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ters by vain and empty delụsions. And, if these delusions together, we shall find, that, in all Ages, and among all nations, they have been very similar to each other. This may be proved by various instances in the conduct of Jews and Christians; who, though they differ in other respects, are yet in this unhappily uniform,

If the Jews relied on their Descent from Abraham-trusted to their being circumcised, and having the true Religion of God among them ; if they placed their confidence in these outward advantages, and hoped to be saved at last, let them lead what kind of life they would : how many Christians are there, who support themfelves, and build their hopes of God's faygur, on the same or as weak a foundation? who trust to their being baptized in the name of Christ, and to their professing his Religion, for all the promises that he hath made to the faithful ? But, pray, where is the difference (I speak with regard to real merit) between being natural-born Jews, and being born of Christian parents ? between an outward Circumcision, and an outward Baptism? between an external Profession of the Law of Moses, and an external Profession of the Gospel of Chrift? If we blame the Jews for their foolish notions, how can we .possibly ex. culpate ourselves ?


If we think their Privileges to be of no value without the ad. dition of a holy Life; then what can our Privileges avail us, unless we live answer ably to them? They are indeed of great use, as means and instruments of virtue ; but if we do not make that use of them, they only serve to increase our condemna. tion. Baptism and the other Ordinances of Religion were not established for their own sake; but for further and nobler Ends : that we might be obliged and enabled thereby to follow the example of our Saviour Christ; and live up to the Precepts he has given us. And wo bę to us, if they have not at last this effect upon us !

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Again: if the Jews depended on the

profession of Religion, and rested for Salvation on their knowledge of the Law; how many Christians are there among us, who turn the Goipel into mere speculation, and judge of the proficiency they have made under it by the foundness of their Faith, and the orthodoxy of their Opinions ? who are for ever adjusting what they should believe ; and never trouble themselves with what they fhould practise ? But is not this a very wrong representation of Christianity? For though we know the things of it ever so well, yet our Saviour assures us, we are then only in the way to be happy, when we are so wise as to do them. What, ever knowledge of Christ and his Religion any of us may pretend to, still it behoves us to remember, that “ hereby alone we can be sure that we know him, if we keep his Commandments. And he that faith, He knoweth him, and keepeth not his commandments, is as void of truth, as he is of morality.” He deceives himself, and will be finally wretched,

Morcover, if the Jews expressed greater zeal for the rituals and ceremonials, than for the moral duties of the law; if they were more exact in performing the outward and shadowy part of their Religion, than in cultivating inward and substantial


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Holiness; how many Christians are there, who are deeply tinctured with the same principles; and run after them into the like practices ? who are very scrupulous in the observance of some religious acts, and intolerably negligent in the practice of others ? How many persons are there in the world, who continually pray for to amend, and yet never exert the least care to suppress their sinful and vicious inclinations? How many do we see, who are strict, perhaps, in keeping the Sabbath, and every day of the week after make shipwreck of their faith, and a good conscience ? Nay, how many are there who approach the altar, and solemnly vow obedience to the Almighty; and yet instantly return to the commission of those fins, which just before they had promised to renounce


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