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Rom xiii. 1. Omnis /inima Potestatibus sul'-
S E R M O N
•Preached In the
Cathedral-Church of St. PAUL,
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FUNERAL Mr. THOMAS BENNET,
'August 30, 1706.
t CORINTH, iv. 19.
(sin this Lise only we have hope in Christ, xue art aj all men m'jl miserable.
SUCH discourses, on such mournsul occasion* as these, were instituted, not so much in honour of the dead, as for the use of the living; that opportunity may be taken from hence to excite, in persons attending on these solemnities, a due sense os the uncertainty and vanity of Vox.. II. A all all earthly satisfactions; to imprint upon their minds, by proper arguments and reflections, a lively persuasion of the certainty of a foture state, and an earnest desire of sitting and preparing themselves for it.
There is no season, to which such thoughts as these are more suitable; nor any, wherein men are likely to be more affected with them: And therefore I have chosen (not unsitly, I hope) to explain to you, at present, that great argument for a suture state, which St. Paul hath couched in the words I have read to you; // in this lise only we have hope in Christ, we are os all men most miserable: that is, If all the benesits we expect from the Christian institution were consined within the bounds of this present lise, and we had no hopes of a better state after this, of a great and lasting reward in a lise to come; "We Christians should be the most abandoned and wretehed of creatures: All other sorts and sects of men would evidently have the advantage of us, and a much surer title to happiness than we.
This concession the apostle openly makes, and from hence he would be understood to inser (tho' the inserence be not express'^) that, therefore, there must needs be another state, to make up the inequalities of this, and to salve all irregular appearances; since it is impoffible to conceive that a just and good God should suffer the justest and best of men (such as the best Christians certainly are) to be oftentimes the most miserable.
If St. Paul found it necessary, earnestly to press this argument to the Corinthians, soon after hehad planted the gospel among them, and confirm'd it by miracles; it cannot but be highly requisite for us, who live at such a distance from that age of miracles, to support and enliven our faith, by dwelling often on the fame considerations: And this argument, therefore, I shall endeavour to open and apply in the following discourse; wherein,
First, I shall shew the undoubted truth os the apostles concession i and from thence shall establish, in the
II. Second Place, the truth of that conclusion, which he builds upon it.
III. After which, I shall suggest to you some rules and dirttlionSi which, if duly pursued, will enable you to live like those who have their hope in arum ther life; like men, who look upon themselves as being only on their pasfage through this state, but as belonging properly to that which is to come; on which, therefore, their eye, their aim, and their hopes, are altogether sixed and employed.
IV. And these general reflections shall be followed (as they will very naturally be followed 1 by a just and faithsul account of that valuable person, whose remains now.lie before us.
As to the Concession of the apostle, I shall urge it somewhat further than the lettter of the text will carry us; proving to you, under two disferent heads, that, werethere no other life but this, sirst, men would really be moremiserable than beasts; and A 2 secondly,