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Ch:1p.2.Secr.

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Looking unto :}efas.

Book

I.

k_pow ye mt that the

Fiend~ip

of. the world is enmity with q od ?

James

4•

.;.

Covetoufneffe in Chnihans 1s fpmtual adultery , when we have

enough in God and Chrifi , and

ye~ w~

defire _co make up. our

happineffe

in

the creature,

th1s

1s

plame whoremg.

Now

there

are degrees

in

this

fpiritual whoredome :

as---

' 'r .

The minding of thisworld; ye know there may be adul–

tery in affection, when the body is not defiled ; undeane glances

are a degree of luft,fo the children ofGod may have fome world–

ly · glances, firagling

thoughts; when ·the temptation is

firong , the world rnaybe greatned in their efteem and imagina-

tion.

,

·

2 .

Thefettingof the heart upon the world; this is an high_er

degree ofthis fpiritual adultery; our hearts are due and proper to

Chrift now to fet them on the world, which,fhould be chaft:e

and loyal to Jefus Chrift, what adultery is this

{

Ye

can;:ot ferve

Ma h

6

·

God

and lVfnmmon:

that woman .that is not contented with one

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husband, mufl: needs be an harlot.

3.

The preferring of the world before Chrift himfelf. This

is the height ofcovetoufneffe, and the height of this adultery;

what,

to mak_e the members of Chrift the members

of

an harlot

?

Why worldlings

!

thofe admiring thoughts are Chrifts , thofe

paines are Chrifis, that love is Chrifts, that time, that care, that

earneftneffe is Chrifts; they are all Chrifts, and

will

you give

that which

is

Chrifts unto the world

?

and preferre the world

before Chrift with his own? What, live as profeffed profti–

tutes, that preferre every one before their husbands? how will

this expofe you to the fcorne ofmen and Angels? at the lafi day

they will Come pointing, andfay,

This is the man that made not

Na!mc

p.

7

God his ftrength, but trufted in the abundance ofhis riches

;

this is

the Gadaren that loved his[wine more then Chrift

{efus.

Love not

JJohn,z.IS

the

wor!d,faith 'John;

Chrift is never precious in mans apprchen-

' .

.

. ,

fion, fo long as the world feems glorious to him.

As

we begin to

C~t.

cbrifttu

zn•

relijb fweetnefJ in Chrifl,(o the world begins to fe hitter to us:

the

~:~::a~~ftc~~~~

more fweetnefs we tafte

tn

the one,the more b1tternefs we tafte in

rcfcerc mund11m

the other.

,

Bern,

We

muft

look_off

the world in refpect ofits !inful honours,

-

what is this honour but a certaine inordinate deiire to be well

thought of, or

well

fpoken

of,

to be praifed, or glorified ofmen?

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