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Of Industry in our particular Calling, as Scholars.
Rom. xii. 11. Not slothful in bufiness.
Keep thy Heart with all Diligence, &c.
Prov. iv Keep thy Heart with all Diligence, &c. . p. 341.
Prov. iv. 23.
Of Submission to the Divine Will
LUKE xxii. 42. Nevertheless let not my will, but thine, be done. P-377
SERMON XX. A Whit-Sunday Sermon of the Gift of the Holy
Acts ii. 38. - And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.p.395.
A Defence of the Blessed Trinity.
Col. iii. 2.
Rom. xi. 33. How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways paft finding out !
Of the Goodness of God.
Psalm cxlv. 9.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are
over all his works.
THE goodness of God is a frequented theme; to SE R M... many perhaps it may seem vulgar and trite; fo I. that discourse thereon, like a story often told, may Þe nauseous to their ears : but in truth neither can we speak too much upon this most excellent subject, nor ought we ever to be weary in hearing about it; for it is a sign that the palate of our mind is distempered, if we do not with delight and affection relith any mention of divine goodness. Yea, the obfervation of men's common practice would induce us to think, that either this point is not so well known, or but little believed, or at least not well considered and applied. For how could we be so void of love to God, of gratitude toward him, of faith and hope in him, were we throughly persuaded, did we seriously consider, that he is so exceedingly good toward us? How can we be so insensible of the benefits we enjoy, so distrustful of finding succours VOL. I.
God which may
SERM. and supplies in our need, so diffatisfied and discon1. tented with what befalls us, if we conceive and
- weigh, that all things do proceed from, are guided and governed by immense goodness? How also, if men have such an opinion of God impressed on their minds, comes it to pass that they are so little careful to resemble and imitate him in kindness, bounty, and inercy to one another? How is it, in fine, that the most powerful argument to all manner of good practice, and the mightiest aggravation of fin, if well known and pondered, hath so little force and efficacy upon us? From experience therefore this argument may seem scarce sufficiently inculcated. We may add, that discourse upon this attributea (which above all other attributes doth render God peculiarly admirable and amiable) hath this special advantage beyond other discourses, that it doth, if our hearts conspire therewith, approach most nearly to the formal exercise of the most high and heavenly parts of devotion, praise and thanksgiving ; that it more immediately conduces to the breeding, the nourishing, the augmenting in us the best and noblest of pious affections, love and reverence to God; trust and hope in him ; willing resolutions to please and serve him ; whence it is consequent, that we cannot too much employ our thoughts, our words, or our attention upon this point. Besides so much reason, we have also good example to countenance us in so doing: we have the precedent of the holy Psalınist re
solving to make it his constant and continual emPfal. ployment: I will fing (saith he) of the mercies of the lxxxix. 1. Lord; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulPsal. cxlv. ness to all generations. And, Every day will I bless thee,
and I will praise thy name for ever; (that blessing and praifing God, the context shews to have consisted especially in the declaration of God's great goodness :)
1 -Θεός, ού πολλών όντων, εφ' οίς θαυμάζεται, έδε, ότως ως το Tertas everyétur idowralóv. Naz. Orat. 26.