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and services is only to be expected for his fake. And we are to rely upon his grace, as our head, for constant supplies.

Another necessary exhortation from our present subject remains.

3. Let us persevere in walking by faith, till we arrive at light. Believing to the faring of the foul, stands opposed to drawing back, which is declared to be unto perdition, Heb. x. 39Faith comes short of fight : but if we are gov. erned by it, it brings us every day nearer to fight. And by how much the nearer we fee the day approaching, fo much the more should faith take wing, entering into that which is within the veil. If our hands hang down, when the shadows of the evening come upon us, our hope must fink too : and if we have any faith left, it must reproach us, that, when we are in a nearer view of Canaan than formerly, we flag, and suffer ourselves more to be carried away by sense. Let us not abate or decline in the life, which is animated by faith: but “ knowing the time, let us awake out of fleep,” if we have suffered meaner principles to gain the ascendant over us : and if we are yet pressing forward with full fails towards the haven, let it be our care that we do not relax our zeal and application ; but live as faith dictates, till the rewards of faith are obtained,

To inforce all this, it may be proper tQ consider, that

A life of faith is highly reasonable. It is to govern ourselves by matters which are at once of the highest importance and reality ; the greatest concern we can have in view ; with the testimony of God, to support and warrant our concern about them.

It is at prefent the most fatisfactory and comfortable life. To have no view beyond fense, must ever make this world a howling wilderness : and we cannot have any satisfactory view of a future rest, by any other light than that of faith. This therefore alone can minister to us the great folace of life. And besides that, to live by rule is a rest to the mind; which we shall moli securely do, by living under the conduct of faith. And in all turns the divine perfections, providence and promises, are a fountain of peace and serenity, which cannot be equalled either by the most agreeable present enjoyments, or by the best prospects we can form on the measures of human policy.

To walk by faith, bears the nearest resemblance to the life of heaven, of any thing we can attain while we are probationers. A believer lives upon the fam.c objects, as those above live upon in full happines; the fame God and Redeemer : only these objects are very differently perceived above and here. " Now we see them through a glass darkly, but then face to face ; now we know in part, but then shall we know, even as we are known," 1 Cor. xiii. 12. The Christian's portion is the same in both worlds ; but now he hath it in title, and there will have it in poffeffion; now he sees it afar off; then he will have it at hand, and in full enjoyment.

Whatever imperfection attends this life now, will soon be over and at an end. Tho'

faith is not fight, yet it will very quickly be turned into fight.' It is as sure a presage of the perfect light of heaven, as the morninglight is of the clear shining of noon-day.

And this walk upon the foundation of believing, has been the walk of the excellent of the earth in every age of the world. As many of them as successively have arrived at glory, have “ through faith and patience inherited the promises,” Heb. vi. 12. It is the design of the apostle in the whole eleventh chapter to the Hebrews, to shew that faith conducted the principal worthies of the Old Testament to all their commendable actions in life, and to the heavenly rewards at the end of it. And the apostle in the text declares, that this was the animating principle of himself and other feryants of God, under the New Testament; so he had before observed, chap. iv. 13. that.

we have the fame {pirit of faith” with good men under the Mofaical dispensation. We have the same principle of faith to rule in us, which inspired them with all their excellencies: but we have fuller discoveries, to employ and support our faith; and therefore hould be stronger in it, and perform greater things under its inlucnce.

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SERMON

SERMON VIII.

Godliness; or the Christian Tem,

per towards God.

THE

2 Pet. i. 6. latter part of the verse.

And to patience, godliness.
HE christian fpirit has been considered

in several general reprefentations : I would now enter upon the particular branches which constitute it; and this of godlines naturally comes first to be treated of, or the religious regard we owe to the blessed God. The mention of this is so introduced in the words before us, that it will dire@ly suit my design, which is to recommend it as a molt important part of that temper, to which we are called by christianity.

The apostle had observed, ver. 3. what great and good things are conferred upon us by the divine power, even “ all things that pertain unto life and godliness ;” meaning probably all things pertaining to a godly life : and then in ver. 4. that we have “ exceeding great and precious promises given us ;" for this very end, “ that by them we might be partakers of a divine (or godlike) nature." In the fol. lowing verses he presses those who professed christianity, to pursue this end; to exercise and cultivate the various graces of the chriftain life, ver 5. &c, xuí åUTÓ 78T0, and besides

this; or rather, as such benefits, such promifes are given you for such an end ; so do ye also for this reason, or in like manner, giving all diligence on your part, add, or join together as in a choir, the following excellencies, Add to your faith, to your inward persuasion of these good tidings of the Gospel, virtue, or boldness and resolution in maintaining faith and a good conscience. And to virlite, knowledge ; a gradual advance in the knowledge of the truths and duties of christianity, with which you are in some measure already acquainted. And to knowledge, temperance ; in the moderate use of the good things of this life. And to temperance, patience ; in bearing chearfully the evils of life. And to patience, godliness ; such a regard to God, as will carry you through the whole of your course. Here we are now to stop, in the account which the apostle gives of this chain of graces.

’Eucélere, which in this place; as well as in many others, is translated godliness, most strictly signifies right worship or devotion : and on the other hand, in some places it is taken fo largely, as to import the whole of practical religion, or a disposition to universal goodness. But here I apprehend it is to be understood in a middle sense ; neither to be confined to mere acts of worship; nor to be extended to the whole compass of our duty; but plainly to signify such a temper and behaviour towards God, as becomes his excellencies, and our relations to him ; or more briefly, a disposition to pay

all

proper regard's to God. It is often used in the same fense

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