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could see eternal things in temporal, and measure Chap. 7. Heaven by an Astrolabe of Earth. In their Ikkarim, in the Articles of their Creed, there is one touching the Resurrection of the dead. Those Ancients had some obscure knowledg of life eternal : but in and by Christ it is set forth plainly and clearly, in lively and orient colours. Heaven, as it were, opens it self, and in pure discoveries comes down and approaches near unto our faith. It is now plain that the true worshippers shall ever be with the Lord, shall see him and be like him; shall enter into his joy, and be swallowed up there ; shall have a Crown of life, a weight of glory, and that to all eternity. All this is as clear as if it were writ with a Sun-beam : Hence the Apostle faith, That Christ brought life and immortality to light, 2 Tim. 1. 10: and again, That before, the way into the holiest of all was not made manifeft

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that is, That light or manifestation of this Reward which was under the Law, was as none at all in comparison of the pure and great discovery of it which is under the Gospel. The servants of God need not say, What shall we have ? The Reward is before them, the Celestial Paradise is in plain view, to attract their hearts into the holy ways which lead thither.

In this display of Truth, we have a notable proof of the truth of our Religion. . Admirable are the harmonies and compliances between the two Testaments; the Substance, though but one,corresponds to the Types and Shadows, though very many. The Melfiah in the flesh, notwithstanding the vast distance in time, fully answers to the Messiah in Promises and Predictions. All things concur and conspire together

Chap. 7. to evidence the truth of our Religion. It was the

observation of fome of the ancient Fathers , That there is umbra in lege, imago in Evangelio, veritas in cælo, a shadow in the Law, an image in the Gospel, the Truth in Heaven. Hence we may thus conclude, That Religion, which was in the Law in shadow, in a darker representation, which is in the Gospel in the image, in a more lively representation; and which leads to Heaven, where is perfection of light, and eternal life in the thing itself; That Religion must needs be true. Or we may go higher than the Mofaical Law, and conclude thus: That Religion which in the morning of the World, immediately after the fall of man, appeared in the first Promise of the Mer-siah; which afterwards appeared in types and more Promises; which after these, shone out illustriously in Jesus Christ; which at last introduces into the perfect day in Heaven ; That must needs be true. The succession and harmony which is in these things, tell us, that infinite wisdom did order and dispose the fame. Now after the Evangelical light is clearly re-vealed to us, what manner of persons ought we to be How thankful thould we be that we live in the chining days of the Son of man? The Pagans are in gross darkness, but we have the Divine light shining round about us. The Jews had some dawnings and ftrictures of light; but we have the Sun, the full Globe of light : We need not now grope in the dark after happinefs, Christ the true light is come, the glory of the Lord is risen upon us in the pure light of the Gospel. How Ihould we believe and adhere to the Promises! God hath performed the great Promife of the Meffiah, and it is not imaginable that he

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should fail in the other, which are but appendants to Chap: 7.
that great Promise. The Promises now have a dou-
ble seal, Gods Veracity, and Christs Blood ; and in
all reason we should seal them up by our faith ; not
to do fo, is practically to say, that God may lye, or
Christs Merits fail. In what truth and obedience
should we walk ! No lust should now be indulged,
no duty should now be baulked. Every holy beam
must be welcome, as coming from Heaven to guide us
thither. Every Command of God must be precious,
as being the Counterpane of his heart, and proved
to be such by the obedience of his own Son in the
flesh. Now to walk in darkness, is to reproach the
holy light which shines round about us. To be
false to God who is so true to us, is no less than hor-
rible ingratitude to him, and in the end will

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utter ruine to our souls ; it being utterly impossible
for us, while we are false to him, to be true to our
selves or our own happiness. How fpiritual should
we be in worship! With what holy fear, faith, zeal,
devotion, should we serve him! Our spirits should be
consecrated and offered up to God; our duties should
have warmth and life from the inward parts ; the in-
finite Spirit must not be mocked with a shell

, a meer body of Worship. Jesus Christ the Substance being come, we must not rest in the shadows and rituals of Religion. God is real in promises, and we should be so in services. He will give us the best Reward, even Heaven it felf; and we should give him the best we have, even our hearts, that he may dwell there till he

into the blessed Region, to dwell with him in glory ; in so doing we shall at once be true to him, and to our own happiness.

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Chap 8.

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Gods Providence asserted from Scripture , Philosophy,

and Reason. It hath a double act, Conservative, and Ordinative; both are manifested in Christ. It was over Christ, over his Genealogy, Birth, Life, Death. Over the fruit of his Satisfaction, in raising up a Church. It aimed at a Church; directed the means, and added the blessing. That Opinion, That Chris might have died, and get there might have been no Church, is false. All other. Providences reduced to those over Christ and the Church. Epicurus's Objedion against Providence answered. Providence over free acts of men afferted, and yet Liberty not destroyed. The objections touching the Afflictions of good men, and the event of Sin, folved. The Entity in sinful actions distinct from the Anomy: the Order from the Ataxy.

AVING spoken of the Divine Attributes, I

now proceed to speak of Providence, which in a special manner directed this great Dispensation, God manifest in the flesh; in which, as we have feen, the Attributes of God do eminently appear. Providence is more than Previdence; apbroncs is not nude Prescience; it is, as a learned man speaks, Precognitio cum curâ, a Precognition with care. It is the Divine Reason of the Supreme Lord, which disposes of all things; it is that ad of God whereby he doth in eternity pre-ordain, and in time direct every thing to the great end of all, his own glory. The Scripture doth very fully set forth this :' of him, and

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through him, and to him are all things, Rom. 11. 36: Chap. 8. Of him as the Author, through him as the Conservator and Director, and to him as the ultimate End, are all things. He giveth life, and breath, and all things, Acts 17. 25. In him we live, and move, and have our being, ver. 28. The original, the continuance, the guidance of all is from him. As a mighty Monarch he doth whatsoever he pleaseth in heaven and in earth. Pfal. 135.6, He doth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. None can stay his band, or say unto him, What dost thou? Dan.4. 35. All places are within his dominion, all creatures are under his government : Known unto him are all his works, ár' añvos, frometernity, Acts 15. 18. He worketh all things after the counfel of his own will, Eph. 1. 11. That the things in time may answer and go true to the counsels in eternity,Providence works and watches over every thing; Angels are not above, nor. Worms below the care of it. It reaches to the great Image of Earthly Monarchy, Dan. 2. It humbles-it self to hairs and sparrows, Mat. 10:29, 30. Natural Agents, though determined ad unum, cannot act without the concurrence of it. Free Agents, though upon the wings of liberty, cannot flye out of its dominions. Meer Contingents, as the Lot, are ascertain'd by it. In every thing it sits at the stern, and moderates the event.

The Philosophers do, at least in some fort, own a Providence. Thus Theophrast, one gdg reptan dezeitis si is åreyle injise rý foxpire, There is a Divine Principle, by which all things both are, and continue to be. Thus Aristotle, What the Governour is in the Ship, the Driver in the Chariot, the Master in the Dance the Law

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