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1. Thank God for your being brought into the Church, the pureft upon Earth, Matt. xi. 25. . 2. Continue in the Church, and live up to the Doctrine and Discipline of it, Matt. v. 16. 1 Pet. ii. 12.

Unless ye do this, it will avail you nothing.

If you do, you will ger to the Church Triumphant, Heb. xij. 22,


PSA L. xvi. 3: But to the Saints that are in the Earth,

nOmmunion of Saints.

Saines in Heaven, Col. 1. 12. Fud. xiv.
Thel. iii. 13.
Saints in the Earth.
I. Who may properly be said to be Saints.
II. How they did, and we may become fuch.
III. What Communion there is among them.
1. Who are truly Saints, and may properly

be called fo; and what is to be a Saint.
In general:
1. Some are said to be Saints, or Holy, only
because separated from the profane and
heathenish World, to the Worship of the
True God, Deut. vii. 6. c. xiv. 2. Rom. i.

6. 7. Or, to some especial Service in the Worship

of God, as, Holy Priests, Levit. xxi. 6, 7. Numb. xvi. 5, 7. Holy Prophets, Luke i. 70. Holy Apostles, Eph. iii, s. Rev. xviii. 20. 2. Some are Saints' by Covenant with God,

Pfal. I. 5. Exod. xix. s, 6. 2 Cor. i. 1. Thus every one baptized is a Saint, 1 Car.vii. 14.

Rom. xi. 16. 3. Some are Saints only by Profession, Deut.

xxvi. 17, 18, 19. I Cor. i. 2. with c. iii. 3. 4. Some are really and truly Saints by Parti

cipation, of all trụe Grace and Virtue, 1 Cor. vj. 1, 2, 11,


Concerning which, in general, observe, 1. There are but very few of them in the

World, Matt. xxii. 14. Luke xii. 32. veregr.

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2. It is an hard Matter to know, who are and

who are not Saints in this World. Judas among the Apostles. Foolish among Wise Virgins, Matt.xxv. 3, 4,5,

. Matt. vii, 22, 23. 3. It is no easie Matter for a Man to know, whether he himself be a true Saint or no,

Fer. xvii. 9. Luc. xviii. 11. Matt. xxv. II, 12. 4. It is a very hard and difficult Matter to be

a true Saint, Matt. vii. 13, 14. But blessed be God, it is possible for us. In particular: A true Saint, 1. Is one that is renewed and fanctified by

the Spirit of God, the only Principle of all true Sanctity, Job.iii. 5,6. Tit.iii s. 2 Thell:

ii. 13. I Pet. i. 2. 2 Pet. i. 4. 1 John iii. 24. 2. He is acted and guided by the same Spirit,

Rom. viii. 1, 9, 14. Gal. v. 18, 25. 3. Hence the Actions of a true Saint differ

from all moral or humane Actions, 2 Cor.iv. 13.
Eph. vi. 18. Phil. iii. 3. Col.i. 8.
1. They proceed from spiritual Motives,

and are directed to spiritual Ends, 2 Cor.


2. They are performed in a spiritual Man

ner: With Zeal and Fervency, Rom. xii. II. and

and yet with Order and Regularity too. PE, ouer aveţudt, vedio.T xj sony piev, Gal.v.25.

That is, orderly and methodically, not against Reason.

4 Hence

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1. He obeys them, because there command

ed; otherwise, 'tis no Obedience, I Sam.

XV. 22. Heb. xi. 8, 17, 18. . 2. Hence he obeys all, Luke i. 75.

1. The Duties of the First, as well as

Second Table. 2. The Duties of the Second as well as

of the First, Matt, xxii. 37, 38, 39. : 3. Every one of each Table as well, as

any one, Jac. ii. 10. 2. A Saint is universally Holy, in respect of

the Object, God and Man, Afts xxiv. 16. 1. In refpect of God, i Chron. xxviii. 9. 1. Praying to him, Aets ix, 11. Psal. xxxii. 6.

Eph. vi. 18. 2. Reading and Hearing his Word, Pfal.

xix. 9, 10. Psal. Ixxxiv. 10. Pfal.i. 2. 3. Loving and Fearing him above all Things,

Pfal. lxxiii. 25. Ifa. viii. 13.. 4. Keeping his Sabbaths, Exod. xx. 8. Isa.

lviii. 13. 5. Not speaking of him but with Fear and Reverence, Exod. xx. 7. Deus, xxviii. 58.

Ecclef. ix. 2. 6. Praising his Name, Pfal.cxlv. 10. Pfal.

xxxii. 1. 2. In respect of Men: 1. Loving his Enemies, Mat. Vi 44. Rom.

xii. 17, 18. 2, Charitable to the Poor, 1 John. iii. 17. 3. Juft to all, Matt, xxiii. 14. Luc. xix. 8. * Mich. vi. 6. 3. Universally Holy in respect of Time, Luke. i. 75. Psal. civ. 33. Pfal. cxlvi. 2. i Thel. v. 16, 17, 18.

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