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Moral, and those called Positive : For,_ if the pofitive Duties are the Means and Instruments appointed by God for preserving true Religion and Morality, true Religion and Morality can never be at variance with the Means appointed to preserve them. And, as to the Obligation of observing these Duties, 'tis on all sides equal : For, since we are bound to obey God by all the Ties of moral Duty, and since zthe Institutions of Religion are of God's Appointment, whatever the Matter of the Institution be, the Obligation to obey is certainly a moral Obligation: Which, duly confidered, will shew, that the Text extends to all Parts \ of Religion, and that an (be e two Command-e ments hang all the-Law and she 'Propþetn

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Take heed, Brethren, last there he in any ofyou an evil Heart of Unhelief in departing from the living God.

W%WHE Words of the Text contain an earnest Exhortation, asis eviM T flow dent upon the first View : And HAYWZ the Subject of the Exhortation is Faith towards God 5 for Faith is

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By Faith we hecome the Sons if Ahraha'm, and Heirs together with him of the Hope which i: through Christ Jesus : > By Faith we have Admittance to God, and are intitlea' through the Spirit of Adoption to cry Ahha, Father: By Faith we are delivered from the Bandage of Corruption into the glorious Liherty of the Sons osGozl : By Faith we wait for the Adoption, to wit, the Redemption of our Bozly.si But how come all these Prerogatives to belong to Faith, if Faith be nothing else but believing Things in themselves credible P Why are we not said to be justified by Sight, as well as by Faith? for is there notv the same Virtue in seeing Things visible, as in believing Things cre'dible ? is not the Understanding as faulty when it rejects Things credible, as the Eye when it does not perceive Things visible? Tell me then, what is Faith, that it should vraise Men above the Level of Mortality, ' and make them become like the Angels of Heaven .P s 7 But farther; If Faith be only an Act of the Understanding formed upon due Reasons and Motives, how cornes it to be described Scripture as having its Seat in the Heart? The Apostle in the Text cautions against an 'evil Heart of Unhelies: And the-same Notion prevails throughout the Books of Scripture, " siasind

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