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SE R M ONS

ON MATTIEW XXV. I, 14.
Henry
WHEREIN

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The Difference between the Sincere Christian

and the most refined Hypocrite,

The Nature and Characters of
SAVING AND COMMON GRACE,

THE

Dangers and Diseases incident to most Flourishing Churches,
or Christians, and other Spiritual Truths of greatest

importance, are clearly Discovered,

and Practically Improved :

BY

THOMAS SHEPARD,

LATE WORTHY AND FAITHFUL PASTOR OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

AT CAMBRIDGE IN NEW ENGLAND

Luxe xxi. 36.-Watcb ye therefore aild pray always, that ye may
be accounted worthy to escape all these thi.gs that fball come

to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

VOL. I.

F AL KIRK:
PRINTED BY T. JOHNSTON,
FOR R. JOHNSTON, THE PUBLISHER.

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HAT that we fons of death have to do in this world, and without which, all our time here is worse than loft, every enlightened mind will casily acknowledge. This present life being by the rule of it, appointed but to this end, to be preparation-time, spent in a continual care to make ready, that we might have a good meeting with him who shall be seen in this air one day. And whether we look up to heaven, or down to hell ; whether we reflect upon our own immortal Souls, or turn our eyes toward the greatness and goodness of that God in Christ with whom we have to do ; whether we pace over the time between this and judgment-day, or send our thoughts to tiew the cternity that is to follow after. All things put a necelty, a solemnity, a glory upon this work.

But difficilia quae pulcbra: It is one of the oracles uttered by our Lord with his own mouth,“ Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way. " that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” It is not so caly a thing to get to heaven, når so broad a way tbither, as the flight and loose opinions of some, and practices of more would make it, nor as the carnal hearts of all would have it. Though that (if it be examined) is the common scope of all erroneous conceits (and how restlelly have the corrupt minds of men laboured therein in all ages, and do in these our days) to widen the way to life, to break down the boundaries of this narrow path, and make it broader than ever God made it. Man's carnal heart finds itself pinioned and straitened in the way (the good old way of effectual faith and obedience) that. God has laid out; hence it breaks out on this hand and on that, and will rather pluck up the ancient land-marks of God's truthi, than not

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