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4

T'he Life

of

GOD

feverity;

w

hofe fierce wrath

and bitter

.

'

rage aga1nl1 their enemies,

mull:

be

called

holy .zeal; whofe petulancy towards their

fupenors, or rebellion againfi: their gover–

nors,

111ufl:

have the name of Chrifl:ian

courage and refolution.

"'<!ilh

1•

But certainly rdig:ion i·s

q.

uitc

n

at

re

._,

givn is.

another thmg; and they who

are acquainted with it, will en–

tertain far different thoughts, and difdain

all

thofe ihadows and falfe imitations of it,

They know

by

experience, that true

reli–

gion is an union of the foul with God,

a

real participation of the divine na,ture,

the

very image of God drawn upon the

foul; or,

in the Apoftle's

pht~afe,

it is

Chrifl firmed within us.

Briefly,

I

know

not /how the nature of religion can be

n1ore fully expreifed

than

by calling it

a

di,..uine life.

And under th.efe terms

I

ihall

dicourfe of it; ihewing firfi: how it is called

a lije,

and then how it

is

termeq

divine.

Tt

I

chufe to exprefs it by

the ·

~

s

perma-

r

f

n~ncy

_and

name of

life;

firfl:, becatuc

o

!lability..

its permanency and fi:ability.

Religion is not

a

fudden

~art,

or

p~ffion

of

the;

111ind ; not though 1t ihould nfc to

the

heioht of

a

rapture, and feen1 to tranf–

port a

~1an

to exttaordinary peformances.

There are

few

but

have

conviet:ions of

the

·

heceffity