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failures, not fully understood by us (for eye SERM.
SERM.& growing satisfaction. The apostle teaches XII. in 2 Corinthians iii. 18. that our progress
in true religion, which he calls the image of God, is from glory. to glory, every step we advance in it tends to enoble and dignify our nature, and brings an addition of true enjoyment.
The conclusion, is, that we Thould en gage our hearts to the love, the study, and the practice of virtue. Her own native charms are sufficient to allure every rational being. They must be the moft defpicable kind of living creatures, and have the least relish of life, who run the light of Day, and choose rather to dwell in darkness. How degenerate are those minds ? Are they worthy to be called intelligent, who do not discern the beauty of holiness, and have no taste for the pleasure of religious wisdom? Yet fo corrupt, fo infatuated are multitudes of mankind, so lost to a juft sense of the true dignity and glory of their nature; even profess’d christians, many of them, have contracted this insensibility, above all others unexcusable, because God has held out a clear light from heaven to guide them in the
way of righteousness; he has mark'd out the thining path of the just, display'd the
progress of it in all its beauty, and thewedS & R M.