Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

( 114. ) SERMON V. Of Knowledge. 2 Pet. i. s. And to virtue, knowledge. H E apoftle lays before us in the context an excellent abridgment of our duty. As nothing can be more dangerous for chriftians than to fruit to an empty profeßion or an unfruitful faith, which will neither make them ftedfaft in religion nor entitle them to the rewards of it, he chews wherein we ought continually to exer- cife ourfelves, that we may be the approved difciples of Jefus Chrift, glorifying our hea- venly Father, arid obtain an abundant en- trance into the everlafting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour. The firft particular here recommended to be added to our faith I have already explain'd, namely, virtue; by which I underftand in this place a religious fortitude, in adhering to the SERM. V.