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ousness was made over to him, and so accounted his. This, this is gospel i this is the only way of finding acceptance with God: good works have nothing to do with our justification in his fight. We are justified by faith alone, as faith the article of our church ; agreeable to which the apostle Paul says, “ By grace ye are faved, through faith; and that not of yourselves ; it is the gift of God.” Notwithstanding, good works have their proper place : they justify our faith, though not our persons; they follow it, and evidence our justification in the sight of men. Hence it is that the apostle
Yames alks, was not Abraham justified by works ? (alluding no doubt to the story on which we have been discoursing) that is, did he not prove he was in a justified state, because his faith was productive of good works! This declarative juftification in the fight of men, is what is directly to be, understood in the words of the text; “ Now know I, says Gon, that thou feareft me, fince thou hast not withheld thy Son, thine only Son from me." Not but that God knew it before; but this is spoken in condescention to our weak capacities, and plainly shews, that his offering up his son was accepted with God, as an evidence of the sincerity of his faich, and for this, was left on record to future ages. Hence then you may learn, whether you are blessed with, and are fons and daughters of, faithful Abrabam. You say you believe ; you talk of free grace and free justification: you do well ; the devils allo believe and tremble, Buc has the faith, which you pretend to, influenced your hearts, renewed your souls, and, like Abraham's, worked by love! Are your affections, like his, set on things above? Are you heavenly-minded, and like him, do you confess yourielves frangers and pilgrims on the earth. In short, bas your faith enabled you to overcome the world, and ftrengthned you to give up your Isaacs, your Jaughter, your most beloved luits, friends, plealures, and profits for God? If so, take the comfort of it; for justly may you fay, “ He know alluredly, that we do fear and love « God, or rather are loved of him." But if you are only ta'king believers, have only a faith of the head, and never fel the power of it in your hearts, however you may bolster yourselves up, and say, “ We have trabam for our father, " or Christ is our Saviour ;* unless you get a faich of the
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bour, for Christ's fake, labour, ye Yons and daughters of Abraham, to relign then daily'in affection to GOD, that, when he shall require you really to sacrifice them, you may not confer with Aesh and blood, any more than the blessed patriarch now before us. And as for you that have been in any measure tried like unto him, let his example encourage and
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enjoys, and how he is incessantly thanking Goð for tempta ing and trying him when here below. Look up often by the eye of faith, and see him fitting with his dearly beloved fraac in the world of spirits. Remember, it will be but a litile while, and you shall fit with them also, and tell one anotñer what God has done for your souls. There I hope to fit with you, and hear this story of his offering up his Son from his own mouth, and to praise the Lamb that sitteth upon the throne, for what he hath done for all our souls, for ever and evera sitten "+1*:." oyri. 103" p. its spogut printy : 50W . " !! !!, L'ai prisirs crimes again,
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Yoshua, who having in a moft moving, affectionate discourse i recounted to the Ifraelites what great things God had done for them in the verse immediately preceding the text, comes to drawqa proper inference, from what he had been delivering; andriacquaints them, in the most prefing *terms, that since Gòn had been so exceeding graciousuunto "them, they could do no less, than out of gratitude. for fush
uncommon favours and mercies, dedicate both themselves and families to his fervice. « Now therefore, fear the LORD, • and serve him in sincerity and truth, and put away the Gods · which your fathers served on the other side of the food."
And by the fame engaging motive does the prophet Samuel afterwards enforce their obedience to the commandments of GOD, 1 Sam. xii. 24.x.“ Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth; with all your heart ; for consider how great things he hath done for you.” i But then, that they mighic not excuse themselves (as too many might be apt to do) by his giving them a bad example, or think he was laying heavy burdens upon them, whilst he himself touched them not with one of his fingers, he tells them in the text, that whatever regard they might pay to the doctrine he had been preaching, yet he (as all ministers ought to do) was resolved to live up to and practise it himself: " Chuse you therefore, whom you will serve, whether the Gods, which your fathers served, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
A resolution this, worthy of Joshua, and no less becoming, no less necessary for every true son of Josua, that is intrusted with the care ard government of a family in our day : and, if it was ever seasonable for minifters to preach up, or people to put in practice family-religion, it was never, more so than in the present age; fince it is greatly to be feared, that out of those many, housholds that call themselves christians, there are but few that Terve God in their respectivet families as they ought.
It is true indeed, visit our churches, and you may perhapš see something of the form of godlines still subsisting amongst us; but even that is scarcely to be met with in private houses.o. Sa that were the þlessed angels to come, as in the patriarchal age, and observe our spiritual oeconomy at home, would they not be tempted 1 to say as -Abraham to Abimitech, "Butely; the fear of God is not in this place?”. Gen. xx. II.
How Tuch a general Heglect of family religion first began to overspread the christian world, is difficult to determine. As for the primitive christians I am spofitiveit was not so with them. No, they had not fo learned CHRIST, as falsely to imagine religion was to be confined solely to their aflemBlies for public worship but, on the contrary, behaved wish such piery and exemplary holiness in their private families, that Se. Paat often ftyles their housesa church :1" Salute such a one, tay's We, and the church which is int his house."- 1 And, I believe; we must for ever despair of seeing da primitive spifit of piety revived in the world, till we are so happy as to Tee' a revival of primitive family religion; and persons unanimously resolving with good old Joshua, sin the words of the text, 'As for me and my house, we will ferve the LORD.”
From which words, I shall beg leave to insist on these three things. n. 1 .? ' . say ;
I. First, That it is the duty of every governor of a family
to take care, that not only he himself, but also that
those committed to his charge, “ serve the Lord.” II. Secondly, I fhall endeavour to Thew after what manner
a governor and his houshold ought to serve the LORD. And, s .
II1. Third?;, I'fhall offer some motives, in order to excite tub all governors, with theif refpective "housholds, to "ferve .:?the Lord in the manner that shall be recommended. on, IWO 2 ) SVE CI" ( Pyn yr 19 Tdi pót nemt og bin .
And Firl, hain to Thew that it is the duty of every gover, 19. nor of a family to take care, that not only he himself, but
29.1 also that those committed to his charge, fhould serve the -1012 LORD.,.,, pl ossen voit '17.10 'while *. And this will appear, if we consider that' every governor of a family ought to look upon himfelfias obliged to act in three capacities as a prophet,' to' instruct; as a "priest, to pray for and with;' as a king, to govern, direct, and provide for thein.' It is true'indeed, the latter of there, their Kindly office, they are not so frequently deficient in, (way in this they are generally too Tolicitous) but as for the two former, their priemy and prtéphetic office, like Gallis, they care for no such things. But however indifferent fome governors may bé about it,' they may be assured, that God will require a due dilcharge of these offices as their hands. For'if, as the apón je argues, k. He that does not provide for his own house,” in temporal things, “ has denied the faith; and is worse than an'infidel"* to what greater degree of apoftary must hé have arrived, who takes no thought to provide for the spiritual welfare of his family!
*But farther, person's are generally very liberal of their in. vectives against the clergy, and think they justly blame the conduct of that minister who does not take heed to and watch over the dock, of which the Holy Ghost has made him 'overseer : but may not every governor of 'a family, be in a lower degree liable to the same ćensure, who takes no thought for those souls that are committed to his charge ? For every house is as it were a little parish, every governor (as was beb fore observed) a priest, every family' a fock: and if any of them perish through the governor's neglect, their 'blood will God require at their hands.
Was a minister to disregard teaching his people publicly, and from house to house, and to excuse himself by saying, that he had enough to do to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling, without concerning himself with that of others; would you not be apt to think such a minister, to