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

54. Sincere Obedience nece/fary to, &c. SERM. is good in thy fight. And this is the general II. doctrine of the Apoftle yohn, which our own 1-1"`"-) minds mull confent to * : For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and will condemn us alto. But if our hearts condemn us not, then have we confidence to- wards God. Let us, then, apply ourfelves diligently to the keeping of God's command- ments for our eflablifhment in this refolution, and this courfe of life ; let us improve the gofpel miniftrations, never fet them up in oppofition to it, as a pretence to the favour of God ; for fo we (hall certainly deceive our- felves. Remember the words of our Saviour parallel to thofe in my text -f : Then /hall ye begin to fay at the ley' day, we have eaten and drunk in thy prefence, and thou haft taught in our f reets. But he (hall fay, I know you not whence you are ; depart from me you that work iniquity. d }-p. i".i, ao, za. t Luke xiii, 25, 27. S E R-