to Christ and his gracious government thereby, and if we be not made just and righteous therethrough. Yea the more unrighteous are we towards God and men and our own souls, if having more of such means and knowledg, we are not yet therethrough brought into subjecti­on and obedience to Christ, so as to love Him above all, and denying our selves, with all ungodliness and worldly lusts, to [...]ive soberly, righteously, and godly, and [...]o to him in this present world. He that knows his masters will and doth it not, shall be [...]eaten with many stripes; for to whomsoever [...]uch is given, of him shall be much required; [...]nd to whom men have committed much, of him [...]hey will ask the more, Luk. 12.47, 48. Christ was not sent of God, neither came he into [...]he world, nor hath he sent forth his Spirit, [...]nd fitted and furnished servants of his, and sent them into the world, and given forth [Page 146]his Word and Doctrine, and the light of his sons and servants holy conversation to such end that we might only have our brains filled with better and righter speculations, or our tongues tipt with finer and righter language, and that we should bow to him with our knees, and honour him with our lips, and cry Lord, Lord, and jangle, and wrangle, and make a noise, bustle, and bluster in the world about opinions and forms of worship, while still we remain in heart and life covetous, proud, ambitious, vainglorious, unjust and wicked. But his great end in all this, and the great end we are to pursue in the enjoyment of them all, and the use we are to make of them was, and is, our being redeemed from all iniquity, and purified, to be to Christ a peculiar people, zealous of good works, Tit. 2.14. Oh let us look diligently, that we neither fail of the grace of God, nor receive it in vain; but so as we may have it so effectually in our hearts prevailing with us, and bringing forth its fruits in us, that we may serve God ac­ceptably, with reverence and godly fear, be [...] made wise to Salvation, a righteous people, a [...] branch of Gods planting, the work of his hands, that He may be glorified, Isai. 60.21.

3. This also with reference to both its, branches,

Ʋse 6. May administer diverse reproofs as;

1. To such as neglect Wisdome and Righteousness, and regard them not, that seek other things, but seek not the Lord, that call and cry and lift up their voices for vanities, and that that will not profit them, for perishing pleasures, riches, or honours, but content themselves to be without wis­dome and understanding, seek not Gods Kingdome and his Righteousness, have a will to be rich, and through the love of money fall into a temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown them in destruction and perdition, and pierce their souls through with many sorrows, but flee from Wisdome and her calls, counsels, in­structions, and repro [...], shunning the light thereof, because their deeds are evil: and follow not after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, that they might lay hold on eternal life, 1 Tim. 6.9, 10, 11, 12. Who not believing that they are the truly wise, that fear and serve God in the faith of Christ Jesus, nor that they shall shine so gloriously in the issue, and as the reward of their wise doings, therefore say to God, Depart from us, we desire not the knowledg of thee, or of thy ways, preferring riches before righteous­ness, wine and women and the ways of [Page 148]wickedness before wisdome, heavenly un­derstanding and righteousness; their farms and oxen before the heavenly Marriage­feast, husks with swine before the sub­stantial bread of life, laying out their money for that that is not bread, and their la­bour for that that satisfieth not; when they might (but will not) eat that that is good, and let their souls delight themselves in fatnesse, these are fools indeed; and shame and con­tempt will be their promotion, Prov. 1.7. and 3.35. When they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament, then shall these ly down in everlasting darkness, and be an abhorring to all flesh, I­saiah 50.11. and 66.24. especially those that have had the greatest opportunities and advantages for getting wisdome, and for being justified and made righteous, and yet foolishly and wickedly have neglected and despised them, Hebr. 2.3. that have a price put into their hands to get wisdome, but they have no hearts to it, Prov. 17.16. Indeed had Christ never been sent of God, or come into the world, or had he never died for them and rose again, or had he by no means, or God through him, ordered any light or truth to them, so as it might be known or discerned by them, or given them no capa­city to see, hear or receive it, their case [Page 149]might deserve more pitty and excuse. God that winked at the times of ignorance, would certainly (comparatively at least) overlook their remediless ignorance and brutishness; but now that things are other­wise, the light is come into the world, Christ hath given himself the ransome for all, and the the testimony in due or proper times, and is the light that lighteneth every man coming into the world, and what is to be known of God is ma­nifest in or among men, for God hath shewed it them, and they close their eyes, and refuse to see, and like not to have, or retain, God in their knowledg; yea professing themselves to be wise, and neglecting what comes to make them wise, become fools, and their foolish heart is darkened, they have therefore no excuse; but the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against them, for all their ungodliness and un­righteousness, because they withold the truth in unrighteousness, 1 Tim. 2.4, 6. John 1.9. and 3.19. Rom. 1.18, 19, 20, 21, 22-28. Truly this is the case among the heathens: But how much more inexcusable must we Christians needs be, who have the Scrip­tures of the Law and Prophets among us; yea the Preachings and doings of Christ and his Apostles, & in all a clear discovery of the mind and will of God, and of his love and grace to us, and the highest means and ad­vantages [Page 150]given us for attaining to wisdome, and being made just and righteous, but put them from us, or receive the Grace of God herein in vain. Oh how great is the folly, and how sad will be the state of such among us! Folly and madness to neglect and slight what they might have of such worth, as to advance them to greater glory than all the glory of the earth, or world, even to shine as the brightness of the Firmament. But much more folly by neglecting that, to incurr endless obscurity, and disgrace, and everlasting misery! If men are accounted fools (and well may be oftimes) who having opportunities and advantages to attain to glory and dignity among men, do sloath­fully, cowardly or otherwise neglect them, how much more shall they who might at­tain to heavenly glory, and care not for it, nor will look after it? upon which account also

