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iv. THE FOUR LAST THINGs. Dedication to Lady Russell.

ON DEAth. Heb. 2. 15. And deliver them, who through fear of death were



all their lifetime subject to bondage.

P. Page.

Proofs of Christ's deity. How the devil is said to have
the power of death. An account of death's entrance
into the world, 237
What the fear of death includes. The passion of fear ,

in general. The special causes that make death so


fearful. The bondage of men from the fear of death.
Reasons why men do not always feel this fear, 244
How the death of Christ frees us from the tormenting
fear of death. It redeems us from the curse, makes
death a blessed advantage, frees the saints from afflic-
tions, and obtains for them the highest positive good, 256
Why believers are subject to death since the sting of it
is taken away. They die that sinful frailties may be
abolished, that their graces may be exercised, and be-
cause the natural body is incapable of a celestial di-

vine life. Their resurrection is delayed till the coming
of Christ. Proofs of the certainty of their re-




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surrection, 264
The qualifications of those who have a right to this
privilege. Union with Christ is absolutely requisite.
The Spirit is the bond of this union. He illuminates
the understanding, inspires love to God, and commu-
nicates power to do the divine will, 271
Application of the subject. How great are our obliga- .
tions to the Redeemer." It should be our great busi-
ness to overcome the fear of death. Necessity of re-
conciliation with God. The danger of delaying re-
pentance, - - - 278
Application continued. The desperate hazard of trust-
ing to sick-bed and death-bed repentances. Such in-
stances very few, and extremely uncertain, 288
. Application concluded. Rules how death may be ren-
dered comfortable. The duties of dying saints. 296

17. 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he

will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath, ordained 3. whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

CHAP. . . . * * * • *. - - - Page,

I. The coherence of the text. Divine prerogative to judge the world. Qualifications of Christ for that office. Why the day of Judgment is called the great day, 309

II. The equity of the divine law which will be the rule of

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judgment, 316 III. The wisdom and justice of God in ordaining eternal death to be the punishment of sin, 322

IV. The evidence of facts produced as the reason of judgment. The books will be opened, divine omniscience will give evidence, conscience will bear testimony, and numerous witnesses will appear. The impartiality of the sentence, -

V. Application of the subject. The certainty of a future . judgment. It is a vindication of the proceedings of providence, a comfort to the saints under persecution, a restraint from secret sins, a remedy for sensual temptations, and a motive of terror to the wicked, 342

VI. Application concluded. Preparatives for the last judgment. Faith in Christ. Sincere obedience. Selfexamination. Improvement of talents. Zeal for the cause of Christ. Love to the saints, 355

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ON HEAVEN. - . . . . . . .

Psalm 16. 11. Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures jor evermore,

I. The divine presence is the felicity of the saints. The glory of the place described. The happiness of hea

ven illustrated by sensible representations, 369 II. In heaven there is an exemption from all evils, and the enjoyment of all blessings, 374

III. The vision of God in heaven. His works and word,
his decrees and counsels will be revealed to the blessed, 378

IV. Effects of the vision of God. A glorious likeness.
Humble veneration of His excellencies, Ardent love

to Him, 384 W. Union with God and its effects. Perfect knowledge. Pure love. Supreme joy, 389

VI. Communion with saints and angels, The felicity of heaven is everlasting,

CHAP. Page, VII. The felicity of heaven is not diminished by the num

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ber of its possessors. . It continues for ever. The application. The woful folly of sinners in refusing this happiness. It originates in the mercy of God, and is obtained by the obedience of Christ, 404 I. The qualifications of those who shall obtain heaven. The nature and necessity of regeneration, and sanctification. - 413

IX. The necessity of faith in Christ. We must choose heaven as our supreme happiness. This choice must be sincere, - 422 X. Our choice of heaven must be lasting. The properties of saving perseverance, - 435 XI. Directions how to fix our choice aright upon the felicity of heaven, - 446

XII. On the steadfast belief, and serious consideration of

eternal realities, 454

XIII. Objects which give vigour to the serious considera

tions of the soul, and determine it to choose heaven, 464

XIV. Additional motives to encourage us to seek the king


dom of heaven, - - 470 ON HELL. ... . . . . . . Mark 9. 48. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire, is not quenched. ' ... * * Exposition of the text. The dreadful nature of future unishment, 481 The eternal duration of future punishment, 492


III. Practical inferences. The mercy of God in salvation.

The depravity of sinners. The wages of sin. Our in

finite obligations to Jesus Christ. 500

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