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EING brought under an Engagement
of Promise for the Publishing of some Meditations on the Subject which thou wilt find handled in the ensuing Treatise, The Reasons of it's Delay, being not of Publiek concernment, I shall not need to mention.
Those who have been in expectation of this Duty from me, have for the most part, been so far acquainted with my Condition and Ema ployments, as to be able to satisfie themselves, as to the deferring of their desires.
That which I have to add at present, is only this ; Having had many Opportunities since the time I first delivered any thing i Públick on this Subject, (which was the means of bringing me under the Engagements
mentioned) to reassume the confideration of what I had first fixed on, I have been inabled to give it that Improvement, and to make those Additions to the main of the Design and Matter Treated on, that my first Debt, is come at length to be only the Occasion of what is now tendred to the Saints of God.
I shall speak nothing of the Subjext here handled; it may, I hope, Speak for it self, in that spiritual Savour and Relish which it will yeild to them, whose hearts are not so filled with other things as to render the sweet things of the Gospel bitter to them.
The Design of the whole Treatise, thou wilt find, Christian Reader, in the First Chapters of the First Part : And I shall not detain thee here with the Perusal of any thing which in its proper place will offer it self unto thee.
Only know, That the whole of it hath been recommended to the Grace of God in many Supplications, for its Usefulness into them that are interested in the Good Things nientioned therein.
Lphonsus, King of Spain, is said to have found
Food and Physick in reading Liv: And, Ferdinand, King of Sicily, in reading Quintus Curtius. But thou hast here, nobler Entertainments, vastly richer Dainties, incomparably more Sovereign Medicines; I had almost said, The very highest of Angels Food is here ser before thee. And, as Pliny speaks, Permista Deliciis Auxilia : Things that minister unto Grace and Comfort ; to holy Life and Liveliness.
Such is this Treatise. This, which is the Only One Extant, upon it's Great and Necessary Subject. This, Whose Praise hath been long in the Churches ; and hath gone Enamelled with the Honourable Reproaches of more than one English Bolsec. This, whose Great Author, like the Sun, is well known to the World, by Eminence of Heavenly Light and Labours. This, which, as his many other Works, can be no other than Manna unto Sound Christians; tho, no better than Stone and Serpent to Socinians and their Fellow-Commoners.
Importunity hath drawn me, to say thus much more than I could think needful to be said, concerning any Work of Dr. Owen’s. Needful in our Day it lelf; a Day, wherein Pauci Sacras Scripturas, Plures Nomina Rerum, Plurimi Nomina Magistrorum sequuntur. Few do cleave to the Holy Scriptures ; Many do rest in Scholastick senseless Sounds ; And most Men do hang their Faith upon their Rabbi's Sleeves.
This only I add ; Of the Swarms every day rising, there are few Books but do want their Readers. Yet if I understand aright, There are not many Readers but do want this Book.
In which Censure, I think, I am no Tyrant, (which the Philosopher names the worst of wild Beasts :) and I am sure; I am no Flatterer,, (which he calls as justly, the worst of Tame Beasts.) xj Tiuta peale di rould.
Let the fimple Souls, (the Paucissimæ Lectionis Nancipia) who take the Doctrin of Distinct Com munion with the Divine Persons, to be a New fangled one, and uncouth: Observe the Words of Reverend Mr. Sam Clark (the Annotator on the Bible) in his Sermon on 1 John 1.7. It is to be noted, that, there is a Distinct Fellowfhip with each of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity. Let them attend what is “aid by Mr. Lewis Stucley, in his Preface to Mr.Polwheils Book of Quenching the Spirit; It is a most glorious Truthi, tho' confider'd but by few, That Believers have, or may have, distin&t Conmunion with the 1 hree Pera fons, Father, Son, and Spirit. This is Attested by the Finger of God, and solemnly owned by the first and beft Age of Christianity. To name no more ; let them read heedfully but the Second Chapter of this Treatise, and it's hoped that,then they shall no longer Contra Antidotum infanire; no longer Rage against God's Holy Medicinal Truth, as St. Anjiin saith he did, while he was a Manichee ; Testifying in so many Words, His Error was kis
PAR T. I.
CHAP. I. That the Saints have communion with God, 1 John 1. 3. Considered to that purpose. Somewhat of the Nature of Com munion in General.
CHA P. II. That the Saints bave this Communion distinctly with the Father, som
and Spirit, 1 John s. 7. opered to this purpose. Also i Cor.12,4,5,6. Eph.2.18. Father and Son mentioned jointly in this Communion. The Father folely. The Son alsó, and the Holy Ghost Singly. The Saints respective regard in all Worship to each person manifested. Faitb in the Father, Joh. 5.9, 10, and love towards him, I Joh.2.15 Mal.1.6. So is Prayer ård Praise :: It is so likewise with the Son, Johì 141. Of our Communion with the Holy Ghost. The Truth farther confirmed
with the Father. Obfervations for the clearing the whole
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