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SERM. false Honour, or the Humour of a partial XIII. Affection : But he has also the folid Prize
of true Happiness in Heaven. Here is the Competition ; for by chusing the former, he refuses the latter. And, it is true, unless his Faith be feigned, he cannot prefer fuch Tinsel and painted Glass to an eternal Weight of Glory. By this Means the Principle of his Actions will be secured, and his Justice and Mercy done for the Sake of the God of Justice and Mercy, whose Rewards are appropriated to those that act in View of them ; while the Men, who do their works for yile temporal Ends, are left to find vile temporal Rewards; and often miss of them
Secondly, The fame Faith in God, as a Rewarder of them that diligently seek bim, which compels us to seek him and not ourselves in the Exercise of charitable Deeds, operates with equal Strength to perfect our Obedience ; to keep a Conscience void of Offence towards God as well as towards Men. The Believer is thorougly instructed, that 'the Blessings of a future Life are loft to all that perfist unreform'd
in any Article of Duty. One Corruption SERM. not mortified (he knows) is fufficient to XIII. corrupt his whole Soul, and vitiate all his Services. And he is yet an 'Infidel, who is not affured, that without Holiness? sio Man shall see the Lord, But the entise and unfeigned Faith of Christ and his Gofpel most certainly worketh by Love, and as certainly performs its Works of Love with unpolluted Hands. For with what Heart or Hope can a Man of this Faith ever think of appearing in other Condition before the great Judge and Distributor of Rewards ? whom he knows to have been himself the pure Pattern of doing Good, and to that Effect an exemplary immaculate Sacrifice ? Under Defilement of Guilt and Impenitence, he understands well, that far from an obedient Follower of this great Exemplar, a genuine Doer of Good; he must
before that Tribunal, an ungrateful Frustrator of infinite Goodness, the Goodness of the Saviour, and on that Account now liable to the dreadful Justice in the same Person of the Judge of, Mankind.
SERM.' The Thing yet to be discoursed upon XIIL is, how the Charity we have described,
according to the Text, is the End of the Commandment ; and some Inferences from it worthy of our Consideration. But it requires another Opportunity.
1 Tim, i. 5.
is Charity, out of a purë Heart,
HERE remains, after my Serm.
former Discourse on this XIV.
rity is the End of the Commandment, and what Inferences of chief Use are thence to be made. The
Serm. End of the Commandment is the Depgn XIV. or Purpose, for obtaining which God gave
it ; or, (which comes much to the fame) it is that Perfection, that principal and moft excellent Effect of all, that the Commandment produces among Men. This being apply'd' to Charity, we find the Character
upon it of a Dignity inestimable : That the. Law, the Prophets, and the Gospel itself, all that we have in Charge from our God and Saviour in his gracious Revelations of himself and Will; were framed and executed; given and continued, in the prime View of planting and increasing Charity in the World, as the
main Scope and Confummation of them iali.
Concerning the Truth of this, we may
satisfy ourselves first, out of the Scriptures, 1.5 12 and then employ our own Meditations on VIL. c the Nature and Reafon of the Thing. The
3 Words of our Saviour, St. Matth. vii.
årë, All Things whatsoever ye would that Men should do to you, do we even fo to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. 1) Whatsoever we can defire Men to do to or us, is coinprehended in Juftice and Kind