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The

Epiflle

[):dictttory.

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Chrifi:i:.m, it is by way offupplement to the other duties

fet down in my book cal'

dN

edia,but

becaufe of my large

h:mdling it,I referved it for a traCt by it felfJndeed

of

:t!l

other duties, I prefer it as

the

diief, and I exceedingly

wonder that before this time, it hath not been underta–

ken by fome abler hand.

l.

hrifi:ians ordinarily go

to

prayer, Sacraments, Bearing,

Readin~,

:1nd Meditation

ofthe Word; :1qd fometimes (though more feldome)

they fet

on

the exercife of

o~her

duties, as l£lf-trial,felf–

denial, the improving of experiences, the clearing ofe–

vidences,extemporar.y and deliberate meditation,&c.but

in

the mean time how is the main, the prime employ–

ment,even the duty ofduties,of

Looking unto ::fefus

who!,..

ly

~glected-:

If many, or moil: have been ignorant ofjt

hitherto,

I

think it is high time , to difcover it to the

fleepy world, :md it may be when day is clear, they will

walk in the light, :1rid

bldfe

God for finding out

a

way,_

wherein ttey may more immediately have commerce

with

J

efus

hrifi:.

I

could have wi{hed that others more

abl~ ·had

:1ppeared in this fervice, in-i particular handling

of this excellent fubject,

I

finde it in print wi!ht for by a

gDdly Brother, where he complaines

that chrijls love

had been fo little Jludied. Men have been very (wift in

{earching after other truths, but jlqw in fearching after this,

An ample exact di(ccvery of this love of Chrift,

I

fay of

this love (in rarrying on

ot~r(ortls

{alvation from prft to !aft)

may well be Jet dorvn 4mong{l the

defiderata,

the deftrables

of

;Divines,

it

having been fo little handled (unle({e in fome

parts or pieces) by any: Surely

it

is very fad to think, that

the knowledge cfthis love of

chrijl:,

(in a continued

feries)

being

of

fuch necej{ar)' and high cmcernment hath beep fo

little enquired into,

0

whllt agallant Go(pel-deflgne were

it

for

(o~e

one who is acquainted with the Spirit in a large

mea_(tere~

to go

O'VC.r:

the .

whole Biftory o[the Gofpel,

(hof

t

e