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CHAP. XI:

Concerning REWARDS and PUNISHMENTS,

Page 306

• Rewards to the Righteous, ...Ep 308 d Punishments to the Wicked,

316 The Righteous and Wicked compared,

325 The CONCLUSION,

328

b.V. Justice of God, p. 43 b, &c. V. Goodness of God p. 38 b, &6. IV. Jutice of God, p. 44 89&c.

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SINCERE WORD OF GOD.

CHAP. I.

Shewing what RELIGION is, and how the

KNOWLEDGE of it is to be obtained.

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NDER the Name of Religion is comprehended

all that Worship and Service, which is due from Men to God: Whatever we ought or are bound to do in Obedience to him: Whatever he will reward us for doing, or punish us for not doing. B

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In order, therefore, to worship and serve God as » we ought to de; we inuft, firft, Believe that he is;

That he hath given us Laws and Commandments to keep; That he is a Rewarder of them that dilia gently seek him, and of such as do according to all that he hath cominanded them : And, That he taketh Vengeance on them that obey him not.

And for the better understanding the Nature and Extent of our Duty in all Refpécts, together with the Ground's and Reasons of our Obligation, it behoves us, in the next Place, to inform ourselves, as truly and particularly as we can, who the Lord is whom we are to serve; what Attributes and Perfections belong to him, and what Works he hath wrought: As ulfo what Manner of Beings we ourselves are, wh! are commanded to serve him ; what Capacities and Inclinations we have ; what State and Condition we are in; and in what Relation we fland to God.

After which it will be neceffary for us to inquire, how and in what Manner God is to be worshipped, and what thofe Laws and Ordinances are which he hath commanded us to obferve.

. And then for our greater Encouragement to serve God, in all fuch Things as we shall find to be enjoined! -35, und to perfeivere in our Obedience 19 him; it is requisite for us to know what Happiness God hath prepared for theint that love and obey him, and what Misery he hath provided for such as transgress his Commandinents: How great, how cerlain, and of what Continuance both the Joy and the Terror of the Lord are.

a Heb. 11. 6. Exod. 24. 12.' Juhn 13:34. Exos. 16. 28. 1 Kings 9. 4• 2 Theff. 1.8.

$ Exod. 5. 2. ohn 9. 36. Jothua 24. 15. , C i Cor. 20 g. 2 Chron. 24. 20. ch. 8. 10. 2 Cor. 5. 11.

The The Necessity of Searching the

SCRIPTURES.

"These are the Things which every Man is conterned to be well instructed in; and the trues and shortest Way of attaining such Knowledge as this, isa by Searching the Scriptures.

· For they are they which testify of God; which shew us what is good, and what the Lord doth require of us; which set before us the Way. of Life, and the Way of Death; and which teach us what we must do to be saved from the Wrath to come, and to inherit eternal Life.

The Way of Man is not now in himself; it is not in Man that walketh to direct his Steps, Though we can by Nature do many Things cono tained in the Law of God; and though we can in many Cafes, even of ourselves, judge what is right, our Conscience bearing Witness to what is good or evil, either by excusing, or else accusing us accordingly, yet we are not a sufficient Law unto our selves. Notwithstanding, therefore, the Law written in our Hearts, we shall never come to the full Know ledge of that good, and acceptable, and perfect Will of God, which is to direct us in this Life, but by bis Word, which he hath in due Times manifested to us; from whence we may be fully instructed in all Things which belong unto our Peace and Salvation, even the Salvation of our Souls.

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John 5. 39

Micah 6. 8. Jer. 21. 8. A&ts 16. 30.

i Theff. 1. 10. Mark 10. 17. 23. Rom. 2. 14. Luke 12. 57. Rom. 2. 13, 14, 15. Rom.

i Pet. 1. g. 12. 2. Titus 1. gi Luke 13, 22. B 2

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Jer. 10.

& And if any Man fin, (as in many Things we offend all) there is no other Way of being affured that we ihall not all likewise perith, but from the Scriptures; which acquaint us that we have an Advocäte with the Father; and give us an Account in what Manner and upon what Ternis God is pleased to reconcile us to himself.

* All Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness; that such as defire to serve God truly may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good Works.

Whatsoever Things were written aforetime by holy Men of God, who fpake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, were written for our Learning, that we, through Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures, might have Hope.

* Unto the Jews firs were committed the Oracles of God; for God fpake with them from Heaven, and gave them right Judgments and true Laws, good Statutes and Commandments, by the Hand of Moses his Servant, who thewed then the Way wherein they were to walk, and the Work that they were to do.

i And the fame God, who at sundry Times and in divers Manners (pake in Tines pait unto the Fathers by the Prophets, hath in these last Days spoken unto us by his Son; and that which at the firit began to be fpoken by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard him, $ 1 John 2: 1. James 3. 2.

1 John 2. 1. 2 Cori 5. 18. 2 Tim. 3, 16, 17.

i Rom. 15: 4.

2 Pet. k Rom. 3. 2.

Neh. 9. 13, 14. Exod. 18. 20. | Heb. 1. 1, 2. Heb. 2. 3:

Luke 13. 3.

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Rom. 1 g. 40

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