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ÇO N T E N T S.
The illustrious mavifestarions of God, and the inex-
cusable ignorance of men. Rom. i. 19, 20. Be-
DISCOU Ř SE LXI. LXII. LXIII.
Mongst those many things which are made 1 publick ; it may be thought, perhaps, of fermons ; that they are, of any other, the least wanted, and, for the future, least likely to be found wanting : since to that rich and inexhaustible store, with which the learned and orthodox divines of England have already furnished us, there is daily fresh addition, from worthy and able hands. Neither have we cause to fear a cessation in this kind ; or that so great a blessing is likely to fail us, for the future ; having such security, not only from the unwearied zeal of present divines (of whom we may always hope a worthy fucceffion) but, from the just esteem which the publick never fails to thew for such pious discourses. Upon which account, we find that many of these are every day made publick; and, as it were, forced into the world; notwithstanding the great modesty of their authors whose humble thoughts and devoutly resigned affections, lead them not towards eminence and advancement in the world.
It may seem strange therefore, that in such an age as this, any one should be so officious, as to search after, and publish the sermons of a man long since dead, who (himself) never meant to publish any; or thought so highly of himself, as that he could benefit the world by such a publication.
It is certain, that we must not ever imagine, nor can it enter into a mind truly christian, that because we see not an apparent change for the better, in the lives of christian professors; that, therefore all preaching is ineffectual ; or, that here in England, the labours of the most eminent divines that perhaps the world ever afforded, have been of no use