Heaven Collection BV4831 .B4 1765

110 NECESSITY OF DILIGENTLY LI CHAP. VII. The Necessity of diligently seeking the Saint's Rest. 1. The saint's rest surprisingly neglected : particularly, § 2. by the worldly-minded, § 3. the profane multitude, 4. formal professors, § 5 -8. and by the godly themselves, whether ma- gistrates, ministers, or people. § 9. The author mourns the neglect, and excites the reader to diligence, by considering, § 10. the ends we aim at, the work we have to do, the shortness and uncertainty of our time, and the diligence of our enemies; 11. our talents, mercies, relations to God, and our afflictions ; 12. what assistance we have, what principles we profess, and our certainty never to do enough ; § 13. that every grace tends to diligence, and to trifle is lost labour ; that much time is mis- spent, and that our recompence and labour will be proportion- able ; § 14. that striving is the divine appointment, all men do or will approve it, the best Christians at death lament their want of it, heaven is often lost for want of it, but never obtained without it: § 15. God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, are in earnest ; God is so in hearing and answering prayer, ministers in their instructions and exhortations, all the creatures in serving us, sinners in serving the devil, as we were once, and now are, in worldly things; and in heaven and hell all are in earnest. 16. The chapter concludes with proposing some awakening questions to the ungodly, and, § 17. also to the godly. § 1. IF there be so certain and glorious a rest for the saints, why is there no more industrious seeking after it ? One would think, if a man did but once hear of such unspeakable glory to be obtained, and believed what he heard to be true, he should be transported with the vehemency of his desire after it, and should almost forget to eat and drink, and should care for nothing else, and speak of and inquire after nothing else, but how to get this treasure. And yet people who hear, of it daily, and profess to believe it as a fundamental article of their faith, do as little mind it or labour for it, as if they had never heard of any such thing, or did not believe one word