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XIV.

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the Faith which he had, being yet uncircum-
cised ; that he might be the Father of all them
that believe, though they be not circumcised;
that Righteousness might be imputed to them
also : And the Father of Circumcifon to them
who are not of the Circumcipon only, but also
walk in the Steps of that Faith of our Father
Abraham, which he had, being yet uncircum-
cised. For the Promise that he should be the
Heir of the World, was not to Abraham or to his
Seed through the Law, but through the Righ-
teousness of Faith, Rom. iv. 9-13. There-
fore it is of Faith, that it might be by Grace;
to the End the Promise might be sure to all the
Seed, not to that only which is of the Law,
but to that also which is of the Faith of Abra-
ham, who is the Father of us all, ver. 16.

Not that our Faith, or Confidence and
Trust in what Christ has done and suffered
for us, is to compensate and make amends
for our doing nothing. Far from that; we
are to outdo the Jews, we are to outdo the
strictest Sects amongst them, or else we do
nothing that will forward our Salvation. So
our Saviour plainly tells us : I say unto you
(faith he) except your Righteousness exceed the

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Shall in no Cafe enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, Matt. V. 20. Though therefore you are not to boast of your Works, nor to confide in, or depend on them, yet must you be as zealous as, more zealous indeed than, the rigidest Jews, than even the Zealots themselves to perform and exert them. Love gour Nation, and, if you are able, build them a Synagogue : Or if you

have one that is built to your Hands ; beautify and repair it. Let God's House be as decent as your own; and be in it as duly as the Doors are open : But still remember to cry out with the Centurion, Lord, I am not worthy that thou Mouldst come under mr Roof. Nor content yourselves with the Worship of God alone and indeed if you worship him as you ought to do, you will not be so content) you will be diligent also in the Performance of all Duties to your Neighbours and yourselves. Though you will not, with the Pharisee, boast and vaunt to God of your Deeds ; yet you will perform as great as he did.

You will not be Extortioners, Unjuft or Adulterers, Luke xviii. II, 12. You will fast in due Seasons; twice a Week,

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you please, give Tithes you ought to do, SERM. and of all you polless; of Mint and Anife and Cummin, small as well as great, and that without Modus, Fraud or Covin. All these ye may do, and ought to do, as well as the weightier Matters of the Law, Judgment, Mercy and Faith, Matt. xiii. 23.

But still, when all is done, you are not to depend on, or value yourselves for, the Performance of all. When

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have done all these Things that are commanded you, Christ himself instructs you to say, We are unprofitable Servants, we have done that which was our Duty to do, Luke xvii, 10. For the Acceptance of what is done, you must still have Recourse to the Merits of Christ, from thence expect your Imperfections to be made up, your Wants to be supplied, your Omisfions over-looked, and your Sins forgiven. For in the best of your Works all these will meet : And therefore all your Confidence and Hope must be placed in the Mediation and Intercession of Christ, and of his Acceptance of your sincere Endeavours, and Presentment of them in Union with his own all-fufficient Sacrifice and Merits to his Father. And unless your Deeds are thus ac

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SERM.companied with Faith, and your Faith with

good Works, it would have been better for
you to have been Heathens still; since if
either be wanting, the other is in vain. Christ,
though his Name and his Will be revealed
to you, and though his Name be called
upon by you, will never
will never come under

your
Roof here; nor receive you to his own Habi-
tation hereafter:

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HESE Words are very few but very s ERM.

full ; very concise but very intelligible. They stand in no Need of being opened by taking a View of the Context, but are as plain of themselves as I could propose to make them, by the largest Paraphrase or Exposition. Without detaining you therefore with any Introduction, I shall immediately proceed to set them home upon your Minds, by enlarging upon the three following Particulars.

I. First, That it is appointed unto all
Men to die.

II. SECONDLY, That it is appointed unto
them to die but once.

And,
III. THIRDLY, That That Once is, at a
Time undetermined.

1. Upon

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