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Rev. THOMAS COKE, L.L.D.
In labours more abundant.”.--2 Cor. xi. 23.
their labours; and their works do follow them."---Rev. xiv, 13.
To the Lovers of Evangelical, Experimental, and Practical
Christianity, of every Denomination.
H E Author presumes to lay before you, the Life of a
- man who was sound in the faith; who felt the truths which he preached ; and who lived as he exhorted others to live, “ denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, and living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present evil world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Tit. ii. 12, 13, 14.
Dr. Coke clearly understood, firmly believed, and constantly and zealously preached, the doctrines contained in the Articles, Homilies, and Liturgy of the Church of England; or, in other words, the genuine doctrines of the Holy Scriptures. And what he believed and felt to be the power of God unto his own salvation, he wished others to understand, believe, and feel in like manner. His preaching was not the false commerce of truths unfelt: for out of the abundance of his heart his mouth spoke. And whether his sermons were always admired or not, he always mani. fested what a certain pious Clergyman called the very best part of a Preacher, that is, he was full of zeal. And those who sat under his ministry were not only warmed and quickened, but frequently instructed and edified. And to many he could truly say, “ Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” į Thes. i. 5. Some into whose hand these pages may possibly fall, will be his. crown of rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus. Others have been pleased and profited by his labours; while multitudes in Europe and America, have admired his burning zeal and unremitting activity, for so many years, and that notwithstanding many discouragements. " But none of these