Excerpt from The Works of John Howe, Vol. 2 IT is likely that the title of the following treatise will put many of you, my dearly esteemed friends, in mind that sundry sermons were preached twenty years ago among you upon this subject. I had it, indeed, in design to have given you some abstract of those sermons but searching among my papers, could fine none but so imperfect and broken memorials as would be of little use for that purpose. And yet being desirous to present you with somewhat that might both be a testimony of my affection and an advantage to you, and knowing this subject was grateful to many, and affords what may be useful to all of you, I have for your sakes applied myself to a reconsideration of it. Few passages or expressions probably will occur to you, that you heard before; yet you will find the substance of the doctrine the same; as from so plain a text it could not well but be, whosoever should have had the handling of it. The first part is even altogether new, except the introductive suppositions in the beginning. Nor do I re member I then had more than one discourse to you on that subject, before the practical application of it. The other part contains many things formerly delivered to you, though perhaps not in the same order, much less in the same words 3 whereto the short notes in my hands could no way enable me.
The matter' here treated of is the very substance of religion, the first and the last, the root and the flower, both the basis and foundation, and the top and perfection of practical godliness, and which runs through the whole of it. Nor knew I, therefore, what to present you with, that could have in it a fitter mixture and temperament of what might be both useful and pleasant to you.
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