Sermon: Ephesians 5:14, 1760 May 15

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abstractSermon on Ephesians 5:15 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

handwritingClear and legible, although lettercase is occasionally difficult to discern.

paperSeveral small sheets are folded together into a booklet. The paper is in fair condition, with some staining and heavy wear around the edges.

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noteworthyAt top of one recto, “& Revelat.” is written in pencil and refers to the last page, which appears to be the beginning of a new sermon on a text from Revelation 16: 15 “Behold, I come”. The salutation “Revd Sir, I Conclude you have” along the left edge of six verso appears to be the beginning of a letter on a sheet that was repurposed for the sermon.

 
Wherefore he Saith awake thou that  Sleepſest and ariſe from the Dad and  Chriſt Shall give thee Light —
we may at once Perceive from theſe  words, the Infinite goodneſs and Con­  deſention of God towards us Rabeles  for we have willfully Departed from  god our Maker and in Departing  from him, we Depart from our own  Hapineſs yea we forfit all Bleſſed­ neſs and every Mercy, and we Can  Claim nothing at the Hands of god  Better than Damnation, and god mig^ht^  have Juſtly left us in our miſery With  everlaſting Shame and Confuſion of  Face, and when he had thoughts  of mercy he might have By us and  Placed his love on the fallen Angels  who are greater in Power than men  they are likeliyer to ſerve him
Better than we; But behold his  mercy is towards the fallen Children  of Adam, and there is no other Reaſon  Can be given why he does, ^ſo^ but this  becauſe he will have Mercy on  whom he will have Mercy and he  will have Comp^a^ſſion on whom he  will have Compaſſion — and this  his hPity to us, is brought abou^t^  in a way that Men or Angels  Cou'd never find out or invent,  it muſt needs be in and thro' the  Death of his only begoten Son  here is unparallel'd Love that god So  Loved the World that he gave his  only begoten Son into the Worald  that Whoſoever believeth in Shall  not Periſh but have ever laſting  Life, this is good News good News  unto Miſerable Children of Fallen A.  that there is a Saviour given a migh^t [illegible][guess: y]^  Saviour —
and in further Speaking upon theſe ^this^  text I Shall Endeavour, as god Shall  help. to give the Import of it, in  Several Perticulars.   and here firſt In genera^l^
It Plainly Implys, that man as he  [illegible]is fallen Creature from God, is fallen  A Sleep Spiritually, he is Stupified ^thereby^,  yea he is fallen Down Dead in  Traſpaſſes and in Sins —
And here I Shall endeavour to repre^t^  two Sorts of People in ^yt are^ the world, and  Diſtinguiſh them one from the other.  the one is Bealiever, and up unbeliev er, Yet Both are a Sleep,
The one is in a Dead Sleep, yet  not in a Dead Sleep but it is a  Sinful and abominable Sleep
The other is in a Dead Sleep  a very Dangerous Sleep, they Lie  expoſ,d to everlaſting Diſtruction  by it —
But Secondly  this text Plainly repreſents unto us  the Infinite Mercy of God to us; in  Sending his own Dear Son to a wake us out of this Dangerous yea  Diſtructive Sleep —
And laſtly I Shall Conclude  with the Improvement of the wh^o^le  and have firſt. — there is Such a  thing as Believers being a Sleep  and when they are So, they are unfit  to Serve god. Yea they are Diſobey ing and Diſhonouring of him —  we Read of ten Virgens, in Math 25  that were Slumbering and Sleeping  while the Bride[illegible]groom Taried  till there was a great Cry or a  Loud Call ma[illegible]de, unto them, it  Seems in Such a Language as ^this^  awake thou yt Sleepeſt and a Riſe from the Dead and Chriſt
