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His Treatise commendech it self to thy acceptance
upon a double account, che one is the knoton world We of the Author the other is the great usesulnesle
of the subje£t matter : The Authour is Mr. Oba bo dieb Sedgwick, no novice in che things of God, but
one that for a long time, boch beyond the feas, and At home, in City and in Countrey, hath kepe up the vigour of a convincing Ministery, which che Lord hath abundantly prosper ed to the converting of some, and building up of others, and no doubt to the convičžion of many more, who shall one day know that a Prophet of ibe Lord barbe been amongst obem: Besides, one of an exemplary godline le, and long experience in the wayes of God; of whose excellent (piris the world hach had a lufficient taste in those cheife Treatises that are already published under his name; cerrainly from such an able head, and holy heart, nothing can be expected that is cheap and mean. . .
'Tis a loffe, a losse that cannot enough be bewailed, that fo. eminent and useful an instrument, is now by badily weaknesse, and prevailing indifpofitions, taken off from his publick Minifterialla... bours : There is no murmuring againit the hand of God, but the waiting of the old stock of our able Ministers should be more laid to heart; alas we that are co succeed in the Lords work (I am sure I can accuse one) with wbac a weak and unequal pace do we follow their great examples? and being too coo early by the removal of such choise instruments,puc upon puba lick services, no wonder if we faint under the burden.
'Tis some recompense for this lofse , that this worthy servant · of God is yet alive, not only to honour his oltin Mini. stery (which was most consolatory) by his private discourses, full of faith and firit, and patient, yea, cheerful submission to the Will of God concerning him ; but also to single out such Treatises of his own, as may be of most use to publick.benefit and edificacia
The other reason is the usefulnele of the subject matter. Of all fraces faibo is the chiefert, of ihe most universal and constant in fluence on ile piri:ual life ; He work by love, but we live by fajib; in the chaine of graces described, 2 Pet.15,6,7. thi first link is faith, as giving trength and officacy to all theseft; wiac is the grace that yiiderh the Lord the glory of his mercy,veract
y and power, bu: faich ? it honourerh God more then an uni. firme entire obedience to the whole moral Lexin innocency could poflib!y have done, and pleasech him more then he was difpicaled with the fin of Adam; All graces keep cime and pace with faith, if faith be weak, love cannot be strong, nor obedience carried on in an evenlenout, the back of patience will soon be broken, and temperance exercise but a weak and feeble restrainton our lusts and passions, till we learn to counter balance prefont delights with future enjoyments. Faich is the eye of the soul co see things to come, and the hand of the fool, co receive Jesus Christ, and all benefies in him: Faith, But I will not die grefle into the common place, certainly no Treacise of Faith can' be unwelcome to a gracious heart , especially such an one as this is; where matters are carried on with such evidence and demono fation of the spirit, and as to the file, with a sweet cligancy, and yet cempered with gravity and judgement. :
I could speak more, but to avoid fufpicion of purtialiry, and private affection to my worshy Predecefjour and Father: I shall only adde this,'cwere pity that so excellent a Treacife should come forth in an age postred with such a chrong of needlere Writers, but that it is likely to be found out by its oben Lustre and briaberec, like a sparkling diamond among an heap of pib. bles and common stones; The Lord continue the life of, and (19 it be his gracious will) restore so much of strengcb to the Authour, that he may increase the Churches treasure by publishing chole excellenc Discourses concerning the Covenant of grase, and other such like spiritual arguments, which he hath in store by him. Reader, I am
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The Contents of the Chapters
S. 2. The fecond Argument. . :