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There was reared up, in the midst of this. The heart.
town, a most famous and stately palace: for strength, it may be called a castle ; for pleasantness, a para dile; for largenels, a place fo copious as to contain all the world, Ecclef. iii. 11. This place, the King SHADDAI intended but for himself alone, and not another with him : (a) partly because of his own delights, and partly because he would not that the terror of strangers should
be The powers of
upon the town. This place SHADDAI
made also a garrison of; but he committed the soul,
the keeping of it only to the men of the town. The body.
The walls of the town were-well built;, yea, so fast and firm were they knit and compacted together, that, had it not been for the townsmen themselves, they could not have been shaken er broken for ever.
For here lay the excellent wisdom of him that built Mansoul, that the walls could never be broken down nor. hurt, by, the most mighty adverse potentates, unless the townsmen gave consent thereto.
This famous town of Mausoul had five The five senses,
gates, at which to come out, and at which to go in; and these were made likewise answerable to the walls, to wit, impregnable, and such as could never be opened nor forced, but by the will and leave of those within. The names of the gates are these: Ear-gate, Eyegate, Mouth-gate, Nofe-gate, and Feet-gate.
Other things there were that belonged to the town of Mansoul, which, if you adjoin to these, will yet
(a) The heart of man, in it's incorrupt state, was ever afpia ring towards God in adoration, love, and praise; extolling and admiring his divine perfections, and the wonders of creation, in his various works. Such a heart also God himself delighted to dwell in, Prov. viii. But alas ! how is the pure gold become dim! how is the fine gold changed ! By loving the creature more than the Creator, the heart of man is become deceitful, and desperately wicked, a cage of unclean birds!'
Professor, if thy heart be idolatrous, or devoted to the world and thy lusts, thy religion is vain, thou deceivest thine own soul; for God says to all,. “My son, give me thine heart,” Proy, xxiii, 26.
give further demonstration to all, of the glory and strength of the place. It had always a sufficiency of
The state of provision within it's walls; (a) it had the best,
Mansoul at first most wholsome and excellent law, that was then extant in the world. There was not a rogue, rascalo! or traiterous person then within it's walls : they were all! true men, and fast joined together; and this, you know, is a great matter. And to all these, it had always, so long as it had the goodness to keep true to SHADDAI, the king, his countenance, his protection, and it was his delight, &c.
Well, upon a ime there was one Diabolus, (6), a mighty giant, made an assault upon the famous town of Mansoul, to take it, and make it his own habitation. This giant was king of the Blacks or Negroes, and a most raving prince he was. We will,
fallen angels. if you please, firit discourse of the original of this Diabolus, and then of his taking of this The origin of famous town of Mansoul.
Diabotus. This Diabolus is indeed a great and mighty prince, and yet both poot and beggarly. As to his original, he was at first one of the servants of king SHADDAI, by whom he was made, and raised to a most high and mighty place, yea, and was put into such principalities as belonged te
(a) That man, as he came from the hands of God, was en dued with power sufficient to enable him to remain happy its the divine favour, though still liable to fall by the prevalence: of temptation, ought to be universally allowed, as being con sonant with scripture, and agreeable to well informed reason, This sentiment is very elegantly expressed by our own poet, MILTON, in the angel Raphael's address to Adam:
66 God made thee perfect, not immutable:
And good he made thee; but to persevere,
Inextricable, or strict neceffity." 6) The devil; a fallen angel, an evil spirit; Satan, the adversary of God and man,
the best of his territories and dominions, Ifa. xiv. 12. This Diabolus was made son of the morning, and a brave place he had of it: it brought him much glory, and gave him much brightness: an income that might have contented his Luciferian heart, had it not been insatiable, and enlarged as hell itself.
Well, he seeing himself thus exalted to Pride kindles in Diabolus.
