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represented on the Stage, we feel our Serm.VI.
Hearts interested in their Favour : If we
honour and esteem them, from whom we
reap no Advantage : How much more
ought we to love, esteem, and honout
him, the Benefit of whofe Actions and
Sufferings reaches to all Ages, all Nations,
all Mankind ? What are they (the great
Heroes of Antiquity) to us, or we to them ;
who might be an Honour to the Age in
which they lived, but are of no Service to

like Stars at an immense Distance, the
Light of which may fill, their own Sphere,
but reaches not down to this lower World?
But our Saviour was a Person born for
the whole World, for which he died,
a Blessing to all Mankind from the Be-
ginning of Time, and whom all Mankind
will have Reason to bless, when Time shall
be no more..

But let us remember, that there were two Ends of our Saviour's Coming into the World ; the one to be a complete Pattern of Goodness in his Life ; and the other to be a full Satisfaction for Sin by his Death, In vain we expect to be saved by his Death, as a full Satisfaction for Sin ;. un


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Serm. VI. less we endeavour to copy after his Life,

as a complete Pattern of Goodness. He came, not to make our Repentance needless, but to make it valid and effectual. Ye are not your own, says St. Paul ; for ye are bought with a Price. Therefore glorify God in your Body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.

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Preached at the

Lady MOYER's Lecture.

On the Doctrine of the TRINITY.


MATTHEW XXVIII. 19. Go ye therefore

tizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.


HÈ Text lets before us the so-Ser. VII.
lemn Commission, which our Sa-

viour gave to the Apostles, by which they were to baptize all Nations into the Belief and Worship of the Holy Trinity:

Though some have treated this Doctrine as a mere notional barren Thing; yet, that our Saviour is God, and the Holy Ghost Vol. II. Ee


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SER. VII. God, is no more a speculative Point ; than

this Proposition, viz. there is a God, is fo. Both Propositions are the Foundations of several Duties, which are the necessary Parts of a good Life. The Worship of our Saviour as God, our Gratitude and religious Homage to him, as such, are practical Points, as much as any Offices of Morality whatever. The Knowledge of our Duty equally obliges us to the Performance of it ; through whatever Channel it is

convey. ed, whether by the Light of Nature, or that of Revelation. And from the Time, that the Scriptures had discovered to us the Nature and respective Offices of our Redeemer and Sanctifier ; we were as much obliged to adore Them, as to adore the Father. And if a wilful Neglect of behaving fuitably to those Relations, which we bear to the Father and our fellow Creatures, makes us the proper Objects of Punishment; then a flagrant Neglect of acting suitably to those Relations, which we bear to the Son and Holy Ghost, must likewise expose us to the divine Displeafure *. In

* See this point set in a beautiful Light by one of the finest Thinkers of the Age in his Analogy of natural and revealed Religion. Page 15T, &c.


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short we do not live a good Life, unless Ser. VII.
we treat Beings, as what they are in them-
felves, and according to what they have
done for us. The Man, who does not, as
far as in him lyes, consider the Dignity of
the Person of his Benefactor, nor the Great-
ness of the Benefits' received from Him, is
an immoral Man. His Life is wrong, and
therefore bis Faith cannot be right.

To return to my Text, from which I
have digressed, “Whatever Persons" (as
a considerable Writer expresseth it) “ are
“ named in Conjunction with God the Fa-
" ther in such an authoritative Manner, as

to give a Commission, upon the Execu-
« tion of which the Remiffion of Sins and
" eternal Salvation depends, or in such a

Manner, as supposes Men to be conse-
* crated and dedicated to those Persons
" they all must be God.” I shall, therefore,

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I/1, Endeavour to prove from Scripture, that there are more Persons than One in the divine Nature:

IIdly, I shall answet the Objections against this Doctrine from the Nature of the Thing

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