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Hese words our blessed Saviour spake of himself, whilst he was upon earth; in which he tells us, that he was sent by God into the world, and had a certain work and employment appointed him during his abode in it. A great work indeed 1 to instruct, to reform, and save mankind. A work of great labour, and pains, and patience, not to be done in a short time ; and yet the time for doing it was not long. After he came into the world, it was a good while before he began it; and after he began it, the time of working was not long before the night came, and put an end to it: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day : the night

cometh, when no man can work. But that which our Saviour here speaks of himself, and which properly belongs to him and no other, may yet be accommodated to every man, with some allowance for the difference and disproportion. For though every man be not sent by God into the world after so peculiar a manner, and upon so particular and vast a design; yet upon a general account, every man is sent by God into this world, and hath a work given him to do in it, which he is concerned vigorously to mind and to prosecute with all his might. And though every man be not sent to save the whole world, as the Son of God was, yet every man is sent by God into the world, to work out his own salvation, and to take care of that i. tile

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