« FöregåendeFortsätt »
evil fruit : neither can a corrupt tree bring forth
good fruit. His natural Actions, such as Eating and Drinking, are Sin: Zech. vii. 6. 'And
when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did ye ' not eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?' His civil Actions, such as Plowing and Sowing, are Sin : Prov. xxi. 4. - The plowing of the wicked is ' fin.' And his religious Actions are Sin, Prov. XV. 8. ' The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomi. nation to the Lord.'
in one another : Cant. ii. 16. “My beloved is mine, " and I am his. Man had such Communion with God before the Fall; and that without a Medi, ator: Gal. iii. 20. (Now a mediator is not a me, «diator of one; but God is one.' But he lost it, by the Fall : Gen. iii. 8. 'And they heard the voice
of the Lord God walking in the garden in the • cool of the day : and Adam and his wife hid • themselves from the presence of the Lord God, • amongst the trees of the garden. And none at tain to this Communion again, as long as they are in their natural State, whatever Duties of Worship they go about: Eph. ii. 12. 'At that • time ye were without Christ, being aliens from " the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers • from the covenants of promise, having no hope, 6 and without God in the world. It is recovered, only in the Way of Union with Jesus Christ, verf. 1.3. “But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes • were far off, are made nigh' by the blood of
What Man lies under in his natural State, is God's Wrath and Curfe. The Wrath of God he lies under, is revenging Wrath : And all Men in their natural State are under that Wrath : Eph. ii. 3. • Wewere by nature the children of wrath, even as r others. John iii. ult. “He that believeth on the
Son, hath everlasting life : and he that believeth • not the Son, fall not see life ; but the wrath • of God abideth on him.' The Curse he lies under, is the Sentence of the broken Law, binding over the Sinner to revenging Wrath, to the full: And all Men in their natural State are under it, i Gal. ii. 19. ' Curiod is every one that continueth N
tili thou return unto the ground; for out of it "walt thou taken ; for duft thou art, and unto dun
shalt thou return.'
The Pains of Hell, that natural Men are liable to, are, the pain of Loss, and the Pain of Senie. The Pain of Loss in Heil, is total and final Se. paration from God: Matth. xxv. 41. Then mall ' he say also unto them on the left hand, Depark 'from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre
pared for the devil and his angels.? That Sepa, ration from God, is not a local Separation from him, as if God should not be in the Place where they shall be: Psal. cxxxix. 8. 'If I make my 'bed in hell, behold, thou art there. But it is a relative Separation, in an eternal blocking up of all comfortable Comniunication between God and them : And the Effect of that will be, a total Eclipse of all Light of Comfort, and Ease whailo. ever, of Body and Mind, in the Damned : Matth. xxii. 13. ' Then said the king to the servants, Bind
him band and foot, and take him away, and 'cast him into outer darkness : there shall be wecp4
ing and gnashing of teein. Hof. ix. I 2. 'Woto them when I depart from them. The Pain of Sense in Hell, is unspeakable Torment, both inz Soul and Body, without Intermission: Matth. xxvi. 41. above cited. Mark ix. 43. 44.' And if thy hand 'offend thee, cut it off: it is betrer for thee to
enter into life maimed, than having two hands, to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched : where their worm dieth not, and the
fire is not quenched.' And there Pains of Heil will never have an End with them: Matth, xxv, 4!. ' Departminto everlasting fire.'