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Farn f'eclions by special Grace. 943 Gr.-11. You speak now in the warmth of your affections : will it, think you, be always thus with you ? Besides, that is Curist in dying for sinners ; and consider themselves as the special objects of that inerpressible compassion and kindness : they are apt to conclude that the belief of the propositions, that Christ loves them and died for them, and that God is reconciled to them, produces the cbange by its own influence; and would affect the most carnal hearts in the same manner, could man be persuaded to believe it. For they vainly imagine that apprehensions of the severity of divine justice, and the dread of vengeance, are the sources of the enmity which sinners nianifist against God. Hence very lively and affectionate Christians have frequently been prone to sanction the unscriptural tenet, that the justifying act of fait consists in assuredly believing that Christ died for me in particular, and that God Iues mc; and to consider this appropriation, as preceiling repentance, and every other gracinus disposition ; and as in some sense the cause of regeneration, winning the heart to love God, and to rejoice in him, and in obeying his commandments. From this doctrine orbers have inferred, that if all men, and even devils too, believed the love of God to them, and his purpose at length to make them happy, they would be won over from rebellion against liim, which they persist in from a mistaken idea that he is their implacable enemy : and they make this one main argument, in support of the salutarý tendency of the final restitution scheme. But all these opinions arise from a false and flattering estimate of huinan nature ; for tile carnal mind hates the scriptural character of God and the glory displayed in the Cross, even more than that which shines forth in the fiery law.-Indeed if we take away the offensive part of the gospel, t:: honour it puts upon the law and its awful sanctions, and the exhibition it inakes of the divine justice and holiness, it will give the proud carnal heart but little nmbrage: if we admit that men's aversion to God and religion arise from misappréhension, and not from desperate wickedness, many will endure the doctrine. A réconciliation, in which Gud assures the simer that he has forgiven him, even before he has repented of bis sins, will suit man's pride ; aid if he has been previously frighted, a great flow of a fictions may fullow : but the event will prove, that they differ essentially frożn spiritual love of Go!, gratitude, holy joy, and genuine humiliation, which trise from a troe perception of the glorious perfec:ons of God, the rigliteousness of his law and guvernunent, the real nature of redemption, and the odiousness and desert of sin. 10 short, all sucl schemes render regeneration needless ; or substitute something else in its stead, which is effectd by a natural process, and not by the nexo-creating power of the lioly Spirit.-But, when this divine agent has communicated lift to the soul, and a capacity is produced of perceiving and relishing spiritual excellency, the enmity agninst God re. ceives a mortal wound : from that season, the more his real character and glory are known, the greater spiritual affection will be excited, and a proportionable transforination into the same holy image effected. Then the view of the Cross, as the grand display of all the harmonious perfi ctions of the Godeau, sostens, humbles, and meliorates the heart: while the persuasion of an interest in these blessings, and an adquiring sense of having receiveri such inconceivable favours from this glorious and holy Lord God, will still further elerate the soul above all low pursuits, and constrain it to the most unreserved and self-denying obediencer-But, while the heart remains unregenerate, the glory of God and the gospei. will either be misunderstood, or hated in proportion as it is discovered. Such views and a Tactions therefore as have been described, spring from special grace; and are not prcduced by the natural efficacy of any sentiments, but by the immediate influences of the Moly Spirit ; so that even true believers, though they habitually are persuaded of their interest in Christ, and the love of God to them, are only at times thus filled with holy affections: nor will the same contemplations constantly excite similar exercises ; but they oft n bestow much pains to get their minds affected by thein in vain; while at other tines a single glance of thought Gills then rrith the inost ferrent einotions of holy love and joy.
Three Men lung in Chains. not communicated to every one, nor to every one that did see your Jesus bleed. There were that stood by, and that saw the blood run from the heart to the ground, and yet were so far off this, that, instead of lamenting, they laughed at him ; and instead of becoming his disciples, did harden their hearts against him. So that all that you have, my daughters, you have by peculiar impression made by a divine conteinplating upon what I have spoken to you. Remember that it was told you, that the hen by her common call, gives no meat to her chickens. This you have therefore by a special grace.
Now I saw still in my dream, that they went on until they were come to the place that Simple, and Sloth, and Presumption, lay and slept in, when Christian went by on pilgrimage: and behold they were hanged up in irons a little way off on the other side.
Then said Mercy to him that was their Guide and Conductor, “What are these three men and for what are they hanged there :)
Gr.-II. These three men were men of bad qualities ; they had no mind to be Pilgrims themselves, and whomsoever they could they hindered : they were for sloth and folly themselves, and whomsoever they could persuade, they made so too ; and withal taught them to presume that they should do well at last They were asleep when Christian went by; and now you go by, they are hanged.
Mer. But could they persuade any one to be of their opinion ?
Gr.-H. Yes, they turned several out of the way. There was Slow-pace, they persuaded to do as they. "They also prevailed with one Šliort-wind, with one No-heart, with one Linger-after-lust, and with one Sleepy-head, and with a young woman, her name was Dull, to turn out of the way and become as they. Besides, they brought up an ill report of your Lord, persuading others that he was a hard task-master. They also brought up an evil report of the good land, saying it was not half so good as some pretended it was. They also began to vilify his servants, and to count the best of them meddlesome, troublesome, busy-bodies : further, they would call the bread of God husks ; the comforts of his children, fancies ; the travail and labour of Pilgrims, things to Do pur
(i) The dreadful falls and awful deaths of some professors are often made notorious, for A warning to others; and to put them upon their guard against superficial, slothful, and
Spring at the Hill Difficulty dirty. 245 Nay, said Christiana, if they were such, they should never be bewailed by me : they have but what they deserve; and I think it well that they stand so near the highway, that others may see and take warning. But had it not been well if their crimes had been engraven on some pillar of iron or brass, and left here where they did their mischiefs, for a caution to other bad men ?
Gr.-H. So it is, as you may well percieve, if you will go a little to the wall.
Mer. No, no; let them hang, and their names rot, and their crimes live forever against them : I think it is a high favour that they are hanged before we came hither ; who knows else what they might a done to such poor women as we are ? Then she turned it into a song, saying:
Now then you three bang there, and be a sign
That unto holiness opposcrs are." Thus they went on, till they came at the foot of the hill Difficulty, where again their good friend Mr. Great-heart took an occasion to tell them what happened there when Christian himself went by.* So he had them first to the Spring : Lo, saith he, this is the Spring that Christian drank of beiore he went up this hill; and then it was clear and good, but now it is dirty with the feet of some, that are not; desirous that Pilgrims here should quench their thirst.
Thereat Mercy said, “And why so envious, trow ?? But said the Gaide, it will do, if taken up and put into a vessel that is sweet and good ; for then the dirt will sink to the bottom, and the water come out by itself more clear. Thus therefore Christiana and her companions were compelled to do. They
* Part 1. p. 61-6to + Ezt k. xxxiv. 18. presumptuous men, who draw aside many from the holy ways of God. The names of the persons thus delaskd show the reasons why men listen to deceivers ; for these are only the ocasions of their turning aside, the cause lies in the concealed Justs of their own hearts The transition is very easy from orthodox notions and prtfession without experience*g false and lose sentiments, and then to open ungodliness, These lines are here inserted under a place :
Behold here how the slothful are a sign
have loves the road,