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of Life depend mutually upon each other, Se Rm. and the Welfare of the Whole upon the [XV. Duties of Both. Superiours, in the con-{'/f^SJ feientious performance of their Duty, are the Protestors and Guardians of the Rights and Properties of Those below them: And Inferiours, acting under a Sense of Duty, moved by Love and Reason more than by Compulsion or Fear, are the most solid Support of the Authority and Peace and Happinefe of Those above them. The Corruption and Depravity of Mankind makes it necessary, by the intervention of Human haws, to compel men in some measure to perform these respective Duties: But a true sense of religion, and of the Reasonableness and Usefulness and essential Obligation of the Duties themselves, would oblige them by a much stronger and securer Tie, to do all the fame things freely and willingly, heartily and sincerely, in publick and in private. which the best and wisest Laws can but compel those who want such a sense of Religion, so do unwillingly, slightly and superficially, in publick appearance onlyt and in the Sight of Men. Religion there

Serm.fore and true Virtue, if they prevailed in XV- the World, would obtain the fame happy Ends fully and effeSiually, which the best and wilest Laws can do but in part; and Laws are made only to supply, in the best manner they can, the Want cf true Religion and Virtue among Men. The Law is not made for a righteous man, But for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and the profane, i Tim. i. 9. Did men univerfally, from a fense of the Right and Reason of the thing itself, live in an uniform and conscientious Performance of the Relative Duties of Life; the Prophecies of That Great Happiness which under typical Representations is foretold as coming in the days of the Meffas, would be literally fulfilled: .f ii. 4, They Jhall beat their swords into plough-pares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation flail not lift up fiaord against nation, neither jhall they learn war any more: And ch. lx. 18, Violence shall no more be heard in thy la>?d, wa'Ymg nor destruction within thy borders-, but thou shalt call thy Walls Salvation, and thy Gates Praise :- -Thy

people people also stall be All Righteous. But S E R M. however, even as things Now are; would Superiours in All Times and Places, who are the Great Example and Direction to the World, endeavour, each in their respective stations, to make use of That Power wherewith God has intrusted them, always to the Protection and Sup, port of Right; the Benefits which would thence accrue to Mankind, even in this present imperfect and corrupt State, would be inconceivably Great. -2 Sam. xxiii. 3, He that ruleth over men muft be just, ruling in the Fear of God: And he shall be as the Light of the Morning, when the Sun rifetht even a morning without clouds; as the tender Grafs springing cut of the Earth, by clear Jhining after Rain. And Pf. Ixxii, 4, He Jhall judge the People according

unto Right, and defend the Poor, and

punifo the wrong-doer. He Jhall come

down like Rain into a fleece cf Wool, even as the Drops that water the Earth: In His time Jhall the Righteous flourifn, yea, and abundance of Peace Jo long as the Moon endureth.


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The Inconfiftency of the Love of
God with the Love of the World.


i Jo H. ii. 15.

Love not the Worlds neither the
things that are in the World:
If any man love the Worldy the
Love of the Father is not in him.

HE Great End and Defign of5** M. Religion, is, by the Tryal of XVImens Virtue and Integrity the prefent World, to qualify them for the Happinefe of That which is to come: That they who

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