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It is impossible, that our Happiness should be the
same 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. 10. 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 batb done,
whether it be good or bad. Virtue not founded on the mere Pleasure of
Law-givers. ..- the same among all polite Nations. --- tends to the Good of Society. --- encouraged by all Leginators. Law-givers have not been able to aflign to the
different Degrees of Virtue their juft Reward, nor to the different Complications of Vice their
deserved Punishment ... hence Virtue has been often oppressed and
Vice prosperous. This Cafe perplexing to many wise and good Men,
.. made certain by the Christian Revelation.
Second Observation on the Subject, the Univer.
The Improvement of it.
Prayer and Thanksgiving principal Branches of
from those made to uninspir'd Prayer.
1. Supposing the outward Events of this Life cons
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 Aniitance, --- to acknowledge what is given to them. Little Danger of Mistakes in praying for moral
Improvement. Temporal Blessings to be asked with much greater
Rom. xii. 12. Rejoicing in Hope, patient in Tribulation. The usual Manner of St. Paul's concluding his
Epistles. I. 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. --- increase 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 trilling 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
DISCOU Ř SE IX.
James v. II.
Bishop Waddington's Interment there. The seeming Harshness and Unreasonableness of this Doctrine in it felf.
--- in the Instance given to explain it. I. The Persons who assert this Doctrine, Men of the same Passions and Infirmities with our
selves. Supported only by a strong Conviction of a fu
II. What sort of suffering they are to endure. The Apostle explains himself in the Instance of Job.
--- the Example of the Prophets, &c.. III. The Nature of this Happiness. No Amiction for the present joyous .-. but as it yields the Fruits of Righteousness. ... as it is a measure of future Glory. The great Use of this Doctrine in improving the
Evils and Adictions of this Life. The Character of Bishop Waddington,
as a Man,
a Bishop. DISCOURSE X. The Duty and Advantage of bearing one ano
Gal. vi. 2. Bear ye one another's Burdens, and so fulfil the Law
of Christ. The seeming Hardship of this Command. Many heavy Burdens of our own. 1. The Reasonableness of this Precept consider'd
in a natural View. Man consider'd in a State of Nature and Soli