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whom we are naturally disposed to scorn and hate, is selected as the most unequivocal proof of our love to Christ; nor can this ever be separated from other instances of humble obedience, in the habitual tenour of our conduct.

It may easily be conceived what discoveries will be made, “ when the books shall be opened,” in respect of the different descriptions of unbelievers; which will suffice to“ stop every mouth,” to bring in “ the whole world guilty before God,” and to illustrate the divine justice in the condemnation of all those, who shall then“ go away into everlasting “punishment.” Every one, who seriously reflects on his own conduct, during the entire course of his past life; and compares his thoughts, words, and works with the holy commandments of God, will gradually more and more find his own heart condemn him: and if this be the case with the most moral of the human race, where will the blasphemer, the profligate, the fraudulent, the oppressor, and the murderer appear? Whatever may now be objected to, or whatever excused, the discovery of the divine glory of the holy and perfect law, of man's obligations, and of the whole behaviour of every individual, towards God and man, will then leave the most specious unbelievers speechless, and and make them feel the justice of their own condemnation.

But what words can express



“ able fire,”

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his difinitive sentence? Or who does not see that the language of Scripture is selected to inark out the most tremendous effects of almighty indignation ? “ These shall go away into everlasting” (or eternal) "punishment.” But how can this be, if the persons thus condemned do not exist for ever in a state of punishment? Or what proof have we of the eternity of happiness intended for the righteous, if the same word in the same verse in one place do not mean eternal ? – We need not enlarge.--If the ideas “ of a never dying worm, an inextinguish


" " the blackness of darkness for ever," and “ the company of the devil and his angels,” do not warn men to “ flee from the wrath to come,” none else can: for these only fail, because they are not believed.

On the other hand, a kingdom that cannot be moved,” “ an incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading inheritance," "an exceeding and eternal

weight of glory,” “ pleasures at God's right hand “ for evermore," are expressions so energetick, that did we truly believe and attend to them, we could not but be influenced by them in all our conduct. Here then we pause—“ Beloved, now

are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet

appear, what we shall be; but we know, that “when Jesus shall appear, we shall be like him, for

shall see him as he is;"” and the countless ages of eternity will only serve to enhance our unutterable joys.

With what words then can we

* John iii. 2.


more properly close this Essay, and the present compendious publication, than those of the apostle,

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for “such things, be diligent, that ye may be found “ of him in peace, without spot, and blameless?2"

1 2 Pet. iii. 14.



Antitrinitarians, attempt to alter the

form of Baptism, 301, 302. See

Apocryphal books, 12.
Arianism, a system repugnant to rea-

Son, 124.

Absurdities, preferred by some to

scriptural truth, 144-148. 244.

268, 269.
Adain, the first and second contrasted,

181, 182.
Advocate, Christ our with the Father,

193, 194. 218, 219. 222-224. 229.
Access, of sinners to God, difficulties

respecting it, 181–188. 222. 503
-505; only through Christ, 188

-194. 224-229. 505, 506.
Adoption, the Believer's privilege,

378; its unspeakable value, 379;

“ Spirit of,” 325. 379-382, 405.
Affections, those required toward

Christ prove his Deity, 161--168.
404, 405; towards God, 74–81.
324, 325. 403-406; the principal
requirement of Revelation, 407 ;
towards our neighbours, 87--103.
418—436; Relatives, 87-89.439
-476; Christian Brethren, 420,
421; Enemies, 427-431; Hea.
venly things, and things “

Earth,” 406, 407. 410-418.
Afflictions, the Believer's view of

them, 400-402.
Agreement, aniong the sacred writers,

Alienation from God, the source of

all other sins, 356–358.
Allegories, the language of them in-
admissible in laws and grants, 290

Angel of the Covenant, title of Christ,

129. 137.
Angels Holy, the Servants of Christ,

139. 229; worship him, 143, 144.
283; Ministers to his people, 383 ;
will attend him when he shall come

to judgment, 545.
Antinomianism, abominable, 217; ab-

surdities which it involves, 330,
331; whence it springs, 340. 344
-346; often found in connection
with Pharisaical pride, 340; re-
fined species of it, 251-253.


Armour of God, how taken and used,

$66, 367.
Ascension of Christ, ends answered

by it, 219, &c.
Assurance of hope, or of Salvation,

distinct from faith, 373_375; not
enjoyed by all believers, 375, 376.
how prevented, or obtained, 375;

Atonement of Christ, why necessary,

181—184. 187. 336, 337; doc-
trine discussed, 195, &c; im-
portance of the doctrine, 215–
217. 405; the effect, not the cause
of the Father's mercy, 225. 336;
especially commemorated in the
Lord's Supper, 532, &c; day of,

under the law, 193.
Attributes, divine, ascribed to Christ,

128--132. 135, 136; and to the

Holy Spirit, 294, 295.
Authority, a valuable talent, how to
be improved, 481–486.

