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Acts viii. 21–23. who think that you can by any power or will of your own curn to God; for Christ has told his people, “ without me ye can do nothing,” John xv. 5. Neither are we sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves, “but our sufficiency is of God,” 2 Cor. iii. 5. It is God must conquer your will, as I have already observed, by his grace; and bring it to submit to his, before you will be willing to come to Christ for life. Think no more of coming to Christ in your own strength, ror obtaining this water of life by any thing you can do either in whole or in part. But may you be enabled to come as a poor loft undone finner, to the fountain of his free-grace in Chrift; and take of this water of life freely.
Lastly, I shall address myself to such who are altogether unconcerned about the matter. O sirs ! there is such a thing as a man's partaking of the water of life, whatever you may think of the matter; it is a truth known and experienced by all the dear children of God, in all ages of the world : and though you in your hearts are now despising this water of life I have been preaching to you about ; yet give me leave to tell you, that living and dying in this state you must perish for ever : and then you will know the lack of a drop of water to cool your parched tongues when cast into that sulphurous Take that burneth with fire and brimstone, Rev. xix. 20. into the pit of Topher, which is ordained, of old; for this purpose the Lord “hath made it deep and large, the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it,” lia. xxx. 33. Yea the Lord is said to “rain upon the wicked, snares, fire and brimstone, an horrible tempeft; this shall be the portion of their cup," Psalm xi. 6. Alas! the
devils and damned fpirits that are now in hell know these things to their eternal forrow; they know they never shall be delivered from this place of torment, the smoke of which ascendeth up before God for ever; and they have no rest day nor night. And they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and the presence of the Lamb, which you are now despising, Rev. xiv. 10, 11. O finners, it will be too late then to cry, for the water of life! Dives only petitions for one drop of water to cool his tongue, but is denied, Luke xvi. 24, &c. Though a rich man, he is to have no favour or mercy Thewn him here. Lazarus the beggar is not to come from Abraham's bosom to wait upon a rich man in hell, no not to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool his tongue, no nor to go to his brethren to warn them to fee from the wrath to come. No favours are to be shewn in hell, though ever lo small, to the veffels of wrath, which are fitted for destruction, and have filled up the measure of their iniquities, these suffer che vengeance of eternal fire, Jude, ver. 7.
And you, firs, that are going on rebellion against Christ and his government; if mighty grace prevent you not in your career, know that
your damnation Numbereth not," ii. 3. It will come faster than you can call for it, by all your horrid oaths and imprecations. It will come suddenly upon you, when you will say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction shall come upon you, as travail upon a woman, and you shall not escape, i Theff. v. 3. In vain will you cry to the rocks and mountains to fall c. you, and hide you from the face of him that fitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, Rev. vi. 16. Where death leaves you, judgment will find you. And who amongst
you, in this place, can dwell with devouring fire? Who amongst you can dwell with everlasting burnings? Ifa. xxxiii. 14. O may you lay these things to heart. Consider this, all ye that forget God, left he tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver, Psalm 1. 22. May the Lord awaken you by his Spirit to a sense of your misery, and create a holy thirst in the souls of such that never thought seriously of thefe things before ; may you now begin to enquire after this water of life I have now been preaching of to you ; that this sermon may never rise in judgment against any of you another day. And may you that have drank freely of this water of life, and such who are thirsting after it, be brought by the Spirit of God to come and take more and more of it, it being free for all who see their need of it. “ And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth fay, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."