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SERMON I.
of the Goodness of God.

Psalm cxlv. 9.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are
over all his works.

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SERMON II.
Of the Goodness of God.

Psalm cxlv. 9.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are
over all his works.

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SERMON III.

The Doctrine of Universal Redemption asserted and

explained.

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1 Tim. iv. 10. --The living God; who is the Saviour. of all men, fpecially of those that believe.

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iv. proving God's universal desire of man's conversion 1 Tim.ii.4, and salvation: Who would have all men to be saved,

and to come to the knowledge of the truth For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. ! By virtue of which covenant it is, that any such degrees of love or fear toward God, such as men are capable of, are available, any righteous performances, such as our weakness can produce, are acceptable, any honeft endeavours do re

ceive countenance and encouragement; and that (as Acts x. 35. St. Peter observed) in every nation he that feareth God,

and worketh righteousness, is accepted by him; although his fear of God be not so intense, or pure; his righteousness not so exact and unblameable, as, according to extreinity of law and duty, they should be. From which covenant so far is any man, according to God's intention and desire, from being excluded, that all men are seriously invited, vehemently exhorted, earnestly intreated to enter into it, and to partake the benefits exhibited thereby. Every man that feeleth himself to want those benefits, and is desirous of

mercy and ease from the guilt and burthen of his fins, Isa. Iv. 1. may come and welcome. Ho, every one that thirseth,

come ye to the waters; so the evangelical Prophet proJohn vii. claims; and, if any man thirfteth, let him come to me 37. :

and drink, crieth our Lord; and, Come to me all ye that Matt. xi.

are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (AEūTE TOUTES, Come all to me : All men therefore, faith Origen', who from the nature of fin do labour and

are burthened, are called to that reft; which is with 2.Cor.v. 20. the Word of God.) And, In Christ's name (faith St.

" Paul) we are ambasadors, as though God by us entreat

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Acts xvii. 30.

Quo dicto ostenditur nullum hominem fecundum naturam efle pollutum, sed æqualiter omnes ad Christi Evangelium provocari. Hier. ad Aug. Epift. 11.

Ο Πάντες εν οι άνθρωποι δια της της αμαρτίας φύσιν κοπιώδες και πεφορTiopíroi xadoõlas iki ton aapa tū nóyw Toù toll avdravom. Orig. in Cell. 3.

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eth: we pray you for Christ's fake, be ye reconciled to God; S ERM. the purport of which embaffy, together with its ex- IV. tent, he otherwhere thus expresseth, Tavūv Wapayrénhai tois av Juros Trãos W2VTXZ ustavoziv, He now proclaimeth to all men every where that they should repent ; he consequently holds forth to all the benefits annexed to repentance. But of this we spake formerly.

4. Our Lord Jesus is the Saviour of all men, as having purchased and procured for them competent aids, whereby they are enabled to perform the conditions required of them in order to their salvation ; to acquire a sufficient knowledge of their duty, to subdue Eph. ii. 1. their bad inclinations and lusts, to withstand temptations ; or briefly, whereby they are enabled sincere- 14, 15. ly to repent of their fins, and acceptably to perform po their due obedience. The truth of this point, taking 2 Pet. i. 19, in the consideration of man's natural state, may by &c. good consequence be inferred from the truth of the points foregoing. If men are naturally so dead in 'o irì tà aitrespasses and fins, so enslaved and fold under sin ; parente so very prone to evil, and averse to good ; so dark úoHivías ieand blind, that they cannot well discern what they Max. Tyr. should do; fo corrupt and weak, that they cannot Diff. zz. perform what they know and confess to be good, (as St. Paul affirmeth men to be,) and consequently are of themselves indisposed to perform the duties acceptable to Godk, and requisite by his appointment toward their salvation, then either our Lord hath provided for them a communication of grace sufficient to countervail or surmount that natural impotency, or all his designs for their good are imperfect or inconsistent, (aiming at an end, without proving requisite means, or removing necessary obstructions, and his performances, whereby the forementioned be

* Si Deus non operatur in nobis, nullius possumus elle participes virtutis; fine hoc quippe bono nihil eft bonum, sine hac luce nihil eft lucidum, fine hac sapientia nihil fanum, fine hac justitia nihil rectum. De Voc. Gent. I. 8.

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SERM, nefits were procured, do prove ineffectual and fruitiv. less. For God being appeased, and become well-áf

fected to man's salvation, divine justice being satisfied, the rigour of law being mitigated, repentance being made available, and an obedience, agreeable to man's frailty, becoming acceptable, with all other the immediate results of our Saviour's transactions for man, would fignify nothing in regard to him, who still lieth under a necessity of finning, or an inability of performing that which is indispensably exacted from him toward a complete enjoyment of those benefits and favours. In vain is the debt paid, and the bond cancelled, and the prison set open, and liberty proclaimed, and the prisoner called forth, if he be not himself able to knock off the fetters which detain him, and there is no help afforded, by which he may do it. But our Lord hath surely laid his designs more advisedly, and hath prosecuted his work more perfectly. Wherefore we may suppose that a competency of grace and spiritual assistance is by virtue of our Saviour's performances really imparted to every man, qualifying him to do what God requires, and is ready to accept from him in order to his welfare ; that our Saviour hath sent abroad his Holy Spirit, (that fountain of all true goodness, of all spiritual light, strength, and comfort,) like the sun, to shine, to warm, to dispense benign influences over the world; although it shineth not To brightly and vigorously, and its presence is not so vifible and sensible in one place as another ; which Holy Spirit, as it is in its essence omnipresent, so it is likewise in its energy incessantly working in rea

fonable measure, right manner, and fit season, as wisTáūs sú Brev dom ordereth) upon the minds and affections of men, irarnempes. infusing good thoughts and motions, impressing aryous ioxin proposamena guments and motives to good practice, cherishing 201TÀU CAT". and promoting good purposes, checking bad designs, picy ijtui. Clem. Alex. reftraining and reclaiming from bad courses. Our Strom. 7. reason, however aided by exterior instruction and exP. 523. citement, being unable to deal with those mighty

temptations,

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