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The PR E FACE

exercifed to difcern Good and Evil, and into an abounding

in all Knowledge 4nd Senfe.

And indeed, that Perfon it

the beft Interpreter, who (bejidu other Helps) bath a

Comment in his own heart

;

and he beft Interprets

Paul't

Epiftler, who is himfelf the

Epifl:Ie of Chrifl:

wPitten by

the Spirit of God. · He beft underfiarids

Paul's

Epiftlu,

who had

Paul's

Senfe, Temptations, and Experience.

He religioufly obferved the Light he arrived to, andgreat–

!J

abhorred to hold any Truth in unrighteoufnefs

;

but lived

over the Truths he Jtnew, even to the ha'{_ard of what was

moft dear to him. And according to Chrijt's own Aphorifms,

the truefi way of underfianding

hif

Doflrine is to do it: as

on the other fide, there is no great

difoan~e

between jhipwr:ecl{

of Faith and agood Confcience.

He had a GenitM to diJJe intQ th£t bottom of Pointf, which

he intended to Treat of; to

fl:udy them down,

as be ufed to

exprefr it, not contenting himfolf with

fuperficial Know–

ledge

without wading int;o the depths of thingt. His way

was to confult the weightiejl, if not aU the Autbort that had

written upon the Subjefl be was upon

,

greatly valuing the

Light

which every man

afforded~

according to the

manifold

Grace of God,

and the

various Difpenfarions of his Spi–

rit ;

yet confined bimfelf to no man's-

~entiments,

but made

an ad'I:Jance from his own

Light·

and'

Experience

to the Noti–

on! of Other.s.

·

As be conjulted with Booft!

,

fo

be bad the advantage of

intimate Converfe with the gr.eateft Chriftians of his Age,

thofe

living

and

walking Bibles.

And thtM from reading the

living Word

i11 himfelf and Othm, he rofe up to agreat

improvement in the

Truths of God,

and was able to

JPea~~

more particularly and experimentally in

Cafes of Confcience

and

Practical Points,

which did not a little.qualijie·him for ·

this Worft;

·

He was aPerfon much addifled to

Retirements

a11el.

deep

Contemplation ,

by which means he bad the advamage

of

loo~ng

round the Points and Scriptum he was upon, and

filling his head and heart with

Spiritual Notions,

as t!Je

Sand of the Sea.

.

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He