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of Life depend mutually upon each other, Serm. and the Welfare of the Whole upon the XV. Duties of Both. Superiours, in the conscientious performance of their Duty, are the Protestors and Guardians of the Rights and Properties of Those below them: And Inferiours, acting under a Sense of Duty, moved by Love and Reafon more than by Compulpon or Fear, are the most folid Support of the Authority and Peace and Happiness of Thofe above them. The Corruption and Depravity of Mankind makes it necessary, by the intervention of Human Laws, to compel men in fome measure to perform these respective Duties: But a true sense of religion, and of the Reasonableness and Usefulness and essential Obligation of the Duties themselves, would oblige them by a much stronger and securer Tie, to do all the same things freely and willingly, heartily and fincerely, in publick and in private ; which the best and wiseft Laws can but compel those who want such a sense of Religion, to do unwillingly, Nightly and superficially, in publick Appearance only, and in the Sight of Men. Religion there
SE R M.fore and true Virtue, if they prevailed in XV. the World, would obtain the fame happy
Ends fully and effe&tually, which the best and wilest Laws can do but in part; and Laws are made only to supply, in the best manner they can, the Want of true Religion and Virtue among Men. The Law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for finners, for the unholy and the profane, I Tim. i. 9. Did men universally, from a sense of the Right and Reason of the thing itself, live in an uniform and conscientious Performance of the Relative Duties of Life; the Prophecies of That Great Happiness which under typical Representations is foretold as coming in the days of the Meffias, would be literally fulfilled : T. ii. 4, They Mall beat their fwords into plough-bares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall 1.0t lift up sword against ration, neither Jhall they learn war, any more : And ch. Ix. 18, Vislerce shall no more be heard in the land, waling nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy Walls SalCation, and thy Gates Praise :
people also Mall be All Righteous. But Serm. however, even as things Now are ; would V:. Superiours in All Times and Places, who are the Great Example and Direction to the World, endeavour, each in their respective stations, to make use of That Power wherewith God has intrusted them, always to the Protection and Support of Right; the Benefits which would thence accrue to Mankind, even in this prefent imperfect and corrupt State, would be inconceivably Great. 2 Sam. xxiii. 3, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the Fear of God : And be skall be as the Light of the Morning, when the Sun riseth, even a morning without clouds ; as the tender Grass Springing out of the Earth, by clear shining after Rain. And Pf. lxxii. 4, He shall judge the People according unto Right, and defend the Poor,— anch punish the wrong-doer. He shall come down like Rain into a fleece of Wool, even as the Drops that water the Earth : In His time shall the Righteous flourish, yea, and abundance of Peace so long as the Moon endureth.
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things that are in the World:
DHE Great End and Design of SER M. M Religion, is, by the Tryal of VI. by mens Virtue and Integrity in
the present World, to qualify
them for the Happiness of That which is to come: That they who