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A TABLE OF CONTENTS,
Wherein the several General Heads are specified, the Sections and Subdivisions set down in order,
with a Reference to the Chapter and Page.
Sect. i. Shewing what religion is, and
how the knowledge of it is to be at-
Sect. Ii. The necessity of searching the
Sect. iii. Of the Scriptures, their autbo
rity, use, end, and excellency .
See preaching of the v)ord, chap. zxv.
Chap. IL Of God: his nature, attri
butes, and works
Sect. i. His names, and tides .
Sect ii. He is a Spirit
Sect. iii. His excellency, majesty,
greatness, perfection, glory, and
sovereignty, and absoluteness. His
See more in the duty of fearing God,
Sect. iv. He is invisible .
Sect. v. He is incorruptible
Sect. vi. He is the most strong, al-
mighty, and omnipotent God; a
Sect. vii. He is omniscient, omnipre-
sent, immense ....
Sect. Yiii. He is most wise
Sect. ix. He is most holy
Sect. x. He is most just .
Sect. xi. He is compassionate, pitiful,
and merciful ....
See chap. xxxi.
Sect. xii. He is long-suffering, and
Sect xm. He is gracious, good, and
bountiful . . . . .
Sect xiv. He is faithfulness and
Sect xv. He is unchangeable .
Sect xvi. He is infinite and unsearch-
Sect. xvii. He is eternal . . .
Sect, xviii. He, only, is the true and
living God .....
See of worshipping God, chap. xiv.
Idolatry, chap, xxxviii.
Chap. IIL Of the one God, Father,
Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity . .
away the band-writing of ordi-
nances; is our righteousness . . 61
See more of justification, chap. viii.
Sect . vi. He sanctifietti us: is our
sanctification . . . .62
Sect. vn. He riseth from the dead ib.
Sect. Viii. He ascended into heaven:
is our way to the Father, our advo-
cate and intercessor there . . 63
Sect. ix. He is made our king and
head, to encounter, and conquer
our enemies: to rule for and in us . 65
Sect. x. He is our prophet and shep-
herd, to teach, guide, and feed us . 66
Sect. xi. He is our all, in all things:
our completeness and perfection . 68
Chap. VIL God's free choice of us in
Christ Jesns to eternal life, and call-
ing of us according to his purpose and
Chap. VIIL Pardon and remission of
sins; reconciliation and peace with
God; justification and sanctification
before God ; eternal life and salvation
free, through the grace of God, by the
death, sacrifice, and sufferings of
Christ 1 74
In general . . . ib.
In particular . . . .75
Sect. i. Pardon of sins . . . ib.
Sect. Ii. Reconciliation and peace
with God 77
Sect. in. Justification and sanctifica-
tion before God . . . .78
Sect. iv. Eternal life and salvation . 80
See more in chap. ix. sect. i.
Chap. IX. How men have the benefit
of this salvation; or by what means it
becomes theirs in particular . . 82
Sect. i. By faith . . . . ib.
Sect. n. Of faith, in its nature and
object, use, benefits,and advantages,
further than as before, relating to
this salvation . • . .84
In Its nature and object . • ib.
Sect. in. Farther benefits and advan-
tages of faith . , . .88
See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.
Sect. iv. The effects or fruits, by
which we know a right faith . .90
See fruits of the Spirit, chap. xix.
Sect. T. The dangerous state and issue
Cuap. X. Characters of saints, good
men, believers, appearing in word and
deed ..... 94
Sect. i. That such may be known
from others by their fruits . . ib.
Sect. ii. The particular fruits of the
Spirit, which are indispensably ne-
cessary to real saints . . . ib.
See more of the fruits of faith, chap. ix.
Of the fruits of the Spirit, chap. xbt.
In duties, chap. xiv. iv. xvi.
In each duty in affliction, chap. xx.
In duties to magistrates, chap. xxii.
