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ment, saying, "What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king, by disturbing the lieges?" miah answers, "The king of heaven, he will prosper us;

therefore we his servants will rise and build." Be not discouraged from duty, you who are amongst the praying and wrestling remnant, even though a troop of foreign enemies should invade and overcome the land, and turn it into a field of blood, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein, though the devouring sword should be sent to avenge the quarrel of his covenant; yet the mourning remnant shall be safe; though a troop should overcome them, yet they shall overcome at last.

Let me exhort you, O soldiers of Christ, to put on your armour, and to look to heaven for skill to manage your

arms.

1. Fortify your weakest side with the strongest guard, by watching, especially against the sin that easily besets us.

2. "Endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ." The soldier is not well trained for war, that cannot endure the hardship of coarse entertainment, or an ill-made bed; otherwise how shall he watch all night, and fight all day? Again,

3. Let me exhort you to keep your eye upon the Captain General, that hath already overcome all your enemies; enter yourselves heir to his victories; "Be strong in the Lord," and in the strength that is in him, in the grace that is in him. And,

4. Fight much upon your knees, like the Christians that prayed down thunder and lightning upon their enemies. Luther calls prayer, Christianorum bombardo, “The gunshot and artillery of the Christians." Again,

5. Keep close to the Captain and his bands; do not disjoin the conquering tribe, the tribe of Gad, that you may be sealed as conquerors at last; for, of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand among the rest. (Rev. vii. 5.)

6. Be not dispirited by the foils you may get, and enemies you may meet with. You may have troops of them defeating you; but O, rise and take courage, for what can hearten a soldier more than to be sure he shall overcome at last? Fight, therefore, in the faith of the final victory; never lay down your arms, nor give over praying, believ ing, trusting, hoping, waiting, watching, and warring, though you should be foiled and defeated a thousand times. The

Captain's honour is engaged that you shall overcome at last. Set the troops of heaven against the troops of hell. Know that it is Michael and his angels that fight against the dragon and his angels; therefore, whatever blows and overthrows you may meet with at first, whatever battles you may lose, yet remember what is coming at last. Be not surprised if, after a communion, a troop overcome you; lo, he hath warned you it shall be so; but he hath made victory as sure: "These things have I spoken unto you, that you should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father nor me; but these things have I told you, that when the time shall come ye may remember that I told you of them." (John xvi. 1-4.) Be strong in the faith of everlasting triumph in heaven over all your enemies, when the palm of victory will be put in your hands, and the crown of victory on your head. Lay your account with being conquered here, for a troop shall overcome you; and perhaps, too, soon after this solemnity you may be foiled by your surrounding foes within and without. But, O believer, rise and fight in the faith of complete victory at last. You Captain's name is "JEHOVAH-NISSI, the Lord your banner." And therefore, O believer, your name at the lowest shall be, Gad, a troop shall overcome you, but you shall overcome at last.

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Sermon 14.

THE BELIEVER'S INTERNAL WITNESS; OR,

THE CERTAIN EVIDENCE OF TRUE FAITH.*

"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself."- JOHN V. 10.

WE have, in the beginning of this chapter, two things observable:

1st. An exhortation to true obedience, and love of God, from its connection with the mutual love of God's children. This exhortation is pressed with several arguments, the first is taken from the nature and office of children: "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him." (Ver. 1.) He that loveth the father, will love the child. But how may we know, if our love toward the children of God be of the right sort? This is answered, ver. 2, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." Then is our love to our neighbour true, when it arises from our love to God, and is founded thereupon; for here he makes love to God the fulfilling of the whole law; and this is the second argument for the love of God, namely, from the facility and possibility thereof: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous." (Ver. 3.) The love of God is very possible to the children of God, seeing his commandments are not grievous, namely, to believers; for to be a believer and a child of God are one and the same thing here. Now to the believer the commands of God are not grievous, because by faith he fulfils the law in Christ his Head; and because he is regenerate; and, by virtue of his regeneration, hath the love of God and his

* This subject was handled in two discourses, at the celebration of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, at Stirling, June 25, 1749. The first on the Saturday before and the second on the Monday after the solemnity.

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