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-3. Though God permits Sin, yet he so governs and orders it, that he produceth Good out of it. 1. By permitting one Sin, he sometimes pu

nisheth another, Rom. i. 21, 22, 23, 25; 3. He over-rules the Sins of wicked Men,

so as that they shall turn to the Good of the Righteous, Gen. xlv: 7, 8. A&ts ii. 23.

cap. iv. 28. 3. He makes all Sin redound to his own Glo

ry; either the Glory, 1. Of his Mercy in pardoning, Rom. ix. 23. 2. Or of his Justice in punishing of it, Prov.

xvi. 4. 2 Thef. i. 7, 8, 9. IV. He orders and disposeth of all Things, gig them to whomsoever he pleaseth. 1. Wealth and Riches, Deut. viii. 18. Genesis

xxxii. 9. I Tim. vi. 17: Job i. 21. Ecclef.v.

18, 19. cap. vi. I, 2. 2. Honour and Preferments, 1 Chron. xxix. 121

Pfal. lxxv. 6, 7. 2 Sam. xii. 8. 1 Reg. iii. 13.

i Sam. ii. 7, 8. Psal. cxiii. 7. 3. Love and Favours, Gen. xxxix. 21. Dan. i: 9.

Exod. xii. 36. cap. iii. 21. 4. Health and Strength of Body, 2 Sam. xii. 16. Naaman was cured, and Gehazi made a

Leper, by God, 2 Reg.v.27. Acts xvii. 25.

2 Cbron. xvi. 12. 5. Gifts and Parts of the Mind, 1 Reg. iii. 9,

12. Exod. xxxv. 30, 31. cap. xxxvi, I, 2.

Exod. xxxi. 1, 2, 3, 6. Jac. i. 5. 6. All true Grace and Virtue whatsoever.

Faith is the Gift of God, Eph. ii. 8.

So is Repentance, Atts xi. 18. 2 Tim. ij. 25. Vol. I.



Asts v. 31.

And fo all other Graces, Fac. i, 17, 18.

I Cor. iv. 7. 7.

Heaven it self and eternal Life, Romans

vi. 23.

All these the Works of God, his Preservation,
Inspe&tion, Government, and Disposition of alí
Things, are done;
1. With infinite Power: For he doth all

Things without Trouble, only with his
Word, and none can resist him, 2 Chron. xx.

6. Job ix., 12. 2. With in finite Wisdom fo that he directs

all Things to the best End, his own Glory,

Psal. civ. 24. Rom. xi. 33. 3. With infinite Justice and Righteousnefs ;

so that he wrongs none, nor is unjust or un

righteous to any, Psal. cxlv. 17 4. With infinite Goodness and Mercy; which

clearly appear in all and every Thing he, doth, Psal. cxlv. 9.


1. Hence we should learn to think, that nothirg, comes by Chance or Fortune, but acknowledge God and his Providence in every Thing that comes upon us, Prov. iii. 6. Exod.

viii, 19.

2. To fear nothing but God; forafmuch as no Good can be with-holden from us, no Evil can fall upon us, without him, Matt. X. 28, 29, 30.

3. That although we may and ought to make Use of Means, yet we must put our whole

Trust Trust and Confidence only on God, without whom the best Means will be unsuccessful, the least by him will prove effectual, Psal. xxxvii. 3, 4, 7

Live always upon Providence, 2 Chron. XX. 12.


4. To submit to his Will and Pleasure, and acquiesce in all his Providences, as the Products of infinite Wisdom, Power, and Goodness, 1 Sam. jii. 18. Pfal. xxxix. 9. Ifa. xxxix. 8. 2 Sam. xvi. 9, 10, II.

5. To give God Thanks for every Thing that happens to you, for all the Mercies you enjoy, and for all the Miseries you do not feel, Lamentations iii. 22.

Still praise him, Job i. 21. Rom. xi, 33, 36,


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And the Angels which kept not their

forft Eftate.



OME of the Angels kept their first Eftate;

that is, retained the same Integrity and Perfection wherein they were created ; concerning which we may observe,

1. Their Names, Digha "Asgekoi.
Cherubim, Ezek. X. 1, 4, 5.
Seraphim, Burning, or flaming Spirits,
Sons of God, Job i. 6. c. Xxxviii. 7:
Thrones, Dominions, but. Col. i. 16.
There be Archangels, 1 Thes. iv. 16.
Such a one is Michael, Jude v. 9. N3'0
So perhaps Gabriel, Dan. viii, 16. 9877)
2. Their Nature. They are spiritual Substan-

ces, of great Knowledge, and Power fpi

ritual, Psal. civ. 4. Heb. i. 14.
Of great Knowledge, 2 Sam. xiv. 17.
Revealed, 1 Pet. i. 12.
They communicate themselves to one ano-

ther by their Will.
And Power, Psal. ciii. 20. 2 Thef. i. 7. 2 Reg.

3. What is their Duty and Employment ?

That we can tell only by reading of what they have done. We find, 1. They praise God, Ifa. vi. 3. Apoc, iv. 8. c. vii. 11, 12

2. They

xix. 35:

2. They attended our blessed Saviour at his

Conception, Luke i, 26, 27,.35. At his Birth, Luke ii. 9, 10, 13, 14. At Bethlehem, Matt. ii. 13. And in Egypt, Matt. ii. 19. After his Temptation, Matr. iv. Ir. In his Agony, Luke xxii. 43. At his Apprehension, Matt. xxvi. 53: At his Refurre&ion, Matt. xxviii. 2. Fohn XX. 12. At his Ascension, Afts i. 10, II.

Yea, they worship him, Heb. i. 7. Which shews,

1. How much he is above the Angels, Heb.

i. 4

2. What Reason we have to worship him.
3. They minister to the Saints.
1. In their Life-time:
1. To keep them out of Evil, P, al.xci. 11,

12. 1 Reg. xix. 5, 6. 2 Reg. vi. 17.
2. To deliver them from it, if they be fal

len into it, Psal. xxxiv. 7. Numb. xx. 16. Gen. xix. 15, 22. Dan. iii. 28. c. vi. 22.

Atts xii. 7, 8. c. V. 19, 20. 3. To guide and direct them what to do,

Gen. xxii. 11, 12. Acts x. 3, 22. I Chron.

xxi. 18. AEts viii. 26. 4. To acquaint them with Things to come,

Dan. viii. 16. Revel. i. I. C. xxii. 16.

2 Reg. i. 3. 2. At their Death the Angels convey them in

to Heaven, Luke xvi. 22. 3. After Death, at the last Day, Matt. xxiv.

31. C. XXV. 31. Quest. Whether bath every one a particular Angel to attend him ?


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