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sake." (Phil. i. 29.) To you, believers, it is given to believe. Not only the habit of faith, is the gift of God, but the exercise of faith is his gift also. Now, this is one wing, and none can mount up to heaven without it; for it is a grace that looks not at things that are seen in this world, but at the things that are not seen; it is the evidence of things not seen; it mounts the soul to heaven and heavenly things, and makes them evident.

2. There is the wing of love, by which the believer mounts up to heaven; and this is a wing made also by God: "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost." (Rom. v. 5.) This is a wing, then, framed in heaven, a grace that comes from the God of love; and therefore it flies up to heaven again. The holy spark of this fire flies upward. This grace is of such a mounting quality, that it unites the soul of the believer to Christ, as well as faith. As Jonathan's soul was knit or joined to the soul of David by love, so is the soul of the believer knit and glued to Christ by love; and O, this wing of love is a wing! (Song viii. 6.) "Love is as strong as death;" yea, stronger than death and life, and principalities, and powers: "I am persuaded," says the apostle," that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. viii. 38, 39.) This is such a strong wing that the fire cannot burn it. Martyrs have found that it would abide the fire, when they glorified God in the fires; the fire did not burn their love, no; it mounted up to heaven with the flame.

II. The second thing was, To show the things wherein they mount up. Here we shall give you both a negative and a positive account of them.

1st. We propose to give you a negative account of these things.

1. They do not mount up in airy speculations. Some mount up only in airy notions; they have a great deal of head-knowledge, but no heart-love to the truth: "They receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved; for which cause, God sends them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie." (2 Thes. ii. 10, 11.) The devil himself knows God and Christ; but hath no love to God

or Christ in his heart. "There may be much speculative knowledge, where there is no saving grace.

2. They do not mount up in sinful curiosity, to pry, into the secrets of God: "For secret things belong to God, to us the things that are revealed." (Deut. xxix. 29.) Many mount up too far into the decrees of election and reprobation. "Oh! I fear I am a reprobate," say some. Alas! Sirs, beware of such blasphemy; as if, forsooth, you were omniscient, like God; and as if you had been upon the privy counsel of God from eternity, when he marked down the names of elect and reprobate. This is a thing that cannot be known. In this side of time you cannot be sure you are a reprobate, as long as you are out of hell; but I can give you assurance, better than the stability of heaven and earth, that if you truly repent of your sin, and flee to Christ, the only Saviour, you are no reprobate: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isa. lv. 7.) But if you will not part with sin, nor flee to Christ, you subscribe your own reprobation. Now, I say, the believer doth not mount up in sinful curiosity, concerning the decree of election and reprobation; but in so far as it is revealed to him, to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure. Neither doth he pry curiously into the secrets of God's providence. "It is not for you to know the times and the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." Some have been very rash in telling when the day of judgment would be. We should not meddle with such secrets: For "of that day and hour knoweth no man." (Mat. xxiv. 36.)

3. They do not mount up in self-conceit and self-estimation, as some do who mount up in the pride of their hearts. God abhors the proud, and he will cast them down, let them monnt up never so far: "He resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble." (James iv. 6.) Pride was the sin of fallen angels; they would be as high as God, viz., self-dependent, and therefore God cast them down. This was the ill lesson that the devil taught our first parents, "You shall be as gods;" and they were taken with this bait, to their overthrow and ruin; and ever since pride and self-conceit hath been natural to their posterity.

And hence it is, so much self is mixed with all our preaching, praying, communicating. But when the believer mounts, be mounts in some measure above self, and gets it trode under his feet in self-abasing, self-abhorring thoughts.

4. They do not mount up in fits and starts of devotion, in modes and pangs of affection in a transient way. Many professors, when they hear the word, they seem to be mounted up in joy; but what comes of it? It is but a flash, and like a land flood. The stony ground hearers may receive the word with joy; but having no root, they wither and dwindle to nothing. (Luke viii. 6, 13.) Some, when they hear of Christ's sufferings, and see him sacramentally crucified, it draws tears from their eyes, and they never mount further.

2nd. We come now to give a positive account of these things wherein the believer mounts up. Believers mount up with wings as eagles, in these following things, or the like:

1. They mount up in spiritual-mindedness, contemplation, and holy meditation. Hence says David, “My meditation of him shall be sweet. (Psal. civ. 34.) Having got the Spirit, they mind the things of the Spirit: "They that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. That which is born of the Spirit, is Spirit." (Rom. viii. 5.; John iii. 6.) Their heart is set and bent to mind the great mystery of godliness, "God made manifest in the flesh;" (1 Tim. iii. 16;) "And to know the height, and depth, and length, and breadth of the love of Christ." They do not suffer their thoughts to wander on the mountains of vanity.

