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man that never had finned, neither mine own, nor all. he righteousness of the world could fare me. Chr. And did you think he (pake true?

Hipe. And he told me so when I was pleased and satis. ked with mine own amendments, I had called him fool for pains ; but now since I fec mine own infirmity, and the

which cleaves to my best performance, I have been for zd to be of his opinion.

Chr. But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there was such a man to be found, of whom it might juftly be faid tast he never committed fin ?

Hope. I mult ccnless the words at firil founded trangelys jur, after a little more talk and company with him, I had Wil conviction about it.

Chr. And did you ask him what man this war, and how lou noft he juflified by him?

Hope Yos, and he told me it was the Heb. 10. Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on the right hand

the Moft High. And thus, ad he, you muft be juftified by hiin, even by vuft Pet. 1.

to what he hath done by himself in the

of his feth, and suffered when he did A more parijjang on the tree. Talsd him further, how cular dijcovery hat man's righteousness could be of that of tbe way to ficacy is conjuitify ankther before God? be saved.

He was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also, not for him. felf, true for me; to whom his doings, and the worthincfs of them, should be imputed, if I believed on hius. Chr. And what did you do then? Hope

. I made my objeétions against my believing, for that I thought he was not willing to save me, Cbr. And what said Faithful to you then? Hope. He bid me go to him and fec. Then I faid it

prefumption. He said, No, for I was invited to come. Then he gave me a book of Jesus's indicting, to encourage He the more freely to come i and he fail, concerning that brok, that every jie and little thereof food former than heaven and carik... Then I asked him what I must do when I came : And he told me, I mult cnircät upon my knees, with all my heart and soul, the other to reveal him to me. Then I alked him further, how I muß wake my fupplica

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tion to him? And he said, Go, and thou shalt find him öpon a mercy-seat, where he fors all the year long, to giv pardon and forgiveness to them that come, I told him that I knew not what to say when I came And he bi me lay to this effect: God be merciful to me, a dinner, an make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ ; for I go that if his righteousness had not been, or if I have ng faith in that rightcousness, I am utterly cast away. Lord I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and haft ordain ed that thy son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of th world: And, moreover, that thou art willing to beltos upon such a poor finner as I am, (and I am a finner indeed Lord, take therefore this opportunity, and magnify th grace in the salvation of my soul, through thy Son Jesu Chrift. Amen.

Chr. And did you do as you were bidden ?
Hope, Yes, over, and over, and over.
Chr. And did the Father reveal the Son to you?

Hope. Not at first, for second, nor third, nor fourth nor fifth ; no, nor at the fixth sime neither."

Cbr. What did you then?
Hope. What! why I could not tell what to do.
Chr. Had you not thoughts of leaving off praying?

Hope. Yes; and an hundred times twice He thought to fold. leave off praying

Chr. And what was the reason you did

not? Hope. I believed that that was true which hath been told me, to wit, That without the righteousness of this Christ, all the world could not save me; and therefore thought I with myself, if I leave off, I die, and I can bus die at the chrone of grace.

And withal this came into my mind : If it carry, wait for it, because is will furely come, and will not carry. So I continued praying until the Father. Thewed me his Son.

Chr. And how was he revealed unto you:

Hope. I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes

of mine understanding; and thus it wa::. One day I was very sad, I think fadder than at any one time of my life, and this fadness was through a frek fight of the greatnefs and vileness of my fins : And as I was then Içoking for nothing but hell, and the everlasting damaation of my


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tion; It made me fee that God the Father, though he be

foul, suddenly, as I thought, I saw the Lord Jesus look

down from heaven upon me, and saying. 14s 16. 30, 31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou

Ahalt be saved. But I replied, Lord, I am a great, a very great finner : And he answered, My grace is sufficient for chee. Tben I said, But, Lord, what is believing? And then I saw from that faying, (He chat cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me fhall never thirs) that believing s and coming was all onc; and that he that came, that is, ann oot in his heart and affeớions after salvation by Chrift, the indeed believed in Christ. Then the water stood in pine eyes, and I asked further, But Lord, may such a great Enner as I am be indeed accepted of thee, and be saved by thee? And I heard him say, John 6. 16. He that cometh to me I will in no wise cast cat. Then I said, But how, Lord, inuft confider of thee in my coming to thee, that my faith may be placed arigot upon chec? Then he said, Chrift came into the world to

He is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes. He died for our fins, and sofe again for our justification : Heb.7. 24. 25. He loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. He is a Mediator bziwixt God and usa He ever lirait to make interceflion for us. From all which Igathered, that I molt look for righteousness in his person, and for satisfaction for my fin's by his blood ; that what he and in obedience to s Father's law, and in submitting to the penalty thereof, was not for himself, but for himn that

accept it for his salvation, and be thankful. And now Was my heart full of joy, mine eyes full of tears, and mine affections running over with love to the name, people, and ways of Jesus Christ.

