Sibbes - HP S2575 .S5 1825

AND SMOKING FLAX . 87 lingness, as being flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone. · We are now to take 'notice of divers persons who offend deeply against this merciful disposition of Christ: as (1.) Such as go on in ill courses of life upon this conceit, as if it were in vain to go to Christ, their lives have been so bad; when as soon as we look to heaven, all encouragements are ready to meet us and draw us forward. Amongst others, this is one allurement, that Christ is ready to us and lead us farther. None are damned in the church, but those that will. Such as entertain hard conceits ofChrist, that they may have some shew ofreason to fetch contentmPnt from other things ; as that unprofitable servant who would needs believe that his master was a hard man; thereby to flatter himself in his unfruitful courses, in not improving that talent which he had. ' (2.) Such as take up a hope of their own, that Christ will suffer them to walk in the way to hell, and yet bring them ±o heaven : whereas all comfort should draw us nearer to him; else it is a lying comfort, either in