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V. peculiarly due to the person of the Spirit, that which the Scripture declares, is ; that we acknowledge him to be the divine In{pirer of the Prophets, both of the old and new Testament; and the immediate Worker of all those Signs and Wonders in proof of the Christian Dispensation, which are properly stiled the Witness and Testimony, the Power and Demonstration of the Spirit ; that he is also the Sanctifier of all Hearts, and the immediate Distributer of all the Gifts of God, for the Edification of his Church ; that therefore we re- Eph: v.9. ceive and believe his Testimony, as delivered in the inspired Writings; obey his : Joh. ii. good Motions ; be sollicitous to obtain his Eph.iv.30. gifts and

graces ; and infinitely careful not to grieve and quench and drive him from us, left we be found to do despite unto the Spirit of grace; which is in Scripture represented as more unpardonable fault, than offending against the Person even of our Saviour himself. But the Time allows me only to hint these things barely, and propose them to your Meditations ; the inlarging upon which, would be to VOL. VI.

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God grant that every one of Us, may fo give Honour to the Father of all things, through the Mediation and Interceffion of his Son our Saviour, and by the Aflistance and Operation of his Holy Spirit ; that by the communion and fellowship of the fame Holy Spirit, and through the Merits and Death of the Son of God making our Repentance available, we may be presented faultless before the Throne of the Father of inaccessible Majesty, in the great Day.

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vation of that Law. He tells them that ke bath set before them Life and Death, Blessing and Curfing, Good and Evil; and he perswades them to chuse their Duty, and cleave to it as their Life, and to refüse the Evil and free from it as from Death. He invites them to Obedience by the most affectionate promises of the love, and favour, and protection of God; and he deters them from Disobedience by the most severe threatnings of utter destruction. He proposes to them the Law of God, as the proper subject of their constant Meditation ; exhorting them to bind it for a Sign upon their band, and as frontlets between their eyes; to write it upon the posts of their houses, and upon their gates; to teach it diligently unto their chil dren, and to talk of it when they fit in their houses, and when they walk by the way, and when they lie down, and when they rise up; Deut. vi. 7; 8. He tells them that the commandments of God are the things revealed to them, to be studied by them and by their children for ever; that the knowledge of other things, is in

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VI. attained ; and that therefore nothing could be more unreasonable, than to pursue the knowledge of those things which were either wholly unnecessary, or at least far less needful to be known; by neglecting the study and the knowledge of that, in which alone consisted their Happiness and their Life. The Secret things belong unto the Lord our Gad; but those things which are revealed, belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. The ultimate design and desire of Man, is. Happiness; and as the only way to this Happiness is Religion, so the Knowledge of that Religion ought to be at least our principal and first study. Religion is the doing all the Words of the Law, i. e. the obeying of the Commandments of God; the Knowledge therefore of Religion, is the knowing particularly what are the Commands of God, and the knowing our obligation to obey those Commands. He that hath gained so much Knowledge, as to understand the Commandments of God; and to convince himK 3

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