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on

A

&s 24. 26.

5

dire

&ion

of

Confcience,

to take

orders

(to

fpeak fo)

from

it,

fo

as,

when Confcience

pointeth

at

filch and

fuch

a

thing

as

evil,

to fland and

f

f}

there,

without daring

to

meddle

with

it,or

move

towards

it

;

and, when it

holdeth

forth

fuch

or

fuch

a.

thing

to be

a

duty,

ftraightway to

give

obedience

to it.

Herein

mainly

confifleth

a

good

Confcience (confidering

it

with refpe&

to

its

exercife,

when

once

made

good)

to

have

our

Confcience

laying

nothing

againfl us,

and

without

having

ground

to

fáy

any

thing

againfl

us

;

when

it cannot challenge

us,

and

fay,

That

it

enjoined

us

to

do

fuch

or

fuch

a

thing,

and

that

yet

we

did it not

;

or that

it

enjoined

us

to

forbear

fuch

or

fuch

a

thing,

and

that

yet

we

did

-it

not

;

or

that

it

enjoined

us

to

forbear

fuel,

or

fuch

a

thing,

and

that

yet

we

went on

to the

doing

of

it,

fo

that,

when

we

come

be-

tfore

God, it

may have

nothing

to

reprove

or

challenge

us

for,

nothing

to condemn

us

in

;

but,

as

it holdeth

out

our duty

to

us

fro the word,

jufl

fo

to

endeavour

to

..

behave in

all

thin

.

For

the

zd

thing

propofed to

be

fpoken

to,

viz.

That

a

believer

ought, and,

if

he

be

tender,

will walk

fo,

as

he

may

not

offend

his

Confcience

;

there

three

things

will

confirm it.

r.

The

very

nature

and

office

of

his

Confcience

:

If

fo

be

that

Confcience

fpeaketh

for

God,

and

is

appointed by

him

as

his

deputy,

to

be

a

remem-

brancer

of

duty,

and

a

reffrainer from

fin

;

then the

awe

of

God, and

love

to

him,

will

make

a

man

that

is

tender,

walk according to the

dire

&ions

of

Confcience

:

Hence

it

is,

that

Rom.

t

3.

5.

the

commands

that

are laid

on

for

God's fake,

are alto laid

on

for

Confcience fake,

Where-

fore

(faith

he)

ye mujineeds

be

fubjet!,

not

only

for

Wrath,

but

alfo

for

Confcience

fake;

that

is,

from

the

awe

of God,

that putteth

us

to

our

duty,

and from

refpe&

to

Confci-

ence

his

deputy.

In

this

refpeEt

the

voice

of

Confcience

is

the

voice

of

God;

for,as

a

man

cannot be

tender

who

re-

fufeth

to

hear the word

of

God,

fo

neither

can he

be

ten-

der

who

refufeth to comply

with the

dire&ions

of

his

Confcience

fpeaking

the

mind

of

God to

him.

A

fecond

reafön

is

drawn

from

the

great

advantage that floweth

from the

teflimony

of

Confcience ;

it giveth

much

quiet-

nefs

and

Tweet

peace

in

all ftraits

and

troubles,

and

much

D

3

eoníir.