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Where is your Faith : Saith he : Their little faith was to seek, when they had need of it; therefore their Souls were as much out of order, and their fear as great, as if their hearts had been full of unbelief all of ver.

It is then clearly thus: The Soul profpers fo much, and so long only as grace is exercised according as the matter requires. This we have exemplified in Gaius, whose Soul prospered, at so high a rate. Truth was in him, and he walked in the Truth, ver. 3. of this Epistle: In godly sincerity, as Paul did, 2 Cor. I. 12. He walked with God as Noah did, Gen. 6. 9. He walked humbly with God, as Mich. 6. 8. And all that do so, shall walk with God in White, Rev. 3. 4. ( as doubtless Gaius doth now;) an expression that holds forth that uncon ceivable glory, wherewith that Soul shall, one day, be clothed; yea, and their Bodies too, at last, when made like unto the glorious Body of Christ. When his Face did shine, and his Raiment was white as the light,

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3. The Soul prospers, when, in all these things, ir prospers daily. One day after another; and one day as well as another; when more and more is daily done, and more and more daily received, in the fore mentioned particulars, This Paul could

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-though our outward Man perish, yet the inward Man is renewed day by day. The Body of Man, though it be of as healthy a conftitution as any in the World; ỹet it grows but to such an age, then it comes to a consistency, standing at a stay aad after it hath done so a while, it begins to decay. But as it may be fo, yet it should be otherwife with a profperous Soul. Phil, 3: 12, 13, 14, Not as though I had Hlready urtained, either were already perfe&t, But I'follow-after, if that I may apprehend that, før which also I am apprehended of Christ Jefus, &t'It was now 25 years since Paul's Con yersion ; for this Épinle to the Philippians was written the same year with that toʻthe Ephesians; and both of them in that time o years ( at Rome) in

37 his own hired house, fered to much for Christ, and received Yo ly, he was very poor in his own opinion)

he was was not attainable in this life, yet he aimed at it, hoping he might come nearer foʻit, then yet he was. [I follow after, that 'I, may appre bend. ] What Even that perfection which

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was then wanting. This was a prosperous Şoul. I say no more to this, then as our Saviour faid in another case to the Lawyer, Luke. to. 37, Go, and do likewise. is

4. Then the Soul prosperethi, when in conjunction with all these, it is more and more Rooted in Christ. So as notwithstanding all our growth in grace, and all our exercise of grace, the life we live, so far as it is gratious ( and it ought to be fo, in all things ) is more in Christ, and from Christ, and what we expect to receive from Christ, then in, and from our selves, when we think with our selves as the Apostle faid, Gal. 2. 20, Nevertheless I. live, yet not l, but Chrift li. veth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God. Therefore interest Christ in all that ye do. . Look unto him for affistance in every thing (Phil. 4. 13, I can do all things, through Cbrist which strengtheneth me.) and for acceptance

of all, 1. Pet. 2:5; Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy Priestbood to offer up Spiritual Sacrifices; acceptable to God, by fesus Chrift. Let us go on, thus leaning upon our Beloved. The heart of Christ was much upon this, that all that are in a ftate of Union with him, should learn this, and live under the actual confideration of it, Joh. 15.4,5, Abide in me; and I in you; as the Branch cannot bear fruit

abide in me.

of it felf, except it abide in the Vine ; no mort can ye, except ye

I am the Vine, ye are the Branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringett forth much fruit : for without me, ye can do nothing. And the more this is learned, and according ly reduced into practice, the more the Soul will prosper. It is worth our noting that true growth is noted by our growing in Chrift. Eph. 4. 15, But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into bin in all things,which is the Head, even Christ. 2 Pet. 3. 18, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ. As if to grow in parts, in duties, or any thing else, without growing in him, were a swelling, rather then a growth. The swelling of the Leg, or Arm, is no good sign that the party grows stronger. It is thus indeed : .whiles we are full of our own strength, our Souls prosper not, 1 Sam. 2. 9, -for by strength fall no

no Man prevail. Therefore a profper: ing Soul, though it hath, and when it hath put on the whole Armour of God, yet it is not to trust thereto, but to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, Eph. 6. 10. Certainly, the more deeply this principle is engraven in our hearts, and the more we act according to it, the better it will be

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nisbed his course, fought the good fight, and kept the faith, was he that said, Not I, but the grace of God that was with me, 1 Cor.15. 10. Happy are thofe Souls, and more haps py they are like to be, that are fo trained up in à continual sensibleness of their own in sufficiency, as to what is spiritually good, that still there is a looking up for more fupplies, that we may exercise what we have, Phil. 1. 19,—and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. What Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, 2 Thes. 3. 5, The Lord diret your hearts into the love of God, and the patient waiting for Christ. i.e. into the exercise thereof. A Soul that would prosper, must pray

for it self. Yea, and for that which Paul desired others to pray on his behalf, Eph. 6. 18, 19, Praying alwaies with all Prayer, and Supplication,--that utterakce may be given unto me. Paul had already a great gift of utterance, and memory, and had great experience of Gods presence with him, in the exercise thereof, having preached so well, and so long, now twenty five years together, yet desires their prayers, not only for the continuance of these gifts, but also for the actual exercise of them, so often as ever there was occasion of using them. And no doubt Paul did pray thus for himself, as often as he was to preach, and as little doubt there is, but that he did his

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