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way of our ordinary Callings, and to encourage us to go on in them according to God's Word; and by waiting God's time, we shall find a Blessing ample enough to reward all our Industry.

But to go on to the Effect of this Miracle : How did Peter behave 'himfelf upon the sight of this miraculous Draught of Fishes? Why, 'the next words tell us, that Imhen Simon Peter Jawott, he fell down at Jesus Feet, saying, Depart from me, for I am ia finful-Man, O Lord!

'He was fo surpriz'd at the Sight, that, reflecting on his former Dir trust and Backwardness, he thought himself unworthy of his Presence ; and fo, with a profound Humility and Dread, desir'd him to depart from him ; for he was aftonished (fay the following words) and all that were with him, at the Draught of the Fimes that they had taken : meaning, that what he said before of his departing from him, proceeded hot from a Défire of being rid of his Company, but from a Senfe of his own Sinfulness, that made him unworthy of it, and a certain Dread and Amazement, which the Sight of the Miracle and his Presence had wrought in him. The Glory of his Person, and the Greatness of his Power had fo dazled and confounded him, that he was not able to bear it, and therefore threw himself down at his feet, and pray'd him to go from him.

In the same degree of Astonishment were also James and John, the Sons of Zebedee, who were Partners with Simon; being all struck with the fame Admiration and Amazement at the Lustre of his perfon and Actions.

But to remove St. Peter's Fears, and to deliver him from his Astonishment, Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not, from henceforth thou malt catch Men: Be not frighted or dismaid, for i have higher and better Work for thee, more happy and honourable Employment to set thee about; for thou shalt no longer busy thy felf in catching filty Fifh, but thou fhalt càtch Men, and bring great Shoals of Converts and Proselytés into thy Net: and these too shall be caught, not as the Fifh are, to their Destruction, but they shall be taken and kept alive, and nourish'd to eternal Salvation. From henceforth he dealt no more with thofe mute and filly Animals, bùt convers'd with Men, bringing them in to the Obedience of the Gospel, and catching their Souls to eternal Life. And this miraculous Draught of Fishes, which he faw, done before him, was but arr Emblen or Prefage of a richer and more plentiful Prey, that he should have in


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aking of Men; which accordingly came to pass soon after : for at one Sermon he caught no less than three thousand Sauls, who all gladly received his Word, and were baptized; as we read Alts 2. 41. Neither were these words spoken to Peter only, but to the other Disciples, to whom our Savionr likewise promis'd to make them Fishers of Men; Mat. 4. 18. And these also drew in many Converts, and daily added to the Church such as Mould be saved. And being thus encourag'd by our Saviour's Call and Command, when they had brought their Ships to Land, they forsook all, and followed him. The common Form of Speech, us'd in our Saviour's calling his Disciples, was Follow me, as may be seen in fundry Places of the Gospel, and their Compliance with it is usually express’d by their leaving all, and following him. So it was here, Christ had no sooner spoke the Word, but they readily obey'd, by forsaking all, and following him; for as soon as they came to Land, they dispos’d of their

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him, and the constant Spectators both of his Glories and Troubles; as we may read at large in all the four Evangelifts. This way of following Christ was peculiar to the Apostles and first Disciples, who had the Honour of living, seeing and conversing with him during his Abode upon Earth; which was a Privilege not to be enjoy'd by any fince his Ascension into Heaven. But there are two Ways of fol. lowing Christ ftill attainable by us; in both which Senses we are stild his Followers. As,

2dly, By following his Doctrine, and learning of him : This Privilege the Apostles had by receiving the Word from Christ's own Mouth; but we have it at second hand, by receiving it from them who have handed it down to us. However, the Doctrine is the same in both, and we areas well taught by him now, as they were then. He that teaches another, and instils his Instructions into him, is faid to be his Master; and they that are taught by him, and embrace his Tenets, are stil'd his Followers. Now we are bid as much to learn of him as his first Disciples; and his Apostles inculcate upon us the same Lessons as he did upon them; to wit, that the same Mind jould be in us, as was in Christ Jefus : So that as he was equally a Teacher to then and us, so are we equally his Disciples and Followers well as they; and so we may all well be, for he was a Teacher come from God, and was alone able to deliver the Words of eternal Life. He hath given us the best Instructions and Assistances too that were ever communicated to the World, and hath deliver'd the most sublime and heavenly Truths that we are capable of receiving ; by learning whereof we cannot miss the way to eternal Life: and To by enibracing of them we are truly and properly said to be his Followers.

3dly, To be a Follower of Christ, is to follow his Exaniple, and to act by the Pattern that he hath fet us : He that treads in the fame Steps after another, is said to follow him; and he that takes Christ for his Director and Guide, and walks even as he walked, may be justly reckond in the number of his Followers. Now Christ hath given us the best Example for our Imitation; he hath gone every step of our way to Heaven before us, to the intent (faith the Apostle) that we should follow his Steps, who did no Sin, neither was any Guile found in his Mouth. He hath fet before us the most excellent Pattern of Love, Meekness, Humility and Patience, and indeed of all other Ver

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