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and flain : for when they saw that the posts of Ear-gate shook, and Eye.gate was well nigh broken quite open; and also that their captains were Nain ; this took away

the hearts of many of the Diabolonians, so that they fell also by the force of the shot that were sent by the golden Nings into the midst of the town of Mansoul. Of the townsmen, there was one Love-no

Love-no-good good; he was a townsman, but a Diabolonian;

wounded he also received his mortal wound in Manfoul, but he died not very soon.

Mr. Ill-pause also, who came along with Diabolus when at first he attempted the taking of Mansoul, received a grievous wound in the head ; some fay that his brain-pan was cracked : this I have taken Ill-pause

wounded. notice of, that he was never after this able to do that mischief to Mansoul as he had done in times past. Also old Prejudice and Mr. Any-thing fied.

Now when the battle was over, the Prince commanded that yet once more the white flag should be

The white flag set upon mount Gracious, in light of the

hung out again. town of Mansoul; to shew that

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When Diabolus saw the white flag hung out again, and knowing that it was not for Diabolus's new

prank. him, but Mapsoul; he cast in his mind to play another prank, to wit, to see if Emanuel. would raise_his fiege and be gone, upon promise of reformation. So he went down to the gate one evening, a good while after the sun was gone down, and called to speak with EMANUEL; who presently came down to the gate, and Diabolus faith unto him :

· For

(a) No day nor hour but Jesus knocks at human hearts. By his word and Spirit, he gradually subdues his enemies: and at length sets up his blessed kingdom. The grace of God brings salvation, Tit. ii. 11.

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· Forasmuch as thou makes it appear by His speech to the white flag, that thou art wholly given to EMANUEL.

peace and quiet'; I thought mect to acquaint thee, that we are ready to accept thereof upon terms which thou mayest admit.

• I know that thou art given to devotion, and that holiness pleases thee; yea, that thy great end in making a war upon Mansoul, is, that it may be an holy habitation. Well, draw off thy forces from the town, and I will bend Mansoul to thy bow.

First, I will lay down all acts of hostility against thee, and will be willing to become thy deputy; and will, as I have formerly been against thee, now serve thee in the town of Mansoul. (a) And more particularly, Diabolus would '1. I will persuade Mansoul to receive be EMANUEL's thee for their lord ; and I know that they will deputý, do it fooner, when they shall understand that I am thy deputy.

• 2. I will thew them wherein they have erred, and that tranfgreflion stands in the way to life.

63. I will thew them the holy law unto which they mult conform, even that which they have broken.

4. I will press upon them the necessity of a reformation, according to law..

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per cost and charge, will set up and maintain a sufficient ministry, besides lectures, in Mansoul.

66. Thou shalt receive, as a token of our subjection to thee, continually, year by year, what thou thalt think fit to lay and levy upon us, in token of such subjection.'

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Forasmuch as thou makest it appear by His speech to the white flag, that thou art wholly given to EMANUEL.

peace and quiet'; I thought mect to acquaint thee, that we are ready to accept thereof

upon terms which thou mayest admit.

• I know that thou art given to devotion, and that holiness pleases thee; yea, that thy great end in making a war upon Mansoul, is, that it may be an holy habitation. Well, draw off thy forces from the town, and I will bend Mansoul to thy bow.

• First, I will lay down all acts of hostility against thee, and will be willing to become thy deputy ; and will, as I have formerly been against thee, now serve thee in the town of Mansoul. (a) And more particularly, Diabolus would 1. I will persuade Mansoul to receive be EMANUEL's thee for their lord; and I know that they will deputy, do it sooner, when they shall understand that I am thy deputy.

2. I will thew them wherein they have erred, and that transgreflion stands in the way to life.

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4. I will press upon them the necessity of a reformation, according to law..

5. And moreover, that none of these and would turn things may fail, I myself, at my own proreformer.

per cost and charge, will set up and maintain a sufficient ministry, besides lectures, in Mansoul.

66. Thou shalt receive, as a token of our subjection to thee, continually year by year, what thou thali think fit to lay and levy upon us, in token of such subjection.'

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(a) Many, when under convictions for sin, apply in vain to the condemning law for justification unto life; whereas the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life; and Christ is the end of the law, for righteousness, to all them that believe, Rom. x. 4. No compolition can be admitted : Jelus has done and will do all for, in, and by,us: to him, therefore, all the glory is due.

Then said EMANUEL to him, “O full of EMANUEL'S deceit, how moveable are thy ways! How answer to Dioften hast thou changed and re-changed, if so abolus. be thou mightest itill keep poffeflion of my Mansoul ! though, as has been plainly declared before, I am the sight heir thereof. Often haft thou made thy proposals already, nor is this last a whit better than they, 2 Cor. xi. 14. And failing to deceive when thou thewedst thyself in thy black, thou halt now transformed thyself into an angel of light, and wouldit, to deceive, be now as a minister of righteousness. (a)

“ But know thou, O Diabolus, that nothing must be regarded that thou canst propound, for nothing is done by thee but to deceive; thou neither hast con

Diabolus has no science to God, nor love to the town of Man- conscience to soul; whence then should these thy sayings God, nor love arise, but from înful craft and deceit He to Mansoul. that can list and will propound what he pleases, and that therewith he may destroy them that believe him, is to be abandoned, with all that he shall fay. But if righteousness be such a beauty-spot in thine eyes now, how is it that wickedness was so closely stuck to by thee before? But this by the bye.

“ Thou talkest now of a reformation in Mansoul, and that thou thyself, if I please, will be at the head of that reformation ; all the while knowing, that the greatest proficiency that man can make in the law, and the righteousness thereof, will amount to no more, for the takiug away of the curse from Mansoul, than just nothing at all; for a law being broken by Mansoul, that had before, upon a supposition of the breach thereof, a curse pronounced

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(a) Resting in an outward reformation, a mere form of godliness, is a most dangerous state. Beware of self-righteousness; this fair-looking spirit persuades finners they are too holy to need Christ for their fančtification, and too healthy to need him as a physician to heal thein. See Luke xviii. 9. and Matt. xxiii, i

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