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Wealth, neglected Honour and flighted Ser. IV. Charmes.

Let us then inquire

3. What can be the Reason why this Reward has not the Influence upon us it shou’d? Will you say 'tis too Spirițual and Refin’d for you to form'a Notion of it, or be taken with it? You had as good say you are too Earthy and Sensual, and are resolv'd to continue such; for

you cannot bụt understand that an Incorruptible and Glorious Nature is more Perfect than a Corruptible and Vile one. You cannot but understand that theGood, which is suited and proportion’d to such a Nature, which is Everlasting and Free from the least Mixture of Evil, is infinitely to be prefer'd before any thing here below.

Will you say that you do not believe such a State? You had as good say, you are resolv'd not to believe it. Have you examin’d the Proofs of it, and are you able to shew that they are weak and inconclusive? If not, what do you mean? The Rich Man could say, Nay Father A

Luke xvi. braham, but if one went unto them from the Dead, they will Repent. God has done this for you, he has sent his Son from Heaven first, and afterwards from the Dead. In a word, he has given you se

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Vol. II. veral Demonstrations of Immortality

and Glory ; in vain should you expect
fuller or greater Proofs, in vain should
you expect new Prophets and new Mi-
racles : I can think of no way left for
God to work Faith in you, but some
extraordinary and surprising Judgment.

Will you fay Temptations are pre-
fent, but our Reward Future ? Ought
it not to be so? Is it not fo in all o-
ther Cases? Besides in the present Cafe,
here's only the distance, but not the
uncertainty of the Future. Here's Ex-
pectation, but if it be not our own
Fault without Fear. And lastly the
greatness of the Reward does fuffici-
ently make amends for its Distance,
fufficiently support our Patience, and
abundantly outweigh that Advantage
á Temptation pretends to, by being
present.

Will you then say that you do not consider a Life to Come as you should? I believe you will be asham'd to say fo, but I doubt, that this is the true Reason why it weighs so little with you. The Business and the Pleasure, the Honours and the Interests, nay I may add, the Cares and Fears, and the Anxieties of this present Life draw off your Hearts, and turn away your

Thoughts

Thoughts from that to Come. But this Ser.IV. is our Sin and our Folly, which if we w will be sav'd we must Remedy. We must have the Death and Resurrection of Christ frequently in our Thoughts; or else they will never Influence our Lives: We must often meditate on the Joy and Crown that is set before us; or else it will never Captivate, never Purifie our Hearts.

The End of the Second Sermon.

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SERMON V. The Justice of that Sentence, which shall be inflicted on Sins ners at the Last Day asserted and defended,

[The First Sermon upon this Text.]

Rom. ii. 2.

But we are sure that the Judgment of God is

according to Truth, against them which
commit such things.

T is confefs'd by all, but Vol. II,
Atheists, that Sin in it self 7
is vile and loathsome; that
it is dishonourable to God,
injurious to our Neighbour,

and pernitious to our felves, as justly subjecting us to the Wrath of

God,

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