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thing that is good; then will the fruit be sweet, though the root is bitter.

Happy for us! if by any means, and urged by any arguments, we be but prevailed upon to live well; if we have such a sense, either of the dignity of man's nature, made in the image of God, or on the other hand of the frailty of our state, and the dangers, that surround us on every side, as to be induced to make God our friend, and to take to ourselves

the shield of faith and helmet of salvation; Eph. vi. armour, that will quench the fiery darts of 16, 17.

our worst adversary.

He was a murderer from the beginning:

his wiles brought death into the world: i Pet.v.8. and he still goeth about, seeking whom he

may devour. If we suffer ourselves to be overcome by this enemy, the mischief is indeed irreparable.

The murderer, who takes my life, is

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utterly unable to make restitution: God however, I know, will raise me from the dead at the last day, and clothe me with a body no longer liable to dissolution. But if I be then found to be dead in tref. Eph. ii. I. passes and fins; there remains no future resurrection from that death, but an end less state of despair and torment.

Let us therefore be always prepared, and so that day shall never come upon us Luke xxi, unawares. Nevertheless, as death is na- 34. turally terrible, and this life is the time God hath granted us to prepare by his grace for a better; we may very rationally, and let us now devoutly, beseech him to deliver us from lightening, and tempeft; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle, and murder; and from sudden death.

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T AKE now thy son, thine only son, Gen. xxii. to and offer him for a burnt offering. – 2,10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to say his son. - He did no more; he was stopped by an angel. The outward aɛt was not brought to the expected end: but in the will his obedience

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was complete and perfect; and accepted

accordingly by the righteous judge, who Rom. iv. knoweth the heart, and calleth those things Een xxii, which be not, as though they were. By my16, 17, 18. felf have I sworn, saith the Lord, because

thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy fon, thine only fon; that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy feed, as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; – and in thy feed Mall all the nations of the earth be blesed, because thou hast obeyed my voice. If he had been suffered to proceed further, and finish the action he had undertaken, his service had been but the same; and would have merited no greater recompence: His mind was wholly consenting to the sacrifice that was required of him. The will before God is the

deed: and the question is properly asked • James ii. by the Apostle, Was not Abraham our fa.

ther justified by works, when he had offered Ifaac his fon upon the altar?



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