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ral; that he hath prompted men to live in societies for natural religion, and the several exercises of it. Here is common mutual defence; that he hath so severely threat- a mighty demonstration of his good will towards men, ened the sin of homicide, of killing or destroying a man; that he will not dispense with them as to this thing; and for that very reason, because he bears his image. but as common as human nature is, so common is his “This creature of mine I will not have touched, for he law running in that nature, obliging men to some religion carries my image upon him: I will not have any violence, or other; in general to be religious, obliging them unto offered to my image.” That he did take so particular a the several principles and duties of natural religion ; to care even of that wicked Cain himself; put his mark upon trust ju God, and to love him as their supreme good, with him, lest any finding him should slay him. It speaks a all their heari, and soul, and might, and mind, which is a strange tendency of man, (though now an apostaie,) that natural law; to pray to him, to praise him, and give him there is a peculiar sacredness put upon the life of man, thanks. And that, whereas he is pleased to have a house, beyond all other creatures that do inhabit this earth; be- a dwelling here on earth, that house is called the horse of cause this is an improvable life; this is a thing that may prayer to all nations, and he will have all flesh come be grafted upon; noble grafts may be inserted here into io him; and complains that they do not come to him, a human life; therefore, that I will have counted pre- nor will come. When looking down upon the children of cious, and preserved as such ; so as, that if any man shall men, to see who inquires and seeks after God, he finds make a breach upon the human life, he shall break through all gone out of the way, that they will not do this; that my law, which I set as a boundary and guard, to preserve they will not say, Where is God my Maker? This he so valuable and so precious a thing.
complains of. And then he takes such care for the keeping up of com- All this carries a mighty argument in it, that there is mon order in this world, that he hath appointed magis still a good will in heaven towards men on earth, as negtracy, government, and laws, in order hereunto, that all lectful of God and themselves as the children of men are may not run into confusion. They must break his laws generally become. And it is necessary that men should before they can break one another's peace; that he hath understand, and now that when they are charged, when obliged men to the mutual love of one another, wherein, God doth so highly charge them with sinning against his if it were observed and complied with, what a calm, peace- goodness, it is not a nullity that they are charged to offend ful region would this world be ! So that men mighi have againsi, in all their neglects of God: and, in justice to an opportunity to consider, at leisure, the greater concern- him, we are obliged to heighten and magnify his goodness ments of another world. He hath, as to this, done several to men ; that so such as will never be won and overcome things most highly becoming the goodness and benignity by this goodness of his, may be so much the more glorious of a God towards such creatures as we were become. trophies to that justice which will vindicate the wrong
And then the obligation that he holds men under unto I upon them at last.
SUCH SCRIPTURES AS ARE ILLUSTRATED
IN THESE WORKS.
N. B. The passages distinguished by an asterisk are the Text of particular Discourses.
10, 11 DANIEL
101, 105 441 746 384 1117 1231 359 212 1223
913 1246 1249 796 789
xix. xxvii. xxviii. xix.
17 1221 ZECHARIAH