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"Worketh in us, than all the evil Spirits that conspire against
US.And as this Grace is fufficient, so is it ever ready for * us. The Spirit of God is never wanting to those that seek to, and desire its Aidz and never fails fuch as heartily en. gage in this fpiritual Cónibåt? If earthly Parents (faith our Saviour) know how to give good Gifts to their Children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to -them that ask it? While we strive against Sin, we shall be - sure to have the Spirit of God to strive with us, and that
will dérive that "Strength and Power into us that will make us more than Conquerors. Hence we find St. Paul, who · struggled so hard, and was sometimes foild by the Power
of his Corruption, at last thanking God for giving him the · Victory, thro Jesus Christ our Lord; Rom.7.25. I Cor. 15. 57.' And elsewhere we are told, that if we fight this good Fight of Faith, we shall finish our Course with Joy, and in the end receive a Crown of Glory. I say then with the Apostle, that if ye walk in the Spirit, ye Mall not fulfil the Lufts of the Flesh, but shall find Grace and Strength enough to subdue and vanquish them. So that from this Discourfe we may learn, . 1. The difference between a Regenerate and Unregenerate Man; in the one the Spirit prevails, in the other the Flesh is predominant: that is, the Will of the one is led by the Spirit, which makes him act the Deeds, and bring forth the Fruit's of the Spirit ; but the Will of the other fol. lows the carnal Dictates, and performs the Will of the Flesh. The Character of a good Man is to be led by the Spirit into the Ways of Purity and Peace, which is to walk in the Spirit : And the Note of a bad Man is to follow the Sway of finful and vile Affections; which is to fulfil the Lufts of the Fles. From whence we may learn,
2. How to know and judg of our spiritual State : if we are acted by the Holy Spirit of God, and delight in the foremention'd Fruits of it, we may fafely conclude our felves in a Regenerate State; for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God.
But if we give up our felves to the Conimand of a carnal and sensual Appetite, and are at the beck of every impe. rious Luft, we are in the Gall of Bitterness, and Bond of Iniquity ; for they they that palk after the Flesh cannot please God, nor will they ever be accepted by him. Not that every Act of Concupiscence or inordinate Affection will exclide us from the Favour of God, or the State of Regenera
tion; but 'tis the voluntary Confent and wilful Continuance in the Love and Practice of them that denominates an Unregenerate Man, and excludes from the Kingdom of Heaven. We find St. Paul sometimes complaining that the · Body of Șin was too strong for him, that the Law in his Members warred against the Law of his Mind, and carryd him captive to the Law of Sin and Death but still he lamented and labour'd against it, and never left fighting and striving till he had got the Mastery : which teaches us what to do in the like Case sto; wit; not to yield to, but strive against Temptation, and to say with Joseph, Hop can I do this great Wickedness, and sin against God? Where. fore, in the inte helt op i T a o - Last place, let us learn from hence to walk in the Spirit, and to make no provision for the Flesh, to fulfil the Lusts thereof. To encourage jus, the Apostle assures us, There is no Condemnation to them that walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit Rom. 8. 1. but they that do otherwise will certainly fall into Condemnation for to be carnally-minded is Death, but; to be Spirituolly-minded is Life and peace : ver. 6. & ver, 13. If ye live after the Flesh, ye mall die; but if ye through the Spirit mortify the Deeds of the Body, ye-fwall live. We fee, then the Way both to Life and Death; let us all this day make our Choice, and such a one too, of which we may never have cause to repent. Lige stod
DIS COURSE XXXIX. The Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after
Trinity. 11:7. St. Luke xvii. 11- 20. And it came to passy as Jesus went to Jerusalem,
that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee: And as he entred into a certain Village,
there met him ten Men that were Lepers, who stood . afar off, &c.
T HE Epistle for this Day spake of the Graces of the | Spirit, and the Victory obtain'd by them over the
Works of the Flesh. · The Gospel speaks of the miraculous Acts of the fanie Holy Spirit, and the Victory obtain'd thereby over Satan and the World, our great and ghostly Enemies.