for behold the Bridegroom Cometh  go ye out to meet him.  and then when they heard this Voce  Heavenly-Voice, and underſtood it  they emediatly Roſe with great  Confuſion and Trembling. it Seems  and when they Came to look about  themſelves they ^found^ every thing out of  order, their Lamps were unprepard  they [illegible]are gone out, altogether un fit to Meet the Bridegroom with —  and Now there is every thing to do —  and a wvery Short time to do it in  for the foreruner or the Voice of the  Bridegroom is already ienterd into  the Ears of the Virgens, he yt ha[illegible][guess: th]  behold I Come quickly and my re ward is with me, to give every man  according as his works Shall be —  is now on his way, Juſt at the  Doors, to reccond with the Virgins —  O! me think there was great  exerciſe of heart and mind among  the Virgins at that Seaſon —
and further — to Elluſtrate this Point  of Truth, let us Compare Spiri­l  Sleep with Natural Sleep, &  See what reſemblence there may  be — and here, we know [illegible]by  experience and obſer[illegible]vation, that  a man, that is a Sleep is altoge­ ther unfit for Buſineſs at yt Seaſon  he is not Doing the leaſt Buſineſs for  him­ſelf for his Relations or his  Neighbours or his King. for he [illegible]  has Deſiſted and lay'd aſide all  Buſineſs while he Sle^e^ps —  So is a Chriſtian when he is  Spiritually a Sleep — —
again when a man is a Sleep  he [illegible] is Ignorant and Sinceleſs of  all the Carryings^on and [illegible][guess: Con]^ oftthe world  he is Ignorant of the agre[illegible]able ^[illegible]^  Converſation that his Neighbours  have, the News from a Broad
has no Affect upon him; he has  no fellow feelling with his  Neighbours either ^in^ Joy or Sorrow  So is a Sleepey Chriſtien. he  knows not what a Sweet Conver ſation they Enjoy w one with  the other ^yt one awake^ what Trade they  Cary on to Heaven, and what  returns they have from yt  Bleſſed Cou^n^try, and what  Fellowſ^h^ip Communion they hav^e^  with god, or what fellowſhip  they have one with other nor  what Joys or Sorrows they  meet with in their Travil—  like unto Thomas &c — — —
the means of grace have but  l[illegible]itle effect on the them —
Again a man yt is a Sleep  is Defenceleſs, he is expoſd to  many Danger's he is liable  to be taken by his Enemies —  a ſolder muſt watch
So, is a Chrn yt is a Sleep —  they are liable to all Dangers  — — — watch and Pray —
again a man yt is a Sleep may  Dream Dreams, They may have  Pleaſent, and frightful Dreams  they may Dream of Proſperity  and Peace — —  of Adverſity and Sorrow — —
ASo may a Chriſn Dream  many things
Now let us Bring Peter as  an Inſtance, one yt has Slept,  and See what was the fruit  of his Sleep, and Alſo one yt  has a waked out ^of^ this Sleep  and what was ye fruit of it
Now let us Conſider the State  of thoſe yt are in a Dead Sleep —  thoſe that are unregenerate  are in a Dead Sleep, Dead in  Treſpaſſes ^&^ in Sins, a very Dan­ gerous Sleep, they are liable to  all the Miſeries of this life to  Death it Self and to the Pains  of Hell forever, and in this State  and Condiſtion it is Impoſſable  for them [illegible] to Pleaſe god, for  they have no life or godlyneſs there fore they Can't do the work of  god Acceptably, they are Dea^d^  and So all their Services are Dead  by Reaſon of Sin, — they have  no Sence of god, they have  no right apprihentions of  heaven or Hell, they have  no fear of god; and no love  to him, no [illegible] love to his word  no love to his ordernaces, nor  to his Commandments Laws or  his Precepts
