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tothe

R

E A D E R.

He had the happinefr of high and imimate

Communion

with God,

being a man mighty with him in Prayer;to whom

he bad afrequmt recourfe in

d~fficult

Points and

Ct~fes

;

and

fuch Men wade farther tnto the

deep things of God,

who

have [uch a Leader.

He delighted much infearching into Points,and Scriptum

wEich were m1r'e abftrufe and neglefled by others, and t:emo:

vedfrom vulgar lnquiFy: and was veryfuccejJfolin opening

fuch difficult fextr, in difcovering the

depths of Satan,

in

anatomir_ing the

Old Man

in himfelf and othm.

He had been much exercifed in the Controver(tes that baJ

been

agi~ated

·in the Age he lived in, having apiercing Vn–

derjlanding, able to

jimJ

out where the pirrch andftrefs of

Controverftes lay, when he jlated them. in his own heart

from

Scripture

and

Experi·ence,

an·d had a peculiar faculty

to bring themdown to ordinary Capacities

in

ScriptuFe Lan-

guage,

without hard and

ped<1ntic

Tei·ms.

·

He

had a deep infight into the

Grace of God,

ancl the

Covenant of Grace.

·A

Dar~nefs

,

in which

WYH

anci–

ently, and

JliU

is

the caufe of gre'at Errours in the Church;

the Ignorance of the

Greek Fathers,

of the

Grace of God,

gave great occa[ion to the

Pelagian Errours,

as

Janfenius

obferves.

·

He

had (before hir undertabJng this Province) gone over

in the courfe of hir Minifiry the

grand Points of Religion,

and con'cofJed them in his own head.and heart.

And thisfhe.

bad done in frequent and intelligent A1tditories,which greatly

draws out the

Gifts of Men,

and fits them for fuch a

war~

as this.

·

He

had this farther advantage, That God had exercifed

him not only with

Inward conflicts,

but wit b

Sufferings for

the Truths

be owned,

leaving not only

Preferments,

but

(which was more precious to him) the

Exercife of his Mi–

nifiry in his Native Country:

Only be bad this, benefit

/Jy hif

recefr to review and

~udy

over again

bif

Notions.and

Principles.

And we neverfind God wanting i11>

the

df[co.

veries of hir Secrets to fuch Friends in their Retire,

ments.