Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

Of Chrifflan Liberty. z o â us for, let us always endeavour to cultivate SE R rt. and ftrengthen in ourfelves becoming difpo- IV. litions and principles of action, filch as a `"Y"--/ filial reverence and love of God, gratitude to 7efus Chr, and affection to the things above, where he fztteth at the right hand of God, a delight in virtue and goodnefs, and a con- tempt for the pleafures of fin, and the mean tranfitory enjoyments of this world, that fo under the influence of thefe noble princi- ples, we may always walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called. I hope we will not be the lefs, but the more inclined to the chriftian fervice, be- caufe it is not rigoroufly enjoined as a bur- denfome talk, and extorted by the threat - nings of temporal punifhment, but we are invited to it from hearty affection, and by rational motives. Slaves are dragged un- willing before their mailer to hear with terror his fevere commandments, and with a dread of penal infliction ; but children come of choice into the prefence of their gracious father, and with confidence in his paternal tendernefs. The worfhip which the gofpel prefcribeth is fo reafonable and fìmple, fo worthy of men, and perfective of their higher powers, that one would think we fhould need no exhortation to it H 3 and