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1. For ourselves.
1. To discharge ourselves from the Blood

of others, Ezek. iii. 18, 20.
2. That we may not partake with them

in Sin, Ephes. v. 1 1. AE. XX. 20. Qui non vet at peccare cum poteft, jubet. 2. For others, to keep them from Sin and

Hell, S. Jam. V. 20. S. Matt. xviii. 15.

Ezek. iji. 26. But very particular Care is to be taken in giving Reproof, that it be,

1. Personal, or before their Faces, 2 Sam.

xii. 7.

2. With Prudence, S. Jude 22, 23. S. Matr.

vii. 6.
3. Humble, Levit. xix. 17. S. Jam. i. 20.
4. Scriptural, 2 Tim. iii. 16.
5. Şeasonable, S. Matt. xviii. 15. 1 Sam.

XXV. 37.
Ουδεθ ονωδίζειν δε, αλλά να θέλν» έδε καυγο

gév, cinna' oupbracúeryo uele Stovoices émia

θεος, αλλά μεία φιλοσοςγίας διορθών, Chryf. II. Positively.

Not to entertain a bad Opinion of any Man, without a juft Cause. 1. Not of any Man's Person, S. Luk. xiii. 32.

Words, Pfal. lvi. 5. 3.

Actions, S. Luk. xix. 17.

much less, of his Thoughts. Because, - 1. We should do to others, as we would

have others do to us, S. Matt. vii. 12. 2. Hereby we rob our Neighbour of his Due,

even Credit, which is, and ought to be

most Dear to'us. Becaufe, I. Man is moft honourable of all Creatures.



2. His Honour is in his Holiness, 1 S. Pet.

i. 15.

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3. By judging him, we pronounce him

finful, and so deprive him of his Ho

nour, Rom. xiii. 7.
3. This breeds a Contempt of him, Rom. xiv.

3, 10.
4. This is Usurping the Prerogative of God,

Rom. xiv. 4. S. Jam. iv. 1 2.
5. We ourselves fhall be judged ;

1. By Men, S. Matt. vii. 1, 2.
2. By God, Rom. xiv. 10.

Who will judge,
1. Our Persons.

Thoughts, Rom. ii. 15, 16.

4 Words, S. Mått. xii. 36.
5. Actions, 2 Cor. V. 10



1. How far are such from obeying Christ, who are always censuring others ?

2. Let us judge ourselves rather than others, 2 Cor. xiji. 5.

1. Judging others doth but aggravate our

own Sins.
2. We have Sins enough of our own to judge

ourselves for. And,
3. We know more of our own Sins, than of

other Mens, S. Matt. vii. 3, 4.

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S. MATT. vi. 20. But lay up for yourselves Treasures in


W Heaven?

HAT Treasures can we lay up in


Heaven ? 1. The Love and Favour of God, which will be very beneficial in this World, Ephef. ii. 7. Psal. iv. 6. Rom. viii. 28.

2. Everlasting Glory and Happiness, containing all manner of true Riches, and therefore express’d by the Names that we give to the Riches. of this would ; as, Mansions, S. Job. xiv, 2.

A Pearl of great Price and Treasures, Matt.
A Crown, i Pet. V. 4. 2 Tim. iv. 8.
An Inheritance, 1 Pet. i. 4.
A Kingdom, S. Luk. xii. 32.
Such Treasures as no Man is able to express

or conceive, i Cor. ii. 9.

xiii. 449 45.

II. What does our Saviour mean by Laying up Treasures in Heaven?

In general, to be charitable to the poor, and so to use the Things of this World, as to recover the Favour of God by them, and have Comfort of them hereafter, S. Luk. xii. 33, 34. and xvi. 9. 1 Tm. vi. 8.

Now to direct you in this weighty Business, we fall consider,

1. Who ought to give. 1. Every one, tho' he is not able, yet should

be willing, 2 Cor. viii. 12. 2. They only are bound actually to give,

who have something of their own,

I Foh. iii. 17. Ifa. Ixi. 8. 3. Hence, not only the Rich, 1 Tim. vi. 17.

but Men of the lowest Estate, even such as labour with their Hands, ought to give something, Ephes. iv. 28. S. Mar.

xii. xlii. At. XX. 34. 2. How much is every one bound to give ?

1. Bountifully, 2 Cor. ix. 6. 2. Proportionably to his Estate, 1 Cor. xvi. 2. 3. More than we spend upon our Lusts, our

Pleasures, and our Vanities. 4. What ourselves have no real need of,

2 Cor. viii. 14. 5. Sometimes what is necessary, when others

Necessities are greater than our own,

2 Cor. viii. 3. 3. How ought we to give ?

1. From a Sense of our Duty to God. 2. Out of Love and Pity to our distressed

Brother, I Cor. xiii. 3. 3. Willingly, 2 Cor. viii. 3,10,11,12. I Tim.

vi. 18. 4. Chearfully, 2 Cor. ix. 7. Rom. xii. 8. 5. Readily, without Delay, Prov. iii. 27, 28.

Deut. XV, 10. 6. Thankfully, 1 Chron. xxix. 13, 14. 7. Sincerely and from a right End, and

therefore, 1. Not from Kain-glory, S. Max. vi. 1, 2.

for that makes it no good Work, and hinders the Reward, ibid. Such


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Men giving not to the Poor, but to themselves ; nay, they do not give, but sell, bartering their Money for

the Praise of Men.
2. Not to merit thereby from God.
3. But for his Honour and Glory, Prov.

iii. 9. I Cor. X. 31.
4: To whom should we give ?

1. To the Poor in general, Act. xx. 35. 1 Joh.
2. But with these Diftin&tions.
1. To those who have the greatest Neces.

sities in the first place.
2. Our own Relations before others,

S. Matt. xv. 5, 6, S. Joh. xix. 27. 3. Our own Families, I Tim. v. 8. 4. The Good before the Bad, Gal. vi. 10.

Rom. xii. 13. To enforce Obedience to this Command ; consider,

1. It is implanted in our Natures, S. Matt. vii. 12.

2. God hath made it our Brother's Due : This being the way whereby God provides for the Poor, Mal. iii. 8. Deut. xxvi. 1 29 1 3.

3. There is a Blessing entaild upon it, Act. XX. 35. yea, it brings a Blessing upon all we have, Prov. xxviii. 27. and iii. 9, 10.

4. All that we have is God's, 1 Chron. xxix. II. Deut. xxvi. I, 1o.

5. Yet, what we give He will restore, Prov. xix. 17.

6. For Christ looks upon it as done to Himself, S. Matt, XXV. 34.

7. By Charity we imitate, and are like unto God, S. Luß. vi. 36.

8. With

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