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SERMON IV. .
Preached at, si .. The SPITT LE.
On the Fourteenth of April, 1680.
1 TIM. vi. 17, 18, 19. Charge them that are Rich in this World, that
they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain Riches, but in the Living God, who
giveth us richly all Things to enjoy. That they do Good, that they be Rich in good
Works, ready to difribute, willing to com
municate.'-,,. Laying up in store for themselves a good Founda
tion against the Time, to come, that they may lay bold on Eternal Life.
SE ROTIUS his Note, upon this Text, cis is this, That St. Paul now having It finished this his Epistle to Timothy,
it comes into his Mind, that there was need of some more particular Application to be made, and Admonition to be given to those wealthy Merchants, with which the City
of Ephesus (wherè Timothy resided) did then abound; and upon this Confideration, he inserts those Words I have now read; Charge them that are rich in this World, &c... · How famous foever the City of Ephesus was at that Time for Wealth or Trade, there is little doubt to be made, that this City of ours (praised be God for it) doth in those Respects, at this Day; equal, if not much exceed it. And therefore that which St. Paul thought of so great Importance, as to give efpecial Orders to Timothy, to press upon the Ephefian Citizens, will always be very fit to be seriously recommended to you in this Place; and more especially at this Time, since it is the proper Work of the Day. Waving therefore wholly, the Argument of our Saviour's Resurrection,
upon which you have before been entertained; · I apply myself, without farther Preface, to
conclude this Easter Solemnity with that with which St. Paul concludes his Epistle, viz with a short Discourse of the rich Man's great Duty and Concernment, which is in these Words plainly set forth to us.) :?.; . In them we may take notice of these Three Generals, which I shall make the Heads of my following. Discourse. 7 stopa
Firft, The Duty itself incumbent upon those that are Rich in this World, expressed in several Particulars.y pre 3 poz.
Secondly, The great Obligation that lies upon them to the Performance of it, which we may gather from the Vehemence and the Authority with which St. Paul orders. Timothy
to press it ; Charge them (faith he) that are Rich, that they be not, &c. ::
Thirdly, The mighty Encouragement they have to observe this Charge; for hereby they lay up to themselves in fore a good Foundation against the Time to come, that they may lay hold on Eternal Life.
First, I begin with the Rich Man's Duty, which is here exprefs'd in Four Points: Two of them Negative, teaching what Things te ought to avoid the other Two Positive, teaching what he ought to practise. They are these: ..
I. That he mould not be high-minded. "
And with very great Reafon hath St. Paul *] given this Caution to rich Men. For by the
Experience of the World, it" hath been always found, that Wealth is apt to puff up, to make Men look big, and to breed in them a Contempt of others; but what little Ground there is for this, is easily seen by any that will give themselves leave to consider.
For what doth any of these worldly Goods (which make us keep at diftance) really add to a Man in point of true Worth' and Value?
Do they either recommend him more to God > or to wise Men, or even to himself if he have
a Grain of Senfe in him, than if he was with
out them ? Certainly they do not. For that Sfor which either God approves us, or wise
Men esteem us, or we can speak Peace and Content to ourselves, is not any Thing without us, any Thing that Fortune hath given to us; but something that we may more truly call our own; fomething that we were neither born with, nor could any Body hin. der us of, nor can be taken from us ; that is to say, the Riches of our Minds, our vertuous and commendable Qualities.
A Man' is no more a fit Object of Esteem, merely for being rich; than the Beast he rides on (if I may use the old Comparison) is of Commendation for the costly Trappings he wears.
Secondly, Another Caution given to those that are rich in this World, is, that they should not 'trust in uncertain Riches. This likewise is a Temptation to which they are exposed, and
our Saviour hath very lively set it forth to use in the Parable of the Rich Man in the Gospel, h, i who having got mighty Possessions, and filled new
his Barns, thought of nothing farther ; but I Luke 12. presently faith to himself, Soul, take thy Ealé, Latin 16, ớt. :
eat, drink, and be merry, for thou hast Goods