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To

the Chriflian Reader,

light

given

him

before he

can

favingly

receive

that

light

which

is

externally

offered

him

;

And

who

foever thus

receives

the

light

offered,

B

mares

that

as

much

his

owne

(in

his own

capacity

as

it

was

the

offerers.

And

forafmuch

as

there

are many

unftable

and

unlearned

ones

(fo

the

Apofile

Peter

exprefreththem,

2

Epitie

3.

z

6.)

who

(at

leafl

prefuntinq

to

fee without,

i

f

not

fco'ring

to

fee

b

y

the

light

which

others

offer

)

wreft

not

only the

Epif}les

of

Paul, in

which

(asthe

Apofile

Peter

there

affirmeth)

are

many

things hard

to

beunderiovd, but

all

other

Scriptures

to

their

own

deftruaion, it

cannot

be

reafonably

judged

a

differvice

either

to

God

or to

his people,

to

endeavour

(in

the

utmoft

im-

provement

ofgifts

and light

reccived)

a

right

interpretation

of

them.

And

though

we

dare not

offer

our

interpretations

under

the

Title

of

In-

fallible

and

fo

challenge

a

dominion

over

the

faith

of

others,

yet

we

may

be

helpers both

of

theirjoy

and

knowledge. We are commanded

to

try the

fpirits

whether they

be of God

(i

Job.

4.

i.)

We muff not

rejec°i

all

Spirits,

becaufe

poffibly many

are

not

of

God.

The

Spirit

of

God

is

above

all

tryall;,

but

there

are

Spirits

(even

the

Spirits

or

fpirituall

gifts

of

all

men)

which

a

muí