greatness and honour, and raging in his mind
for higher state and degree, what doth he but begin to think with himself, how he might be set up as lord over all, and have the sole power under SHADDAI, (a) 2 Pet. ii. 4. Jude 6. (Now that did the King reserve for
(a) Thus we see that pride, envy, and malice, excited rebellion in the angels, and cast them down from heaven: they could not brook the decree issued by Sovereign Wisdom, that the Messiah should be King and Lord over all creator beings, to the glory of God the Father; see Ps. ii. 6, 7: but each said in his heart, W I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my. throne above the stars of God; I will also sit
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north-I will be LIKE THE Most High,” Ifa. xiv. 13, 14. But, their design being no sooner formed than discovered by the all-piercing eye of God, they were immediately punished for their horrid conspiracy with everlasting destruction from his presence, banished from heaven and happiness for ever; and are now reserved in chains of darkness, to receive their full and final doom at the judgmunt of the great day, 2 Pet. ii. 4. Well had it been for the human race, if the evil had stopt here; but alas! the same rebellious spirit, that shut the angels out of heaven, keeps the bulk of fallen man from it: they will not have THIS MAN to reign over them, Luke xix. 14; they reject the God-man, Jesus; renounce the salvation of God's own gracious appointment; and, after a life of fin here, flatter themselves with vain, delusive hopes of future happiness, by a blind reliance on the mercy of an absolute God, who to all such will be a consuming fire: while others oppose their own righteousness to, or endeavour to join it with, the righteousness of Christ, for their justification and acceptance at God's righteous bar.–All which is the genuine leaven of Arminianism, and leads by a direct road to the pit of misery and ruin : for God will not give his glory to another, Isaiah xlviii. 11; neither is there any other name, given under heaven, whereby loft finners can be saved, but that of JESUS; and there is salvation in no other, Acts iv, 12.
vers treason and
his Son, yea, and he had already bestowed it upon him); wherefore he first consults with himself what had best to be done; and then breaks his mind to some others of his companions, to which they also agreed. So, in fine, they came to this issue, that they should make an attempt ipon the King's Son to destroy him, that the inheritance might be their's. Well, to be thort, the treason, as I faid, was concluded, the time appointed, the word given, the rebels rendezvoused, and the afsault attempted. (a) Now the King and his Son, being all and always eye, could not but discern all passages.in his domi
Shaddai disco. nions; and he having always a love for his Son, as for himself, could not, at what he saw, rebellion but be greatly provoked and offended : where among his anfore what does he, but takes them in the
gels. very nick, and first trip that they made towards their design, convicts them of the treason, horrid rebellion, and conspiracy that they had devised, and now attempted to put into practice, and casts them altogether out of all place of trust, benefit, honour, and preferment: this done, he banishes them the court, tuins them down into horrid pits ; never more to expect the least favour from his hands, but to abide the judgment that he had appointed, and that for ever and ever.
Now they being thus cast out of all place of trust, profit, and honour, and also knowing that they had lost their Prince's favour for ever, being banished his court and cast down to the horrible pits, you may be sure they would now add to their former pride what malice
(a) The rebellious combination of Satan and his apoftate confederates, as also their expullon from heaven, and the banishment they incurred, feem to be very clearly pointed out in that passage in Rev. xii. 7-9.
66 And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought again it the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels: and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Sinners, beware, left, by obstinately rejecting Christ, ye fall into the same condemnation : but rather 6 kiss the Son, left he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way,” Pf. ii. ult. and rage against SHADDAI, and against his Son, they could, 1 Pet. v. 8. Wherefore roving and ranging in much fury from place to place (if perhaps they might find fomething that was the King's), to revenge themselves on him, by spoiling that; at last they happened into this spacious country of Universe, and steered their course towards the town of Mansoul: and considering that that town was one of the chief works and delights of king SHADDAI; what do they, but, after counsel taken, make an affault upon that. I say, they knew that Manfoul belonged unto SHADDAI: for they were there when he built, and beautified it for himself. (a) So when they had found the place, they shouted horribly for joy, and roared on it like as a lion on it's prey; saying, Now we have found the prize, and how to be revenged on king SHADDAI for A council of what he hath done to us. So they fat down, war held by and called a council of war; and confidered Diabolus, to conlider about
with themselves, what ways and methods winning the they had best engage in, for the winning to town of Man. themselves this famous town of Mansoul: foul.
and these four things were then propounded to be considered of.
First, Whether they had best all of them to fhew themselves in this design to the town of Mansoul?
Secondly, whether they had best to go and sit down against Mansoul, in their now ragged and beggarly
Thirdly, Whether they had beft shew to Mansoul their intentions, and what design they came about ;
(a) The rebel angels, as well as the ele&t ones, were present at that glorious display of the wisdom and goodness of God, in his last, best work, the formation of man in the divine image; for we read, Job xxxviii. 7, that when the work of creation was completed, and that accomplished creature man was produced as lord of the lower world, “ the morning stars fang together, and all the fons of God fhouted for joy." Nor is the foul of man lefs dear in God's sight than ever; for our Lord tells us, Luke xv. 10, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over one finger that repenteth,"