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led, the spirit of flumber, which God gives to those who do not like to retain him in their knowledge, and
eyes that they should not see, nor ears that they fould not hear, Rom. xi. 8.
3. Sometimes the waters of the fanctuary are staid, or diverted; or else, they that would not be healed by them, are removed to places where they have none of the external means of knowledge and fruitfulness they once enjoyed.
4. The healing grace and influence of the Spirit may be withheld ; without the help of which, the disease of the soul cannot be removed, nor its barrenness cured.
5. The spirit being withdrawn, they may be left of God to entertain errors and to believe lies ; whereby they may think themselves whole, when ready to perish, and cry peace, peace to themselves, when sudden destruction is near, 2 Thef. ii. 11.
6. Lastly, Upon this, the resolution may be taken up to let them alone, that his Spirit shall not strive with them, that he will not seek to reclaim them, that they shall not be healed on earth : and at last, as unholy, they shall be excluded from heaven ; and, as prepared for hell, they shall be cast into it, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Is it so dreadful a judgment for God to say of any under the gospel, They shall not be healed,
but be given to falt ? Avoid those things that lead to this, and take the course necessary to
First, Avoid those things that lead to this, which are such as these :
(1.) Making light of the waters of the fanctuary, by neglecting or careless attending upon them. Remember it is not a vain thing, for it is for your life.
(2.) Taking up with a meer profession of religion, and attending upon the means of grace without looking to see that their end be answered, in a faving change wrought within.
(3.) Neglecting, or opposing the convictions of conscience, and the motions of the Spirit.
(4.) Setting death and judgment at too great a distance, and flattering yourselves into stupidity from a vain presumption of having many years to come.
(5.) Delaying to look after a cure till another time.
(6.) Being too much taken up with the body and this present world, the cares of which choak the word, and cause it to become unfruitful.
Avoid these things as leading to so fad a ftate.
Secondly, Take the course necessary to prevent it.
1. Apprehend the dangerous case you are in by nature.
the means God hath appointed in order to a cure.
Lasty, Be diligent in hearing, much in prayer, for the presence and influence of the Spirit, to heal, quicken and recover you to God, and bring you into a vital union to Christ : and then live by faith upon him for farther help and - healing fruitfulness and growth in this world, preparatory to your compleat blessedness in another.
These are the things that belong to your peace. May you in this your day, know and mind them, that they may not be eternally hidden from your eyes.
MATTH. XV, 21--
Ver. 21. Then Jesus went thence, and departed
into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. Ver. 22. And behold, a woman of Canaan came
out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with
a devil. Ver. 23. But he answered her not a word. And
his disciples came and befought him saying, Send
her away, for she crieth after us. Ver. 24. But he answered and said, I am not
fent, but unto the loft sheep of the house of
Ver. 25. Then came she and worshipped him, Saya
ing, Lord, help me. Ver. 26. But he answered and said, it is not
meet to take the childrens bread, and cast it ta
dogs. Ver. 27. And she said, Truth, Lord: Yet the
the dogs eat of the crumbs whịch fall from their master's table,
Ver. 28. Then Jesus answered and said unto her,
O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee, even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very
N the close of the foregoing chapter, we find
our Lord in the land of Genefareth : where having reasoned with the Scribes and Pharisees that came from Jerusalem, and instructed the multitude, it is here in this chapter said, verse 21. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. The persons and places that have been favoured with Christ's
prea sence and instructions, may not be always so: having delivered his message, and done his work, he will remove. The day is going away, and night will succeed. Happy they, who while they have the light, know how to use it; and having Jesus with them, make sure of an interest in him, before he
from them. Tyre and Sidon being cities of Phenicia, bem longing to the Gentiles, it is questioned, whether our Lord actually went into that country, or into the utmost borders of Palestine nearest to it : for we read, he forbad his disciples to go into the way of the Gentiles, Matth. x. 5. Whence some apprehend, that he would not go himself thither; the time being not yet come for his being made manifest to them. Others think he withdrew thither for privacy sake, at this time, from those with him, and hearing him: but his going thither, with some of his miraculous operations there, might be taken as a preludium to the calling of the Gentiles, and to