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Chap. XIII. COMFORTS AGAINST WANT OF SLEEP.

Sect. J. The Misery of the want of Rest; with the best

Remedy .........................................

2. The Favour of Freedom from Pain ................

3. The Favour of Health without Sleep ............. 180

4. Sleep but a Symptom of Mortality ............... 181

5. No use of Sleep whither we are going ............ ib.

Chap. XIV. COMFORTS AGAINST THE INCONVENIENCES OF OLD AGE.

Sect. 1. The Illimitation of Age; and the Miseries that

attend it ......................................... 10

2. Old Age a Blessing .................................. 183

3. The Advantages of Old Age (1.) Fearlessness :

(2.) Freedom from Passions: (3.) Experimen-

tal Knowledge: (4.) Near approach to our

End ............................................... 184

Chap. XV. COMFORTS AGAINST THE FEARS AND PAINS OF DEATH.

Sect. 1. The Fear of Death Natural......................., 187

2. Remedy of Fear, Acquaintance with Death .... 188

3. The Misapprehension of Death

4. The common Condition of Men ..................

5. Death not feared by some ......................... 190

6. Our Death-day better than our Birth-day ........ 191

7. The Sting of Death pulled out ........

8. Death but a Parting, to meet again ............

9. Death but a Sleep ..........

10. Death sweetened to us by Christ ............

1. The Painfulness of Christ's Death ................

12. The Vanity and Miseries of Life

194

13. Examples of courageous Resolutions in others ... 195.

14. The happy Advantages of Death ................ 196

Chap. XVI. COMFORTS AGAINST THE TERRORS OF JUDGMENT.

Sect. 1. Aggravations of the Fearfulness of the Last Judg-

ment ........................

.......... 197

2. The Condition of the Elect ........................ 198

3. Awe more fit for thoughts of Last Judgment than

Fear ...........................

............

4. In that great and terrible Day our Advocate is

our Judge ....................................... ib.

5. Frequent Meditation and due Preparation, the

Remedies of our Fear ....

201

Chap. XVII. COMFORTS AGAINST THE FEARS OF OUR SPIRITUAL

ENEMIES.

Seçt 1. The great Power of Evil Spirits, and their Re-
straint .........

............. ib.

2. The Fear of the Number of Evil Spirits, and the

Remedy of it .................................. 202

3. The Malice of the Evil Spirits, and our Fears

thereof Remedied . .......................... 203

4. The great Subtlety of Evil Spirits, and the Re-

medy of the Fear of it ........................ 204

Chap. XVIII. THE UNIVERSAL RECIPE FOR ALL Maladies.

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IV. A TREATISE OF CHRIST MYSTICAL: or, THE BLESSED UNION OF

CHRIST AND HIS MEMBERS.

Chap. I. INTRODUCTORY.

Sect. 1. How TO BE HAPPY IN THE APPREHENDING OP

CHRIST............................................... 214

2. The HONOUR AND HAPPINESS OF BEING UNITED TO

CHRIST...........

215

Chap. II. The KIND and MANNER of this Union with Christ... 216

Chap. III. The RESEMBLANCES of this Union.

Sect. 1. By the Head and BODY..........

2. By the HUSBAND and WIFE............................

3. By the NOURISHMENT and the BODY..................

4. By the BRANCH and the STOCK........................ 221

5. By the FOUNDATION and the BUILDING............... 222

Chap. IV. The CERTAINTY and INDISSOLUBLENESS of this

Union........................................................ ib.

Chap. V. The PRIVILEGES and BENEFITS of this Union....... 224

Sect. 1. The first of these Benefits-LIFE ..................... 225

Wherein

(1.) A complaint of our Insensibleness of this mercy;

and an ercitation to a cheerful Recognition

of it............................................. 227

(2.) An incitement to Joy and Thankfulness for

Christ, our Life.................................. 228

(3.) The Duties we owe to God for his mercy to us,

in this Life which we have from Christ........ ib.

(4.) The Improvement of this Life; in that Christ

is made,

[1.] Our Wisdom..........

12.7 Our Righteousness..............................•

[3.7 Our Sanctification.....

234

[4.] Our Redemption.............................

Sect. 2. The External Privileges of this Union, A RIGHT TO

THE BLESSINGS OP EARTH AND HEAVEN............. 236

Chap. VI. The MEANS, by which this Union is wrought............

