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2. To fear to displease Him, Prov. xii.

13. Psal. xc. 11.
3. What are we to fear in God?

1. His Power, Fob xxxvii. 23, 24. Jer. v. 22.
2. His Providence in the Government of

the World, and disposing of all Things,

Psal. xcix. 1. fer. X. 7 3. His Anger and Threatnings against Sin

ners, 2 King. xxii. 19. 4. His Justice in Executing them, Fer. XXV.

14. Job xxxiv. 17. 5. His Judgments executed, Ifa. XXV. 1,2,3,

Habak. iii. 16. Psal. cxix. 118, 119, 6. His Mercies, Hof. iii. 5. Jer. V. 24. Psale

CXXX. 4•
7. His Omnipresence.

8. His Eternity.
4. Why is God alone to be fear'd, and above
all Things ?

1. Because He is the greatest Being:
2. Without Him no Hurt can fall upon us.

1. From Satan.
2. From Men.
3. From ourselves.

4. From our Sins.
3. Because it is only by Him that we can

come to any Good. 5. How are we to express our Fear of Him? 1. By repenting of our former Sins, Joel ji.

13, 14 2. By avoiding what he hath forbidden,

Prov. iii. 7. and xvi. 6. 3. By doing what He hath commanded , Ecclef. xii, 13.



USE The chief Use I shall make of these Things is, to exhort you to examine, whether you fear God, by these Signs of true Fear.

1. Does it make you reverence the Name of God, and not take it in Vain, Deut. xxviii. 58.

to stand in Awe of His Goodness, Hof. iii. 5. Pfal.cxxx. 4. 3.

to tremble at His Word, Isa. Ixvi. 2. 4.

to walk as in God's Presence, Ecclef. viii. 12. 5.

to perform inward as well as outward Duties to Him, Ifa. xxix. 30. as,

1. Love to Him, Deut. vi. 5.
2. Desires of Him, Psal. xlii. 1, 2.
3. Meditations upon Him, Psal. cxxxix. 18.
4. Trusting on Him.

5. Submitting to Him, i Sam. iii. 18. 6.

to perform private as well as publick Ordinances. 7.

to avoid small as well as great Sins. 8.

to fear the Displeasure of God more than Punishments, Prov. xiii. 13. 9.

to hate as well as avoid Sin, Prov. viii. 13.

to study to do Good, as well as avoid Evil, Deut. V. 29.

to persevere in your Obedience, Jer, xxxii. 40.

12. So that no Fear of any Creature or Thing, can deter you from, or make you negle&t your Duty to Him, Isa, viii. 11, 12, 13. 1S. Pet. iii. 14, 15:




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Motives to fear Ĝ OD.

Consider, 1. The Greatness of GOD, Jer. y. 23. Food xxxvii. 23, 24.

2. His Sovereignty over all Things, isa. xxv. 3. It is the Beginning of Wisdom, Psal. cxi. to:

4. It makes Men blessed, Pfal.cxili 1, 2, 3. and cxxviii. fer tot.

s. God vouchsafes such Men peculiar Bléf: lings; as,

1. To dwell with them, isa. Ixvi. 2.
2. To impart His Secrets to them, Pfal.

XXV. 14:
3. To preserve and protect them, Pfal.xxxiii:

i 8. and xxv. 12, 13. and xxxiv: 7. 4. To turn all Things to their Good: Ś. He esteems them as His Jewels, Mal. iii.

16,17. 6. And therefore takes Pleasure in thetrij

Psal. cxlvii. 11. 6. He has made them many Promises: i. To provide for them, and to let then'

want no good Thing, Psal. xxxiv. 9, 10. 2. To hear their Prayers, Psal. cxlv. 19. 2. They need fear nothing else, He having greater Things in Store for them, Psal. xxxi. 193 20. Prov. xxii. 4.

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S. MAT.T. X. 37. He that loveth Father or Mother more

than Me, is not worthy of Me.


CHESE Words explain those which are

deliver'd in a more seeming harsh manner, in S. Luk. xiv. 26. where it is faid, If any man come to me, and hate not his Father and Mother, &c. he cannot be my Disciple. For, it cannot be fupposed that Chrift Mould make the real Hating of Father or Mother, &c. a necessary Condition of becoming His true Disciples ; it being a very micked Thing to hate them, contrary to the Instinct and Law of Nature, and the Commands of God, Exod. xx. 12. S. Matt. xv. 4. Ephef. vi. 1, 2. To hate them, therefore, is, to love them less than Chrift; for to love lefs, is by way of Comparison (in the Scripture Language ) call’d Hating, as S. Matt. vi. 24. Gen. xxix. 31, 32. Rom. ix. 13

These two Texts of Scripture being thus compar'd and explain’d by one another, contain in them this Doctrine.

That we ought to love Christ abote all Things.

1. The Reason of this Duty, or why we are to love Christ above all Things.

1. Because we have more Reason to love Him, than all other Things. There are three Causes of Love. 1. Good ; and He is the best of Goods,

S. Luk, xviii. 19.


For He is,
• 1. An Esential and Infinite,
2. An Univerfal,
3. A Constant and Certain,

4. An Everlasting Good.
2. Likeness; and He is most like our fancti-

fy'd Souls, 1 Pet. i. 15, 16.
3. Love ; and He loves us moft. For,

1. He made us, S. Joh. i. 3.
2. He preferves us, A£t. xvij. 28.
3. He gives us all we have, i Chroni

xxix. 14
14. He died to purchafe eternal Life for

us, Joh. xv. 12, 13. 2. Because we only love Him, so far as we love Him above all Things; for if we love any Thing more than Him, we hate Him according to the Scripture Phrase, S. Luk. xiv. 26, 33.

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II. How are we to express our Love to Christ?

1. By denying ourselves what is offensive to Him, Matt. xvi. 24.

2. By a chearful Performance of what is pleasing to Him, S. Job. xiv. 15.

3. By preferring and desiring Him and His Favour before all earthly Things whatever, Pfal. xlii. 1, 2. and lxxiii. 25. As, 1. Before Riches and worldly Enjoyments, S. Luk. xviii, 23.

Delights and Pleasures, 2 Tim. ii.4. 3

Honours, S. Joh. xii. 42, 43. 4

Ease, 2 Cor. vi. 4, 5, and xi. 23,
24, 25, 26, 27,
5. Relations, S. Luk. xiv. 26.

Sins, S. Matt. xvi. 24.
7. Life itself, S. Matt. xvi. 25.

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