2. Here is reproof to such as being some­what acquainted with God, and his grace, & truth, and having received some furniture and fitness for being useful to others, ye [...] with the sloathful and wicked servant re­fuse to improve their talent, know how to do good to others, but have no heart to it mind their own things only, but neglect th [...] things that are Christs, Philip. 2.21. Seek [Page 151] what to eat, and what to drink, and where-with to be cloathed, but seek not the advance­ment of Gods Kingdom or its increase, nor the glorifying of Gods righteousness to men that they might be saved. Whither through coveteousness and desire after the getting and keeping of the world, they cannot look after Gods glory, or their own, and others good: or through sloathfulness and loath­ness to undergo hardship, and the difficul­ties and services requisite to be performed by them, or through fearfulness and unbe­lief thinking the work and service of the Lord too dangerous, and Him no certain or sufficient protectour of his servants (and this often goeth with the other: The sloath­ful man saith there is a Lyon in the way: I shall be slain in the Streets, Prov. 22.13.) fearing what men may do unto them more than him that can cast body and soul into hell fire, and so conceal the words of the Holy one, [...]er hide them so within a bushel, that they [...]are not sown abroad in Gods field to bring forth an increase. Have received light but smother it, and will not suffer it to shine forth, and therefore set it not on a Candle­stick, but hide it under [...] bed or a bushel, or the like: Or through want of Charity to, and [...]are or desire of their neighbours good. And [...]ruly if he that having the worlds good seeth his [Page 152]Brother have need and administreth not to him, but shuts up the bowels of his compassion from him, is injurious to God and men, and hath not the love of God well abiding in him, 1 John 3.17. How much more worthily may it be said of such as having that which is far better than all this worlds good, the knowledge of God and his truth, where-with to help men to heaven, by instructing them in and unto wisdom and righteousness, and see their brethren and neighbours have need thereof, and yet shut up the bowels of their compassions against them, and leave them for want of instruction and vision to die and perish; how dwelleth the love of God in such men? And oh what a reproof may this be to many Pastors or Ministers, such as the Prophets have cryed out against, that feed themselves, but feed not (but starve) the Flock? that either have not knowledge o [...] mission from God, and yet run and speak but not out of his mouth (of whom more by and by) or that having the words of God to speak to them, withold them and speak them not: Yea and such as causelesly leave and desert their Flocks, or neglect their op­portunities of teaching men knowledge, and of turning them to righteousness: such a [...] that Shephard, that Idol Shephard, tha [...] [Page 153] [...] Shephard of no worth, spoken of in Zech. 11.13. that leaves the Flock. Sure­ly the loss of the great glory here set before the faithful and diligent servants of God, the loss of shining as the brightness of the Firmament, and as the Stars for ever and ever, might sufficiently awaken men from such neglect of their duty: But much more if withal the woe and misery contrary here­to threatned to such, and allotted for their portion be considered, it might alarm us all to take heed of these evils, both that judgment threatned and predicted by our Saviour. Take that Talent from him— and cast ye that unprofitable servant into outer dark­ness, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth, Mat. 25.24, 25, 28, 30. and that Woe in the Prophet Zechary pronounced, Woe to the Idol Shepherd (or Shepherd of no value, Idolized and worshipped per­haps of men, but of no worth in himself, and as to his way and practise) that leaves the Sheep or Flock: (the Hireling that seeing the Wolf come, shifts for himself, but leaves the Sheep to the danger of him; or that for any cause whatsoever, voluntarily deserts and leaves the care of mens souls commit­ted to him) A Sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye, his arm shall be utterly dryed up (He shall lose his force, power and [Page 154]virtue for doing good) and his right eye shall be utterly darkned. He shall lose all right un­derstanding; or shall be bound as it were hand and foot and cast into outer darkness, where his eye shall see no light. A sad & hea­vy sentence is either of them, and such as might awaken us to consider our ways and be fervent in spirit serving the Lord with all diligence; seeking to do all the good we can to others. Yea and to take the best advan­tages that Providence affords, and that we may lay hold of for doing good to all, or as many as may be. Like the Apostle that pleased not himself, but pleased all men in all things, not seeking his own profit, but the profit of many, that they might be saved, 1 Cor. 10.33. the more the better: For they that turn ma­ny to righteousness have the more excellent promise; that they shall shine as the Stars for ever and ever. They therefore are faul­ty, and foolishly defective to themselves and their own good; who for any fleshly or worldly considerations of ease, honor, grea­ter profits here, or the like, content them­selves to do good to a few, when they are in a capacity and may have opportunities to do good to many more. It was the great blessing promised of God to Abraham, that he should be the Father of many Nations, Gen. 17.4. Rom. 4.17, 18. And the glory [Page 155]of Christ, that through his sufferings, He brings many sons to glory, Heb. 2.10. And David, when God went so forth with him in his reproving and instructing men, that Many said, who will shew us God? Lord lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, tells us that God put more gladness thereby into his heart, than in the time that their Corn and Wine increased, Psal. 4.6, 7. The servant that with his pound well imployed gained ten pounds, was made Ruler over ten Ci­ties, when he that gained but five with his pound was made Ruler but of five Cities, Luke 19.17, 19.

3. But if they that neglect to do what good they can are faulty and to be reproved; hence what shall we say then to such, as not only do not what good they can or might, to make others wise and righteous, but even do their endeavors to hinder men from wis­dom and righteousness, or to turn them therefrom? surely such are far more ex­ceedingly faulty. And if they that make o­thers wise or instruct them thereto, shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament in the judgment, and they that turn many to righteousness as the Stars for ever and ever; then they that hinder or pervert men from being wise or righteous, shall rise to shame and everlasting contempt, as was said of some, [Page 154] [...] [Page 155] [...] [Page 156] verse 2. And here divers sorts of persons fall under sore reproofs, as to say;

1. They that by force and violence en­deavor to hinder men, or do drive them from being wise or righteous: they that make Laws and Edicts against and so (in prosecuting them, or otherwise) persecute men for righteousness sake, forcing men to forbear those ways by which they might at­tain wisdom and righteousness, or in which they might practise them; and compelling men to practise unrighteous matters. Such as walk in Pharohs course, who would not let the people have liberty to wait upon and worship God, but put other burthens upon them to take up all their time, that they might not have leisure for that; whither Masters of Families, parents or higher pow­ers, Ezod. 5.17, 18. Or do like Jeroboam, set up devises of their own, and compel all men to conform thereto; and thrust out those who would more rightly serve God, 2 Chron. 11.14.15. & 13.9. with 1 King. 12.28, 31, 32, &c. Or like Ahab and Jeza­bel, that threw down Gods Altars and killed his Prophets. Or like Nebuchadnezzar, who threatned the fiery Furnace to them that would not do unrighteously in bowing down to, and worshipping his Image, Dan 3.5, 6. Or like the Princes and Presidents of [Page 157] Babylon under Darius, that procured a Law to forbid the practise of Gods worship also for a time upon pain of being cast into the Den of Lyons, and prosecuted it against Daniel for not observing it, Dan. 6. Or like the Jews and Pharisees, who made a Law to put out of their Synagogues any that would confess Jesus to be the Chpist, John 9.22. & 12.42. Or the Council that afterwards up­on severe penalties, forbad the Apostles to preach in his name, punishing those that do wisely and righteously according to God, and those that endeavor to bring others to do so likewise, Acts 4.18, 21. & 5.28, 40. Or like the Beast, or the false Prophet, that setting up an Image or form of Religion of their own devising, compel all to submit to [...]t, and cause the refusers to be killed. And such as will not some way or other acknow­ledge and submit to their unjust doings, that they shall neither buy nor sell, trade nor traffick, Rev. 13.15, 17. these are greatly faulty in so doing; As we find the Apostle Paul divers times aggravates his own sin of this nature, whilst a Pharisee and ignorant of Christ; judging himself for it, the chief of Sinners, the least of the Saints, unworthy the [...]ame of an Apostle, &c. Because he, through [...]he ignorance of his unbelief, practised after this sort to persecute and be injurious to the [Page 158]Church of God. Persecuting them to death, and delivering them both men and women into Prisons, punishing them oft in every Synagogue, and compelling them to blaspheme. And being exceedingly mad against them, he persecuted them into strange Cities, Acts 22.4. & 26.10, 11. with 1 Tim. 1.13, 14, 15. Eph. 3.8. 1 Cor. 15.10, 11. Oh then how great is their guilt and sin that wickedly and wilful­ly against light and knowledge do such mat­ters? how sad their case! and how heavy and dreadful will be their judgment! They that forbid men to speak to others that they may be saved, and persecute them that do so, be­cause forbidden by them, and take away by such acts and ways of force from men the Key of knowledge, the Gospel Doctrine, and neither enter into the Kingdom of God them­selves, nor suffer those that would. Upon such, wrath comes to the utmost, not doing it in a [...] false zeal, so as to be excused in a measure by their mistake and ignorance, Mat. 23.13. 1 Thes. 2.16. 1 Tim. 1.13. But of that last mentioned charge, others besides such per­secutors may also be guilty. As,

