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SERM. XVI. Providential Deliverances

from Slavery: [Preached on the 5th of

November.]. . ..i n "... Ps A L. xxxiü. 10. . The Lord bringeth the Counsel of the Hea: then to nought; be maketh the Devices of

the People of none Effect. 361 SERM. XVII. Of the Duty of Charity, . : [A Charity-Sermon.]

St Matt. v. 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Fa

ther which is in Heaven is perfect. 393 SERM. XVIII.' Of the Necessity of Offences arising against the Gospel.

LUK. xvii. 1. It is impossible but that Offences will come ;

but wo unto Him through whom they come.

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SERMON

SERMON I.
Of the Sin against the Holy Ghoft.

[ Preached on Whitsunday. ]

Matt. xii. 31, 32.
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of Sin

and Blasphemy shall be forgiven unto
men ; But thé Blasphemy against the Ho-
ly Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men :
And whosoever speaketh a Word against
the Son of Man," it shall be forgiven him;
but whosoever speaketh against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither

in this World, neither in the World to come. SISK E are met together This day,S ERM. No thankfully to commemorate 1.7 ve the greatest and most impor

tant Gift, that was ever sent

down from Heaven upon the Sons of Men; the Gift of the Holy Ghost

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SER M.at Pentecost; that plentiful Effusion of 1. the Holy Spirit, which was the Accom

plishment both of the Predictions of all the Antient Prophets, and of all the later Promises made by our Saviour to his Dilciples; that Gift of Tongues, which was so peculiarly proper and necessary a Means to the great End for which it was designed, and the Effe Ets whereof have been of such universal Extent over the Face of the whole Earth. The Gospel of Christ, was not, like the Religion of Mofes, to be confined to One Nation or People ; but to be preached, as the general Doctrine of Salvation, to All Mankind: And the Gift of Tongues, wherewith the first Preachers of it were indued, was equally both a necessary Means to enable them to preach to all Nations, and a strong Proof of the Truth of that Doctrine which they were so miraculously inabled to spread.. 'Twas a necessary Means, without which the Gospel could by no labour whatsoever ; no, not by the most indefatigable Industry, in compaffing Sea and Land to make a Profelyte ; have in the Course of many Ages been propagated through so many

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different and so remote Countries, as Serm. by This means it was spread in the space I.. of not many years. And at the same Time that it so swiftly conveyed the Knowledge of the Gospel, 'twas likewise a strong Proof of the Truth of the Doctrine itself, both upon account of the Greatness of the Miracle in its own Nature, and the Clearness of the Evidence wherewith the Miracle was set forth. The Greatness of the Miracle in its own Nature, consisted in This; that it was worked upon many Perfons, at one and the lame Time; that it was a producing in them such an Effect, as was equivalent to the Result of a long Habit ; and that it was not a short and transitory Effect, but of a permanent Duration ; and, in its whole Continuance, equally miraculous, as in the first Operation. Upon the whole therefore, 'twas such a Miracle in all its Circumstances, as there had been no Example of any like it before ; and probably referred to by our Saviour in that Promise ; Yob. xiv. 12; He that believeth on me ; the work that I do, fall be do also, and greater Works than these shall be do. The Clearness of the Evidence wherewith B 2

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