Baptism, the scriptural form of words

for it implies the Deity of Christ,
and of the Holy Spirit, and the
doctrine of the Trinity, 142. 161.
501, 302; not Regeneration, 267,
268 ; what it represents, 520, 521;
to whom adroinistered by the Apos-
tles, and in the primitive times, 521,
522; what profession it implies,
522; of infants, 521, 522; its
meaning and good effects, 523,
524; the duty of parents conse-

quent on it, 524-526.
Believers, their warfare and experi-

ence, 350, &c; their privileges,

370, &c; their character, &c. 391,
Benevolence, excited by evangelical

principles, 418, &c.

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Bigotry, love to truth falsely so Christian, life of, 351, &c; see be-

called, 34. 52. 158; how the lievers, and warfare.

charge should be obviated, 306. Church, distinction between militant
Bigots, prone to calumny, 99.

and triumphant, 350.
Boasting, how excluded, 258. 264. Circumcision, 320; door of admission
Books, mischief done by bad ones, into the ancient church, 521.

95. 490; dispersing good ones, Communion, with God, the believer's
489. 494 ; the advantage of good privilege, 384-386.
ones written by distinguished lay | Conflict, christian, its nature, 354, &c.
men, 490; those opened at the day Contentment, required by the moral
of judgment, 550—553.

law, 97, 102; tendency of evan-
Born again.” See Regeneration. gelical principles to promote it,

401, 402. 411-418.
Calamities, publick, how viewed by Conversion, from one sect or opinion
the believer, 384.

to another, not regeneration, 269,
Candour, false, 52; true, 428. 436. 270; the change intended by,
Carnal mind, enmity against God 271, 272. 319-321.
and his law, 340.

Conviction, of sin, arises from scrip-
Character, of such as have received tural views of the moral law, 87,

the scriptures, contrasted with that 103, 332-335.
of such as have rejected them, 9, Correction, of children, generally ne-
10; of mankind agrees with that cessary, 459; directions concern-
drawn in scripture, 21, 22; of ing, 459, 460.
God, scriptural, 51, &c; carefully to Covetousness, idolatry of it, 76. 493;
be distinguished from that of Idols, contrary to the spiritual law of
54–57 ; most glorious and lovely, God, 96, 97, 100—102; counter-
330; of Christ absolutely perfect, acted by evangelical principles,

25, 26; of Christians, 391, &c. 412_418. 191, 492.
Charity, perfectly consistent with con Courteousness, 435, 436. 476.

sidering men's state as dangerous, | Cross, of Christ, lessons inculcated
113, 114. 158.

by it, 215, 216. 412, 413; vic-
Charms, unlawful, 76.

tories obtained by him on it, 218,
Children, duties of, to Parents, 88, 219.

89, 454-457; should be corrected Crucifixion, to the world, 41, 413.
while young, 458, 459; should

not preach to their parents, 456,


Darkness, kingdom of, 359-362.
Christ, evidence of his Resurrection, Death, its different aspects on the

15—17; his deity, proofs of, 123, righteous and the wicked, 1156
&c; importance of that doctrine,


the friend of believere,
151, &c; his fitness for the office 389; immediately followed by
of Mediator, 184-189; the atone state of happiness or misery, 540
ment of his death, 195, &c; his -544.
exaltation, 218, &c; his high priest- | Declension of vital religion, greatly
hood; 220–223; his intercession, owing to the neglect of the scrip.
2254229; his mediatorial king tural doctrine concerning the work
dom, 174. 229-234; his Prophe of the Holy Spirit, 316, 317. 322,
tical office, 234, 235; cannot be 323.
received in one office and rejected Deity, of Christ, stated, 123; proofs
in another, 235-237; the righ of, 124, &c. 310; the doctrine
teousness of believers by imputa essential to christianity, 151, &c;
tion, 252, 253; their joy; 167, objections considered, 172-175.
168; their life and strength, 138. Depravity, of human nature, 107–
364, 365, 387, 388; his love, 187 110. 356–359; not from educa-

-190. 223, 224. 428, 429. 532; tion, 109.

precious to believers, 322, 323 ; Devotedness, required to Christ, a
their love toward him, 161-165. proof of his Deity, 166, 167.
275, 276. 404, 405; his coming to Dishonesty, various instances of, 96,
judgment, 545, &c.

97. 470.

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