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and say with Peter, “ Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee."* If thou canst say. this, O Christian, from what thou dost feel, I can venture to pronounce thee happy; and though the light of Divine Truth may now shine but faintly on thy soul, yet shall it increase more and more till it arrives at the full splendour of the perfect day. That it may thus shine upon all my hearers, may God of his infinite mercy grant for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed equal honour, might, majesty, and dominion, now, henceforth, and for ever.

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SERMON IV.

CONCERNING THE NATURE

OF

ORIGINAL SIN.

SERMON IV.

Kom. iii. 9, 10, 11, 12.

9. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise : for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin ;

10. As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.

11. There is none that understandeth; there is none that seeketh after God.

12. They are all gone out of the way, they are become unprofitable : there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

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I TOLD you, in a former discourse upon this chapter, what were the particular privileges, which the Jews enjoyed above other nations. “ To them were committed the oracles of God.” They “were instructed out of the law," and had received many great and precious promises concerning the Saviour, who was to come “in the fulness of time” to take away their sins. “What then," continues the Apostle, “ are we” Jews, who have these advantages, " better than they,” viz. the Gentiles? “No, in no wise : for we have before proved, both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin.” A bold charge, we may imagine,

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