Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

IOC) Of ChrJlian Liberty. S E R M. of God's fervants is changed from childhood IV. to the fiate of grown man, from obfcurity to clear light, from fhadows to fubfiance, from terror to hope, from bondage to liber- ty ; doth not this jufily demand our grati- tude, fhould not our fouls rejoice in the Lord, and our fpirits magnify God our Sa- viour, for he that is mighty hath done great things for us, and holy is his name? But the privileges of chrifiianity are grant- ed to us as to rational beings, and that they may have their proper effel, there mull; be on our part a fuitable improvement of them. The bleffings of light, and fpiritual confo- lation, and liberty, are thrown away upon low, groveling, and fervile minds, which have no talk for them ; as Solomon obferveth that a price is put into the hands of a fool to get wifdom, but he bath no heart to it; and our Saviour reprefenteth it as the un- happy Rate of many of his hearers, that light was come unto the world, and they loved darknefs rather ; fo the fpirit of a bondman, or child, whofe condition is no better, no way correfpondeth to the freedom of fons: That we may therefore truly enjoy the ad- vantages which we are intitled to by the gof- pel, and attain to that high dignity and per- fe Lion, which the grace of God defigned us