42 PEACE IN CHRIST. [SER. II.
hostility to the divine government. " The
earned mind is enmity against God, is not
subject to his laws, neither indeed can be."
In consequence of this hostile position
maintained by the impenitent they are
objects of Heaven's righteous displeasure;
and will inevitably perish by the hand of
divine justice, unless they avert it by a
timely reconciliation to his plan of salva¬
tion, devised in mercy for the full reco¬
very of man from the sad ruins of the fall.
Hence " there is no peace to the wicked,
they are like the troubled sea, that cannot
rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt."
They cannot enjoy peace and friendship
with God. They sit in darkness and in
the region and shadow of death. " God
is light, and in him is no darkness at
all." Light and darkness cannot amal¬
gamate. ' Two cannot walk together ex¬
cept they agree.' The ungodly may often
contrive to hush the voice of conscience
and sing a false peace to themselves; but
there will be special seasons in their his-