Puslapio vaizdai

aimed to give Paul's fentiments in a plain and familiar manner, and to introduce him into the pulpit preaching the fame gofpel, which he preached in Ephefus.

In the course of these meditations, all the great doctrines and duties of the chriftian fyftem have come in our way; for the epiftle is a compendium of the gospel. It teaches us the fall and apoftacy of man, and God's purpose concerning his redemption; the character of the Redeemer, and the manner in which he executed his work; the operation of the divine Spirit in applying this redemption; the nature and defign of the chriffian church, and of the gospel miniftry; the various duties which we owe to God, to Jefus Chrift, to the Divine Spirit, to mankind, to our fellow Chriftians, and to ourfelves; how we should regard the things of this world, and the things of the world to come; how we should conduct in our fecular calling and in all the particular relations of life; how we fhould behave in times of affliction and temptation; and how we may enjoy the comforts of religion here, and fecure the rewards of it hereafter.

It becomes us to inquire, what improvement we have made in knowledge and piety, while we have been attending to this epiftle, and whether we have more deeply imbibed the spirit and fentiment,which it has poured upon us.

In order to the recollection of what we have heard, it may be useful, that we fit down, and read over this epiftle with close attention and felf application, with fervent prayer for the guidance of that Spirit, which leads into all truth, and with humble concern, that our hearts may be moulded into the temper here described.

And God grant, that we may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that we may approve the things which are excellent, and may be fincere and without offence until the day of Chrift.AMEN.

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