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knowledge of them, but in the doing of 1 Cor. 13. them. For there is a knowledge that is not attended with doing : He that knoweth his maker's will and dorb it not.
A man man may know like an angel, and yet be no christian ; therefore your fign of it is not true. "Índeed, to know, is a thing that plealeth talkers and boafters; but to do is that which pleåleth God : Not that the heart can be good withost knowledge ; for without That, that heart is naught. There are therefore, two forts of knowledge: Knowledge that relteth in the bare speculation of things, and knowledge that is accompanied with the grace of faith and love ; which purs' a man upon doing even the will of God from the heart::. The hirit of these will serve the talker ; but without True knowledge the other; the true chriftian is not content. attended witb Give me underftanding and I ball keep thy endeavours. Law; gla, I ball objerve it.with my whole beart.
Talk. You lie at the catch again, this is not for edifi. cation.
Eaith. Well, if you pleafe, propound another fign-how this work of grace discovereth itself where it is.
Palk. Nor I, for. I fee we dhall not agree.
Faith. Well, if you will not will you One-good fign of give me leave to do it?
grace. Talk You may use your liberty. Faith. A work of grace in the foul discovereth itself, either to him that hath it, or to landers by:
To him that hath it, thus; it gives him conviction of fin, especially the defilement of his nature and the fini of: ' unbelief (for the sake of which he is sure to be damn'd, if he findeth not mercy at God's hand, by faith in Jesus Chrift.) Tnis right and fenfe of things worketh in him Sorrow and Thame for fin : He findeth, in him ihe Saviour of the wo'ld, and absolute necesity of closing with him for life, at the which he findeth hunga rings and thriltings after him 3- to which hungrings, os.
Saviour, To is his joy and peace, fo is bis love to holiness, lo are his defires to know him more, and also to serve him in this world. Búc tho' Í fay il discovereth itself thus voto him, yet it is bus feldum that
he is able to conclude that this is a work of grace, because his corruptions now, and his abused reason, make his mind to misjudge in this matter; therefore in him that hath this work, there is required a very found judgment, before he can wich Steadiness conclude that this is a work of
grace. To orber's it is thus discovered.
1. By an experimental con fellien of his faith in Chrift, 2. By a life answerable to that confession, to wit, a life of holinefs; heart-holinefs; family-holiness, if he hath a fa. mily, and by conversacion-holiness in the world: which in the world teacheth him inwardly to abhor his fin, and himself for that, in secret to suppress it his family, and promote holiness in the world; nor by talk only, as an hypocrite or talkative person may do, but by a practical fubječtion in faith and love to the power of the word: And now, Sir, as to this brief description of the work of grace, and also the difcovery of it, if you have ought to object; if not, then give me leave to propound to you a second question, Nave my pare is Talk. 'Nay, my part is not now to object, but to hear
Let me therefore have your second question. Another good
Faith. It is this': Do you experience this fign of grace. part of the defcription of it And dork
your life and conversation testify the fame! Or Aandeth
your religion in word or tongue, and not in deed and truth? Pray, if you incline to answer me in this, fay no more than you know the God above will say Amen 80 : And also nothing but what your conscience can justify you in : For not be that commendeth bimself, is approved, but whom the Lord commenderb. Belides, to say, I am thus, when my conversation and my neighbours tell me I lye, is
Talk. Then Talkative at first began to Blushi; but reco vering himself, thus he replied: "You come how to expesience, to conscience, and God; and to appeal to him for justification of what is spoken ; this kind of discourse I did not expect ; nor am I disposed to give an answer to fuck questions, because I count nor myself bound thereto, unless you take upon you to be a catechifer; and though you
fhould so do, yet I may refüfe to make you my judge: But, I pray, will you tell me why you ask me fach queftions ?
Paitb. Because I saw you' forward to talk, and because I knew not that you had ought else but notion.—Besides, to tell you
all the truth, I have heard of you, that you are a man whose religion lies in 'talk, and that your conversa. tion gives this your profeffion che lye. They say you are a spot among chriftians; and that religion fareth the worse for your ungodly conversation; that some already have dumbled not your wicked ways, and that more are in danger of being destroyed hereby; your religion, and an ale. house, and covetoufness, and uncleanness, and swearing, and lying, and vain company-keeping, &c. will stand together. The proverb is true of you, which is said of a whore, to wit, sbat foe is a fame to all women, so you are a hame to all professors.
