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Men of all Persuasions think themselves in Pol
session of these Truths.
mine their Pretensions.
II. What to be understood by speaking, or search,
ing after the Truth in Love. Love a Term of peculiar Import in the New
Teftament. --- an Assemblage of Virtues rather than a particular Affection.
implies that Temper of Mind which Jesus Cbrift recommended to his Disciples. III. The Connexion between this Temper of
Mind and the Discovery of Truth. Difficult to convince Men of Truth, who will not regulate their Dispositions.
without that, even their Convictions useless. To remove our Interest in Error is preparing the
Mind, not only for receiving, but embracing
The Causes of Aversion to Truth,
John viii. 48.
ye the Truth, ye believe me not. Truth the natural Object of the Understanding. --- to hate it, is inverting human Nature. I. Men may so far corrupt their Natures as to
become Enemies to Truth. Falshood as such, not to be embraced by the Un
necessary to free Agents.
Happiness of some sort or other the supreme View
of all Men.
A Mistake in this respect of course multiplies
sity of disbelieving Truth.
order of human Nature.
Fohn Baptist, the Forerunner of Jesus Christ,
taught no other Doctrine. Jesus Christ himself teaches it.
fends his Disciples to preach it, - then the seventy --- on the fame Account. Hence it appears to be the Means first
prescribed. II. An Enquiry into the Nature of this Duty. Which appears evidently from the Baptist's An
swers to the Questions put to him. It is overcoming those particular evil Habits to
which we are enslaved. This the only natural Method of beginning a
Reformation. There can be no Improvements without it. Little or no Notice taken of it by the ancient
Directions for reading the Scriptures.
John v. 39.
bave eternal Life. Our strong Desire and Longing after Immorta
lity. The Scriptures afford us the best and utmost Affu
rances of it. Rules and Regulations that thus necessarily result
from our searching the Scriptures. I. We should read them with this constant View, viz. of finding in them eternal Life.
9. We should look upon them as fully sufficient
for this End.
DISCOURS E V.
The Immortality of the Soul a Principle well
known both to Jews and Gentiles.
Gospel not a bare Inmortality.
a Relembiance of his eternal Life.
of eternal Life, but the Means of attain-