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otherwise could not be so, is not our bulfinefs to determin. Much less are we willing to dispute the Poffibility of Salvation out of a Church, that has not such a Succession of Pastors by Episcopal Ordination, as we moft justly plead for. We know that neither God's Ārm is shorten'd, nor his Bowels fhut up, that neither his Power, nor his Goodness can be confin'd. We know, that his Mercy and Grace can supply all Canonical defects, wherever there is true Faith and good Works. Just as we Piously Hope and Warrantably Teach, that he confers the Benefits of Sacraments, where they are not poflible to be had, to the hearty defirers of Them.But this still, I think, we may fafely pronounce, that whatever Poffibility there may relsewhere be, the Certaincy which depends upon God's Promises, and the Efficacy of Ordinary Grace, is chief ly, if not solely to be had there, where this Order is retain'd. Because we there, and there only, are sure, that the Sacraments are administer'd by those, who have receiv'd Authority from the Holy Ghost to make them effectual. : Let then our Charity be as large as is possible to our Brethren of the Reform'd Churches abroad, but let it not make us unjust to the most sound part of the whole Reformation at home. Let us not go about to defend Domestick Schism
by Forreigo Necelfity; Nor, with the if raelites, flight or reject this Divine Government, that we may be like to the Nations round about us. . ' ;i svarbiya
: To conclude, if these things be True, if the Grace that is come by Jesus Christ is not dispens'd but by his Church, if there is no Entrance into this Church, nor in it apy Forgiveness of Sins, or means of Sanctifying Grace, but what is convey'd by their Office, to whom by the Holy Spirit is given the Miniftry of Reconciliation, if this Miniftry none can have but those only that are lawfully Sent, and if none have power to fend but thofe that have receiv'd it in an uninterrupted Succellion, from those that had it from Christ himself, and lastly if none can justly lay claim to such a Succession but Bishops duly Consecrated, if all these things are True, as I see not how any one of them can be disprov'd, Then surely we have great Reason, as many as are of this Communion, to Bless Almighty God for the Assurance we have, that we are in the Covenant of the Gospel, which certainly none but those who are within the Pale of the Church can have. As for those who neither have, nor pretend to such a Succession from the ApoAtles, whether they are within the Church or without, we judge not, (tho' indeed the
Ancient Ancient Fathers do and that on the condemning fide) neither presume we to set limits to the Extraordinary Uncovenanted Mercies of God, what They are, or how far They may Extend, we know pot: But This we are sure of, that the Privileges of being within Christ's Holy Catholick Church, which only has a Right and Claim to the Promises, are Inestimable, or else they had not been purchas'd for us at so Dear a rate, as the most precious Blood of the Eternal Son, and made good and convey'd to us by the Holy Spirit of God.
To whom therefore, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit be afcribd all Glory and
Praife, all Might, Majesty and Dominion 2. botb now and for evermore. Amen. '
Proverbs X. 9. He that walketh Uprightly, walketh
HERE is not a more Universal nor indeed a more Just Complaint in the World, than of the Uncer
tainty of all things in it. No Man can rationally account himself secure of keeping any Good he enjoys, or obtaining any he pursues, unless he could command all the Chances in the World. But how can he command them, when he cannot so much as number them? Possibilities are as Infinite as God's Power; and whatsoever may come to pass, no Man can certainly conclude shall not. And there is no Good thing which a Man pleases himself in Possessing,