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And our corrupt,
ir sorrowing more, or as much for any world
loss or cross, as for our sinning against God, Theff. iv. 15. And so also is our want of al, or our luke-warmness in the cause of God id his truth, Rev. iii. 16. ind, and undiscreet zeal, Luke ix. 55. And us, have i shewed unto you what the Eord reiireth, 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 ommandment doth require all these duties, because no man can truly have the Lord for his God, except he hath chosen him for his portion; and no man can truly chuse the Lord for his portion, before he truly know him; and he that doch truly know God, doch truly believe both his threatenings and his promises; and he that doth truly believe the Lord's threatenings, mult needs fear and tremble at them; and he that doth truly believe the Lord's promises, must needs truly love him, for faith doch always produce and bring forth love; and whosoever Hoth truly love God, must needs desire near communion with him; yea, and rejoice in comÎnunion with him; yea, and fear to offend bim; yea, and sorrow for offending him; yea, and be zealous for his glory.
Secondly, I know that all these fins are forbidden in this commandment, because that what foever the mind, will, and affections of men art fer upon, or carried after, either more, or a much as after God, that is another God, unco bim : and therefore if a man stand in fear of a ny creature, or fear the loss of any creature, ei ther more than God, or equal with God, he makes that creature his god; and if he trust unito and put confidence in any creature, either more than in God, or equal with God, that crea ture is his god : and hence it is that the covet ous man is called an idolater, Eph. v. 5. for that he maketh gold his hope, and faith to the fine gold, “ Thou art my confidence," Job xxxi. 24. And if any man be proud of any good thing he hath, and do not acknowledge God to be the free giver and bestower of the fame; or if he be impatient and difcontented under the Lord's correcting hand, he makes himself a god; and if a man fo love any creature, as that he desires it being absent, or delights in its being present, either more than God, or equal with God, that creature is another god unto him. And hence it is, that voluptuous men are said to make their belly their god, Phil. iii. 19. In a word, whatsoever the mind of man is carried after, or his heart and affections fet upon, either more, or as much as upon God, that he makes his god. And therefore, we may undoubtedly conclude, that all the fins before men tioned, are forbidden in this commandment.
Nom. Then believe me, Sir, I must confess hat I come far short of keeping this commandsent perfectly
Evan. Yea, and so we do all of us, am I confient; for have not every one of us sometimes uestioned in our hearts, whether there be a jod or no? And as touching the knowledge of sod, may not we all three of us truly fay with he apostle, 1 Cor. xiii. 9. " We know in
part.” And which of us hath fo feared and rembled at the threatenings of God, and at the haking of his rod, as we ought? Nay, have we not feared the frowns, threats, and power of some mortal man, more than the frowns, threats, and power of God? It is well, if it have not appeared by our chusing to obey man rather than God: and which of us both fo trusted unto, and tleied upon the promises of God in time of need, as he ought. Nay, have we not rather trusted unto, and relied upon men and means, than upon God? Hath it not been manifested by our fearing of poverty, and want of outward things, , when friends, trading, and means begin to fail us, though God hath said, " I will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee,” Heb. xiii. 5. And which of us hath fo humbled ourselves under the chastising and correcting hand of God as we ought: nay, have we not rather expressed abundance of pride, by our impatience and difcontentedness, and want of submitting to the will of God; and by our quarrelling and contending with his rod. "And which of us hath fo acknowledged God in the time of prosperity, and been so thankful unto him for his blessings, as we ought ? Nay, have we not rather at such times forgotten God, and sacrificed to our Own necs, saying in our hearts, if not also with on mouths, I may thank mine own diligence, care
, and pains-taking, or else it had not been with me as it is? And which of us hath fo manifested our love to God, by our desire of near communion with him in his ordinances, and by our defire to be dissolved and to be with him, as we ought? Nay, have we not rather expressed our great want of love to him, by our backwardness to prayer, reading, and hearing his word, and receiving the facrament, and by our little delight therein, and by our unwillingness to die? Nay, have we not manifested our greater love to the world, by our greater defires after the profits, pleasares, and honours of the world, and by our greater delight therein than in God? Or, which of us have fo manifested our love to God, by our forrow and grief for offending him as we ought? Nay, have we not rather manifefted our greater love to the world, by our sorrowing and grieving more for some worldly loss or cross, than for offending God by our fins? Or which of us have so manifested our love to God, by being so zealous for his glory as we ought? Nay, have we not rather expressed greater love to ourselves, in being more hot and fiery in our own cause than in God's caufe ? And thus have I endeavoured to satisfy your desires concerning the first commandment.
Neo. I beseech you, Sýr, proceed to do the like concerning the second commandment, and
cft tell us how the first and second commandent differ, the one from the other.
Evan. Why as the first commandment teach
to have the true God for our God, and one other; so the second commandment reuireth that we worship this true God alone, rith true worship: and in this commandment kewise there is a negative part expressed in these vords, “ Thou shalt not make to thyself any 'graven image,” bac. And an affirmative part ncluded in these words, “ But thou shalt wor
ship me only and purely, according to my ' will revealed in my word.”
Neo. I pray you then, Sir, begin with the affirmative part, and tell us what be the means of God's worship prescribed in his word.
Evan. If we look into the word of God, we shall find that the ordinary means and parts of God's worship, are invocation upon the name of God, ministry and hearing of the word of God, administration and receiving the sacraments, with all helps and furtherances to the right performance of the fame.
But to declare this more particularly, (a) First of all, prayer both public and private is required in God's word, as you may see, 1 Tim. ii. 8. Acts ii. 21, 22. Dan. vi. 1o. Secondly, Reading the word, or hearing it read, both publickly and privately is required in God's word, as you may see, Rev. i. 3. Deut. v. 6. Thirdly, Preaching and hearing of the word preached, is
required (a) Elton and Downham on the second Com.