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1. For their Conviction, i S. Pet. ii. 12,15.
2. That they may glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
1. By Approving his Ways, 2 S. Pet. ii. 8. Rom. ii. 24. and on the contrary, Col. ii. s. 2 Cor. ix. 13. 2 Thess. i. 7.
2. By Turning to them, i S. Pet. iii. 2. 2 Theg. i. 7.
3. By Praising his Mercy, for giving fuch Grace to Men, 1 Cor. xiv. 25. i S. Pet. ii. 9.
OBSERY. I. It is Christ's Command that his Disciples be eminent in good Works, S. Matt. V, 47. S. Luk. xii. 48. 1. What are good Works? Such as are done,
1. By good Men, Prov. xv. 8. and xxi. 27. Ifa. i. 11, 15.
2. Out of Regard to God's Command, Deut. xii. 8. S. Mar. X. 19. I Cor. vii, 19.
3. With a willing Mind, i Chron. xxviii. 2. 2 Cor. viii. 12.
4. With all our Might, Ecclef. ix. 10. Deut. X. 12. Rom. i. 9.
5. With Humility, A&t. xx. 19. 1 S. Pet. v. 5. Mic. vi. 8.
6. For God's Glory, 1 Cor. X. 31. 2. What sort of good Works are here re. quired ?
1. Works of Penitence for Sin, S. Matt. iv. 17. A&t. xxvi. 20.
2. Of Faith in Christ, 2 Theff. i. 11.
3. Of Piety towards God, 1 Tim. iv. 7, 8. Hebr. xii. 28.
4. Of Sobriety and Mortification towards ourselves.
1. Sobriety, Rom. xiii. 12, 13. i Theff. v.
6, 7, 8.
5. Of Charity to the Poor, 1 Tim. vi. 17, 18. Hebr. xii. 16. S. Matt. xxv. 35, &c.
6. Of Equity and Justice towards all, Rom.xiii. 7, 8. i Thel. iv. 6.
3. Why should Christians be so Eminent, above others, for their good Works?
1. Because they have more Knowledge, S. Joh. iii. 19. S. James iii, 13. and iv. 17.
1. Of God, Act. xvii. 23 - 27. Gal. iv. g. 2. Of Christ, Rom. x. 4. and xiv. 9. I Cor.
i. 23, 24. 3. Of the Soul's Immortality, and the Re
wards and Punishments of the other
Life, 2 Tim. i. 10. S. Matt. XXV. 46. 2. They have more Advantages of being so, S. Luk. x. 13. S. Joh. xv. 22. 2 Cor. xii. 9.
3. They have vowed and covenanted to do it, S. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. 1 S. Pet. iii. 21. Ecclef. V. 4, 5.
4. They have had more especial Mercies, AEZ. xx. 28. Tit. ii. 14. 1 S. Pet. ii. 24. I Cor. vi. 19, 20.
5. They are positively enjoined to labour after Perfection, S. Matt. v. 48. to grow in Grace, 2 S. Pet. iii. 18. and to strive for the Mastery, 1 Cor. ix. 24, 25. And are directed by S. Paul, to press forward towards the Mark set before us, Phil. iii. 13, 14.
USE 1. How sad, then, is the Case of such as are not thus eminently Holy? S. Luk. ix. 62. AF7.
2. How much worse their Case, who are ea minently wicked, as too great a Part of the World are ? Job xxxvi. 8. S. Matt. xxiv. 48, 49, 50, 51.
3. Let us strive to be thus eminently Holy, i S. Pet. i. 13, 14, 15, 16.
1. Good Works are the best sign of a good Faith, s. 7am. ii. 18, 26.
2. They are the best Means of keeping a good Conscience, 2 Cor. i. 12.
3. They are the only way of being in the Favour of God, Ifa. i. 18.
4. They are the best Cordial in time of Af fliction, Isa. xxxviii: 3.
5. Do well here, and have well hereafter, S. Matt. XXV. 21, 2 Cor. V. 10.
OBSER V. II. The ultimate End of all out Adions, should be God's Glory, 'I S. Pet. iv. 11.
1. What are we to anderstand by God's Glory?
Answ. Not the adding any thing of Glory to him, of which he is incapable, being infinitely Perfect and Glorious, Exod.xv.11. Rom.xi.36. But the manifesting the Glorious Properties that are in Him, in like manner as our Saviour is said to manifest his own Glory, S. Joh. ii. 11, and as he pray'd to be glorified, S. Job. xvii. 5. Isa. Ix. 21. 2. What Glory hath God by good Works?
Hereby we manifest,
1. His Sovereignty over us, isa. Ixiii. 19. Rev. xix. 6, 7.
2. The Certainty of his Promises, Phil. iii. 20, 21. I S. Pet. i. 3, 4.
3. The Excellency of his Commands, Pfal. xix. 9, 10, 11.
4. The Greatness of his Mercy, Hebr. viii. 10, 11, 12. Rom. ix. 23, 24.
5. The Power of his Grace, 2 Cor. xii. 9. 3. Why should God's Glory be our ultimate End ?
1. Because he has commanded it, Levit. x. 3. 1 Cor. x. 31.
2. Because it was his End in all things, Prov. xvi. 4. Psal. cxxxviii, s.
3. Because it is the End of our Creation, and Preservation, and Power to do any thing, Fer. ix. 23, 24. i Cor. i. 31. 2 Cor. x. 17.
4. Because it is the best of Ends, Psal. xcix. 3. S. Matt. iv. 10,
Use to be made; That we aim continually at God's Glory; as remembring,
1. How Angry God is at such as do it not, A&t.
2. How he Threatens them, Mal. ii. 2.
3. No Actions are good, that are not done for his Glory, S. Matt. vi. 2, 5, 16.
4. Hereby you will antedate the Work of Heaven, Rev. vii. 9, 10, 11.
5. Lastly, Give him Glory now, and he will give you Glory hereafter , Pfal. 1. 230 I Cor.
S. MATT. V. 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all. 1. HAT it is to swear ? ?
Answ. It is a Calling upon God as a Witness, to confirm what we say ; Tor Qedr éxci" alte pieslueg.. Chryfoft. Solet Deus ad probandam fidem in juratione ab hominibus nominari
. Optat: Meliv. 1. 2. p. 58. Et cum per solum Deum solent homines jurare. Id. 1. 3. p. 65.
Μαργυρία γάρ όξι Θεϊ πει σεαγμάτων αμφισβήτεμβύων, 8gx. Phil. Jud. de Decal. p. 583.
1. It is a Calling upon God, Deut. vi. 13. and x. 20.
2. As a Witness. Eft enim jusjurandum affirmatio religiosa. Quod autem affirmate, quasi Deó teste, prómiseris, id tenendum est. Tull. de Offic. I. 3. C. 29.
3. To confirm what we say, Hebr. vi. 16. εις βεβαίωσιν, it is πέρgς αντιλογίας. "Όρκος μν γάρ όξιν ομολογία καθοριστική μετά προπαραλήψεως Θίας. Clemm. Alex. Stro. 6. 7. p.728.
II. Whether it is lawful under the Gospel, in any Case; to swear ? Answer. It is. For;
1. The Matter of it is as lawful now as ever, S. Matt. v. 17.
2. It was a part of the Moral, not the Cerea monial Law; Command. III.
3. It is a Part of God's Worship, Deut. vi. 13. and x. 20.
4. By it we give much Glory to God; Thereby acknowledging,