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Evan. Why he hath revealed himself to be most wise, Rom. xvi. 27. Most mighty, Deut, vii. 21. Most true, Deut. xxxii. 4. Most juft, Neh. ix. 33. And most merciful, Psal. cxlv. 8.
Neo. And how hath he revealed himself to us in his works?
Evan. He hath revealed himself in his works to be the Creator of all things, Exod. xx. 11. And the Preserver of all things, Psal. xxxvi. 6. And the Governor of all things, Pfal. CXXXV. 6. And the Giver of every good gift, James i. 17.
Neo. And how must our knowledge of God, and our belief in him, be expressed by their effects ?
Evan. We must express, that we know and believe God to be according as he hath revealed himself in his word and works, by our remembring and acknowledging him whenfoever there is occasion for us fo to do.
As for example. When we read or hear those judgments that the Lord in bis word hath threatened to bring upon us for our fins, (a) we are to express, that we do remember and acknowledge him to be most mighty, true, and just, by our fearing and trembling thereat, Pfal. cxix. 120. Hab. iii. 16. And when we read or hear of blessings, that Lord in his word hath promised to bestow upon us for our obedience, (b) then we are to express
, that we do remember and acknowledge him to be most crue, and mer
(1) Deut. xxviii. 16. (6) Deut. xxviii. 2.
Lord alone for our portion, Pfal. xvi. 5, and
ciful, by our obedience unto him, and by our trusting in bim, and relying upon him, Gen. xxxi 9. And when we behold the excellent frame of heaven and earth, and the creatures contained therein, then we are to express, that we do re member and acknowledge the Lord to be the Creator and Maker of them all, by our praise ing and magnifying his name, Psal. cvi. 5. cxxxix. 14. And when the Lord doth actually inflict any judgment upon us, then we are to exe prefs that we do remember and acknowledge him to be the Governor of all things, and most mighty, wise, and just, by humbling ourselves under his mighty hand, i Pet. v. 6. And by judging ourselves worthy to be destroyed for our iniquities, Ezek. xxxvi. 31. And by bear ing the punishment thereof, Lev. xxvi. 41. With willing, patient, contented submission to his will and pleasure, Pfal
. xxxix. 9. And when the Lord doth actually bestow any blessing upon
NO us, then we are to express, that we do remember, and acknowledge him to be the most merciful Giver of every good gift, by our humble acknowledging that we are unworthy of the least of his mercies, Gen. xxxii. 10. and in giving him thanks for all things 1 Thel. v 18. And thus have I shewed unto you
what is the duty of our understandings. Neo
. I pray you, Sir, let us in the next place hear what is the duty of our wills.
Evan. The duty of our wills is to chuse the
Neo. And how must we express that we have chosen the Lord for our portion?
Evan. By our loving him with all our hearts, with all our fouls, and with all our might, Deut.
Neo. And how muft we express that we do thus love the Lord?
Evan. We must exprefs that we do thus love the Lord, by the acting of our other affections, as by our desire of most near communion with him, Phil. i. 23. and by our delighting most in him, Pfal.xxxvii. 4. and by our rejoicing most in him, Phil. iv. 4. and by our fearing most to of fend him, Mat. x. 28. and by our sorrowing most for offending him, Luke xxii. 62, and by being most zealous against fin,and for the gloryof God, Rev. iii. 19. And thus have I shewed you what the Lord requireth in the affirmative part of this Commandment. Neo. I
pray you,Sir, proceed to the negative part, and Thew us what the Lord forbiddeth in this Commandment.
Evan. In this firstCommandment is forbidden ignorance of God, Jer. iv. 22. and fo also is unbelief, or doubting of the truth of God's word, lfa
, vii. 9. And fo also is the want of fearing the threatnings of God, Deut. xxviii. 58. and the fearing the threatnings of men, either more, or as much as the threatnings of God, Ifa. li. 12, 13. And fo also is the want of trusting unto, or relying upon the promises of God, Luke xii
. 29. And the trusting or relying upon our . felves, mens promises, or any other thing, either more, or as much as we do upon God, Jer, xvii.
xxix. 25. And so also is our want of sorrow
ther more, or as much as to offend God, Prov.
3. Lake zi. 20. And so alfo is the want of a knowledging the head of God in the time ol affliction, la mi. 11. And acknowledging that the rod can feite without the hand of God, Jolin xix. 11. And so also is the want of humbling ourselves before the Lord, Dan. 7. 22. and pride of heart, Prov. xi. 5. And so also is iopa. tience, and discontestedness under the chafif ing hand of God, Exod. svii. 2. And not returning unto him that smitech us, Ifa. ix. 13. And to alfo is our forgetfulness of God, in not acknowledging his merciful and bountiful hand in reaching forth all good things unto us in the time of prosperity, Pfal. Ixsviii. 11. Deut. xxxii. 18. ` And fo alfo is our facrificing to our own ners, Hab. i. 16. In ascribing the
coming in of our riches to our own care, pains, 1
gence in our callings, Deut. viii. 17. And so also is unthankfulness to the Lord for his mercies, Rom. i. 21. And fo alfo is our want of love to Ged, 1 Cor. xvi. 22. And our loving any creature either more than God, or with God, Mat. 8. 37. And so also is our want of defiring his presence, Job ssi.
14. defiring the presence of any creature either more or so much as God, Prov. vi. 25. And fo allo is our want of rejoicing in God, Deut. Esvii
. 47. And our rejoicing either more, or as much in any thing as in God, Luke x. 20. And fo allo is our want of fearing to offend God, Jer. V. 2?. And our fearing to offend any morcal man, ei
and grief for offending God, 1 Cor. V. Z.
ir sorrowing more, or as much for any worldlofs or cross, as for our sinning against God, Theff. iv. 15. And so allo is our want of al, or our luke-warmness in the cause of God d his truth, Rev. iii. 16. And our corrupt, ind, and undiscreet zeal, Luke ix. 55. And us, have i shewed unto you what the Lord redireth, and what he forbiddeth in this commandent : and now, neighbour Nomologista, I pray ou tell me whether you keep it perfectly or O? Nom. Sir, before I tell you that, I pray you :ll me how you prove that the Lord' in this ommandment doth require all these duties, and orbid all these fins ?
Evan. First, I know that the Lord in this commandment doth require all these duties, because no man can truly have the Lord for his God, except he hath chofen him for his portion; and no man can truly chuse the Lord for his portion, before he truly know him; and he that doth truly know God, doch truly believe both his threatenings and his promises ; and he that doth truly believe the Lord's threatenings, must needs fear and tremble at them; and he that doth truly believe the Lord's promises, must needs truly love him, for faith doth always produce and bring forth love; and whosoever Hoth truly love God, mult needs desire near communion with him; yea, and rejoice in comfnunion with him; yea, and fear to offend bim; yea, and sorrow for offending him ; yea, and be zealous for his glory. с