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whom alone all the Promises are made good to us ; and upon the Holy Spirit the Comforter, that through his powerful influences we may rightly understand and apply, firmly believe, and clearly discover the ex.. cellency of the Promises, and so taste that the Lord is gracious.
Constantly plead the Promises with God in prayer. He has thereby bound himself to his people, as with a note under his hand. Go with it therefore to God, firmly depending upon his faithfulness; he will acknowledge his own hand-writing, and answer your demands accordingly. Rest yourself therefore upon God, and wait patiently for him, being assured he will not be unmindful of his promise ; but leave it to his infinite wisdom to fulfil it, in that way, and at that time, he sees best. · But remember the Promises of God do not difcharge from, but encourage and oblige to, the dili. gent use of all proper and lawful means. Christ has promised food and raiment ; but the slothful and careless must not expect the benefit of that Promise. The fame may be said of the spiritual blessings promised. The foul of the Rothful desireth, and bath: nothing ; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat, Prov. xiii. 4.
To conclude : Let the Christian live a life of faith upon the Promises. A great part of the riches of the nation at this day, consists in the credit that is given to notes, bonds, aflignments, &c. I am sure the riches of the Christian lie chiefly in the affignments he has under God's hand, of the most valuable blessings both of this and a better life. Let him then know how to value these as the truest riches, and to make use of them upon all occasions ; he will find no want of any good thing. If he has it not in hand, he has it in the promise ready whenever he needs it. So that he may live entirely free from solicitude and
anxious care, committing himself, and all his concerns to that God who careth for him.
I am willing to take this opportunity of recommending it to those young persons, for whose benefit this Collection was first undertaken, to persevere in their endeavours to improve themselves, and one another, in the knowledge of the Promises, and other parts of fcripture, which may be most useful to them, that the word of Christ may dwell in them richly in all wisdom ; and to others, especially of their age, to imitate their example in the fame commendable way of employing their time. To how much better account will this turn, than the vanities that ordinarily fill up the conversation of youth, or thofe wrangling disputes and controversies, which eat out the heart of serious practical religion ! The advantage which those who have tried this course have reaped from it, sufficiently encourages their perseverance in it. May they, and all others who with them delight in, and search after, the treasures of divine wisdom in the scriptures, not only have their minds beautified and enriched with it, but feel its influence in their hearts and lives. May they be filled with the knowledge of the will of God, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that they may walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increafing in the knowledge of God."
CHRISTIAN'S INHERITANCE :
C H A P. I.
I. GENERAL PROMISES to the Good..
DSAL. xvi. 6. The lines are fallen unto me in pleaI fant places ; I have a goodly heritage.
Pf. lxxxiv. 11. The LORD GOD is a fun and shield : the LORD will give grace and glory ; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Eccl. viii. 12. Surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.
If. ii. 10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Pj. lviii. 11. Verily there is a reward for the righteous. Pf. v. 12. Thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteD
ous ; with favour wilt thou compass him, as with a shield.
Pf. ii. 8. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD, thy blessing is upon thy people.
Prov. xxi. 21. He that followeth after righteousnefs and mercy, findeth life, righteousness and honour.
Prov. X. 6. Blessings are upon the head of the just. Ver. 14. The desire of the righteous shall be granted. Ver. 28. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness.
Prov. xi. 18. To him that soweth righteousness Ihall be a fure reward. Ver. 19. Righteousness tend. eth to life. Ver. 28. The righteous shall flourish as a branch.
Prov. iii. 32. His secret is with the righteous.
Prov. xii. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD.
Prov. xiii. 9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth. Ver. 21. To the righteous good shall be repayed.
Pf. xxiii. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life ; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?
i Cor. iii. 21, 22. All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours.
1. Tim. iv. 8. Godliness is profitable unto all things ; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. II. Promises of TEMPORAL BLESSINGS in general.
Pf. xxiii. 1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. Ver. 5. Thou preparest a table before me