2. They that being Teachers, of or Preach­ers to the people, seduce them from the truth, and not only do not preach it, but preach against it and traduce it. Thus did the Scribes and Pharisees Hypocrites, and [Page 159]the Lawyers too, Luke 11.46.52. Lading men with heavy burthens, and grievous to be born, worse than Pharohs Task-masters, while they put them upon getting such and such holy frames and lives, such brokenness, godly sorrow, love and the like, to be the grounds of their knowing Gods love to them (as indeed are good and needful in their way and place) but withold from them and preach against that discovery of the grace of God towards them, as and while sinners and ungodly that should truly and genuintly effect them, putting men up­on getting them, that they may be the foun­dation of their believing, that the Gospel of the grace of God appertains to them, or which is the same, that Christ was sent and dyed, and gave himself a ransom for them, and God would have them saved: which indeed are but the effects of those things first known and believed. For it is the appear­ance of the love and grace of God to man, that is the spring from whence all right frames and works do flow, and by that they are taught, Tit. 2.11, 12. & 3.4, 5. But truly, while men teach others that Christ died but for a few, they know not who, a secret number known only to God, and they must all by an irresistible power be infallib­ly and necessarily brought in to God; and [Page 160]for all the rest, Christ having not died, they must necessarily perish. What do they but lay snares for men to render them careless of righteousness, and of the knowledge of God, and to reason as some do, that if they be of the Elect, they must needs be saved and cannot miscarry, let them live at the pre­sent, as debauehedly as they will or can: and if otherwise, what will all their seeking af­ter God and breaking off from their sins a­vail them? They can be but hypocrites and reprobates, do what they can. If it be said, but the Elect may make themselves obnoxi­ous to greater punishments here by sinning, and the Reprobates by endeavouring to be good, lessen their future punishments. From their own Principals mistaking and perver­ting that that is right, they that are skilled in their Doctrine, may retort that to the E­lect all things shall work together for good, and their greater unrighteousness shall but the more commend the righteousness of God: and the Reprobate shall have no less punishment than God hath decreed to them inevitably. And so they that preach to men a necessity that those that are once brought truly to believe, must abide in the love of God without any such If, as Christ puts up­on his Disciples, when he saith, If ye keep my Commandments ye shall continue in my love, [Page 161]John 15.10. But they will go higher than our Saviour, and say, tush: away with these Ifs here, ye shall keep Christs Com­mandments and continue in his Love. Or if ye break them (as at other times they will grant, for they read that David and St. Pe­ter did so) yet ye must be brought in again, so as ye cannot possibly fail of Salvation, and all those sins also shall work together for your good: what do they but strengthen the hand of Sathan, and corruption in cases of temptation, to prevail with such as have high persuasions that they are Elect and true Believers, to presume to sin and do unrighte­ousness, as that, that in the issue shall not hurt them, nay shall work to their advan­tage also? And while men make it doubtful in their Preaching whether Christ be a Savi­our for them, or hath died for them or not, what do they but hinder them from seeing all those strong engagements to believe on him, and submit to him, which that per­suasion, as the Scripture holds it forth, en­gages them with? It is true such Preachers and Professors often say, If Christ died for [...]ll men, then men may live as they list, for they that Christ died for must be saved, and cannot perish: but this saying of theirs is [...]oubly vicious. For 1. If Christs dying for men, and mens being persuaded of it, be a [Page 162]ground of licentiousness, then men should do ill to be persuaded that Christ died for them, or that they are of the Elect; for by their own reasoning, Such as are elected, or judg themselves so, may live licentiously, and as they list, yea are in great danger so to do (though they may do it without dan­ger) seeing without doubt Christ died for them. But 2. That's a falshood, that all must be saved from the second Death for whom Christ died (and that's the death we are now to seek to be saved from, and the being saved from which, men mean of, whe [...] they talk of being saved.) The Apostle signifie the contrary, Rom. 14.15. 2 Pet. 2. [...] 1 Cor. 8.11. Heb. 10.26-29. Yea, and di [...] they know and mind what the Apostle Jud [...] implies in that saying, that he put the Belie­vers in remembrance, though they once knew [...] how that the Lord having saved the people [...] of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that [...] lieved not, Jude 5. they would judg other­wise: for though all that Christ died [...] (that is all men) are, and shall be saved [...] of that first Death and Judgment in whi [...] Christ found all involved: yet such as [...] fuse to hearken to and follow him, call [...] them, and offering to conduct them to [...] promised inheritance, and to cleanse [...] prepare them for that He might bring the [...] [Page 163]to his Heavenly Kingdom, they shall be destroyed by Him in the Second Death; even as those that were saved out of Egypt, and afterward believed not on him, that having saved them, called them and went before them to lead and bring them to Ca­naan, perished in the Wilderness. And both what Christ hath done for them in love to them, in dying for them and purchasing them into his own dispose and Lordship, from under the jurisdiction of Sathan, from his having right and power to dispose of them, and in his therethrough becoming [...]eir Saviour to save them from the second [...]eath, and bring them to happiness: as [...]so the possibility and danger of perishing, [...]y the certainty of it, yet, except they [...]ne to believe on and follow after Christ, they be known and believed, will strongly [...]gage and oblige men to submit to and [...]lieve on him, which obligations by the rementioned doctrines are taken away [...] men: Yea, seeing He died for all, that [...] that live might thenceforth live to him, [...] Cor. 5.15. What do men by denying his [...]ath to have been for all men, but lay a [...]ndation for men to deny to live to Him, that they have cause so to do, till they can persuaded that he died for them? But [...]all not insist further upon the harmful­ness [Page 164]of that Antisciptural and Antiapostolica [...] doctrine, which I hope all sober men begi [...] to be ashamed of; only some hot violen [...] persons, who too much like the Scribes an [...] Pharisees, challenge all right judgement [...] themselves, and compass Sea and Land [...] make Proselites, but so as not to bring the [...] indeed to Christ for righteousness, but rath [...] to a righteousness before Christ, that the might with or by that come to Christ in [...] way of their conceiving, are too much guil [...] of retaining such principles, and speak [...] proachfully of what is expressed in the G [...] ­spel sayings, as if they contained blasph [...] my, or gross errour in them: For who cause I am thus large, and insist thus mu [...] upon it, and for them that are in danger be harmed by them. But there be men [...] divers other bad principles also, that hind or pervert men from righteousness. Su [...] as either deny the Person of Christ, or [...] Satisfactoriness of his Death and Suffering or the Resurrection of his personal Bod [...] and its Ascension into Heaven, or the wo [...] of his Mediation there, or his return ag [...] inglory Personally, from thence, to ju [...] the quick and dead, or the Resurrection Men in their bodily beings, or the eter [...] Judgment, but turn these into Allegor [...] and things already done in themselv [...] [Page 165]which are dangerous and destructive prin­ciples, Heresies of damnation, or damnable Heresies, denying the Lord that bought even them that hold them, and bring upon them swift destruction, 2 Pet. 2.1. errours of the same stamp with what the Apostle notes of Himeneus and Philetus, who concerning the truth erred, and said the resurrection was past already, destroying or overthrowing the faith of some, 2 Tim. 2.17, 18. As also the Mockers that say, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the Fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation, 2 Pet. 3.3, 4. These also cause some to fall from their own stedfastness, or endanger it, ver. 17. Yea and the Great whore that corrupts the earth with her abo­minations and fornications, is a grand ene­my to mens being righteous, while they hold the truth in unrighteousness, or rather some of those that are her members oppugn [...], and they that do not so, yet corrupt it by preaching other Doctrines, as of necessary [...]oncernment to be believed with it, that [...]re underminers of it; as when they press [...]he necessity of the belief of their devised [...]rticles and Imaginations, and teach men [...]o give the glory of Christ, and of God in [...]im, to creatures dead and living, and make [...] necessary to mens Salvation, to hold [Page 266]their Faith and Worship of a sinful and fallible man, yea of the Man of Sin, pre­tending his infallability, contrary to evi­dent instances to the contrary, yea and who in a word, Comes after the manner of Sathan, with all deceiveableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: while [...] himself in the Temple of God (or the [...]) and shews himself that he is God, may order, alter o [...] do in the Worship of God what himself pleaseth, and withal persecutes to death, those within his reach [...] subscribe not t [...] his usurpations, but as so doing, he an [...] his abettors fall under the former Head [...] reproof.

