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2

he

LIFE

of

the

LIB. I,

his firft Witnefs ;

and the Spirit by Miracles

was

the fecond

;

and the Spiritby

Renovation,

Sanetification, Illumination and Confolation, affimilating

the

Soul

to

Chrift and Heaven

is

the continued Witnefs to

all

true

Believers

:

And

if

any

Man

have not the Spirit

of

Chrift, the

fame

is

none

of

his,

Rom. 8.

q.

Even

as

the Ra-

tional

Soul

in the Child

is

the inherent Witnefs or Evidence, that he

is

the

Child

of

Rational Parents. And therefore ungodly Perlons have

a

great difadvantage

in

their

refifting

Temptations

to unbelief,

and

it

is

no wonder if Chrift

be a Humbling

block

to the Jews,and

to

the

Gentiles foolithnefs.There

is

many

a

one that hideth

his

Temptations to Infidelity,becaufehethinketh it

a fhame

toopen them,and

becaufe

it

may generate doubts in others:

but

I

doubt the imperfeetion

of

molt

mens care

of

their Salvation,

and

of their diligence

and refolutionin

a holy

Life, doth come from

the

imperfe&ion

of

their belief

of

Chriftianity and the

Life to come.

For my part

I

mutt

profefi, that when my belief

of

things Eternal and

of

the Scripture

is

molt

clear

and

firm,

all

goeth accordinglyin my Soul,and

all

Temptations

to

finful

Com-

pliances, Worldiinefs or

Flefb-

ploafing,

do

lignifie worfe

to

me, than an invitation

to

the

Stocks

or

Bedlam.

And no

Petition

feemeth more neceffary to me than [Lord

in-

creafe our

Faith

:

1 Believe, help thou my

unbelief.]

f. Among Truths certain

in themfelves,

all

are

not equally certain unto

me;

and even

of the Myfteries

of

the Golpel, I

muff needsfay

with Mr.

Richard

Hook-

er Eccl. Polit.

that

whatever men may pretend, the

fubje

&ive

Certainty cannot go

beyond

the

objeítive

Evidence

:

for

it

is

caufed

thereby

as

the print

on

the Wax

is

.

caufed by

that

on

the

Seal

:

Therefore I

do more

of

late

than

ever difcern a necef

-

fit

of

a

methodical

procedure in maintaining the

Doárine

of

Chrilianity

, and

of

beginning at Natural

Verities

,.

as

prefuppofed fundamentally

to

fupernatural

(

though God may when

he pleafe reveal all at

once, and

even

Natural Truths

by

Supernatural Revelation

)

:

And it

is

a marvellous

great help to

my

Faith,

to find

it

built on

fo

fare

Foundations, and

fo

confonant to

the

Law

of

Nature.

I

am

not

fo foolish

as

to pretend

my

certainty to

be

greater than

it is,

meetly

becaufe

it

is a

difhonour to

be

lefs

certain

;

nor

will

I

by Iháme be kept from confefíing thole

Infirmities,

which thofe

have

as

much

as 1,

who hypocritically reproach

me

with

them. My certainty that

I

am

aMan,

is

before my

certainty that there

is

a

God;

for

Quad

facia notum

eft magra

notion:

My

certainty

that there

is

a God,

is

greater

than my certainty that

he

requireth

love

and

hands

of

his

Creature

:

My

certain-

ty

of

thià is

greater than my certainty

of

the

Life

of

Reward and Punishment

hereafter: My certainty

of

that,

is

greater

than my certainty of the

endlefs

dura-

tion of it,

and

of

the immortality of

individuate Souls:

My certainty of the Dei-

ty

is

greater than

my

certainty

of

the Chriftian Faith

:

My certainty

of

theiChri-

ítian Faith in

its Effentials,

is

greater than my certainty

of

the

Perfeótion and In-

fallibility

of

all

the Holy Scriptures

:

My certainty

of

that

is

greater than my cer-

tainty

of

the

meaning

of

many particularTexts, and

fo

of

the truth

of

many par-

ticular

Doârines,

or

of

the

Canonicalnefi

of

fome certain

Books. So

that

as

you

fee

by what Gradations

my

Underftanding doth

proceed,

fo alfo

that

my

Certain-

ty

differeth

as

the Evidences

differ.

And they

that

have attained

to

greater Perfe-

¿lion, and

a

higher degree

of

Certainty than I,

Ihould

pity

me and produce

their

Evidence to

help

me.

And they that willbegin

all

their Certainty with that

of

the

Truth

of

the

Scripture,

as

the

Principtum

Cognofcendi,

may meet me

at the

fame

end

;

but

they muli

give

me leave to undertake to prove to

a

Heathen or

Infidel,

the Being

of

a

God;

and the necefïìty

of

Holinefs, and

the certainty

of

a

Reward

or

Punishment, evenwhile he yet denieth the

Truth of

Scripture, and in order

to

his

believing

it

to

be

true.

6.

In my younger

years my

trouble for

Sin, was

molt

about

my Atïual

failings

in

Thought, Word,

or

Helios,

(

except Hardneßof

Heart,

of

whichmore anon). But

now I am much more troubledfor Inward Defeat,

, and

omillion

or

want

of

the

Vital Duties or Graces

in the

Soul.

My

daily trouble

is

fo much for my

Ignorance

of

God,

and

weaknefs

of

Belief,

and want of greater

love to God,

and

//rangeneß

to

him,

and to the Life to come, and

for

want

of

a

greater

willingnefs

to

die,

and

longing to be with

God in Heaven,

as

that I

take

not

force Immoralities,

though

very

great,

to be

in

themfelves

fo

great and odious

Sins,

if

they could

be

found

as

feparate from

thefe.

Had

I

all

the Riches

of

the World

,

how

gladly lhould

I

give

them, for

a fuller

Knowledge,

Belief, and

Love

of

God and Everlafling Glo-

ry

I

Thefe

wants are

the

greateltburden

of

my Life, which oft maketh my Life

it

felf

a

burden. And I cannot

find

any hope

of

reaching

fo

high

in

thefe,

while

I

am

in

the

Flesh,

as

I

once hoped before

this time

to

have attained

:

which maketh

me the wearier

of

this finful

World, which

is

honoured with

fo

little of

the

Know-

ledge of God.

.Here.