attention of erring and wretched mortals to the gospel of peace. He is justified, not only by the general principles of humanity, but by the particular command of the religion. of which he is a minister. Thus saith the apostle:

"Feed the flock of God, as much as lieth “in you, taking the oversight thereof, not by "constraint, but willingness; not for FILTHY "LUCRE, but of a ready mind.* Take heed "to all the flock, over the which the HOLY "GHOST hath made you overseers, to feed "the Church of God, which he hath purcha"sed with his own blood."+

This I have humbly attempted; and, in imitation of a most excellent prelate, I have adapted my book to all; yet various parts of it more particularly to various descriptions of men; some to the great, some to the learned, but the greater part to the people: remembering the Apostle's example, who says, "To "the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some; " and this I do for the GOSPEL'S SAKE, that "I might be a partaker thereof with you."||



* 1 Pet. v. 2.

† Acts, xx. 28.

Bishop Saunderson, who preached in an appropriate manner, ad aulam, ad clerum, ad populum. See the titles of his Sermons.

1 Cor. xi. 22.

And now, readers, before you proceed any farther, let me be permitted to say to you, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and "the love of God, and the fellowship of the "Holy Ghost, be with you," in your progress through this book, and also through life, even to its close.


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XXII. On the Means of obtaining the Evidence of Christi-
anity, afforded by the Holy Spirit.

XXIII. Temperance necessary to the Reception and Conti-
nuance of the Holy Spirit in the Heart, and conse-
quently to the Evidence of Christianity afforded by
Divine Illumination.




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