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men, of the grace and: love of God, so many roices (hat ve are in confusion, and know not rthat to make of it. Look above, and hearken to the sweet voice m the region of love* What are the voices in heaven? they agree in one: no voice comes from heaven, but love, peaoe, and good will to man. Let feen say what they will, I rest satisfied in the voice above, which is a voice of love and good will. Thifc is enough to satisfy any one who has doubted: and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the ksamvskf host, praising God, and saying, Gbory be to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards mem, Lake ii. 13, 14, not only to Some men, but to aft people, ve*. 10. This is glad tidings indeed, good news from heaven, the best news that ever was, that God hath good will to men; there is no ili will, ail is. good will to men; this canseth peace and praise. Glory be to the Highest for his sweet peace and good will to men, to all people.
To conclude :+—In reading the Scriptures» we are in* to understand any text in such a sense as is not plain in Scripture, or ia contrary tor Scripture, or eontrary to the law of nature, or contrary to the general goodness of God to mankind, of contrary to the gracious spirit and mercifulness of a saint, oar. contrary to the mind of. Christ, which he declared when on earth, or contrary to .the fruits of the blessed spirit, the nature of the tave, goodness, and mercy of God; or in such a sense a* shall tend to eon* tradiet or lessen the glory of God, or lessen the greatness and viches of hia grace; for it is not t* be imagined that God, who is only wise, should da and teach contrary things.
Sure I am, from hence arises no inconveiiiency to the gospel, nor is it any dishonor to God, nor any grief, nor any obstacle to the faith and love of any good man, nor any discouragement to any man in serving God, that there is not to be a punishment for any to endure, that shall never end. Nothing can be more plain than that which hath been said, to any one- who will agree to the truth. Some will not agree to anything though ever so plain and oertain, if it be contrary to the tradition of their fathers : this their way is their folly; and their posterity approve their sayings, Psalm ilix. 13. Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? Isa. liii. 1.
Some believed the things that were spoken, and some believed not, Acts ?xviii< 24. They make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn away the just for a thing* of naught. Isa. xxix. 21. •
O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle, Psalm cxl. 7, So be it
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