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2.

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confidence and holy boldnefs

in

approaching

to

God,

If

our

Confcience

condemn

us

not,

`lays

fohn)

then have we

confidence

towards

God.

In

a

word,

whatever

condition

a

tnsn

can be in,

it proves

his

friend,

nay his

belt

friend.

A

third

reafon

is

taken from

the great prejudice

that

co-

aneth to

a

man

through

his

thwarting

and coming

in

tops

with

Confcience

;

he wanteth

that

fweet

inward

peace

that

pafl"eth

all

under(fanding,

to

keep

and

garrifon

his

heart

and

mind, whereby he

is

much

expofed

and

laid

open

;

God

looketh

terrible-like

upon

hirn, and he

bath

no

ae_

cefs

to

him

with

boldnefs

and confidence

;

when

the

Con-

pence

is

difquieted,

troubled,

and

as

it

were

through-o-

ther,

or

confufed,

and

fears

arife, and challenges

are

wa-

kened therein,

there threaten

a

challenge

from

God,

and

portend

a

ftorm

of

wrath

to follow

Hence

is

David's

corn

-

plaint,

Pfal.

31. 3,

4. When

I

kept

pence,

nay

bones

wax

e

old

through

my

roring,

&c. and

his

lamentation

through-

out

Pfalm

5!. and

to

this

purpofe

the

apoftle

john

freaks

very weightily,

If

our

heart

condemn

us,

God

is

greater

than

our

heart,

and

knoweth

all

things

;

where

he

plainly infnu..

ates,

that

the heart

or

Confcience

its

condemning,

is

the

forerunner

of

God's`condemning, and

an

evidence

of

it

;

and that

withal the

latter

is,

as

more abfolutely infallible,

fo more

terrible

than

the

former

;

where there three

go

along

together,

it

is

impofiible, where

a

perfón

is

tender,

but

he will

be

loth

to

top or thwart

with

his

Confcience.

As

for the

tiles

which

we

propofed

to

fpeak

to

in

the

third

place, they

may be

drawn

to

thefe four.

I. For

information and

inffru

&ion

in

the matter

of

duty.

z.

For

trial,

and to evidence

who

are

fincere believers.

3.

For

reproof.

4.

For

exhortation

;

there

being

need

of

all

thefe,

efpccially

to fuch Chriftians who take

but

little

heed

to

their

Confcience.

The

firß:

Ufe

íheweth

what

is

believers

duty

;

they

Mould

by

all

means

learn

to

know and take

up

what

Con

fcience faith from

the

word

of

God,

and

labour

to

have

their

Confcience

well

informed;

and

take notice

of

what

it

fpeaketh ere they do

any

thing,

and

what are Conici-

ence

thoughts

of it,

after

it

is

done,

and

accordingly

to

be

affe&ed, determined and

fwayed

:

It

is

true,

the Law

afGod

is

the fnpreme

rule»

and to

be

hearkned

to

in

tl.r