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delusion : But yet he may mix some truth with his lies, that his lies may not be so easily discovered. .

There are multitudes that are deluded with a counterfeit faith, from impressions on their imagination, in the manner which has been now spoken of. They say they know that there is a God, for they have seen him ; they know that Christ is the Son of God, for they have seen him in his glory; they know that Christ died for sinners, for they have seen him hanging on the cross, and his blood running from his wounds ; they know there is a heaven and a hell, for they have seen the misery of the damned souls in hell, and the glory of saints and angels in heaven (meaning some external representations, strongly impressed on their imagination ;) they know that the scriptures are the word of God, and that such and such promises in particular are his word, for they have heard him speak them to them, they came to their minds suddenly and immediately from God, without their having any hand in it.

3. Person's may seem to have their belief of the truth of the things of religion greatly increased, when the foundation of it is only a persuasion they have received of their interest in them. They first by some means or other, take up a confidence, that if there be a Christ and heaven, they are theirs ; and this prejudices them more in favor of the truth of them. When they hear of the great and glorious things of religion, it is with this notion, that all these things belong to them ; and hence easily become confident that they are true ; they look upon it to be greatly for their interest that they should be true. It is very obvious what a strong influence mens' interest and inclinations have on their judgments. While à natural man thinks, that if there be a heaven and hell, the latter, and not the former, belongs to him ; then he will be hardly persuaded that there is a heaven or hell : But when he comes to be persuaded, that'hell belongs only to other folks, and not to him, then he can easily allow the reality of hell, and cry out of others' senselessness and 'sottishness in nego Jecting means of escape from it: And being confident that he is a child of God, and that God has promised heaven to him,

he may seem strong in the faith of its reality, and may have a great zeal against that infidelity which denies it.

But I proceed to another distinguishing sign of gracious affections.

VI. Gracious affections are attended with evangelical humiliation.

Evangelical humiliation is a sense that a Christian has of his own utter insufficiency, despicableness, and odiousness, with an answerable frame of heart.

There is a distinction to be made between a legal and evangelical humiliation. The former is what men may be the subjects of, while they are yet in a state of nature, and have no gracious affection ; the latter is peculiar to true saints : The former is from the common influence of the Spirit of God, assisting natural principles, and especially natural conscience ; the latter is from the special influences of the Spirit of God, implanting and exercising supernatural and divine principles : The former is from the mind's being assisted to a greater sense of the things of religion, as to their natural properties and qualities, and particularly of the natural perfections of God, such as his greatness, terrible majesty, &c. which were manifested to the congregation of Israel, in give ing the law at mount Sinai ; the latter is from a sense of the transcendent beauty of divine things in their moral qualities : In the former, a sense of the awful greatness, and natural perfections of God, and of the strictness of his law, convinces men that they are exceeding sinful, and guilty, and exposed to the wrath of God, as it will wicked men and devils at the day of judgment; but they do not see their own odiousness on the account of sin ; they do not see the hateful nature of sin ; a sense of this is given in evangelical humiliation, by a discovery of the beauty of God's holiness and moral perfection. In a legal humiliation, men are made sensible that they are little and nothing before the great and terrible God, and that they are undone, and wholly insufficient to help themselves; as wicked men will be at the day of judgment : But they have not an answerable frame of heart, consisting in a disposition to abase themselves, and exalt God alone ; this dis

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delusion : But yet he may mix some truth with his lies, that his lies may not be so easily discovered. .

There are multitudes that are deluded with a counterfeit faith, trom impressions on their imagination, in the manner which has been now spoken of. They say they know that there is a God, for they have seen him ; they know that Christ is the Son of God, for they have seen him in his glory; they know that Christ died for sinners, for they have seen him hanging on the cross, and his blood running from his wounds; they know there is a heaven and a hell, for they have seen the misery of the damned souls in hell, and the glory of saints and angels in heaven (meaning some external representations, strongly impressed on their imagination ;) they know that the scriptures are the word of God, and that such and such promises in particular are his word, for they have heard him speak them to them, they came to their minds suddenly and immediately from God, without their having any hand in it.

3. Persons may seem to have their belief of the truth of the things of religion greatly increased, when the foundation of it is only a persuasion they have received of their interest in them. They first by some means or other, take up a con: fidence, that if there be a Christ and heaven, they are theirs ; and this prejudices them more in favor of the truth of them. When they hear of the great and glorious things of religion, it is with this notion, that all these things belong to them; and hence easily become confident that they are true ; they look upon it to be greatly for their interest that they should be true. It is very obvious what a strong influence mens interest and inclinations have on their judgments.

While à natural man thinks, that if there be a heaven and hell, the latter, and not the former, belongs to him ; then he will be hardly persuaded that there is a heaven or hell : But when he comes to be persuaded, that'hell belongs only to other folks, and not to him, then he can easily allow the reality of hell

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position is given only in evangelical humiliation, by overcoming the heart, and changing its inclination, by a discovery of God's holy beauty : In a legal humiliation, the conscience is convinced ; as the consciences of all will be most perfectly at the day of judgment; but because there is no spiritual understanding, the will is not bowed, nor the inclination altered; this is done only in evangelical humiliation. In legal humiliation, men are brought to despair of helping themselves ; in evangelical, they are brought voluntarily to deny and renounce themselves : In the former, they are subdued and forced to the ground; in the latter, they are brought sweetly to yield, and freely and with delight to prostrate themselves at the feet of God.

Legal humiliation has in it no spiritual good, nothing of the nature of true virtue ; whereas evangelical humiliation is that wherein the excellent beauty of Christian grace does very much consist. · Legal humiliation is useful, as a means in order to evangelical ; as a common knowledge of the things of religion is a means requisite in order to spiritual knowledge. Men may be legally humbled and have no humility: As the wicked at the day of judgment will be thoroughly convinced that they have no righteousness, but are altogether sinful, and exceedingly guilty, and justly exposed to eternal damnation, and be fully sensible of their own helplessness, without the least mortification of the pride of their hearts : But the es. sence of evangelical humiliation consists in such humility, as becomes a creature, in itself exceeding sinful, under a dispensation of grace; consisting in a mean esteem of himself, as in himself nothing, and altogether contemptible and odious ; attended with a mortification of a disposition to exalt himself, and a free renunciation of his own glory.

This is a great and most essential thing in true religion. The whole frame of the gospel, and every thing appertaining to the new covenant, and all God's dispensations towards fallen man, are calculated to bring to pass this effect in the hearts of men. They that are destitute of this, have no true religion, whatever profession they may make, and how high soever their religious affections may be, Hab. ii. 4. “ Behold, his

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