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portions the Proceedings of the last Day, to the Observance of these Duties.
2. Consider we again, That it is the PraEtice of these Duties which gives us the greatest Confidence in the Mercies of God; that he will hear our Prayers, and accept our Persons. A penitent reconciled Christian, hath a good Assurance of Pardon and Acçeptance from this Text. Go thy W
Go thy Way, first be reconciled to thy Brother, and then come and offer thy Gift. i.e. then will both thy Gift and thy Repentance be accepted. And to the fame Purpose is the Reasoning of Almighty God, in the first Chapter of Isaiah, v where God hath been reproving the Jews for their External Shews of Devotion, their vain ói Oblations, their Incence, their New-Moons, h their Sabbaths, and calling of Assemblies, for i their Injustice, their Cruelty, their want of Charity ; fór he tells them, that their Hands were full of Blood, And then he immediately subjoins the Way, whereby they might attone his Wrath, and engage his Affections towards them. Wash ye, make ye clean, put away the Evil of your Doings from before mine Eyes ; cease to do Evil, learn to do Well seek Judgment ; relieve the Oppressed, judge the Fatherless ; plead for the Widow. And then it follows, Come now and let us reafon together, saith the Lord ; tboʻ your Sins were
as Scarlet, they shall be as white as Snow though they be red like Crimson, they shall be as Wool.
And though this Christian and Reconcileable Temper, these Benevolent and Charitable Dispositions of Soul, are always necessary to recommend us to God; yet they most of all become us, when we bring our Gift to the Altar, and draw near to him in the Holy Sacrament. It is the Wedding Garment required by God in Scripture; it is the Ornament of a meek and quiet Spirit, which is in the Sight of God of great Price. If we do in good earnest believe, that this Sacrament was instituted by our Lord, in Remembrance of his dying Love, we cannot but feel strong Obligations upon our Souls, to put on (as the Elect Children of God, Holy and Beloved). Bowels of Mercy, Kindness, Humbleness of Mind, Meekness, Long-suffering, forbearing one another,and forgiving one onother, if any Man have a Quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave us. It was wonderful Love wherewith he loved us, and ought to be had in everlasting Remembrance. And oh that all the Ends of the World would remember themselves, and turn unto the Lord, and all the Kindred of the People worship before him! Oh that the Peace of God might rule in our Hearts, to which we are called in one Body; and that the Love of Jesus might constrain us to be truly loving and thankful !
That after we have perfected Holiness in his Faith and Fear upon Earth, hé máy at laf bring us to compleat our Praises and Thankf. givings, in the great Assembly of Saints and Angels in Heaven for evermore, through Christ Jesus.
Laus Deo in eternum, Amen.
On Easter Sunday:
i Cor. xv. 15. Tea, and we are found False-Witnesses of
God; because we bave testify’d of God, that be raised up Christ , whom he raised not up, if so be that the Dead rise not.
HE Design of this whole Chapter is to
prove and establish the Doctrine of the general Resurrection. And in this Part of it, the Apostle gives all possible Advantage to the Arguments of Infidelity. He allows all that
Jews, or Pagans, or Hereticks, or Epicures, or Arbeists can fay against it, to be Logical and Valid, if the Resurrection be not true. He will readily grant, that if the Dead rise not, then his Preaching is vain, and their Faith is also vain; then Christian Religion is all Artifice and Delusion; the Dream of Enthusiasts, the Project of Politicians, the Craft of Priests, or whatever else the most black-mouth'd Atheists charged it with. He will grant again, that if the Dead rise not, then they that are fallen asleep in Christ, are perished that all that Righteous Blood which was spilt in the defence of the Gospel is loft ; that the Souls of the Martyrs are gone no Body knows whi. ther, vanilhed into the soft Air, or wrap'd up in eternal Darkness. If all this will not do, he will grant yet further, he will own himself, and his Brethren in the Apoftolate, to be a Company of notorious Cheats and Impostors; that they did but diffemble, and abuse Men's Faith, when they acquainted 'em with the important and dreadful Matters of another World; that all their Sermons and Exhortations were but so much empty Sound, and deceitful Harangue, to cajole the Credulous and she Weak. Tea, and we are found False-Witnelles of God, because we have testify'd of God, that be raised up Christ, whom be raised 910€ up, if so be that the Dead rise not.