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When jonatham was Dead, David's Affectionate Esteem of him was by no means abated or diminished, but moved him to this Enquiry; * Is there yet any that is left of the House of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's Sake. And when Mephibosheth, the Son of Jonatham, was found, David thus expresseth himself; + Fear mot, for I will surely shew thee Kindness, for Jonathan thy Father’s sake, and will restore thee all the Land of Saul thy Father, and thou shalt eat Bread at my Table continually. This Passage cannot but move us with a Sense of Honour for that Excellent Spirit, which was thus demonstrated, in David's Kind and Zealous Concern for the Remains of his Deceased Friend. But to bring this Intimation still nearer to the Case before us: When our Lord committed the Care of his Mother, the Blessed Virgin, to St. John; the Disciple testified his love of Christ, by his Readiness and Chearfulness in taking that Trust upon him: And who can conceive that Pervour of Affection towards our Saviour, which glowed in this Disciple's Breast, under the Faithful Execution of his Charge? And such Generous Sentiments do inflame the Hearts of those, who, for the sake of Christ, now Glorified in Heaven, do support and cherish his Distressed Members upon Earth. And the Excellency of such Dispensations will still further appear, as in the relation which they bear to Christ, the Head of his Mystical Body, the Church, so likewise,

* 2 Sam. ix. 1. i X, 7,

5thly and lasily, In that Immediate Relation which they bear to the Love of our Afflitted Brethren themselves, consider'd as Heirs of Eternal Happiness in Heaven; where there is an Universal Transporting Harmony of Affe&tions and Desires, of mutual Endearments and Complacency. We shall there Eternally exercise an intire Love of God, and of the Holy Angels, and of all the Spirits of just Men made perfeót, Coheirs with us of those Blissful Mansions. And we are here upon Earth, to be train'd up into a Ca

pacity of bearing a Part in that Everlasting State of Peace, and Love, and Benevolence. A Selfish Spirit is incapable of that State: He alone is qualified for it, whose Mind is here Cultivated with the Love of his Brethren, and that in such Advanc'd Degrees, that he does, with Pleasure, use the most effectual Means, within his Power of rescuing them from the Pressure of every Calamity. And whilst he contributes to their Temporal Happiness, he promotes his own Spiritual Perfeótion; for every Aćt of Love does inlarge the Affettion it self, and carit on to a still nearer Resemblance and Similitude of that Heavenly and Consummate Love, whereby Good Men will be for ever United to God, and to one ano

ther. If any regard then is to be had to the Imitation and Resemblance of the Holy Angels, and of God himself, or to the Universal Approbation of Mankind; or, if there be any Worth in Faith, or Hope, or Gratitude to God, or the Sincere Love of Chrift, and of our Neighbour: And if each of these Virtues does derive its own Native Excellency upon Works of Charity; and, if the Perfection of each of these Virtues does so far depend upon such Works, (proportion'd to Mens Abilities) that without them ’tis Imperfeót; we may hence reasonably conclude, that such Works are very Excellent, and highly conducive to our Salvation. And this

suggests the third Enquiry proposed: III. In what Sense we are to understand that Efficacy, which seems to be ascribed, by our Saviour in the 7ext, unto Works of Charity? That when ye fail, they may receive you into everlaffing habitations. This Encouragement may look, as if Works of Charity were a full Title to Eternal Bliss; as if he, who goes out of the World, adorn'd with the Glory of Them, may Claim Heaven as his Due, and must be admitted, withoutany regard had to his other Qualifications. But 'tis by no means to be concluded, that such Works are the Sole Means of Salvation, or, that they will be effectual to the Forgiveness and Acceptance of those, who persist in the known Omissions of other Duties required,

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ed, or in the wilful Commission of any Sin. The whole Course of the Scriptures plainly evinceth the Necessity of Universal Sincere Obedience. The Indulgence therefore of any Vice, does obstruct the Efficacy of Charitable Works; and that Obstruction must be removed, before they can be effeótual to Salvation: And yet this is no derogation from their Excellency. Even the Merits of Christ are not efficacious of Salvation to those, who continue in the Dominion of any Sin; and much less can it be effected by any Performances of our own. Nor should we entertain the less Honourable Thoughts of Charitable Works on this Account, That Universal Obedience is Indispensably required; as if That alone were sufficient, and therefore They should not be urg'd, as so highly conducive to Salvation. For 'tis to be remembred, that though we should break the Habits of all our Sins, yet if we should fail of performing Works of Charity, answerable to our Capacity, we should still fall short of Forgiveness and Eternal Life. Even


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