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

Mutual Edification, the Duty of Chrians. 17 that the Author of our beings defigned us for SERM. it. And chriftianity, the glory of which is, I. that it is an inftitution defign'd to reftore the integrity of the human nature, and raife us to the perfetion of virtue, has jai taught us the fame thing in the point now before us, namely, that public and private edification are moft ftritly connected ; that we can no way fo effe&ually fecure and advance our own greateft good as by a hearty benevolence, with the proper fruits of it, to our fellows, and a zea- lous attachment to the common intereft. Only, let us always endeavour to have juft notions of the true public, and of the body of Chrift ; that it comprehends all who in every place call on his name, and is not confin'd to the particular parties into which chriftians have fubdivided themfelves, to their own unfpeaka- ble difadvantage, and the difhonour of their religion. Let us follow peace with all men, and do good to them as we have opportunity : let us have a fincere regard to all the difciples of the Lord Jefus our Saviour ; inflrutling the ignorant, warning the unruly, comforting the feeble- minded, bearing with the infirmities of the weak; fo fùlling the royal law of love. Thus (hall we comfort ourfelves, and edify one another. I have now given you what I VOL. II. C take