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Rom. xiv. 18.
“Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world. If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.”—1 John
SERM. III.-The sure Warrant of a Believer's
“For if, when we were enemies, we were re-
conciled to God by the death of his Son, much
more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.”—Romans v. 10.
SERM. IV.-The Restlessness of human Ambi-
“How say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain?–0 that I had the wings of a
dove, that I may fly away, and be at rest.”—
Pealm xi. 1. and lv. 6.
Matth. vii. 12.
Cor. iv. 18.
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”—1 Cor. iv. 20. SERM. IX.-On the Reasonableness of Faith. 423 “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed."—Gal. iii. 23. SERM. X. On the Christian Sabbath. 429 “And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”— Mark ii. 27. SEAM.XI.—On the Doctrine of Predestination. 435 “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.”—Acts xxvii. 22, 31. SERM. XII.-On the Nature of the Sin against the Holy Ghost. 442 “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be
- OCCASIONAL SERMONS, &c.
forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be . him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”–Matth. xii. 31, 32. o SERM. XIII.-On the Advantages of Christian Knowledge to the Lower Orders of Society. 450 “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish King, who will no more be admonished."—Eccl. iv. 13. SERM. XIV.-On the o and the Means of Christianizing our Home Population. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every crea... "...; xvi. 15. SERM. XV.-On the Distinction between Knowledge and Consideration. - 4 “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.”—Isaiah i. 3.
SERMon.—A Sermon delivered on the Day of the Funeral of the Princess Charlotte of Wales. 339 “For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”—Isaiah xxvi. 9. SERMon.—The Doctrine of Christian Charity applied to the Case of Religious Differences. “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?—Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold a beam is in thine own eye7 Thou hypocrite' first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”–Matth. vii 3, 4, 5. A SERMon on Cruelty to Animals. 361 “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.”—Prov. xii. 10.
The contents of the first part of this volume form the substance of the article CHRISTIANITY, in the EDINBURGH ENcyclopæDIA. Its appearance is due to the liberality of the Proprietors of that Work—nor did the Author conceive the purpose of presenting it to the world in another shape, till he was permitted and advised by them to republish it in a separate form. It is chiefly confined to the exposition of the historical argument for the truth of Christianity; and the aim of the Author is fulfilled if he has succeeded in proving the external testimony to be so sufficient, as to leave Infidelity without excuse, even though the remaining important branches of the Christian defence had been less strong and satisfactory than they are. “The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.” “And if I had not done the works among them which none other man did, they had not had sin.” The Author is far from asserting the study of the historical evidence to be the only channel to a faith in the truth of Christianity. How could he, in the face of the obvious fact, that there are thousands and thousands of Christians, who bear the most undeniable marks of the truth having come home to their understanding “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power?” They have an evidence within themselves, which the world knoweth not, even the promised manifestations of the Saviour. This evidence is a “sign to them that believe;” but the Bible speaks also of a “sign to them which believe not;” and should it be effectual in reclaiming any of these from their infidelity, a mighty object is gained by the exhibition of it. Should it not be effectual, it will be to them “a savour of death unto death;” and this is one of the very effects ascribed to the E. of Christian truth in the first ages. If, even in the face of that ind of evidence, which they have a relish and respect for, they still hold out against the reception of the Gospel, this must aggravate the weight of the threatening which lies upon them; “How shall they escape, if they neglect so great a salvation ?” . It will be a great satisfaction to the writer of the following pages, if any shall ise from the perusal of them with a stronger determination than before to take his Christianity exclusively from his Bible. It is not enough to entitle a man to the name of a Christian, that he professes to believe the Bible to be a genuine communication from God. To be the disciple of any book, he must do something more than satisfy himself that its contents are true—he must read the book—he must obtain a knowledge of the contents. And how many are there in the world, who do not call the truth of the Bible message in question, while they suffer i to lie beside them unopened, unread, and unattended to