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s. To bear Contempt patiently, 2 Cor.
II. MOTIVES to be meek and lovely. Cons
1. GOD dwells with the Humble, tras
3. The Promises made to it; as,
give them Grace, S. Jam. iv. 6.
exalt them, i Pet. V. 6.
5. There is nothing that we have, that we
can be proud of, but we have cause to be bumble for aú Things.
S. MATT. xvi. 24.
any Man will come after me, let him
THERE are these three Conditions requir'd
that will be Christ's true and faithful Disciples ; 1, That they be ready to deny themselves.
to take up their Crofs. 3.
and to follow Christ in all Things that He hath prefcrib'd to them by His Example or Commands, or does require of them.
that stands in Competition with our
Seipsum fibi homo abneget, & totus mu
tetur. Ambrof. 1. In denying our own Wills, if they in
1. Not to do what GOD commands us,
Gal. i. 16. 2. Nor to suffer what He lays upon us;
Luk. xxii. 42. 1 Sam. iii. 18. 2. In denying our Affections, when they are
inconsistent with our Christian Duty;
such as are, 1. Self-Love. We naturally love ourselves,
but should spiritually love GOD, and
that chiefly and above all Things. 2. Foy. We must deny Foy in ourselves, in
Sin, or any other Thing but GOD. 3. Hope. We must not suffer our Hope
. to rest in any but GOD. 4. Desires. Nothing must come in Competi
tion with GOD in our Desires. No Interests or Enjoyments in the World whatsoever, Pfal.Ixxiii
. 25. Phil. iii.8. 1. Not Estate, Prov. iii. 9. 2. Not Credit or Honour, Matt. V. II. 3. Not Relations, Matt. X. 37. 4. Not Liberty: 5. Not Health, 6. Not Life, Luk. xiv. 26.
7. Much less our Lusts and Corruptions. 2. Why are we to deny ourselves, if we follow Christ?
1. God hath commanded us.
GOD, Matt. vi. 24.
to act according to our own Wills and
Humours, 1 Cor. vi, 20. INFERENCES 1. How fer are there in the World, that follow Christ aright, Luk, xii. 32.
2. How hard a thing is it so to do?
3. Wherefore, endeavour to deny yourselves, by considering, ļ. That Christ deny'd Himself for
deny you, Matt. X. 33.
you manifest yourselves to be Christ's
will find yourselves with Christ bere
after. Wherefore, manifest your Self-denial.
!: In Leaving your former Sins, tho never sa delightful, or advantageous to you in the of the World.
2. In Liying above yourselves, not your Eftates, but sins, not your Conditions, but Corru. ptions.
Whosoever will be Chriff's Disciple, must take up
sisted of an erect piece
in the way
1. Inward ; as,
S. Matt. xix, 27.
S. Matt. xi. 29, 30. 3. Temptations from the Devil, 1 S. Pet.
2. Or outward; as,
1. Hatred, S. Matt. X. 22..
2 Cor. vi. 4. and xi. 24, 25, 26, 27.
and xii. 10. 4. Imprisonment, 2 Cor. vi. s. S. Scourges, Wracks,Tortures, Hebr. xi.37.
6. Death, Luk. xiv. 26. Phil. ij. 8. Now there are two Things that make our Croffes to be the Cross of Christ. 1. That we suffer in the way of well
doing. 2. That we suffer for our well-doing in that
way, it is not enough that we be doing well when we suffer, but we must therefore suffer because we are doing well, otherwise our Cross is not Christ's Cross, because not put upon our Shoul
ders for His sake, i Pet. ii. 20. 2. What is it to take up our Cross ? 1. Negatively.
1. Not to run ourselves into Sufferings. 2. Nor the meer bearing of Alictions,
2 Cor. xi. 33. 2. Positively, To be willing to bear whatsoever is laid upon us for Christ's fake; not to think much to suffer for Him, who thought not much to die for us. An Horfe fuftinet, Jed non suscipit onus. And there