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is not applied to you as yet : and if ye continue fo, it will evidence that ye are none of the re. deemed ones.
Mot. 8. It is the design of the sanctification of the Spirit Hence says the Apostle, 1 Pet. ii. 9. re are a chofen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people ; that ye mould shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. When God puts his Spirit into a man, it is that he may walk in his way, Ezek. xxxvi. 27. So that if ye live, not to the honour of God, it is an evidence that ye bave not the Spirit, but are dead while ye live.
Mot. 9. lastly, It is a loft life that is not lived to the honour of God, loft in death, eternal death, Hence says our Lord, Matth. xvi. 25. 26. Whofoever will save his life, Mall lose it: and whoso, ever will lose his life for my fake, fall find it. For what is a man profited, if he Mall gain the whole world, and lofe bis own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his foul? Consider, this life is short, it is soon away; it is uncertain, none knows how foon : but such as it is, eternity depends on it : Eccl. ix, 10.--For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goeft. If ye live not to the honour of God here, never expect to live with bim hereafter in heaven. Remember the end of the nothful servant, Matth. xxv. 30. Caft ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there hall be wełping, and gnashing of teeth. For your help to live to the honour of God, take these fola Jowing directions."
1. Allow yourselves the justice once seriously to consider, now that ye are living, and must die,
what will be the best way for you to spend that bit of life. It is pity that people should not propose to themselves a design of living, and conlider what is that design of life that will come to the best account at length. Sure if ye do, ye will find no design so reasonable and advantageous as this.
2. Then take him for your God in Christ, that ye may live to his honour ; and do not think that it is by your living to his honour, that he must become your God. Faith must go before obedience, if ever the obcdience be kindly. Faith firft embracing Salvation in the free offer of the gospel, natively engages the heart to honour God, as a fon doth his father.
3. Labour to keep up the love of God in the heart, by believing his love; and that will be a Itrong band. Hence says the Apostle, 2 Cor. v. 14. 15. The love of Christ constraineth us, because 'we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live, Mould not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
4. lastly, Firmly believe that there is a reward of grace for the righteous ; and that not a good word or good work, spoke or done for God, Thall want a reward. Hence is that exhortation of the Apostle's, 1 Cor. xv. ult. Therefore, my belo
ved brethren, be ye stedfaft, unmoveable, always ( abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that
labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Docr. II. It is the special business and privi. lege of life, to propagate religion, God's name and praise; the standing generation'to the rising generation, the fathers to the children, all along.
In discoursing this doctrine, I shall shew,
and praise, to the rising generation. II. Who are the standing and rising generation,
the fathers and the children, among whom
this propagation of religion is to pass. III. In what respects it is the special business of
life. IV. In what respect it is the special privilege of
life. v. laftly, Apply
1. I Mall daew, what it is to propagate religion, God's name and praise, to the rising generation. It implics these four things,
1. The having of religion ourselves. None can propagate what they have not. If men have not the knowledge and love of God themselves, how can they praise him to others ? Men are sensible, that if they gain not a competent portion of the world to themselves, they can leave none to their children : fo if they be idle or wasters, they are unjust to their families, 1 Tim. v. 8. Even so if ye are not religious, ye not only dishonour God, and destroy your own fools, but ye are unjust to the rising generations, and destructive to their fouls too.
2. The profession of religion. Hence says the Apostle, Rom. X. 10. With the heart man believeth unto righteoufnefs, and with the mouth confeffion is made unto salvation. Men may have a profesfion without the practice of religion ; but the practice requires the profession of it. And no man will ever propagate religion that is not himself a profelor of it. And the profession must be such as is not viGbly contradicted by the practice :
for if example destroy what precept builds up, there is no propagating religion to others by that means.
So à credible profession of religion is a debt owing to the rising generation.
3. A desire to continue and spread religion in the world. Without this none will
propagate ic; for what men have no dcfire of the continuance or spreading of, they will be loth to propagate. And it is the want of concern for the continuance and spreading of religion, that makes men so careless about the propagating thereof. They have no due concern for their own souls ; therefore they have none either for God's honour, or the good of those that come after them.
4. lastly, Contributing our endeavours to bring others, and particularly the rising generation, to the knowledge and practice of religion. Hence says the Psalmist, Pfal. Ixxviii. 2. 3. 4. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will nat bide them from their children, Jhewing to the generation to come, the praises of the Lord ; and his strength, and his wonderful works that he bath done. Man is born ļike a wild ass's colt, wanting both knowledge and experience. We see such as come into our world, come in naked among us; and we judge ourselves obliged to clothe them, feed them, and teach them how to do for themselves. But withal they have and can do as little for their fouls, as for their bodies ; and shall we leave them deftitutc in that -point? How will we answer that to God? Now, to contribute endeavours to bring them to religion, lies in endeavouring, , To bring them to faith in Jesus Christ, which
is the foundation of all religion: Psal. Ixxviii. 7. That they might set their hope in God, and not for. get the works of God; but keep his commandments. They come into the world lost fons and daughters of Adam, under God's wrath and curse. There is a Saviour provided; but they know it not, till the standing generation tell them of it. They are averse naturally to come to that Saviour, and are not aware of the danger of flighting him : it is justice and charity then to deal with them, in order to convince and bring them in.
2dly, To bring them to holiness of life; as did Abraham, Gen. xviii. 19. I know him, (fays the Lord), that he will command his children, and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judg, ment. When they come into our world, they bring a corrupt nature with them, which begins early to sprout. Satan will begin his temptations with them as soon as they are capable, losing no time. The longer sin continues in them uncurbed, the stronger does it grow. It nearly concerns the standing generation then to contribute their endeavours to quench the hellish flame, and to turn the stream and course of their life from sin to holiness. And this,
(1.) By precept and counsel, Gen. xviii. 19. forecited. Thus we are to praise God to them, by word of mouth. We should shew them what we have to fay in God's behalf, commend religion to them, disparage the way of sin and of the world to them; bind duty on their conscience, by shewing them the tie of the word, and oblige them thereto by any authority we have over them.
(2.) By example. Let us write out religion in