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BY

John ConybeARE, D.D.

LATE

LORD BISHOP of BRISTOL,

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Dean of Christ-Church, Oxon.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

Printed by SAMUEL RICHARDSON.

M. DCC.LVII.

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SERMON 1.

The Aggravations of Sin under the

Gospel

HEBREWS X. 29. Of how much forer Punishment, suppose ye, shall be be thought worthy, who hath trodden under Foot the Son of God; and bath counted the Blood of the Covenant wherewith he was Janctified, an unboly Thing; and hath done Despite unto the Spirit of Grace ?

T

HE Words now read refer to the
Case of Apostacy from the Profession

of the Christian Faith: A Crime to which Christians, in the more early Ages, were particularly exposed from the unhappy Circumstances of the Times. VOL. II. B

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It is not to be wondered that Persons just converted to the Christian Faith, however affected by its general Evidence, should yet be imperfectly acquainted either with the Doctrines which it taught, or the Privileges which it bestowed, or the Duties which it imposed; and therefore liable to be seduced by the cunning Craftiness of those who lay in wait to deceive.

As little is it to be wondered that Persons, not yet established in the Faith, by the full Possession of those Principles which that Faith proposes, should be open to the Influences of Terror,---and driven, by the heavy Persecutions which were raised against them, from that Profession they had formerly embraced.

And, accordingly, this proved the Cafe, that, whilst some were seduced by the Craftiness of false Teachers, ---others were terrified by the Apprehension of those Miseries they reckoned themselves unable to bear.

In this infant and weak State of the Church our Apostlc comes in to their Aslistance; and in the Epistle (of which my Text is a Part) he addresses them with Two Kinds of Arguments. The First is drawn from the supreme Ex

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