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government, by submitting to the laws and conftitutions of it; and then it will become easy and natural to us, to pray for the prosperity of a kingdom to which we belong, and the glory of a Sovereign, who employs all his power and authority for our good. -A

. 2d duty incumbent upon us, in confe. quence of our using this petition, is to endeavour, by all the methods we can, to perfuade others likewise to become the subjects of this kingdom.

Many, indeed, call Christ, “ Lord, Lord; “ but few," alas ! “ do the things which he " says:—they profess that they know God, « while in works they deny him,-being « abominable, and disobedient, and to every “ good work reprobate.” And shall not this move our pity and compassion? Can we look around us, even within the limits of the visible church, and see human nature exposed in every deformed and fickly shape? Can we behold multitudes of men, who are called by the name of Jesus, counteracting the most facred obligations of confçience, and even pouring contempt upon


the only Saviour of loft finners ? Can we fee all this, I say, and not afford our helping hand? Do we pray that the kingdom of God may come, and will we do nothing to introduce it into the hearts of others, who by nature are not less disposed to entertain it, than we ourselves once were ? If we are sincere in using this petition, let us fhow our sincerity, by our endeavours to obtain what we ask. Let us labour, with all our might, to awaken poor finners to a. fense of their danger, that they may fly to the protection of that merciful Saviour, who hath expressiy faid, “ Him that cometh és unto me, I will in no wise cast out," (John vi. 37:).

Various are the means which may be used for this purpose : I shall mention one, which all of us may employ, and that is, a holy and exemplary life. There is grandeur and majesty in the image of God, which exacts homage to itself from every heart. There is something within us, which, in spite of our degeneracy, confesses and approves of what is right; truth in our {peech ; justice and honesty in our com. R4.


merce with others ; patience under afflictiori, and pity to the afflicted ; à generous contempt of the world, and a readiness to do good to all. These are virtues which the worst of men secretly honour, and the practice of them explains them better, and enforces them more, than words can do. Would we then prevail with men to become Christians indeed, let us draw out Christianity in our lives, and make it visible to their eyes, and it will speak for itfelf more intelligibly and convincingly than we can do: for men, by beholding it, will fee at once, that it is not only excellent, but, by the grace of God, practicable too. This is an 'argument that hath more perfuafion in it than any other can have; and then it is recommended to us by our Lord himself, (Matth. v. 16.) “ Let your light « fo shine before men, that they may fee “ your good works, and glorify your Father 66 which is in heaven.”

3dly, If we fincerely desire the prosperity and advancement of Christ's external kingdom, we will manifest this by our endeavours to support and maintain it where it

is already established, especially among ourselves.

This is an evidence which may reasonably be expected from us; and, indeed, without it, all our professions of love to the Redeemer, and of zeal for his glory, must pass for vain and flattering pretences, which deferve no credit." We only mock God, when we pray that the religion of his Son may become universal, and fill the whole, earth, if at the same time we do not difcover, by our conduct, a hearty concern for its continuance in our own land; yea, if we do not actually resist and oppose all attempts whatever to carry it away from us. med

It hath pleased God to distinguish us by our religious privileges' above most other nations in the world. They were purchased by our fathers, with the expence of much blood and treasure ; and it would be highlý criminal in us to resign them tamely, but far more to throw them away with our own hands: yet forgive mne to say, that they are chargeable with a crime not less than this, who either openly attempt, or secretly with, to bring one to the throne of these king


doms, whose principles oblige him to pull down what we apprehend to be the kingdom of Christ, and to carry us back to that Antichristian slavery, from which we have so happily escaped. · There is such a manifest inconsistency between this petition and the practice of such people, that it is furprising they do not observe it; and it must appear ftill more wonderful, when we consider that the perfons who are chiefly chargeable with this inconsistency among us, eannot be supposed ignorant of the meaning of this excellent prayer, which, by their own ordinances, they oblige themselves to use fo frequently, and even press as a necessary form upon others. But surely to pronounce the words of it cannot be of such efficacy as to atone for actions which contradict the sense of it; nor indeed do I suppose that they expect this from it. I rather believe, that inveterate prejudice and strong delusion hindex many of them to perceive this obvious idconsistency.

But let us, my brethren, “ stand fast in *s that liberty wherewith Christ hath made

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