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regulate his Thoughts, Desires and Appetites by them, as well as his Conversation.

5. Fifthly, he is a Person that feeks not, designs not the Praise of Men in any thing he doth, but hath a mighty Care to approve himself to God. It is the Conscience of his Duty that is the great Spring and Principle from whence his Actions proceed, and the Hinge on which they turn. So that he is always of a Piece, always like himself; as religious and devout in private, as in publick; as careful of himself and his Actions when no body sees him, as when he hath many Spectators and Observers of his Carriage.

6. Sixthly and lastly, he is a Person that, when he hath done all, is yet humble and lowly in his own Eyes, not pretending to merit any thing at the Hand of God.

On the contrary, if he had done his whole Duty, all that God hath required of him (which yet he is far from being so vain as to think he hath) yet he is sensible that fill be is an unprofitable Servant; he hath done God no Good, he hath only done what he ought to do. And therefore far be it from him to think he deserves any thing at the Hands of God; nay, he rather desires to lay down in the Dust, and, from the Bottom of his

I heart,

Luke 17.

Heart, to afcribe all that he hath, and all
that he is, and all that he hopes for, to his
sole Grace, Favour and Goodness, crying
out with holy David, Not unto me, Lord, P1.115.1.
not unto me, but unto thy holy Name be the
Praise and the Glory of all.

He that hath these Characters upon
him, is certainly an Israelite indeed, a true
Nathanael, one that is beloved of God, and
Thall inherit the Promises both of this Life,
and that which is to come. Now that we
may all be such, and consequently be fo
happy, God of his infinite Mercy grant, &c.

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SERMON XVIII.

ACTS xiii. (latter Part of ver. 48.) And as many as were ordained to

eternal Life, believed.

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HIS Text having some Affinity with those I have lately been upon, as to the Argument of it, and it being likewise

commonly misunderstood, I thought it would not be unacceptable to have a fair Account given of it : And I am the more desirous to do it, because several useful Things offer themselves from it.

You find, in the 14th Verse of this Chapter, that St. Paul and his Company being come to Antioch in Pisidia, he went, as it was his Custom, into the Synagogue on the Sabbath-day; where, both Jews and Gentiles, were gathered together. There he

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preached a Sermon to them, to persuade to the Belief of Christ Jesus, whom, by undeniable Arguments, he proved to be that Messias, whom God had promised to the Fathers, and by whom only Remission of Sins and everlasting Salvation was to be had. This Sermon of his is fet down in this Chapter from Ver. 16, to 42.

What the Effect of this Sermon was, you have in the 42d Verse, namely, that when the Jews were gone out of the Synagogue, the Gentiles befought that these Words might be preached to them the next Sabbath-day.

But here comes a Question, which I ought to answer before I go on any further with the Story. How comes it to pass that we find here both Jews and Gentiles worshipping God in one Synagogue, and that too in an heathen Country, as Pisidia was? Nay, it seems by this Place, it was their constant Practice fo to do every Sabbath-day.

In answer to this, you must know, that in the Time of our Saviour and his Apoftles, the Jews, tho' they still kept their own Land, yet abundance of that Nation had transplanted themselves into other Countries : Nay, most of the great Cities were then full of them; and where-ever they came, they erected Synagogues for the Worship of God. And then, as for

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the Gentiles joining with them in that Worfhip, you are not, by these Gentiles, to understand the Common Sort of Heathens, or Gentiles who were Idolaters, for with such the Jews would have nothing to do; no more than They would have to do with the Jews. But it so happened always, that by Conversation with the Jews, where-ever they came, and by the Means of those ex.cellent Notions about Religion, that they could furnish Men with out of their Law, a great many of the more ingenuous Sort of the Gentiles were brought from their Idolatry to the Owning and Worship of the one God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and likewise to the Belief of a future Life. And all such as these the Jews accounted in the Number of Profelytes, and were glad to have them come to their Synagogues. Where, besides joining in the true Worship of God, they had the Benefit of hearing the Law and the Prophets read every Sabbath-day ; which very Thing would strongly dispose them to believe in Christ's Doctrine, whenever it should be made known to them.

For the fuller understanding of this, you are to know that there were two Sorts of Profelytes among the Jews: Some that were strictly so called; and some that were called so in a larger Sense. The Profelytes, in the more strict Sense, were all those Gen

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