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It is impossible, that our Happiness should be the
fame as another's unless our Desires are the
fame. The Immortality of the Wicked, what. The Necessity of following Jesus Christ for the
fake of eternal Life, whatever Difficulties we
meet with. His Real Followers always a little Flock. The Reason of it. The Influence that the Consideration of eternal
Life should have.
2 Cor. v. IO. For we must all appear before the Judgment-Seat of
Cbrift, that every one may receive the thing's done in bis Body, according to that be bath done,
whether it be good or bad. Virtue not founded on the mere Pleasure of Law-givers.
the same among all polite Nations.
encouraged by all Legislators. Law-givers have not been able to assign to the
different Degrees of Virtue their just Reward, nor to the
different Complications of Vice their deserved Punishment - hence Virtue has been often oppressed and
Vice prosperous. This Case perplexing to many wise and good Men.
The Difficulty not removed by saying, That
Second Observation on the Subject, the Univer.
The Improvement of it.
Prayer and Thanksgiving principal Branches of
earnestly enforced by the Christian.
that no uncommon Gift in the first' Ages.
from those made to uninspir'd Prayer.
1. Supposing the outward Events of this Life con
ducted by a Necessity of Nature. Prayer helps to purify the Mind.
gives aweful Apprehenfions of God. 2. Supposing the Events of this Life apply'd to
the Exigencies of moral Agents. This is certainly the Case. Hence it must be the Duty of helpless and dependent Creatures to confess their Wants,
-.- to ask Anittance,
to acknowledge what is given to them. Little Danger of Mistakes in praying for moral
greater Restriction. Prayer and Thanksgiving Sources of moral Improvement.
and of Consequence Means of Happiness.
The mutual Relation and Benefit of Hope and
Rom. xii. 12. Rejoicing in Hope, patient in Tribulation. The usual Manner of St. Paul's concluding his
Epistles. 1. The Nature of Hope and Patience. The Process of the Mind in forming the Materials
of Hope and Patience. They spring from the fame Fountain. --- increate and decline together. The Exercise of them the whole Business of Life.
Hope the most active Principle.
the most useful and assiduous Companion. Such the common Advantages of Hope as a
Power of the Soul. II. The particular Hope we are to rejoice in. The superior Excellence of Gospel-Hope, the Cer
tainty and Greatness of it. III. The Benefit of holding fast and cherishing
this Hope. We cannot without some unnatural Industry
suppress its Benefits. Every other Hope trifling and inconsiderable. The Folly of those who exclude this Hope. The Danger of not distinguishing between this
Hope and Presumption. This Hope preceded by Faith, followed by Cha
James v. II.
Bishop Waddington's Interment there. The seeming Harshness and Unreasonableness of this Doctrine in it self.
--- in the Instance given to explain it. 1. The Persons who assert this Doctrine, Men of the same Passions and Infirmities with our
selves. Supported only by a strong Conviction of a future Existence.
II. What sort of suffering they are to endure.
the Example of the Prophets, &c..
as it is a measure of future Glory. The great Use of this Doctrine
in improving the Evils and Aflictions of this Life. The Character of Bulhop Waddington,
as a Man,
Gal. vi. 2.
in a natural View.