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lencies unto us, but doth convey them upon us, and give us a right and interest in them; and hereupon it is

An enlivening knowledge; I live by the faith of the Son of God. "He that believeth in me," saith our Saviour, "shall live, though he were dead:" which is more than can be said of all the excellencies in the world; they all run, like Jordan, into a Dead Sea, the grave devours them without hope of a resurrection: but our life in Christ is an abiding and an abounding life. It is

An ennobling knowledge; it giveth us a privilege, dignity, and power to be called the sons of God. It is

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A justifying knowledge; By his knowledge, shall my righteous servant justify many. It entitleth us to all the merits of the death and obedience of Jesus Christ. It is

A sanctifying knowledge which purifieth the heart"; and worketh by love. Hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments."

Lastly, it is a saving knowledge. "This is eternal life", to know thee the only true God, and whom thou hast sent, Jesus Christ"."

I shall very briefly conclude with but three words of exhortation.

1. To myself and brethren, to whom the dispensation of this glorious gospel is entrusted, that we should be ever mindful of our commission. Ambassadors must keep strictly to the mandate of their princes, and never deviate from their instructions. Our commission is to teach men to observe all things, whatsoever Christ hath commanded'; to preach unto them the unsearchable riches of Christ ; to take them off from all presumptuous sins, from all vain delights, from all carnal confidence, from all self-opinion of their own performances; to set forth Christ before them, as the Desire of all nations"; to convince them of the all-sufficiency of his righteousness, and of the great duties of faith and obedience which they owe unto him as King of Saints. Not to preach

Rom. i. 17. Gal. ii. 20. John xi. 24. x. 10. i. 12. 1 John iii. 1.

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ourselves, our own fancies, passions, or interests, but so to preach Christ Jesus the Lord, as becomes the excellency of his person and offices, as becomes the majesty and awfulness of the doctrines of salvation.

2. To all in place of power and authority, that since Christ to whom all power was given, did, and still doth, put it forth for our salvation; they also would be exhorted to exert their power for the honour and interest of Christ and his gospel: -by the light of their gracious examples, to render the beauties of holiness amiable unto others: for the lives of great men are a kind of law to those that are under them: -by their zeal, courage, and justice, to put to shame the insolencies of any who, by profaneness and atheism, either of tongue, pen, or life, dare offer any scorn or indignity to the Lord or to the gospel of glory :-by their wisdom, and love to Christ, to use all means for the promoting the gospel of salvation, and removing out of the way whatsoever doth obstruct the powerful progress and prevalency thereof amongst men. And here I cannot but with grief of heart once more bewail those doleful divisions, which deface the beauty and shake the stability of this once flourishing church. For as, in the natural body, solutio continui' doth both pain and deform it, so do breaches in the body of Christ abate both. the strength and comeliness of it; and while we thus, by our divisions, lessen and weaken one another, we comfort and advantage a common adversary.

Do not all learned and sober protestants agree in the doctrine of the church of England, in the vitals and essentials of true religion, in the great foundations of faith, worship, and obedience? Have they not all one Father, one head, one faith, one hope, one heavenly Canaan, whither they profess to be all going? Why then should brethren fall out by the way? Why is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered I am no prophet to foretell future events. Yet since the psalmist hath told me that where brethren dwell together in unity, there the Lord commandeth a blessing; (Psalm cxxxiii) since he hath joined the peace and prosperity of the church together, Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces;' (Psalm cxxii) since the

i 2 Cor. iv. 5.

apostle hath assured me, that if we be of one mind, and live in peace, the God of love and peace will be with us; (2 Cor. xiii. 11) I cannot but, upon these grounds, verily persuade myself, that if we would, with a sincere eye to the glory of God, the interest of the gospel, and the peace of the church, (which things ought to be most dear unto us) set ourselves, with a spirit of meekness and moderation, to heal the breaches, and reconcile the differences which are amongst us, that so (if possible) we might be like the primitive Christians, of "one heart and one soul;"-the Lord would say unto us as he did unto his people, when they laid the foundation of his temple, (Hag. ii. 19) “From this day I will bless you." And if this would not effectually do it, that which I have last to say, I am sure, would. Which is,

3. To persuade all who profess the gospel, to lead their lives agreeable thereunto; to hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience, and to express the lineaments of Christ in their conversation. There is no precept more frequently inculcated in the writings of the apostles than this; therefore I shall give it you in their words, as having most of awe and authority in them. "How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein ?-There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.—If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.-Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Put off the old man; put on the new man: if ye have heard Christ, and been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus. As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself to walk even as he walked.-Let your conversation be, as becometh the gospel of Christ.-Adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Show forth the virtues of him who calleth you out of darkness into his marvellous light.-Let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity.— Having these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Since we call God Father, let us pass the time of our sojourning here in fear. For this end Christ was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil'."

k Eph.iv. 1. xxi. 24. Col. ii. 6. 1 John ii. 6. Phil. i. 27. Tit. ii. 20. 1 Pet. ii. 9. 2 Tim. ii. 19. 1 Pet. i. 14, 17. 11 John iii. 8.

O let us not be like Gadarenes, to send Christ away, because he comes to drown our swine, to destroy our lusts. Let us not let go our Saviour, to hold fast our sins; nor prefer the momentary, stinging, and perishing contents of the world, before the joys of salvation here, and the enjoyments of it for ever hereafter. Let us, with fear and trembling, consider that it will be at the last day more tolerable for Sodom, than for wicked Christians; whose judgement will be so much the heavier, by how much the more glorious mercies have been revealed unto them, and despised by them. The Wise man telleth us", that "the righteous is more excellent than his neighbour," as walking by a more excellent rule, and designing a more excellent end. O let us show the excellency of our religion by the excellency of our conversation, and shine as celestial luminaries, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. And as many as walk according unto this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. P

Now the God of peace who brought again from the dead the Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will; working in you that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

m Luke viii. 37. ▸ Gal. vi. 16.

n Prov. xii. 26. Psalm xvi. 3. Heb. xiii. 20. 21.

• Phil. ii. 15.

SERMON

PREACHED IN ST. PAUL'S,

BEFORE THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE

LORD MAYOR.

THE STATIONER TO THE READER.

COURTEOUS READER,

I HERE present thee with a Sermon many years since preached in St. Paul's, before the Lord Mayor and his brethren, by the late Right Reverend Father in God, Dr. Edward Reynolds, late Lord Bishop of Norwich. This copy I received from the hands of a gentleman, who being an auditor himself of the Sermon, and of good acquaintance with the said Lord Bishop, obtained it of him fairly written in his own hand, with liberty to transcribe it: which being carefully done, and revised by the original, is here presented to thy view. This gentleman bade me further assure thee, that notwithstanding he knows his copy to be exact, he would not have taken that boldness to have printed it, had he not first obtained from the author a willingness that it might be printed, which himself would have done, but could not readily find his papers. This encouragement made him willing to let the world be partaker of this excellent and elaborated discourse, by which, he, being dead, yet speaks to thee in the words of the prophet, "To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."

Thine in all service,

John] Martyn].

At the Bell, in St. Paul's Church Yard, 1678.

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