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shalt not ftealy thou shalt net bear false witness^ thou shalt not covet j and if there be apy other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this faying namely, "thou shatt lovi thy neighbour as thy self Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore Love is the fulfilling of the Law, Rom; xiii. 8. The Love of God and of our Neighbour comprehends the whole Duty of Man, which is a Doctrine nowhere to be met withal, but in the Holy Scriptures; all the" Wisdom of Philosophers could never discover thi» Doctrine, which lets before us the only infallible Principles of Obedience. And it must be a most gracious and wife Law, which makes Love the Principle and Foundation of our whole Duty both towards God and Man i and has ordained this, as the only fit means to qualifie and prepare us for the Fruition of God himself, and of one another, in Heaven, to all eternity.

III. The Christian Religion proposeth the most effectual motives to Obedience and Holiness of-Life* The moral Reasons and Arguments for a Vertuous Life are (b great and evident, that those who livd otherwise, are generally convinced that they ought not to do it: but because the Arguments from Reason are too faint and lifeless, to oppose to Sense and Passion i therefore the Christian Religion is purposely fitted to every Faculty, and presents us with greater" Objects of Fear, and Love, and Defire, than any thing in the World can do. And as God will be ser-' ved by us, upon uo other Principle but that of Love, so the chiefest Motive to our Obedience, express'd throughout the Scriptures, is the Divine Love. They represent to us all the methods which God has been pleased to use, as necessary to reclaim the World by his Mercies and his Judgments, by sending his Pro

{)hets at sundry times, and in divers manners., and at ast by sending his own Son. He saw the fondness that Men have for this World, and for the Pleasures and Sins of it j how subject* they are to Temptations*

and how prone to comply with them •■, and therefore he has been pleased to purssle us with the endearments of his Love, and with such condescentions of Grace and Favour, as must needs mightily affect the most obstinate Sinner, who has but the sense and gratitude of a Man left in him to consider them: and then he has denounced his Wrath and Vengeance against all such, as will not be led and persuaded to their own Happiness by the infinite Love of Christ. He was born, he lived, he died for us; he has procured our Pardon, he proffers us his Grace and Assistance, he promises us eternal Happiness with himself in Heaven, upon our Obedience; and last of all, he threatens us with eternal Misery, if we will not be Happy \ thus forcing us, as it were, to Happiness, if we will not be persuaded to it: for this is all the force that free Agents are capable of. And if all that infinite Love could do to excite our Love, if all the Rewards that infinite Mercy and Goodness could propose, and the severest Punishments that Almighty Vengeance can inflict, will not prevail with Men to follow Vertue, and refrain from Vice, nothing can possibly prevail with them. Love is most apt to produce Love, and hopes of Reward have a mighty effect upon Men of any good Temper and Disposition \ but the fears of Punishment are wont to work upon the very worst Men: and where infinite Loving Kindness, eternal Rewards, and eternal Punishments, do all concur to bring Men to the practice of Vertue, no motive can be wanting, by which human Nature is capable of being wrought upon.

IV. The Christian Religion affords the greatest Helps and Assistances to an holy Life. The Devil and his Angels are not more maliciously watchful and diligent with their Assaults and Temptations, to contrive and promote our Destruction, than the good Angels are carefnland active to protect us aginst their Attempts, and secure our Salvation \ which they are 2 • conconcerned, and employed to do? by God's express Commission and Appointment f Are they not all minifiring Spirits., sent forth to minister for them$ who flak* be Heirs of Salvation? Heb. u 14. And God himself? who is a Spirit, and is the Author of the Being, and of the Life and Motion of all things, doth more especially act upon the Spirits and Minds of Men,- by putting into them good Desires, and by inclining their Hearts to keep his Commandments, and perform his Wilt. And this Grace and Favour of God towards Us, this spiritual Aid and Strength is sufficient to enable us to conquer Sin, and overcome Temptations*, And we are exhorted to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that We may obtain Mercy, and find Grace td help in time of need-, Heb« iv. 16. which we are assured shall be bestowed upon Us for Christ's fake, through his Merits, and by vertue of his Mediation and Intercession. All the World has been sensible of the great proneness in Humane Nature to Evil, and backwardness to what Reason it self seems to dictate as good and fit to be done, but the Christian Religion only has provided a Remedy to cure this great corruption! of our Nature, and assist us in the performance of out Duty*

