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T

I.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter,

7

But

I

afterward perceived

that

Education

is

God's ordinary way for the Convey-

ance

of

his

Grace, and ought no more

to

be fet

in oppoftion

to the Spirit, than

the

preaching

of

the

Word;

and that

it

was

the

great Mercy of God to begin

with

me

fo

loon, and to prevent

fuch

fins

as

elfe

might

have been my

shame

and

forrow

while

I

lived ; and

that Repentance

is

good,but Prevention andInnocence

is

better ; which though we

cannot attain

in perfe&ion,

yet the more the better.

And I underftood, that though

Fear

without

Love

benot a

Date

of

Saving

Grace

and

greaten Love

to the

World

than to

God

be

not

continent with Sincerity

;

yet

a

little

predominant Love

(

prevailing

again'

worldly Love

)

conjunEf with

a

far

greater

meafare

of

Fear,

may be

a Rare

of

Special

Grace! And that

Fear

being

an

eafier

and irrefiftible Paffion,

Both oft

obfeure

that

meafure

of

Love

which

is

in-

deed

within

us!

And that the

Soul

of

a Believer

groweth

up

by degrees,

from the more troublelome

(

but

fafe

)

Operations

of

Fear ,

to

the more

high

and

excellent

Operations

of

Complacential

Love;

even

as

it

hath

more

of

the

fenfe

of

the

Love

of

God in

Chrift,

and

belief

of

the Heavenly

Life

which

it

approacheth

:

And that it

is

long

before

Love be fenfibly

predominant in

relpeEt

of

Fear

(

that

is,

of

Self

-love

and

Self-

prefervation),

though at

the

firft

it

is

predomi-

nant

againft

Worldly Love.

And

I

found that my

hearty

Love

of

the

Word

of

God,

and

of

the

Servants

of

God, and

nay delires

to be more

holy,

and efpecial-

Iy the hatred

of

my Heart for loving God no more, and my

Love

to

love

him,

and

be

pleating

to

him,

was

not

without

fòme Love

to

hit

afelf,thcugh

it

works

more

fenfibly

on

his

nearer

Image.

4. Another

of

my Doubts

was becaufe

myGriefand

Humiliation

was

nogreater,

and

becaufe I could

weep no more

for

this.

But

I

underftoodat Ian

that

God breaketh-not

all

Mens hearts alike,

and

that

the

gradual proceedings

of

his

Grace might

be

one

caufe, and

my

Nature not apt

to

weep for

other

Things another

:

And that the

Change

of

our

Heart

from

Sin

to

God,

is

true Repentance; and

á

loathing

of our

felves

is

true Humiliation

!

and

that

he

that

had

rather

leave his Sin,

than

have leave

to

keep

it

,

and had

rather

be the

molt holy, than

have leave

to

be

unholy or

left

holy,

is

neither without

true

Repentance,

nor the

Love

of

God.

ç.

Another

of

my Doubts was, becaufe

I

had after my Change committed lome

Sins

deliberately

and

knowingly :

And

be

they never

fo fmall,I

thought

he

that could

fin

upon knowledge

and

deliberation

had no

true Grace, and that

if

I had but had

as

Prong Temptations

to

Fornication,

Drunkennefs,

Fraud,

or other

more heinous

Sins,

I might

alto have

committed them

!

And

if

theft

proved

that I

had

then

no

Saving

Grace,

after all

that

I

hadfelt, I

thought it

unlikely that

ever

I

fliould

bave

any.

This

(tuck

with me

longer

thanany

of the reP

;

and

the

more,

becaufe

that

e-

very Sin which

I

knowingly committed did renew

it

:

And the terms on which

I

receive

Confolation againft

it

are thefe

:

(Not

as

thofe

that think

every Sin a-

gainft Knowledgedoch nullifie all our former Grace and

Unregenerate

us;

and

that

every

time

we

Repent

of

filch,

we

have a

new Regeneration

:

but)

x.

All

Saving

Grace

Both

indeed

put the

Soul

into

a

Pate of Enmity to

Sin

as

Sin, and

confequently

to

every

known

Sin.

2.

This Enmity mutt thew it

felf in

Vietory;

for bare

'riving,

when we are

overcome, and yielding

to

fin

when we have

a

while

Driven againft

it,proveth not

the

Soul

to be fincere.

g.

Yetdo-not God's Children

always overcome ; for

then they

lhould

not

fin

at

all

!

But

be

thatfaith

be

bath

no

fin deceivetb bimfelf.

4.

God's

Children

always

overcome thofe Temptations

which

would

drat,

them

to

a wicked

unholy

(late

of

Life,

and would unregenerate them and change their

fare,

and

turn them

back from

God to

a flefhly

worldly Life

;

and

alto

to any

particular

Sin

which proveth fach

a

Pate, and

lignitieth

a

Heart which

bath more

habitual Love to the World than

unto God

(

which may

well be called a Mortal

Sin

,

as

proving the Sinner in

a

Pate of Death;

as

others may

be

called

Venial

Sins,

which

are continent with

Spiritual Life

and

a

Ju'ified

State).

S.

Therefore

whenever

a juflitied

Perfon finneth,

the Temptation

at

that

time

prevaileth

again'

the Spirit,

and the Love

of

God

!

not

to the

Extinf,Eion

of

the

Loveof God, nor to the

DeflruEtion

of

the

Habit,

nor the

fetting up

of

the

corítrary

Habit

in

predominancy

; as

fetting up

the

habitual Love

of

any

Sin above

the

ha-

bitual Love

of

God

!

The

inclination

of

the Soul

is

Pill

mot

to God

:

And he

efteemeth him

moP, and

preferreib

him

in the adherence

of

his

Will,

in

the main

bent and

courfe

of

Heart and Life; only

he

is

overcome, and fo

far

abateth

the

a&ual