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To conclude this account of the life of the ġreat Mr. Howe, whose memory is still held in the highest veneration, it is not to be wondered at, that a man of so great abilities, of inflexible integrity, of such fervent piety to God, and the most ardent and unaffected benevolence to mankind; in short, a man adorned with as many accomplishments, both human and divine, perhaps as any one of the age in which he lived; should be so much respected in his life-time : or that his very name should be mentioned, with such uncommon honour, as it is to this day. What a noble argument is this in favour of religion ! for a life, so usefully spent, will certainly have a glorious period, and be crowned with immortal
THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL BE IN EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE *.
to abridge them, would certainly spoil them. If the reader is curious to see them, as indeed they are well worth his perusal, he is referred to Dr. Calamy's large account of our Author's life, p. 80–86. fol. & p. 444-262. oct.
* Psal. cxII. 6.
SEVENTEEN SER MONs on the
Love of God and our Brother,
in Vol. I.
On 1 JOHN IV, 20,
page INTRODUCTION. HE general nature of
love defined The three things chiefly insisted on throughout the whose discourse.
4 FIRST, That there is a greater difficulty of living in the exercise of love to God, than towards men, on account of his invisibility. ibid.
SECONDLY, That the impossibility of seeing God, does not however excuse us from exercising love to him in this present state. ibid.
THIRDLY, That the profession of love to God is absurd in those, who do not love their brother also.
5 First, The impossibility of seeing God renders the exercise of love to him more diffi
page cult, than the exercise of love to those whom we do fee. Two branches here distinctly considered.
I. That it is more difficult to love God than our brother.
ibid, II. THAT one great reason of it is that we cannot see God, as we do our brother, ibid.
I. That there is a greater difficulty in the exercise of love to God, than to men, may be collected from the common obfervation of the world. Here the particular evidences of love are considered, in order to fhew that men are generally more beloved by one another, than God is by them. As
1, MINDFULNESS, or a kind remembrance of others.
8 2. To be apt to trust in another is a very natural expression of love.
9 3. And so is a readiness to be concerned for one another's interest and reputation. 10
4. An earnest study to please men. I2
5. A disposition deeply to regret any offence we unwarily have given to men.
16 6. A love of converse, or delight in each other's company.
SERMON II. II. The second branch of the first proposițion is this, that ope great reason of the diffi. culty is, that men cannot see God; whereas
page they do fee one another. However it is obferved,
1. That it is not an impossible thing in it self to love the unseen God.
ibid. 2. That the invisibility of his nature is not the neceffary cause of this evil.
3. Nor hath it always been the cause of such an effect. Nor,
ibid. 4. Can it be a cause of it self, but in conjunction with some other.
23 5. Which caufe must needs be the degeneracy of man's nature.
24 6. That this degeneracy must consist very much in the depresion of the mind, and the exaltation of the sense.
25 7. That the not seeing God can be only a temporary cause of our not loving him. 26 For the eviction of the truth of this proposition, it is observed,
(1.) THAT the object is such as would certainly command our love, if it was rightly apprehended. And
28 (2.) That if an object so excellent in himfelf, and beneficent towards us, is not generally beloved, it must be owing to the dominion of sense over us.
APPLICATION, or Inferences from the pre
page 1. That man is in a very low and lapsed itate.
II. That this depravity in the nature of man consists greatly in the depression of the intellectual powers.
42 III. That man is most impaired by his fall in respect to his disposition towards God. 45
IV. That upon all these accounts he must necessarily be at a great distance from true blesfedness.
V. That there is therefore great necessity of much Gospel-preaching, in order to persuade men to the love of God.
VI, THAT there is also great need of the communication of the influences of the mighty Spirit of life to relieve us in this distress. 55
VII. That the work of regeneration is principally the implanting in the souls of men such principles, as directly controul the dictates of fense.'
59 VIII: That the power, by which any become lovers of God, is highly to be adored and magnified.
бо IX. THAT the life of Christians in this world is a conflicting life.
61 LASTLY, That the proneness of men to acquiesce in a civil deportment, and to rest in the mere formalities of religion, has one common