Imágenes de páginas
EPUB, who they are'that err thro' ignorance, and who thfor a vitious disposition. (I speak not here concerning matters of Im* morality? for Faults of This kind, are evident to 0// men.) But If we woulds yet

Gal. v. 23. Meekness is at all ftW* necerlarily a Fruit of the Spirit; And we are commanded to be patient towards AU men, 1 Th. v. £4* towards them that oppose, as well as to* wards them that are only ignorant of the Truth. Who is a wife man, fakh St

jsniAji 13. James, and indued with Knowledge amongft you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with Meekness of

Wisdom. For the Wisdom that is from

above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle , and easy to be intreated. But Anger, resteth in the bosom of Fools, Ecclef. vir. 9, And the Wrath of Man, worketb not the Righteousness of God^ Jam. i. 20. being always a certain Evidence, that Men are more concerned for some temporal Interest, than for the real Honour of God and Goodness. Men of a true Christian Spi. rit, lincerely desirous to promote the Knowledge of Truth and the Practice of Virtue in the World, rather than the obtaining taining of Temporal Power and Domini-S E R M. on for themselves are always willing to consider, that they themselves are. fallible; and therefore constantly endeavour to convince Others, by the Methods of Reason* and not pf Passion and Violence. Shewing all Meekness unto all Men, for that we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, Tit. iii. 2, 3. Which Temper, is much more reasonable in point of Truth and Errour j when, even with regard to Faults of the Willt St Paul admonishes, if a man be 0

vertaken in a Fault, restore such a one

in the Spirit of Meekness, considering thyself, lest Thou also be tempted, Gal. vi. 1. (He speaks not of the Crimes of Malefactors, such as must neceflarily be punished by the hand of Justice; But he means such Faults, as are to be cured by Reproof.) Our Saviour himself, tho' infallible, and could not errj yet was meek and lowly inMitt x;. Heart: And rebuked his Disciples with2* great Severity, when once upon high provocation they discovered an inclination to violent Methods; Ye know not (faid he ) what manner of Spirit ye are of, Luke ix. 55. Plainly intimating to all succeeding M 2 Gene

S'E R M . Generations, wherein would lie the prin-i cipal Difference between the Spirit of

y-/~yr^ Christ and the Spirit of Anti-Christ.

^ihly and Lastly; Here is in the Text annexed a particular Reason, with regard to the Persons to be instructed; why our Instruction to them, ought Always to be accompanied with Meekness: .f God peradventure will give them Repentance to the acknowledgment of the 'Truth. In the Original , it is; Least God peradventure shotdd give them Repentance to the acknowledgment of the Truth. The Meaning is: We are to Instruct them with Meekness; least peradventure, by our Heat and Passion, we raise in them a just Prejudice against us y when, by meek instruction, they might possibly have been brought to Repentance, and to the acknowledgment of the Truth: And so we, by our ill be, haviour, become answerable for their miscarriage. For, nothing can be a greater hindrance to men's being convinced, than the .applying Violence and Passion instead of Reason: And nothing, can give more Advantage to the Evidence of Truth, than the meek Behaviour of those who profess fefs it. For This reason, we so frequent-Serm, ly find repeated in Scripture the following Admonitions, which may serve for a L/'Y>y' proper Application of this whole Discourse. Be ready always to .give Mti Jbifwer to every man that asketh you a reason of the Hope that is in you, -with Meekness and Fear, 1 Pet. iii. 15. Give none Offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, 1 Cor. x. 32. Walk in Wisdom towards them that are without, Col. iv. 5. Have a good report of them which are, Th. W. without, left yp'fall into reproach, j Tim.12iii. 7. Let your Moderation, your meek and exemplary good Spirit, be known unto all men., Phil. iv. .5. Blameless and harmless, the Sons of God, without rebuke in the ntidjl of œ-crooked and perverse -Generation, among fathom ye fine as Lights in the World, Phil. ii. 15. Having your conversation honejl, that is, of good reputation, even among the Gentiles; that they speak against you as Evil-Dcers, they may by your good works which they fall behold, glorify God in the day of viftdation, 1 Pet. ii. 12. And in the words ,qf our Saviour himself, Matt. v. 16. Lot M 3 your

Set? u.your Light fo Jlnne before men the Light of your Meeknefs, Goodnefs and Chari

*-rVVJ ty; the Light of your excellent temper, and univerfal Virtue; that the whole World may fee your good works, and gkrin fy your Father which is in Heaven.

[graphic][merged small]
« AnteriorContinuar »