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.16

The Life

if

GOD

"\tVherein

the

It is now time to return to

divi~~

lifedoth

the confideration of that

divine

conuu.

lij

h

f

I

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r

r.

.

1

·e

vv

ereo

was uncournng

before; that

lift "which is hid

with

Chrifl

in God, .

and therefore bath no glorious

fhew or appearance in the world, and to

the

natural n1an

will

feen1 a n1ean and in–

fi pid notion. As the ·Anin1al life -conft–

fieth in that narrow

and confined love

·which

is

terminated on a man·'s felf, and

in

his propenfion towards thofe things that

are pleafing to nature; fo the divine life

fi ands in an univerfal and unbounded af–

feCtion, and in the mafiery over our natu–

ral

inclinations, that they may never be

able to betray us

t()

thofe things

which we

know to be blameable.

trhe root of the

divine life is faith; the chief branches are,

love to God, charity to man , purity, and

h umility:

for (as an excellent perfon bath

' vell obferved) ho\vever thefe names

be

comn1on and vulgar, and n1ake no extra–

ordinary found; yet do they carry fuch

a

n1ighty fenfe,

that the tongue of 1nan or

angel

can pronounce nothing more weighty

or

excellent.

Faith

hath the fan1e place

in the

divin~

life which

fe.nfe .

bath in the;

natural, being indeed nothing elfe but a

kind

of fenfe, or feeling perfuafion of

[pi–

ritual things.

It

extends

itfdf

unto all

.di-

vme

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