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PROVERBS vi. 6, 7, 8.
ways, and be wise : which having no
S E R M O N VII.
JAMES iv. 13, 14, 15.
row we will go into fuch a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and.get gain. Whereas ye know not wbai jallibe on the morrow. For what is your life it is even a vapour that appeareth-for. a little time, and then vanishetb away: For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that,
Exodus xx. 8.
Page. S E R M ON IX.
EXODUS xx. 8. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it boly, 192
SE R M ON
2 SAMUEL vi, 20. Then David returned to bless his household, 213
MATTHEW vi. 10.
240 S E R M ON XII.
Psalm li. 18. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion : build thou the walls of Jerusalem,
263 S E R M ON XIII.
1 CORINTHIANS iv. 7.
and what hast thou that thou didst not
SE R M ON XIV.
JOHN X. II. I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep,
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Hebrews xiii. 5.
332 SERMON XVI.
GALATIANS V. 24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lufts, 357
S E R M ON XVII.
PSALM iv. 6, 7
any good? Lord, lift thou up the light
HEBREWS ix. 28.
many; and unto them that look for bim
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S E R M O N I.
1 THESSALONIANS ii. 4.
But as we were allowed of God to be
trust with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth bearts,
HEN we compare ourselves with
the primitive Christians, we are
obliged to confess, that, in every respect, we fall greatly short of their attainments. We seem to be creatures of a lower rank, incapable of reaching the same degree of perfection with them: And indeed it is to be suspected, that through a false and vicious modesty, we look upon these ancient worthies as examples which, though we ought to imitate, we can never hope to equal. Hence we rest satisfied with any distant resemblance we can attain, thinking that if we are not altogether unlike
to them, it is all that a modern Christian can expect.
This is a gross and most pernicious miftake. The
of heaven is no wider now than it was seventeen hundred years ago. The law of God extends as far as it did when the Apostles lived; and I know of no indulgence granted to us which did not exist in the earliest times of Christianity. The church of Rome indeed hath taught, that some eminent Christians have done more than was strictly necessary for their own salvation. But no such doctrine is to be found in Scripture : Nay, on the contrary, we are told, that when we have done all, we are still unprofitable servants, and have done no more than what was our duty to do. To this day, therefore, we bound to the fame strictness and purity, to the same mortification and self-denial, to the same zeal and stedfastness, which distinguished the primitive Christians ; and it is imposfible to devise any excuse for our degeneracy
from their bright example. They were all men of like passions with ourselves: they had the same corrupt nature to strive