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cency, and our peace, and have more honoured our profeffion, by shewing the world Christianity exemplified, in its proper genuine nature and effects.
3. Confider, it is not oppreffion, perfecution, or hard usage that will exempt us from the obligation of the fifth Commandment, which requireth us to hopour our superiours,(our Natural, and Civil, and Ecclefiaftical Fathers.) Įc is the evil and fro Ward, and not only the good & the gentle that we must honour and obey. And the reason is plain from their Original and end. It is not as our Trustees, or agents, or friends only, that our rulers must be honoured: but as the Officers of the God of heaven : nor is it only as they do good to us : brit as they preserve order and justice in the world, and are the pillars of the Commonwealth. If Magistrates should
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and me; yet still their office is of necessi19 to the common good: And if their office be necessary, their boxour is necessary: For when they are difhononred and despised, they are disabled. And therefore for the common good we must be careful to keep up the honour of our Governours, even when we suffer by them ourselves. :: Princes were none of the best when the Apostles commanded the Churches to honour them, and obey them, and chis not only for fear of their penalties, but for conscience fake, Rom, 13.5. Of old it was they chać walkt after the flesh, in the inft of Pricleanness, that were presumptuons and self-willed, and despised Guvernment, and were not afraid to Speakevil of dignities: whereas the
Angels that are greater in power and might; bring not railing accu fations against them before the
Lord] Lord] 2 Peter 2. 10, 11: Jude
4. Consider, that revilixg is a tongue-revenge : and revenge is Gods, and he is engaged to repay, and hath commanded us not to avenge our selves. As we must not step into the Judges tribunal when ever we think he is negligent in his administrations so much less must we accuse God of negligence or injustice, by stepping into his throne. And though the Railers of these times, excuse their fin with the name of 7 uftice, they must thew their Commissions for the executing of that Juftice, before it will pass in heaven for an excuse.Is not God severe enough? will not his judgement be terrible enough? would you with men co suffer more then he will infiet on the impenitent? what ! more then hell ? and will it not be soon enough? are you so hafty for so
dreadful'a revenge, can you not ftay when the Judge is at the door a Mark both the wsage and remedy of believers, in fam.5.5, 6,7,8. To the rich and great ones of the world he faith ( Te have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have'nourished your bearts as in a day of laughter : Te hade condemned and killed the just, and be doth not resist you.] There's your usage. [Be patient therefore brethren unto the coming of the Lord] There's the remedy. But muft we stay so long? he thus repeateth his advice. (Be ye also patient': ftablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord drawerb nigh.]. Let your moderation be known to all men': the Lord is at hand] Phil.4.5. [Shall not God avenge his own elekt, that cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you, that he will avenge them [peedily ] Luke 18.7,8. There's
no contradiction between crying long and avenging Speedily.
5. Consider, what compassion, racher then reproach, you owe to those by whom you suffer. They do themselves much more hurt then they do you. Are they great? they have the more to answer for, and their fall will be the greater, Jam.5. 1, 2, 3, : If you are your selves believers, go into the San&uary,and ask the Scriptures what will be their end? and then deny them compassion if you can. Alas, consider, they are at the worst, but such as you were formerly your selyes, as to the main. Paul makes a lad confeffion of his own persecution of the Church, when he was before Agrippa, and doch not complain that he was himself fo hardly used. [I verily thought, faith he, with my felf, thar I ought to do many things contrary to the Name of telus.
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