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World do either yield themselves entirely up to their Corruptions, or, at best, struggle but very Faintly against them; the Faithful Servanrs of Christ are Strenuous, and Constant, Resolute and Brave in performing the great work of Sanctification. For they have Hope as an anchor of the soul both sure and stedfast, and which entreth into that within the veil*; into the regions of Eternal Glory, which were Typified under the Law, by the most Holy place, within the Veil. Whilft , we are tossed, in our fpiritual course, by the Sharpest Trials and Afflictions, by the swelling Waves of our Sinful Passions within, or the most Ruffling and Vio. lent Temptations from without; the Power of a Lively Hope still secures us from Shipwreck, abundantly strengthens and supports us, amidst all Dangers, and preserves us Steddy and Immoveable in our Voyage, till we Safely arrive at the Haven, where we would be. Let us therefore, under all our Infirmities, and in all our Distresses, have Recourse,
for Succour and Consolation, to * the Lively hope of an Inheritance Incorruptible; to which we are begotten by the Resurrection of Christ Jesus from the Dead.
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II. Second General Head of this Difcourse, Namely, Some Short Dire&tions to be observed, as Means of accomplishing that Conversation, which becometh the Gospel of Christ. And
1. Let us frequently read the Holy Scripture with Reverence, as well as Attention; ever Considering it, as the Word of God himself, and the Indispensable Rule of Our Conduct. If we Mean any thing, if there be any Reality in our professing a Belief of the Scripture; let that Reverence be paid to it, which is its Just Due. We shall one day find, that we are obliged to pay the same Awful Regard, and. Exact Obedience, to the Word of God, as if we should hear him pronounce it by a Miraculous Voice from
* 1 Pet. i. 3, 4.
Heaven. When we once come to a Particular, Intire knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, by reading them with Constancy and Seriousness; and when our minds are become habitually affected with a deep Sense of their Divine Authority; Then the Promises and the Threatnings in them will be apt to work fo Strongly and Effectually upon us, that we shall be Restless in our selves, till our Obedience is fulfilled.
2. Let us entertain our Minds with Daily meditations upon the Omnipresence and Omniscience of God. Hope of Secresy is a Principal Instigation to Sin.. When the Wicked think themselves Secure, that no Eye can fee them; then they transgress, without Restraint and Reserve. Vain and Unthinking Man! who would thus build up Safety for himfelf without a Foundation; who thus hopes to intrench himself in a Shadow, and whose trust is in a Spider’s Web! Darkness may conceal us from Humane Eyes; but we still lie open to the Sight of God; for the Darkness is no Darkness with Him, and to Him Darkness and
Light are both alike. Let This consideration sink deep into our Minds, and for ever remain There; and Then Audacious, and Presumptuous indeed must we be, if we can persuade our selves, Wilfully to commit even the most Secret of Sins, since All fins are equally manifest to Him, who is Present in every place, beholding - the Evil and the Good.
· And as this Persuasion is a Powerful restraint from Sin; so will it supply us with abundant Support and Satisfaction, under the most Laborious Duties Incumbent upon us. How can we grow weary in well doing? How can we fail of being Refreshed, and Revived and Delighted in sustaining the Difficulties of the Christian Life, whilst we consider, that none of our Holy Labours can be Lost, or Disregarded; that God is continually with us, observing and weighing our Fidelity to Him and his Laws, and that all our Duties which are thus particularly seen and observed, will be for ever Pundually Remembred, and followed with an Eternal Reward? 3. Let us accustom our felves to Daily reflections upon Death. For They are apt to contribute greatly towards Removing the main Obstacles of Christian Conversation. When a Covetous man, is running on most Eagerly, in the Pursuit of
Riches; will it not stop him in his Ca· reer, to think seriously, that if he should
Successfully gain the Possession of them, yet the Day will Inevitably and Soon come on, when he must bid a Final adieu to the World, and Finally leave his Riches behind him? Or, would it not check Any Man, in a sinful Course of Sensual Pleasures, to Think that his Unavoidable Portion is, that the Body, which he is thus enslaved by, shall very Speedily become a Prisoner of the Grave, and the Worm Sall feed sweetly on him? Or, would it not bring Any man down, from the Height of Ambition, to consider Thoroughly, that All Glory, besides That in Heaven, is Fading, and in a very little time all Mortals; High and Low, shall lie mixed in the Common duft together? One would think it scarce possible that any kind of Temporal gratifications should prevail with us to neglect our Salvation,