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hope; will ye also take patience away? who tender and kind has solaced and soothed us in so many seasons of deep distress. It must not be, it cannot be And therefore let them speak and taunt, prophesy and assert, deride and accuse, charge. and provoke as much as they will. This is to them a wonder, that as a deaf man we hear not, and as a dumb man we open not our mouth; insomuch that when we answer to never a word, not only the governor of this crew, but they also themselves marvel greatly. Not always does patience furnish us with ready answers, or hold up our head, yet we feel within her gracious movings to enable us to leave our cause with God. Many feelings and dreadful at times turn the scale against us, and we cannot pronounce upon our case absolutely, and therefore if is added, if I be wicked, woe unto me! at other times and in opposition to this, we feel ourselves somewhat supported, many things are in our favour, yet can we not pronounce with certainty on this side; and therefore, if I be righteous; and upon the whole feel that we will use no art, no force, to maintain ourselves, or confront our foes; I will not lift up head: but leave all to God who will maintain my the cause of the afflicted. So David found the satisfaction of this. And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy: I will sing, yea I will sing praises unto the Lord.

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Ps. 27. 6. Neither doth patience love to speak decisively and positively, even when sure, and might with propriety so speak, but it is not expedient for her to glory, and therefore we often add an if, when doubt or distrust of God is not intended nor felt. As Paul, if God be for us, who can be against us. Is that all you have to say, after what you have stated before of God's fore-knowledge, predestination, calling, justification and glory? We suffer, and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God: We have no doubt of his love and of his honour; but are willing to leave it to the end or result. And let our enemies follow our example, and not be so rash and premature. If God be for us, we will still say to these things, who can be against us. Rom. 8. 31.

As Paul says we are saved by hope, this salvation must be different from what some experience, who, being brought forth at their last hour, enter into the fulness of joy as soon as they have tasted that the Lord is gracious. For such must be, like Simeon, departing to have the blissful sight of what their eyes never loose.

But as the saints who are called to suffer for the sake of Christ, as well as to believe in him, have many trials and dangers to pass thro', he says, (he and others being in that state,) we are saved by hope. Then in another place, he says, to them that by patient continuance in well doing seek for

glory, and honour, and immortality, eternal life shall be given. Rom. 2. 7. And as we are no sooner out of one difficulty and enjoy for a little season the fruit of righteousness yielded under those sharp exercises, than another succeeds still more perplexing, and distressing, and trying; nothing could bear us up but hope, for we must sink in despondency when labouring so long, and so much, and gaining so little ground. But patience still perseveres, and what cannot be gained by the utmost exertion against our foes, patience enables us to see accomplished in their fainting and stumbling; or they fall one upon another, to each others destruction; or the storm spends its fury and so we escape thro' it, while fresh sun-shine succeeds. So David encouraged his soul to trust in God; hope thou in God, I shall yet praise him which is the health of my countenance, and my God. Ps. 42. 11. So wisdom exhorts us to keep plodding on, our eyes fixed upon one object. Let thine eyes look straight on, and thine eye-lids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand, nor to the left remove thy foot from evil. Prov. 4. 25. Run with patience the race that is set before you, looking unto Jesus. Heb. 12. 1. Such is, and ever was, the patience of the saints.

Our Lord says, in vain do they worship God, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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Matth. 15. 9. The commandments of men are infinite, as they never can with all their ingenuity and invention find enough to supply the many wants of an accusing conscience, and to satisfy the pride of a self righteous spirit. But the commandments of God are simple and few, whether in the law, or gospel, and suited to the state of mankind under each. In a state of nature, God loveth the stranger, and doeth him good, giving him food and raiment; he may then justly require love in return; and as we are brethren, the children of the same father, are as justly required to love one another. In the gospel, man is treated as a fallen creature, and the noblest and richest offers of love are made him. The early promise of God was ;-In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Gen. 12. 3. And long afterward-Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Ps. 2. 8. And after; The de


sire of all nations shall come. Haggai 2. 7. When the angels bring tidings of this Saviour's coming; a multitude of the heavenly host praise God, and say: Glory be to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2. 14. Our Lord begins in private to unfold the nature of his coming. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever

believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world thro' him might be saved. John 3. 16. As in private, so was he in his public ministry. Labour not for the meat that perisheth but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you, for him hath God the Father sealed; and again, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.' For the bread of God is he which coineth down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6. 17. This is said to those who, he knew, never would and never could receive it. 44. 65. The commission to his disciples is-Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And Paul says, in his days it was: The Gospel was preached to every creature which is under heaven. Col. 1. 23. So when he went forth to preach; he says to the Jews first-unto you is preached by this man the forgiveness of sins. Acts 13. 38. To the Gentiles thus ; The Lord hath commanded us; I have set thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. ver. 47. He declares to them at Athens ; The times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth men every where, that they should repent. Because he hath appointed a day in which

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