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THE CHAPEL OF NEWGATE PRISON,
WHO (WITH SEVEN OTHER CONVICTS) WAS EXECUTED AT
PUBLISHED FOR THE SOLE BENEFIT OF HIS WIDOW
By HENRY FOSTER, A. M.
THIS IS A FAITHFUL SAYING, AND WORTHY OF ALL ACCEPTATION,
BY GRACE YE ARE SAVED.
EPH. ii. 5.
Printed and Sold by H. TRAPP, No. 1, Paternofter-Row;
S all the profit arifing from the Sale of this fermon is for the relief of Mrs. DAVIES and her FOUR YOUNG ORPHANS, it is hoped the trade will not be offended that they cannot have it for lefs than Six-pence. The bookfellers, whofe names are prefixed, have agreed to pay the fame for all they fell.
CTS IX. II.
And the Lord faid unto him, Arife, and go into the Street which is called Straight; and enquire in the houfe of Judas, for one Saul of Tarfus: for bebold, be prayeth.
Y defign in coming hither this morning, is, to publifh the gofpel of peace, in hopes that it may be ufeful to my fellow-finners here affembled, that fuch of us, in a particular manner, as may have forfeited our lives to the laws of our country, may be enabled to meer death, and the Judge of quick and dead, with peace and comfort: and that thofe, who fhall go forth from this wretched place to liberty and their friends, may fpend the remnant of their days as good members of civil fociety, and followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
I cannot tell how to effect this laudable purpofe better, than by fetting before you the rich and free grace of Chrift, difplayed in the converfion and falvation of a finner fo totally unworthy of it, as was the blafpheming, perfecuting Saul, fpoken of in the text. The experimental knowledge of this grace, will remove guilt from confciences polluted with the most aggravated crimes and be more ef
fectual to restrain the corruptions of man's heart, and influence his conduct, than all the laws of go
Saul was a Jew by birth-his education was under Gamaliel and his zeal for the religion of his fathers increased with his years. Jefus had been rejected by, and condemned, and crucified at the inftigation of the fanhedrim. But yet his followers multiplied. This filled Saul with perfecuting zeal and madnefs. Though young, he had given his voice for the execution of Stephen, and kept the clothes of thofe that ftoned him. Many of the difciples he had compelled to blafpheme. This perfecution at Jerufalem difperfed, and, in difperfing, increased the difciples of Jefus Chrift. Damafcus,. which was about a hundred and fixty miles north-east of Jerufalem, had received the word. The report of this reached the ears of Saul, and inflamed anew his refentment. Breathing out threatnings and flaughter against the dif ciples of the Lord, he went to the high-prieft, who had authority over the fynagogues, and de fired letters to Damafcus, that if he found any "of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerufalem. Thus impowered by the high-priéft, and eager after his Trey, he journeyed, till he came near to Damafcus': and fuddenly What? Does he execute his purpofe? No, nothing lefs: but fuddenly as much unexpected, as the coming of Chrift will be at the Taft day, to the ungodly asleep in their fins*. Suddenly as little defired as the unclean spirit was that entered into, that tore and bruifed, the young man, whom our Lord healed t-Suddenly there `shined round about him a light from heaven. And
Mark xiii. 36.
Luke ix. 39. &s...
he, together with thofe who + attended him, as his
† A&s xxvi, 14.
Acts xxii. 9.