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Concerning REWARDS and PUNISHMENTS,
• Rewards to the Righteous, d Punishments to the Wicked, o The Righteous and Wicked comparede The CONCLUSION,
b.V. Justice of God, p. 43 b, &C. - V. Goodness of God P. 38 b, 66. a V. Juftice of God, p. 44 89&c.
Shewing what RELIGION is, and how the
KNOWLEDGE of it is to be obtained.
'NDER the Name of Religion is comprehended
all that Worship and Service, which is due from Men to God: Whatever we ought or are bound to do in Obedience to him: Whatever he will reward us for doing, or punish us for not doing.
a In order, therefore, to worship and serve God as we ought to do, we inuft, first, Believe that he is; That he hath given us Laws and Commandments to keep; That he is a Rewarder of them that dili. gently seek him, and of such as do according to all that he hath cominanded them : And, That he taketh Vengeance on them that obey him not.
And for the better underflanding the Nature and Extent of our Duty in all Refpécts, together with the Ground's and Reasons of our Obligation, it behoves us, in the next Place, to inform ourselves, as truly and particularly as we can, who the Lord is whom we are to serve; what Attributes and Perfections belong to him, and what Works he hath wrought : As also what Manner of Beings we ourselves are, whe are commanded to serve him ; what Capacities and Inclinations we have; what State and Condition we are in; and in what Relation we fand to God.
After which it will be neceffary for us to inquire, how and in what Manner God is to be worshipped, and what those Laws and Ordinances are which he hath commanded us to obferue.
And then for our greater Encouragement 10 seroje God, in all such Things as we shall find to be enjoined #s, and to perfevere in our Obedience 19 him; it is requisite for us to know what Happiness God hath prepared for them that love and obey him, und what Mifery he hath provided for such as transgress his Commandinents: How great, how certain, and of what Continuance both the Joy and the Terror of the Lord are.
a Heb. II. 6. Exod. 24.12. John 13. 34. Exos. 16. 28. 1 Kings 9.4. 2 Theff. 1.8.
D Exod. 5. 2. John 9. 36. Jothua 24. 15. ci Cor. zo g. 2 Chron. 24. 20. Neh. 8. 10. 2 Cor. 5. 11.
The Necessity of Searching the
• These are the Things which every Man is concerned to be well instructed in; and the trues and pourtest Way of attaining such Knowledge as this, isa by Searching the Scriptures.
. For they are they which testify of God; which shew us what is good, and what the Lord doth require of us; which set before us the Way of Life, and the Way of Death; and which teach us what we must do to be saved from the Wrath to come, and to inherit eternal Life.
The Way of Man is not nsw in himself; it is not in Mán that walketh to direct his Steps, Though we can by Nature do many Things con tained in the Law of God; and though we can in many Cafes, even of ourselves, judge what is right, our Conscience bearing Witness to what is good or evil, either by excusing, or else acculing us accordingly, yet we are not a sufficient Law unto ourselves. Notwithstanding, therefore, the Law written in our Hearts, we shall never come to the full Know? ledge of that good, and acet ptable, and perfect Will of God, which is to direct us in this Life, but by bis Word, which he hath in due Times manifested to us from whence we may be fully instructed in all Things which belong unto our Peace and Salvation, even the Salvation of our Souls.
John 5. 39.
Micah 6. 8. Jer. 21. 8. Acts 16. 30.
i Theff. 1. jo. Mark 1o. 17. f Jer. 10. 23. Rom. 2. 14. Luke 12. 57. Rom. 2. 13, 14, 15. Rom
1 Pet. 1. g. 12. 2. Titus 1.36 Luke 13. 22.
& And if any Man sin, (as in many Things we offend all there is no other Way of being assured that we Thall not all likewise perith, but from the Scriptures; which acquaint us that we have an Advocate with the Father; and give us an Account in what Manner and upon what Termis God is pleased to reconcile us to himself.
* All Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness; that such as defire to serve God truly may be perfed, throughly furnished unto all good Works.
Whatsoever Things were written aforetime by holy Men of God, who fpake as they were moved by the Holy Ghoft, were written for our Learning, that we, through Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures, might have Hope.
* Unto the Jews firs were committed the Oraclės' of God; for God spake with them from Heaven, and gave thein right Judgments and true Laws, good Statutes and Commandinents, by the Hand of Moses his Servant, who thewed them the Way wherein they were to walk, and the Work that they were to do.
| And the same God, who at sundry Times and in divers Manners (pake in Tines palt unto the Fathers by the Prophets, hath in these last Days spoken unto us by his Son; and that which at the firkt began to be spoken by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.' $ 1 John 2: I. James 3. 2.
1 John 2. 1. .2 Cor. 5. 18. 2 Tim. 3. 16, 17.
i Rom. 15. 4...
2 Pet. k Rom. 3. 2.
Neh. 9. 13, 14. Exod. 18. 20. 1 Heb. 1. 1, 2. Heb. 2. 3:
Luke 13. 3.
Rom. I g. 4