Page images

SERM. WILL is present with me; but how to PER XIII. FORM that which is good, I find not: For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that 1 do, Rom. vii. 18, 19. Under a Sense of which miferable 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 Confolation, he immediately answers, * The Grace of God through Jefus Christ our Lord. What the Lord (faith he) could not do, in that it was weak through the Flesh, God fending his own Son, in the Likeness of finful 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 fhew the Preference of the new Dispensation over the old one) fays, God hath made us (i. e. the Apostles and their Succeffors) able Minif ters of the New Teftament, 2 Cor. i. 6. i. e. of the New Covenant; not of the Letter, (i. e. not of the external Letter only, as Mofes and the Minifters of the Law were)

So the Words fhould be read: See Mill. c. viii. 3, 4.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]



but of the Spirit (the internal Spirit alfo. SER M.
For the Letter killeth, (i, e. the old Law
fhews Sin, and curfes Men for the Breach of
Laws which they cannot keep :) But the
or new Law, giveth Life, by ena
bling Men to perform whatever it com-
mands, and thereby to obtain the Mercy it

In this Senfe is the Water of the Law
improv'd by the Gospel, and changed into
Wine. The Spirit which was wanting in
Mofes's Difpenfation, is, in the Dispensation
of Chrift, diftributed liberally and freely to
all: Pour'd into every Veffel, that offers,
and into every Veffel, as much as it will con-
tain. How much then should every Chrif
tian, that is fenfible of these Advantages he
receives through Chrift, 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 lefs Burthen-
fome; let our Obedience be more compleat :
Since external Obfervances are now relaxed;
let our internal Regards be more intent:
And having the Spirit of God afforded us
now, not only to ftrengthen, but also to
quicken and enliven us too; let our Duty be


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


SER M. not only wholly and conftantly, but also cheerfully paid. For ye have not received the Spirit of Bondage again to fear, but ye bave 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 Christ, Rom. viii. 15, 16, 17. Into whofe Spirit, if we are careful regularly and duly to drink in this World; we may confidently truft, that we fhall together with himself drink everlastingly of the Fruit of the true Vine, in the Kingdom of his Father. Which God of his Mercy grant we all


may, &c.

[ocr errors][merged small]
[ocr errors][merged small]
[ocr errors][ocr errors]




Chrift the Healer of the Gentiles: Or,
The Allegory of his healing the Cen-
turion's Servant.

u od m srslun ba

MAT. viii, 131 1
Jefus faid unto the Centurion, Go thy Way,
and as thou haft believed, so be it done unto
thee. And bis Servant was healed in the
felf-fame Hour.

[ocr errors]


HAVE already obferved that the Mira S ER M. 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 Power, nor only for the fake of healing the Patients of their Infirmities and Difeafes, or for fupplying their Wants; but he intended likewife by the Cures he wrought, and by the Relief he afforded to the Bodies and external Circumftances of Men, to express the BeneU 2



SERM. fits and Advantages he defigned to their internal or fpiritual Condition and State. To this end he made Choice of fuch Diftempers to cure, of fuch Neceffities to fupply, and of fuch Perfons to beftow his kind and beneficial Miracles upon, as fhould intimate the Nature of those Diseases and Wants he meant to heal and relieve in the Soul, and fignify what Perfons he would make the Objects of his Pity and Love.


[ocr errors]

With this Key I have already opened and explained to you at large one Miracle of our Bleffed Lord, and the first he wrought: the Miracle of turning Water into Wine at the Marriage Feaft in Cana of Galilee. At prefent I propose to unfold to you another in the a fame Manner. The myftical Meaning of In the Miracle at Cana was to intimate the Power, the Life, and the Spirit of the GospelDifpenfation, over that which was introduced by Mofes, 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 extenfive the Benefits of Christianity are, compared with those of the Law; fince whilft the one was calculated for one fingle Nation, the other were freely pro



« PreviousContinue »