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But will Christ to such sinners Saviour be, Who long and wilfully contemn'd his grace ? Yes, if they have but hearts to him to come; He excepts none : he'll all their sins deface. The prodigal now hopefully resolves, In Christ I'll trust, and to my Father go, When there's but one way, who should stand and doubt? The vanity of all things else I know. If in his house I may the lowest be, His wondrous grace I will with thanks proclaim; My sin and misery I will confess, And in repentance take deserved shame. And when repenting souls are thus resolved, And with design do tow'rds their Father come, They are surprised with unexpected love, Grace feasts, forgives them, bids them welcome home. Now the returned soul doth dwell with God, And God in him, for there his Spirit dwells; God hath his highest love, Heaven his chief hope, Christ is his life; he trusteth to none else. O how much better is it with him now; How wise, how safe, to what he was before ! What he's yet short of, faith has in its view, He'll choose the way of sin and hell no more. Now farewell mortal sin, stoop brutish flesh, Now pride and lust come down, submit to faith; Farewell ensnaring sports and company, Farewell deceit, I'll hear what scripture saith. Now all is new, new judgments, love and life, New hopes, delights, a new intended end; The means then must be new, or better used; New friends, new thoughts, and all that to it tend.
But yet, though out of Egypt he be come,
Through the Red Sea, he's in a wilderness;
Faith must be tried by many enemies,
Hard journeys, wants, delayed hopes, distress.
And flesh still strives, Satan still busy is,
The world will tempt, sin's not quite overcome;.
Dark fears and unbelief do yet hang on,
We are in hope, but are not yet at home.
Bat yet we have the leading fire and cloud,
The law, the angels' presence as we pass;
Moses fell in the wilderness; but there
The Tempter by our Saviour vanquish'd was.
The law was weak, and nothing perfect made;
Grace giveth ligbt, and life, and love, and strength;
And though it long, and oft assaulted be,
It conquereth, and triumpheth at length.
It is the work of God, who knows his own,
And makes them Christ's beloved interest;
All that are given him, he loves and keeps,
And brings them to the promised land of rest.
Grace suited is to every time and state,
To childhood, manhood, and decrepid age;
An antidote against contagious pleasures,
Yet grief, wrath, fear, and suffering doth assuage.
It useth every state for the true end;
It sanctifies prosperity and wealth ;
Still doing good, and doth to Godward tend,
To bim devoteth time, life, wit, and health.
It useth friends and enemies for God,
Improveth kindness, easily bears wrong;
Loves others as ourselves, doth right to all,
Hopes for a blessed end, when suffering long.
It takes not too much part with pained flesh,
It ruleth reason, appetite, and sense;
Conquers temptations, keepeth inward peace,
Keeps near to God, who is our sure defence.
It all the way foresees the blessed end,
Motives to duty, comfort in all grief,
It fetcheth more from God and Heav'n, than earth,
In every case from Christ it finds relief.
It spendeth health and life in preparation,
For foreseen death, and the soul's final change,
It's not surprised without expectation;
It trusteth Christ, when things unseen seem strange.
All this Grace doth, in various degrees,
In most but weak, imperfect in the best;
Clogg'd here with flesh, and contradicting sin,
But ends in glory and eternal rest.
Its whole work is to bring man's will to God,
As our original, our guide, and end,
Thankfully take his Grace, obey his word,
And wholly love him as our chiefest friend.
And inore than so, to love him for himself,
The final object of created love;
This only perfect ones, perfectly do,
Who see God's glory in the world above. Amen
Jan. 6, 1683.
Not calling back the common law of grace,
He chose bis seed as a peculiar nation,
Gave them a proper law and of them rais'd
The Lord incarnate, author of salvation.
Yet was their dignity most typical,
As was their law to shew what God would do,
When he the nations unto Christ would call,
And build his church as catholic anew.
Sin soon prevail’d; their land was dry and small;
Seldom from under enemies and waste;
But they God's oracles preserv'd for us,
And from their vine we all salvation taste.
But as in nature God works by degrees,
From seed to infancy, from thence to youth;
From thence to manhood and maturity ;
So did he in revealing grace and truth.
Fall’n man his infancy and childhood had
In the old law's dark types and prophecies :
But in time's fulness God incarnate came,
The Sun of righteousness to man did rise.
Three laws he did fulfil ;-one as a man,
Once made for all; another as a Jew;
The third as Saviour, proper to himself.
Then for bis church, he made another new.
He preach'd God's will; proclaimed saving grace,
Brought to light life and immortality;
Declar'd God's love, shew'd man God's pleased face,
A sacrifice for sinful man did die.
He came to conquer Satan, destroy sin,
And heal sick souls of worldly fleshly love,
To raise the earthly mind of man to God,
And bring him to a better life above.
Words were too weak for this, his works must do it;
He was to teach man how to bear the cross,
To deny life, and live above this world,
For Heav'n to count all here as dung and loss.
Wonder of wonders ! God appears in flesh,
Preacheth to sinners, calls them home to God,
Dies for them as a sinner on a cross,
Till the third day among the dead abode.
Himself the greatest wonder, many wrought,
Heal'd all diseases, gave the blind their sight,
Raised the dead, by present bare command ;
Long, before many, in the open light.
The third day rose from death, stay'd forty days;
Describes his laws, church-covenant, and seals;
Commissions his apostles; promiseth
His Spirit which all saving truth reveals;
Ascendeth up to Heaven before their eyes;
And before multitudes at Pentecost
Gives them the gift of miracles and tongues,
By giving them the promis’d Holy Ghost.
They preach Christ to the world, speak various tongues,
Work miracles, heal sickness, raise the dead:
Convey this power and Spirit unto others;
Thus through the world, the word of life they spread.
These many wonders, not in corners wrought,
Converted thousands, conquer'd unbelief;
But, above all his great convincing works,
The Spirit's sanctifying grace was chief.
The erring know the truth; fools are made wise,
The proud made humble, wrathful ones made week,
The world's fond lovers now do it despise,
Kill fleshly lusts, and heavenly glory seek.