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T HE author of these sermons was so well known, para 7 ticularly for his most excellent and useful discourses
from the pulpit, that I mall not ottempt, by any thing I can say, to recommend them to the publick. I know very well, they have already that credit in the world, which will render any apology needless; especially when, by this publication of them, they shall speak for themselves.
I think it requisite, only to asure the reader, that they are what they pretend to be, the genuine works of that great man.
Whilft I had the happiness of conversing with him, he was pleased (at my request) to instruct me in the character in which he wrote all his fermons : and some of these now published, having been transcribed by me fome years since, were found among his papers, corrected with his own hand.
- By what he had been pleased to say, that I was master of his character, and by the few errata be observed in my first performance, I was encouraged 10 fet about ihis work ; in which I can folemnly profefs, that I have observed a religious care and strictness, neither to omit nor add any thing, but an of, a the, or the like, when the sense plainly required it; and of that too I have given notice, by affixing this mark (“) upon the word which I did not find in the ori. ginal ; so that the reader is left to judge of the fitness of such additions ; which, after all, are to very few and incono, fiderable, as scarcely to deserve this notice; only that he might be satisfied (in case the printer do his part) that he hath here, what he expects, a perfect transcript of these Sermons ; and in them a true and lively strain of Christian piety and eloquence, so fitted to all capacities, that I cane not but hope, all that shall read them will be the better for them, even those not excepted (if there be any such) who may have entertained any unreasonable prejudices against them, or their Most Reverend author.
I have always thought, and often said it, that if any were leavened with prejudice against him, they were, to be fure, such as did not know him; and the farther I go in "his writings, the more I em assured that it must be so
SERM. LXV. The danger of apostasy from the true religion.
Heb. x. 38. But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no plea-
Serm. LXVI. LXVII. Of self-denial, and suffering for Christ's
sake. Matth. xvi. 24. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If a-
SERM. LXXIV. The general and effectual publication of the go
spel by the Apostles. Mark xvi. 19. 20. So then after the
ry where, the Lord-working with them, and confirming the word with signs following
- 269 SERM. LXXV. The nature, office, and employment of good an
gels. Heb. i. 14. Are they not all ministring spirits, sent forth
to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation Serm. LXXVI. The reputation of good men after death.
Pfal. cxü. 6. the latter part of the verse. The righteous Mall be in
everlasting remembrance SERM. LXXVII. The duty of imitating the primitive teachers and
patterns of Christianity. Heb. xiü. 7, the latter part of the verse. Whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. The whole verse runs thus: Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation
314 SERM. LXXVIII. The encouragement to suffer for Christ, and
the danger of denying him.— 2 Tim. ü. 11. 12. It is a faithful saying. For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him : if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny bim, he al fo will deny us
327 SERM. LXXIX. LXXX. The blessedness of good men after death.
Rev. xiv. 13. And I beard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth: rea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them
340. 353 SERM. LXXXI. The vanity and wickedness of honouring dead
faints, and persecuting the living.- Luke xi. 49. 50. 51. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and fome of them they hall Nay and persecute: that the blood of all the prophets which was med from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of
Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the al ter and the temple : verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation
365 SERM. LXXXII. The danger of zeal without knowledge.
Rom. X. 2. I bear them record, that they have a zeal of God, but
not according to knowledge SERM. LXXXIII. The best men liable to the worst treatment
from mistaken zealots. John xvi. 2. They Mall put you out of the synagogues : yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth God service
388 SERM. LXXXIV. The duty and reason of praying for governors.
I Tim. ii. 1. 2. I exhort therefore, that first of all, fupplications, prayers, intercesions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty
401 SERM. LXXXV. The love of God to men, in the incarnation of
Christ. I John iv. 9. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him