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unhappy one for the rest of the World. Who will suffer by Men's becoming gentle and peaceable? If there were more of this Spirit in the World, it would be a much happier Place than it is: For the Strife and Confufion, and all the Miferies which we see and hear, have their Rise from that Wisdom: which is earthly and sensual.

From what has been said arises this plain Conclusion : That the true Way of judging, whether the Spirit of God be in us, is to consider our own Deeds. Righteousness and Holiness are the only certain Marks of Regeneration. Other Distinctions which Men have invented are rather Marks of their fpiritual Pride, and of their Separation from the Body of Christians, than of their Union with Christ the Head. Take heed therefore that you adorn the Faith with a Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, that you may

have the Comfort and Consolation of knowing that you

have not believed in vain.

DISCOURSE

DISCOURSE XIII.

MATTHEW v. 48.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father

which is in Heaven is perfect.

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unhappy one for the rest of the World. Who will suffer by Men’s becoming gentle and peaceable? If there were more of this Spirit. in the World, it would be a much happier Place than it is: For the Strife and Confusion, and all the Miseries which we see and. hear, have their Rise from that Wisdom which is earthly and sensual.

From what has been said arises this plain Conclusion: That the true Way of judging, whether the Spirit of God be in us, is to consider our own Deeds. Righteousness and Holiness are the only certain Marks of Regeneration. Other Distinctions which Men have invented are rather Marks of their spiritual Pride, and of their Separation from the Body of Christians, than of their Union with Christ the Head. Take heed therefore that you

adorn the Faith with a Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, that the Comfort and Consolation of knowing that you

have not believed in vain.

you may have

DISCOURSE

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