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he deliver'd Us. The Sins of Men after Christs having liv'd with them and dy'd for them, are by many aggravations made worse than that of the Devil himself. For he never Sind against Example, being the first Offender, nor against God's Patience and long Suffering, being upon the first Offence caft into Hell, nor lastly against Remedy, there having never been any means offer'd for his Recovery. But for Us Men, all that the Love of God could will, or his Wisdom contrive for Our good, has been made use of. And bom fall we escape if we negle&t so great

Salvation? Let us not flatter Ourselves, or think that we have any Interest in any of those innumerable Bleslings which his being made. One of Us has procur'd for Us, if we perform not the Equal and Easy conditions upon which they are offer'd to Us; if we suffer him not to bless us in his Own way; and we are by the Holy Ghost inform'd how that is, namely, by turning us away Every One from Our Iniquitys. Let us not then say within Ourselves We have Abraham for Our Father, and Him that took upon Him the Seed of Abraham for Our Brother if we go on in Our Iniquities, left we justly receive the same rebuke which the Jews did from Him, when he was upon Earth. I know that ye are Abrahams Seed, says Our Saviour to those Hyprocritical pretenders, that is, that

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you boast of your high Descent from that
great Man, and that according to the Flesh
ye are what ye pretend to be, really de-
scended from him ; but yet you have none
of that Spiritual and more valuable Re-
lation to Him which only can Entitle you
to those glorious promises made to Him
as Father of the Faithful, and to as many as
are the Heirs of his Faith. For if Ye were
in this Divine and comfortable Sense Abra-
hams Children, the Works of Abraham ye would
do. Let us thus secure Our Title and Ad-
option by bearing as near a fimilitude as is
possible to this Our Elder Brother. If in
Our lives are express’d the resemblance and
lineaments of his Divine Perfections, if in
Our Conversations there appear any re-
markable traces of his Innocence and Purity,
his Sanctity and Love, his Humility and
Meekness, his Zeal for the Honour of God
and the Welfare of Man, if we are thus con-
form’d to the Image of his Son, his Honour-
able True and Only Son by Nature, for this
likeness to the first born, God will Own
Us also for his Sons by Adoption and Grace,
nor will Christ be ashamn'd to call Us Bre-
thren. Let us then, fince he has conde-
scended in all things to be made like unto
us, earnestly endeavour to be made like
unto him. Let us not by the impuritys of
Sin disgrace and dishonour that Flelh which

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he has been pleas’d so highly to dignify as to partake of, Let us Reverence and keep Holy and Undefild that Nature which he has so far honour'd as to assume and Unite unto his Own. And since he has Voucbsafd to take upon him our Flesh, let us, in return as the Apostle Exhorts, put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us set all the Graces and Virtues of that Divine Life, which he out of his great Humility was pleas'd to lead here among us as a constant pattern and exact Rule to model and fashion our Own by, that by a lively Faith in his Infallible Word, and a chearful Obedience to his Holy Will, and a Studious Imitation of his Perfect Example, we may at laft bé made meet to be partakers of those joys that he has purchas'd for all those that Love, and Obey, and Resemble Him.

To whom therefore be paid all Adoration, Praise, and Thanksgiving ; be ascribd as is most due, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, all Might, Majesty, and Dominion, both novo and for Evermore. Amen.

SERMON III.

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SERMON III.

I Theff. IV. 11.

And that Te Audy to be Quiet,

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HEN the Gospel of Christ,
that Wisdom from above which
is first pure than peaceable, was

firft publish'd to the World, such was the Opposition of the Lufts of Men to the Purity of it, that for the sake of That, which they could not deny and durft not openly condemn, they deny'd the Peaceable Nature and Tendency of it. It was indeed too pure to be peaceable to Them, and therefore they endeavour'd to have it believ'd to be so to all the World. Accordingly we find it as frequently as fallly urg'd against Our Saviour himself and his Apo

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