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The humble sinner resolved what he
should do to be saved.
A&s 16. 30, 31:
Sirs ! What must I do to be saved.
And they said, believe on the Lord le sus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Q ul and Silas ( on their journey ) make a step to
Philippi,a chiefe City in Macedonia, vers. 12. They had a special call for it, ver.9. Being there the next Sabbath, they apply themselves to Praying and Preaching, ver. 13. and each of these was
crowned with a blessed effe. By che former, Lydia is converted, ver. 14, 15. By the latter, the Devil is difpofered one of a Damafell, ver. 16, 18. The Word and Prayer are the great power of God to change the heart and conquer Satan.
But if we trouble tbe Devil, the Devil will not cease to croyble us, It hath been the lot of the best Ministers, co do moft good, and find most affli&ion. Look but in the 19. ver. and there you shall see Panland Silas caugbt and drawn before the
beares and gonan lose their go what is th
cast out a Devil! Bu: this is not the matter objeđed, nor the immediate ground of the trouble ( Her Master saw that the hope of their gaines was gone. ) How far will the love of the world chruit a man against Gods servants,even Paul himselfis brought to the Bar,when he cuts off the gaines which che Devil brought. Covervus hearts and good Miristers can never agree.' They will racher sell she Truth than lose their Gaine.''
But being now before the Magistrate, what is thcir accuration? What! That Pauland Silas did caftout the Devil ? No. That they who were che Masters of the Damosel were impaired and disadvantaged by their Preaching ? No, though this was the ground, yet something else was the Pretence. This would seeme iomewhat too base,and therefore they urge against them ano. ther allegation, which they knew would easily take, vers, 20.4. T hele being lews exceedingly trouble our City, and ver. 21. Teacher Customes which are not lawful for us to receive, nor to observe, being Romans. * As if he said, they are a couple of factious and schymatical fel. lows, men of a singular spirit,given to innovation, speak strange things of one Christ, and of Believing, and of Repenting, and we know not wbar. . . . .
They need say no more, prefently there is an uprore, and with. out any more ado, right or wrong, they have Justice. The Ma. gistrates rent their clothes, and command to beate them. verí 22. "And this is not enough, besides the whip, they must to the Prijon,and be kept safe and close, verse 23. Hatred of goodnelle doth many times precipitale evil men to the acts of injustice;
and he who hates a good man, will many times - become a bad · Judge. .
But in the prison and stocks they are,and the layler is as frict ' to execute, as they unjust to command, verse 24. He did ihrujt them into che inner prison, and made their feet fast in the
stocks. : A strange Providence is chat of God, Paul and Silas are sent
to prison to convert a Jayler, to uploose him, who bound them, to heale him, who fcourged them, God hath some special ends in the times and places of his servants sufferings. Well, ac Mid
niebt Paul and Silas prayed and sang prajses to God, verse 25. No
But now sex che consequents of this, their prayers Thooke the • Heaven and the Heaven shooke the Earth, so that the foundations
of the Prison were shakex, and immediately all the doores were opened.
The layler aWake, fees the prison deores open, and for onghe he
onate desperatenesse, drawes , oui his word to kill 'bime o- self. :
Paulespies him, and cryes out with a loud voice, ( bold, hold)
Which is in this made theme ftocks, dond they doled before
But what of all this. All this may arise from sparks of pitty and
: Sirs, said he,
What does Paul, and Silas Answer him? they said, Beleeve
in the Lord Jesus Chrift, and sbor falt be (avedi And I bei feech you marke it, how immediate their answer is to hi, question; they do not say, as the High Priests to afflicted indas, look thow to that, they do not upbraid him with his hard and cruell usage. They take not chac advantage, and say, nay. now doch thy conscience trodble thee for being so wicked and scourging us so sharply? yea, and so let it; doelt chou come for direction and comfort to us, whom thou hast fo Thamefully abused? .
No, they forget the injuries, and presently pour in che Oyl, They instantly direct bim into the true way of life, Believe is. the Lord lefus Christ, and I hou shalt be saved. But more of this a non,
I have chosen this text on purpose, that I may proceed to th: next article of the Creed (I believe in lesus Christ our Lord) yo see it is exprest in the next.
But before I handle it give me leave to Analyse the words,ar..' to touch upon some fingular conclusions, and then I will fec. down upon the Article it self more fully,
The opening of the words with the severall
Dottrines in the text.
He words of the text do containe two pares.
Acase of Conscience to be propounded by a trova bled and trembling finner : The cale is not for a. nother, but for himself, what Mall I do? And noc, about his Riches, or wealth, or his body, but a..
bout his soul : And that not for meer fpeculatsz, on, but for practicals, it is a cale about his falvacion,and about che mcanes which bs should take to accaine :, Sirs, what shall I do 10 be. Az ed?
s about his soul: Anue his falvacion,