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Serm.^/zjl is present with me j but how to PerForm that which is good, I find not: For the good that I would, I do not j but the evil which I would not, that 1 do, Rom. vii. 18, 19. Under a Sense of which miserable State, he cries out, O wretched Man, that I am! Who shall deliver me from this Body of Death? Ver. 24, 25. To which by Way of Encouragement and Consolation, he immediately answers, * The Grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. What the Lord (faith he) could not do, in that it was weak through the Flesh, God sending his own Son, in the Likeness of finsul Flesh, and [a Sacrifice] for Sin, condemned Sin in the Flesh; that the Righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit. Therefore the fame Apostle, in another Place (to shew the Preference of the new Dispenfation over the old one) says, God hath made us (i. e. the Apostles and their Successors) able Ministers of the New Testament, 2 Cor. i. 6. j. e. of the New Covenant; not of the Letter, (i.e. not of the external Letter only, as Moses and the Ministers of the Law were)
* So the Words should be read: See Mill. c. viii. 3, 4.
hut of the Spirit (the internal Spirit also. S'J fTM:
For the Letter killeth, (i, e. the old Law shews Sin, and curses Men for the Breach of Laws which they cannot keep :) But thd Spirits or new Law4 giveth Life, by ena* Tiling Men to perform whatever it commandSj and thereby to obtain the Mercy it Promises. *
In this Sense is the Water of the Land improv'd by the Gospel, and changed into Wine, she Spirit which was wanting in; Moses's Dispenfation, is, in the Dispenfation of Christ, distributed liberally and freely to all: Ponr'd' into every Vessel, that offers, and into every Vessel, as much as it will contain. How much then should every Christ tian, that is sensible of these Advantages he receives through Christ, endeavour to render himself so much the more approved to his Lord, as his Lord has been indulgent and gracious towards him! Since therefore our Saviour's Commands are now less Burthen, some; let our Obedience be more compleat: Since external Observances are now relaxed j let our internal Regards be more intent: And having the Spirit of God afforded us now,, not only to strengthen, but also to> quicken and enliven us too; let our Duty be
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S E R M. not oniy wholly and constantly., but also cheerfully paid. JPor jrf Æwu* »o* received the Spirit of Bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. For to as many as are led by the Spirit of God, the Spirit itself beareth Witness, they are the Children of God: And if Children, then Heirs, Heirs of God, and Joint-Heirs of Cbriji, Rom. yiii. 15,16, 17. Into whose Spirit, if we are careful regularly and duly to drink in this World; we may confidently trust, that we shall together with himself drink everlastingly of the Fruit of the true Vine, in. the Kingdom of his Father. Which God of bis Mercy grant we all may, &c.
- spiedienbal},-1,AL: SERMON XIV. Dis !
:i ; Hann low Chrift the Healer of the Gentiles: Or,
The Allegory of his healing the CenCturion's Servant."
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ES, MAT, vii, 13 Seri Fefus said unto the Centurion, Go thy Way,
and as thou hast believed; fo be it done unto
thee. And bis Servant was bealed in the - felf-fame Hour.
I HAVE already obferved that the Mira-SERM.
cles of our Saviour were performed with, XIV. a mystical or allegorical View: i. e. that they were defigned to fignify more than what the outward Acts befpoke; He worked them not only to fhew his Divine Authority and Powe er, nor only for the fake of healing the Pan tients of their Infirmities and Diseases, or for fupplying their Wants; but he intended like wife by the Cures he wrought, and by the Relief he afforded to the Bodies and external Circumstances of Men, to express the Bene
S E R M. fits and Advantages he designed to their inter«J2^ nal or spiritual Condition and State. To this end he made Choice^ of such Distempers to cure, of such Necessities to supply, and of such Persons to bestow his kind and beneficial Miracles upon, as should intimate the Nature of those Diseases and Wants he meant to heal and relieve in the Soul, and signify what Persons he would make.the Object* of-his
Pity and Love.
With this Key I have already opened and explained to you at large one Miracle of our Blessed Lord^ and the first he wrought: the Miracle of A turning Water into Wine at the Marriage Feast in Cana of Galilee. At present I propose to unfold to you another in the *r ? H P&me Manner1., The ^mystical Meaning of . "i/i the Miracle at Cana was to intimate the ~" Power, the Life, and the Spirit of the GospelDispensation, over that which was introduced by Moses; and was contained in the Law: But this now before us (if I rightly expound it) will not only hint to us the Advantage of one Religion above the other, but will further instruct us how extensive the Benefits of Christianity are, compared with those of the Law; since whilst the one was calculated for one single Nation, the other were freely