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

1 170 ) SERMON VII. Of Patience. 2 Pet. i. 6. And to Temperance, Patience. H E condition of the chriftian Jews to whom this epiftle is diredted, fcattered abroad, and under perfecution, made it very neceflàry they fhould be inftruëted in the virtue of patience, or of bearing af- fiiEtion with equanimity and refignation to the will of God : The apoftle therefore, in this abridgment of pratical chriftianity, does not omit that molt important part, which tho' their circumftances particularly required it, yet is of general ufe in the chriftian life. For this is a Rate of difcipline, and God has given to all men force meafure of travail and grief, as their portion under the fun. yob pronounces univerfally concerning men that afilidions are natural to them, man is of few days SERM. VII. tm