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And, farther, why may not God's word discover its author as well as his works do?
If, then, God's commandment cannot deter thee, nor God's word advise thee, I say no more but what St. John said before me, "He which is filthy let him be filthy still."
But whosoever thou art, that wilt be assured in thy heart that thou art one of Christ's elect sheep, thou must have a special care and conscience (if possibly thou canst) to hear God's word preached.
The happy confidence of the simple believer who takes God's word at once, and rests on it, they call presumption or fanaticism; their own miserable uncertainty, extracted from the doings of self, they speak of as a humble hope.
God's word David mentions, Ps.cxix. 81, cxxx. 5, -- if we can no otherwise be sure that it is God's word, but only because men tell us it is so?
God's word declares that it will be done, and we believe it.