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To the R

E A DE

R.

Mongfl: all the duties I formerly mentioned,I omit–

ted one that now

I

look upon as chiefe and choyee

of all the refl:

:

This is the duty

I

call

lookjng unto

[e(m,

and ifl muft difcover the occafion ofmy fal–

ling

on

it,

I

{hall do it truely,

a~d

plainly, and in

the fimplicity

of

the Gofpel, as thus. In the fpnng

I

65

3. I

was

vifited with a fore ficknefs, and as the Lord began to rell:ore my

health, it came into my thoughts what my Jefus had

do~e fo~

my

foul and what he was doing, and what he would do for It, ttll he ·

faved it to theuttermofl:.

In my conceptions of thefe things

I

ruuld find no beginning of his aCl:ings,but in that eternity before

the world was made; nor could

I

find any end ofhis actings, but

in that eternityafter the world fhould be unmade ; only betwixt

thefe two extreamities

I

apprehended variou>tranfactions ofJe–

fus Chrill:, both pall:, and prefent, and to come. In the multitu4e

of thefethoughts within me,my foul exceeding-ly delighted ic felf,

and that delight fl:irring up in me other affections (for

on~!'

affe–

ction cannot- be alone)

I

began to confider ofthofe texts in _Scri.

pture, which feemed at firfl: to impofe the working ofmy affeCl:i–

ons on fo bleffed an ob jed, as a Gofpel-duty : then

I

refo~,d,if

the Lord Jefus would but rell:ore my health, and prqlong my·Jife,

I

would endeavour to difcover more of this Gofpel.duty, tha·ne–

veryetl knew : and that my paines therein might not hinder my

other neceffary labours, my purpofe was to fall on this fubjecr

ia

my ordinary preaching, wherein

1

might have occafion both to

fea rch into Scriptures, feveral Authours, and my own heart. In

procefs oftime

I

began this work , begging ofGod that he would

help me to finiib, as he enc!ined me to begin, and that all might

tend to his glory, and the Churches good. In the progrefs of my

lab.ours I found awdrld offpiritual comfor t,both in refpect ofthe

· obJect that Ihandled,{e[Ju

Chrifl;&in

re fpeer of the

act,

wherein

~onfified

my duty

t?

bim,in

look}ng

unto{efus .

r.

For the object,

1t was the very fubJ eCl: whereon more efpeciaHyi was bound to

preach;

Chrift in

you

thehopeof

glory

(faid

Paul

to his

c~ollflans)

and he immediately adds,

whom we preach.

Col.

I

.27,28.

and

unto

me, wh§ am lejJ

than

the

leafl ofn/1

the

Saints is this

grace

given,

what grace?

that I

fhou!d

pre/lch

among the G<'litiles the un[earch-

.

·

aitle

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