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are five Qualifications required to our right taking up our Cross, viz. that we take it up,
1. Willingly, S. Matt. vi. 10.
V. 41. 3. Why must Christ's Disciples bear their Cross? 1. Because Christ bore it, Phil. iii. 10. Matt.
X. 23, 24, 25. 2. Because the Way wherein we follow Christ
is a cross Way; Cross to the World; Cross to Sin; Cross to our Lufts; and therefore, He that will follow Christ, most expect Crosses before they come, and take them when they are come,
2 Tim. iii. 12. Psal. xxxiv. 19. 3. The Cross is Christ's School, wherein he
trains up His Disciples; teaching them
to know, 1. God, Job xlii. 5. 2. The World, 1 Cor. vii. 31. 3. Their Sins, Job xxxvi. 8, 9. 4. Themselves, Dan. iv. 30, 34, c. 5. The Art of applying Promises, Hebr.
xiii. 5, 5. 6. The Duty of Self-Examination, Lam.
iii. 39, 40, 7. of Self-Humiliation, Job xxxvi.
8, 9, 10. and xlii. 5,6. 8.
of Submitting unto GOD, Rom. V. 3, 4 9
of Believing, Pfal. xxvii. 12, 13. of Despising the World, Gal.
11. The Duty of Praying, Hof. v. 15.
of heavenly Meditation, Phil.
iii. 20. U SE S. 1. Wonder not at the Affli&ions of the Righteous ; for if Men be Righteous, they must look for such Afiations, which are to be expected by Christ's Disciples in this World, Hebr. xii. 6. A&t. xiv. 22.
2. For Christ did not die to save us from temporal Troubles.
3, And they are no Discredit, Aft. v.41.
MOTIVES and ARGUMENTS to bear the Cross.
All ye that go after Christ, take up your Cross; endeavour to bear patiently, chearfully, &c. whatsoever is laid upon you for Christ's sake. Confidering,
1. It is GOD that lays it upon you, Amos iii. 6.
2. It is less than you have deserv'd, Ezra ix. 13.
3 It is Christ's Cross, and we cannot suffer so much for Christ, as He fuffer'd for us.
Do we suffer in Soul ? so did He, S. Matt. xxvi. 38. Do we suffer in Body? so did He, S. Matt. xxvi. 67. Do we suffer in Name? so did He, S. Matt. X. 25. and xxvii. 63. Do we suffer Death? so did He, S. Matt. xxvii. 5o. and all our Sufferings are but the Sufferings of Men, whereas His were the Sufferings of One who was GOD as well as Man.
4. It is a blessed Cross; 1 S. Pet. iii. 14. The Curse is taken out by the Death of Christ. We, by our Sins, turn our Mercies into M series; but Christ, by His Sufferings, hath turned our Miseries into Mercies ; fos now Chrif's Cross is,
5. An honourable Cross, A7. V. 41. Phil
. i. 29. Πρότισσν Σ' δ ο ταυρος όνομα καταδίκης ήν, νυν και resyua tipuñs pésovev, Chrysoft.
6. A profitable Cross, Hebr. xii. 10. Psal. cxix. 71. it being good, 1. To wean our Hearts more from the
1. Patience, Rom. V. 3, 4.
4. Love to Christ,
Xxxvi. 8, 9, 10. 5. To make Sin more loathsome to us, and
so it is the fiery Furnace but to purge
away our Dross, Isa. xxvii. 9. 6. To make us long more after Heaven. 7. To manifest us to be Christ's Disciples,
and GOD's Children, Hebr. xii. 6,7,8. 8. To discover God's Fatherly Care over
us, in comforting and supporting us under, and delivering us out of them, Ifa. xli. 10, 13, 14. i S. Pet. iv. 19. Exod.
iii. 8. 2 Tim. iv. 16,17,18. Psal. xxiii. 4. 7. It is a Cross that leads to a Crown,
Bear the Cross on Earth, and wear the Crops in Heaven, At. xiv. 22. 2 Tim. ji. 12. 2 Cor. iv. 17.
III. DOCTRIN B.
To imitate Him, so as,
4. To square our Lives by His, and to make
His Conversation the Rule of ours in
all Things. 2. Wherein must we follow Christ? 1. Negatively 1. Not in what He did as GOD; for so,
1. He knew Thoughts, S, Matt. xii. 25.
Foretold Events, S. Luk. xxi. 6.
S. Luk. xix. 30, 33. 2. Nor what He did as God-Man; for
He is, 1. Qur King; to prescribe us Laws,judge
as according to them and preserve
us from our spiritual Enemies. 2. A Prophet to teach us; not only our
Heads, but our Hearts. 3. A Priest to satisfy for our Sin,
and to intercede for our Souls, both which He doth as God-Man, and therefore in neither of them
is imitable by us. 2. Positively. But we must follow Him in those Thing
which He did as purely Man; as, !, la our Understandings, growing in Wira
dom as in Stature, S. Luk. ii. 52. 2. In our Wills. 1. By a perfe& Resignation of them
unto GOD, S. Luk. xxii. 42. 2. By Relifting the Devil's Tempta,
tions, S. Matr. iv. 1, 2. 3. In our Affections ; as, 1: Love, S. Joh. xiii, 1. and xv. 13. 1 S. Joh. ii. 16.
2. Joy, Psal. xl.6, 7. Hebr. X. 5, 6. 3. Meekness and being lowly, S. Matt.
4. Sorrow, S. Mar. iii. 5. 5. Compassion and pitying those that
are in Distress, S. Matt. xv. 32. in Danger temporal, S. Luk. xix. 41,
42. or spiritual, S. Matt. ix. 36. 4. In our Words, Ifa. liii. 9. 1 S. Pet. ii. 22.
S. Luk. iv. 22. 5. In our Behaviour to Men, 1. To all in general, by doing them as
much Good as we can, A&t. x. 38. 2. In particular, 1. By being subject to Parents, S. Luk.
obedient to Magistrates, S. Matt. xvii. 27. S. Job. viii. 46. 3. By loving our Enemies, and pray
ing for them that curse us, S. Luk.
6. In our Duties to GOD, 1. By being constant and fervent in
Prayer, S. Luk. vi. 12. S. Matt. xiv.
23. 2. By frequenting the Ordinances, S. Luk.
iv. 16. 3. By finishing the Work He sent us into
the World to do, S. Joh. xvii. 4. 4. By making it our Meat to do our Hea
venly Father's Will, S. Job. iv. 34. 7. In our Death; Dying as He did,
1. In Charity, S. Luk. xxiii. 34. 2. Patiently, Ifa. liii. 7. 3. Trusting in GOD, S. Matt. xxvii. 46. 4. Committing our Souls to Him, S. Luk.