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our Supplies, our Ufes and Defects are reciprocal, though all ground of Diftinction be not, yet any mifchief that can come from a too rigorous infifting upon it is, taken away. And one would think, no Man need be advised, to live friendly, and comfortably, and respectfully, with thofe, without whom he cannot live at all.

I Cor. xii. 26.

Heb. xiii. 3.

4. The Fourth thing here enjoined is a Tender Concern for the profperous and adverse Fortunes of our Fellow-Chriftians. Rejoyce with them that rejoyce, and weep with them that weep, Ver. 15. And this we likewife find urged from the fame Topick all along infifted on; Whether one Member fuffer, all the Members fuffer with it; or one Member be honoured, all the Members rejoyce with it. And again, Remember them that are in bonds as bound with them, and them which fuffer Adverfity, as being your felves also in the Body. Recollect a little, how impoffible it is, for any part of us to endure Pain, or Sicknefs, or Hunger, or Cold alone. How quick the Communication, how fharp the Anguish, how general the Diforder, how great the Anxiety, how diligent the Care to affwage or to relieve any Indifpofition, or Smart, of the least and most distant Member. And again, Upon any Return of Health and Eafe, how fudden, how fentible, how mighty is the Joy? Upon any acceffion of Beauty, or Ornament, how gay the Spirits, how chearful the Countenance, how pleafing the innocent Pride of it? And let thefe inftruct us, what Right, what Obligations we have, to take part in the good or ill Events of our Brethren, to think no Man's Joys or Griefs entirely his own: To fufpect our felves, whether we be really alive in that Body; when fuch a narrow Selfishness hath hardned us, as fhuts out all tender Impreffions; When cold, benummed, and quite forfaken of that reciprocal Senfe,

which the different Fortunes of our Fellow-members ought to create. Let thefe convince us too, that fuch Concern muft not content it felf with private and inward Refentments only, but be exprefs'd by active and vigorous, ready and continual Affiftances. That, as one part of the Body fubmits, to be wounded, or blistered, or fcarified, or to Naufeatings, or Gripings; to discharge the Humours fettled in Another, and set the Whole at eafe; So fhould we, be far from grudging any fupportable degree of expence or trouble, for the Benefit of the Diftreffed and Injured; and esteem every Member's Sufferings a Calamity to the Body in common. Confequently, That we do not weep with the Afflicted as we ought, except we dry up their Tears, by labouring to redrefs thofe Afflictions, from whence they flow. We do not rejoice with the Profperous as we ought, without ceafing to envy, and defiring to add to, their Happiness. Our Diligence, in both kinds, must go to the very utmoft of our Powers. They, who have Opportunities, muft diftribute to the Neceffities of Saints, and be given to Hofpitality. Nay, τω φιλοξενίαν they must even court and hunt after fuch διώκοντες. Opportunities, feek them with an eager Zeal, and think themselves to have obtained a Prize worth all their pains, when they have the good fortune to find them. They who cannot do thus, must at least wish they could, and never want the Difpofition, when they have not the Ability. And, fince our Prayers are confined within no bounds, Thefe muft ftretch themfelves all the World over. For, in regard Chrift hath difperfed his Church over the face of the whole Earth, the diftance of Place makes no difference in the degree of Relation. They are ftill Members, and the fame Body with our felves; And We muft love, and be touch'd with a fenfible Regard, muft intercede with, and give Thanks to our common Head, for them.

T'er. 13.


5. Fifthly,

Ephef. iv. 3.

5. Fifthly, In regard this Union is Divine and Spiritual, inftituted to promote the Glory of God, and the Benefit of Souls; it fhould be our earnest and conftant Study, to promote, and come up, as near as may be, to a perfect Unity in Religion. Now the only way, 'tis plain, for uniting Souls, is by an Agreement and Confent of their feveral Faculties. Thus Men are united in their Understandings, when they believe and acknowledge the fame Holy Truths, and abide by the fame Principles. In their Wills and Affections; when they pursue the fame Ends, exprefs the fame Defires, and bear the fame Love to that which is good, and to one another. This, added to the former, makes up what the Apostle calls, Keeping the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace. From thefe Two fhould follow an uniform Behaviour and Confent of Action, termed by the fame Apostle, Phil. iii. 16. Walking by the fame rule, and minding the fame thing. When we jointly advance, the fame common Interefts. When, as becomes a Body animated by one Spirit, we all attend, without Ďistraction, to the Furtherance of Piety and Peace, to the Salvation of Souls, to the adorning our Profeffion, by undiffembled Goodness, and a wife well-govern'd Zeal: When we, with one Mouth, as well as one Mind, glorify God, and, like Strings tuned to the fame Sound, make that Worship harmonious and uniform, which is eftablifhed to exprefs this Union, and is fo admirably contrived for Edification and Decency. Well were it, if these Engagements were duly laid to heart, by those busy Factors for the Devil, who employ their Wits and Pens, in poyfoning the easy and unstable, with profane, lewd, or heretical Principles; Well, if they would remember them too, who for Intereft, or Prejudice, or Peevishness break the Order, and depart from the Communion of


