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never dies, buc always remains that good part which will never be caken away nor Toft, but is inseparably connected with eter nal glory.

NUMB. XXVII. Luke xix. 41, 42. And when he was come near, be bebeld the

city, and wept over it, saying, If thou badft known, even thou, at least in ibis ebony day, the things which belong unto tby peace ; but now they are bid from thine eyes.


HESE words are often made use of

to disprove any decree of reprobation in God, Christ's dying intentionally, for fome only, the disability of man, and in favour of a day of grace. But,

I. It toold be observed, that they are not {poken of all mankind, only of Jerusalem and its inhabitabit ; and regard nor chania spiritual and eternal felvation, but that temporal peace and prosperity, 21 luk fore oogbi na to have a place in our spher troverfies about their tuitary 1150 1146 words relate only 10 Jerujem u tisk, the habitantes thereut,, Siliyunt , ord that they deing the sana wykoy, whicb Cirit va sut 18,5 kyyn, et, som zlmoft at a sud, murai im. lles

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lowing versesi; For the days Mall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall caft a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within tbee ; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another ; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Add to this, this one observation more ; chat Christ here speaks as a man, expreffing his human affection for the present temporal good of this city, as is evident from his weeping over it on his near approach to it. Hence,

- II. There is no foundation in this text for such an argument as this ; " “ Christ here takech ic for granted, that the people of yea rufalem, in the day of their visitation by the Mesab, might savingly have known the things belonging to their peace. Now either this affertion; that they might savingly have known these things, was according to truth; or his wish, that they had chus known che things belonging to cheir peace, was contrary to his father's will and decree ; which is palpably absurd, And seeing the will of Christ was always the same with chat of his Father, it follows also, that God the Father had che fame charitable affection to chem; and so had laid no bar against their happi.

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and so he might wish, as man, for the temporal happiness of this city ; though he knew that the desolations determined, would be poured upon the desolate ”, both in a temporal and spiritual sense ; and yet his tears over them are tears of charity, and true compassion; and not crocodile's tears, as they are impiously called ?, on a supposition of God's decree of reprobation, or act of preterition. Hence,

ill. We shall not meet with so much difficulty to reconcile these words to the do&trine of particular redemption, as is sugą gested'; when it is said, “ You may as well hope to reconcile light and darkness as these words of Christ, with his intention to die only for them who should actually be saved”; unless it can be thought irreconcileable, and what implies a contradiction, that Christ, as man, should, with temporal good to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and yet noc intentionally die for all mankind : Should he intentionally die for them who are not actually saved, his intentions would be so far frustrated, and his death be in vain.

IV. It does not follow from hence, that because these people might have known the

P Dan. ix. 36, 27. .9 Curcell. Relig. Christ. Inftit. 1. 6. c. 6. 9.7. p. 470. & c. 13. 6. 5. p. 402.

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