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44.

Sermon

I.

commanded

and

preferibed

by him, and

in abflaining

from forbidden

fins

;

for,

if

there

were

not

fome awe

from

confcience,

what extravagancies

would

they

loofly

run

into,

who have no fear

of

God

and

of

his

word

?

And

thus

Confcience

bath

a

force

to

put

men

to

duty,

in

thefe refpeCts;

i.

It

difcovers

duty,

and holds

it

before

them.

When

the

Lord

hath commanded to

pray,

read

the feriptures,

to

keep

the Church,

and wait

upon

ordinances difpenfed

there;

to

keep

holy the

Sabbath

-day,

&c.

Confcience

puts

a

man in

mind

of

thefe

;

and,

when he negle

&s

any

one

of them,

will

fay to

him,

Thou

fhouldíf be

in

another

place,

or

about

other

work

:

So,

when

David's heart

fmote him,

it

helped

him

to

fee

his

duty.

2.

There

is

an obligation to

duty

laid

on by

Confcience,

fo

that the

man

cannot shift

it

;

he

cannot,

he

dare

not

fay,

Such

a

thing

is

not

my

duty;

for

Confcience

beareth it in, and layeth

it

on him

convin-

cingly.

3.

There

is

an efficacy

in

Confcience

to poufs

to

duty

;

from this comes

that

reftlefuefs and

difquiet that

is

often

in

men

and

women,

when

duty

is

omitted, that

they

can have no peace

till

it

be

gone about. 4.

Confci-

fnce

inviteth to

duty,

by

promifing

peace

upon

the

per-

ormance

of

it.

On the

other

hand,

Confcience

hath in-

fluence to

reffrain

from fin,

i.

By

difcoveripg fuch

and

fuch

a

thing

to be fin; and

though the

foul would not

-

wirhftanding

endeavour

to digeff

it,

yet

Confcience

makes

a challenge to

go

down with

at.

2.

By

threatning

the

firmer

when

its

warning

is

negle

&ed, and

not

taken

;

telliLg

him,

That

he

Shall

repent

it

one

day,

and

that

it

will

make

him

repent

it.

3.

By

taking

away

the

fweetnefs of

fin,

and

leaving

a

fling

in

place

of

it

;

as

when

Ahab

killed

Naboth,

it laid,

Haft

thou

killed,

and

a

fo

taken

poffefon

?

And

from this arifé challenges,

and

fears

of

the

execution

of

threatned

judgments, which

quite

mar

the

comfort

the

man expeCted in

the

enjoy

-

ment

of

fuch

and

fuch

a

thing

;

in all

which

it

keeps

a

majeffick and

ftately divine

way

becoming

God's

deputy,

and

bears

witnefs

for

him againft

the

firmer.

A

3d.

end

is,

To

abbreviate (as

it were)

God's

procefs

n

judging

men, to juftify and

clear him,

and to make

way

for

his

feutencet whatever

it

be.

i. It

cotduceth,as

it