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of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her fins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Another is Sodom, which fire from heaven was abiding the call Lot got to get out of it, ye have Gen. xix. 15. Arise, -left thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. It was set forth for an example, Jude 7. suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. A third is the tents of Dathan and Abiram, which were to be swallowed up of the earth. The call to the congregation to get up from about them, ye have Numb. xvi. 26. “Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their fins." Which is applied to gospel-hearers, 2 Tim. ii. 19. “ Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Ye can have no more safe staying there than ye could have had in these, believe it or not.
: 4. It is possible ye may get away from among them. If ye were once down in the lower world lying in wickedness, it will be impossible ever to get out from among them more; this call has nothing ado with . that part of them. But ye are yet in the upper world lying in wickedness, where Christ has his lower house, with a commission to fill it out of those of them that are lying there. And for this cause the call sounds in your ears this day, Psal. xlv. Io. “ Forget tiine own people, and thy father's house,” Luke xiv. 23. “ Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”. Come away before your feet flip,ye may get away though never so far on.
5. God has some amongst them that shall not get leave to stay, for he would never send out such a call altogether in vain. No; there is an elect number ainong them, on whom the call shall be effectual, fit it who will, 2 Tim. ii. Lg. “ The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.” Satan may get leave to keep a reprobate world, but the theep of Christ, purchased with
his blood, cannot be loft, John X. 16. “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold ; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice.” There is a few cret mark on some of the strayed, and they shall be made to come out from among the rest. Let this encourage you to come away, standing as fair as others to get help from heaven to make your escape.
6. Ye will be very welcome to Christ from among them, Psal. xlv. 10, 11, “Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's houfe. So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty.” They that come uncalled fit unserved; but ye need not fear, the Master calleth you. It is what you have his word on, I will receive you. Do not say, “ Alas I need never think that Chrift will receive me; for I have been a poor world. ly carnal creature, favouring nothing but the world;" no, the call supposes that, that ye are among them. “But I am deep in wickedness;" yet welcome, if ye had even been among the very worst of them, come from among them, and welcome, 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10, 11.
7. Ye will not be carried away from amongst them against your will. No; if ye come not voluntarily upon your own feet, ye will get leave to stay and pe. rish among them; Psal. cx. 3. “ Thy people fhall be willing in the day of thy power." Christ will have none but willing subjects, such as submit by choice, not by force. Compel them; but how? as men are compelled to a feast, by moft earnest entreaties, importunity, &c. but no otherwise. They that will needs lie still in their wickedness with the world, they will get their will with a vengeance ; they will. not be forced from the fociety they chuse."
8. Ye will not be carried away leeping from among them neither ; ye must awake, hear the call, and fet down your feet to make your escape. Some say, they can do nothing, they cannot convert themselves, and they hope for grace afterward. So they make
soft their pillow, sleep securely, and will do nothing. But if ye were willing to come away from among the world lying in wickedness, ye would stretch out the withered hand, ye would try the lame leg, take the help of offered grace, and take no rest till ye were got away.
9. Ye need not expect their good will to the parting. The call is directed to you, without noticing of them; for it is certain they will never lct you out from among them, as long as they are able to keep you. Therefore ye must be resolute and peremptory, Matth.xi. 12. “ The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Hell's flat. teries and threatenings will all be plied to keep you among them; but stop your ears, and look not behind you, as the angels enjoined Lot, when they had brought him out of Sodom, Gen. xiv. 17.
10. Lastly, Ye will be received of the Lord into the society of the clean and holy, Heb. xii. 22,— 24. One part of them is perfe&tly clean, as to the other their cleansing is begun, John xiii, 8.; but all are but one family; the former the elder children, in the upper rooms; the latter the younger, in the lower rooms; the whole headed by Chrift.
· II. I come now to fhew what is the finner's coming out from among the world lying in wickedness.
Negatively, 1. It is not a finner's going out of this world. That is brought about by death, whether we will or no; and they that die in the Lord, they are indeed absolutely separated from the world lying in wickedness. But they that die out of Christ, they are for ever thereby fixed in the world lying in wickedness. Since they are not come out from among them here, they are put in among them there, their souls gathered with the wicked in death, with whom they gathered themselves in life. 2. It is not a coming out from among the immoral part of the world lying in wickedness, and joining in with the professors of religion, in a visible church. ftate. For there is a moral and religious part too of the world lying in wickedness; and those that are of these parts are as sure among them, as the immoral are. In a word, nothing short of true conversion and a saving change, is a coming out from among them.
Positively, It is a spiritual gracious motion of the soul unto-Jesus Christ, and is the very faine with ef. fectual calling, which is the work of the Spirit of
Christ on these ordained to eternal life. We may • take it up in these four steps,
FIRST, The finner's coming to a true sense of his own state and case among them; and this he is brought to in a work of conviction, John xvi. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Those of the world lying in wickedness are under fpiritual blindoess, they know neither what they are, nor where they are in very deed ; and one must be brought to himself, before he come out from among them ; otherwise he will not stir. Now the coming finner,
1. He comes to be fully persuaded, that he is among them, and out of the family of God, Luke xv. 17. He gets a dismal view of a natural state, of the case of the unregenerate world, of the world lying in wickedness; and he sees himself in the midst of them ; so he is like one awaking out of a dream, and seeing himself beset about. So there are two things here,
if, He gets a frightful view of the world lying in wickedness, as a society in moit miserable case. The world lying in wickedness, that was in his eyes bee fore like a paradise, a garden of pleasure, a fort of safety, appears in quite other colours, as a Babel of confufion, a wilderness of emptiness, a Sodom of wick. edness, and tents of Dathan to be swallowed up. He sees it to be a society,
(1.) Lying in wickedness, under the guilt, pollu
tion, and dominion of fin, contrary to God, and hateful unto him, Eph. ii. 12.; a society abominable in the eyes of a holy God, however pleasant in the eyes of one another; wherein there neither is nor can be any thing good or acceptable in the fight of the great King.
(2.) Laid open to destruction from the presence of the Lord, Eph. ii. 12. He sees the curfe lying on it, and binding it over to revenging wrath, and in virtue thereof certainly to be destroyed. The flaming sword appears, wherever he turns his eyes, ready to cut off the miserable inhabitants. - 2dly, He gets a frightful view of his own case, as being among them, lying in wickedness, and lying open to destruction, Luke xv. 17. He sees his own finfulness, is convinced of the sinfulnefs of his own life, heart, and nature ; and fees his lost and undone cafe under the wrath of God, and curfe of the law, Rom. vii. 9.
2. He comes to be fully perfuaded, that there is no abiding for him among them, as Peter's hearers were, Ads ii. 37. and the Phillipian jailor, Acs xvi. 30. He fees he is ruined for ever, if he get not away from among them. Time was when he could not think of parting from among them; but could get no rest among them ; seeing every moment the city of destruction ready to be overthrown, and himself to be swallowed up in the ruins.
This is a new light, that one gets, not by the fight of the eyes, but from the word, by the Spirit acting as a Spirit of bondage on the soul and conscience ; awakening, convincing, and persuading into a firm belief of the report of the law, with application to one's own particular cafe.
SECONDLY, The finner's coming to see a better state and case for him, with Christ and his company, Luke xv. 17. If the convinced finner did not see a refuge, where he might be in safety, he would fink in