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tho’ some of the sentences, and perhaps many of the phrases are unavoidably altered, yet so far as was possible, the sense is retained. If what is offered should thwart the received opinion of any, I freely grant the objector what I claim as an unalienable privilege for myself, (viz.) the liberty of private Judgment, Nevertheless, with all the thinking I am capable of, I, like others, may err; for I have not yet
up for infallibility. As I do not pretend to be liberally educated, I flatter myself that such as are so, will readily excuse any inaccuracies they may discern : It is insufferable to beat a blind horse because he stumbles- I shall not trouble the reader with paffing encomiums upon myself, respecting my deep sense of ignorance, un
worthiness, inability, want of age, learning, experience, &c. many have degraded themselves, who would have been highly offended, had any person else done it for them. Pompous professions are fo common with divinity publishers, that they are little more regarded, than the preamble in the beginning of an old act of parliament,
-If any good is done hereby—if the Judgment of any
is informed, or if any are stirred up to evidence their FAITH by their WORKS, let the good, the everlasting JEHOVAH be praised
**OU have been entertained this
Day, with some account of one of Y the most glorious truths that the
bible contains, (viz.) that there is redemption by the blood of the
cross. On the truth or fallacy of this single article, depend things of no less importance than salvation or damnation. The atonement being found valid, salvation is sure to all the redeemed; but on the contrary, should the doctrine of redemption by blood be found either false or insufficient, there remains no hope for any of Adam's fallen posterity. But it is our song, our boast, and consolation, The Lord hath visited and redeemed his people.
Considering Considering what is gone before *, I could not think of any subject more likely for general usefulness, than a few remarks upon faith and good works. The portion of scripture I have fixed upon for this purpose, you read in
PAUL's. epistle to TITUS,
CHAP. III. Ver. 8.
This is a faithful saying, and these things
I will that thou afirm constantly, that they which have believed in God be careful to maintain good works : these things are good and profitable unto men.
This epistle was written to Titus, during St. Paul's abfence from him ; whilst that great apostle was labouring in Greece, and his fon Titus in Crete : (now Candia) but though the one was on that Inand, and the other on the European Continent ; yet, their God, their work, their ends and aims were all one. The bonds of christian affection, had so united their hearts, that Paul; as a tender parent to his own son in the common faith, sends this affectionate letter to supply, in some measure the lack of his perfonal presence ; well knowing, that the young minister of Jesus Christ would stand in need of godly counsel. How well is it, when the
* The preceding sermon was upon redemption, preached by The Rev. Mr. Gill, from those most excellent words finished”.
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fervants of the Lord seek to help one another in the great Work of the Ministry !
In the first chap. he gives Titus a few hints respecting the qualifications of a bishop, prefbyter, or overseer of the flock of Christ : perhaps to remind him what was necessary for his own part, as well as what was needful to be found in, and observed by others engaging in the fame important office.--Those who bear the vessels of the LORD ought to have clean hands.
After having noted the character of a Minifter, he proceeds to give Titus fome general rules to be observed in the discharge of his facred trust; exhorting him to deal faithfully with all ranks, and ever to be reminding each class, of those duties which belong to their feveral stations in life ; that by a steady obfervance of the fame, they might stop the mouths of gain-layers, and glorify God their Saviour. In the verses just preceding our text, he takes notice of two doctrinal points, highly necessary for every one of Adam's race to be well acquainted with, (viz.) what we are by nature, and God's way of saving sinners by grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus : that being justified by grace, they manifestly commence heirs according to the hope of eternal life. He then draws up a comprehensive direction in these words I have fixed upon, Thi is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works : these things are good and profitable unto In these words, we have the duty of both B