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of God is the eternal salvation of our souls, everlasting life and happiness in another world, which, to animate our endeavours, and to tempt our ambition the more, are set forth to us under the notion of a kingdom. And what will not men do to obtain that 2 what pains will they not take what hazards will they not run ? what difficuties will they not grapple with, and break through if they can, to come at a kingdom which when they have obtained, they are exposed to as many, and commonly to more, cares and fears, to greater difficulties and dangers in the keeping, than they were for the getting of it : And yet all this men will do for a corruptible crown, for one of the petty kingdoms and principalities of this world, which are continually tottering, and ready to be overturned by open violence, or to be undermined by secret treachery. But the kingdom which I am speaking of, and persuading you and myself to seek after, is not like the kingdoms of men, and of this world. It is called the kingdom of God, to fignify to us the excellency and stability of it; as much beyond any of the kingdoms of this world, as the heavens are high above the earth, and as God is greater than man ; a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, a crown which fadeth

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But to quit the metaphor, and speak to the thing; the kingdom of God imports the eternal salvation of our souls; I say of our souls, which, both in respect of the dignity of their nature, and their immortal duration, are infinitely more valuable than any of the perishing things of this world, and ought to be much dearer to us. Other things are without us, they nei

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