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kingdom within you ; not for the kingdom within you only, but without you too.
3. An active concern for it, not in wishing and woulding only, but putting to your hand to get it forward, i Cor. iv. 20. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. And this ye will do, as ye
have acceis in the world, and particularly in your own hearts and lives. It will set you to keep up a constant war with the enemies, the devil, the world, and your own lufts.
4. Lastly, A fuperlative concern for it, mastering and swallowing up all your other concerns. You will fay as the captives in Babylon did, If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I . prefer not Jerufalem above my chief joy, Pfal
. cxxxvii. 6. For if ye belong to God, your chief interelt is in that kingdom, and where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
US E HI. and last of exhortation. I exhort you to join ifsue this day with Zion's King, to have common friends and enemies with him, come what will. Sec yourselves against the kingdom of fin and Satan in the world and your own hearts; Pfal. ii. ult. Kiss the Son, left be be angry, and ye perish from the way,
when bis wrath is kindled but a little. And do ye exert heart and hand, that his kingdom may come.
In this mata ter ye cannot be neutral: For be that is not with me, says Christ, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad, Matth. xii. 30. Therefore if
ye be not with heart and hand set for the advancement of this kingdom, I declare you enemies to it. Come then,
First, Be concerned that the kingdom of God's power may come; that he may stretch out his almighty arm, and gain ground to himself in the world.
1. It is an univerfal kingdom. All is in his hand. He can reach to the ends of the earth. It extends 0. ver all perlons and things ; and he can make all things fubferve his purposes. He can display liis glorious
arm in bringing in shoals of volunteers into the king.) dom of grace, and utterly rout out all the legions of hell that are in combination against him.
2. It is an uncontrollable kingdom. None can refist him, more than the clay can resist the potter, Dan. iv. 35. He doth according to his will in the army of beaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth : and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What dost thou? He will work, and who can let it? It is in vain to contend with this almighty Sovereign ; for he can easily con. quer all his enemies, as easily as he caused the Red fea swallow up Pharaoh and all his hoft. He can baffle all the machinations and plots of his adversaries, dif. concert their best.laid projects, and make them retreat with fhame and confusion. These are great encou.” ragements for this concern.
Secondly, Be concerned that the kingdom of the gospel may come. For motives, consider,
1. That it is not an universal kingdom, but a nar., row one, and that it is to be enlarged. For Chrift has declared, that this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, Matth. xxiv. 14. Though now this kingdom be confined within narrow bounds, yet it shall, according to Chrilt's promise, have a more diffusive spread ; and the time will come when the Jews shall be brought in with the fulness of the Gentiles, and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of the Lord, and of his Chrift,
2. It is a moveable kingdom. It may be taken from them that have it. Christ may remove his throne, as he did from the Jews, Matth. xxi. 43. and as be has done in many once famous churches. Where are Dow the seven churches in the Leffer Alia? and where are many of those churches that were planted by the apofile of the Gentiles ? Alas! their candlestick has been long ago removed out of its place, and the delutions of Mahomet pievail in thote where places once tie purc doctrines of the gospel s: ere preached. Tho'
Christ will always have a church on earth, yet it is
grace may come. Consider,
1. It is a kingdom that easily gets a back-fer, Cant. ii. 15. It may be thriving in a foul this moment, and the next going to decay. There is need of much faith and watchfulness for preserving and maintaining it. A multitude of formidable foes are still opposing it, and all the subjects of it have no power to resist them. They must look to their Captain-General, and be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. It is only through him that they can do valiantly, for it is he alone who treads down their enemies under their feet. And through him they shall be more than conquerors. Trust ye then in the Lord for ever; for with the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Be sober then, and watch unto prayer, leit ye fall into temptation. Cry unto your King, for he will save you, and gradually overcome all
enemies. 2. Yet this is a kingdom that can never be overturned, never removed, Heb. xii. 8. It is a spark of fire in the midst of an ocean, that can never be quite drowned or extinguished. The bruised reed shall not be broken, and the linoking flax shall never be quenched. All the combinations of adventaries, however formidable, shall never overturn this kingdom ; for the gates of hell shall never prevail against it. It is built on the Rock Christ, and all the furges and waves of the dragon's fcod phall never overturn the edifice,
The name of this city is, The Lord is there. Of this kingdom of grace, it may well be said, Associate your felves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries : gird yourselves, and ye Jhall be broken in peices : gird yourselves, and ye fhall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it hall come to nought ; speak the word, and it shall not stand : for God is with us, If. viii. 9. 10. These are powerful considerations for inducing you tu a hearty concern for the coming of this kingdom of grace.
Fourthly, Be concerned that the kingdom of glory may come.
Consider, 1. Sin and trouble will have an end put to them there. The stage of fin and vanity will then be put down for ever, and none of the scenes that have fo much vexed the righteous here will ever be exhibited again. All corruptions, temptations, and backsliding from God, will then come to a final period. All bodily trouble and spiritual distress ihall cease, and never more be heard of.
2. Grace aad happiness will then arrive at their full perfection. The mystery of God will then be finish. ed. Then will God's kingdom of power, of the gofpel, and of grace, fully obtain their end; and all the fubjects of Christ shall be completely blefled in the full enjoyment of him for evermore, Let us all then say, Let the kingdom of glory be haftened. Amen.
MATTHEW vi. 10.
God. And as by the coming of his kingdom his
dom comes or is advanced, and we own him to be our King, Heb. xii. 21. So all these three petitions meet in one great desirable point, viz. the glory of God. This is the scope of them all.
Observe here by the by, that we are directed to speak to God in prayer as to one, Hallowed be thy name, not your name; Thy will be done, not your will. Wherefore then should any forsake such a form of found words, for such a harsh one, as speaks to God by
your, your Majesty, ye know all things, &c.? I will not insist on what may be said to defend it, from the plurality of persons in the Godhead, the manner of speaking to kings, and from common conversation, (those who use it, I suppose, doing it rather from custom than judgement). But it is not the scripture-way of speaking to God; it is not the way of this pattern of prayer; it is offensive to, and grating in the ears of the most part of Christians, as favooring of the opinion of the plurality of gods, and therefore ought to be forsaken. I may well fay in this case, But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churahes of God, 1 Cor, xi. 16.
In discoursing from this petition, I shall Thew,
I. What is meant by the will of God.
IV. The reasons why the saints have such a con. cern, that the will of God may be done in earth, as it is in beaven.
1. I am to fhew what is meant by the will of God. By it we are to understand the will of his commands, and the will of his providence.
First, The will of God's commands, Heb. xiii. 21. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will. Mat. vii. a 1. He that dith the will of my Father which is in