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sole deserves love, Of SPIRITUAL PEACE, 579 the bope of bis calling, and what

the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Eph. 1. 18. He comforts him when dejected, and wipes away his tears with his own hand, Rev. 7. 17, and puts them as a precious liquor into his botile, PS. 57. 8. He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment

of praise for the spirit of beaviness, Ifa. 61. 3. Kises her with the killes of his mouth, Canticl. 1. 2; and if, at any time, she is fick of love, his left band is under ber bead, and his right hand doth embrace her, Cantici. fes 6. In fine, whatever good he is pofseffed of (and what is there he is not?) he liberally communi: cates all, in that time, order and degree, which his wisdom knows to be most expedient. And what xvillobe not giye,

who gives himself, as an exceeding great reward? Gen. 1591 XI). Who can doubt, but they, who taíte this

Hence a incredible sweetness of divine love, do infinitely


prefer the friendship of God to all other things ?Hence himfelf to

to approve when they gratefully acknowledge the chings, they God. have been lo graciously favoured with, beyond what zthey delerve they carefully avaid every thing un. a propense, faxour of the Deity by any coldness. Whereas they most readily perform what they know to be acceptable to God; and then at length it is, they seem to themselves to live, when in the whole

tenour of their lives, they approve themselves to and that true friendihip contists in this, that friends chufe and refuse the same things, they ftir up all their powers to make returns of love, and subm their will to that of God, and give it up to be swal

lowed up, as it were, in the divine will, and thus at length, with the king of angels, they bear the sweet

yoke of love. The love of God begets the love of the Soul, and atracts it to himself. God loves, in order to be laved. When he loves, he desires izothing more, than to be loved again, knowing those to be kappy in love, ,



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who love him. The foul, that loves, renounces all it's affećtions, and minds nothing but love, that it may give love, for love. And when it has poured out itself wholly in love, what is that to the constant flow of the fountain? As Auguftine piously speaks, Manuals

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XIII. During these transactions in the foul, and peace of while the daily

conteft of mutual friendship between consci

it and God is renewed, it cannot but enjoy the most delightful peace of conscience. When it difcovers the favourable sentence of God concerning the man, and intimates the fame to him, and, at thie fame time, bears testimony to his unfeigned piety towards God, it spreads a surprizing ferenity and calm over the whole fouł. Consequently the peace of God necessarily brings with it peace of conscience, and much confidence in God, Rom. 14. 7; Eph. 3. 12. The foul no where repofes itself more comfortably, than in that bed of tranquillity, and in the bofom of Jefus, its loving, lovely spouse, singing at that timetoits adversaries; know that the Lord bath set apart him that is godly, for himself. I will both lay me down in peace and feep; for thou, Lord, only makest mie dwell in safety. Pf. 4. 3, 8. I laid me down and flèpt, I

cwaked, for the Lord Juftained me, Pf. 3. 5. Accom. XIV. There is also a frienåship with all the other panied friends of God, not only bely men, who mutually help

and comfort one another by communion of prayers friendship,

and other duties of brotherly love, Pf. 16. 3, and friends of who, without envy, mutually congratulate each:

other on the gifts confered on every one in particular, by their common friend; but also with the blessed angels, who were formerly enemies to man; when he was the enemy of God, and kept our first parents from all access to paradise, Gen. 3.24 3 but, now minister to man with the greatest complacency and readiness, Heb. I. 14. encamp round about bim P.S. 34.7, keep bim in all his ways, bear bim up in their bands, leeft be deßh his foot cgainst a stone, Pf. -9r.

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IT, 12, 'till, at the command of God, they convey: the reconciled soul to the blefied choir of the inhabitants of heaven. And tho’ at present they don't usually appear in a visible form, yet they familiarly furround and guard the friends of God, avert very many evils, procure good, and acknowledge them for their fellow servants, Rev. 19. 10.

