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By the Rev. SAMUEL REECE, Plymouth-Dock.

Plymouth-Dock.
PRINTED and Sold by J. HEYDON, MARKET-STRERT.
Sold also by LACKINGTON, ALLEN, and Co. BAYNES; Cro$BY,
and LETTERMAN, London; GRAY, Plymouth;
and S. WOOLMER, Exeter.

1800.

x 1.6.110

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THE

PREFACE.

THE knowledge of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, is said to be life, eternal. This knowledge is the gift of God, and whatever he gratuitously communicates, does not essentially belong to any of its recipients, being a gift from above; the vigour with which it operates is always in proportion to the degree of its communication; hence we can easily account for the manifest disproportion there exists between the attainments of believers in the acquisition of knowledge; “ there is a diversity of gifts, but the communication of

them

them is by the same spirit, and the end proposed is the spiritual advantage and the increasing profit of the mind; the spirit of God being the spirit of truth, can never be supposed to teach differenț men different systems as true,

that are wholly subversive of each other. Men have ever (whatever system they have adopted) found it ,advantageous to father all their errors upon God, forgeting, however, that it is as impos

sible for God to contradict himself in 26 ro his word, as it is for liim to disgrace diliim, himself in his works.

Hence I conclude, that as the spirit of God applies that system, whatever it may be, which is founded in infinite wisdom, He can apply but that one system, as the idea of infinite wisdom eternally precludes the idea of a second choice, as the first effort must be the best,

To know what that system is, we must have recourse to the divine testi, mony, and there we find, that Christ is said to be “our life;"---tu “have life

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