Chap. XL The children of God them-
selves may be overtaken in faults; are
not free from sinful dispositions and
inclinations in this life; and there-
fore may deserve to be chastised of
Sect. i. In general it is affirmed . ib.
Sect . Ii. Particular instances of the
failings of God's children recorded 104
Sect. in. God will punish and correct
the righteous for sin . . . 108
See God's threatenings and judgments
against sin and sinners, chap. xiv.
Chat. XIL Of the privileges of the
righteous, and their excellency above
others: what God hath done, doth,
and will do for them, more than for
others; and what they can do with
God, etc 109
See more in the next chapter of union and
relation to Christ.
See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.
See privileges in afflictions, chap. xx.
In times of common calamities, chap. xxi.
See the glory reserved for believers,
Chap. XIIL Of the union and relation
between Christ and his church, and
their mutual love and esteem; toge-
ther with the manifestation thereof . 119
Chap. XIV. Of the duties of believers,
especially such as would excel. First,
Toward God 121
Sect. i. In general, to live to God,
not to themselves: to be holy, fruit-
ful, walking in the light, in an ho-
nest, heavenly, and spiritual con-
versation, worthy of their high call-
ing: to glorify God, and mmd the
thmgs above . . . ib.
Sect. ii. In particular: to love God
the Father, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, and set our affections on
things above .... 126
Sect. in. As fruits of love to God and
Christ, to delight themselves in God,
long for, pant after him, make their
boast of, glory and rejoice in God
and Christ, as their portion and rest.
And to obey and hearken to the
taws and words of God and Christ . 127
First . To delight in, long for, pant
after, make their boast of, glory
and rejoice in God and Christ, as
their portion and rest . . ib.
Secondly. To obey and hearken to
the laws and word of God in
See more of disobedience, sect . xiv.
Sect . It. Worship God, and sanctify
him therein 135
See more in chap. xxv. and of idolatry,
Sect. v. To believe, and be found in
the practice of the things of God,
and his worship, but that which
clear); (according to the precepts,
roles, and examples of the scrip-
tures) appears to be Christ's mind,
upon which we can in failh expect
Sect, vi. To pray unto God: of prayer
at huge . . . . .142
See more of affliction!, chap. xx. common
calamities, chap. xxi.
Sect. Vii. To take especial notice of the
acts of God's goodness and mercy;
keep memorials thereof, celebrate
his praises, extol him, and stir up
others so to do . . . . 149
Sect. mi. To fear God, and none else;
the arguments for it . . , 156
L Not to fear any ebe; or other
IL Fear God . . . . 157
Sect ix. To trust in God, and in none
else, in all cases: the arguments
L Not in any else . . . ib.
IL In God alone . . .163
See more of faith, chap. ix.
Sect. x. To took with faith, and hope,
and perseverance unto God in ait
cases: the arguments for such be-
See mare in the nature and use of faith,
Sect. xi. To walk humbly before God,
abasing ourselves, opposing all high
thoughts, and avoiding boasting: the
reasons ..... 173
Set more of submitting in affliction, ch. xi.
See if death, chap, xxxii.
Sect. Xii. The excellence of meekness
and patience: the encouragements
See more, duties of brethren in the Lord,
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Duties to persecutors, chap. xx.
Sect. Xiii. To take heed to our lips,
that our words be not rash, but true,
seasonable, well ordered, and sa-
voury . . . . .182
Sect. xiv. To confess and moum for
sin, depart from it, and watch against
it: the arguments. God's complaint
against,and reasoning with sinners:
his threatenings and judgments
against sin and sinners . . , 186
L What sin is . . . ib.
IL To confess our sins to God: both
our own and others ; and to mourn
for them . . • . ib.
See more in affliction, chap. xxii.
In common calamities, chap, xxlll.
In prayer, chap. xvi.
IIL To depart from sin, and all ap-
pearance of it: hate it, and avoid
the occasions of it; the reasons 188
See duties in general, sect. i.
