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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
you boast of your high Descent from that great Man, and that according to the Flesh ye are what ye pretend to be, really descended from him ; but yet you have none of that Spiritual and more valuable Relation 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 Abrahams Children, the Works of Abraham ye would do. Let us thus secure Our Title and Adoption by bearing as near a similitude 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 remarkable traces of his Innocence and Purit his Sanctity and Love, his Humility and Meekness, his Zeal for the Honour of God and the Welfare of Man, if we are thus conform’d to the Image of his Son, his Honourable 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 ashar'd to call Us Brethren. Let us then, since he has condescended 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 Flesh which
he 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 fallaion our Own by, that by a lively Faitb in his Infallible Word, and a chearful Obedience to his Holy Will, and a Studious Imitation of his Perfect Example, we may at last be made meet to be partakers of thole 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 Ever more. Amen.
I Theff. IV. 11.
And that Te Audy to be Quiet,
and to do Tour own Business
HEN the Gospel of Christ,
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