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Of which therefore it will behove us to be always mindful.
3. From Christ's multiplying such small Provision, to the serving and fatisfying of so many, we may be abundantly convinc'd of his Divine Power, that he is the Son of God, yea, God blessed for evermore; for none but he that made preserves and blesseth all things, could do such a Miracle.
4. From Christ's commanding the Disciples to gather up the Fragments, that nothing be lost, we may learn not to waste any of God's Creatures, which he is pleas'd to afford us, nor to make Spoil of his good Gifts for the Abundance that we enjoy; for this is such a vile Abuse of his Bounty, as provokes him to withdraw what we so idly consume, and to make us know the Worth of his Blessings by the want of them. Carelessness and Profuseness naturally lead to Poverty, and many have been brought to wish for that in their Penury, which they have vainly thrown away in their Prosperity; and therefore that we may not want, let us take heed that we do not waste any thing that God is pleas'd to give, but labour rather to improve than consume his Blessings.
5. From this Miracle of the Loaves, let us all concur with the People, in faying, Of a truth this is that Prophet that should come into the World. This he abundantly prov'd by a Power of Miracles, confirming all that he laid ., and therefore his Errand being to teach and to fave Mankind, let us alrreceive his Doctrine, and obey his Precepts to those Ends.
Lastly, From Christ's turning the Minds of his Disciples from vain worldly Expectations to more heavenly Matters, let us learn to wean our selves from this World, to which we are too much addicted, and set our Affections more upon the things above, which are infinitely more worthy of our Thoughts and Desires; let us labour not so much for the perishing Food of our Bodies, as the immortal Food of our Souls. Our Saviour declar'd "himself to be the Bread of Life, or that living Bread that came down from Heaven, and is able to bring us there. Let us therefore fay with the Apostles, Lord, evermore give us of this Bread, to feed our Souls to eternal Life.
The End of the Second Part of the Fourth Volume