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

Temptations to Evil, not from God. q Secondly, Let us proceed to confider the S ER Ivr works of God which relate to man, and we I. (hall be convinced that far from having tendency, or (hewing a defign, to draw him into fin, which is tempting him, on the contrary, they provide againft it in the bell manner. And, firft, if we look into the human conftitution, which is the work of God, curioufly formed according to a well - laid defign in his benevolent counfels, one of the moft obvious and important appear- ances in it is, an indelible fenfe of moral good and evil, the work of the divine law written in the heart of man, fo plainly and fo deep, that the very weakeft, who bath the ufe of reafon, can difcern it; and not the ftrongeft temptations, nay, fcarcely the longeft courfe of cuftomary indulgence in profligate vice, have been able to wear it out. This fenfe of right and wrong difco- vereth itfelf early ; it is not the refult of mature reflection, clofe reafoning, and long Rudy, but it plainly appeareth that the gra- cious author of our being intended to pre- vent us with it, that we fhould not be led affray before our arriving at the full exercife of our underftanding, which was defigned to be the principal guide of the rational life, or of our free anions ; the underflanding, however,