Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v6

Chap. 1ó.. An 6 pofition upon the Book of J OB. Verf 14. 95 Secondiy , Deathmaybe terrible as a King of terrours to a godly man , not onely when his fpirituall eftate is unfetled, but alfo when his worldly eftate is well fetled, when he bath deeply engaged in the creature, and his earthly mountain ( as he apprehends) (lands firong. Some godly men have much in the world , and that may quickly have too much of them. ) Now, ifonce wee over-reckon the creature, though but a lit- tle , and cleave, though bût weakly , to the world as our friend, wee fhall reckon that as our enemy, which ( as death cannot but doe) feparates us quite from the world. Wee mayobferve forme who judge that their fpirituall eftate is very well bottom'd ( they have no feares about it) and yet the feare of death` takes hold upon them,becaufe their outward eftare is fowell bottom'd ; they are not much taken with the pleafures of heaven? becaufe they live pleafantly on the earth ; it is their forfow to leave the world while they finde fomuch joy in it; and they are hungry after life; becaufe full of the things of this life. The Apoftle fpeakes of force ( Phil: 3. r9.) whofe end is deffruEtion, and whofeglory is in their j7ame; But I mayTay ofgodlymen they ought to be afhamed of this forrow, feetng their end is falvation. How difhonourable is it, that they thould reach fogreedily after a life; which they cannot hold, whofe faith bath layd hold upon eternal! life ? Secondly Tomeere moral! men, death is properly a King of terrour ; theywho cannot fee any good in death, cannot but fee itan evil! todye. Now it is impoflible that they fhould fee any good ( except the flop ofprefent evills ) in their own death, who are not fpirituall acquainted with, and in force degree experimen tally intereffed in the death ofChri[t. Thirdly Death is molt terrible to thofe who though they have the knowledgeof God and outwardly profeffe theGo- fpel ofChritt, yet walke contrary to it. Death is not halfe fo terrible to a morali heathen, as to a wickedChriftian their confciences are convinced, they underftand what death Is, and what follows death. Heathens live fo much in the darke, that they fee little of that which is the terrour of death. But en- lightned Chriftians (though continuing in the darkneffe of fin )' have heard and know that there is a Revelationof wrath from heaven againft all unrighteoufneffe. And that after death they muff'