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of God in hard trial, lay themselves down, as hidden in the leefide of a bish, while Christ their Master be taken, as Peter did; and lurk there, while the storm be overpast: all of us know the way to a whole skin; and the singlest heart that is hath a by.purse that will contain the denial of Christ, and a fearful backsliding. O how rare a thing is it to be loyal and honest to Christ, when he hath a controversy with the shields of the earth. I wish all of you would consider, that this trial is from Christ, it is come upon you unbought (indeed when we buy a temptation with our own money, no marvel that we be not easily free of it, and that God be not at our elbow to take it off our hand ;) this is Christ's ordinary house-fare that he makes use of, to try all the vessels of his house withal, and Chrift now is about to bring his treasure out before fun and moon, and to tell his money, and in the telling to try what weight of gold, and what weight of watered copper is in his house. Do not now joak, or bow, or yield to your adverfaries in a hair-breadth : Christ and his truth will not divide ; and his truth hath not latitude and breadth, that ye may take some of it, and leave other some of it; nay, the gospel is like a small hair, that hath no breadth, and will not cleave in two: it is not possible to twist and compound a matter betwixt Christ and Antichrift; and therefore, ye must either be for Christ, or ye must be against him. It was but man's wit, and the wit of P. and their god-Father the Pope (that man without law) to put Christ, and his prerogatives royal, and his truth, or the smallest nail-breadth of his latter-, will, in the new kalendar of indifferences; and to make a blank of un-ioked paper, in Chrift's testament, that men may fill up; and so shuffle the truth, and matters they call indifferent, thorow other; and spin both together, that Antichrist's wares may sell the better. This is but the device and forged dream of men, whose consciences are made of stoutiefs, and have a throat, that a graven image, greater than the bounds of the kirk-door, would get free passage into: I am sure, when Christ shall bring all out in our blacks and whites, at that day, when he shall cry down time, and the world, and when the glory of it shall ly in white ashes, like a May flower çut down and having lost the blossom, there shall be few, yea none, that daré make any point, that toucheth the worship and honour of our King and Law giver, to be indifferent. O that this mised and blindfolded world would see, that Chrift doth not rise and fall, stand or ly, by mens apprehensions! What is Christ the lighter, that men do with him by open proclamation, as men do with clipped" and light money they are now crying down Christ fome grain weights,' and some pounds or shillings, and they will have him ly
, for an hundred, according as the wind bloweth from the east or from the welt; but the Lord hath weighed him, and ballanced him already; This is my be
loved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him ;' his worth and his weight standeth ftill
. It is our part to cry, Up, up with Christ, and down, down with all created glory before him. O, that I could heighten him, and heighten his name, and heighten his throne ! I know, and am persuaded, that Christ shall again be high, and great in this poor, withered, and sun-burot kirk of Scotland; and that the sparks of our fire shall flee over fea, and round about, to warm you and other sister churches; and that this tabernacle of David's house that is fallen, even the Son of David, his walte places shall be built again ; and I know the prison, crosses; perfecutions, and trials of the two flain witnesses, that are now dead and buried, Rev. xi. and of the faithful professors, have a back-door and back-entry of escape; and that death aud hell, and the world, and tortures, shall all cleave and split in twain, and give us free passage and liberty to go through them toll-free ; and we shall bring all God's good metal out of the furnace again, and leave behind us but our dross, and our scum; we may then beforehand proclaim Christ to be victorious. He is crowned King in mount Zion ; God did put the crown upon his head, Pfal. ii. and who dare take it off again ? Out of question, he hath fore and grievous quarrels against his church : and therefore he is called, Isa. xxxi. 9.
