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s. By Discourse of Reason, fyllogistically,
S. Matt. xxvii. 3. I Sam. xxiv. s.
in the minor, Teftis,
II. What are the several Offices of the Conscience ?
1. To apply general Truths to ourselves, 2 Sam. xii. 7. Jer. viii. 6. 2. To bear Witness of, Rom. ii. 15.
1. GOD's Laws.
2. Our Actions. 3, To comfort us in our Obedience,Ifa.xxxviii.3. 4. To accuse us of Sin, Rom. ii. 15. Rev. XX. 12. 5. To judge, Psal. iv. 4. 1. Our Actions, Rom.xiv. 22, 23. Lam. iii.
40. 2. Our Persons, 1 Cor. xi. 31.
III. What is it to have a Conscience void of Ofence ? ασρίσκοπον συνείδησιν.
When our Conscience cannot accuse us of doing any thing Offensive to GOD or Man.
i. Conscience is GOD's. Vice-Gerent in the Soul.
2. Rightly enlightend, it dictates nothing but GOD's Commands.
3. All GOD's Commands concern Himself, or else our Neighbour, S. Matth. xxii. 37, 38.
4. When we do what it commands, our Conscience excuseth and comfortech us, 2 Cor. i. 12.
5. It accuseth for nothing but Sin.
6. Therefore when we do nothing Offensive to GOD or Man, then our Conscience is void of Offence, A&t. xxiii. 1.
IV. How must we carry ourselves towards GOD and Man, so as to have a Conscience void of Offence to both. 1. To GOD.
1. Love Him, Deut. vi. s.
Believe Him in all His Affertions. §. Fear Him above all Powers, Jer. V. 22. 6. Trust on Him in all Conditions, Pfal.
lxii. 8. That He will either, 1. Prevent the Afflictions you fear, Pfal.
2. Support you under them, 2 Cor. xii. 9. 3. Sanctify them to you, Rom. viii. 28.
4. Or remove them from you, 2 S.Pet.ii. 9. 7. Rejoice in Him more than in all Enjoy
ments, Phil. iv. 4. Habak. iii. 17, 18, 19. 8. Meditate on Him in all Occasions, Pfal.
cxxxix. 18. 9. Pray to Him all your Days, i Theff. v. 17. 10. Praise Him for all your Mercies, i Thef.
11. Perform all His Commands, Ecclef.xii.13. 12. Aim at His Glory in all your Actions,
I Cor. x. 31. Rom. xiv. 6. 1. Because He made all Things for Him
self, Prov. xvi. 4. 2. He is the End of all Things, Rev. i. 8. 2. To Man. 1. To all.
1. Love all, S. Matth. V. 44. Hebr. X. 24 2. Pray for all, i Tim. ii. i.
3. Do Good to all, Gal. vi. 10.
which they do us, Col. iii. 13. S. Luk.
5. Be courteous to all, i S. Pet. ii. 17. and
üi. 8. Rom. xii. 10. 6. Be just to all, Mic. vi. 8. 1 Thes: iv. 6. 2. To good Men. 1. Love them above others, because they
ii. 30. Prov. xii. 26.
1. By preventing their Dangers.
i S. Joh. iii. 17.
1. Pity their fad Estate, Cant. viii. 8.
17. Mal. xviii. 15.
S. Matt. V. 16. 1 S. Pet. ii. 1.
Consider S. James V. 19, 20.
1. Get your Conscience regulated by GOD's Word, Psal. cxix. 105,
2. Get your Conscience directed by His Spirit, Pfal.cxix. 133. S. Job. xvi. 13.
well-grounded and fettl'd, Rom. xiv. 5. S. Pet. i. 12.
4. Do nothing against Conscience, Rom. xiv. 22, 23 5. Do every thing out of Conscience, Rom. 6. Avoid secret as well as open Sins, 1 s. Fob.
7. Choose the greatest Sufferings, rather than do the least sin; for,
i. There is more real Evil in the least Sin.
2. The least Sin deferves greater Sufferings. 8. Balk no Duty. 1. For Fear, A&t. iv. 18, 19.
Favour, S. Joh. xii. 43. 3. Or laterest.
MOTIVE S. 1. A good Conscieace will be a Comfort to us in the midst of all our Troubles, Prov. xv. 15. 2 Cor. i. 12.
2. An evil Conscience will be a Trouble to us in the midst of all our Comforts, Prov. xviii. 14.
3. Unless we keep our Conscience void of Offence here, it will witness against us hereafter.
4. Be our Tormenter for ever, S. Mar. ix. 43,44.
5. But a good Conscience will be our eternal Joy.