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can produce such a transformation in the life and manners, as no other principle has any power to do: and many are possessed of this truth, without applying it to their own advantage. It is to be feared, thať a consciousness of this damps their zeal, and creates that poor, pitifull, cowardly indifference so much in vogue; which if it had not by accident found the name of charity, would have been ashamed to Thew its face in a christian country. They are cold and backward to promote any religious conversation; they will not appear to be in earnest about their faith in the Eyes of the world, lest they should be forced to abridge somewhat from the gaiety of their lives, and to live as they speak. But let them remember, that without holiness no man mall see the Lord: no dross or impurity of this world will be suffered to continue in his fight. And in this, he is no hard master, reaping where he hath not fown, and requiring the fruit of good works without giving us strength and ability to bring them forth. He has provided for us the precious blood of the Lamb, and offered to us the assistance of his Holy Spirit, that we may be enabled to serve that living God in whom we believe. If we are purged by him, we shall be clean : if he washes us, we shall be whiter than snow: and when the kingdom of God shall
come, and his glory shall appear, we shall be prepared to behold his face in righteousness.
This, and no other, is my sincerest wish and prayer for every Christian, who shall give himself the trouble to peruse these papers; in which I pretend to no merit but that of a transcriber; . which I shall always esteem to be honour enough, where the word of God is my original. And if they should be any way instrumental to promote so good an end, he will not have read, nor shall I have written in vain.