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teach them his Statutes; and incline "tfefefr *-""- -; -r-^ Hearts unto them, and not suffer them se,jmto go Astray in the Ways of Error and i«^laDefrruction. ^"- •

Tlastly, That which must croW; the Success of the Preachers, and make lure the Title of the heavenly Inheritance to the Hearers, is such a Conversation as becometh the Gospel of Christ. All who would be saved by the Gospel,"v «

must answer the End of it, by living up
to it. They must adorn it, by making
it the Rule of their Behaviour. The
Design of God in the Gospel is to bring
Men to Happiness by Holiness, without
which no Man shall fee the Lord. No-
thing in the Scripture is more plain and
certain, than that Christ requires of us
to deny Ungodliness and worldly Lusts,
and to live soberly, lighteously and god-
ly^ in this present World; and that it is'
to no purpose to call him Lord, Lord,
if we do not the Things which he fays;
foMie is the Author of -eternal Salvation
to those only who obey him. Hearing',
and Faith and -Knowledge arc sd "fir

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se*m' no farther. They are all of them in or

jj^ der to Practice; and if separated from it,

they will stand us in no stead, but rather aggravate our Guilt, and subject us to an heavier Doom. For Faith without Works is dead. And to him that knoweth to Aq Good, and doeth it not, to him it is Sin. If ye know these Things, happy are ye if ye do them. But that Servant •which knew his Lord's Will, and prepared not himself, neither did according $o his Will, jhall be beaten with many Stripes, Whosoever heareth the Sayings of Christ and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wife Man which built his House upon a Rock. And the Rains descended, and the Floods came, and the Winds bhwy and beat upon that House, a-ad it sell not, for it was sounded upon a Rock. But every one that heareth the Sayings of Christ, and doth them not, shall be likened unto a sooli/h Man, which kuilt his House< upon the Sand. And the Rain descended, and the Floods came,.4^d. the Winds blew, and beat upon that House,

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and and it sells and great was the Fall of if. For not the Hearers of the Law are Just before God, but the Doers of the Law shall be justified. Wherefore, my beloved Brethren, be swift to Hear; and lay apart all Filthiness and Superfluity of Naughtiness •, and receive with Meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your Souls. But be ye Doers of the Word, and not Hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a Hearer of the Word and not a Doer, he is like unto a Man beholding his natural Face in a Glass; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his Way, and straightway forgetteth what manner. of Man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect Law of Liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful Hearer, but a Doer of the Work, this Man shall 'be blessed in his Deed.

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That all of us may be thus blessed, God if his infinite Mercy grant, for the Sake of his Son Jesus Christ our only Lord and Redeemer. To ic-.hom; oCc.

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2 Tim. II. 8.

Remember, that Jesus Christy of the Seed of Davidj was raised from the Dead. ,

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Dead; as al ib a strict Charge to Timothy ,. and in him to all Christians, to remember it. From which Injunction of the Apostle we may reasonably conclude, That the Doctrine of Christ's Resurrection is not only a most certain and evident Truth, but also of great Use and. Consequence to us, and a most necessary

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I Shall therefore at this Time lay '^ before you the Sum of those Proofs and Evidences upon which our Belief of this great Article of our Faith is grounded.

Now the Resurrection of Christ being an .Eyejnt suppos'd to have happen'd many, Ages since, it is. capable of such Proof as other antient Events are capable of, that is the Evidence of Testimony. And if there be as good Evidence of Christ's Resurrection as there is of any other antient Facts, the Truth of which is judg'd unquestionable; then all impartial Persons will allow that the Resurrection of Christ ought to be look'd upon as an undoubted Truth j it being manifestly unreasonable to refuse that Evidence in one Case, which in all other Cases is admitted; unless it can be made appear that this one Cafe is different from other Cafes, and Is incapable of being prov'd by the Testimony of Witnesses, either \ because the Thing said p have been done is not a proper Object of Sense,

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