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Acts xxii. 16.
Serm. the world, and be the cause of much good;
sons. You will promote the happinesse of
honorable. It is to the advantage of Mnason, that he is called an old dif
ciple. St. Paul speaks honorably of fome, Rom. xvi. who were in Christ before him. He hum1 Cor. xv. bles and abases himself, when he says: And
last of all be was seen of me, as of one born out Rom. xvi. of due time.
And the first fruits of any place unto Christ, they and theirs, are some
times particularly mentioned by him in his 1 Cor. xvi. epistles, and affectionatly recommended to 15. 16.
the special regard of others.
The coming to a full determination in this point, and turning our feet without delay to God's commandments, will contribute to the comfort and peace of our minds. For we are then fited for life, and for death : and prepared for all the events of this variable and inconstant state of things. It must be a great advantage, to know, and consider
this: to be able to view death, and all the SERM. evils of life, without terrour, or much dif
II. composure of mind.
8. Lastly, they who give themselves up
these things be serioufly attend-
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Let us then beg of God, to incline oui hearts to his testimonies: and to teach us his statutes, that we may keep them unto the end.
MICA H. vi. 8.
is good. And what doth the Lord
N the preceding verses a very Serm. I. I
important question is proposed : upon the Wherewith fall I come before
the Lord, and bow myself before the most high God? It is answered in the words of the text. What God chiefly re
Serm, requires of men is, that they do juftly, and III.
love mercie, and walk humbly with him.
This is the immediate occasion of the words. But I presume it may be useful to take a more extensive and distinct view of
the preceding context. Ver. 1.2.
The chapter begins with these words. Hear ye now, what the Lord faith. Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the bills bear thy voice. Hear ye, o mountains, the Lord's controverse, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord bath a controverse with his people, and he will plead with Ifrael.
It is not unusual for God to bespeak the attention of inanimate creatures, and appeal to them for the justice of his proceedings, more emphatically to represent the stupidity
and thoughtlefsnefse of men. So by Moses Deut.
of old: I call beaven and earth to witness iv. 26: against you
this day. Give ear, o ye beavens, . Xxxii, 1,
and I will speak : Hear, o earth, the words of my mouth.
So also by later Prophets : H. i. 2.
Hear, o beavens, and give ear, o earth. For
the Lord has Spoken: I have nourished up Ezek. vi.
children, and they bave rebelled against me.