3. They also who by their lives an [...] practises, counsels and examples, debau [...] or stumble men from the ways of wisdom and righteousness; they that entice to Si [...] and counsel to Atheistical, Idolatrous, loo [...] or vitious principles and practises, such [...] those ungodly ones mentioned, Psal. 1. Prov. 1.10, 11. such as Ahabs house was Ahaziah, 2 Chron. 22.3, 4. and by th [...] evil examples (especially being Maste [...] Magistrates, or men of place) draw in othe [...] with, or after them, to do foolishly and [...] righteously, running together into the sa [...] excess of riot, of which sort there are bundance every where in the world. [...] [Page 267]especially such as being Teachers, Prophesis to men of wine and strong drink, Mic. 2.11. and preach for licentious liberty and pra­ctise it; so as it may be said of them, what the Lord, by Jeremiah, said of the Prophets and Priests of Samaria and Jerusalem, that they are profane, and cause his people to erre, committing adultery, and walking in lies, strengthning the hands of evil doers, so as that none doth return from his wickedness; yea so as from them profaness, or hypocrisie, is gone forth into all the land, Jer. 23.11, 13, 14, 15. Yea and all such as professing to know God, do in their works deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and to every good work reprobate, bunglers or void of judgment, Tit. 1.16. these above all are perilous, and make the times perilous, when having a form of Godliness (and the greater their Form, the more perilous, if) they deny the power of it; either in denying that Grace of God in Christ held forth in the Gospel, rendering it the power of God to Salvation (which belongs to the first sort spoken to under the Second Head of this Use of Reproof,) or (which is here intend­ed) denying the efficacy and operation of the Grace of God, as to the obeying and walking in it, being under the profession and form of godliness, lovers of themselves, covetous, proud, boasters, blasphemers, disobe­dient [Page 168]to parents, unthankeful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, or make-bates, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high­minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, 2 Tim. 3.1, 2, 3, 4. the holding the truth with such unrighteousness doth greatly hinder mens being turned to righteousness by it; for it occasions men rather to blaspheme the name of God, or speak evil of his doctrine, while they see those that Preach or Profess it to live so badly, as was noted from Ro­mans. 2.17.24. Denying in practise and con­versation, the Lord that bought them, they cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of, while they walk in pernicious, or (as some read it lasci­vious) ways, 2 Pet. 2.1, 2. or else leads those that own the truth with them to rest in the notion of it with them as they do, and walk with them in like unrighteousness; which still adds to the scandals and stumbling blocks laid in the way of others, causing them to decline the way of truth, and either to turn Atheists and Prophane, or turn to some false ways of Religion, where there appears more strictness of carriage, and blamelesness of conversation, which migh [...] be found also with, and among Pharasees Phil. 3.6. where men make a fair shew i [...] the flesh, but are corrupt from a solid and [Page 169]single rejoycing in the Cross of Christ, Ga­lat. 6.12-14. For both all the specious works and doings of those that are of corrupt principles, perverting men from the truth, and all the best and truest speakings of those that joyn therewith a corrupt and vicious life, fall under this reproof, as being ways wherein men may hinder mens turning to Righteousness, and lay rubs in the way of them that sincerely endeavour to do that service. And all these, whosoever they be, great or small, zealous or prophane, that are guilty of any of these ways in the se­veral branches of this Use mentioned, fall under sharp reproof, especially this last sort, who deny the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and turn the Grace of God and his Gospel into an occasion of sinning, even into wantonness, for to such, especially being Teachers of others, the Apostles in­stead of glorious shining as the Stars for ever and ever, threatens, as to wandering Stars, the blackness of darkness (as that that is reserved to them) for ever Jude 12. 2 Pet. 2.17. and therefore this especially is to be taken heed of, as being that to which that of the Lord in Ezech. 20.39. belongs: As for you, go ye and serve every one his Idols, even hereafter, if ye will not hearken unto me, saith the Lord, but pollute ye my holy Name no more [Page 170]with your gifts and with your Idols: and that of our Saviour too, in Matt. 18.7, 8, 9. It must needs be that offences come: but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh, for who­so offends one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a mil-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the Sea. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: It is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee, it is better for thee having but one eye to enter into life, rather than having two eyes to be cast into Hell fire. And surely if things as dear and needful to us as our hands, or feet, or eyes are rather to be parted with by us, than that by offending with them we should loose our souls, much more should we part with any fancy or fashion, garb or garment, way or practice of vanity, rather than by offending and hindering the souls of others, thereby to in­curr such punishment, though all of these ways reproved, deprive of happiness and glory, and expose to heavy misery and judgement, the neglect of wisdome and righteousness, the being backward or ne­glecting to do good to others, and to make [Page 171]them, what in us lies, wise and righteous; and most of all, the hindring men from tur­ning to, or calling them out of the right way, and so turning them from righteous­ness in any wise or manner. Yet this last mentioned way of iniquity exposeth to the heavyest. But truly as David, when he had been asserting the goodness of the Lord, and that All his ways are mercy and truth, to them that keep his Covenant and his Testimo­nies, presently adds, as finding defect there­in in himself. For thy Namesake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity, for it (thy name, as well as my iniquity) is great, Psal. 25.10, 11. And when he had been propounding the blessedness of him that Considers the poor, how God would pitty and help him in his afflictions, presently adds; I said Lord be merciful unto me. Heal my soul for I have sinned against thee, Psal. 41.1, 2 3, 4. So may I, considering the happiness of the wise, and of those that turn many to righteous­ness, and the faultiness of those here repro­ved, reflecting upon my self, and finding shortness and guilt in most of these ways re­proved, cry out too, Lord be merciful to me, heal my soul for I also in many of these ways have sinned against thee, and against the souls of others also. But

Ʋse 7. 2. This also in both its branches [Page 172]may afford great good motive and encou­ragment to those that are wise themselves in the wisdom of Christ, or diligently seek­ing after it, and those that are faithfully and diligently endeavouring to improve what wisdom and other furniture they have re­ceived from God for the good of others, that they might be made wise and righteous in Christ Jesus, to go on and hold fast their wisdom, and their exercise of it to so good an end. Seeing here they have an assu­rance given them by Jesus Christ and his holy spirit, that they that so do, shall be glorious with him at the last; which may bear them up against all the discourage­ments they may meet with here in the way, as from their being here hid and obscure, thrust into corners, taken no notice of, or made no account of, among their Neigh­bours. Yea, or from their being here re­proached, vilified and rendred odious, as Christ himself and many of his followers: both holy Prophets, holy Apostles, and o­ther holy men have been in their several A­ges. No cause from these things to be dis­couraged, but to hold on their way, as it is said. The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands, shall be stronger and stronger, Job. 17.9. And as it is said by our Saviour: Let him that is righteous be [Page 173]righteous still, and he that is holy (devoted, seperated and given up to serve God and Christ, in seeking the glory of his name, and the good of others) let him be holy still. And behold, I come quickly, and will render to every man according as his works shall be, Rev. 2.11, 12. That is, to them that by pa­tient continuance in well doing seek after glory, honor & immortality, eternal life, Rom. 2.7. This consideration is oft-times propounded by Christ himself, as when he saith: He that shall confess me before men, him will I con­fess before my Father in Heaven, and before the Angels of God, Mat. 10.32. Luke 12.8. And, No man that hath left Father or Mother, House or Land, &c. for my sake and the Gos­pels (to serve me and it, as well as also to know me and it) but he shall receive an hun­dred fold here in this life—and in the world to come eternal life, Mark 10.29, 30. And so in each of the seven Epistles to the seven Churches in Asia, Rev. 2, 3. This the Apo­stles too propounded both to themselves and to others. To themselves; We believe, therefore we speak, knowing that he that rai­sed up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and present us with you. For which cause we faint not. But though our outward man pe­rish, our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light afflictions which are but for a mo­ment [Page 174](attending us namely in our seeking after, and serving the Lord, getting and walking in wisdom) Worketh for us a far more exceeding and an eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen, &c. 2 Cor. 4.14, 16, 17, 18. And to others, when he saith; So run that ye may obtain, and every man that striveth for masteries is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible Crown, but we an incorruptible, &c. 1 Cor. 9.24, 25. And this is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him, 2 Tim. 2.11, 12. Oh what have men often done and indured, and with how great pa­tience and unweariedness for a little glory? that they might get a name and praise with men, and be glorifyed of them; and shine, as it were, in their atchieved glories and re­nowns? Witness that great Alexander that in twelve years space ran over almost all the world with undaunted courage, encoun­tring with and vanquishing wondrous diffi­culties, for glory sake. And Julius Caesar, Pompey and many others. But alas! What is all the glory of this world in comparison of the glory to be revealed on the Saints of God at the appearance of Jesus Christ! of which the Apostle tells us; that it's a weigh­ty [Page 175]and an eternal glory: and that he reckoned that all the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with it, Rom. 8.18. Surely if the hope of a little uncertain gain carryeth the Merchant, Husbandman and other Tradesmen oftentimes through great dangers and unwearied labors and difficul­ties: and the hope of a little honor and glo­ry among men, hath often, and yet doth car­ry out soldiers to exceeding great and tedi­ous hazzards, what should not the hope of so great glory as this, To shine as the bright­ness of the Firmament, and as the Stars for e­ver and ever, carry us out to, in travelling for wisdom, and for doing good to all we can, and all the good we can, that we may be in­struments of their salvation? Seeing we have the promise of God, both of his pre­sence and helpfulness with us in all our la­bors and dangers to assist and strengthen us: and of his rewarding our labors also and crowning them in the issue, with so great glory and happiness. Neither of which pro­mises are ingaged to those others in their adventures; but they run at uncertainties, and upon only fallible probabilities.

