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zdly, From hence appears the ReasonSE«w. of our Saviour's speaking so much in Pa-"' rabies. To the Wise and well-disposed,00TM it was given to know the Mystery of the Kingdom of God; but to others (i. e. to the Wicked) he spake in Parables, that feeing they might not fee, and hearing they might not understand: And thence our Saviour so frequently at the end of his Parables cried out; He that has Ears to hear, let him hear; and, He that can receive it, let him receive it. And be that bath an Ear, let him bear, what the Spirit faith unto the Churches.
^dly, From what has been faid, we may observe, how it comes to pass, that Faith, which is generally looked upon as an Act of the Understanding, and so not in our own Power, is yet in the New Testament always required and insisted upon as a Moral Virtue. The reason is, because Faith, in the Scripture-sense, is not barely an Act of the Understanding, but a mixt Act of the Will also; consisting very much in that Simplicity and Unprejudicenefs of Mind, which our Saviour calls receiving the Kingdom of
Sir M.God as a little child; in that freedom from guile and deceit, which was the character of 'Nathanael, an Israelite indeed; and in that teachable disposition or Desire to know the Will of God, for which the Bereans were so highly commended» who searched the Scriptures daily, whe~ ther those things the Apostle taught, were so or not. They are commended for not believing on the Authority even of the Apostles. But
\thly, From hence it appears, that there is no need of an Infallible Guide on Earth, or of an unerring Church. For all necesiary Truth is sufficiently made known in Scripture; and one great part of our Christian Duty, is to study the WiH of God with such a Disposition of Mind, as may entitle us to the Promise given in the Text, that the Wise shall understand.
- $thly and Lastly, Yet This must be so understood, as to be a Security, not against All, but against Fatal Mistakes. The best and pioufest persons, may in many things err j but their Errors cannot be dangerous, or of final ill consequence:
For For in things absolutely neceflary to Sal-SirM. vation, the Wicked only can be void of W. Understanding. None of the Wicked shall understands But the Wife Jhall under^ stand.
The Practice of Morality leads to the Practice of the Gospel.
Joh. iv. 44.. .
No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me, draw him.
HE Duty and Happiness ofSErM. rational Creatures, is the HI. Practice of Righteousness and l/"V\J true Virtue, founded upon a Belief of the Being and Government of God; whose Kingdom over rational Creatures consists, in the conformity of their Wills and Actions to the