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SERM. CLXXIII. The danger of impenitence, where the go.
spel is preached. Mat. xi. 21. 22. Woe unto thee, Cborazin,
in you, bad been done in Tyre and Sidon, ibey would bave repented
long ago in fackcloth andashes. But I say unto you, It shall be moreto.
for you pag. I
must all appear before the judgment-feat of Christ, that every one
done, whetber it be good or bad 75. 87. 99. 109. 120
SERM. CLXXXIV. The certainty and blessedness of the resur.
died, and rose again ; even so them also wbich sleep in Jesus,
will God bring with him
SERM. CLXXXV.CLXXXVI, Of the happiness of good men in
the future state. 1 John iii. 2. It doeb not yet appear what we
fall be; but we know that wben be shall appear, we shall be like
bim ; for we shall fee bim as be is
SERM.CLXXXVII. The wisdom of religion justified, in the differ-
ent ends of good and bad men. Prov. xiv. 32. The wicked is driven
away in bis wickedness: but the rigbteous bath hope in bis death 194
SERM. CLXXXVIII. The usefulness of considering our latter end.
Pfal. xc. 12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply
our bearts unto wisdom
SERM. CLXXXIX. CXC. CXCI. The life of Jesus Chrift
considered, as our example. 1 Pet. ii. 21.--- Leaving us an
example, obat ye should follow his fteps
234. 247. 265
SERM. CXCII. The sufferings of Christ considered, as a proper
means of our salvation. i Cor. i. 23. 24. But we preach Cbriff
foolishness; but unto them which are called, borb Jews and Greeks, Cbriß the power of God, and the wisdom of God
278 SERM. CXCIII. The evidence of our Saviour's resurrection. Acts i.
3. To whom also be sbewed bimself alive after bis pofion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of ibem forty days, and speaking of tbe things pertaining to the kingdom of God
293 SERM. CXCIV. The poffibility of the resurrection aferted and
proved. Acts xxvi. 8. Wby should it be thought a thing incre. dible with you, that God should raise the dead?
307 SERM. CXCV. The resurrection of our Saviour considered, as an
argument for seeking things above. Col. iii. 1. 2. If ye then be risen witb Cbrif, seek those things which are above, where Cbriff Jitteth at the rigbe-band of God. Set your affe&tions on things above, not on things on the earth
321 SERM. CXCVI. The circumstances and benefits of our Saviour's
ascension. Acts i. 9. 10. 11. Andwben be bad spoken these things, while they bebeld, he was taken up, and a cloud received bim out of their fight. And wbile they looked fledfastly toward beaven, as be went up, bebold, two men stood by them in white apparel; wbich also faid, ye men of Galilee, wby stand ye gazing up into beaven? This fame Jesus which is taken up from you into beaven, foall fo come in like manner, as ye bave seen bim go into beaven
333 SERM. CXCVII. Of the gift of tongues conferred on the Apostles,
Acts ii. 1. 2. 3. 4. And when the day of Pentecoft was fully come, tbey were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a found from beaven, as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all the bouse wbere they were fitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of tbem. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghoft, and began to speak with otber tongues, as tbe Spirit gave them utterance
347 SERM. CXCVIII. Of the coming of the Holy Ghost, as an Ad
vocate for Christ. John xvi. 7. 8. Nevertheless, I tell you the trutb; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not conie unto you; but if I depart, I will send bim unto you. And wben be is come, be will reprove tbe world of fin, and of rigbteousness, and of judgment
361 SEKM. CXCIX. Of the coming of the Holy Ghost, as a guide to
the Apostles. John xvi. 12. 13. I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them new : bcwbeit when be, the
Spirit of trusb, is come, be will guide you into all truth 376 SERM. CC. CCI. Of the ordinary influence of the Holy Ghost
on the minds of Christians. John vii. 39. But this spake be of the Spirit, wbick tbey that believe on him, should receive. For the Holy Ghost
was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified 358.400 SERM. CCII. The fruits of the Spirit, the same w th moral virtues.
Eph. v.9. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteoufness, and truth
S E R M ON
The danger of impenitence, where the
gospel is preached,
MATTH. xi. 21. 22. We unto thee Chorazin, woe unto thee Bethsaida: for if
the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in fackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
FTER our blessed Saviour had instructed, and sent forth his disciples, he himself went a: broad to preach unto the cities of Israel; par
ticularly, he spent much time in the cities of Galilee, Chorazin, and Bethfaida, and Capernaum, preaching the gospel to them, and working many and great miracles among them; but with little or no success: which was the cause of his denouncing this terrible woe against them, ver. 20. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein moji of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. 'Woe unto thee Chorazin, &c.
In wbich words our Saviour declares the fad and mi. serable condition of those two cities, Chorazin and Bethfaida, which had neglected such an opportunity, and relisted and withstood such means of repentance, as would have effectually reclaimed the most wicked cities and people that can be instanced in any age, Tyre, and Sidon, and Sodom; and therefore he tells them, that their condition was much worse, and that they should fall under a heavier sentence at the day of judgment, than the people of those cities, whom they had always looked upon as the greatest finners that ever were in tlie world. This is the plain meaning of the words in general; but yet there are some difficulties in them, which I shall endeavour to clear, and then proceed to raise such VOL. VIII.
observations from them, as may be instructive and useful to us.
The difficulties are these:
'1. What repentance is here spoken of; whether an external repentance, in shew and appearance, only, or an inward, and real and sincere repentance.
2. In what sense it is said, that Tyre and Sidon would have repented.
3. What is meant by their would have repented long ago.
4. How this assertion of our Saviour's, that miracles would liave converted Tyre and Sidon, is reconcilable with that other saying of his, Luke xvi, 31. in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, that those who believed not Mofes and the Prophets, neither would they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead,
1. What repentance is here fpoken of; wliether a mere external and hypocritical repentance, in New and appearance only, or an inward, and real and sincere repentance.
The reason of this doubt depends upon the different theories of divines, about the sufficiency of grace accoinpanying the outward means of repentance, and whether an irresistible degree of God's grace be necessary to repentance; for they who deny sufficient grace to accompany the outward means of repentance, and assert an irresistible degree of God's grace neceffary to repentance, are forced to say that our Saviour here speaks of a mere axternal repentance : because if he spake of an inward and sincere repentance, then it must be granted, that sufficient inward grace did accompany the miracles that were wrought in Chorazin and Bethsaida,' to bring men to repentance; because what was afforded to them, would have brought Tyre and Sidon to repentance. And that which would have effected a thing, cannot be denied to be sufficient; so that unless our Saviour here fpeaks of a mere external repentance, either the outward means of repentance, as preaching and miracles, must be granted to be sufficient to bring men to repentance, without the inward operation of God's grace upon the minds of men, or else a sufficient degree of God's grace must be acknowledged to accompany the outward