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. I

in the Soul

of

"A1an.·

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vine truths ; but, in our lapfed eftate,

it

bath a peculiar relation to the declarati-

.,..

ons of God's

1nercy

and reconcileablenefs

to finners through a Mediator; and there–

fore, receiving its denotnination from that

principal objecr, is ordinarily termed

faith

irt Jefus

Chrtjl.

·

The

love

of God is a delightful and af–

fectionate fenfe of the . divine perfecrions,

which makes the foul refign and facrifice ,

itfelf wholly

un~o

hin1, defiring above all

things to pleafe him, and delighting in no–

thing fo tnuch as in fellowfhip and com–

munion with hin1, and being ready to do

or fuffer any thing for his fake, or at his

pleafure.

1

'hough this affecrion n1ay have

its

firfl: rife from the favours and n1ercies

of God towards ourfdves, yet cloth it in

its growth and progrefs tranfcend fuch par–

ticular confiderations, and ground itfelf on

his infinite goodnefs ri1anifefl:ed in all the

works of creation and providence.

A

foul ·

thus poildfed with divine love, muft needs

. , be enlarged towards all mankind .in a fin–

cere and unbounded affecrion, becaufe of

the relation they have to God, being his

creature~,

and having fomething of his

image fiamped upon them.

And this is

that

charity .

I named as the fecond branch

of

religion, and under

w

hieh

all

the

parts

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of