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Of the holy and happy Life of
Written by the Reverend, Learned and Holy
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Thou wilt keep bim in perfeër Peace, whose Mind is played on thee, because
be truffeth in tbeo. Truff ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord
Jehovah is everlasting Strength. Ifal. xxvi. 3, 4.
Gud, wbo loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. ii, 20
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'. By the Compiler of this Abridgnient.
THE Treatise entitled The Life of Faith I was at first a Sermon preached before King Charles II. and published by his Command, while the Author was one of his Chaplains' in ordinary. It afterward bem came by large. Additions a Volume of more than 609 Quarto, Pages, Tbe two first Chapters of this Abridgment contain the Sermon before the King.
Faith is here recommended, as a divine Principle, uniting the Soul of Man to God, and .Chrift, and Heaven, producing universal Holiness, and fitting the Believer for
the Duties of every Relation, and for all the Trials in Life or Death. The Dangers of a presumptuous Faith, and the In. sufficiency of that which is merely fpeculative, are here faithfully discovered, and earnestly cautioned against.
They • that believe to the saving of the Sout, not only afsent tordivine Tratbs, but de fire and expeši divine Blollings, depend on divine Perfections and Promises, and subject themselves to divine Authority and Pre'cepts. Noah fo credited the . Warning of • God” to the old World, that he alone < prepared an Ark for the faving of bi's • House Abraham, i when called, forfook bis Country and Friends, not knows
ing whither be went;' and afterward • offered up his only begotten Son. Moses
chose rarber to suffer Affliction with o the People of God, than to enjoy the • Pleasures of Sin' in the Court of Egypt. And all’ the Patriarchs, confeshing that
they were Strangers and Pilgrims on the * Earth, fought and defired a better Coun• try, that is, an heavenly,' being firmly : perfuaded of the Promises, and embracing
them with the most ardent Affection, that the. Accomplishment in the Messiah was' a
far off .
Where-ever. Scripture describes faving Faith in Chrift, we discern something infinitely more precious than the presumptuous Confidence of the Impenitent, or any mere Afsent to the Truths of the Gospel.' And bow happily do such Descriptions correspond to the various Circumstances of sin and Misery; of Weakness, Want, and Danger, to which the Minds of Men are conscious, as well as to their different Attainments in the divine Life! Believers, for Instance, ? look to Jesus' for Salvation, as the perishing Ifraelites did to the brazen Serpent. They flee for Refuge to lay bold upon him,' as the Man-sayer Fed to the City of Refuge from the Avenger of Blood. Í bey come
to Christ, to ease them of their Burthens of Guilt and Pollution. They receive
bim,' as offered in the Gospel for a compleat Saviour. They strive, to win Christ,
and be found in him,' that they may posJefs an inestimable Prize. They ' trust in bin,' as able to save them to the utter
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