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

The Excellency of Wildam. 41 we owe to Almighty God, as well as the S E x M. good offices which ought to be performed II. to our fellow- creatures ; for reverence, love, `'"v""j gratitude, and obedience, to the belt of be- ings, our confiant benefaaor, and the re- warder of them that diligently feek him, will appear as agreeable to the voice of rea- fon, as that we Mould preferve the rights of, and be beneficent to, them who are made of one blood with us, with whom we are joined in the communion of the fame na- ture, linked together by common wants, and a mutual capacity of fervice ; and who have the fame claim of good offices from us, as we have from them. Again ; there is eternal truth in all God's teflimonies ; they are founded on felf -evi- dent maxims. If we reduce what hath been already faid concerning the excellence and equity of the main effential parts of our duty, into the form of propofitions, fuch as, that the fear and love of God, jufl.ice, beneficence, gratitude, and fobriety, are better than the contrary, no man is fo flu- pid and perverfe, as not to affent to them in his own mind, however gainfaying his in- clinations and paffions may be. We need go no farther than plainly to propofe them, 3 and,