Imatges de pÓgina

thy servant, that thou layeji the burden of all this people upon me? have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thcu shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bofom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child? The senators of Rome were always addressed by the name of Fathers : and the Emperors did more frequently receive, than deserve, the title of the father's of their country. Christianity makes no alteration in these duties, on either side; but only enforces them more strongly; and disposes men better to the discharge of them; by turning their thoughts from those objects, which occasion competitions and jealousies among worldly minded persons, to the city of the living God, the Hebr. xii.

22, 23. heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of Angels, to the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all.

Even age alone gives a kind of superiority; and, as fome little balance to


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many disadvantages, carries an allowed Gen.xlvii. claim to respect. . Pharaoh said unto Ja

cob, How old art thou? And Jacob said, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are

an hundred and thirty years: And Jacob Hebr. vii. blessed Pharaoh. And without all contra.

diction, as the Apostle argues, the less is Levit.xix. blessed of the better. Thou shalt rise up,

says the law of Moses, before the hoary

head, and honour the face of the old man. $ Pet. v. 5. The Apostle Peter commands, ye young.

er, submit yourselves unto the elder. And the Roman Poet tells us, that in the virtuous times of that common-wealth, it would have been esteemed a capital crime not to rise up with reverence to an aged person.


Lastly, there is also a respect and reverence due, as well as maintenance, to the ministers of the church. Ministers they call themselves, and they are willing to be: not only the ministers of God, as magistrates are styled, but even your servants also for Jesus' sake. But the 2Cor.iv.s. people, on the other hand, will look upon them, as indeed they are named in Scripture, as rulers and fathers. This is 1 Tim. v. a subject, which appears to disadvantage 1 Cor. iv. in our hands. Let this be the only com- i john ii. petition between us, who shall be the i. most submissive, and most serviceable. Tea, all of you be subječt one to another, and 1 Pet.v.5. be clothed with humility: for God refifteth the proxd, and giveth grace to the humble.


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WH HERE no law is, there is no trans. Rom. iv.

gresion: For fin is the transgression of i John lii. the law. But it is by no means necessary, that this law should be pronounced in · audible sounds by the mouth of God, or engraved in stone by his finger. It may be woven into the frame of our nature, and written in fleshly tables of the heart ; 2 Cor. iii,


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