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Preach'd at the
Of the Reverend
Benjamin Calamy, D.D.
Late Minister of St. Laurence Jewry, London,
January the 7th, 1686.
By WILLIAM SHERLOCK, D.D. Dean of St. Pauls, Mafter of the Temple, and Chaplain in Ordinary to her Majesty.
To his Much-Efteemed Friends, the Church-Wardens and Parifhioners of St. LAURENCE JEWRY, and St. MARY MAGDALENE, Milkstreet.
HO I had no Intention to
T make this Sermon publick,
yet I could not with any
Modesty deny your Request, when had paid fo great a regard to the Counfel given you in it. I heartily congratulate your happy Agreement in the Choice of fo excellent a Perfon to fucceed the not-to-be-forgotten Dr. CALAMY; who, I doubt not, will deferve all that Honour and Kindness, which it is so natural to you to fhew to your Ministers. I here present you with the Sermon as it was preached, exceptBb 4 ing
ing fome few things at the beginning, which were left out in speaking, to fhorten it as much as I could, without injuring the Senfe. I am fenfible the Character falls very short of what our deceafed Friend deserved, but it is every word true, and I thought had been as inoffenfive too as it is true; and fo I believe it will appear to wife and confidering Men, and others may judg as they pleafe. If it will contribute any thing to make both Minifters and People more faithful in the Discharge of their several Duties, I have what I aimed at, both in Preaching and Printing it; efpecially if you please to accept of it as a Tefti*mony of the fincere Refpects of,
MATTHEW XXIV. 45, 46, Who then is a Faithful and Wife Ser vant, whom his Lord hath made Ruler over his Houfhold, to give them M them Meat in due feafon? Bleffed is that Servant, whom his Lord when he cometh fball find fo doing.
N this and the foregoing Chapter, our Saviour acquaints his Difciples with the Signs and Prognofticks of his Coming; which plainly have a double Afpect, both upon his coming to deftroy Jerufalem, and upon his coming to judg the World. But the Application he makes of it, is of univerfal Ule, Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come, ver. 42. which is excellent Advice, in what sense foever we understand the coming of our Lord: for the coming of our Lord fignifies his coming to take account of us; and whether we apply this to the hour of our Death, or to the last Day of Judgment, ftill it concerns us to watch; that is, to be always diligent and careful in doing our Duty, and discharging that Truft which is committed to us, that whenever our Lord comes, we may give up our Accounts with Joy.