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sin; it cannot give one grain of quiet to a troubled conscience; much less replenish the soul in the latitude of its desires. God alone brings fulness' with him. (Ephes. iii. 19) All other people of the world have the glory of his works; and so he is not far from any of them; (Acts xvii. 27)

Præsentemque refert quælibet herba Deum.

And yet they are said to be without God in the world; (Ephes. ii. 12) but the Lord is in the midst of his church ;

1. By his spiritual residence, and gracious presence with them. Moses prays, "I beseech thee, shew me thy glory." (Exod. xxxiii. 18) And God answers, "I will make all my goodness to pass before thee:" he shews his glory, when he proclaims his goodness. In Israel is the perfection of glory. (Psalm 1. 2) To Israel pertains the adoption, and therefore the glory. (Rom. ix. 4) Of the church only, are glorious things spoken. (Psalm lxxxvii. 3) The church is his throne; the world, but his foot-stool. (Jer. xvii. 12) In the church, is the splendor of his royal majesty principally seen: evidences whereof in the tabernacle and temple, were, the cloud which filled the house, (1 Kings viii. 11) and the voice which spake from off the mercy-seat. (Numb. vii. 89)

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2. He is the glory in the midst of his church by his holy ordinances, the means of life and salvation. The apostle calleth it, a glorious gospel ;' (1 Tim. i. 11) and frequently maketh mention of the riches of the glory thereof, (Rom. ix. 23. Ephes. iii. 8. Col. i. 27) to take off the scandal and contempt, which ignorant men might be apt to cast upon it. Therein all divine excellencies are more radiant and resplendent, than in all his other works. He hath " He hath magnified his word above all his name." (Psalm cxxxviii. 2) Therein is conspicuous his manifold wisdom, in contriving a way to punish the sin, and yet to save the sinner; to reconcile the seeming cross demands both of justice and mercy, that the one may be satisfied, and the other magnified: (Ephes. iii. 10) His free and glorious grace, so superabounding above all the abundance of our sins: (Ephes. i. 6. Rom. v. 20, 21) His mighty power, in rescuing us out of the kingdom of darkness, in changing our wills, subduing our lusts, captivating our thoughts, cleansing our consciences, pulling down strongholds and imaginations, and every thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: (2 Cor. x. 4, 5. Ephes. i. 19,

20) His glorious holiness, transforming us into the image of his dear Son (2 Cor. iii. 18. Luke i. 74, 75) His eternal blessedness, who in the gospel is set forth, as the hope and treasure, the life and salvation, of those that trust in him. (Col. i. 27, and iii. 3, 4) For glory, arising from a manifestation of excellencies, all the divine virtues and excellencies of God are more conspicuous in the gospel of grace, than in all other his works or dispensations. The saving light of supernatural mysteries, the heavenly beauties of spiritual worship, the shining lustre of evangelical obedience,—all set forth the glory of those ordinances, wherein they are discovered and prescribed.

3. As by his gracious presence, and his divine ordinances, so by the most happy state wherein to we are translated, is the Lord the glory in the midst of his church. That state standeth in glorious relations, glorious habits, and glorious privileges.

There are two glorious relations, belonging to this happy


1. A relation of righteousness, the guilt of sin being removed; and the sinner by the gift of the righteousness of Christ reconciled unto God, and so enabled to glory, though not in himself, yet in the Lord. (1 Cor. i. 31)

2. A relation of Sonship, whereby we are estated by gracious adoption, in a heavenly nobility, and have right to a glorious inheritance; (1 John iii. 1) are a kind of first-fruits of the creatures; (James i. 18) fellow-heirs with Christ; (Rom. viii. 17) princes of the people; (Psal. xlvii. 9) nobles of men. (Acts xvii. 11) All the world is not able to heap so much honour upon a man, as this one ovcía or dignity, of being the sons of God.' 2. In glorious habits; whereby we are transformed into the image of Christ, who is the glory of God; for God doth most notably express his glory in any creature, by fashioning that creature to the likeness of his This image standeth in these three things:


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1. In holiness. (Ephes. iv. 24) Holiness sets forth God's own glory; he is glorious in holiness. (Exod. xv. 11) The angels are honoured with the title of saints;' (Deut. xxxiii. 2) and our primitive condition, wherein we were created after the image of God, is called a 'state of honour.' (Psal. xlix. 20, and cxlix. 9)

2. In peace and spiritual joy; for faith in the promises. of salvation, giving a kind of preexistence unto the glory to come, and causing a believer to wait with quiet assurance in the hope thereof, doth, thereupon, fill the soul with "the peace of God, which passeth understanding," and causeth it "to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." (1 Pet. i. 8)

3. In blessedness; which is the consummation of holiness and peace in the presence of God, which is, xaτ' ¿1⁄2оxÙν called by the name of glory.' (Col. iii. 4)

3. In glorious privileges and immunities belonging to the citizens of Jerusalem ; liberty from the tyranny of Satan, and powers of darkness: communion in the love and prayers of all saints; (1 John i. 7) boldness to come unto the throne of grace; (Ephes. iii. 12. Heb. iv. 16) victory over enemies and temptations; nothing being able to separate us from the love of God, the spirit of glory resting upon us, even in our sufferings, and enabling us to glory in them. (Rom. v. 3. Acts v. 41) As the cloud in the temple is called 'the glory of the Lord,' (1 Kings viii. 10, 11) so the Lord is the glory of his people, even when they are filled with clouds of affliction. It is a great glory to suffer honourably as well as to do so; "et facere et pati fortia, Romanum est." The lily is as beautiful in the midst of thorns, as in a bed of spices.

