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Where

the

Lord

God

of Elijah

?

T

HIS

Day

is a

great

and Salerno Day

indeed,

made

fuck

by

Pofitive

Inf

itution,

and by

Providential Difpcnfation.

Fined

Creation

:

Compleated dedemption

by

the ReJurrellion

of

our

Lord

:

To

which we may

add, the

Effufion

of

God's

Rigid

Spirit

in thofe Gifts

and Graces

the

Fruits whereof, we

fee

and reap in

the Stated

Affemhlies

of

filch

days,

are

now

to

have

their

Solemn

Celebrations. And

the

Execution

of

a

broken

Law

exemplifyed in

the

Diffolution

of

our deccafed

Prophet, the Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Bax-

ter,

is

this

day

to

be

conhdered and improved, by

this great

and

mournful

Affens-

bly.

Nature, through

Man's Apoftacy, is labouring and

groaning under its heavy

Curie

:

and,

in

its

Afpe&s, Ufesand Effects,

it

bears the Charafters and clear In-

timations

of

God's difpleafure towards Revolted

us.

Man

(once

Lord ofall) by

his Apoftacy from

God,

finds

all

in Arms

againft himfelf. He

falls by

Death,and

is

refolved into

his

Original Daft

s

His

Countenance

is changed,

and he

isfens

away:

the

body

dies, and

rots,

and

muff be

buried out

of

fight, and

his

Soul

goes

to

its

eter-

nal State

:

Either to

Heaven

or Hell;

even

to

which

it

thall

be found

molt

at-

tempered by its

dilpoftion

and

deportment, whilft

it

was in

this

World

and Bo-

dy.

The

Death

was

penal ; and nothing but compleated

mifery had been

the

certain

confegnence

thereof;

had

not

Grace interpofed.

But

Cbrift has redeemed

us

from

the

Cure of

the

Lao',

by

bring made himfelf

a Curie for

us:

and

by his Me-

diation he

opens

our

way

to

Heaven,

through Faith,

Hope in him, and Holinefs

be-

fore

him.

And God,

for

Chrift's

fake, gave very early difooveries, and

comforta-

ble talles

of

Grace;

and early inflames and pledges of our

entire Tranflation

ht

Soul

and

Body

to

the

Heavenly

State.

Enoch

and Elias

efcaped

Death by a

peculi-

ar

Indulgence, through

the Arbitrary

and Undeferved Grace

of

God. Chrift

un-

dergoes

and Conquers Death

:

Railes

fome

from the Dead before

he

Dies and,

by

his Perfonal Refurreftion

,

affures us

of

his

Power

and Purpofe,

to Raie

his

Fa-

vourites and

Members

to

an Immortal State

of

Blifs

and

Glory

:

And

(

having

a

delire

to

fee his

own in

their

Gompleateff

State)

he makes all

the

hafte

that

the

Oeconomy

of

Affairs will bear,

to

compleat

the

purpofe of his

heart, in bringing

us glorioufly

to

our Eternal

Reif.

Man muff

be Difciplin'd by

God 'for

Heaven :

and trained upby manifold Providences

forthofe moo

blelfed Regions

whereto he

is

configned

by

God.

And,

as

the

Providence

of

this

day concerns us

all, and

reaches

you and me,

with

all

imaginable aggravations ;

fo

(confidering

my

Rela-

tions

to

God, to

You, and

to

Him

that's

now

retired within

the

Vail)

whillt

¢

was mutingwhat

part

of

Sacred

Writ

I fhould

form tome

pertinent

Difcourfè

up-

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