Burgess - BT715 B85 1654

To the Reader• fometitnes hinder the perceiving of our fpirirual life i and although .it be a knownJaying of <..Attftin, Thld whofoever doth believe dotb perceive and jtel he doth !Jefll -lieve, yet that is t0be underftood of a potential apti– tude, if there be no {l:rong impediment , otherwife · graceand the affurancc of it are many times fepara.ble, hence the promifesare made to him that hath grace)not that knoweth he bath it. · 4~ Let themyet further diftinguifo between ihe h4vi:~g of grAceahfolutely, 11na the enjoyingDJ it ACcording to tJur defires. Thegodly man fometimes ftaggereth, quefiion– ing whether he hath grace,becaufe he hath not as much as he would have and praieth for : Even as fome cove– tous men think not themfelves rich, becaufe they have not fo vaft an efiate as theyhave inordinately propoun.. ded to themfelves. - s. Let not the godly mt~n make the work of grace upon another mans heart the Rule uponhu tJWII ; yet how often / will the tender heart be making fuch comparifons, be.. caufe they have not beeri wrought upon in fuch a man. nor, and to fuch a d~gree as others whom they know~ therefore they are apt to doubt of all. But we reade in the Scripture ofdifferent converfions ofmen to Chrift, and therefore we muLl: not limit God to one way. 6. Let themnet foit to diftinguifb between pArtilfl hy– potrijieand total. There is no godly man but he bath hypocrifie in him, as well as other fins , and that fin is ready to.putit felf fmth, as well as other; but the pre- . fence and the predominancy mufi be dilHnguiihed., el fe woe be to the mofi upright man that liveth. Laftly; This muft not be forgotten, thatevenirl"·hy-– P?~rifieor any other fin predominating, there muft be dJffer~nc~ade between,, violent rejiJfed prevatency, and · acopfoam, /