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And this is to be expressed in a respectful behaviour
The grounds of this are specially two. (1.) The or-
power and authority, Rom. xiii. and subjects ought to walk in a conscientious regard to the fuperiority that God has given their rulers over them. (2.) The image of God that shines in their dominion and eminency above their subjects, Pfal. lxxxii. 6. They are God's vicegerents on earth, whose office bears a representation of God's dominion.
2. Subjects owe them the charity to construct
. x. 20. 2 Pet. ii. 10. Jude 8. This is also highly
laws and commands. It is bad religion where loyalty to the magistrate must stand in place of all religion towards God; but it is also bad religion where people's pretended religion towards God juftles out their loyalty to the magistrate, Rom. xiii. 5. This duty Papists exeem churchmen from ; and no wonder, for it is a part of the character of Antichrift, 2 Theff. ii. 4.; but the scripture subjects ministers to the magistrates, as having souls as well as others, Rom. xiii. Let every foul be subject to the higher powers.
4. The payment of their tribute, Rom. xiii. 6. 7. This is a debt of thankfulness, and justice too, for. the benefits of government which the subjects enjoy, without which the government cannot be supported, but all would go into confusion.
5. Defending of them in danger, each one accord. ing to his station, 2 Sam. xviii. 3. 1 Sam. xxvi. 15.
6. Lastly, Prayer to God for them ; fupplications for supply of wants, prayers for good things to them, intercessions for turning away of evil from them, and thanksgivings for mercies bestowed on them, i Tim, ji. 1. 2. There is a reason for it too; for the welfare of subjects is wrapt up in theirs, ib. Much depends on their management, God's honour, our own good, and their high place has many dangers, difficulties, snares, and temptations.
Use. Let me therefore exhort you in the words of the apostle, 1 Pet. ii. 13. 14. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake : whether it be to the king, as supreme ; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil.doers, and for the praise of them that do well. Let us honour and dutifully subject ourselves, according to the will of God, to our gracious Sovereign King George, our rightful and lawful King by virtue of the laws of Scotland, pointed at in the claim of right, and upon which was founded the late happy revolution. Lct us adore that bountiful providence, by which his grandfather (Frederick Elector Palatine of the Rhine]
having lost one kingdom (that of Bohemia], belides his private estate, in the cause of the Protestant religion, three kingdoms are now conferred on the grandson. Let us thank our God, who did so seafonably bring him to the throne, and that in peace, to the surprise of all parties, so as we were like men that dreamed. Let us suppose that the Popish pretender had effectuated his purpose, what a case had we been in this day! Yet rejoice with trembling ; it is hard to say that heaven and these sinful nations are become friends yet. Let us be dutiful to subordinate magistrates under him, and honour those whom God bas honoured by their office, saying to them, Te are gods. Let us not stumble Atheists, Jacobites, and malignants against our holy religion, by contempt of the magistrate. We read the Bible, where subjection is commanded to subjects oft and again, even to magiftrates that were enemies to Christianity. We are the followers of that Jesus who paid his tribute, and taught the people of the Jews, who were more folemnly covenanted with God, and more strictly bound up in the choice of their kings, than any nation under heaven, yet not to deny their tribute to Cæfar the Heathen Roman emperor, who then was their chief magistrate, Matth. xxii. 19.-21.
Secondly, I shall fhew the duty of magistrates to their subjects, which I shall only name.
1. They ought to establish good laws among their subjects, and to see them duly executed, Zech. viii. 16. 2 Chron. xix. 5. 6. 7.
2. To govern them with wisdom, justice, and clemency, 2 Chron. i. 10.
3. To punish evil-doers, and encourage them that do well, Rom. xiii. 3.
4. To protect them, and provide for their common safety, i Tini. ij. 2. to see to their profperity, and not to oppress them, Prov. xxviii. 16.
5. Lastly, They ought to promote true religion, and advance the interest of Christ's kingdom among
If. xlix. 23. Some will have the ma
the fountain of church-power. Others and nothing to do in religion but to defend the Prints and execute her acts. Thus go the Papifts. icqd gives the middle way, allowing the magistrate imulative, though not a privative power in churchmasters; and though he ought not to exercise a fpiri
al function, yet he can command and oblige ininilters and other church-officers to do their duty, authoritatively call them to do it. And this is no more to usurp church-power, than a minister's charging magiftrates from the word, is to usurp civil power. Seé Confeflion of faith.
There are other relations that import a mere prefer rence; as, betwixt the aged and the younger, the weaker in gifts and the stronger, and between equals.
First, As to the relation betwixt the aged and the younger:
1. I shall consider very briefly the duties of the younger to the aged, for thefe are fathers and mos thers in scripture language, 1 Tim. v. 1.
(1.) They ought to submit to them, so as to follow their wise advice, and not to stand upon the points with them, but to be ready to yield to them, where lawfully it may be done, i Pet. v. 5.
(2.) They ought to honour them, and carry respectfully to them. The Ancient of days commands us to honour old age, Lev. xix. 32.
2. The aged ought, (1.) To be ready to profit the younger fort by their good adviče, to tutor them, as Eli did young Samuel, 1 Sam. iii. 9. (2.) To give them the example of a virtuous and holy life, Tit. ii. 2.
Secondly, The duties of the weaker in gifts to the stronger are,
(1.) To reverence and respect them for the gifts of God in them, Gen. xlv. 8. (2.) To be willing and ready to learn of them. (3.) To beware of judging harthly of them in things wherein they have a greater Liberty than them, Rev. xiv.
The duties of the stronger in gifts are, (1.) To communicate chearfully to them what God has given them, and so to help them by their gifts. (2.) To encourage them, and bear with their inirmities, Roin.
Lastly, The duties of equals are, (1.) To regard the dignity and worth of each other, and carry respectfully to them, 1 Pet. ii. 17. (2.) To carry modestly towards one another, preferring in honour each other, Rom. xii. 10. (3.) To endeavour after and rejoice in one another's welfare as their own, ver. 15. 16.
II. I proceed now to shew what is forbidden in the fifth commandment. According to our catechism, it forbids - the neglecting of, or doing any thing a«
gainst the honour and duty which belongeth to every one in their several places and relations.
This question is a field as large, or rather larger than the former, in so far as to one duty several fins are opposed: but fearing that ye cannot bear enlargement, having heard so much already on these relations, I shall contract my discourse on this into a very narrow compass.
This command is broken, (1.) By neglect of the duties we owe to our relations, which ye have heard. (2.) By doing any thing against and contrary to these duties.
First, Husbands and wives break this command, and in against one another, many ways. As particularly,
i. Against that tender conjugal love they owe to one anocher is all unkindness, whereby, laying aside and divesting themselves of natural affection, they are surly to, careless of, and unconcerned for their relatives, or their comfort. Of this sort are their bitter speeches, reproaching and reviling one another. That feltithress whereby they are at no pains to please one another in lawtul things, and void of fýmpathy in one another's joys and griefs ; unreasonable suspicions and jealousies, whatever be done to please them; blazing VOL. III.