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The Epistle Dedicátory. and our wisdom, health and safety, muft now come after, by the way of recorvery and cure. The first born of lapsed man was a malignant perfecuting Cain. The first bom of believing Abraham, was a perfecutor of him tbat was born after the Spirit, i John 3. 12. Gal.4.29. And the first born of this Isaac himself, was a profane Esau, that for one morsel fold his birth-right, Heb. 12. 16. And naturally we are all the off-spring of this profanerefs, and have not acquaintance enough with God, and with bealthful holiness, and with the everlasting heavenly Glory. to make us cordially preferr it before å forbidden cup, or morlel, or a game at foolery, or a filthy lust; or before the wind of a gilded fools acclamation and applause ; or the cap and counterfeit- fubječtion of the multitude : But the ---fortuna, non tua turba (ut Orv.) c quos sportula fecit amici (ut Jurv.) who will serve mens lusts, and be their servants, and humble attendants to damnation, are regarded more than the God, the Saviour, the Sanctifier, to whom these perfidious rebels were once devoted. That you and

yours may live that more wise and delightful life, which consisteth

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in the daily sight of Heaven, by a Living Faith, which worketh by Love, in constant Obe dience, is the principal end of this públick appellation: That what is here written for the use of all, may be first and specially useful to you and yours, whom I am so much bound to love and honour; even to your safe and comfortable life and death, and to your future joy and glory; which is the great desire of

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F it offend thee, that the Parts

of this Treatise are so unlike, understand 1. That they are for various uses : The first Part

to make mer willing, by awakening perswasions; and the rest, to dire£t them in the exercises of Faith, who are forf made willing. 2. That I write

, not to soin thy praise of an artificial comely Structure; but to help fouls to Holiness and Heaven, and to these ends I labour to }uit the means. 3. That the first Sermon w#6 "published long ago; and

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the Bookseller defiring me to give him some ada ditions to it, I thought meet first to make up the exciting part in the same style, and then to add a Dire&tory for the pra&tice of judicious Believers.

2. And if it offend thee that the second Part containeth but such matter as I have already published, in my Reafons of the Christian Rea ligion, understand 1. That I perceived that that Treatise was negle&ted by the more unlearned sort of Christians, as not defcending enough to their capsa cities, and that it would be useful to the confora mation of their Faith, to draw forth some of the most obvious Arguments, in as plain a manner, and as briefly as I could, that length, nor obfcus rity might not deprive them of the benefit, whe are too slothfull, or too dull, to make use of more copious and accurate discourse. 2. And I knew not born to write a Treatise of the Uses of Faith, which should wholly leave out the Confirmations of Faith, without much reluftancy of may. Reafan.

3. And again, 1 fay', I can bear the difpraise of Repetition, if I may best further mens Faith and Salvation.

3. And if it affend tbee that I am fodeill in all the Dire&tirve part, I cannot wet do boch works at once, awaken the Affe&tions, and accomm

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rately dwe{t the mind for practice: Or at least if I bad spoken all these Direétions in a copious applicatory Sermor ftyle, it would have fwelled the Book to a very tedsous coftly ruolume : And affe&tion must not too much interpose, when the Judgment is about its proper work. And being done in the bea ginning, it may be the better pared afterward.

4: If it offend you that I open the Life of Faith in somewhat an unusual manner, 1 answer for my Jelf, that if it bé Methodical, true and apt

for ufe, I da that which I intend: And on a subject fo

frequently and fully handled, it were but an injury to the Church, to say but the fame which is said dready: Mr. John Ball, Mr. Ezekiel Culverwell, and Mr.Samuel Ward in a narrower room harve done exceeding well upon this subje&t. If you have nothing more than they have said, read their Books only, and let this alone.

s. If it offend you that the Directions are many of them difficult, and the Ayle requireth a now considerate Reader, I answer, the nature of the Jubješt quireth it ; and without ruoluminous tedion/ness, it cannot be avoided. Blame therefore your unprepared ignorant minds; and while you are yet dull of hearing, and so make things hard to be uttered to your understanding, because you have still need of Milk, and cannos digest strong meat : but must again

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