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He knows that
against him for it of God, can never, by his that will do no
obeying the law, deliver himself therefrom.(a) good, which yet he propounds
(To say nothing of what a reformation is like for the health to be set up in Mansoul, when the devil is of Mansoul.
become the corrector of vice.) Thou kuow. est that all that thou hast now said in this matter is nothing but guile and deceit; and as it was the first, so is it the last card that thou hast to play. Many there be that discern thee, when thou thewest them thy cloven foot; but in thy white, thy light, and in thy transformation, thou art seen but of a few. But thou shalt not do thus with my Mansoul, O Diabolus, for I do still love my Mansoul, “. Besides, I am not come to put
Mansoul upon works, to live thereby ; should I do lo, I should be like unto thee; but I am come, that by me, and by what I have and shall do for Mansoul, they may be reconciled to my Father, though by their sin they have provoked him to anger, and though by the law they cannot obtain mercy.
“ 'Thou talkest of subjecting this town to good, when none desireth it at thy hands. I am sent by my Father to possess it myself, and to guide it, by the skilfulness of my hands, into such a conformity to him as shall be pleasing in his fight. I will therefore possess it myself: I will dipossess and cast thee out: I will set up mine own standard in the midst of them: I will also govern them by All things must new laws, new officers, new motives, and be new in Man
new ways: yea, I will pull down this town, soul, and build it again, and it shall be as though
(a) Man having transgressed the divine law in Adam his progenitor, there has, ever since that fatal period, been an end of his righteousness for ever; see Gal. iii. 10. a better was then needful, to justify him. By the law, the knowJedge of our sin and misery is revealed; but grace and truth comes by Christ Jesus, through faith which worketh by love, Gal. v. 6.
it had not been, and it shall be the glory of the whole universe." (a) When Diabolus heard this, and perceived
Diabolus conthat he was discovered in all his deceits, he
founded. was confounded, and utterly put to a nonplus; but having in himself the fountain of iniquity, rage, and malice against both SHADDAI and his Son, and the beloved town of Mansoul, what doth he but strengthen himself what he could to give fresh battle to the noble prince EMANUEL. So then, now we must have another fight before the town of Man
tions for fight. soul is taken. Come up then to the mountains, you that love to see military actions, and behold both sides how the fatal blow is given; while one seeks to hold, and the other seeks to make himself master of, the famous town of Mansoul.
Diabolus therefore withdrew himself from the walls to his fort that was in the heart of the town of Mansoul; EMANUEL alfo returned to the camp; and both of them, after their divers ways, put themselves into a posture fit to give battle one to another. Diabolus, as Diabolus defilled with despair of retaining in his hands spairs of holdthe famous town of Mansoul, resolved to do ing ManSoul, what mischief he could (if indeed he could do contrives to do any) to the army of the Prince, and to the it what mischief famous town of Mansoul; for alas! it was not the happiness of the filly town of Mansoul that was. designed by Diabolus, but the utter ruin and overthrow thereof, as now is enough in view, Mark xxvi. 27. Wherefore he commands his officers that they should then, when they saw that they could hold the town no longer, do it what harm and mischief they could, rending and
(a) When Christ takes possession of the soul by regeneration, he casts out the buyers and sellers; old things pafs away, and all things become new; the desires, affections, hopes, fears, pursuits, ends, and aims, all happily tend to she glory of God, and the praise of his discriminating grace,
tearing men, women, and children ; (a) for, said he, we had better quite demolish the place, and leave it a ruinous heap, than that it should be an habitation for EMANUEL.
EMANUEL again, knowing that the next battle would ilue in his being made master of the place, gave out a royal commandment to all his officers, high captains, and men of war, to be sure to shew themselves men of war against Diabolus and all Diabolonians ; but favourable, merciful, and meek to the old inhabitants of Mansoul. Bend therefore, said the noble Prince, the hottest front of the battle against Diabolus and his men. The battle So the day being come, the command was joined, and they given, and the Prince's men stood bravely to fight on both fides fiercely.
their arms; nor did, as before, bend their
forces against Ear-gate and Eye-gate. The word was then, MANSOUL is won: so they inade their assault upon the town. Diabolus also, as fast as he could, with the main of his power, made resistance from within, and his high lords and chief captains for a time fought very cruelly against the Prince's army,
But, after three or four notable charges by Ear-gate broke
the Prince and his noble captains, Ear-gate open.
