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2dly, From hence appears the Reason Sex M.
3dly, FROM what has been said, we
SERM.God as a little child; in that freedom
from guile' and deceit, which was the character of Nathanael, an Ifraelite indeed; and in that teachable disposition or Defire to know the Will of God, for which the Bereans were so highly commended, who searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things the Apostle taught, were so or not. They are commended for not believing on the Authority even of the Apostles. But
4thly, From hence it appears, that there is no need of an Infallible Guide on Earth, or of an unerring Church. For all necessary Truth is sufficiently made known in Scripture ; and one great part of our Christian Duty, is to study the Will of God with such a Disposition of Mind, as may entitle us to the Promise given in the Text, that the Wise shall understand.
5thly and Lastly, Yet This must be fo understood, as to be a Security, not against All, but against Fatal Mistakes. The best and piousest persons, may in many things err; but their Errors cannot be dangerous, or of final ill consequence :
For in things absolutely necessary to Sal-Ser m. vation, the Wicked only can be void of II. Understanding. None of the Wicked shall understand; But the Wise hall understand.
The Practice of Morality leads to
the Practice of the Gospel.
Joh. iv. 44. .
the Father which has sent Me,
O HE Duty and Happiness of S ERM.
rational Creatures, is the III. Practice of Righteousness and m y true Virtue, founded upon a
Belief of the Being and Go-, vernment of God; whose Kingdom over rational Creatures consists, in the conformity of their Wills and Actions to the