Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.3

The Favour of God obtained by 1Pfdom. 131 are directed by wifdom, choofing the beft S E R m. time, and the beft manner for making the --a objects of it happy. Hitherto I have gone no further, except in mentioning the example of Chrift, than reafon itfelf and the principles of natural reli- gion will direct us. It muff be confeffed they leave clouds and darknefs upon the fu- ture fate, yet not without ftrong though general intimations of an hereafter, and of a retribution to come, which have wonder- fully fupported fome great men, even among the heathens, in the laft extremity, and the agonies of death itfelf. But, now, our Lord Jefus Chriji bath abolifhed death, and brought life and immortality to light, through the gofpel; the way is opened into the holie/I of all, into heaven itfelf by his blood, fo that we have clear and full affurance, that he who findeth wifdom (hall obtain fa- vour of the Lord ; for he (hall obtain the inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fàdeth not away; that crown of glory, and of righteoufnefs, which the righteous judge bath promifed to them who love his appear- ing, which is the beft and moil complete evidence and effect of the divine favour. K 2 I fee