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SERMON LXXX, LXXXI.
to the Son, and depositing all Things into his Hand,
a strong Encouragement to Faith, '- 203 Joun iii. 35. The Father loveth the Son, and bath given
all things into his band. After an introduction unto, a division, and explication of the words,
and laying down the doctrinal proposition, the following topics
of discourse are handled, viz. 1. The Father's love to the Son evinced, in two positions, 206 2. The evidence of the Father's love manifested, by giving all things into his hand,
210 3. How the love of the Father, thus evidenced, in giving all things into his band, is a ground of faith,
219 4. A very copious application of the whole,
226 In which application, besides other things, the following points
are prosecuted, viz. (1.) That all things are in Christ's hand, demonstrated, 243 (2.) The beauty of this disposure pointed out,
248 (3.) The extent of this treasure enquired into,
253 (4.) The manner how all things are in bis hand, considered, 263 (5.) Motives and considerations laid down to excite and quicken
our faith in this truth, (6.) Directions offered for regulating our faith therein, 272
S E R'M ON LXXXII. . The Law of God's House, 284 Ezek. xliii. 2. This is the Law of the House ; upon the
top of the mountain, the whole limit thereof round about Jhall be most boly; behold, this is the Law of the House.
The words being viewed in their connection, analized, explained,
their proper meaning ascertained, aud summed up in a doctrinal
proposition, the following general heads of inethod are discoursed, viz. 1. The house of God treated of,
287 2. The nature of that holiness, that is peculiar to the house of God, unfolded, .
289 3. That holiness is the law of the house, evinced, 4. The extent of this holiness, required by the law of God's house, pointed out,
296 5. The privilege of access to the most holy place,
300 6. That this privilege obliges the whole to be a most holy people,
.manifested, 7: The application of the whole, in fundry uses, viz. of information, lamentation, and exhortation,
S E R M O N LXXXIII. The Little City besieged, and delivered : or, the De. LOX liverance of the Church by Christ, and the Ingraand titude of Men to the glorious Redeemer, reprefented,
321 Eccl. ix. 14, 15. There was a little city, and few inen within it;
and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and
built great bulwarks against it: Now, there was found in it words a poor wise man, and be by bis wisdom delivered the city; pic yet no man remembered that same poor man.
The sense of the words being ascertained, accurately analized, and 206 · summed up in a do&trine, the following general topics of discourse
are profecuted, viz. 210 1. The little city, and the few men in it, described, . ing. 2. The great siege laid against the little city, opened,
323 214 3. The deliverance thereof, and the reasons of the fiege, 332 226 4. The ingratitude of the citizens represented,
339 -110 5. The application of the whole, in several uses, viz. of information, lamentation, trial, and exhortation,
1 344 SE R M O N LXXXIV.
The Lamb in the midst of the Throne, 358 26; Rev. vii. 17. For the Lamb that is in the midst of the
- throne shall feed them. 360 The words being viewed in their scope and connection, divided,
explained, and a doctrine observed, the following topics are pro
362 2. To discourse somewhat of the throne,
364 3. Enquire how the Lamb comes to be upon the throne; 366 4. What is imported in the Lamb's being in the midst of the throne, 368 5. Consider the benefit of feeding, that issues from the Lamb's being in the midst of the throne,
372 e 6. To deduce some inferences for the application, A concluding word on Monday,
387 S E R M O N LXXXV. Stability in the Faith, the Church's Strength, 397
Isa. xxx. 7:-Their strength is to sit still. The author having taken a view of the words in their connection, 39 analized, and explained them, and taken up their scope in a doc
trinal proposition, the following general heads of method-are
prosecute by him, viz. 26 1. What these times are, that may be called perilous times, in whichi Bo people shew much instability in the faith,
401 2. The nature of stedfastness in the faith opened,
409 3. That this stability is people's strength in perilous times, 430 4. Inferences for the application of the whole, Vol. V.
S E R M O N LXXXVI.
Faith's Plea upon God's Covenant, - 444 Psal. lxxiv. 20. Have respect unto the Covenant. The words being explained, and a doctrinal proposition raised from
them, the following points are handled, viz. 1. What covenant it is he will have respect unto,
445 2. What it is for him to bave respect into the covenant,
446 3. What it is in the covenant he hath respect unto, 4. What kind a respect he hath to it, 5. Why he hath a respect to it,
450 6. Some application made of the whole,
453 S E R M ON LXXXVII.
Faith's Plea upon God's Word, 470
2 Sam. vii. 25.--Do as thou best said. The words being explained, and a doctrinal observation laid down,
the following heads of method are prosecute, viz. 1. To shew that it is the business of faith to take God's word, 1 462 2. That it is the business of faith to put bim to it,
ibid. 3. How faith takes God's word, 4. How it pleads the accomplishment of the promise,
461 5. Whence it is the business of faith to take God at his word, and put him to it,
465 6. The application of the whole,
4659---478 S E R M ON LXXXVIII.
