Images de page
PDF
ePub

Serm. II. Complication of Distempers, than others

are pofseft of in the Fulness of Health and Vigour : who want they know not what, and are uneasy they know not why: And if at any Time his Spirits were deprest by long-continued Pain, Conversation with an intimate Friend would break the Gloom that hung upon him, and brighten up his Soul. Indeed his Malady grew upon him to that degree, that it was almost cruel to wish him a longer Continuance among us : All that his Friends could desire, was an easy Passage out of this World into a better, where there is no Pain or Sorrow, His Soul is now enlarged from that corruptible Body to which it was united ; and released from those Miseries, which, by virtue of that Union, it underwent. How soon we, who in the Midst of Life are in Death, may follow him, God only knows: Each Day brings us nearer to Eternity; and it should be our main Endeavour, that each may bring us nearer to a blessed Eternity.

But, while we are in the Body, we must more or less struggle with Difficulties, and combat with Temptations. While we live, we must persevere, without lackening our Industry, to fight this good Fight : When

ز

we

we die, we have gained the decisive Victo- Serm. II. ry: and when we come before the Throne of Grace, we shall receive a glorious Triumph; a Triumph indeed, where instead of the senseless Noise of an undistinguished and undistinguishing Populace : a numerous Choir of ennobled Spirits shall hail with joyful Acclamations their happy FellowServant: While, to crown all, the great Judge pronounces the blessed Sentence : Well done, thou good and faithful Servant ! Enter thou into the Joy of thy Lord.

SERMON

[ocr errors]

On Faith, Benevolence, &c.

Being a Farewel SERMON preached in

Twickenham - Chapel, June 20, 1742 ; and published at the Request of the Audience.

1 TIMOTHY I. 19.

Holding Faith, and a good Conscience.

T

HIS being the last Time, that 1 Serm.III.
Thall speak to you in the Capaci-
ty,

which I now, bear, of your Preacher and Minister ; I have chosen these Words, the Advice of St. Paul to Timothy, as containing the Sum and Substance of our Duty. In discoursing upon which, I fhall throw together some few Thoughts ;

Ilt, Upon Faith,
Ildly, Upon a good Conscience;

IIIdly,

Serm.III. Tildly, Take my Lcave of you, with a

short Address to you.

4

2

1. The firft Point is, that you would seriously consider the strong Evidences of your Faith ; Evidences fo strong, that he would be deemed a Madman, who was not determined by much less in his secular Affairs. If any one should go about to disprove the Conquests of Alexander, he would be thought not to be in his found Mind: And yet there are much stronger Proofs for the Reality of the Miracles recorded in Scripture, and particularly in the New Testament; than there are for the Victories of Alexander, or even for the Being of such a Man.

Let it no more stagger your Faith, that there are so great a Number of Unbelievers; than it ought to influence your Practice, that there are so great a Number of wicked Men. Besides, you may be deceived, by mistaking second Qualities for first. A Propensity to think out of the common Road, may be by no means the leading Quality among those that are stiled Unbelievers : it may be only a secondary one, and subservient to a primary Desire, that of being in the Fallion. Those very Men, who now

affect

« PrécédentContinuer »