“He whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem. But when he hath performed his work on mount Zion, all Zion's haters shall be as the hungry and thirsty man, that dreams he is eating and drinking, and behold when he awakcneth, he is faint, and his soul empty: and this advantage we have also, that he will not bring before sun and moon all the infirmie ties of his wife; it is the modesty of marriage, anger, or hulband-wrath, that our sweet Lord Jesus will not come with chi. ding to the streets, to let all the world hear what is betwixt him and us; his fweet glooms stay under roof, and that because he is God. Two fpecial things ye are to mind: 1. Try and make sure your profession; that ye carry not empty lamps: alas, security, fecurity is the bane and the wreck of the most part of the world! Oh, how many professors go with a golden lustre, and gold-like before men (who are but witnesses to our white skin) and yet are but bastard and base metal ! Consider how fair before the wind some do ply with up-fails and white, even to the nick of illuminations? Hcb. vi. 5. ' And tasting of the heavenly gift; and a share and part of the holy Ghoft; and the tasting of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come and yet this is but a false nick of renovation, and in a short time such are quickly broken upon the rocks, ' and never fetch the harbour, but are stranded in the botion of hell. O make your heaven sure, and try how ye come by conversion; that it be not stolen goods, in a white and wellluftered profeflion! A white skin over old wounds maketh an up
dercoating conscience: false under water not seen is dangerous, and that is a leak and rift in the bottom of an enlightened conici. ence, often falling, and sinning against light. Wo, wo is me, that the holy profession of Christ is made a Itage garment by many to bring home a vain fame : and Christ is made to serve mens ends: this is, as it were, to stop an oven with a king's robes. Know, 2. Excellent men martyr and nay the body of fin in fanctified felf. denial, they shall never be Christ's martyrs and faithful witnesses. Oh if I could be master of that house idol, myself, my own, mine, my own will, wit, credit, and cafe! How blesled were !! O but we have need to be redeemed from ourselves, rather than from the devil and the world ! Learn to put out yourselves, and to put ia Christ for yourselves : I should make a sweet bartering and niffer ing, and give old for new, if I could shuffle out felf, and substi. tute Chrift 'my Lord in place of myself; to say, Not I, but Chrift; Dot my will, but Christ's; not my eafe, not my luft, not my feckless credit, but Christ, Christ. But alas ! ip leaving ourselves, in setting Christ before our idol, (self) we have yet a glaiked backlook to our old idol. O wretched idol, myself! when shall I see thee wholly decourted, and Christ wholly put in thy room! O if Chrift, Chrift had the full place and room of myself'! that all my aims, purposes, thoughts and desires, would coast and land upon Christ, and not upon myfelf! and howbeit we cannot attain to this denial of me and mine; that we can say, I am not myself, myself is not myself, mine own is no longer mine own; yet our aiming at this in all we do shall be accepted : for, alas, I think I shall die, but minting and aiming to be a Christian : Is it not our comfort, that Christ the Mediator of the new covenant is come betwixt us and God in the business, so that green and young heirs, the like of finners have now a tutor, that is God. And now, God be thanked, our salvation is bottomed on Christ; sure I am, the bottom shall never fall out of heaven and happiness to us, I would give over the bargain a thousand times, were it not that Chrilt his free grace haih taken our salvation in hand. Pray, pray, and contend with the Lord, for your fifter church; for it would appear, the Lord is about to ask for his scattered sheep, in the dark and cloudy day. O that it would please our Lord to set up again David's old wasted and fallen tabernacle io Scotland, that We might see the glory of the second temple in this land. Othat my little heaven were wadset, to redeem the honour of my Lord Jesus among Jews and Gentiles. Let never dew ly upon my branches, and let my poor flower wither at the root, so being Christ were enthroned, and his glory advanced in all the world, and especially in these three kingdoms: but I know he hath no need of me; what can I add to him? but oh that he would cause his high and pure glory tun through such a foul claunel as I am!
and howbeit he hath caused the blossom fall off my one poor joy, that was on this side of heaven, even my liberty to preach Christ to his people, yet I am dead to that now, so being he would hew and carve glory, glory for evermore, to my royal King, out of my silence and sufferings. Oh that I had my fill of his love; but I know ill manners make an ancouth and strange bridegroom. I intreat you earnestly for the aid of your prayers, for I forget not you; and I salute with my soul in Christ the faithful pastors, and honourable and worthy professors in that land. Now the God of peace, that brought again our Lord Jesus from the dead, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the everlasting coVenant, make you perfect in every good work, to do his will; working in you that which is well pleasing in his fight. Grace, grace be with you. Aberdeen, Feb. 4. Tours in his sweetest Lord Jesus, 1638.
