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To the READER.
His Treatise commendech it self to thy acceptance
upon a double account, the one is the knows worth of the Author the other is the great usefulneslie of the subječt matter : The Authour is Mr. Oba dieb Sedgwick, no novice in che things of God, but one that
for a long time, both beyond the feas, and At home, in City and in Countrey, bach kept up the vigour of a convincing Ministery, which the Lord hath abundantly prospered to the converting of some, and building up of others, and no doubt to the conviction of many more, who shall one day know that a Prophet of the Lord hath been amongst idem: Besides, one of an exemplary godlinelle, and long experience in the wayes of God; of whole excellent (pirit the world hath bad a sufficient taste in those choise Treatises char are already published under his name; cerrainly from such an able head, and holy heart, nothing can be expected that is cheap and mean.
'Tis a loffe, a losse that cannot enough be bewailed, that fo. eminent and uleful an instrument, is now by bodily irenknelle, and prevailing indisposicions, taken off from his publick Ministeriallabours: there is no murmuring again't the hand of God, but the waiting of the old stock of our able Ministers should be more laid to heart; alas we that are to succeed in the Lords work
(I am sure I can accuse one) with what a weak and unequal Ñ pace do we follow their great examples? and being too too
early by the removal of such choise instruments, put upon publick services, no wonder if we faint under the burden.
'Tis some recompense for this losse , that this worthy servant of God is yet alive, not only to honour his oltin Mini. s stery (which was most consolatory) by his private discourses, full
of faith and first, and patient, yea, cheerful submission to the Will of God concerning him ; but also to single out such Treatises of his own, as may be of most use to publick.benefit and edificacio
The other reason is the usefulnele of the subject matter. Of all fraces faizb is the chiefeft, of the most universal and conftantin fluence on ite pirirual life; ue work by love, but we live by jajib; in the chaine of graces described, 2 Pet. 1 5,6,7. the first link is faith, as giving trength and officacy to all the sest; what is the grace that yividerb the Lord the glory of his mercy,veractsy and power, bu: faich? it honoureih God more then an uni. firme entire obedience to the whole moral L-ain innocency could pollib!y have done, and pleasech him more then he was difp:caled with the fin of Adam; All graces keep cime and pace with faith, if fauch be weak, love cannot be strong, nor obedience carried on in an evenlenout, the back of patience will soon be broken, and temperance exercise but a weak and feeble restraint on our lusts and paslions, till we learn to counter ballance prefent delights with furwre enjoyments. Faich is the eye of the fuel to see things to come, and the hand of the fool, co receive Jesus Christ, and all benefics in him: Faith,-iBut will nor dia grefle inco the common place, certainly no Treacise of Faith can be unwelcome to a gracious heart , especially fach an one as this is; where matters are carried on with such evidence and demonforation of the spirit, and as to the file, with a sweet eligancy, and yet cempered with graviry and judgement.
I could speak more, but to avoid fufpicion of partialiry, and private affection to my worthy Predecesjonr and Father : I shall only adde this, 'cwere pity that so excellent a Treacife should come forth in an age pestred with such a throng of needlesse Writers, but that it is likely to be found out by its oben Lustre and brigbevelse, like a sparkling diamond among an heap of pibbles and common stones; The Lord continue the life of, and (if it be his gracious will) restore so much of strengch to the Authour, that he may increase the Churches treasure by publishing chole excellent Discourses concerning the Covenant of grase, and other such like spiritual arguments, which he hath in store by him. Reader, I am
Thine in all Cbriftian offices,
The Contents of the Chapters
S. 3. The main and choife thing the troubled foul looks after, is
how to save it felf.
S.S.When God doth throughly work upon mens consciences,persenal
S. 5. Christ ancinted to be a King.
Chap. s. Faith in Christ described.
5.5. The righteousnejse of Christ is that by which we are' f 11-