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2 TIMOTHY iii. 16, 17. All Scripture is given by Inspiration of
God, and is profitable for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righte
ousness. That the Man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all goodWorks.
HERE is nothing gives
a Man greater Pleasure, T and inspires him with
firmer Constancy in the prosecution of any Affair,
than the assurance of his having laid a true Foundation, and acting spon right Prinçiples ; because this enVol. I.
ables him to press forwards with Certainty, and makes him entire Master of himself and Circumstances in every part of his Procedure : But fuch an Assurance as this is particularly serviceable in Sacred Matters ; because the infinite Importance of Religion infers the Necessity of the strietcst Caution in every step we take ; and renders every Degree of Certainty we can arrive at concerning it, as it is more eminently useful, so likewise more fatiffactory.
HERE then we see the wonderful Goodnefs of Almighty God, in that He hath so fully and clearly revealed in his Holy Word whatever is to be known and praaised by us, that no one can fatally mistake in the Paths of Righteousness but by his own Default ; no one, except wilfully, need be ignorant or uncertain in the Way that leads to Happiness : But such, on the contrary, is the Perverseness of Mankind, that they frequently neglect and decry this sure, this only, Means of Salvation ; and set up their own Devices in opposition to what the Almighty hath