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the

gr'./{eftself-mNrder~

107

zo.

this· is a mofr fawcy excufe, thou tellefi ,

Chrifl: in plain terms,

I

cannot come,

q.

d.

ye

may even fave your labour to invite, ·for

dais

is

fhort and long,

as

we fay,

I

cannot come.

This

I

put in only by the by.

r

I

have 1hewed you fome ofthe deceits

of

the

heart in pleading thefe cannots. ·

Fidl: ,

how it lies unto God.

Secondly, how it daliies with God.

'

,

Thirdly ·, how pereby it puts off the word.

And

then Ithewed you

the

il:rongr~afon

we

,have

to be humbled under thefe wil-nots.

Firfl: becaufe here ·chiefly

lies the pride of tht

heart, not

in me11s

cannots,but

in

their wil-nots,

}'er.

I

3•

1

7.

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·

Secondly here lies

chiefly tht

hardning

of the

heart,

Exod.

34,3

Thirdly, here lies chiefly

the

jfNbbornneffe

(Jf

.

the

h~art

,De

ut.

2

r.

I

8.

. . Fourthly,.here

lies

chiefly

the great

defpijing

~~the

Commandements

of

God,

Levit.

26.1

. Fifthly, now to go

on,

here

lies

the reafon ·

why

Divines fay that the coqverfion ofa finner

is a harder work than

the

Creation of Heaven

and Earth,for thus they do

rea£

on:

whtn

God

created Heaven rand Earth ,he had

no~ing

to

refiil: him ;

as

he 'had

·nothing to help him ,

(he made

all

of

nothing) fo lie had

n~thing

to

refift him. There was

bu£

one difficulty in

tqe Creation of Heaven and Earth;- but in the

converfion ofa finner there be two difficult.es.

Fidl:,

here is the fame difficulty that was

~n

~reatioo,for

.God makes

a

Convert ofnothing;

I

he

ha4

nQthing

tQ

help

him,

no~

one

thouglit,

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