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Atheism and Unbelief, armed with lyes, and blasphemies, and bitter invectives against heaven :: There you will see cruel enmity, armed with a bloody sword of forcible opposition unto God and Christ: There you will see subtle hypocrisy, armed with fraud and fattery: There you will see brafen-faced hardness of heart, armed with a brow of brass : There you may see dultish security, armed with a fearless spirit, and a stupid conscience ; bold presumption, armed with a daring countenance ; towering pride, armed with a robe of gaudy attire, and an eye of scorn, contempt and disdain ; as also self-righteous confidence, armed with gross ignorance both of the spirituality of the law, and mystery of the gospel. There is a powerful nation of heart-plagues and deceitful luits, that reign over the ungodly world, and many times rage in the hearts of believers, to the leading of them captive.

.7. There is a nation of actual out-breakings in the life, and fins in the conversation : These are, like the common soldiers of the army of hell, making daily excursions into the camp of Israel; yea, every hour of the day they are breaking out on this hand, and on that hand, and round about us on all hands, in innumerable omissions and commissions. Here breaks out intemperance and insobriety, in eating, drinking, and using of the comforts of life; there breaks out idle words, vain talking, unprofitable conversation : Here appears negligence in duty, or carelesness and indifferency in hearing, reading, praying, communicating; and there appears mif-Jpending of time, fabbath and week-days both, wasting our precious opportunities, and misimproving our talents, without endeavouring to do good, or get good, to

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glorify God, or edify these that are conversant with
us. The former nation I mentioned was the lusts
of the flesh, and this nation is the works of the flesh:
The lufts of the flesh are deceitfully hidden within the
walls; the works of the flesh are open and manifeft,
making continual outward excursions. You have a
list of them, Gal. v. 19, 20, 21. Another list of
the names of the soldiers of this army you may read,
2 Tim, iii. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, &c. Men shall be lovers of
themselves : There goes the king and commander in
chief, felf-love; and then follows a list of the com-
mon soldiers, covetous, boasters, proud, &c. Now
these are seven nations continually in arms, and at
work for hell, and against heaven : The nation of
vain thoughts continually flying post through the
rest of the nations for intelligence; the nation of
worldly cares continually making provision for the
flesh, to fulfil the lufts thereof; the nation of doubts,
and unbelieving fears and jealoupes, is still keeping
watch, and standing centinel at the door of the
heart, to keep out all heavenly messages, and ex-
clude all proposals of peace with heaven ; the nation
of ungodly men continually guarding the out-works
of hell, and playing their battering-rams, to beat
down what God, and Christ, and the gospel would
build up; the nation of mighty kings, that I men-
tioned, are still issuing forth new commands and or-
ders for war against heaven; the nation of deceitful
lufts, like officers of the army, are still mustering
the host, leading them forth to the field of battle,
and setting them in battle-array; and the nation of
actual fins and out-breakings are still brandishing their
swords and spears, making daily and hourly ex-
cursions out of the camp of hell, and incursions
upon their opposites and antagonists, running upon
the camp of Israel, to destroy them, and hinder
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their march to the heavenly Canaan. Now, to these leven nations all the world of mankind are, by nature kept in subjection; and, which is worse, they are willing slaves and captives to them: And even the Israel of God, that have left their camp, and fled under the colours and standard of the Lord Jesus Christ the captain of salvation, are many times led captive by them; they are still giving battle to Israel. Now, O thou that art bound for the celeftial Canaan, what thinkest thou of these nations ? Are they not seven nations, greater and mightier than thou? Surely, if thou hast found, to thy sad experience, the power, and policy, and pernicious influence of these mighty nations upon thee, it will be welcome news to hear that the Lord thy God will put out these nations before thee by little and little,

FOURTH HEAD.

The Fourth thing that I proposed, was, to speak a little of the conqueror of these nations, that is, The king of glory, The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Indeed, they that have such mighty nations to fight and debate with, have need of a mighty conqueror to subdue them: And he is here said to be the Lord thy God; where he is described, 1. By his name, JEHOVAH. 2. By his relation to them in Christ, Thy GOD.

(1.) Ifrael's captain, that fights their battles, is defcribed by his great name Jehovah, THE LORD, in capital letters; which is ordinarily used in all our English translations, to intimate that in the original it is JEHOVAH: And it is a name that points out the perfection of his nature. It is remarked,

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that all along the first chapter of Genesis, while God was yet upon his creating work, he is called ELO- · CHIM, a God of power; but in the second chapter of Genens, ver. 4. God having compleated his work, he is then called JEHOVAH-ELOCHIM, a God of power and perfection. And as here he takes that name, when he perfects what he had begun; so we find him making himself known by this name, when he appears to perform what he had promised to Israel, Exod. vi. 3. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by the name of GOD ALMIGHTY; but by my name JEHOVAH was I not made known to them. God would now be known by his name JEHOVAH, as being, 1. A God performing what he had promised, and so giving a being to his promises. 2. A God perfecting what he had begun, and finishing his own work. And now, the fubduing of the Canaanites before Ifrael, was a work that God had promised, and a work that now he had begun; therefore he makes' himself known in this work by his name Jehovah, a performing and perfecting God. This is the powerful conqueror, that all the true Israel of God have to look to, and depend upon for destroying the nations of spiritual enemies for them. This name belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, equally with the Father, and the eternal Spirit. It is hc that led Ifrael out of Egypt by the hand of Moses,

ht wonders for them, and brought them to Canaan, and delivered their enemies into their hand; by all which was typified the greater salvation and deliverance that he was to work, in accomplishing the business of our redemption in our nature. And, by taking to himself the name JESUS, he hath not lost the name JEHOVAH; nay, he could not

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be a Jesus, if he were not Jehovah; he could not destroy these nations I have named, the sum of which is hin: For to destroy fin, is more than te make a world : Sin cannot be destroyed, without satisfying that infinite justice that fin offended, and glorifying that infinité holiness that fin affronted, and fulfilling that law that sin had violated, and appeasing that wrath and vengeance that sin had kindled. Further, sin could not be destroyed, without destroying the devil that begat it, and the wicked heart that brought it forth; all which requires a new creation, more great and glorious than the first, and belongs to none but JEHOVAH. This name points out the divine glory of our redeemer, and conqueror, which I offer in these two further remarks upon it. 1. This great name JEHOVAH (as these that investigate the Hebrew root, observe) fignifies, being, essence, simple-existence, or self-subsistence ; and imports his most fimple, absolute, eternal and independent being and existence ; having his being in, of, and from himself; and from whose infinite being all creatures have their finite being. 2. This great name JEHOVAH comprehends in itself the three Hebrew tenses: The preterit, signifying the time past; the present, signifying what is now; and the future, fignifying the time to come; and imports that designation given to Christ, Rev. i. 4, 8. which is, and which was, and which is to come. Thus he is the I AM THAT I AM, as he is called, Exod. iii. 14. The Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; the first without beginning, and the last without end. O but they that have such a glorious general to follow, need not fear to take the field against the nations! He is JEHOVAH.

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