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we die, we have gained the decifive 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 fenfelefs Noife of an undiftinguished and undistinguishing Populace: a numerous Choir of ennobled Spirits fhall hail with joyful Acclamations their happy FellowServant: While, to crown all, the great Judge pronounces the bleffed Sentence: Well done, thou good and faithful Servant! Enter thou into the foy of thy Lord.
On Faith, Benevolence, &c.
Being a Farewel SERMON preached in
I TIMOTHY I. 19..
Holding Faith, and a good Confcience.
HIS being the laft Time, that ISERM.III. shall speak to you in the Capacity, which I now bear, of your Preacher and Minifter; I have chofen these Words, the Advice of St. Paul to Timothy, as containing the Sum and Subftance of our Duty. In difcourfing upon which, I fhall throw together fome few Thoughts;
Ift, Upon Faith,
IIIdly, Take my Leave of you, with a fhort Address to you,
I. The first Point is, that you would feriously confider the strong Evidences of your Faith; Evidences fo ftrong, that he would be deemed a Madman, who was not determined by much lefs in his fecular Affairs. If any one fhould go about to difprove the Conquefts 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. Befides, you may be deceived, by miftaking fecond Qualities for firft. A Propenfity to think out of the common Road, may be by no Means the leading Quality among those that are ftiled Unbelievers: It may be only a secondary one, and subservient to a primary Defire, that of being in the Fashion. Thofe very Men, who now affect
affect to be thought Unbelievers, might, SERM. II.
For one, that has been made a Profelyte