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... SERMON XV. Matth. xxv. 28, 29,30. Take therefore the talent
Jrom him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto
every one that hath shall be given, and he shall liave abundance:
but Jrom him that hath not slutll be taken away even tliat which he
hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:
there sltal l be weeping and gnashing of teeth. IF there be any
inquiry of greater consequence than another, it is that which
relates to the nature and design of human life. What is man, and
whereto serveth he? What is his good, and what is his evil? Is it
all circumscribed within the circle of this life, or is there
another? And has the happiness or misery of that other any
connexion with our behaviour here? It is impossible wisely to take
a single step in life, without regulating it by this view; and it
is our great interest, and our chief duty, to satisfy ourselves on
this head, upon which our whole conduct depends. And the
satisfaction so much wanted, and of such, great importance, may be
easily obtained; partly by reason, from the constitution of our own
frame, and of the world in general; but more clearly and fully by
the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is this great Teacher who has
best acquainted us with our being's end and aim; not indeed in a
speculative way, to gratify curiosity; but so far as the subject is
of moral import, and the knowledge of it necessary to enforce that
virtue which he came to establish in the world. The conduct of life
is trusted with ourselves; and therefore so much of the theory of
it as is useful to this purpose is laid open to our view. But truth
alone, truth abstracted from all moral influence, from all tendency
to make us better, is not our proper, at least not our principal
business; and is left by our Lord, in...
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