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Serm. tho' he was not at all fond of Honour and XIV., Greatness, yet every one was convinced that
he deserved much greater Things, and that he would have done Honour to the highest Station of Life in which he could possibly be placed. And I believe by this time
you are satisfied that he has fought a good Fight, in overcoming the World by a happy and heavenly Temper, and that he has finished his Course in all the Capacities of a good Christian and a Divine, and that he kept the Faith pure and entire. For he never handled the Word of God deceitfully, nor of Men fought he Glory. And you may be also certain, that henceforth there is laid up for him a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, pall give him, as a Reward for all his Labours.
I see I need not ask your Tears, Sorrow hath filled your Heart, and fad Affliction hangs upon your Countenances, like the Believers, who at St. Paul's Departure from them, wept bitterly, sorrowing most of all, that they should see bis Face no more. But I forbear to open that Stream of Affli&ion that flows so freely of itself. what shall I say to comfort you ? You have nothing left to do I think, but to consider which Way you may beft do Ho.
nour to his Memory; which, I think, will SERM. be in following his Example, and making XIV. that glorious Character, which I have been imperfectly describing, shine forth in every A&tion of your Lives.
You, who loved him (and who, that knew him, did not ?) should make it appear by your endeavouring to be like himYou, who were his Flock, would do well to observe all the good Instructions he gavc you. Let all his good and seasonable Admonitions sink deep into your Hearts; and remember the Words which he spake unto you while he was yet with you. And let us all endeavour to improve such Providences as these to our Advantage : Let it ferve to shew us, that neither Wisdom nor Goodness can keep a Man from the Grave, nor cut off the Entail of Death. There is no Trust to be put even in the Lives of Kings, nor any Confidence in Princes, but all must sooner or later shake off this earthly Tabernacle : And then to whom shall we fly for Succour but to God, who is both able and willing to prepare a Place of Happiness for all such as put their Trust in him; and to grant, that after we have passed through all the Changes and Chances of this mortal Life, and that when this Corription hath Q
SER M. put on Incorruption, and this Mortal bath XIV.
put 012 Immortality, we may all meet to gether in Heaven, and enjoy the unspeakable Pleasures of that celestial Paradise ?
Till which happy Time, adieu thou good and pious Man! adieu thou lovely Dispenfer of God's Word! adieu thou faithful Friend! the Delight of Men, and the highly favour'd of God! Thou art gone to happier Climes, to taste of the delightful Rivers. of Pleasure, while we are left behind to lament thy Absence from us.
We have thy Memory, and we give thee back our Tears. Thy Example shall always keep thee alive in our Hearts, and nothing shall blot out thy delightful Image there ; but, in spite of Death, thou shalt still live in our Affections, till by walking in the pleasant Path which thou hast marked out to us, we come at last to behold the Face of thee and thy God in the Kingdom of Heaven, and join with thee in singing Hallelujahs to him that stteth upon the Throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.
Acts viii. part of the 31st Verse.
pould guide me?
of great Authority, under Can- XV.
Treasure, and had come to Je-
Ser M. cept fome Man fhould guide mè? A modest
XV. Answer, and very becoming an honest Mind wo
dispos'd to find out the Truth, however unlike the Behaviour of our modern Infidels, who think themfelves above Instruction, as being, in their own opinion at least, wiser than their Teachers.
In my following Discourse, I propose to shew, 1. The Insufficiency of private Judgment in Matters of Religion. 2. The Necessity of a teachable Disposition, from the Example of the Perfon concern'd in the Text, and a proper Submission to the Judgment of others.
1. By private Judgment, I mean the Right which some claim of judging for themselves, exclusive of all foreign Aid and Allistance whatsoever. But this, if taken in a striet Sense, is not only insufficient, but also imposlīble; for no Being, but such as wants no Assistance of any kind, i. e. a Being infinitely perfect, is capable of doing this, because so much Perfection as any Being wants, so much Supply it must of course stand in need of to make up
that Deficiency. God alone is then able to judge absolutely for himself, because he alone enjoys abfolute Perfection, and nothing can possibly be suppos'd wanting to hinder him