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neglect or ingratitude of the world, will all prove extremely useful and beneficial; every thing will instruct him, every thing will afford an opportunity of exercising some virtue or another; so that such a one shall be daily learning, daily growing better and wiser.

§. 2. The two great instruments, hot of regeneration only, out also of perseverance and Perfeciipn, are the Word and the Spirit of God. This no man doubts that is a Christian: and therefore I will hot go about to prove it: nor will I at present discourse of the energy and operation of the 6ne, and the other; or examine what each is in its self, or wherein the one differs from the other. .'Tis abundantly enough, if we be assured that the gospel and the 'Spirit 'are proper and sufficient means to attain the great ends I have mentioned, namely, our converfion and PerfeBion. And that they are so, is very plain from those texts which do exprefly assert, that the gospel contains all those truths that are necessary to the clear exposition of our duty, or to the moving and obliging us to the practice of it. And that the Spirit implies a supply of all that supernatural strength, be it what it will, that is necessary to enable us,, not only to will, but to do that which the gospel convinces us to be our duty. Such are, Rom. I 2. For the law of the spirit of life in Chris Jejus, hath'made me free from the law of Jin and death. 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. All scripture h given by inspiration of God, and is prosttable for doctrine, for reproof for correBion, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfeB, thoroughly furnished unto all good-works. 2'Cor. XM. 9. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in •weakness. Most gladly therefore "will I rather glory in my instrmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 1 Pet. i. 5. Who are kept by the power of God through faith untojahation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Tis needless to multiply texts on this occasion; otherwise it were Very easy to shew, that all things necessary to life and godliness, are contained in the Word and Spirit; that whatever is necessafify to be wrought in us to prepare us for, or entitle us to eternal salvation, is ascribed to the gospel and the Spirit. This truth then being unquestionable, that the gospel and the Spirit are the two great instruments of PerfeBion; we may from hence infer two rules, which are of the most universal use, and of the most powerful effijacy in the pursuit of Perfection. 1. We cannot have too great a value, too great a passion for the Book of God; nor fix our thoughts and hearts too earnestly upon the truth's of

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it. 'We must imitate the TheJJalonians, in behalf of whom St. Paul thanks God, because when they received the word of God which they heard of him, they received it not as the word of men; but as it is in truth, the word of God, i Thess. ii. 13. that is, we must entertain the gospel, as that which has infallible truth- in all its doctrines, uncontroulable authority in all its precepts, a divine certainty in all its promises and threats, and a divine wisdom in all its counsels and directions: and he that thus believes will certainly find the gospel to work effectually inÆ;V»,as it did in the Thef salonians. What light and beauty will he discern in all its descriptions of our duty! what force in all its persuasions! what majesty, what dignity, what life, what power, what consolation, what support! in one word, what heavenly virtue will he discern in each part of it, and what vast and unfathomable wisdom in the whole composure and contrivance of it! how will he then admire it, how will he love it, how will he study it, how will he delight in it! how will he be transported by the

Eromises, and awed by the threats of it! ow will he be pierced and struck through by those exaggerations of sin, and captivated and enamoured by those lively and divine descriptions of virtue he meets in it! how will he adore the goodness of God,


conspicuous in our redemption! how will he be inflamed with the love of Jesus, and be amazed at his condescension and humi^ lity! this and much more is the natural effect of our receiving the gospel as we ought, and pondering the truths of it with devout and incessant meditation. This the royal Psalmist was abundantly sensible of, Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not fin against thee, PsaL cxix: 11. Thou through thy commandments bast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimo* nies are my meditation, ver. 98. To which I might add many other verses out of that Psalm, containing the various and mighty effeBs of the word of God. Nor will any one think that I attribute too much to the study of this word of life, who shall consider that it is one of the great works of the Holy Spirit, to incline our hearts to the testimonies of God, to write his taws in our hearts, to dispose us to attend to revealed truths; and, jn one word, to fix ,,f-r~!~>>, our minds and thoughts upon them. 2. A:'y ''^ Since the Spirit, together with the g^ett^::?::''['{:.). is a joint principle of regeneration and \'7.'Perfection, 'tis manifest, that we ought to vj>-'._•.-'-' live in a continual dependance upon God. "'--»-•• He must be our hope and confidence in the day of trial: He must be our praise and H 3 boast;

boast in the day of viSlory, and in the day of peace: when we .lie down, aed whei> we rife up, we must say with the Psalmists '"Tis thou, Lord, that makes me dwell in safety, Psal. iv 8. We roust look upon our selves as surrounded by enemies, and besieged by spiritual dangers, as David was by temporal: and as he in the one, ib must we in the other, expect strength and salvation from him. Through God wesh all do valiantly, for he it is that shall tread down our enemies, Psal. lx. 12, Many nations compass me round about ; but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. And when we have conquered temptations, and routed the powers of darkness, we must ascribe all, not to our own strength, nor to our own watchfulness, but to the grace and the power of God If the Lord himself had not been on our fide, now may .srael fay; if the Lord himself had not been on our fide, when the legions of hell combined with the world and flesh against us, they hadjwallowed us up alive, Psal. exxiv. 1, 2, 3. Now, many will be the happy ej'e3s of this dependance upon God; we lhall be passionately desirous of his presence, of his grace and favour; we shall drefe and prepare our souls, we shall awaken and dilpose all our faculties to receive him; we shall ever do the things that may invite and prevail with him to abide with us; we shall be apprehensive of

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