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faith St Paul; that is, they who make Serm. Riches their ultimáte End and View, will XVI. fall into Temptation and a Snare, and ina to many Foolish and Hurtful Lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition, i Tim. vi. 9. And therefore in the same chapter, ver. 17. he mentions Trusting in Riches and Trusting in the Living God, as direct Opposites to each other. Lastly, with Regard to the Honours and Esteem of Men, and the corrupt and unworthy Compliances, by which the Pride of Life leads Men to aim at Falfe Reputation and Power; Do I (says the Apostle) seek to please men? for if I yet pleafed Men, I Mould not be the Servant of Christ, Gal. i. 10.

In This fenfe therefore, and for these Causes, it is, that the Love of the World, and the Love of God, are in the Text declared to be inconsistent with each other. And as He who loves the World, the Wicked World in the sense now explained, cannot have the Love of the Father in him : So, on the reverse, if any Man has the Love of the Father in him, that is, acts fteddily and immoveably upon the Principles of

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S er m. Truth and Virtue ; to Him will the World,

XVI. the wicked and corrupt part of the World, un necessarily bear a Hatred, Joh. XV. 19. If

ye were of the World, the World would love his own; but because ye are not of the World, but I have chosen you out of the World, therefore the World hateth you. And ch. xvii. 14. The World bath hated them, because they are not of the World. The ReaYon and Ground of which Procedure, is. excellently expressed by the Author of the Book of Wisdom, ch. ii. 12. Because the Righteous is not for Our Turn, and he is clean contrary to our Doings; be upbraids eth us with our offending the Law, and objeéteth to our Infamy the Transgressions of our education. He professeth to have the Knowledge of God, and was made to reprove our Thoughts.

III. The Third and Last thing I proposed, was to consider the Reasons and Motives upon which the Apostle here so earnestly cautions Men against that Love of the World, which he thus describes as inconsistent with the Love of God. Its Inconsistency with the Love of God, that is, of our Supreme Good and ultimate Hap

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Motive. But This and all other Motives XVI..
whatsoever, are included in, or reducible
to, what the Apostle alleges in the words
following my Text, ver. 17. The world
passeth away, and the Luft thereof; but He
that doth the Will of God, abideth for ever.
There can be nothing in This World
worth purchasing at the Expense of in-
curring the Divine displeasure. For all
the things that are in the World, even
those that are innocent, much more the
Sinful ones here mentioned by the Apostle,
are obtained with uneasiness and much
Uncertainty, are possessed with much
Mixture of Diffatisfaction, are preserved
with continual Fear and Hazard of losing
them; And, when possessed in the high-
eft Perfection, and for the longest Period,
must of necessity pass away in a very few
years, to return no more for ever. That
Habit of Mind, which is founded in the
Love of Truth, and in the Practice of Vir-
tue, is the only Thing that will continue
and improve for ever into a complete fe-
licity in the eternal Kingdom of God.

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