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of the Inheritance of the Saints in Light; who SERM.
has delivered us from the Power of Darkness,
and has translated us into the Kingdom of the
Son of his Love, Col.i. 12, 13. And so much
the more should we be thankful for this Good-
ness, as it was undeserved and unexpected.
For he was found of us that fought him not,
he was made manifest to us that asked not af-
ter him, Rom. X. 20. Well therefore may
we join with Simeon in his Song, Lord, now
lettest thou thy Servant depart in Peace, ac-
cording to thy Word. For mine Eyes have seen
tby. Salvation; which thou hast prepared before
the Face of all People: A Light to lighten the
Gentiles, as well as the Glory of thy People
Ifrael, Luke ii. 29–32.

We are now all
adopted as Sons, and Children of the King-
dom, equally with those that are converted
out of Israel. There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither Bond nor Free, there is nei-
ther Male nor Female ; For

ye

are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye. Abraham's Seed, and Heirs according to the Promise, Gal. iii. 28, 29. So that now in Christ Jesus, ye who were sometime afar off, are made nigh by the Blood of Christ. For he is our Peace, who has made both one, and bas broken down the middle Wall of Par

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SER M. tition between us, Ephes. ii. 13, 14.

And came and preached Peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For by him we both have an Access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more Strangers and Foreigners, but FellowCitizens with the Saints, and of the Houshold of God, ver. 17-19.

And if God has thus honoured us to a Degree equal with what he has shewn to his best beloved and most favoured People ; what Returns of Duty, Obedience and Love does his Kindness exact again from us? If he has chosen and separated us, who were Gentiles, from the rest of the Gentiles, it certainly must lye upon us to separate ourselves from the Manner and Way in which those who are Gentiles Prill do walk. Or if in the Time past of your Life, even though ye were Christians, ye have wrought the Will of the Gentiles, walking in Lasciviousness, Lufts, Excefs of Wine, Revellings, Banquetings, and abominable Idolatries, i Pet. iv. 3.

If thus you have done in your past Time of Life, as St. Peter says, let that suffice you : And for the Time to come, let me with St. Paul fay and testify in the Lord, that ye benceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the Vanity of

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their Mind, having their Understanding Dark-SERM.
ned, being alienated from the Life of God,
through the Ignorance that is in them, because
of the Blindness of their Heart : Who being
past feeling, have given themselves over unto
Lasciviousness, 'to work all Uncleanness with
Greediness. But

ye

bave not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him (i, e. if you have heard him preached to you, and been instructed concerning him) as the Truth is in Fefus : That ye put of concerning the former Conversation, the Old Man which is corrupt according to the deceitful Lufts, and be renewed in the Spirit of your Mind; and that ye put on the New Man, which after God is created in Righteousness and true Holiness, Ephes. iv. 17-24. Let me in the Words of the same Apostle, in another Place, beseech you, Brethren, and exhort you, by the Lord Jesus, that

have received of us how ye ought to walk, so ye would abound more and more, 1 Theff. iv. l. And if you do not, how is it that

you express your Gratitude to God, for singling you out almost from amongst the rest of the Heathen World to reveal himself to you ? Which is another Confideration that should excite you to devote yourselves wholly to him.

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For the Nations, now Christian, are not only called and admitted into the Church before the Jews, but before much the greater Part of the Nations of the World, which still remain in their ancient Heathenism, Darkness and Idolatry. For it is calculated that if the World were distributed into thirty Parts ; nineteen of those Parts are still Infidels or Unbelievers ; Nations to whom the Light of the Gospel never yet extended ; but such as live in as much Ignorance and Barbarism now, as ever they did before Christ's coming. And in this State it is to be feared the Bulk of them will remain, till Christ shall manifeft himself again, from Heaven ; when the Jews shall first look up for Mercy to him whom they pierced, Zech. xii. 10. and knowing him, shall cry out, as he has told them they will, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, Mat. xxiii. 39. And then shall the great Body of the Gentiles receive him, and all unite in acknowledging and adoring him : For this is certainly the Sense of St. Paul If the Fall of Israel be the Riches of the World, and the Diminishing of them the Riches of the Gentiles; how much more their Fulness ? Ron. xi. 12. If the casting away of them be the res conciling of the World; what shall the receive

äng of them be, but Life from the Dead? SER M.

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But to come nearer home; to make the Application still closer to us of this Nation in particular ; how much ought we in an especial Manner to bless and adore the good Providence of God for the almost fingular Blesfings he has bestowed upon us. For the Law that went forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem, Micah iv. 2. Even hither has it reached, to this Corner of the Earth, so far remote from the Parts where the Light of it broke out at first; and that whilst in Nations, much nearer to it's Source, not a Glimpse of it as yet was ever seen. But here it fhone almost from the Time it was first displayed: And here, God be thanked, it shines still; our Candlestick still remains in it's Place; though God has long since removed those of the once glorious Churches of the East, where Christianity once shone in it's greatest Splendor, but where it is now swallowed

up and suppressed by Turkish Darkness. For though eleven Parts of the World, i.e. eleven out of thirty, are turned, it is true, from downright Heathenism, and worship the only true God; yet six of those eleven Parts are Turks and Mahometans, who prefer an

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