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SERMO N. v.

Page 121 Repentance, a certain, and the only method

of obtaining pardon.

I Ş A I. lx. 7. Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

SERMON, VI. 150 Christ's Grace sufficient to make Christians Holy,

PHIL. iv.
I can do all things, through Chrift which

Prengthneth me.

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SERMON, VII. 182
The one Thing Needful.
LUK E.

42. But one thing is needful: And Mary has chosen that good part that all not be taken away from her.

SERMON, VIII, 205 Christ's Resurrection, a Proof of his Divinity.

ROM. And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness by the re

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The FIRST.

Chrift's Life a Pattern of Holiness to Chriftians.

1 PET. i. 15.

But as he which hath called you.is holy', so be

ye boly, in all manner of Conversation.

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AVING thus consider'd the pattern and the command of holiness, how God is faid to be holy, and how we are

commanded to be holy as he is boily; we are now come to the extent and lattitude of his holiness, it is to be in all manner of conversation, and it is in this wherein our holiness is to resemble God's, as well as in the nature of it; For as God is boly in all his works, so are we to be holy in all our works, P/al. cxlv, 17,

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or as it is here expressed, in all manner of conversation.

WHERE first, by conversation we are to understand the whole course of our life in this world which is therefore call’d conversation, because we are still conversant about something or other, winding and turning ourselves, as the word fignifies, first to one thing, then to another. As. where the apostle faith, only let your conversation be as bicometh the gospel of Christ, Phil. i. 27. that is, live and carry your ielves in this world according to the precepts of the gospel, as becometh those who profess so excellent a religion as Christ hath established in the world; fo here we are commanded, to be holy in 01!r conversation, the meaning is, that we should be holy, not only in fome few acts, but in the whole course and tenor of our lives; so that holiness should be our main business, our principal care and study in this life. We must not be holy by fits only, or now and then, as occasion serves, or humour and interest leads us; but holiness must be our constant business, our daily employment, the way we always walk in. Oh! this is much to be considered; for many men can make a shift to carry themselves after a holy manner fome times, and upon some occasions : But that will not ferve their turn; your conversation, your constant way of living and conversing in the world must be holy. Yea,

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