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represented on the Stage, we feel ourSerm.vIHearts interested in their Favour: If we honour and esteem them, from whom we reap no Advantage: How much more ought we to love, esteem, and honout him, the Benefit of whose Actions and Sufferings reaches to all Ages, all Nations, all Mankind? What are they (the great Heroes of Antiquity) to us, or we to them; who might be an Honour to the Age in which they lived, but are of no Service to us j like Stars at an immense Distance, the Light of which may fill. their own Sphere, but reaches not down to this lower World? But our Saviour was a Person born for the whole World, for which he died, a Blessing to all Mankind from the Beginning of Time, and whom all Mankind will have Reason to bless, when Time pall be no more.
But let us remember, that there were two Ends of our Saviour's Coming into the World; the one to be a complete Pattern of Goodness in his Life; and the other to be a full Satisfaction for Sin by his Death, In vain we expect to be saved by his .Death, as a full Satisfaction for Sin; unless
sermvi less we endeavour to copy after his Life, as a complete Pattern of Goodness. He came, not to make our Repentance needless, but to make it valid and effectual. Te lare not your own, fays St. Paul; for ye are bought with a Price. 'therefore glorify God in your Body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.
Preached at the
Lady MOVER'S Lecture.
On the Do&rihe of the Trinity.
• •' -matthew XXVIII. 19.
Go ye therefore and teach all Nations., baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of theSfa; and of the Holy Ghost..
^HE Text sets before us the so-SEr,vn. lemn Commission, which our Sa-' JL viouf gave to tKe Apostles, by which they were to' baptize all Nations into the Belief and Worship of the Holy Trinity.
Though some have treated this doctrine
is a mere notional barren Thing; yet, that
Our Saviour is God, and the Holy Ghost
You II. E b God,
Ser. vII God, is.no more a.speculative Point; than this Proposition, viz. there is a Gbd, is so. Both Propositions are the Foundations of several Duties, which are the necessary Parts of a good Life. The Worship of our Saviour as God, our Gratitude and religious Homage to him, as such, are practical Points, as much as any Offices of Morality whatever. The Knowledge of our Duty equally obliges us to the Performance of it j through whatever Channel it is conveyed, whether by the Light of Nature, or that of Revelation. And from the Time, that the Scriptures had discovered to us the Nature and.respective Offices of /our Redeemer and Sanctifier j we were as much obliged to adore Them, as to adore the Father. And isa wilful Neglect of behaving suitably to those Relations, which we bear to theFather and our fellow Creature's, makes us the proper Objects of Pitoishmentj then a flagrant Neglect of acting suitably to those Relations, which we bear to the Son and Holy Ghost, must: likewise expose us to the divine Displeasure *., In
* See this Point set in a beautiful Light by one of the finest Thinkers of the Age in his Analogy of natural and revealed Religion. Page 151, &e.
short short we do not live a good Life, Unless ser. vir* we treat Beings, as what they are in themselves, and according to what they have done for us. The Man, who does not, as far as in him lyes, consider the Dignity of the Person of his Benefactor, nor the Greatness of the Benefits received from Him, is an immoral Man. His Life is wrongs and therefore his Faith cannot be right.
To return to my Text, from which t have digressed j "Whatever Persons" (as a considerable Writer expresseth it) "are ct named in Conjunction with God the Fa* "ther in such an authoritative Manner, as '" td give a Commiflion, upon the Execu"tion of which the Remission of Sins and ,c eternal Salvation depends, or in such a "Manner, as supposes Men to be confe** • crated and dedicated to those Persons $ «.. they all must be God." I stiati, therefore,
I/?, Endeavbiir to prove from Scripture, that there are more Persons than One in the divine Nature.
lldly, I shall answer the Objections against this Doctrine from the Nature of
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