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SERMON XX.

On true submission to God.
Occasioned by the death of Deacon Robert Gilmore.

Job ix, 12. Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, what doest thou? . . . . . 342

SERMON XXI. Constant preparations making for the day of judgment.

2 Peter, iii, 9. The Lord is not slack concerning his fromise, as some men count slackness. . . . . . . 360

SERMON I.

THE TRUE GOD IS TO BE worSHIPPED, AS EXISTING IN THREE PERSONS.

EPHESIANs il, 18.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

God has revealed his will to mankind gradually, by one inspired teacher after another. And these teachers never represent any thing as new, which had been revealed before. Thus Moses takes it for a revealed and well known-truth, that the sabbath is to be sanctified, the first time he mentions that day. All the prophets after him speak of temporal death, human depravity, and a future state of happiness and misery, as things already revealed and universally believed. Our Saviour never pretends to teach any thing as new, which had been taught before, by any of the teachers sent from God. And it is very remarkable, that neither Christ nor the Apostles ever speak of the sacred Trinity as a new, but only as an old doctrine, which had been taught and believed, under all the previous dispensations of the gospel. When Christ instituted the ordinance of Baptism, to be administered in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, he gives no intimation, that he meant to reveal any thing new, respecting these adorable persons in the Godhead. So the Apostles, in their familiar letters to the churches, occasionally speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as though it were a doctrine well known and universally believed, by

common christians, that the one true God exists in

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