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and those who conscientiously travel to turn people from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to the power
of God, and are instrumental to turn many to righ. teousness, notwithstanding all men can do to blacken them, yet the holy text says, Dan. viii. 2, 3. “They shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars, for ever and ever." Amen.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
JOHN xiv. 15.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
JOHN XV. 14.
PREFACE TO THE READER.
'RIST being the great author of the christian relig
I have thought to make some observations on his mon, which he preached on the mount, might be accept: to some of his followers ; especially such who desire fulfil his holy will
, and not to rest satisfied in a form ! shew only of his religion. And also considering that it is the greatest collection of words left us in the New Testament by the evangelists, iny one place, I was in hopes some observations thereon sht tend to promote the reading of it in the holy scrip
But the greatest end I had in this undertaking was, that · professors of the name of holy Jesus might live and Ik in his truth, and in the doctrine which he has there
down for his followers to practise ; and that in so dos, they might have peace to their souls here, and rest in : kingdom of glory forever. It is by some accounted and looked upon in youth to be commendable and worthy practice to write down sermons, d to copy and read them over : and, I believe, it will be nerally acknowledged, that there was never any sermon eached in the world, that can be compared with this of hrist, which he preached in the mount, and is recorded by e evangelist Matthew, in his 5th, 6th and 7th chapters ; hich if our young and rising generation would often read, id sometimes write it down (if time would admit) but be ire to practise it ; this would be truly noble in them; and hich if they find they want inward strength to perform, hen that they would seek it in secret at the hand of the llmighty Jehovah, in whom is everlasting strength; and ! is recorded in holy scripture, “ That he gives liberally, nd upbraideth not." He will not upbraid thee, because hou art but a child, or tender in years: Oh, therefore, eek him betimes ! for it is written, " They who seek him arly shall find him.”
The christian religion being run into many
divisions and sub-divisions, this holy sermon, if christians would walk according to it, might and would help to heal their differ
. ences, and to soften them in their sentiments one to another. And it is to be believed and hoped, that all parties will con. fess that the doc'rine in this sermon is good, and ought to be promoted amongst all who profess the worthy name of the Lord Jesus ; and whoever walks contrary to this rule must needs be in the wrong
The general end of preachers is, or should be, to have their doctrine taken notice of, and put in practice; and this being counsel from the “Wonderful, Counsellor, the Migh. ty God (and Saviour) the Everlasting Father, and Prinet of Peace,” we should take more than ordinary notice of it.
Considering also, that he not only spake his doctrine, but lived in it ; and not only lived in, but died in it, and for it, and us also. Wherefore we are deeply engaged to hear him with an obedient heart and ear.
“ This (says the voice from the most Excellent Glory) is my beloved Son
, hear ye
him.” And Moses, the man of God, says, “ That he that will not hear him, shall be destroyed from amongst the people :” viz.“ From an inheritance with the saints in the kingdom of God, and his Christ.”
I have carefully transcribed the sermon, verbatim, and made some observations on it afterwards, I think on every verse a little, as I found openness to it on my mind; and it is recommended to the ser ous perusal and cons dera! on of all hose who tenderly and unfe.gnedly love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
T. CHAL KLEY.