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represented on the Stage, we feel our Serm.VI.
Hearts interested in their Favour: If wę
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; 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 Be-
ginning of Time, and whom all Mankind
will have Reason to bless, when Time Mall
be no more... re : in

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 ; un-

less

Serm. VI. 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, re are not your own, says St. Paul; for ye are bought with a Price. Therefore glorify God in your Body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.

SER

Preached at the

Lady MOYER's Lecture.

On the Doctrine of the TRINITY.

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. MATTHEW XXVIII. 19.
-Go ye therefore and teach all Nations, bapa

tizing them in the Name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

HÉ Text iets before us the so- Skr. VII.
I lemn Commission, which our Says

I viour gave to the Apostles, bly which they were to baptize all Nations into the Belief and Worship of the Holy Trinity:

Though some have treated this Doctrine as a mere notional barren Thing; yet, that bur Saviour is God, and the Holy Ghost

VOL. II. : Ee

God,

SER. VII God, is no more a speculative Point ; than

this Proposition, viz. there is a God, is fo. 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 ; 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 ; we were as much obliged to adore Them, as to adore the Father. And if à wilful Neglect of behav. ing fuitably to those Relations, which we bear to the Father and our fellow Creatures, makes us the proper Objects of Punishment; then a fagrant Neglect of acting 'fuitably to those Relations, which we bear to the Son and Holy Ghost, must likewise expose us to the divine Displeafure *. In

* See this point set in a beautiful Light by one of the fineft Thinkers of the Age in his Analogy of natural and revealed Religion. Page 15T, &c.

Short short we do not live a good Life, unless Ser. VII. 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 wrong, and therefore his Faith cannot be right. :. To return to my Text, from which I have digreffed, Whatever Perfons" (as a considerable Writer exprefseth it) “ are " named in Conjunction with God the Faa “ ther in such an authoritative Manner, as " to give a Commission, upon the Execu« tion of which the Remission of Sins and " eternal Salvation depends, or in such a Manner, as supposes Men to be conse* crated and dedicated to those Persons ; 6. they all must be God.” I shall, therefore,

/, Endeavour to prove from Scripture, that there are more Persons than One in the divine Nature:

IIdly, I shall answer the Objections against this Doctrine from the Nature of the Thing. '

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