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PRECEPTS OF JESUS.

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OXFORD

London Bungay: RICHARD CLAY AND SONS, PRINTERS.

INTRODUCTION.

It is our incumbent duty “to remember the words of the Lord Jesus," and give earnest heed to the truths which proceeded from His gracious lips. “ Never man spake like this man,” was the testimony of tho officers who were sent to apprehend him-a testimony altogether spontaneous and unbribed on the one hand, and most faithful and true on the other.

The whole of His instructions have the highest claims upon our devout regards. In every doctrine He taught, every invitation He uttered, every promise He gave, we should “hear Him;" and while we ought to listen to His voice as He speaks to us in words of encouragement and consolation, we are also to be equally attentive when, in a more practical strain, He enforces the various duties we have to discharge as His followers.

Our attachment to the gospel is very doubtful if we are only concerned about enjoying its privileges, while its demands and obligations are viewed with less favour. But if we take as much delight in the precepts which enjoin holiness of heart and life, as we do in the promises which contain the richest blessings, and ensure exemption from

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