The particular. Miracle here related is that wrought by our Saviour on the ten Lepers, the Subject of this Day's Gospel. In which we may observe,
First, Our Saviour's Progress to Jerusalem, which was through the midst of Samaria and Galilee; that which may be learnt from thence, is what hath been before observ'd in the Miracle of the deaf and dumb Man, viz. Christ's going about doing Good, and spreading his healing Influences in all places of the Country, and the Regions round about : of which you may read in the Gospel for the twelfth Sun. day after Trinity. And as in that Miracle of the deaf and dumb Man, so in this of the Lepers, we may observe,
Firt, What went before it. : : :
First, As for what went before the Miracle, it was Christ's entring into a certain Village, the ten Lepers meeting him
it not being nan Certain it is th in his way
there, and the Lepers standing afar off. What this certain Village was, it not being nam'd here or elsewhere, will not be much material to enquire: Certain it is, that 'twas either in Samaria or Galilee, thro which he passed in his way to Jerusalem ; but wherever it was, 'tis farther said, that
Ten Men that were Lepers met him there. Sonietimes we read that he went to them as Physicians do to their fick Patients; which is imply'd in his going about doing Good. Where Distance or Mens Infirmities were such, as would not permit them to come to him, there he either went to them, or heal’d them at a distance: And where he did not readily find Objects to Thew his Mercy and Compassion, there he went about to seek them. But here we read that these ten Men that were Lepers came and met hin, upon the Report (no doubt that they had receiv'd of him, for he heal'd one Leper before, as he came down from the Mount: of which we read, Mat. 8.2, 3. St. Mark speaks of the same or another, Mark 1. 40. And so doth St. Luke, Chap. 5. 12,13. The Fame whereof being spread far and near, drew these ten Lepers to him. Indeed, 'tis all one to Omé nipotence to cure ten as one, and ten thousand as well as ten; for to an Almighty Power all things are possible, and nothing can be hard or difficult to him, to whom nothing is impossible: And therefore our Saviour did not any way check their Boldness, but rather commended their Faith in coming to him. .
But how did they behave themselves when they came to him? Why, the next words tell us, that they stood afar off; which they did not so much for fear, as to comply with the Law of Moses concerning Lepers, which was to stand off, and to be separated from Society till they were cleansed: for the Leprosy being a foul and infectious Discafe, they that had it were to be remov'd out of the Camp, and to abide in their Tents seven Days, and the Priest was to go forth to them; as we read in the 17th Chapter of Leviticus. Accordingly, in compliance with this Law, these ten Lepers, being unclean by their Leprosy, stood afar off, and durft not come near unto him : nor would our Saviour encourage them to break the Law of the Lepers, by calling them nearer.
But what did they at that distance in order to be heal'd ? Why, 'tis faid, that being afar off, they lifted up their Voices, and ery'd unto him; which Cries were loud enough to reach his Ears, and were heard by him, as appear'd afterva:d,
tations with greater ords have p
To these their Cries they added this short Petition, Féfus, Mafter, have mercy upon us. They did not harangue it to him about the Soreness and Sadnefs of their Disteniper, to move Compaflion, or about the Means and Methods of their Curę; nor did they go to him, like the proud Phårifee, with Boasts of their own Righteoufness, that they were not as bad as other Meng nor with long extempore Prayers, to.charın him with the Multitude and Variety of Words which are fulsom and nauseous to all they are apply'd to and no way become true and humble Supplitants : but they cry'd to him with these few hearty words, Jefasz Mafter, have mercy upon us. And indeed we find in Scripture, that these few hearty Words have prevailid.worë, and been attended with greater Succeffes than long and tedious o rations. N t signing minnist cist: Tori • The poor Publican when he went up folemnly to the Temple to worship, cutter?d only this Chhort Litany, Lord be merciful to me 4 Şinner, Luke 18. 13. and was sent away justify'd to his owo House, before the proud Pharifee, with his long Robes, and long Prayers. The poor blind Man in the fane Chapter, following our Saviour with his earrest Prayer, utter'd only these words, Fefutothou.Son of David, have mercy upon me, ver. 28, 29. His whole Prayer was no more, which, 'tis said in the next Verse, he went on re peating again and again , Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy upon me: And the Effect of it was, that his Eyes were opend, and his Sight restor'd to him. In like manner the Lepers in the Text lifted up their Voices, and fạid niore than once, Jesus, Mafter, have mercy on us; and what the Succefs was, we Thall fee by, and by. In the niéan time, we may observe the Wisdom and Piety of our Church, in in serting this frequent and successful Petition into her Liturgy or Publick Service, doubling and trebling it in the Litany to the three Perfons of the Blessed - Trinity; faying, Lord have mercy upon usg, Chrift bave mercy upon us, Lord have mercy upon us : which, if repeated with Earneftness and Affection, is fo far from a vain Repetition (as some have vainly objected) that 'tis the most effectual way to obtain Audience and Acceptance. These are the previous Circumstances that went before the working of 'this Miracle ; from whence I proceed,
Secondly, To the Miracle it self, the Account whereof follows in the next Verse; And when be fam them, &c.