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a fettled Church; tó whose Doctrine they offer none, and to whose Discipline they are able to bring fo very few, fo very poor, Exceptions. But, whether thefe Men will hear, or whether they will forbear, still it is Our part, by all manner of regular means, to testify our Reverence for Chrift, our Obedience to our lawful Paftors, our chearful and unanimous Conformity to their wholfome Laws, and our Love to the Brethren and Fellow-members. Labouring continually and earnestly, to obtain that most valuable Bleffing, which we are taught to pray for in our excellent daily Prayers, The good eftate, I mean, of the Catholick Church; That it may be fo guided and governed by our Lord's good Spirit, that all, who profefs and call themfelves Chriftians, may be led into the way of Truth, and hold the Faith in Unity of Spirit, in the Bond of Peace, and in Righteousness of Life.

There yet remains a Sixth Duty behind, That of Conftancy and Meekness under Perfecutions and Wrongs, enjoined at the Twelfth and fourteenth Verfes. But, by reason of my former Enlargements upon the Reft, and the Affinity of this to fome Others, which will call for our Confideration the next Lord's-day: I chufe to reserve it till that time.

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany.


John ii. 1.

ND the third day there was a Marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the Mother of Jefus was there.

1. Three days after Jefus came into thofe Parts (fee Chap. i. 43.) there was a Feaft for a

Marriage, probably of fome of his Mother's Relations, where he was prefent.

2. They therefore in- 2. And both Jefus was called, and bis Difciples, to vited Him, and thofe the Marriage. Difciples who attended him.



3. Upon their Provifion of Wine falling fhort, his Mother defired him to supply them.

3. And roben they wanted wine, the Mother of Jefus faith unto him, They have no wine.

4. Jefus faith unto her, Woman, what have I to do wit thee? My bour is not yet come.

4. Jefus replied, That this was not a matter proper for her Authoriwrought for gratifying of which he was the best

ty to interpofe in; and, that Miracles were not to be the Requests of Friends, but had their proper feafons, Judge.

5. His Mother faith unto the Servants, Whatsoever be faith unto you, do it.

nial, but as an Intimation rather, that he would referve himself till it was proper) bad thofe that attended, be fure to observe any Orders he should give


6. And there were fet there fix Water-pots of Stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three Firkins apiece.

6. Now there flood fix large Veffels, the use whereof was to hold Water, that might be

always at hand to ferve for the feveral forts of Washings, which the Law obliged the Jews frequently to repeat.

7. Jefus faith unto them, Fill the Water-pots with water, and they filled them up to the brim.

5. His Mother, (who feems not to have taken this for an abfolute De

and 8. And be faith unto them, Draw out now, And they bear unto the Governor of the Feast. bare it.


9. When the Ruler of the Feast bad tafted the Water but that was made Wine, and knew not whence it the Servants which drew the Water knew; the Governor of the Feaft called the Bridegroom,

10. And faith unto him, Every man in the beginning doth fet forth good Wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou haft kept the good Wine until now.

10. It is ufual, when Mens Palates are fresh, and beft able to diftinguish, to give them the beft they have; but thou haft, contrary to common cuftom at Entertainments, referved the moft generous Wine to the laft. Hereupon (as the ninth Verse intimates) the Servants were examined about the matter, and gave an account how they came by it.

11. This beginning of Miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifefied forth bis glory, and his Difciples believed on him.


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II. This was the first Inftance Jefus gave of his Divine Power, which had its intended Effect,

by confirming the Faith of thofe Difciples, whom the firft Chapter relates to have lately come to him.


HE Miracle here related, being the first that
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