Ʋse 8. And Lastly, How may what hath been said and considered from this Scripture, occasion gladness (with sadness) to us in respect of this our Deceased Brother, Mr. [Page 176] Thomas Moor; the occasion of our meeting here and treating on this Text of Scrip­ture? than which I could not think there was any in the whole Bible more applicable to him, and pertinent to our present busi­ness.

1. In respect of himself, we have un­doubted cause and ground from this Text, of great comfort and gladness; as being thence perswaded that it is and shall be well with him, though dead in the body, and brought hither to be Interred; no doubt but he shall arise among the just, and such as shall have this Scripture fulfilled upon them: for that he was a wise man, and in­dued with a great portion of Divine wisdom and Heavenly understanding, all that knew him and his parts, and gifts, and way of life may testifie: and his many pious and religious Treatises, both in Print and Ma­nuscript left behind him, will witness for him. Indeed He had not University Lear­ning to furnish him or to know himself by; but what He had, was the more immedi­ately or remarkably from God, in and by a diligent Study and practise of the holy Scrip­tures and their good instructions, and con­verse with Godly persons: to which, from his youth, God by his Grace excited and stirred him up, and in which he mightily [Page 177]assisted and blessed him. And indeed God hath not tyed himself, nor us up to the Universities for their Learning, for his giving, or our receiving Heavenly wis­dom: But wherever men apply their hearts unto it, and mind its instructions in those means of attaining it that he affords them, and walking in what He gives, wait and call upon him for it, He is ready and faithful to give it, as He hath said, If any of you lack wisdome, let him (he saith not go to the Universities, but) ask it of God, who giveth to all men liberally (or singly, [...]) and uphraideth not, and it shall be given him, Jam. 1.5. though in the measure of it, he gives not to all alike. He is a free Agent and gives for gifts and usefulness to others more or less, as he pleases: but al­waies so much to the faithful, diligent seek­ers, as shall suffice for their Salvation, and usually contribute something also to others usefulness; but Gifts for understanding Scriptures, and prophecying thence, or speaking to others edification, exhortation, and comfort, He gives not to all, but where, [...]nd as He pleaseth: and to other oftimes besides, if not as sweetly and fully as (yea [...]nd more than) to many (if not any) that [...]re brought up in those places. Such too usually knowing themselves by, and priding [Page 178]themselves in such their fleshly priviledges God (that will have no flesh glory in his pre­since therefore) stains the pride of that glorying too, and makes choice of Babes and suckling to reveal his wisdome, and its mysteries too, when he passes by the otherwise learned wise and prudent, chusing the foolish thing of this world to confound the wise, and wea [...] things to confound the mighty, and things tha [...] are not (or are naught set by) to bring t [...] nought things that are, that no flesh may glory in his presence, 1 Cor. 1.27, 28, 29. as the that have those fleshy Priviledges and ac­complishments are too apt to do: as is to visible even in them also that are in some good measure endued with his grace; w [...] may see therefore that God hath chose many of his most useful servants (thoug [...] not all) from low and mean places, an [...] conditions. So David was chosen from th [...] sheepfolds, and taken from following the ew­great with young, to be both an excellent Pro­phet, and a worthy and potent King, Psal. 7.70, 71. Mary a virgin of low estate, to have the honour of being Mother to our Lord Luke 1.48. Christ himself, according to th [...] flesh, was a stone of stumbling to the pro [...] Religionists, the Jews, Scribes and Phari­sees who stumbled at his meaness, and at [...] Cross and Sufferings, which themselv [...] [Page 179]contrived in a sort, and occasioned to him cause He was the supposed Son of a Car­ [...]ter, and a Mechanick: for he himself [...]ay appear wrought of that trade, Mark [...]. Is not this the Carpenter (say they) the of Mary, &c. and he was brought up [...]h those his mean Parents, and was not [...]ught up at the Schools, whence the Jews [...]vailed, saying, How knoweth this man let­ [...] (or learning) having never learned, [...].7.15. and the company of his Disci­ [...] and Followers were not of the persons [...]pute for learning; for they said of them, [...]h any of the Rulers, or of the Pharisees be­ [...]d on him, but this people (meaning his [...]iples) that know not the law, are accur­ [...] Joh. 7.47, 48, 49. And so the Apostles know what they were divers of them [...]ermen, Toll-gatherers, Tent-makers, &c. [...] chusing to put his treasure into earthen [...]s, that the power might be of (and so the [...] to) God, and not the men, 2 Cor. 4.7. [...] that God hath changed his way in [...] last days, and altering his purpose and [...]ution for destroying the wisdome of the [...] and bringing to naught the understanding [...] prudent, and making foolish the wisdome is world, 1 Cor. 1.19, 20. designs now [...]tifie the flesh, and lift it up in his pre­ [...] and ty up his choise of instruments [Page 180]for his glory to men that may vaunt them­selves of, and congratulate one another their fleshly accomplishments (as if wisdome of the flesh and world would [...] illustrate the Cross of Christ, and its ve [...] that was wont heretofore to obscure it but a Scriptureless tradition, and a [...] ceit I fear, of men fleshly minded, and [...] speak as they would have it, because circumcised in heart, and they have learned to worship God in the spirit, rejoi [...] Christ Jesus, and to have no confidence i [...] flesh, Phil. 3.3. Surely men in having the [...] of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord (and th [...] fore the giver to whom He will) of G [...] with respect of persons, in this sense too, [...] to say to the learned Academicks, and g [...] ­ly read Scholars, Sit thou here in a [...] place, and have thou high respect and e [...] in our hearts, while they say to those are taught of God, and fitted by his [...] in the meditation of his word only, for fulness therein, because not so educa [...] Stand thou there, or sit here at my foot-st [...] a lower place and esteem, are judges of thoughts, being partial in themselves, as [...] as they that put such difference be [...] the goodly apparel, gold ring, or gay clo [...] and the vile, or mean raiment, or the pe [...] that were in them: and they are liab [...] [Page 181]to less reproof than they; for though learn­ing is a gift of God, as well as riches, and [...]o be received with thankfulness, and may [...] very profitably used in his service, as [...]hey also may; yet men are as apt to abuse that, and lift up themselves therein, as they [...]re riches, and it may as well and truly be [...]d, Do not learned men and the wise in such [...]sdom, oppress the truth, pervert, corrupt and [...]il the souls of men, as it is said, Do not [...]ich men oppress you? and of both, Do they [...]ot blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called? But let both the one and the other [...]e commended where they do well, and [...]ulted where otherwise: but let not the [...]ts of God, where ever given, be over­ [...]oked, or not thankfully acknowledged. I [...]ow it is not every one that is apt to lift [...] himself, and thinks himself fit to be a [...]acher of others, that is therefore so. There are both of the learned and unlearned [...]t run before they be sent of God, or ap­proved by him in their errand. But of this [...]amp was not this our deceased Brother, [...]aving much of the presence of God with [...], and blessing of God upon him in his [...]mistration. So as we may say truly of [...], the other Branch of the Text also, that [...]de turned many to righteousness, many choise [...]nd precious Christians, excellently en­dowed [Page 182]with understanding, experiences o [...] of Gods goodness, gifts of Prayer, and heavenly vertues were the fruits of his La­bours. Many that are gone before him [...] God, and some that are yet remaining [...] earth, whose lives and whose wor [...] praise them. For indeed he had a goo [...] understanding in the grace of God, and [...] the righteousness which is by Faith of Jesus Christ, which he much opened to, and [...] culcated upon his Hearers; and so he mi [...] be properly said by setting them befo [...] men, to turn them to behold and mind a [...] embrace them, and so to be made just [...] righteous. Some in this City of Lon [...] were Seals of his Ministery, but many [...] in the Countryes where he lived, and wh [...] he was more conversant; as in Cambridge shire, Norfolk, the Isle of Ely, Lince [...] shire and thereabouts. Many that h [...] blessed God that ever they knew him, a who yet do: so that we may with comfort a [...] confidence leave him here in the earth, an assured hope and expectation of his [...] ­ing raised up again to everlasting life: a that then he shall among them that be [...] shine as the brightness of the Firmament, a among those that turn many to righteous [...] as the Stars for ever and ever. For ind [...] he did not only hold forth good Doctr [...] [Page 183]the Doctrine of the Grace of God to men, but did also walk humbly and holily among and toward men: Preaching in his practice as well as in his doctrine: Though we do not make him more than a man, a good and an useful man, having learned with St. Augustine to give that honour only to the holy Scriptures, called Canonical, to be the absolute rule of our faith and life. We look upon his Life as that which had its failings and passions as other good mens, and read his Writings, and heard his Discourses as we would other holy mens, with our senses exercised to compare them with the Holy Scriptures, and (as was his frequent ex­pression prefixed before divers of his Trea­tises in their Epistles) to bring things to the Testimony, and receive what agrees there­with, and if any thing swarve therefrom, or want confirmation thereby to let it a­lone or reject it, for we have learned of our Lord to call no man Master of our faith but himself, the only absolutely perfect Pattern of Life, and Teacher of Truth: though we have also learned of his Apostle to have all in honour for their works sake that faithfully and skilfully instruct us into, and provoke us to hold fast that which our Lord hath taught us, 1 Thes. 5.12, 13. I know many, and those that account themselves [Page 184]and were accounted the strictest Religi­onists, censured him for his Doctrine and Practices; and was not our Lord himself so, and by such manner of persons? For his Doctrine, because he held the Death of Christ to have been for all men, and the Grace in Him to be treasured up in Him for all men, as what is free for them; and dissented from those of Mr. Calvins mind in his apprehensions of Election and Reproba­tion: but they that censured him upon that score, bewray their own ignorance, or un­belief of Gods testimony in the Scriptures, and unaquaintedness with the manner of its speaking, and are of those that call some bodies else their Rabbies than Jesus Christ; and follow other Guides rather than his holy Apostles, crying up this or that supposed holy man, more than them and their plain sayings. For his practise: some as accoun­ting him a Sect-Master, or a maker of a Schism, but they that so did, did not well know him: For his work it was not to di­vide men from the Church of England, in which he walked and worshipped, though not in all things approving, yet not for les­ser dissatisfactions renting from it. Upon which account many others of the zealous parties more censured his practise. But I think he followed therein, the way and [Page 185]practise of the holy Prophets and Apostles: who though reproving the Errors and Faults in the Jewish Church, or those that called themselves of it, yea and approving and practising the Assemblings and Speakings to­gether of such as feared God, besides the publick Assemblings of the professed Church, Mal. 3.16. Psal. 111.1. & 119.63. Mark 1.21. 39 & 2.1, 2. Luke 10.38, 39. Acts 3.1. & 4.23. & 12.5, 12. yet made not a seperation therefrom, till, or otherwise than they might be thrust out by them, Isa. 66.5. Well, we shall leave him to his righ­teous Judge, who seeth not as men see, nor judgeth after their Judgment; With whom his work we trust is accepted, and of whom we hope he shal be rewarded with this great happiness, To shine as the brightness of the Firmament, and as the Stars for ever and ever. In which comfort concerning him, we here leave him. Though yet notwithstanding this cause of Gladness concerning him.