IV. God's expostulations, com-
plaints, threatenings, and judg-
ments against sinners, for their
several sins, disobedience, and
rebellion* . . . . 192
fee more ofman'sstate by nature, chap. iii.
Of God's correcting his children for sin,
Pardon of sin, chap. viii.
Sect. xv. To own and profess the true
God, and our Lord Jesus Christ,
boldly before men; and to wait for
Christ's second coming . . 203
L To own and confess the true
God and our Lord Jesus Christ
before men . . . ib.
See more of owning him in time of persecu-
tion, chap. xx.
Of perseverance, sect. xvii.
IL To wait for the second coming
of Christ . . . .205
See more, his coming to judgment,
chap, xxx vi.
Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,
uprightly, sincerely, and to follow
him fully and zealously: the reasons
See also hypocrites, See. chap. xxv.
Sect. xvii. To stick fast to God, and
not to depart from him: to ahide
in the faith and practice of his will,
and persevere to the end: the rea-
L To persevere and ahide in faith
and practice, &c. . . . ib.
See more of holding fast to God in time of
affliction, chap. xx.
IL That believers shall have grace
and power to stand . • .218
See more of God upholding us in afflictions,
Sect. xviii. To take care to watch di-
ligently over ourselves, with a holy
jealousy and fear, lest we should
apostatise and depart from God, his
truths, and ways, into any error or
sin: the reasons: our danger . 220
See more instances of the failings of God's
children, chap. xi.
Of the tempers, methods, &c. chap, xxviii.
Chap. XV. Duties of believers, brethren
in the Lord, each to other, as such;
and as standing in that relation one to
Seet. i. To love each other: the kinds
of it . . . . . . ib.
Sect. Ii. To sympathise with each other
in pity and compassion; help and
comfort one another, and bear one
another's burdens .... 223
See also this duty, how we should behtm to
the mfflicted, chap. xx.
Sect. iii. To honour and esteem each
other: and be kind and affectionate 225
See more of walking humbly, chap. xiv.
Sect. vi. To rebuke, reprove, exhort,
admonish, and warn each other, &c
To take such rebukes, &c well from
each other .....
I. To rebuke, exhort, &c
IL To take such rebukes, &c well
See more of church discipline, chap. xxv.
Sect. vn. To confess to and pray for
Sect. vm. To be of one mind .
Sect. ix. To walk wisely and chari-
tably one toward another: and in
things indifferent, to have respect
to the weak, and to avoid offences
Sect. x. To distribute and communi-
cate to each others' necessities: give
to the poor .....
See more in shewing mercy to all,
Of giving to enemies, chap. xx.
Of church collections for the poor,
Chap. XVL Duties of believers toward
each otber, as they stand related one
to another in the flesh . • •
Sect. i. Husbands to wives, and wives
te husbands. Of marriage, &c Of
Sect . Ii. Parents to their children, and
children to their parents
Sect. in. Masters to their servants, and
servants to their masters
Sect. iv. Magistrates to subjects, and
subjects to magistrates .
See magistrates at (orgs, chap. xxii.
Cbap. XVIL The duties of believers to-
ward men: those who are without, un-
believers, enemies .
Sect. i. In general . .
Sect. Ii. In particular; not to judge
them, or speak evil of them .
Sect. m. Be just, righteous, true and
faithful to, and with them, in all
things of trust and dealing
Sect. iv. To live peaceably, not inter-
meddling with others; nor idle, or
Sect. v. Not to be discontented, angry,
or revengeful against them; but to
behave themselves meekly, gently,
and patiently toward them ; bearing
wrong . • •
See more of meekness, cbap. xiv.
Sect . vi. To pity them, shew them
mercy, pray for them, and return
them good for evil, love for hatred
IL From men, by persecutions . 275
First. From wicked men, hea-
thens . • . . . ib.
