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14

THE NATURE

OF

hath

now procured.

When

God would

give the

Israel-

ites his sabbaths

of

rest,

in

a

land

of

rest, he had more

ado

to make them believe it, than

to overcome

their

enemies,

and procure

it

for

them.

And

when

they

had it, only

as

a

small

intimation

and earnest of an

incomparably

more glorious

rest through Christ,

they

yet

believe no more

than they

possess,

but

say,

with

the glutton at the

feast,

Sure

there

is no

other

heaven

but

this!

Or

if

they expect

more by

the

Messiah,

it

is

only

the

increase

of their earthly

felicity.

The

apos-

tle

bestows most

of

this epistle against this

distemper,

and

clearly and

largely proves,

that

the end

of

all

ce-

remonies and

shadows,

is

to direct them

to

Jesus

Christ

the

substance

;

and

that

the rest of

sabbaths,

and

Canaan, should teach

them to

look for

a

farther

rest, which

is

indeed

their

happiness.

My

text

is

his

conclusion

after divers arguments

;

a

conclusion

which

contains

the ground

of

all

the

believer's comfort,

the

end

of

all his

duty

and sufferings;

the

life

and

sum of

all

gospel promises and

Christian privile-

ges.

What

more welcome to men

under

personal

afflictions,

tiring

duties,

successions

of

sufferings,

than

rest?

It

is

not

our

comfort only,

but

our stability.

Our

liveliness

in

all

duties, our

enduring tribulation,

our

honouring

of

God,

the vigour of our

love,

thank-

fulness, and

all

our

graces, yea,

the

very being of

our

religion and

Christianity, depend

on

the believing

serious

thoughts

of our

rest.

And

now, reader, what-

ever thou art,

young

or

old,

rich or poor,

I

entreat

thee,

and charge

thee, in

the

name

of

thy

Lord,

who

will Shortly

call

thee to

a

reckoning, and

judge

thee

to

thy

everlasting unchangeable state,

that

thou give

not

these

things the reading

only,

and

so

dismiss

them

with

a

bare

approbation

;

but that thou

set upon this

work, and

take

God

in

Christ

for

thy

only

rest, and

fix

thy

heart

Upon

him above

all.

May the living

God,

who

is

the portion

and

rest of

his,

saints,

make

these

our carnal

minds

so

spiritual,

and our

earthly

hearts

so

heavenly,

that

loving

him, and

delighting

in

him, may

lie

the

work of

our lives; and

that

neither