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Se R M.os the Flower of Grafs 5 The grafs witbereth, and the Flower thereof falleth away, i Pet i. 24. And Jam. i. 10. Let the Rich rejoice, in that he is made low; because as a Flower of the Grafs be stall pass away. It may be proper likewise to consider, that, if we are placed in High Stations, 'we have a larger Account to give, to him that ruleth over All; and possibly, while we are honoured upon this single Account, others beneath us may be valuable for better and more really excellent Qualifications: And it will not be long before Death and Judgment level all worldly Distinctions: And the greatest Men, if they have been wicked, shall then be forced to cry out, What hath Pride profited us ?. or what hath riches with our vaunting brought us? All these things are past away as a shadow, and as a Post that hasteth by. Again: If we are apt to be puft up with the Advantage of Natural Abilities, such as Learning, Knowledge, Wisdom, or the like; it may humble us to consider, how small a Degree of these things, we can attain to even at the best j seeing that Know* tedget as Job most elegantly expresses it,is bid from all men, neither is it found inS E R the land of the living. And if we could attain to much more of it, - than we do; df«viif. yet still there is something far more Ex-"» '3cellent than That: For Knowledge puffeth up, but Charity edifieth j And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet, as he ought to know, r Cor. viii. i. Wherefore, Thus saith the Lord: Let not the wife man glory in his Wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his Might; let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth, glory in This, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment and righteousness in the Earth; For in these things I delight, saith the Lord, Jer. ix. 23. Lastly, If our Advantages even in Religious Improvement itself, tempt us to spiritual Pride - and Vain-glory, to judge or to despise our weaker Brethren; the Scripture admonishes us to consider, that all the members of Christ, are useful in their several Stations j 1 fay to every man, fays the Apostle, that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think j but to think

Se'rm soberly,atsording asGodhas dealt to every Wian the measure of Faith, i. v. according ,,, r to the Station wherein God has placed him : in the Church; For, as (in our natural ca^ pacity) -we have many Members in one Body, and aH members have not the same Of fee-, so \. in our spiritual capacity ) -we being many are one Body in Chris, and every one members one of another, Rom. xii. 3. that therefore ike Rye cannot fay to the hand, I have no need of thee; .nor again the Head to the Feet, I have no . need of you; 1 Cor. xii. 21. that our Saviour himself refused not to be baptized by John Baptist, though a person infinitely meaner than himself $ but on the contrary declared, that thus it becomes us to fulfil all Righteousness: that, how great soever our Abilities or Advantages be, yet the means by which we ar, cor. iii. ITM? eben at These, are, not that we Are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves, but our Sufficiency is of God ", Cor. iv. that therefore we must learn not to think of i men, above that which is written, shift no one jbf .tistye 'puffed up for one against &notherFor who j?iaketh thee to differ from another f '.and. what hast thou, that thou


didft not receive? The meaning os which S E Wto: plates, is not, that tSod acts upon Men as 3Viachlnes, To' a? tW They do nothing at0^V^ all themselves, -but that the Gifts whereby they are .enabled" £0 become eminent, (and that hot 'so milch in moral Virtues, as in miraculous spiritual 'Powers in 'the Church, mentioned 'at Targe 'by' 'St Paul, 1 Cor, iii. These) are all, not their own, but received from God's' free Gbbdheis and Bounty. Further, we are admonished to consider, in abatement of spiritual Pride and Contempt of our weaker Brethren, and of those who differ from us in matters of opinion j and with whom we are apt to be angry for not complying with our Notions; that there is a day a coming, which, distinguishing men by their Works of Piety and true Holiness only, mall level them in all other respects, and set them upon Even ground before an impartial Bar j where men's foolish pride and arrogance, shall be entirely confounded; and those who looked with scorn upon r . others as infinitely below them, shall find ; .:>. themselves placed upon an equal foot with them whom perhaps they most despised:


$z Km.Who art thou therefore, that judgejl an&* XI. ther man's servant? lo his own Master, he*

*^V^Jlandeth, or salleth, Rom. xiv. 4. and ver. 10. Why dost thou judge thy Brother? and why doji thou set at nought thy Brother? Jpgr we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. That, how great soever, our improvements be, even in real Virtue, and Righteousness j yet we have continual reason to take heed least we fall j and Pride and Confidence, is the Security only of a blind man, who sees no danger: That even while we stand the most upright, we have nothing to glory of before

Job xxv 5 ^or ^xnv can man juflifad with iv. iS.God? Behold, he put no trust in his Servants, and his Angels he charged with Folly; How much lejs in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose Foundation is in the Dust! That the greatest and most eminently pious men, have been exemplarily humble in This respect j holy Job refusing to justify himself before God; and Abraham stiling himself Dust and *iii.6iAfhes; and Jacob acknowledging himself less than the least of God's mercies; and St Paul calling himself less than the least 1 "-" of

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