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in

the Soul

of

lvlan.

19

Thefe arc the higheft perfections

that

either n1en or .angels are capable of, the

very foundation .of heaven laid in the foul.

And he who bath attained then1, · needs

not defire to pry in to the hidden rolls of

God's decrees, or fearch ,the volumes of

l1eaven, to know what is detern1ined ab-out

his

everlafiing conditiori; but he

may

find

a copy of God's thoughts concerning

hiln

written

in

his own breafi.

1-Iis

love

to

God n1ay give him a!furance

of

God's fa- .

vour

to him;

and thofe beginnings of hap–

pinefs which

he feels

in the confotn1ity of

the powers

of

his foul

to the nature of

God, and compliance with his will, are

a

fure pledge that

his

felicity

ihall

be

per–

feCted,

and continued to all eternity. And

it

is

not without rcafon that one faid,

I

had rather fee the real

impr~(fion

if

a God–

like nature

upon

my

own flul,

than have

a

,.

vijion from beavt:n, qr

at1

angel ftnt to tell

me that

my

name 'were inrolled in the book

of

l~fe.

When we have faid all that

we

can, the

fecret n1yfl:eries of a new na-

d d . .

1.

c

Religion bet."

ture an

IVIne ne can never

ter

under-

be fufficiently exprefied;

lan-

ftood

by

ac–

guage and vvords cannot reach

tions than

by

h

words.

t

en1 ;

nor can they be

truly

underfiood but

by thofe fouls

that are

inkindlcd