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to him. The Affected and False Seriousness and Sanctity of a Pharisee may possibly compass his End and Design, may poflibly secure him of the Approbation and Applause of Men; But, for all That, his Affectation and Falseness will turn his very Prayers into Sin. No Sly Artifices and Devices can Escape the Knowledge of God, but will bring down his Vengeance upon us. We must take care, that our Sacrifices be such as He Requires, if we would have them such as He will Accept. Attention of Mind, and Sincerity of Heart, and Fervency of Spirit are Necessary to Recommend our Prayers to Him, who Clearly fees, How far our Words are answerable to our Meaning, Whether our Outward Confessions do proceed from true Contrition, Whether our Thanksgivings do flow from a Grateful Soul, and whether our Requests are Earnest enough to deserve his Regard.
4/3/, God's Omniscience is a Reason of believing, that we shall be Tried, in the Future Judgment, with much greater Strictness than we are Apt to Imagine, and
under under many Articles, which we are not wont to consider. His Knowledge Fully Comprehends and Faithfully Retains every moving Conviction of our own Minds, which we have at any time Stifled or Rejected; every Holy Resolution, which we have at any time Violated; every of those Terrors of Conscience, which we have Audaciousty Diverted and thrown off; All the Endearing Assistances, Instigations and Restraints of the Holy Spirit, which we have Stubbornly Withstood or Suppressed, and every instance of our Frustrating the Wife Ends of his Providence, whether in Adversity or Prosperity, which we have seldom taken Notice of, or Generally Forgot.
All our Fixed Purposes of Sinning, though we could not put them in Execution; All the instances of our Irreverence towards God and his Holy Word, whether Publick or Private; Every Attempt or Design, either to Oppose or Dissemble, to Misrepresent or Wrest the Truth, how Plausible soever such Attempts or Designs may be; £
very very instance os our Endeavours tp please Men, by Complying with them, or giving them Countenance and Encouragement, in their Deviations either from Truth, or Virtue; The Abuse or Neglect even of our Capacities to do Good; The Mischief we have done by our Examples, either in the Commissions of Sin, whereby the Dominion of Sin hath been Propagated and Inlarged, how far by Our means Propagated and Inlarged, we cannot tell, God knoweth $ or, even in the Omissions of Duty, as of the Publick Worship, Or the Neglect (much more the Abuse) of the Sabbath, whereby many Other Persons, how many we cannot tell, God knoweth, have been led into the Like Omissions and Neglects; These and all other Circumstances of our State and Condition and the Consequences of them, are now continually and Particularly Seen and Noted, and will hereafter be Particularly brought to account by God, who is Greater than our heart and knoweth all things. And when all the circumstances of Aggravation against us, are Particularly 1 charged
charged upon us, how shall we fink under a Weight of Shame and Confusion of Face? •
Indeed the Power of Imagination it self can now scarce represent to us that Piercing Sense of Shame, which, in Proportion to our Guilt, will wound our Souls, in that Great and Solemn Day, when all our Actions and Circumstances shall be Unvailed by the God of Knowledge, and Observed by the General Assembly of Angels and Men. It is not Evident from the Scripture, that even Those persons shall escape the Shame of their Sins in the Judgment, who may escape Condemnation to the Eternal Punishment of them. 'Tis not easy to conceive, how Their Sins shall be so Particularly Examin'd, as the Scripture represents, without having all those Sins Exposed and laid Open in the Judgment, or, how the Mercy of God shall be so illustriously displayed in the Forgiveness of their Sins, without the Manifestation and View of those Sins, which are to be Examin'd, before they are Forgiven. And when Infinite Knowledge is to account
for for our Iniquities j the Occasions and Degrees of our Shame must be much Greater, than we our Selves could Before Apprehend.
5/y, and Lastly; The Omniscience of God yields Proper matter of Comfort to all Good men. They are from This Principle Assured, that All their Duties, whether Open or Secret, are now Punctually Observed and Regarded by the most High, and will therefore be Undoubtedly followed with an Abundant and Eternal Reward. And they are, upon This Principle, Cheer'd and Refreshed with the Thoughts, that all Misrepresentations and Suspicions of their Virtue and Goodness, which are now as Difficult to be Born as to be Avoided, will, in due Time, be taken off, and their Sincerity set in its Proper Light .
Their Scrupulous and Conscientious Discharge of their Offices and Employ*ments; Their Serious and Constant Endeavours to avoid all Appearance of Evil-3 Their Faithful* expressions of