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4

Elifha'.g C

K

Y

have

to do

with

;

the

fame

Apoille

thews

us,

Chap.

iii.a.

-

--5.

Where

he

alfo

Mews

his

own evident Accomplilhments, Exercifes,

nod

Experience,

Yerf.

to. --

rz. See'alfa

Chap.

iv.i:

-

-

-$,

(

3.)

The

Unconquerablenefs

of Sannifyed

Refolution,

Col.

i. 29. 2

Cor.

xiì.

7.

tt."

Rom.,

viii. 31.

-

-

-39, Nothing

could

daunt this

Prophet;

no man,

nor

thing

fubdued his Spirit. He well confider'd

the God

that

fent him,

the

Perfons

he

was

fent unto, the

Work

he was

feat

about, and the Divine Hand

that

would

attend

him ; and having

the

grateful

profpen of

what comfortable things would

end and

crown his faithful Conitancy, he valued

nothing

that

couldany way en-

counter

or'refilthim

in his

Undertaking. This

fixed

and admirable

Spirit

we find

Exemplifyed and aggrandized in

that

Great Apoitle

of

the Gentiles, in

Aas

xx

;

xxi.

r3. 2Tim.i.

7.

---12.

Holy

Men

of

God,

and perfons

feat a-

bout his

Work

and Embaflies,

look

not

at

things

that are

feen,

but

at

things

that

are

not Peen;

and

taking

things into

their

intimate, comparative,

and

impartial

thoughts,

they

quickly fee

what's fit

toturn

the ballance;

and

what is molt

wor-

thy

of their

Vigorous

(though

perhaps very

coftly)

profecution;

and

therefore

arethey the more'

reconcil'd to

all

their

determined pifficulties;

becaufe

of

their

promis'd

and

expelled

Recompenfe

of

Reward.

IL

His Perfonal

Trainlation therefore,

both

in Soul and Body

unto

Heaven,was

his glorious end and

recompense;

2.

King.

ii. i

i.

Angels conveyed

the inure

Man,

Soul and

Body, to

his

God.

This

was miraculous

indeed;

a

molt

initrutt

-'

ive laitance

of

Majeftick

Providence every

way.

It

isappointed

for

all

men once

to

die.

And

had

that

Sentence had

it's

Execution according

to

it's initituted

Courfe, the Prophet's

Soul

and

Body muff have

parted;

but

he

that

binds

us

unto

this

Punifhment

by

Law,

will

not

yet

part

with

his

Prerogative. He

that deter

-

mines

what's our

due,

when we tranfgrefs his Laws, does not,

de

nomine,

abfolute-

ly

bind hinfelf

to

execute

that threatening,

wherewith

he

guards his Law.

The

Law

-giver thinks

it

not

his wifdom

to

multiply

difpenfings

with

the determined

punilhment, though

now and

then

he may pals by a few

(

as

here

he

did

excufe

this Prophet,

as

he had done

Enoch

before him ) from undergoing Death.

And

the Tranflation

of

this Prophet

hence, manifelts and

imports

fuch

things

as

theft

to

us.

( 1.)

That

we have no continuing

City here,

Heh. xiii.

14.

t Cor.

vii.

29--31-

'tis but

a

Pilgrimage

that

we are

in;

a

Howling Wildernefs, a Theatre

of

Agonies,

and

of

Succeffive

Exercifes, and Appearances,

to.

entertain

Beholders

with

various

Scenes

of

Spirits,

Anions,

and

Conclufions ;

and

neither Reft, nor Troubles,

Eafe

nor

Pains, Sorrows

nor

Joys,

Fulnefs

nor

Emptinefs,

can be

long-liv'd.

Eliab's

Courfe was

fill'd'with divers

and formidable

turns

of

Providence : But now

the

tædioufnefs

of

his

Work

and Perfecutions

,

is

all

over. He bath left

theft

Stor-

my Regions

;

and he is no more

to

be

as

the

Toit

Ship upon

the proud

Surges

of

a

broken Sm:

Nor

has he any

Tempeltnous

Weather to

work

in.

We

fee,

in

bon,

that

whatever this

World

may exercife,

or

vex

us

with at prefent; that

cannot affen

us

when

remov'd

elfewhere.

We

leave all

this

behind, when we go

hence; and

the Tranflation

of

this Prophet exalted

him above

the

reach

of

Va-

nityand

Rage:

all

that

could

trouble

him

is

now below him.

(

z.)

There's another

State

of things

andbeings

better than

this,

Heh.

xi. 16.

For who can

think

that

Elijah

was

thus fetcht

away

to

be deftroyed by

Miracle;

or to

be Ihamed by a defeated

expenation

of

a

more Glorious State

?

He was

taken from

theft

courfe, inconitant, and dilturbed Regions,

with great

Solemnity

and State ; and

carry'd to far better

Manfions,

Company,

and Employments.

And

he is now placed where

God his God,

is

all

in

all ;

and where Theocracy

is

molt

compleat, molt evident, and illultrious, and delightful. There's

a

vait

difference

betwixt

Heaven and

Earth

;

and, what annoy'd him here,

he meets with nothing

of

above

:

There

are nodark,

confufed,miítaken apprehenfions no deceitful

repre-

fentations

of

what

concerns him and becomes

him;

no

fordid fpirits,

no dillblute

and courfe

tempers,

no bruitifh

Appetites,

no

worldly principles and

propenfions,

no

vile defigns,

and no unworthy

ends and aims

e

Nothing but regent

wifdom,

holinefs and joy.

All there

is

orderly,

fuitable, and

to great

fatisfanion; verry

expreftve