Chap. VII. The Union of Christ's members with THEMSELVES... 238

Sect. 1. The union of Christ's members IN HEAVEN...... 239

2. The union of Christ's members UPON EARTH.... 240

(1.) In matter of Judgment.........................

ib.

(2.) In matter of Affection........................ 242

(3.) A complaint of Divisions ; and, notwith-

standing them, an assertion of Unity....... 214

(4.) The necessary Effects and Fruits of this

union of Christian Hearts.................. 245

3. The union of the SAINTS ON EARTH WITH THOSE

IN HEAVEN........................................ 247

Chap. VIII. A RECAPITULATION and SUM of the whole

treatise............

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Case 9. Whether those monies or goods, which I have found,

may be safely taken and kept by me to my own use.. 391

10. Whether I may lawfully buy those goods, which I shall

strongly suspect or know to be stolen or plundered ;

or, if I have ignorantly bought such goods, whether I

may lawfully, after knowledge of their owner, keep

them as mine............................................... 393

Second Decade. Cases of LIFE AND LIBERTY.

Case 1. Whether, and in what cases, it may be lawful for a man

to take away the life of another.................

2. Whether may I lawfully make use of a duel, for the de-

ciding of my right, or the vindication of mine ho-

nour ...............................

.................. 398

3. Whether may it be lawful, in case of extremity, to pro

cure the abortion of the child, for the preservation of

the mother ?................................................ 400

4. Whether a man, adjudged to perpetual imprisonment or

death, may, in conscience, endeavour and practise an

escape....................................................... 403

5. Whether, and how far, a man may be urged to an oath.. 405

6. Whether a judge may, upon allegations, proofs, and

evidences of others, condemn a man to death, whom

he himself certainly knows to be innocent.............. 408

7. Whether, and in what cases, am I bound to be an accu-

ser of another? ................................................ 411

8. Whether a prisoner, indicted of a felonious act which

he hath committed, and interrogated by the judge

concerning the same, may stand upon the denial, and

plead, “ Not guilty.”........

413

9. Whether, and how far, a man may take up arms, in the

public quarrel of a war....

................................ 415

10. Whether, and how far, a man may act towards his own

death.................

......... 417

Third Decade. CASES OF PIETY AND RELIGION.

Case 1. Whether, upon the appearance of Evil Spirits, we may

hold discourse with them ; and how we may demean

ourselves concerning them................................. 421

2. How far a secret pact with Evil Spirits doth extend ;

and what actions and events must be referred there-

unto........................................................ 425

3. Whether, reserving my conscience to myself, I may be

present at an idolatrous devotion ; or, whether, in the

lawful service of God, I may communicate with

wicked persons...........

....... 427

4. Whether vows be not out of season, now, under the

Gospel : of what things they may be made : how far

they oblige us: and, whether, and how far, they may

be capable of a release.........................................

5. Whom may we justly hold a heretic ? and what is to be

done in case of heresy 7.....................................

6. Whether the laws of men do bind the conscience; and

how far we are tied to their obedience.. ...............

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Fourth Decade. Cases MATRIMONIAL.

Case 1. Whether the marriage of a son or daughter, without or

against the parent's consent, may be accounted lawful 457

2. Whether marriage, lawfully made, may admit of any

cause of divorce, save only for the violation of the

marriage-bed, by fornication or adultery................ 460

3. Whether, after a lawful divorce for adultery, the inno-

cent party may marry again............................... 464

4. Whether the authority of the father may reach so far,

as to command or compel the child, to dispose of

himself in marriage where he shall appoint............ 468

5. Whether the marriage of cousins-german, that is, of

brother's or sister's children, be lawful................... 470

6. Whether is it necessary or requisite there should be a

witnessed contract, or espousals of the parties to be

married, before the solemnization of the marriage?... 474

7. Whether there ought to be a prohibition and forbear.

ance of marriages and marriage duties, for some times

appointed..................................................... 477

8. Whether it be necessary, that marriages should be cele.

brated by a Minister; and whether they may be va-

lid and lawful without him ............................... 479

9. Whether there be any necessity or use of thrice pub-

lishing the contract of marriage in the congregation,

before the celebration of it; and whether it be fit,

that any dispensation should be granted for the for-

bearance of it............................................. 480

10. Whether marriages, once made, may be annulled and

utterly voided ; and, in what cases this may be done.. 482

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