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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. Afts ii. 23.

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

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

xvi. 4. 2 Thef. i. 7, 8, 9. * IV. He orders and disposeth of all Things, gi

ġ them to whomsoever he pleasech. 1. Wealth and Riches, Deut. viii. 18. Genesis

xxxii. 9. 1 Tim. vi. 17: Job i. 21. Ecclef.v.

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

Psal. 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. 26. cap. iii. 21. 4. Health and Strength of Body, 2 Sam. xii.

Naaman was cured, and Gehazi made a Leper, by God, 2 Reg. V.27. Acts xvii.25.

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

12. Exod. xxxv. 30, 31. cap. xxxvi. 1, 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. ii. 25.

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

I Cor. iv. 7. 7. Heaven it 'self and eternal Life, Romans

vi. 23. All thefe the Works of God, his Preservation, Infpe&ion, Government, and Disposition of all 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. Fob ix. 12. 2. With in Gnite Wifdom, 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 unjuft 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.

U S E. 1. Hence we should learn to think, that nothing 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.

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s. 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, Lamensations iii. 22.

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

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Ju D £ 6. And the Angels which kept not their

first Eftate.

I. COME of the Angels kept their first Eftate; • D that is, retained the same Integrity and

Perfection wherein they were created; concerning which we may observe,

1. Their Names, diurbo "A[yeaol.
Cherubim, Ezek. X. 1, 4, 5.
Seraphim, Burning, or flaming Spirits, Isa. vi. 2.
Sons of God, 7ob i. 6. c. Xxxviii. 7:
Thrones, Dominions, bout. Col. i. 16.
There be Archangels, i Thes. iv. 16.
Such a one is Michael, Jude v.9. ENJO
So perhaps Gabriel, Dan. viii. 16. 7773)
2. Their Nature. They are spiritual Subftan-

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 Thes. 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. . Co vii. II, 12.

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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, Matt. iv. II. In his Agony, Luke xxii. 43. At his Apprehension, Matt. xxvi. 53. At his Resurrection, Matt. xxviii. 2. 7ohn XX. 12. At his Ascension, Aets i. 10, 11. Yea, they worship him, Heb. i. 7. Which 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, Pjal.xci. u,

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

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

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

Gen. xxii. II, 12. Acts x. 3, 22. I Chron. . xxi. 18. Asts viii. 26. 4. To acquaint them with Things to come, Dan. viii. 16. Revel. i. 1. 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 bim?

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