yea they have Relliſh for Divi^n^  fo things, Spiritual things are  fooliſhneſs with them, the Voice  of Charmers from Chriſt Charm­ ing Never so Wiſely unto them in  the Tender Bowels of Compaſſion  move them not, and the Dread­ ful Thunders and Lightnings of  gods Firery Law from Mount  Sinai, Don't make them afraid —  and the goodneſs and Mercy of  god, yt Daily attends Don't  Lead them to repentence, and  the Judgments of god Don't make  to Conſider — All the Reaſon  is becauſe they are in ^a^ Dead  Sleep, they have no heart  for Heart for god or ^to^ his ways  Doesn't this greatly argue the  Stupidity and Deadneſs in Such  Souls. — — and Conſequent ly Such are in a very Dangers  Sleep they Liy upon very Slip pery Places
they are liable to be Cut a Sunder every Moment by the  Juſtice of god, the ax is  layd to the Roo[illegible]tt of every  Tree, and every Tree yt bring eth not good fruit, Shall  be hewn Down and Caſt in­ to everlaſting Fire — —  And Secondly and laſtly  this Text Repreſents unto us  ^the^ Astoniſhing Love and Condeſen tion of the great God whoſe  Name alone is Jehovah, in  Sending his own Son into the  world, after our willful a poſtaſie from god, wthat who­ ­ſoever believeth in him Shou'd  Periſh. but have everlaſting  Life — here is Love indeed  god ^freely^ gave his Dear Son to Sinners  to Save them. and the Son freely  excepts and undertakes the great  work Redemption
the Dear Lamb of god Leaves  the Boſom of his Dear Father  As it were bids farewell to all  the Heavenly Hoſts, and comes  Down to this benighted World  Clouthed with Humane Doby  like our own ,— took upon him   the Iniquity of the Childr   of men,— becam the Son   of man that we the Sinfu^l^   Childr of men might be   come the Sons of the living   god — he layd Down   his Life. and Died the   acurſed Death of the Croſs   they yt we might be made   Alive unto god —   all this was done to awak   thoſe yt were Sleep, and to   Raiſe that were Dead
2ly this Text Promiſes  a glorious Promiſe of Light 
[left]Revd Sir,  I Conclude you have
to them yt he[illegible]ar ^& obey^ the Voice of X  Awak y those yt Sleepeth &  a Riſe from the Dead and X  Shall give thee Light —
To Conclude  let us Improve the whole  and here firſt, is it So as we  have heard, that there is as  Such a thing as Chriſns ſlu mbring and Sleeping —  firſt then examine your ſel[gap: worn_edge][guess: ^f^]  and if thou ^art^ Sleeper, ariſe  hear the Voice of Chriſt,  and obey,[illegible: [guess: }]] Ariſe and Trim  your Lamps, and X Shall  give you Light, — for all  thy Work is to do — and  behold the Bri^d^grom Come.  go ye out to meet him  ariſe a wake by a true repentance  and a riſe by faith in Chriſt
Hear ye Voice of God in his  word, — in the Preach'd gos  In his Laws Precepts and  Comands — In the goſpel In­ ſtitutions and ordernances  ^to the wicked^ In the Curſes of god Law —  In the Meltyng Invit[illegible]ations  of ye goſpel — —   In ye Creation — —  In the Providence of god  In mercy — in health & Proſpert  In Judgments ˄ Sickneſs &c  O! Sleeper isn't here Enough  to awake you, hear the Voi  of X in theſe things, and a riſe from all ſin to Righteous neſs, from all ye fruits of ye Fleſh  to the Fruiſts of the Spirit, gal.5.22   1 Cor 6. 9  Back­ſliders awake and a Riſe—   Luke 15
and ye all Receive the ^[illegible]^ Promiſe  of glorious Light, of Life  and light at laſt to the Hea­ venly Jeruſalim.
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Revel — Behold I Come
My friends we are not to live here  only to gratify our Carnal Sisences &c.
But the great End of our Being  is to glorify god,  our futur[illegible]e State depends upon  our Behaviour in this life  according as we behave in this  World So Shall our Rewards be  in the World to Come   Here
I Shall Conſider the Parts of the Parts  of Text 1 There arer 2 rewards
and thent Improve the W[illegible]hole  by way of Inquiry —firſt to  Saints — and then to Sinners
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