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Life, for those who love him, and manifest their Love to him, by their Bowels of Coma passion to their necessituous Brethren. These Joys will be completely satisfactory to our Capacities when exalted and enlarg'd ; and after many Days, many Years, many Ages, many Millions of Ages, have been spent in an uninterrupted Fruition of 'em, they will be still increasing upon us; and we shall find ourselves enravilh'd with a Flow of ever. new Delight, no nearer to an End than the Moment it began.

Surely then if we have a due Respect unto the Recompence of this immense Reward, we cannot but be inspired with the most generous Resolutions, and gladly embrace every Opportunity we meet with, of doing kind Offices to to the Poor and Needy. Such Of. fices, we may be certain, are requisite to qualify us for the Happiness of Heaven ; and to fuck Offices that Happiness is particularly promis'd. For these are the Words of the Lord Jesus; it is more blessed to give, than to receive. And by the same Oracle of Truth, we are told, that the Poor cannot recompence us, but we shall be bleffed, for we hall be recompensed at the Refurre&tion of the Just. Then every Labour of Love we have been employ'd in, shall be plac'd to our Account ; and even so small a Thing as a Cup of cold Water, that has been given with a charitable Mind, shall not loose its Reward. May we therefore alway be ready to Re

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lieve him that is a thirst ; for then we shall hereafter be invited to take the Water of Life freely. May we chearfully contribute to fill the hungry Soul with Goodiess; for then we shall be welcome to sit down at the marriage Supper of the Lamb. May we rejoyce to cloath those who are destitute of Raiment; for then we shall escape the difmal Sentence that was pronounc'd upon him, who had not on a wedding Garment. And when our Allistance is desir'd to train up Children in the Way wherein they mould go; may we be so wise as to comply therewith; for then we shall be instrumental in turning many into the Paths of Rigbkeousness; and for that Reasan, Jhalt Inine forib as the Brightnefs of the Firmament; yea brighter than the Stars for evermore,

In a Word, let us remember, that the Saviour and Judge of all Mankind, has condescended to make our indigent Brethren his Representatives upon Earth ; and appointed Them to receive the Tokens of our Love to Him. And could any of us, do you think, bę so monstrously ungrateful, as to deny any Alms to Him who shed his Blood for Us, was it possible that He should stand in Need of it? HE cannot indeed stand in Need of it Himself; but yet we may behold Him, at This very Time, appearing in the Form of a Scrvant, and calling for Relief in the Wants of these poor Children. And He hath been pleased to let us know, that He will as highly value the Kindnesses we show to them, as it chey were shown to His Own

Performa Perfon, and in the last Great Day of final Retribution, will distinguish us with the Marks of His Favour accordingly. This is evident from the Description of His Proceedings upon that tremendous Day; which He háth graciously left for our Correation, Comfort, and Instru&tion, as it is transmitted to us in the xxvth of St. Matthew. Which being so particularly expressive of our Duty ; lo vēry awful, moving, and persuasive; and therefore so proper to enforce All I have deliver'd, I shall therewith put an End to this Discourse. When the Son of Man hall come in bis Glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him, then pall He fit upon the Throne of his Glory. And before bim fall be gathered all Nations ; and He shall separate them one from the other, as a Shepbered dividetb bis Sheep from the Goats. And He fall set the Sheep on His right Hand, and the Goats on his left: Then mall the King fay to them on His right Hand, Come" ře blessed Children of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for You from the Foundation of the World : For I was an kungred, and Ye gave me Meat ; I was thirsty, and ye gave me Drink; I was a Stranger, and Ye took me in: Naked, .and-ye cloatbed me: I was sick, and Ye visited Me: I was in Prison, and Ye came unto me. I ben fall thi Righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, Wben faw we Tbee an bungred, and fed I bee? Or thirsty, and gave Thee Drink? When faw weThee a Stranger, and took Thee in? Or naked, and cleaihed Thee? Oriben faw we Thee fick, and in Prison, and came unto Thee? And the King Shall answer, and say unto them, Verily I say unto You, forasmuch as Ye have done it to one of the least of these my Brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Their Mall be say also to them on His left Hand, Depart from Me ye Cursed into everlasting Fire, prepared for the Devil and bis Angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no Meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no Drink": I was a Stranger, and ye took Me not in: Naked, and ye cloathed Me not : Siçk, and in Prison, and ye visited Me not. Then sall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, When faze we thee an bungred, or a thirst, or a Stranger, or naked, or sick, or in Prison, and did not adminifter unto Thee? Then fall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, forasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least of tbefe my Brethren, ye did it mot unto Me. And these all go away into ever. basting Punishment, but the Righteous into Life Eternal.

A Brief EN QUI Řr into the Causes Wby the Word Preach'd doth not Profit ; together with a Conhderation of the Folly and Danger of being

influenc'd by them. Trom the Time that I came to Years of 'Maturity, my Thoughts have been fre

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quently taken up in reflecting upon the Successlessness of the Word Preached among us“. I don't find any sufficient Reason to induce me to believe, that there were ever better Sermons deliver'd to the Professors of Chriftianity since the Days of the Apostles, than there are now in the Church of England. Herein the Duties of our Religion are illu. strated and press'd home, in the clearest Manner: The Articles of our Faith are explain'd, and adapted as far as can be, to the Thallowest Capacity: And both are set forth with all the Advantages of useful Learning, - and persuasive Eloquence.

But alas! notwithstanding these Privia ledges that are enjoyed by us, our Condition for the most Part is extremely deplorable : Qur Behaviour most miserably clashes with the Rules which are prescribed us; and we seem to take Pleasure in having Fellowship with the unfruitful Works of Darkness, tho the Beams of Divine Light are constantly fhining about us. Thus we have a glorious Form of Godliness among us, but the Power

* Agreeably hereunto, are the following Words of a great Judge in such cases, viz. Bishop Burnet in his Discourse of the Pastoral Care, Chap. 9. where he thus speaks concerning Preaching." Without flattering « the present Age, or any Persons now alive too much; wit must be confefs,d, that it is brought of late to a “ much greater Perfection than it was ever before at " amongłt us. It is certainly brought nearer the Pac“ fern that St. Chryfoftom set, or perhaps carried be** yond it. Our Language is much refined, and we - have returned to the plain Notions of simple and geaviac Rhetorick.

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