We have seen how the Lord is a defence and protection to his people; a wall of separation from the world, of conjunction within themselves, of protection from danger by his promise, by his power, by his providence, by his grace; a present defence, a proportionable defence. A wall of fire,' by a terrible and conspicuous, an impregnable and invincible, a constant and perpetual, an active and efficacious defence. A wall of fire to Jerusalem, his most proper and most precious resting-place, unto which he is by choicest love and fidelity engaged. A wall round about to prevent enemies which are round about: the protection suitable to the danger.

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the glorious relations of justification and adoption in the glorious habits of holiness, peace, and blessedness. In glorious privileges, of Christian liberty, communion of saints, boldness in prayer, victory over temptations and afflictions, with many other the like. I shall add but a short word of application, and suddenly have done.


1. We learn hence, what a folly, as well as wickedness, it is for Samaritans to oppose the building of Jerusalem, or the temple; for any enemies to set themselves against the church of God;-as great a madness as for briers to contend with flames; for stubble to wage war with fire; for a sheaf (as the prophet makes the instance, Zech. xii. 6) to enter into battle with a flaming torch. (Isa. xxvii. 4, 5) The whale may swallow Jonah, but it shall not digest him; the grave may devour Christ, but he will kill death in its own dominion, as Benaiah did the lion in his own pit. A man may drink down a cup of poison, but it will suddenly be revenged on him. It is madness to provoke the Lord, being weaker than he. (1 Cor. x. 12) "Wo unto him that striveth with his Maker." (Isa. xlv. 9) 2. We need not make use of carnal wisdom, and sinful means for protection against danger; for God can be alone a wall of fire unto his people. Use not oppression or violence to help yourselves; for power and mercy belong unto God. (Psalm lxii. 10, 12) David was advised by those about him, once and again, to kill Saul when he was in his power, and so to secure himself; but he answered, God forbid that I should touch the Lord's anointed' he trusted in God, and would not use carnal wisdom for his own safety. (1 Sam. xxiv. 47, and xxvi. 8, 11) This wall of fire can better protect us, than all the broad or high walls of Jericho or Babylon. It is good keeping in Jerusalem: in God's presence, in his way, so long we are within a wall of fire.'

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3. This is great comfort unto holy men, that the very terrors of God are their protection. The terrors of God at Sinai and in the wilderness, were for the salvation of God's people. (Hab. iii. 13) As the mercy of God will not save those that despise it; so the fury of God will be a defence

Acts ii. 24. 1 Cor. xv. 57. xii. 2.

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unto those, that tremble at it. No attribute of God, but faith, can suck comfort from it.

4. Envy not the glory of the world, nor the pomps and pleasures thereof, to those whose portion is in this life; but rest abundantly satisfied with the glory of God's presence shining in the face of Christ, and those unsearchable riches wherewith he endoweth his church; in comparison whereof, all the glories of the world are but dross and dung. If God would have the honour of his church to stand in outward things, The silver is his, and the gold is his;' (Hag. ii. 8) the cattle on a thousand mountains his.' (Psal. 1. 10) But as Abraham gave portions to his other children, but the inheritance to Isaac, even all that he had; (Gen. xxv. 5) as princes, at their coronation, give wine and money to the multitude, but honour to their favourites; so the Lord giveth earthly things many times more liberally to the men of the world, but bestoweth himself for a portion and exceeding great reward unto his own people :-and they esteem him precious, (1 Pet. ii. 7) and his promises precious, (2 Pet. i. 4) and his redemption precious, (Psal. xlix. 8) and the very afflictions which they suffer for his sake, precious. (1 Pet. i. 7)


5. Above all things, hold fast God and his presence. city is never without walls or gates, without glory and splendor, till they are without God. Your glory departs, when his ordinances are removed. You may confidently promise yourself his protection, while you make his habitation in the midst of you your greatest glory. And therefore, as he hath a long time been a wall of fire' about you; in all the confusions of a bloody war, no alarm hath startled or stormed you, though there were angry men, who shook their arm against London, as the Assyrian against Jerusalem. (Isa. x. 32) That said "It would never be well with England, till London were in a flame;" yet you have had no flame about you, but a wall of fire,' and chariots of fire, as the prophet had. (2 Kings vi. 17) As therefore the Lord hath protected you, and been the glory in the midst of London; (for I am persuaded it is a sober truth, that no city in the Christian world hath had a more glorious presence of God by the light of his word, and the purity of his worship and ordinances, than London hath had,) so make it your business, in an an

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