Chr. This was a revelation of Chrit to your soul indeed : Bot tell me particularly what effect this had upon your fpirit ?

Hope. It made me fee that all the world, notwithstand. ing all the righteousness thereaf, is in a state of condemnaut, can justly justify the coming finner : It made me greaty alhamed of the vileness of my former foz' and con founded me with the sense of mine own ignorance; for



there never came a thought into my heart before now that thewed me so the beauty of Jesus Chrift: It made me love a holy life, and long to do something for the honour and glory of the Dame of our Lord Jesus: Yea, I thought that had I now a thousand gallons of blood in my body, I couk spill it all for the fake of the Lord Jesus.

I saw then in my dream, that Hopeful looked back and saw Ignorance, whom they had left behind, coming after Look, said he to Chriftian, how far yonder youngfer loi Kereth behind,

Cbr. Aye, aye, I see him ; he caresh not for our com pany,

Hope. But I trow it would not have hurt him had. he kepe pace with us hítherlo.

Chr. That's true ; but I warrant you he thinketh otherwife,

Hope. That I think he doch ; but however let us carry for him. So they did.

Then Christian said to him, Come away, man, why do you stay fo behind ?

Ignor. I take my pleasure in walking alone, even more A great deal than in company, unless Ŭike it better,

Gaid Chriftian to Hopeful, (but loftly) Did I not Bell you he cared not for our company; but however, said

he, come up, and let us talk away che Ignorance's hope time in this folitary place. Then directing and tbe ground his speech to Ignorance, he said, Come, of it.

how do you: How lands it between God

and your foul now! Ignor. I hope well, for I am always full of good motions, that come into my mind to comfort me as I walk.

Cbr. What good moliops? Pray tell us.
Ignor, Why, I think of God and heaven.

Cbr. So the devils and damnd fouls
: Igxor. But I think of them, and desire them.

Cbr. So do many that are never like to Prov. 28. 29. come there. The foul of the Nuggard de

fires, and hath nothing.
Ignor. But I think of them, and leave all for them.

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why, or by what art thou perfuaded, that thou hast left all or God and heaven ? Ignor. My heart tells me so,

Chr. The wise man fays, He that trufts his own heart C1 a fool,

Ignor. That is spoken of an evil heart; bat mine is a food one.

Cbr. But how do thou prove that? Ignor. It comforts. me in hopes of heaven, Chr. That may be through its deceitfulness; for a man's eart may minister comfort to him in the hopes of that hing for which he has yet no ground to hope.

Igner. But my heart and life agree together, and there. üre my hope is well-grounded,

Chri who told thee that thy heart and life agrec toge
Ignor. My heart tells me fo.
Chr. Ak my fellow if. a thief? Thy heart tells thee

the word of God beareth witness in this matter, ther testimony is of no value. er ligner But is it not a good heart that has good thoughts

ind is not that a good life that is according to God's comjandments ? Chr. Yes; that is a good heart that hath good thoughts, od that is a good life that is according to God's commandtenis; but it is one thing indeed to have these, and anoher thing only to think loi, Ignor. Pray what count you good thoughts, and a life ccording to God's commandments ?

Chr. There are good thoughts of divers kinds, some rea pecting ourselves, Tome God, fome Christ, and some other hings, Ignor. What be good thoughts respecting ourselves ? Chs. Such as agree with the word of God? Cht. When we pass the same judgment upon ourselves which the wori pafles. To explain myself, the word of Jod faith of persons in a natural condition, There is none righ cops, there is none that both good. It faith also. That every ima- Gen. 6. 1. fination of the heart of a man is only evil, sed that continually... And again, The imagination of nan's heard is cvil from his youth. Now then, when we


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