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TÉSUS CHRIST, the eternal
Son of GOD, the brightness of · his Father's glory, the express image of his Father's person; the substantial wisdom of God, and power of God, and word of God; the way, the truth, and the life; the golden hinge on which man's falvation turns; the food, the robe, the rock, the refuge, the strength, the deliverer of his people; the real protector, physician, shepherd, Saviour of all that trust in him; the true light, true vine, true rock, true fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness; the water of life, the dew of heaven, the chief corner stone, the Son of righteousness the glory of his people, the desire of nations, the hope of salvation, the consolation of Israel.
MY Lord and my God; my hiding-place from the wind, and my co
vert from the tempest; my shadow, cloud, defence, and tabernacle; my cleft, of the rock, and secret place of the stairs; my dearest patron and choicest friend in all the world, (for all others, men or angels are but inftruments, and subordinate if they'll act as such. )----This worthless work, and last piece of practical divinity, with all I have, and all I am, do I submissively offer yield, consecrate and dedicate. And oh that I, and all I bring, may find acceptance with him thro’his glorious merits! whose promise it is not · to despise the day of small things; and in no wise to cast out, or to shut the door against them whom his Father hath given him.
RIGHT HONOURABLE, Sir ORLANLO BRIDGEMAN, Kr. Lord Chief Justice of his Majesty's Court
of COMMON PLEAS.
Right HONOURABLE, I Have known you from your childhood; and I when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, (if I may so call her of pious memory) and I am persuaded in you also, 2 Tim.i. 5. q bincunabulis. I cannot but comfortably hope, that the same seed of God fown in your heart by the Spirit 1o early, doth still remain, and abide in you to this very day: Many changes have you seen and run thro' in these few days of the years of your pilgrimage, and yet I hear the same faith, and love, and spirit of moderation continue with you as at the first, and increase in you daily, like the rivers drawing nearer to the ocean. My heart rejoiceth in this good report, and I know not what more to beg o God for you as truly necessary in this world, than that you may am bound in these graces of faith in Chrift, love to the saints, and moderation towards all men. In acting the first grace, you look heaven-wards; in the second, on those that are beavenly; in the third, on the divided interests of them who shall ftudy and practise mutual forbearance, and condescension towards each other. Oh that in this last day we had many more imitators of his Majesty that now is, or of you that walk in the steps of so gracious a Sovereigo! It is ob
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served that in the primitive times, while the church was still known by its faith, and love, and moderation, and sweetness of deportment towards all its members, that on the contrary, the Arians and Donatifts, and such like, were still dividing and separating, and rigorously imposing on others unnecessary things. If I may speak without offence to any, were it not hap. py with us, if all that agree in substantials and efentials of religion, would make it their main work to press faith and holiness, and allow a liberty to each other in indifferent things? Were all as sensible of the advantage we give the common enemy (I mean the Papists) as I am, that live and reside amongst them, I suppose we should be more willing to unite ourselves, and to bear the burdens of one another in love. It was a working meditation of St. Jerome, That whatever he did, he thought still he heard that found of the trumpet, Arise ye dead and come to judgment, Phil. iv. 5. The fame meditation is held forth to us to persuade us to unity, or at least to moderation, Let your moderation be known unto all men, the Lord is at hand, Rom. xiv. 17. It were fad when he comes, he should find us smiting our fellow-servants, Matth. xxiv. 49. Oh that rather we may cherish one another, and help one another to promote these es. ential duties wherein the kingdom of God especially consists: viz. righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, Rom. xiv. 17. These are the things wherein you were trained, and wherein you profited, and which I hope and desire you will promote to your dying day. O that that golden rule were written on the doors of all Christian's hearts, Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart, 2 Tim. ïi. 22, W' have enemies enough to wrestle with, even a