2. In respect of our selves, we have great cause of sadness, for that God hath deprived us of him & of his farther helpful­ness and usefulness among us, and that too, in the midst of his farther endeavours of it. Both as we may reflect upon our unthank­fulness for, and want of making due im­provement [Page 186]of so good an Instrument of good to us, and so great a gift of Gods grace and mercy as he was, as what might pro­voke God to take him from us, and to take him away too so as he did, both at such a di­stance, where few of his Acquaintance could have the opportunity of visiting him: and especially in such a manner, as by suffer­ing such a feebleness to befal him, as took away the benefit of his speaking audibly to us, during the continuance of his sickness (if I may call it a sickness) which though long. He being weak many weeks, yet in all that time he spake little so as to be well-understood a whole Sentence together, only now and then a Sentence. But those about him perceived that he spake oftentimes a­bout Christ or the Resurrection, and the hope of the glory to come, and was much in Prayer to God even to his end. Surely God might take him away in such a manner for correction and reproof to the living, as if he should signifie therein, that because we made not sufficient account and use of what he had so much and oft spoke in his life-time, we should have little from him audib­ly in his dying. Which though it might be imputed partly to his age and spentness, be­ing just entred upon his eightieth year, and [Page 187]having spent his natural strength much in his continual writing, meditation and exer­cise, and partly to the distemper that fell upon his head and nerves and rendred him listless, drowsy and in a measure Lethar­gick or Appoplectick, as I conceive. Yet seeing God doth often order that they that serve him much in their life time, express much of him too in their death in an edifya­ble manner to others. And he could, had he pleased, have ordered such strength and livelyness to him also therein. Therefore it is better for us, taking it out of Gods hand as a reproof of our unprofitableness, to make that use of it for the future, to im­prove the mercies God gives us while we have them: as our Saviour admonished the the Jews, when he said, Yet a little while I am with you, and then I go to him that sent me. Ye shall seek me and shall not find me, and where I am thither ye cannot come, John 7.33, 34. & 8.21. to the end they might attend to him and make good use of him and his pre­sence while yet with them, and where they might find and come to him, and so might walk in the light, while yet the light was with them, John 12.35, 36. and not as the Poet observed to be the common practise of men, Presentem virtutem odio habere, absentem quae­rere [Page 188]invidi. Horat. Slight present good, out of envy of it, and then when it is withdrawn seek for it when it cannot be had. Surely it's matter of lamentation for the Church and World to be deprived of any useful persons in them. As also cause of sadness we have, as the taking away such, may pre­sage judgments approaching upon us, as is often found, and as is implyed in Isa. 57.1, 2. The righteous man perisheth (namely from among men) and no man layeth it to heart. And men of mercy (or kindness) are taken away, none considering that the righteous is ta­ken from the evil (either the evil that is al­ready predominant, as Lot from the evil that vext his righteous soul, or as we read it, the evil to come, as Lot also was, and Noah when taken into the Ark, from the approaching deluge) He shall enter into peace, &c. In respect of him therefore we have cause of gladness, as our Saviour said to his Disciples, John 14.28. But in respect of our selves, cause to grieve. And God grant that that of our Saviour when the women wept for him when he went to his death, may not be applicable to us, Weep for you selves and for your Children, for behold the days come in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bare, and the paps [Page 189]that never gave suck, &c, Luke 23, 28, 29. Well, what of judgment and correction to us there is in it, it is good for us to bear, Searching and trying our ways, and turning again to the Lord, who in divers such strokes and breaches made upon us, hath been smi­ting us. Blessing him that we enjoyed him so long, and that he lived to fill up so fully the number of his years; in which respect there is the less of judgment, I conceive, in his being now taken away. And whereas we can now have no farther usefulness of him by any personal care of, or service a­mong us, let us, bewailing our unprofitable­ness under what we have had, have the more regard to his Relicks. I mean those good and useful Books and Writings (the best and truest Relicks of the Saints to be made much of by the surviving) lest behind him. In and by which we may yet be min­ded of the sum and substance of what he spake to us, and hear him as it were yet in­structing us and reap the labours of his spirit for us, Luke 16.29. 2 Pet. 1.15. And let it be also our care (as being in this his Death and Burial aptly minded thereof, and provoked thereto) so to number our days as to apply our hearts unto the heavenly Wisdom. So as we following after the knowledge there­of [Page 190]and walking therein we may be accepted of God also, and be accounted worthy to have our lot and portion among those that be wise, who shall shine as the brightness of the Firmanant in the Kingdom of God; and if it may be that we also may be instruments of turning many unto righteousness, that we may shine then too as the Stars for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessed be God for his unspeakable gift.