The Saint's Duty in Evil Times, 479 Isa. xxvi. 8. Yen, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord,
bave we waited for thee. -;. The words being divided and explained, sundry doctrinal observations
are deduced and illustrated from them, viz. I. That on whomsoever God inflicts any punishinents, they are al. ways juít,
.480 II. That judginents upon a people do not come by chance, but have their original commission from God,
ibid. III. That God's judgments are various, IV. That the fins of God's own peopic may provoke him to send
judgments, V. That God, who smites, is the best hand to represent our case to, 484 VI. That it is the duty of the afflicted to wait on God,
ibit. Four questions propounded for clearing the duty, 4849—497 Four objections solved, relative to waiting on God,
487 VII. The subject improven, by giving some directions, and offering fume motives,
THE STRENGTH or SIN; and how the LAW is
the Strength thereof, opened up and unfolded *.
1 Cor. xv. 56.
DERHAPS there was never a generation wherein 1 the strength and dominion of sin did more discover itself, in the life and conversation of the people, than in this present age. Such is the mighty power thereof, that as all the children of men are slaves, fo most of the
children of God are captives to it. How are the thoughts, 4. words, and actions of men and women, as so many ilaves, DT captives, and drudges to fin! But, for as strong as it is,
the strength of it is little feen, and few know where the atic strength of it lies. As the Philistines did not know that
the strength of Samson lay in his hair, or in the locks of e his head, which whenever it was shaved, his strength
was gone; fo the world little know this mystery, that the strength of sin is the law, insomuch, that till the fin. ner be shaved, as it were, with the sharp razor of the Spirit of Christ, so as to be cut off from the law, and united to Christ, the end of the law, the strength of fin remains, and the rule of it.
& * This subject appears to have been bandled in fis ferinons, preachiel flera on sacramental occasions, in the year 1727. The first two at the facra
ment of Kinglassy, July 30ih, 3.st. The next two at Orwel, Auguíc 7th, 8th. The two last are an enlargement on tlic fame subject; but when or where delivered is uncertain. .
That I may come to the purpose I design, you may only notice, that as the apolile in the preceding part of the chapter, is treating the great doctrine of the refurrection of the dead, proving it from the resurrecti. on of Christ, answering objections against this truth, and thewing what a remarkable change will be made upon the bodies of believers, both these that are dead, and thefe that shall be living at the found of the last trumpet: fo, in the context here, he is discovering the complete conquest that then the saints will obtain over death and the grave, and that then will be accomplished what the prophet Hosea says, chap. xiii. 14. “ Death ihall be sivaitowed up in victory; I will ranfon thee from the power of the grave, I will redeem then from death: 0 fieath, I will be thy plagues ; O grave, I will be thy destruction.” What the prophets declare were to have their initial accomplished in the New Testament days, the apostles declare are to have their full and consummate accomplishment at the day of judgineat; yet, fo fiveet and satisfying is the begun accomplishment thereof in Christ Jesus, that the apostle, for himself, and in name of all believers in Christ, fings their EDTNIKION, their song of triumph and victory, whereof thefe words are a part, laying, O deaih, where is thy fting? O grave; where is i by victory ? The sting of deat! is firm, the strength of fii is the law::but thanks to God, that giveth us the victory,
bro' our Lord Jesus Christ. Death had a íling, even power to hurt and kill; and the grave had a victory : but now where are they? In Christ they are spoiled and difarmed, fo as they are not to be seen; where are they? And the day is coming, with respect to the saints, when got so niuch as the sign and veltige of death's power or the grave's victory will remain; where are they? The wiing of death is fin: for fin gives power unto death,
liich would have no power to hurt, did not fin give rogom to its darts: but Christ, by death, hath taken out ilis fting, made atonement for sin, and obtained remifli11. fo that though death may hiss, it cannot hurt. Tbe
Pagih of pin is the law; for sin hath strength to con
10 us, and strength to destroy us, from the law, and ini curses, and threatenings; but Christ hath removed