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to spiritual enemies, and would have given a thousand worlds to be out of the prison, out of the house of bon. dage. Next, you have got a view of the glory of the Captain of salvation, so as to embrace him as your General, and come under his colours, knowing that there is no fighting, no overcoming, but by his strength; “ Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, faith the Lord.” Have you got a Spirit of warfare, so as to commence and carry on a perpetual warfare against fin, and never to be at peace with it?

(2.) The tribe of Gad was a wrestling tribe, they wrestled with their enemies, and they wrestled with God, like their father Jacob, for victory over their enemies: hence it is said of them, and the rest who joined with them, i Chron. v. 20.“ They cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them ; because they put their trust in him.” Try if you have a wrestling spirit ; know you what it is to wrestle with God for the bleffing; to wrestle with God for victory over your lusts? And as it was the Lord's battle, that the tribe of Gad fought against the enemies of God; so, see what side you are upon, for only these that are upon God's fide, upon Christ's side, upon truth's fide, shall be overcomers, and at last victorious.

8. Hence fee matter of terror to the enemies of God, and of his people, who are fighting against God, and his work, cause, and interest; though they should overcome at first, yet they shall be overcome at laft. If the children of God, and his cause amongst their hands, fhall overcome at last, then you shall be overcome at last; though you should fight and prevail for a while, you jhall be dreadfully defeat at last. If you continue in the enemies camp, fighting with the dragon and his angels, against Michael and his : fight as you will, you shall be destroyed at last. “ The last enemy to be destroyed is death;” but you may be amongst the first enemies to be deltroyed. If you remain, O sinner, an enemy to the Son of God, know, that he is manifested to destroy the works of the devil; and all the instruments of the devil, that are workers for him; they are all devoted to destruction: “ The enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of

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rams, they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.” God hath promised to Christ, that his enemies fhall-lick the very duft; and that he will plague them that hate him. You may think that you carry the day, and carry all before you, when you get the ministers and people of God oppressed; the witnefles killed; pastors set to the door; and people set to the field: but yet a little while, and Zion will be a burdensome stone to her enemies; they that fall under the weight of it, shall be grind. ed to powder; for, “God shall arife, as in mount Pera- . zim; and be wroth'as in the valley of Gibeon. When he whets his glittering sword, and his hand takes hold of judgment, he will render vengeance to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him."

You thall be overcome at last: though you be of the troop that overcomes the tribe of Gad a thousand times, yet you shall be overcome at last, even though you mistake, and think you are doing good service to God, while madly perfecuting them. It may aggravate their trial at the time, that you pursue them as enemies to God, and disturbers of Israel, and such as turn the world upfide down; but it shall aggravate your torment, that, under a profession of religion, you was an enemy to religion; that, in the name of God, you fought against God; that you hated and persecuted God's cause and people; and you said, Let ihe Lord be glorified. What shame and confusion will God rub upon such actions, and such agents for the devil ? The countenance and authority of corrupt Judicatories and General Assemblies, will be a poor defence, when you are arraigned for counteracting the great God. What shall become of magistrates that fit upon the throne of God, abusing civil authority, by opposing themselves to the work of God? And, what shall we think of ministers, who fit in the temple of God, exalting themselves above the heritage of God, opprefling and scattering them *? This antichristian fpirit is devoted to destruction

* Alluding to such in civil power, at this time, who opposed a testimony for truth, and oppressed those who favoured it; and to such minilters, who oppreffed the Lord's people, in the affair of patronage, formerly observed, Vol. V. p. 298. 351. 389. 419.


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and perdition, 2 Theff. ii. 3, 4. Let all wicked finners, who continue in fin and rebellion against God, know, that it is hard for them to kick against the pricks: they make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, and oblige them to cry with the apollate emperor Julian, Vicisti, o Galilee.

