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I avail myself of the present occafion with cordial pleasure. Allow me to say that, independently of all private confiderations, the proof which your Lordship’s conduct afforded of vigilant solicitude to adopt any measure which, in your opinion, should seem likely to be subservient to the eternal interests of the inhabitants of the diocese consigned to your fuperintendence, excited in my mind very lively emotions of satisfaction. May the grace of God attend and prosper your pious exertions !'...?.. .*

It may be right to add some few words respecting the Volume now inscribed to your Lordship. Different writers of Sermons, all aiming at the same ultimate object, pursue it, 'according to their respective views, judgements, habits of study, and other circumftances, in different ways. The vineyard of God will employ and remunerate labourers of various descriptions. My present efforts, as an humble workman in that vineyard, have been principally directed to two

points : points: the elucidation of some fundamental do&rines of our faith ; and the inculcation of a practical truth of the highest moment, yet a truth which too often, if we may judge by the language in common use among men when speaking either concerning them selves or others, is fatally undiscerned or disregarded, that nothing short of an avowed and unreserved surrender of the whole heart to God through Christ, evinced, under the blessing of divine grace, by a zealous and habitual pursuit of universal holiness, is Religion.

. .. Many persons appear to imagine that, when once the researches of an individual into the Christian Revelation have satisfied him as to its sacred authority, the remainder of his religious course lies plain and easy before him. They perceive not that he has ascended but the first and the least laborious acclivity of the mountain. Surely it requires but a small degree of insight into human nature and the Scriptures to discover with how much greater : A4

facility

facility the understanding is convinced of
speculative truth, than the heart is fubdued
to a produđive faith and a practical love of
holiness. I shall rejoice if any part of the
following pages should be rendered instru-
mental in dissipating the pernicious delusion
which I have mentioned.
: I am, with fincere refpe&, ' '

My Lord, 1.1,
Your Lordship’s obliged
and affectionate Servant,

THOMAS GISBORNE.
Yorall Lodge,
April 20, 1802.

CON T E N T S.

SERMON I. Jesus Christ the Corner-Stone. ... I Peter, ii. 6. ..! Behold! I lay in Sion a chief Corner-Stone,

elect, precious : and be that believeth or Him ball not be confounded. Page i

SÉR MON II. , The Christian Method of Justification ex

plained and vindicated.

ROMANS, iii. 20-22. By the Deeds of the Law there shall no Flesh be justified in His Sight: for by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin. But now the Righteoufness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Pro

phets; even the Righteousness of God which s is by Faith of Jesus Christ. - 25 SERMON III. On the Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace.

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2 COR. xii. 9. And He said unto me, “ My Grace is sufficient " for thee: for My Strength is made perfect " in Weakness.- - Page 53

SERMON IV. On the Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace.

2 Cor. xii. 9. And He said unto me, “ My Grace is sufficient

" for thee: for My Strength is made perfect ..!" in Weakness.....:::: 75

SERMON V.. On the Nature and Eficacy of Divine Grace. ... s .'2 COR. xii. 9. And He said unto , “ My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in Weakness.- - 97

SERMON VI. On the Marks which distinguish a real

Christian.

GAL. V. 24. They that are Christ's have crucified the Flesha

with the Affections and Lufis. - 128

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