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072

Atts

24.

16.

5r

we

(poke

more

particularly to

this do&rine,

viz.

That

there

is,jn

all

men

and

women

a

confcience

that

taketh

,w-

tice

of

every

pieceiof

their

carriage, and

is accordingly

affe-

fted

with,

arid

effeCtetb

for

it.

Some

thing which

aife

&eth

them,

as

it

is

atfe

&e:d

;

if

their

carriage be good,

it

fpeaketh

good

to

them

;

if

evil, it fpeaketh

evil

to

them

Hence'tis

faid,Rom.

2.15.

Their

Con

fcience

bearing

witnefs,

and

their

thoughts

the

mean while

accaijing

or

elfe

excufng

one

another.

Something alfö

was

fpoken to

what

Conference

is,

and what

is

its

office

:

We

!hall

now

add

a

third

Do

&rive (tho'

it

be

not the

third

in

the

order

that

we

propofed

the

do

&rives at firff)

which

is

this,

That

Chrians

ought

fo

to

walk,

yea,

if

they

be

tender,

they

will

aim and

endea-

voúr fo

to

walk,

as

in nothing

they

may

give

their

Confcience

o$enceo

The

foregoing do&rive

is

common to

all,viz.To

_

have

a

Confcience;

but

this, to walk

friendly with

the

Con-

Pence,

fo as

not to

offend

or

wrong

it,

is

not

common

to

all, but peculiar to

him

who

is a

Chriftian

in

earneff

;

as

the

apoftle

fpeaketh

of

himfelf

in

the

preceeding

chapter,

v.

1.

Alen

and

brethren,

I

have

lived

before

God

in

all

good con-

fcience

until

this

day,

(fuppofing

him

to

mean

fnce

his

converfion) and

2Cor.

1.12.

Our

rejoicing

is

this,the

teflimony

of

our Confcience,

&c. and

Heb. 13.

18.

We

trull

we

have

a

good

Confcience

in

all

things willing

to

live

hone

ply

:

And

his

pitching

on

this

as a

great

ground

of

his

eonfolatiora

in`ftraits,

is a

clear evidence

that it

is

not

a

common

thing, but peculiar

to

the

tender

Chriffian

:

Hence

is

the

confident

approaching

of

the

faints to

God,

as

we

may

fee in

David

through

the

Pfilms;

in HeZekiah,

Jfa.

38. 3,

Remember,

I

befeech

thee,

how

I

have

walked

before

thee it

truth,

and

with a

perfect

heart

;

and

in

yob,

chapter

270

v.

6.

So, i

Yghn

3.

2.t.

Beloved,

if

our

hearts

condemn

0.

not, then

have we

confidence

towards

God.

For

further

clearing

of this

point,

we

Thal!

Thew, Pitifr8

What

it

is

not

to

offend

the

Confcience.

2.

That

a

be-h.

liever ought

to

walk

(and,

if

he

be

tender,

will

walk)

fo,

as

he may

not

offend

his

Confcience.

And,

3,

Make

of

of

the

doctrine.

For

clearing

of

the

fiifl,

we

(hall

Brew,

i. What

ofl

n

Beth

the

Confcience. 2.

What

it

is

not

to

offend

Confer

ence,

The

firft

of

thefe

may

be

comprifed

in

thefe

three

D

..

gene