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SERM, wealth for itself, but either for honour", or for vir

tue's sake, that he may live creditably, or may do good therewith : necessity is served with a little, pleasure may be satisfied with a competence; abundance is required only to support honour or promote

good; and honour by a natural connection adhereth Prov. xxi. to bounty. He that followeth after righteousness

and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

2 But further, an accession of honour, according to gracious promise, (grounded upon somewhat of special reason, of equity and decency in the thing itself,) is due from God unto the bountiful person, and is by special providence surely conferred on him. There is no kind of piety, or instance of obedience, whereby God himself is more signally honoured, than by this. These are chiefly those Good works, the which men seeing, are apt to glorify our Father which is in heaven; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Christ Jesus to the glory and praise of God. To these

fruits that is most applicable which our Lord saith, John xv. 8. Hereby is my Father glorified, if ye bear much Prov. xiv. fruit; for as He that oppresseth the poor reproach

eth his Maker; so he honoureth him, that hath mercy on the poor. The comfortable experience of good in this sort of actions will most readily dispose men to admire and commend the excellency, the wisdom, the goodness of the divine laws, will therefore procure God hearty praise and thanks for them: for, as St Paul teacheth us, The administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto

Matt. v.
Phil. i. II.


* Αι γάρ δυναστείαι και ο πλούτος διά την τιμήν έστιν αιρετά.Id. [Ibid. iv. 3, 18.]

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God; whilst by experiment of this ministration, they SERM. glorify God for your professed subjection unto the Gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men. Since then God is so peculiarly honoured by this practice, it is but equal and fit that God should remunerate it with honour: God's noble goodness will not let him seem defective in any sort of beneficial correspondence toward us; we shall never be able to yield him any kind of good thing in duty, which he will not be more apt to render us in grace; they who, as Solomon speaketh, Honour God with their substance, Prov. iii. shall by God certainly be honoured with his blessing: reason intimates so much, and we beside have God's express word for it: Them, saith he, who 1 Sam. ii. honour me, I will honour. He that absolutely and independently is the fountain of all honour, From 1 Chron. whom, as good king David saith, riches and honour cometh, for that he reigneth over all, he will assuredly prefer and dignify those who have been at special care and cost to advance his honour. He that hath the Hearts of all men in his hands, and Prov. xxi. Fashioneth them as he pleaseth, will raise the boun- Ps. xxxiii. tiful man in the judgments and affections of men, He that ordereth all the events of things, and disposeth success as he thinks fit, will cause the bountiful person's enterprizes to prosper, and come off with credit. He will not suffer the reputation of so real an honourer of himself to be extremely slurred by disaster, to be blasted by slander, to be supplanted by envy or malice; but will Bring forth Ps. xxxvii. his righteousness as the light, and his judgment as the noon-day. 3

God will thus exalt the bountiful man's horn

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96 The Duty and Reward of Bounty to the Poor. SERM. even here in this world, and to an infinitely higher

pitch he will advance it in the future state : he shall there be set at the right hand, in a most honourable place and rank, among the chief friends and favourites of the heavenly King, in happy consortship with the holy angels and blessed saints: where, in recompense of his pious bounty, he shall

, from the bountiful hands of his most gracious Lord, 2 Tim. iv. receive An incorruptible crown of righteousness, and 1 Pet. v. 4. An unfading crown of glory. The which God of

his infinite mercy grant unto us all, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom for ever be all praise. Amen.

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Heb. xiii.

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Sacramentum salutis humanæ non licet tacere, etiam si nequeat

explicari.—P. Leo. I. Serm. de Pass. 7.

B. S. VOL. I.



Martis xxiv die Aprilis, 1677, Annoque Regis Caroli Secundi Angliæ, &c.

vicesimo nono.

This Court doth earnestly desire Dr BARROW to print his Sermon, preached at the Guildhall Chapel, on Good Friday last, before the Mayor and Aldermen of this City.


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