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Af

er

Elijah's

God.

17

intent

upon

the

neceffary

things. Rational Learning

mofl valued,and

was an

ex-

traordinary Mailer

of.

And

as

to

his Expreflìve Faculty,he

.fpake

properly,

plainly,

pertinently, and

pathetically: He could

fpeak

fintably, both

to

Mens Capacities

and

to the

things

infìfted on.

He

was

a

Perfon wonderful

at

Extemporate Preach-

ing

;

for having

once

left his Notes behind him, he

was

furpri'i'd into

Extempo-

rate

thoughts upon

(

as

I

remember

)

Heb. iv.

15. For

me

have not en

f:ig(;.-

Priejt---

Whereon

he

Preach'd

to

vet

y great

fatisfaf4ion unto

all

that

heard

him

:

And when

he came

down from

the

Pulpit,

he asked me

I

was not

ti-

red?

I

laid,

With what

?

He faid, With

hio

Extemporate

Dífeour

fe.

I

told

him

That

had

he

not declar'd

it,

I

believe nonecould

hia

ye

difcóver'd

it

:

His

reply to

me

Was

That

he

thought

it very

needful

for

a

Min

f

er

to

have

a

Body

of Divinity

in

his

head.

(a.)

As to God's Providence, in removing him,

Gods

Voice

is

Loud from

Heaven

to

us.

And what the

Voice is,

and what

it

fpeaks in

the

General,

you

may

partly

difcern from thefe following

pafC.ges

of

Scripture,

Zack.

i.

e.

7.

-9. Rev.

hi.

3.

i

Thef

iv.

i.

.7am.

v.8.

---

-i

r.

ACF,

xx.

18.

zi,

and 32.

Such

thoughts

as

thefe

are

very

pertinent

unto

the Vifìtation

of

our

day. Have we been mindful

of him?

Have we

been thankful

for

him

?

Have

we been faithful

to,

and

fruitful under, the Advantages

of

his

Minifleriat

-Day?

t

Tbefo.i

3.

--- o. Should yon

not

bemoan

vour ignorance, heedlefsnefs,

and.

barrennefs?

Should you

not take

up new

refolutions to improve the Mantle

which he

bath left behind

him;

and

to

prepare

your

felves

to

meet

Elijah

and.

his

God;

Mr.

Baxter, and

his

returning Lord

in Peace, z Pet. iii.

i

t.

- -

-

-i

You

have

known the genuine, conftant tendencies

of

his Labours, Prayers and

Spirit;

all looked towards,

and much

refembied

What

'ye

find recorded in

i Theft..

iii.

t 2,

t 3.

You have had in him,

whilit with

you

(

who

was

longer

a

Preacher

unto you,

than

Chrífl was

to

the

'faros)

one

of

the

bell

of

Cafüiffs, Preachers,

Pat

-

terns,

Supplicants, and Companions

in

the

World. And

have we Sinn'd him

from

us

!

his

Death

tells us, we muff

not

be

ordinary in

our AcknoWledgments, Im-

provements,

and Attainments

:

nor

always

think that

it

will be day

with

us.

(

3.)

Our great

Concern and Cry this

day fhould

be about, and

after

the

Lord

God

of Elijah:

The

God whom Mr.

Baxter.

own

d,

lov'd, fear'd, ferv'd, and

preach'd.

Nor

mull

Elijah's Mantle

be

forgotten. As

to

me

;

the Prophet's

.Mantle

is

far more valu'd,

and

defir'd, than Expelled.

I

never

look

to Tithe

his

Excellent Gifts, and

Graces.

And

as

to

Thu

and

Me;

the

Special

Pretence

of

Elijah's

God

is

greatly needful

with,

and

for

us.

Elifha

in

fever-al

things

out-went his

Matter; (

fo

mull

not

I

) but

he was

not Tranflated

as

Elijah was

For he

after-

ward

fell

fick

and

Dy'd,

z Kings. xiii.

14.

But

vet with

very ample teftimony

of

God's peculiar

refpe

&s

to

him.

But

I

am

not

Elifha.

And

may

I

iland amongit

the

meaneft

of

God's

Faithful Prophets,

I

fhall

account

it

great. And

though

I

cannot look

to

be Elijah,

Elba,

or

like

to

him

that's latelygore

:

Yet all

that

Unt

}ion,

Countenance, and

Special

Pretence

which my Soul

-Work,

and

Miniftry

'doth require, let

it

this

day

(

and ever, whilil we

live)

beeo:ne your

joynt Con-

cern and Cry

with

me,

to God, that

I may have

it,

and

that

you

may

reap

great

benefit

thereby. As to

us all:

O how defirable

is

the

Pretence

of the

Lord

God

of

Elijah

with

us

!

That

fo

the Prophet's Prayers

and Labours be

not loft

upon us,

nor

his

God

fet againft

us,

nor

his Heaven

be deny'd

us,

nor

himfeif at laft call'd

out

to

teftify againft

us

when Chrift Sits in Solemn Judgment upon

us.

And for

my

Self;

if

any

of

the Prophet's Friends forfake

me, may

I

but have

the

Powerfnll and Gracious Pretence

of

his Elijah's

Cod,

it

will

Suffice

ine. My

prefent

Çircumitances

as

to

Employments, Infirmities,

Exercices, and

Concerns, moil

need

extort

tuch Cryes and

thoughts asthefe.from

my Solicitous and anxious Soul

(i)

Where

was

our

Elijah

once?

Was

he

not

in his

Mother's Womb, retire

from

human View

and knowledge? Was

he

not after

in his State

of

ignorant

Infancy and Childhood

?

Was

he

not in

a

mortalbody, anduncomfortable

World?

Was

he

not

once as

little

furnifh'd with knoseledg,

Godlyne(,

and

utterance,

Uncîion

and ufefulnefs as my

felf?

(z.)

Whence had our

Eli

jab all

his

Gifts and

Graces, Affifances,Encouragemnts and

Succeftes?

Were

they

not

all

derived from

the

fame

God with

whom I have

to

do

?

(3.)

Where

is

our

Elijah

now

?

Is

he

not

with God in Heaven,

to

whom

the Spirits

of

Good

men have been

gathered

G

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