On this account the Apostle teftifies, that believers, even in this world, are come to myriads (an innumerable company] of angels, Heb. 12. 22. And can mortals have any thing more glorious, than, next to God, to be admitted into the bonds of fellowship and friendship with these moft noble spirits, whom the Apostle, Coti 1. 16, calls brones, dominions, principalities and powers. :)

XV, I add, that, peace being made with God, No creanone of the creatures can exercise any acts of hoftility fure cap againit believers, to the prejudice of their falvation. friends of According to the promile Job 5. 23, 24, thou shalt God. bei in league with the loanes of the field : and the beasts of the field fall be a piace with thee. And thou shalt know, that thy tabernacle shall be in peace : which is repeated, Hof. 2. 18, and in that day, will I make a covenint for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground. The plain meaning of these passages leenis to be this: rocks and stones shall be soft to the friends of God, they shall not hurt their feet: they shall not be molested by any rocky dismal places, where either robbers usually lie in wait, or in which the beasts of the field are harboured. For, God fo reftrains them; that they are not able to hurt them; but are compela led to submit and be subservient to them: the ravenous fowls themselves and poisonous reptiles, and they who are emblematically represented by these, as well men as malignant fpirits, shall have no power to do them harm, Ps. 98. 13; Mark 16. 18. It is true, qhey cannot have any amicable peace with the ene L 3



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mies of God, the world and the devil; and it is cer, tain, that they are then most grievously harrassed by

their persecutions, when they cultivate peace with ..

God: : nevertheless, all the attempts of hell and the lg world against them are in vain : Behold, all they that 3 were incensed against thee, shall be ashamed and confound,

ed; they shall be as nothing, and they that lirive with thee fall perish: thou shali seek them, and salt not find them, even them that contended with thee : they that war

against thee fball be as nothing, and as a thing of nought, gdy Ifa. 41.,11, 12 : Add Ifa. 54, 14, 15, 16, 17. Nay,all of XVI. And the efforts of their enemies are not only them, Din vain, hut, without their knowledge, and againte

their will, they proniote, their salvation; and the spite of them,

devils are constrained to bring the friends of God promote nearer to heaven, from which they themselves shall {heir fal- be for ever. banished. Thus the chief master of vation,

pride proved, by his buffetings a teacher of humility tó Paul, 2 Cor 12. 7. So true it is, that all things work togetber for good to them that love God, Rom. 8.

28. From this XVII. Abundance of all salutary good things flows. peace

from this peace, which the Psalmiit, Pl: 144

describes to the life. And tho' it often happens, of all good

that the friends of God, as to the outward man, drag things.

à life, which scarce deserves that name, amidst poverty, contempt and diseases; yet since the least good thing, they enjoy, in all these calamities, is bestowed : upon them by the special love of God, is the most noble fruit of the cross of Christ, and gives them to taste the infinite goodness of the Deity. Therefore, that Little that a righteous man hath, is better than the riches of many wicked, Pf. 37. 16. For, he has it from, and with the favour of God, who is the inexhausted fountain of all deareable things. Nay, the very evils, with which they are overwhelmed, turn to their advantage, for they serve to humble them, to build them up in faith, patience and self denial, and wean


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his devout prayers, reformation of life ; sincerely keep

them from the vanities of the world, and carry them towards heaven. Hence in their very adversities they find matter of joy and glorying, Rom: 5.3: Jam. 1. 2.

XVIII. From what we have said, the excellency whence of this peace is easily concluded, which the Apostle, its excelPhil. 4.7, describes, as passing all understanding : it is lency. therefore worthy to be sought after with the utmost be eitemdiligence ; kept when obtained; and renewed, when ed. interrupted.

XIX. God, indeed, graciously tenders it in the To be word of the Gospel : but not, as if the finner is to fought do nothing, before he enjoys the inward sense of it. with all

diligence. For chis purpose it is necessary, ift. That he confess, that, on account of his very many, and very heinous offences, he is altogether unworthy of the peace and friendlhip of God, and seriously grieve for them, Luke 15. 21; Pf. 32. 5, 6; Prov. 28. 13. 2dly, With forrow obferve and declare, that he can do nothing, that is fit to appease the justly provoked Deity, Mich. 6. 6,7; but put all his hopes in the blood of Christ alone, the application of which depends on the good pleasure of the lord himself. 3dly, Give himself up, humbly to God, thus thinking with himself, “ Since « without peace with God there is nothing but ruin, "I will approach to the throne of grace, humbly “ begging for pardon and mercy; if he is pleased to “ reach out his golden sceptre of grace to me, I will "eternally praise him; but if in anger he turns away

his face, I will confess his justice, and proclaim if *s worthy of all praise, tho' it should be rigid to my ** destruction; and say, I will die at his feet without ? repining:" See Esth. 4. 16. This absolute resignation and furrender, cannot but be acceptable to God, and falutary to man. 4thly, Thar he add, to

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his heart and actions, from what he knows to be contrary to God; declare war against God's enemies will, love, and do what becomes the friends of God. In

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