To the Reader.
THe good acceptance that Mr. Calamy's work of faith and labour of love have found, and the good success they have had among the peo∣ple of God have encouraged us to the recommendation of these his last words (wherewith he commended his people to God,* and the word of his Grace,* which is able to build them further,* and give them an inheritance among them that are sanctified) to the world.
There is something considerable in the last words of all men; so there are two things useful and seasonable in these. 1. The cause of affliction to humble us. 2. The use of affliction to instruct us: by the one we learn, That a living man should not complain,* a man for the punishment of his sin. By the other• we learn, That though no affliction for the present seemeth joyous,* but is grievous: yet it may yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them who are exercised thereby, wherein we rejoyce, though now for a season we are Page [unnumbered] in heaviness through manifold temptations, that the tryal of our faith being much more precious• then that of gold, might be found unto our praise, and honour, and glory at the appearing of Christ, whom we have not seen, yet love him, in whom now, though we see him not, yet do we believe and rejoyce with joy unspeakable and full of glory.