4. To the truly noble and elec7 Lady, my Lady VISCOUN
TESS of KENMURE. Doble and elect Lady,
Hat honour that I have prayed for these fixteen years, with
Itowed upon me; even to suffer for my royal and princely King Jesus, and for his kingly crown, and the freedom of his kingdom that his Father hath given him. The forbidden lords have sentenced me with deprivation, and confinement within the town of Aberdeen, I am charged in the king's name, to enter against the twentieth day of August next, "and there to remain during the kiug's pleasure, as they have given it ont. Howbeit Christ's green crols, newly laid upon me, be somewhat heavy, while I call to mind the many fair days, sweet and comfortable to my soul, and to the souls of many others, and how young ones in Christ are plucked from the breast, and the inheritance of God laid waste; yet that (weet-smelled and perfumed cross of Christ is accompanied with sweet refreshment, with the kisses of a King, with the joy, of the Holy Ghost, with faith that the Lord hears the fighing of a prisoner, with undoubted hope, (as fure as my Lord liveth) after this night to fee- daylight, and Christ's sky to clear up again upon me, and his poor kirk, and that in a strange land, amongst strange faces : he will give favour in the eyes of men to his poor oppressed servant, who do not but love that lovely one, thai princely one, Jesus the comforter of his foul. All would be well, if I were free of old challenges for guiltiness, and for neglect in my calling, and for speaking ioo little for my Well-beloved's crown, honour, and kingdom. Ob for a day in the aliembly of the saints
to advocate for King Jesus! If my Lord go on now to quarrels also, , I die, I cannot endure it: but I look for peace from him; because he knoweth I do bear mens feud, but I do not bear his feud. This is my only exercise, that I fear I have done little good in my mi. pistry: but I dare not but fay, I loved the bairas of the wedding. chamber, and prayed for, and desired the thriving of the marriage, and coming of his kingdom. I apprehend no less than a judgment opon Galloway; and that the Lord Mhall visit this whole nation, for the quarrel of the covenant. But what can be laid upon me, or any the like of me, is too light for Chrift; Christ do bear more, and would bear death and burning quick, in his weak servants, even for this honourable cause, that I now suffer for, Yet for all my complaints (and he knoweth that I dare not now dissemble) he was never sweeter and kinder than he is now; one kiss now is sweeter than ten long since; sweet, sweet is his cross ; light, light and easy is his yoke. O what a sweet step were it to my Father's house, through ten deaths, for the truth and caulc of that unknown, and so not half well loved plant of renown, the man called the Branch, the chief among ten thousands, the fairest among the sons of men ! O what upseen joys, how many hidden heart-burnings of love are in the remnants of the sufferings of Christ! My dear worthy Lady, I give it to your Ladyship under my hand, (my heart-writing, as well as my hand) welcome, welcome, sweet, sweet, and glorious cross of Chrift; welcome sweet Jesus, with thy light cross, thou hast now gained and gotten all my love from me, keep what thou hast gotten. Only, wo, wo is me, for my bereft flock, for the lambs of Jesus, that I fear shall be fed with dry breasts ; but I spare now. Madam, I dare not promise to see your Ladyship, because of the little time I have allotted me, and I purpose to obey the king, who hath power over my body; and rebellion to kings is unbeseeming Christ's ministers. Be pleased to acquaint my Lady Mary with my ease: I will look, your Ladyship and that good Lady will be mindful to God of the Lord's prisoner, not for my cause, but for the gospel's fake. Madam, bind me more (if more can be ) to your Ladyship: and write thanks to you brother, my Lord of Lorne, for what he hath donc for me, a poor unknown stranger to his Lordship, I shall pray for him and his house, while I live; it is his honour to open his mouth in the freets for his wronged and oppressed Master Christ Jesus. Now, Madam, commending your Ladyship, and the sweet child to the tender mercies of mine own Lord Jelus, and his good will whe dwelt in the bush ;
I rest Edinburgh, July 28,
Yours, in his own sweetest 1636.
Lord Jesus, S. R.