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SERMON XII.

On Resignation.-Psalm xxxix 9.-I was dumb, I opened not my mouth, &c.

By John M‘Dowell, A. M. Pastor of the Presbyterian congregation of Eliz-
abeth-Town.

215

SERMON XIII.

Justification, with some of its precious fruits.-Rom. v. 1, 2.- Therefore being

justified by faith, &c. By Peter Studdiford, A. M. Pastor of the Dutch Re.

formed church of North Branch.

229

SERMON XIV.

The true and false grounds of religion.--Phil. in. 7, 8, 9.--But what things were

gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ, '&c. By Joseph Clark, D. D.

Pastor of the Presbyterian congregation of New-Brunswick.

241

SERMON XV.

The same subject continued. By the same.

265

SERMON XVI.

On a death-bed repentance.--Matt. xsv. 10.-And while they went to buy,

the bridegroom came, &c. By Samuel S. Smith, D. D. L. L. D. 295

SERMON XVII.

Warning against self-deception.—Matt. vii. 24, 25, 26, 27.-Therefore, who-

soever heareth these sayings of mine, &c. By Uzal Ogden, D. D. $13

SERMON XVIII.

The same subject continued. By the same.

327

SERMON XIX.

On the dissolution of the world.—2 Pet. ii. 11.-Seeing then that all these

things shall be dissolved, &c. By Thomas Picton, A. M. Pastor of the Pres.

byterian congregation of Westfield.

343

SERMON XX.

The excellence of the knowledge of Christ.-Phil. üi. 8 – Yea doubtless, and

I count all things but loss, &c. By Enoch Burt, A. M. Pastor of the Pres-

byterian congregation of Lamington.

359

SERMON XXI.

The benefits resulting from being found in Christ-Phil. č. 9.—That I may

be found in him, &c. By Robert Finley, A. M. Pastor of the Presbyterian

congregation of Baskingridge.

381

SERMON XXII.

Destruction of the wicked. Prov. xiv. 32.—The wicked is driven away in his

wickedness. By Samuel Fisher, Pastor of the Presbyterian congregation

at Morris-Town,

399

SERMON XXIII.

Triumph of the righteous.--- Prov. xiv. 32.—But the righteous kath hope in his

death. By the same.

413

SERMON XXIV.

Wisdom resulting from numbering our days.—Psalm xc. 12.-So teach us to

number our days, &c. By Amzi Armstrong, A. M. Pastor of the Presby.

terian congregation of Mendham.

429

SERMON XXV.

Joy in heaven over a repenting sinner.—Luke rv, 7.-I say unto you, that

likewise joy, &c. By Enoch Burt, A. M. Pastor of the Presbyterian con-

gregation of Lamington.

SERMON I.

FAITH THE PRINCIPLE OF A HOLY LIFE.

1 Cor. xii. 13.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three

And now abideth faith.

BY SAMUEL S. SMITH, D.D. L. L. D.

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and spirit of his system, his instructions may appear dark, and we perceive no adequate motive to apply them for the regulation of our own conduct. We may have perfect confidence in the skill of some eminent artist who analizes with judgment the principles of his art; we may admire the talents of a distinguished scholar who declaims with elegance on the beauties of any classic work, and points out with accuracy the grounds of the pleasure they afford us; but, for want of knowledge, or of taste, we may not distinctly comprehend his meaning, or perceive the beauties which he endeavours in vain to point out to us. In the cases which I have supposed, we may yield entire credit to the judgment, integrity, or skill of the teacher or the artist; we may have full faith in the wisdom and truth of the man, but, through defeet of cultivated understanding, or of liberal taste, his principles, his doctrines, . the beauty of his examples, cannot strictly be said to be the objects of our belief, because they are not justly apprehended, they are not seen in their proper light, nor perceived in their true nature.

To apply these remarks to our present subjeet.—A genuine and practical faith in the gospel, which is that alone after which we seek, consists not merely in acknowledging the scriptures to be the word of God, in confessing the divine authority and heavenly mission of the apostles, the prophets, or of Christ himself, all which may be nothing more than an hereditary opinion, a pious prejudice of education; but it implies, as still more essential to it, a clear perception of the spiritual nature, beauty and perfection of the doctrines which they teach, especially as they regard the glory of God, the system of our redemption, and the duties, and immortal hopes of man; and a profound persuasion, not only of their truth,

but of their infinite importance to our everlasting peace and happiness. These doctrines, therefore, as far as they are within the comprehension of the human mind, are not received with genuine faith, but in proportion as they are in their true nature understood; and truly understood they cannot be but in proportion as the heart perceives their spiritual excellence and perfection, and with a holy and divine taste, relishes their beauty. For the excellence of virtue, the loveliness of genuine pietythe beauty of holiness is part of its idea. Here, then, we begin to discern the practical and moral influence of a sincere faith. For, what the heart understands and loves, must govern the practice. Perceiving, by this gracious principle, the beauty of holiness, the divine excellence of the evangelic doctrine, the believer is led by the sweet and irresistible attraction of a renewed taste, to delight in the law of God after the inward man; and to derive his chief pleasures from the study of its heavenly truths, and conformity of heart to its holy precepts. Here we begin, also, to discern the dependence of faith on the good dispositions of the heart.

By the understanding we judge of speculative truth; yet, on all moral subjects, the convictions of the understanding are greatly influenced by the state of the affections. But it is the heart alone, profoundly touched by the spirit of grace, which creates those lively and affecting conceptions of the beauty of divine things, and the perfection of the system of the gospel, which form the essence of a practical faith, the active and operative principle of a holy life. Hence hath the apostle said, with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. And Philip replied to the eunuch who desired to be baptized, if thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest.

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