Tald. Since you are ready to take op rc- Talkative flingo port, and to judge fo rathly as you do, I can- away from nor but conclude you are forme peevith or Faithful melancholy man, not fit to be difcoutsed with, and so adieu.
iDiikit Chr. Then came up Chrikian, and said to his brother, you
how it would happen your words and his luks could not agree. He had rather leave your company't
than reform his life ; but he is gone, as 1. faid; let him goz the lols is no man's but his own; hc has faved us the trouble of going from him ; for he continuing (at I fuppose he will do) as he is, he would have been but' a' blot in our company : Befides, the Apostle fays From fuck witdraw Paith. But I am glad we had this little discourse with him; it may happen that he will think of it again ; how. ever, I have dealt plainly with him, and fo at clear of bis blood, if he perisheth.
Chr. You did well to talk to plainly to him as you did, there is but little of this faithful dealing with men now-adays, and that makes religion to fiok
to in the noftrils of many, as it doth ; for they are these talkative fools, whose religion is only in word, and are debauched and vain in their conversation, (that being so much admitted into the fellowfhip of the godly) do puzzle the world, blemilla cbri. .. Hianity, and grieve the fincere. I will that all men would
deal with fach as you have done; then should they either be made more conformable to religion, or the company of faints would be too hot for them. Then did Faithful say,
How Talkative at first lifts up his plumes !
How bravely doth he speak! how he presumes 3: To drive down all before him! but fo foon > As Faithful talks of heart-work, like the moon 2. That's past the fully into the wane he goes.';
And so will all, but he that heart-work knows,
Thus they went ong talking of what they had seen by the way, and so made cbat way easy, which would other. wise, no doubt, have been tedious to them ; for they went through a wilderness,
Now, when they were got almost quite out of this wila dernefa, Faithful chanced, fo.cast his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew him. v;Qh:! Taid
Faithful so his brother, who comes yonder? Evangelift over. Then Christian looked, and said, It is my . takes them ao good friend Evangelit. Aye, and my gain. 1 good friend too, faid Faithful, for 'twas
he that let me the way to the gate. How was Evangelist come upuaco, chem, and thus faluted them:
Evan. Peace be with you, dearly beloved ; and peace be your helperdi 23
Gbea Welcome, welcome my good, Evangelift; the fight of thy countenance brings yo my remembrance, thy antient kindnels: and unwearied labours for my eternal good.
Faith. And a thousand times welcome, said good Faith. ful, thy company, a sweet Evangelia ! how desirable is it to us poor pilgrims!
Evan. Then said Evangelift. How hath it fared with you, my friends, since the time of our lalt partiag? What have you met with, and how have you behavęd yourselves?
Then Christian and Faithful told bim of all things that bad happened to him in the way, and hown and with will
difficulty they had arrived at that place, His exbartation. Ervari Right glad am I, said Evangelit;
not that you have met with trials, but that you have been victors; and for that you have notwith.
Ninoy !». Standing:
fanding many weaknesses, continued in the way to this very day.
I say, right glad am I of this thing, and that for mine own fake and yours; I have fowed, and you have reaped ; and the day is coming, when both he that fowed and they that reaped fhall rejoice together; that is, if you hold out; for ia due time ye shall reap, if ye faint not. The crown is before you, and it is an incorruptible one; fo run that you may obtaia it. Rev. 3, 11. Some there be that set out for this crown, and, after they have gone far for it, another comes in, and takes it from them : Hold fast therefore that you have, let no man take your crown : You are not yet out of the gunhot or the devil : You are not yet refifted unto blood, triving against fin: Let th: kingdom be always before you, and believe stedfastly concerning things that are invisible: Let nothing that is on this fide the orker world get within you: And, above all, look well to your own- ficarts and to the lufts thereof, for they are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked;' fet your faces like a fine; yob kave all power in heaven and earth on your lidé.
Chr. Then Chriftian thanked him for his indi xhortation ; but told him withal, that they Tbey do bank would have him speak farther to them for him for big exin their help the rest of the way, and the rar bortasion. ther, for that they well knew that he was is & prophet; and coull tell them of things that might happen unto them, and how they might refif and overcome them. To which requeft Faithful allo confeated. So Evangelik began as followeth:
kuan. My fons, you have beard, in the He predi&leth words of the truth of the gospel, that you qubat troubles mol thro' many tribulations enter into the they fall meet kingdom of heaven. And again, That in with in Vanity every city-bonds and aflidions abide you ; fair. and therefore you cannot expect that you hould go long on your pilgrimage without them, in some fort or other : You have found something of the truth of these teftimonies upon you already, and more will immer diately follow ; for now, as you fee, you are almost out of this wilderness, and therefore you will loon, come into a towo shut you will by and by lee before you; and in that