THE END.
A DOUBLE ACROSTICK.
Thy Race is Run, and
Having thy work done,
Oh may we too do
Merit we can't, but)
At Christs appearance.
Shall rise again, and
Thou full happily
Home t' Heaven didst ply.
Ours, so as we may
Mercy find that day
At that day when we
Shall judg'd by him be.
More. more such useful
Once was the Prayer of
Old Master Power 'twas
Rome's and Geneva's
Even when thoudst shewd their
Moores to us God send,
One who did attend
Of old Bullinbrook)
Rocks when thoudst shook
Errors by Gods Book.
So be it, may we
Either with us, or
Neither the Learned
In many places
On whom like gifts were
Rarer endowments
Say, for few there be
Else where, like to thee.
Nor Ʋnlearned can
Instance such a man,
Of Gods grace so show'd
Richer parts bestow'd.

[...] Epitaph on Mr. Tho. Moore Sen.

HEre lies a man wrapt up in dust,
Whose better part's in heaven we trust
[...]he who through Grace with diligence
[...]tain'd to great experience.
[...]d was with heavenly gifts indu'de
[...]ove the common multitude
[...]undantly. Yea few there were,
[...]ny, in Gods truth more clear.
[...] many wisely did instruct,
[...]nvert to righteousness, conduct
[...]ways of Truth and Piety:
[...]herein himself did live and dy.
[...]d therefore though (as all else must)
[...] now be laid in clay and dust;
[...] at the coming of the Lord
[...] make good what He in his Word
[...]th promised. He shall, no doubt,
[...]m thence to glory be rais'd out;
[...]d then, in brightness as the sky
[...]ll shine, and as the Stars on high.
[...]h gain hath godliness: So good
God to such as here have stood
[...]his good counsels; and have chose
[...]th Christ above all things to clo [...]
[...]ving their sins his truth to [...]
[...] minding seek the things [...]
[...] such as read these [...]
[...] Faith and pure C [...] [...]
To follow after Christ, believing
God will be faithful, none deceiving
Who trust to his good Word: and so
Let's chuse in such good ways to go
As this deceased Friend, and all
Whom holy men the Scriptures call.
For there's no glory may compare
With theirs who truly godly are.
John Horne.

Another.

Here lies a Father, Friend, and Brother,
Where's he can shew me such another!
Learn'd, not i'th' learning of the School
But in that which who wants are fools.
His preaching, writing, walking-one,
His hands did not bely his tongue.
Christ in whom's all; in all be blest,
And having done his work's at rest.
B [...]

Thomas Moore.
Anagr. O harm to some.

A Help he was to many Souls, who
His heavenly teaching had their hea [...]
[...] unto Christ; in whom they met
[...] [...]enly peace, and blessed safety [...]
[...] in's such a sense
[...] as a rock of offence
[...]o such as his good counsels did reject,
[...]ot suff'ring them to have their due effect.
[...]or better not to have Gods grace set forth,
[...]han to reject or count it little worth.
[...]nd o to some his death's harm who depriv'd
[...]f what advantage by him while he liv'd
[...]hey had in Gods good ways, are likely now
[...]heir former love thereto away to throw.
[...]ea to the countries 'tis more generally
[...]harm where good men live, for them to dy.
[...]r good mens worth and usefulness is oft
[...] such like names as these in Scriptures taught
[...]ch treasures, jewels, lights o'th'world, or stars,
[...]ods grain, earths salt, and sometimes its pillars.
[...]oss of which O what a harm t'would be!
[...]ightless heaven, or grainless earth to see!
[...] loose our jewels or rich treasures, and
[...]ose pillars whereon our choice buildings stand!
[...]d yet no less Churches or world's less when
[...]d takes away therefrom his godly men.
[...]n such in Sodom had its safety been,
[...]r had Jerusalem such sorrow [...] seen
[...]t for the want of such. O then to some
[...]eat harm by such mens death doth use to come.
While of their good instructions when th [...] li [...]
And of their good examples they'r depriv [...] [...]
And profit of their often fervent pray'r,
O what a harm'ts to some who can decla [...]

Another Anagr.
Thomas Moore O home a storm, or
Thomas Moore O home to arms.

WHen God's about upon the world b [...]
A storm of wrath, some sad destructive th [...]
Because of their refusals of his grace,
While his good words find in their hearts p [...]
O then it is his often wont to take
Home to himself those who do conscie [...]
Sin to avoid, and follow what is good:
So Noah God took home before the Flo [...]
Into an Ark of safety; and just Lot
To Zoar, that with Sodom he might no [...]
By fire and brimstone be from heaven st [...]
So good Josiah from a people void
Of goodnes he by death did first take ho [...]
Before on Judah his fierce wrath did co [...]
And on Jerusalem; the like we find
In Jeroboams child, when God did mind
Upon his wicked house ruine to bring,
He took him first by death, cause some g [...] thing
[...]him was found: yea oft men merciful
Isa. 57.1.
[...] love from harms approaching doth he pull.
[...]herefore we a storm suspect may, when
[...]e see him home to take such godly men
this our friend deceased was, whose name
[...]epresented in this Anagram.
[...] well we may cry out, O Home when we
[...]orm approaching nigh upon us see.
[...]k Papists, cry to Protestants O Home.
[...] the lap of Mother Church; to Rome!
[...]f some storm were sodainly to fall
[...]hich would at unawares destroy us all.
[...] God himself doth on the contrary
[...]haste you home to Zion loudly cry:
[...] she's our Mother, thence that divine law
[...]herefrom we first our heavenly breath did draw.
[...] oh at how great distance live all they
[...]m thence who to Romes city go astray!
[...]sk the way to Zion, that way let
[...]r faces, and not towards Rome, be set.
[...]ence we did first proceed, inquire the way
[...] which to that pure truth return we may
[...] saith and practise, which from thence did come
[...]ither to shun a storm, O haste we home
[...]cutting whirlwind (thence we'r told) on all
[...]he heads of wicked men with pain will fall
Jer. 30.23.
O home to God ye sinners therefore fly,
That ye may shun approaching misery.
For why! that dreadful storm doth stron [...] s [...]
Of fire and brimstone, even of death & H [...]
O might this voice throughout these Isla [...] ri [...]
And reach from meanest beggar to the K [...]
All to repentance, all excite before
A storm of wrath, the judgment of wh [...]
Upon us fall, lest Death and Hell oretake
And do for ever miserable make us.
O England, home to God, thou heavily
Hast sinn'd against his holy Majesty.
Thou divers sad blasts hast already felt
Wars, Pestilence, decay of Trade have d [...]
Within thy borders, besides divers mo
Dismal presages of ensuing wo
If thou repent'st not, yet thou worse o [...] gr [...]
O home lest thee a storm quite overthrow,
Patience may stay Gods hand a while, [...]
If thou sin on 'stroy thee at length He w [...]
O London, home, the heavens on thee dofro [...]
Both pestilence and fire have brought [...] do [...]
And yet thou liftst thy head aloft again,
Though all thy filthiness doth still remai [...]
Unpurged from thee, nay is't not increast?
[...] home to God, make haste, repent thee, lest
[...] sad a storm from heaven upon thee blow,
[...] may thy stately buildings quite o'rthrow.
[...]is name to thee O Home the rather calls,
[...]ecause it lies interr'd within thy wall.
[...] Home ye servants of the Lord who ere
[...]e stragling in this world, and seeking there
[...] satiate your souls, a storm will break
[...]our hopes in pieces, if you don't betake
[...]ou home to God, & cleave to him more fast,
[...] home a storm is threatned, a strong blast.
[...] home to arms, to stand upon your guard,
[...] on Gods armour lest ye be quite mard,
[...]st to Gods anger ye expose you so
[...] to your selves to cause exceeding wo.
[...] let us all attend the heavenly charms
[...]f our dear Saviour. Home to his Arms
[...]etake us quickly: So we safe shall be
[...]om all thats evil, and destruction flee.
Jo. Horne.