9. Hence see matter of comfort to all the followers of the Lamb, that cleave unto hini, and to his name, truth, and cause; for it is sure, the oppressed caufe and heritage of God shall get up their head, however long they be run davn: they shall not be always under the hatches of de. pression, or apprehension from enemies: no; they shall overcome at the last: “ The rod of the wicked shall not always reft upon the lot of the righteous," Psal. cxxv. 3. The poor believing foul may be crying, Oh! I am overcome; overcome with a troop of lusts and corruptions, a troop of devils and temptations, a troop of enemies within and without: but raise up your head and heart, be. liever, in the faith of this, that you shall overcome at last. Your victory over fin and Satan, death and hell, is fecur. ed by the word and vath of God, the two immutable things, by which it is impossible for God to lýe. It is secured by the death, resurrection, and exaltation of your captain, Jesus Christ; because he lives, you shall live ; and because he hath overcome, you shall overcome: " He was dead and is alive, and lives for everniore; and hath the keys of hell and death.”—It is secured by his victories, his blood, and his intercefsion: this can answer all challenges of the adversaries; “ Who can lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth? it is Christ that died; yea, rather that is risen again, and fitteth at the right hand of God."--Victory is secured by God's covenant with Christ your head, in whom it stands fast, and by the love the Father bears to the Son, our shield; “My loving-kindnels will I not take away from him. If his children break my law, and walk not in the way of my command- . ments; I will visit their iniquities with the rod, and their transgressions with stripes: nevertheless my loving-kind. ness will I not take from him, nor fuffer my faithfulness to fail,” Plal. lxxxix. 30,---33. Victory is secured to


you by the inhabitation of the Spirit of Christ; “ But if the Spirit of hin, that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you: for, if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live,” Rom. viii. 11. 13.-It is fecured by the earnest of the victory already given: fome gracin ous experiences are the earnest of the glorious victory; such as, grace to hate fin, and yourself for it; grace to pray and plead the promise against it; grace to rejoice in Christ, and in the hope of being for ever with him: grace to hope against hope, that you shall overcome, because the victory is of the Lord; grace to esteem heaven on this account, because it is a place of perfect victory and freedom from fin.

Victory is secured; but, alas! when shall it be? Why, you shall overcome at last: you may be fure of it, 1. At the last extremity; for, “ In the mount of the Lord it shall be feen, the Lord will provide.” 2. At the last battle you may be sure of it; for, “ The battle is the Lord's.” 3. At the last breath; for then your warfare shall be accomplished; and death will bring down the house upon the Philistines, and slay them all. 4. At the last day; for then the victory will be complete, not only over death, which shall be swallowed up in victory, but over the grave, which, till then, detains the dust of the saints, as an evidence that victory over the grave was nut till then consummate. But, “ The Spirit of him that raised up Christ from the dead, shall then quicken our mortal bodies," that foul and body may for ever triumph together in bim, that made them more than conquerors. It is said, “ The righteous shallhave dominion over them in the morning." Thus


shall overcome at the last. 10. Hence fee matter of exhortation and direction; in a word, first to the enemies, and then to the friends of God.

(1.) You that are the enemies to God, and his cause and people, joined with the troops of hell that are in arins against heaven. Alas! Sirs, throw down your rebellious arins! We, as ambassadors for Christ, would pray you, in Christ's stead, to be reconciled unto God.

Why will you fight against him ? you are not a match for him. " Who can harden himself against God and profper?” - Yea, the tribe of Gad, and the troops that are upon their fide, will gain the day against you, and all the legions of hell, ere all be done: therefore, O come, come and inlist yourselves with our Captain of salvati. on ? He is a glorious and victorious Captain; he hath upon his vesture and thigh, this name written, “ King of kings, and Lord of lords: the standard-bearer amongst ten thousands.” And, though you have been fighting against him all your days, to this very moment, by a loose and profane wicked life of rebellion, yet he is content to take all comers, tho' they have been rebels ; for, “ He received gifts for men, even for the rebellious:” he is obliged by his office to distribute of these gifts amongst the rebellious, to engage them to come in to his camp: and, this is the money that the Captain is offering you, to allure you to come out from amongst the troops and tribes of hell, and to come to him, and to his fide. O come, come to our Lord Jesus Chrift! and, I promise in his name, you shall be as welcome as if you had never lifted up arms against him. Come, though you have no money; come without it; for he hath enough, he hath all fulness.. Come, though you have nothing, for he hath all. Come, though you have no arms, he hath armour to give you. Come, though you be not able to stir, if you be but willing, he will take your hand and help you, saying, Come, give me your hand, for I am come to take you out of Satan's service and flavery, to be one of my soldiers henceforth. If enmity and unwillingness be still your darling that you hug, and you are resolved to go on in your rebellion, then his sword is drawn against you ; “ He will wound the head of the wicked, the hairy scalp of him that goes on in his trespasies,” and you perish by your own choice. But, if enmity and unwillingness be your disease that you would have healed, your foes that you would have conquered, then come; come to him, and he will conquer your enmity, and make you a valiant foldier, a hearty volunteer, and more than a conqueror at last.The Lord effectually persuade you.

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