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.

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Wherefore he sayeth awake thou that  sleepest and arise from the dead and  Christ Shall give thee Light —
we may at once Perceive from these  words, the Infinite goodness and con descension of God towards us rebels  for we have willfully Departed from  god our Maker and in Departing  from him, we Depart from our own  happiness yea we forfeit all blessed ness and every Mercy, and we Can  Claim nothing at the Hands of god  Better than Damnation, and god might  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 likelier 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 compassion on whom he  will have compassion — and this  his Pity to us, is brought about  in a way that Men or Angels  could never find out or invent,  it must needs be in and through the  Death of his only begotten Son  here is unparalleled Love that god So  Loved the World that he gave his  only begotten Son into the World  that whosoever believeth in Shall  not perish but have everlasting  Life, this is good News good News  unto miserable Children of Fallen A.  that there is a Saviour given a might [illegible][guess: y]  Saviour —
and in further Speaking upon this  text I Shall Endeavour, as god Shall  help. to give the Import of it, in  Several particulars.   and here first In general
It Plainly implies, that man as he  is fallen Creature from God, is fallen  asleep Spiritually, he is stupefied thereby,  yea he is fallen Down Dead in  trespasses and in Sins —
And here I Shall endeavour to represent  two Sorts of People in that are the world, and  distinguish them one from the other.  the one is Believer, and up unbeliev er, Yet Both are asleep,
The one is in a 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  exposed to everlasting destruction  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  destructive Sleep —
And lastly I Shall Conclude  with the Improvement of the whole  and have first. — there is Such a  thing as Believers being asleep  and when they are So, they are unfit  to Serve god. Yea they are disobey ing and dishonouring of him —  we Read of ten virgins, in Matthew 25  that were Slumbering and Sleeping  while the Bridegroom tarried  till there was a great Cry or a  Loud Call made, unto them, it  Seems in Such a Language as this  awake thou that sleepest and a rise from the Dead
for behold the Bridegroom Cometh  go ye out to meet him.  and then when they heard this   Heavenly-Voice, and understood it  they immediately rose with great  confusion and Trembling. it Seems  and when they Came to look about  themselves they found everything out of  order, their Lamps were unprepared  they are gone out, altogether un fit to Meet the Bridegroom with —  and Now there is everything to do —  and a very Short time to do it in  for the forerunner or the Voice of the  Bridegroom is already entered into  the Ears of the virgins, he that 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 reckon with the Virgins —  O! me think there was great  exercise of heart and mind among  the Virgins at that season —
and further — to illustrate this Point  of Truth, let us Compare spiritual  Sleep with Natural Sleep, and  See what resemblance there may  be — and here, we know by  experience and observation, that  a man, that is asleep is altoge­ ther unfit for business at that season  he is not Doing the least business for  himself for his Relations or his  Neighbours or his King. for he   has desisted and laid aside all  business while he Sleeps —  So is a Christian when he is  Spiritually asleep — —
again when a man is asleep  he is Ignorant and senseless of  all the Carryingson and [illegible][guess: Con] of the world  he is Ignorant of the agreeable   conversation that his Neighbours  have, the News from abroad
has no Affect upon him; he has  no fellow feeling with his  Neighbours either in Joy or Sorrow  So is a sleepy Christian. he  knows not what a Sweet conver sation they Enjoy one with  the other that one awake what Trade they  carry on to Heaven, and what  returns they have from that  Blessed Country, and what  Communion they have  with god, or what fellowship  they have one with other nor  what Joys or Sorrows they  meet with in their travel—  like unto Thomas etc. — — —
the means of grace have but  little effect on them —
Again a man that is asleep  is defenseless, he is exposed to  many Danger's he is liable  to be taken by his Enemies —  a soldier must watch
So, is a Christian that is asleep —  they are liable to all Dangers  — — — watch and Pray —
again a man that is asleep may  Dream Dreams, They may have  pleasant, and frightful Dreams  they may Dream of prosperity  and Peace — —  of adversity and Sorrow — —
So may a Christian Dream  many things
Now let us Bring Peter as  an instance, one that has Slept,  and See what was the fruit  of his Sleep, and also one that  has awaked out of this Sleep  and what was the fruit of it
Now let us consider the State  of those that are in a Dead Sleep —  those that are unregenerate  are in a Dead Sleep, Dead in  trespasses and in Sins, a very Dan­ gerous Sleep, they are liable to  all the miseries of this life to  Death itself and to the Pains  of Hell forever, and in this State  and condition it is impossible  for them to please god, for  they have no life or godliness there fore they Can't do the work of  god Acceptably, they are Dead  and So all their Services are Dead  by reason of Sin, — they have  no sense of god, they have  no right apprehensions of  heaven or Hell, they have  no fear of god; and no love  to him, no love to his word  no love to his ordinances, nor  to his Commandments Laws or  his Precepts
yea they have relish for divine  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 fiery Law from Mount  Sinai, Don't make them afraid —  and the goodness and Mercy of  god, that Daily attends Don't  Lead them to repentance, and  the judgements 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 dangerous  Sleep they lie upon very Slip pery Places
they are liable to be Cut a sunder every Moment by the  justice of god, the axe is  laid to the root of every  Tree, and every Tree that 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 condescen sion of the great God whose  Name alone is Jehovah, in  Sending his own Son into the  world, after our willful a postasy from god, that who­ soever believeth in him should  perish. but have everlasting  Life — here is Love indeed  god freely gave his Dear Son to Sinners  to Save them. and the Son freely  accepts 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  clothed with human body  like our own — took upon him   the Iniquity of the children   of men— became the Son   of man that we the Sinful   children of men might be   come the Sons of the living   god — he laid Down   his Life. and Died the   accursed Death of the cross    that we might be made   Alive unto god —   all this was done to awake   those that were Sleep, and to   raise that were Dead
2ly this Text promises  a glorious promise of Light  Rev. Sir,  I Conclude you have
to them that hear and obey the Voice of Christ  awake those that Sleepeth and  arise from the Dead and Christ  Shall give thee Light —
To Conclude  let us Improve the whole  and hear first, is it So as we  have heard, that there is   Such a thing as Christians slu mbering and Sleeping —  first then examine yourself  and if thou art Sleeper,   hear the Voice of Christ,  and obey,[illegible: [guess: }]] arise and Trim  your Lamps, and Christ Shall  give you Light, — for all  thy Work is to do — and  behold the bridegroom Come.  go ye out to meet him  awake by a true repentance  and arise by faith in Christ
Hear the Voice of God in his  word, — in the preached gospels  In his Laws Precepts and  commands — In the gospel in stitutions and ordinances —  to the wicked In the curses of god Law —  In the melting Invitations  of the gospel — —   In the Creation — —  In the Providence of god  In mercy — in health and prosperity  In judgements ˄ sickness etc.  O! Sleeper isn't here Enough  to awake you, hear the voice  of Christ in these things, and a rise from all sin to righteous ness, from all the fruits of the flesh  to the fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5.22   1 Corinthians 6. 9  backsliders awake and arise—   Luke 15
and ye all Receive the promise  of glorious Light, of Life  and light at last to the Hea­ venly Jerusalem.
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Revel — Behold I Come
My friends we are not to live here  only to gratify our Carnal senses etc.
But the great End of our Being  is to glorify god,  our future 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 are 2 rewards
and then Improve the Whole  by way of Inquiry —first to  Saints — and then to Sinners
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