Thomas Moore,
Anagr. O arm those mo.

LOrd thou hast weakned now our strength,
It will be proved so:
[...] we return not now at length
For help where shall we go?
[...] thou go'st further on to break
Our companies, what will
Become of such as yet are weak
And very ignorant still!
Even for thy Name those are increast
With many a bitter foe.
And many helpers now are ceast
With thy strength Arm those mo.
Thou saist if our iniquities
We do acknowledg so
As that we clear thy contraries
In walking as our foe,
Thou wilt remember for us then
Thy mercies great of old:
And plant us as thou diddest when
Thou broughtst us to thy fold.
We have, as did our Fathers-fore,
Prov'd plants degenerate:
And like thy Vine such grapes we bore
As thou couldst not but hate.
Lord purge us for thy holy Name
From every bitter root:
Break us not further for the same
In mercy do not do 't.
O magnifie it in this way,
Though we have grieved thee:
And with thy Children, Lord, we pray
Let us still numbred be.
O arm those-mo, who are most try'd,
They need thy help chiefly;
With fresh strength let them be supply'd
Thy Word now verifie.
O arm those mo who weak are made,
By taking such away;
Be thou, O Lord, their present aid,
And in their stead a stay.
O arm those mo who yet have space
To gather strength and to go on
That they may now go mend their pace
And hold out till their race be run.
Arm us all mo for to persist
Till we thy will have fully done,
That at the last we may be blest
Even when thou sendst again thy Son.
F. Brigge.

An Elogy upon the Death of Mr. Tho. Moore Sen. by the same.

OUr former cry may be renew'd,
For God renewed hath his stroke:
We are not more increast, but few'd:
With greater breach He hath us broke.
O pass it not with lightness o're
Though this was gather'd in his season:
There is not such another Moore,
Then to lament we have great reason.
The ancient and the honourable
Do fail; they are remov'd away.
Is not our case then deplorable
When none but babes to be our stay!
And i'st not almost come to this!
O Lord how have we thee offended!
In whom iniquity none is,
But all thy ways to be commended!
Thou righteous art, thy judgments true,
Yet give us leave with thee to plead:
Oh execute not what is due,
Thy heavy wrath we well may dread.
Wilt thou this way encourage such
As with their tongue think to prevail?
While thou afflictest very much
The poor that ready are to quail?
With taunts men ready are to fright,
Or with their flatt'ries to allure,
Foundations being out of sight
A mountain they present secure.
What can the righteous do, say they,
Now their upholders are destroy'd?
All will come down: they are our prey,
Our snares and baits they can't avoid.
But these did not build us upon
Themselves, to Christ as surely laid
The standing good foundation,
They us directed for our aid.
He is the holy Temple where
God is, and with respect to whom
His chastisements now ordered are,
And so shall be the wickeds doom.
Let us likewise now in our Grief
Direct to him our earnest pray'r,
To send unto us some relief,
And this our grcevous Breach repair.
The Father who out liv'd the Son,
Is in like manner taken hence:
He who hath turned many a one
To God from sin and ignorance
But Death him always shall not keep,
Nor yet his glorious splendour hide,
When he is raised out of sleep
His shining brightness shall abide.
An Acrostick by the same hand,
The breach before was much to be bewail'd
His taking from us, that was fil'd with skill
On all occasions, and who never fail'd
Minding men daily of Gods holy will.
And have we not a fresh occasion now
Since that presented to lament afresh!
May we not fear God with a further blo
Our hearts will humble for our stupidness
O Let us hast our selves to humble then
Returning to the Lord, acting like men
Ere he come over with his blow agen.
Surely God is beginning for to rise
Even up from off his Mercy-seat,
No greater sign is set before our eyes
In holy Writ, than gather'ng thus his whea
O when he takes his precious Grain away,
Ruine is threatned unto them that stay.

An Epitaph by the same.

HEre breathless lies our Brother dear,
Who spent his breath to make us hear
The joyful sound our hearts to chear.
But of how few was it believ'd!
Nay by our deafness we him griev'd,
A [...] he by death is now repriev'd.
Death put an end unto his pain,
Which while he liv'd he did sustain,
And is to him an endless gain.
In service he did oft go forth,
Setting before us Christs great worth,
But God with us shew'd himself wroth.
Which he of times hath done before,
But in this stroke He wounded Moore:
The wound to us was very sore.
Oh may it now be laid to heart,
That with our Idols we may part,
Before we feel a further smart.
So may we meet with in the end
The good God doth by all intend,
And be made happy with our Friend.
But we awhile must bid Adieu
And bide the sorrows that ensue
The Death of him, like whom there's few,
Which few the Lord continue still
To publish his most blessed will,
Till they their numbred years fulfil.

An Anagram upon the name of his Honoured Friend Tho. Moore Son. by Thom. Goddrick.

O man tis love;
Homo, amor est. or, Homo est amor.
The man is love.
1. The man is love; this is too much to say
Of any man but one: though some may be
Conformd so farto him through grace this day,
That much of's image men in them may see.
Who Being with his Father always one
Is truely love, even Jesus Christ alone.
2. God manifested in the flesh is love,
In Him thereto is nothing contrary.
He is the light that shineth from above,
In Him's no darkness, nor obscurity;
O man, its love as it in him doth shine
That thou shouldst mind, to it thy heart encline.
3. Tongues, Prophesie, and knowledge, bounty, faith
With constancy to death continued in,
If Love be wanting (so the Scripture saith)
Advanceth nothing, doth nor profit win:
Nor Circumcision, nor its contrary
Availes, but faith which works by Charity.
4. Love's the fulfilling of the holy Law,
What it to God, what it to man doth bind us,
That worship, service, reverence and aw
Which is our Makers due, as it doth mind us.
To love the Lord with all the soul & heart
Comprehends all, includeth every part.
5. Love to our Neighbour never worketh ill,
What's due to him it therefore compre­hendeth.
Our Lord to us the substance of his will
In those two words alone, briefly commen­deth,
On which the weight and stress of what was said
By Moses and the Prophets both is laid.
6. The man whose name you see prefixed here
Was exercis'd in shewing forth Gods love
In its extent, making it to appear
That charity descendeth from above.
That men in knowing God might some­what be
In love & mercy perfected as he.
7. The Scriptures only made him wise to be
An instrument of winning souls, and sure
(without the help of vain philosophy)
Through faith in Christ their virtue doth endure
Throughly to perfect and to furnish us
To each good work, This man was furnisht thus.
8. Who more than half the age of man assayd
By word and pen the mists to drive away
Which do obscure the true foundation laid
By God, for men to build on in this day:
That men might neither slight, not yet mis-place
The precious corner-stone, that gift of grace
Who hold forth truth in its simplicity
Unveil the love which mens traditions hide
Turn many to Gods righteousness, and by
His special favour ever shall abide,
Even as the brightness of the firmament,
And shine as stars in glory permanent.

READER, my absence from the Press [...]ath occasioned these following Errata's, which thou art hereby desired to mend: As also the Learned Reader may easily discern [...]me Hebrew Letters in p. 84. l. 26. & 122. l. 15. [...]rossly mistaken, which I leave to his inge­ [...]uity to mend.

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