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This Volume was printed in the Author's Life-time, and intended as a Third Volume of his Works, or Continuation of the Family Preacher, two Volumes Quarto, published in the rear 1776. About the Time it was finished he was seized with a violent Illness, which put a Stop to his Labours, and confined him two Years and an Half before bis Death; which happened February 15, 1788, in the 71st Year of his Age. He lived beloved and respected, and died regretted by all who had the Happiness to hear his Instructions, or enjoyed the Pleasure of bis Friendship and Conversation.
THESE THINGS WRITE WE UNTO YOU, THAT YOUR JOY MAY
T. JOHN, in the beginning of this Epistle, declares, that he, as well as the rest of the Apostles, had infallible demonstration
of the truth of what they preached unto the world; that they saw the glory of God manifested in his son Jesus Christ; were eyewitnesses of his death and resurrection ; that they had received such evidence of proof as superseded all possibility of doubt ; for they not only faw, but handled, ate, drank, and familiarly conversed with him, after he was risen from the dead. His religion, thus founded on the testimony of all their senses, froin a generous concern for the souls of his fellow-creatures, this great master in the science of salvation, with indefatigable industry, published to the world, that all men might avail themselves of his knowledge, and be admitted to a participation of the glorious privileges of the Gospel : a participation of wisdom, grace, and immortality; and that with God himself, Vol. III.