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a- rational and confiflent Ground,) tode-SE.rM, clare that he knew that his Redeemer lived, XII. and that he fcould Jland at the latter day "^V ">J upon the Earth. Under the New Testament, God himself has, in a more express and explicit manner, declared himself to be, in the suture and eternal state, a Rewarder of them that diligently seek him; not thereby to diminish, but to increase That Virtue, the Practice of which is rationally and consistently supported by so divine and glorious an Expectation. Accordingly, the Apostle St Paul declares Phil. Hi. concerning himself, that he pressed toward-1*' the Mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. And he perpetually exhorts all other Christians; so to' Cor; run, that they may obtain an incorruptible *SCrown; so to behave themselves, as they who are continually looking for That Blef^.it » fed Hope and the glorious Appearance of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; laying hold upon the Hope set be-^ vj fore them; even the Hope which is laid^up for them in Heaven; looking not at the 2cor. iV. things which \ are temporal, but at thef 8things which are eternal; and considering
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*/*>wexceeding and eternal Weight of Glory. Our Saviour also himself, when his Disciples asked him, faying, Behold, we have forsaken all and followed thee, what shall we have therefore f scrupled not to reply} Matt. xix. 28, Verily J say unto you,—when the Son of man shall fit in the throne of bis glory, Ye also shall ft upon twehe thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And elsewhere, in his exhortations to the fame Disciples; IVhen men shall re* vile you, fays he, and persecute you, rejoice, and be exceeding glad; For great is your Reward in Heaven. Nay, which is more remarkable than all these; concerning our Lord's own practice, the Scripture declares, that for the Joy which was set before him, he endured the Cross, despised the Shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God. To imagine therefore, as Some Enthufi'a/lick Writers, and Others through a vain and conceited affectation have done 3 that the perfection of Virtue wholly excludes Self-love, and all Regards to any" recompence of Reward;
ward j is taking upon themselves to re- S E R M . proach the Greatest and most eminently X*I. Virtuous men, that have lived in All Nations and in All Ages; 'tis reproaching the Apostles of our Lord; 'tis reproaching our Saviour in his own Practice; 'tis reproaching God himself, and the Nature of things which he has made; who hath prepared for, and expressly promised to, them that love and obey him, such good j things as pass man's Understanding, which Eye bath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entred into the heart of man, to conceive. Through the expectation of which spiritual and eternal Happiness, whoever is prevailed upon to live virtuously, has a Right to apply to himself upon account of Religion in general, what our Saviour in the Text fays in particular of those who are poor in Spirit; Blessed are they, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
i Cor. xiii. 3. And though I beftow all my goods to feed the poor-, and though I give my Body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profiteth m& nothing.
N the following DifcourfeS z R M. upon thefe Words, I fhall \Jk XIII« explain What That Virtue is, ^"^N* which the Apoftle here calls Charity; and What its opposite Vict. zdly, I fhall confider the excellent