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departure of those, who have left this Ser M. wicked and miserable world, and are
X. gone to rest from their labours ? For so faith the Spirit of God, Kev. xiv. 13. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth yea faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them.
SE R MON XI.
salvation, which at the first began to be
HESE words contain an ac-SERM,
count, how utterly inexcusable
Salvation of the Gospel; either
Ser m. fered unto them; or by living unworthily
of it, after they have pretended to em-
Benefit is procured, and by whom it is SERM. conveyed or sent to us : The
great Dificulties that were necessary to be underwent in order to obtain it, or the great Cost that was requisite to purchase it : The Strength and Clearness of the Evidence, and the Number and Greatness of the Proofs, made use of to assure us of the Certainty of it: All these are Circumstances which greatly increase our Obligation, to accept with Thankfulness the Advantage proposed, to make that due Use of it for which it was conferred, and be inAuenced by it in all the Actions of our Lives. And if we neglect or despise it, or behave ourselves ill and upworthily under it; all the same circumstances do highly aggravate our guilt, render us very inexcusable, and make us justly to deserve the feverest of punishments for our ingratitude and contempt.
To reject That, which in the nature of the thing itself is of the highest Excellency and intrinfick Goodness, is a mark of the greatest Depravity and Corruption of Manners. To despise That, which is of the last and