2. They mount up in high designs and intentions.. Their ultimate design is the glory of God, and the enjoyment of him, which, you know, is man's chief end. This is the winged Christian's end. He mounts up in this high and holy end, and that in all his actions, in his civil actions, as in his buying, selling travelling, labouring; and in his sacred actions, as his praying, reading, hearing, communicating; or, in his relative actions, what he doth as a father, master, servant, or child; and in his natural actions, whether he eat or drink, or whatever he doth, he doth all to the glory of God. (1 Cor. x. 31.) At least, his short-coming herein, is matter of sorrow and shame to him.

3. They mount up in holy desires, saying with Job, "O that I knew where I might find him; that I might

come even to his seat !" And their desires are not like the faint, languishing wish of the wicked, such as Balaam had. No, no; their desires are spiritual and sincere, such as these spoken of. "With my soul have I desired thee in the night; and with my spirit within me, will I seek thee early." (Isa. xxvi. 9.) Their desires are strong and fervent; none but Christ will satisfy them: "What wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless ?" said Abraham. (Gen. xv. 2.) So says the soul, mounting up towards God, "O what wilt thou give me, seeing I go Christless?" It pants after God, the living God. Their desires are restricted to God and Christ alone: "One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee." (Ps. Ixxiii. 25.) Their desires are dilated on a whole God, and a whole Christ: "O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord." (Ps. xvi. 2.) They will have a whole God in all his essential perfections, and in all the relations he stands in to his people. They will have this God for their God for ever and ever, and for their guide even unto death. And they will have a whole Christ; Christ for sanctification, as well as for salvation; yea, Christ for their all in all. 4. They mount up in pious inclinations. They have an aversion to sin, to the sinful pleasures of this life; yea, they abhor them with Ephraim: "What have I any more to do with idols ?" That is the language of the eagle-like believer; be hath a great inclination, a strong bent of spirit after a God in Christ, as the top of his perfection, as the very spring of all his pleasure, and as the magazine of all his treasure, as the rest of his soul. If the devil and his evil heart hath set him at any distance from God, his mind is restless till he return to him again: "Return to thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee." (Ps. cxvi. 7.) The top swarm, as it were, of his inclination, mounts up this way.

5. He mounts up in heavenly affections. Hence is that injunction, "Set your affection on things above, and not on things on the earth." (Col. iii. 2.) He endeavours, through grace, to have his affection some way corresponding with God's affection, so as to love what God loves,

and hate what God hates; yea, to love as God loves, and to hate as God hates. God loves holiness with a strong and great love; so doth the believer. God hates sin with a perfect hatred; and so doth the believer: "I hate every false way.' See also Ps. cxxxix. 21, 22.

6. They mount up in a gospel conversation. So saith the apostle: "Our conversation is in heaven, from whence we look for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Phil. iii. 20.)

7. The winged saint mounts up in a heavenly walk. As Enoch and Noah walked with God, so doth the winged soul, whose strength is renewed; he runs without wearying, and walks without fainting, on the Lord's way. His heavenly walk discovers itself, 1. In his heavenly words; they are seasoned with salt, and edifying. And, 2. In his actions, wherein he studies sobriety, righteousness, and godliness, in all the duties of religion, prayer, and praise. And, 3. In his company; for he can say with David, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee." (Ps. cxix. 63.) III. The next thing was, the seasons when it is that the believer, whose strength is renewed, doth mount up.

1. When he gets the new nature, and the disposition; when he is converted, he mounts up on wings as an eagle. It is said of Paul, (Acts ix. 11,) when he was converted, "Behold, he prayeth." Think you Paul never prayed any before that time? Yea, many a prayer had he uttered, no doubt; for he profited in the Jewish religion, above many of his equals in his own nation. He had learned to say his prayers as well as the best of them; but he never prayed spiritually and acceptably before; he had never mounted up to heaven in his prayer before: but now, "Behold he prays;" behold he mounts up, now that he is converted.

2. He mounts up to heaven, all the days of his life, after his conversion; he is still making some progress heaven-ward; whatever backsets he may get by sin and Satan, now and then, yet he gets up again, and still ascends nearer and nearer heaven: "Nevertheless, I am continually with thee." (Ps. lxxiii. 23) Whatever I do, I endeavour still to be up on the mount with God. David would have both day and night spent with God: "The Lord will command his loving-kindness in the day-time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life." (Ps. xlii. 8.) He went to bed, as it were, with

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