Secondly. From hypocritical pro-
fessors, men zealous of the law
ajid traditions . . . 277
Sect. it. For what ends God doth cor-
rect his children, and suffer them to
be persecuted .... 380
L To exercise and try their faith
and obedience . . . . ib.
IL To humble and purge them . 281
IIL To make them remember God
and things above; look to, own,
and close with them . . . ib.
IV. For God's glory, and the fur-
therance of the gospel . . 283
V. For the procuring of great good
and advantage to those who are
exercised with trouble, &c . 283
Sect . in. The considerations which
should bear up, stay, and comfort
the spirits of believers in their afflic-
tions, and under persecutions • 285
Coos. L God appoints them; and
that for good ends . . . ib.
Cons. IL That such who are so ex-
ercised are blessed and happy;
and so pronounced in scripture:
it is a seal of souship, of God's
Choice love, and of their salva-
Cons. IIL That God well knows
the designs and ways of Satan,
and of all the adversaries of be-
lievers: and that they can do no
more, nor proceed further against
us, than God permits. He turns
about their purposes . . . 286
Cons. IV. That God orders and de-
termines the measure, manner,
time, and continuance of afflic-
tions and persecutions; and that
according to our necessities . 289
Coos. V. That God doth sometimes
make enemies and persecutors
themselves to attest the saints'
innocency when they suffer; and
will surely avenge them of their
adversaries .... 290
Cons. VL That God will comfort,
uphold, and preserve his, in all
their troubles, and not lay more
upon them than they can bear . 291
See common calamities, chap. xxi.
Cons. VIL That the righteous are
near and dear to God in Christ;
so that he takes notice of their
afflictions and troubles; and is
said to be persecuted and afflicted
in their persecutions, &c . . 294
See union and relation between Chritt
andhischnrch, chap xiii.
Cons. VIIL That the greater the
afflictions and distresses of the
righteous have been, the more
wonderful have their deliver-
ances been: and then hath sal-
vation appeared in their extre-
Cons. IX. That afflictions and per-
secutions shall redound to the
benefits of God's children . . 297
See of the ends of God in afflicting,
sect. ii. and cons. v.
Cons. X. That God will not always
suffer his children to lie under
afflictions and persecutions; but
will bring deliverance and re-
store joy ..... 298
Cons. XL That afflictions and per-
secutions have been the lot of
Christ himself, and of the saints in
all ages 301
Sect. iv. The duties of the saints, and
how they ought to behave them-
selves in trouble, both toward God
and Man: . ... 302
First. Toward God . . ib.
L To see God in them, as being
sent by him . . . . ib.
See alio common calamities, chap. xxi.
IL To submit to God with an en-
tire resignation under troubles . 303
IIL To confess their sins, and jus-
tify God 305
See more of confession of sin, chap. xiv.
IV. To hold fast to God, own the
Lord Jesus, his people, and ways
in the midst of trouble and perse-
cutions ..... 305
Set Perseverance, chap. xiv.
V. To be cheerful under affliction,
and rejoice at being counted
worthy to suffer for Christ . SOT
VL To call upon the Lord for
help, support, and salvation . 308
See more of prayer, chap. xiv.
In common calamities, chap. xxi.
VIL Not to fear, but believingly
commit their cause to God, and
quietly wait for his salvation . 310
See also trusting in, and waiting for God,
Secondly. Duties of Believers
toward enemies not persecu-
tors in a time of suffering . 312
L To be patient, quiet, and sober
toward them; not revenge, or
return evil for evil, or reviling
for reviling; but forgive them . ib.
IL Not to desire or rejoice in tin-
hurt of enemies, &c . . 313
IIL To pray for and do good to
persecutors and enemies . - 311
IV. To use lawful and honest means
for avoiding and delivering them-
selves and others from afflictions
and persecutions . . . rb.
V. To look to the cause of our
sufferings, that it be for well du-
iug, for Christ, and a good con-