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THE

PRACTICE

OF

PIETY,

Directing a CHRISTIAN how to walk, that he may please GOD.

Ho ever thou art that lookeft into this Book, never undertake to read it; unless thou first refolveft to become from thy heart an unfained Practitioner of Piety. Yet read it, and that Speedily, left before thou haft read it over, God (by fome unexpected death) cut thee off, for thine inveterate Impiety

1.The divers manner of 1. Father..
being therein, which 2. Son.
are three Perfons: 3. Holy Ghost.
Nominal. or

ii. The
Effence

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1. In knowing The Practice of Piety consists 2.Inglorifying God aright.

Spect of which are
either

Real,

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1. Abfo-S1. Simplenefs. 22. Infinitenefs.

lute;

2. Rela-S

tive,

I. Life.
2. Understanding.
3. Will.
4. Power.
5. Majefty.

of. Corruption.

12. Thy own felf in refpe&t of thy ftate of

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2.

Renovation,

1. Privately in thine own perfon.
2. Pub-SI. With thy family every day.
2. With the Church on the
Sabbath day.

lickly

Extraordinarily, by Fafting.

2 Feafting.

2. By thy death in dying. For the Lord.

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Tum Deum amare libet, cum perfuafum habemus ipfum effe optimum maximum, ubique præfentem, omnia in nobis efficientem,

eum in quo vivimus, movemus, Jumus, Bucer in Pfal 115.

Unless that a man doth truly know God, he neither can nor will worship him aright: for how can a man love him whom he knoweth not? and who will worship him, whofe help a man thinks he needeth not? and how fhall a man feek remedy by Grace, who never underftood his mifery by Nature? Therefore (faith the Apoftle) He that cometh to God, must believe that God is, and that be is a rewarder of them that feek him, Heb. 11. 6. And forafmuch as there can be no true Piety, with out the knowledge of God; nor any good Practice without the knowledge of a mans own felf: we will therefore lay down the knowledge of Gods Majefty, and Mans Mifery, as the firft and chiefeft grounds of the Practice of Picty

Danda in primis opera eft, ut effe volumus. Quid nofcis, fi e

Deum norimus, quotquot fœlices ipfum nefcй?

Deut.

1.4. and

4.35.

and 32.

A plain Defcription of the Effence and Attributes of God, out of the Holy Scripture, So far forth as every Chriftian must competently know, and neceffarily believe, that will be saved.

Although no creature can define what God is, becaufe he is incomprehenfible, Pfal. 143. 3. and dwelling in inacceffible light, 1 Tim. 6. 16. yet it hath pleafed his Majefty to reveal himself in his Word untò us, fo far as our weak capacity can beft conceive him.

Thus :

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God is that one Spiritual and infinitely • perfect f Effence, whofe being is of himself eternally.

39. and 6. 4. Ifa. 45. 5, 6, 7, 8. 1 Cor. 8. 4. Ephef. 4, 5, 6. 1 Tim. 2. 5. b John

4.24. 2 Cor. 3. 17. 1

1 Cor. 8. 6. Acts 17.

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Kings 8. 17. Pfal. 147. 5. d Deut. 32. 4. e Exod. 3. 14.
Ron .II. .36.

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