was broke open, and the bars and bolts, wherewith it was used to be fast shut up against the Prince, were broken into a thousand pieces. (6) Then did the
Prince's trumpets found, the captains shout, The Prince's Itandard set up,
the town shake, and Diabolus retreat to his and the flings
hold. Well, when the Prince's forces had are played still
and at the castle. did set up his throne in it; also he set his
(a) Hereby Satan's malice, and his enmity to man's felia city,' appears; for whom he can no longer rule, he will perfecute, distress, and tempt: but our Jesus is almighty and must prevail, and his precious promises are infallible.
(6) O blessed event! A sure token for good, is an attentive ear! Saints and angels rejoice at it. See Ila. xlii. 18. ly. 3. Jer. xi. 2. James i. 16.
standard near it, upon a mount that his men had before cast up to place the mighty flings thereon. The mount was called mount Hear-well; there therefore the Prince abode, to wit, hard by the going in at the gate. He commanded also that the golden flingsa) should yet be played upon the town, especially against the castle, because for shelter thither was Diabolus retreated. Now from Ear-gate the street was strait, even to the house of him who was the recorder before Diabolus took the town; and hard-by his house stood the castle, which Diabolus for a long time had made his irklome den. The captains therefore quickly cleared the street by the use of their flings, so that way was made up to the heart of the town. Then the Prince commanded that captain Boanerges, captain Conviction, and captain Judgment, should forthwith march up the town to the old gentleman's * gate. Then did
* Conscience. the captains in most warlike manner enter into the town of Mansoul, and, marching in with flying colours, they came up to the Recorder's house They go to the (and that was almost as strong as the castle). Recorder's
house. Battering-rams they took also with them, to plant against the castle-gates. When they were come to the house of Mr. Conscience, they knocked, and demanded entrance. (b) Now the old gentleman, not knowing as yet fully their design, kept his gates fhut all the time of this fight. Wherefore Boanerges demanded entrance at his gates; and no man They demand. making answer, he gave it one stroke with the head of a ram, and this made the old gentleman shake, and his house tremble and totter. Then came Mr. Recorder down to the gate, and as well as he could, with quivering lips, he asked who was there? Boanerges an,
(a) The promises, brought home to the heart by the Spirit of God.
(6) Conscience is a faithful monitor, a witness for God in the soul; when awakened, it discerns, loves, and approves the word, ways, and will of God in a reconciling Savioura May we not reject it's friendly admonitions!
fwered, We are the captains and commanders of the great SHADDAI, and of the blessed EMANUEL his Son, and we demand possession of your house for the use of our noble Prince. And with that the battering.ram gave the gate another shake: this made the old gentleman tremble the more, yet durst he not but open
gate: then the King's forces marched in, namely, They go in.
the three brave captains mentioned before. Now the Recorder's house was a place of much convenience for EMANUEL, not only because it was near and fronted the castle, the den where now Diabolus was ; for he was now afraid to come out of his hold. As for Mr.
Recorder, the captains carried it very reThey keep themselves re
servedly to him: as yet he knew nothing of servedly from
the great designs of EMANUEL ; so that he did the Recorder.
not know what judgment to make, nor what would be the end of such thundering beginnings. (a) It was
noised in the town, how the Recorder's His house the house was possessed, his rooms taken up,
and seat of war.
his palace made the seat of war; and no fooner was it noiled abroad, but they took the alarm as warmly, and gave it out to others of his friends; and as, you know, a Inow-ball loses nothing by rolling, so in little time the whole town was possessed, that they must expect nothing from the Prince but destruction; and the ground of the business was this, the Recorder trembled, and the captains carried it strangely to him: so many came to seę; but when they with their own eyes beheld the captains in the palace, and their battering rams ever played at the castle-gates to beat them down, they were riveted in their fears, and it made them as in amaze. And, as I
(a) The consciences of the unconverted are in a profound lethargy; some cannot be roused but by the thundering terrors of the law; and, when wounded by the arrows of conviction, nothing but the blood of the Lamb of God, the balm of the divine Physician, can heal or comfort them,