V. The Christian Religion expresseth the greatest" compassion and condescension to our Infirmities. Christ died to make satisfaction for our Sins, and to procure acceptance with God for Us upon our Repentance •, he intercedes for Us, and pleads the Merits of his own Death and Passion in our behalf, we have art Advocate with the Father, Jefits Christ the righteous-, and he is the propitiation for our Sins^ though* they be never. so great and" heinous, if we do but truly repent 4f them, and forsake them. And the Sins of Ignorance? and Surprize, and Infirmity, are not inconsistent with the terms of Salvation-, but a general Humiliation and Repentance, with a constant and sincere endeavour to* serve and please God, will? through Christ's Merits?

"be accepted of by hhn for such Sins as we have no sufficient means or ability of knowing to be Sins, and for such as by reason of the frailty of our Nature, we canuot live wholly free from. Nothing is required of us, but a fincere and honest Diligence to do what we can, and a lively Faith to rely upon Christ's Merits, for the pardon of what Sins we are not able wholly to avoid*

Men are forward to complain of the uneasiness of the Christian Yoke,, without any true experience and trial of it, and without considering the Principles, and Motives, aud Helps, and the condescending and gracious Terms which the Gospel proposes. Indeed, to lay some injunctions and restraints more than are absolutely necessary, is but what all Lawgivers have done. For some things are to be forbidden as a prevention and a preservative from* the commission of Sin, and others commanded as preparatory qualifications and dispositions to Vertue, and to make the Practice of it more easie and certain to us. And if Men are allowed in all Governments to have this Authority , certainly God, who has an absolute Power over us, and perfectly knows what is necessary for our good, and for the ends of his Government, and has promised Rewards to the Obedient, infinitely greater than any that human Lawgivers can propose j has an undeniable right to forbid or command us some things, which by the Law of Nature we might have been allowed or excused from. But these are very few, and all things considered, no Religion ever was so compassionate and easie as the Christian Religion

VI. The Propagation of the Gospel has ever had great essects towards the Reformation and Happiness of Mankind. What could be more beneficial to the World, and more for the Peace and Happiness of all Mankind, than to be taught to live under a perpetual sense and awe of the Love and Fear of God, and to be constrained to perform our several Duties to each

other, other, in our respective Capacities and Relations, with the utmost Fidelity and Integrity \ and to have this enforced upon the Consciences of Men by the Hopes and Terrors of a future judgment, and an eternal State of Happiness or Misery, as they stall prove obedient, or disobedient? These then must be acknowledg'd to be Doctrines most worthy of God, and the proper Subject of a Revelation. For however Men may wish, as to themselves in particular, that they had not been abridg'd their sinful Pleasures, yet in respect to the common Good of Society-, it must needs be confessed by the most inveterate Enemies of Christianity, and by those who will believe nothing of another Life, that if the Christian Religion were as generally practis'd , as it is profess'd , it would make Mankind as happy as it is possible for Men to be in, this Life, through the Belief and Expectation of a Life to come. And as much as the Practice of the Christian Religion has been neglected, it is so far from being a speculative Notion only, that it has a real and perpetual Influence for the Good of the World, even in the worst and most degenerate Ages.

We are not, at this distance of time, easily made sensible, how great Blessings the Christian Religion brought to Mankind, in that Reformation which it soon introdue'd into the World. For upon their Conversion, there became such a vifible Alteration in the Tempers and Lives of Men, that they scem'd to have chang'd their very Natures, and to be born again, and become new Creatures \ from whence Conversion is styl'd Regeneration. This the Apologists generally insist upon,, that the Converts to Christianity became quite other Men, and practis'd all kinds of Virtue with incredible Zeal, tho' they had been never so vicious and profligate before. The Christians are represented as an innocent, devout and charitable fort

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