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Three great points in Religion, Dialogue I

316

Dialogue II

325

Dialogue III

337

Best methods by which a Minister may magnify his office 347

Friendly hints to Christians who have prospered in the world 351

Explanation of 1 Corinthians vïi. 11

359

Remarks on the same text by another hand

362

On Exodus xxxiii. 19

367

Sum and substance of all the blessings which Ministers of the

Gospel should earnestly desire to possess

369

On the benefits of Religious Societies

372

Query on Ephesians iii. 18

375

Answer to
do

ibid

Further remarks on Ephesians iii. 18

377

Biblical Sublimity

382

Jerusalem Wheat

384

Anecdote of Sir J E. Wilmot

385

Farther illustrations of Scripture, Genesis vi. 15

386

Exodus xxxiv. 21

388

1 John v. 3

389

Jeremiah xxii. 29

390

2 Corinthians vii, 1

391

Jonah iv, 8

392

Lake xxiii. 31

394

Ezekiel ï 10

396

On John's eating the little book

ibid

Prayer of Reverend Mr. Romaine

398

On the imprecations contained in the book of Psalms

400

To the unknown frod, Acts xvji.:23

405

An Altar for a memorial, Genesis xxxiii. 20

408

Reflections on the pleasures and advantages of vital godliness, 410
A Meditation

419

Archbishop Usher on sanctification

420

The Ocular Treaty

421

Seeming contradictions reconciled, Genesis vi. 6 1 Samuel xv. 29 423

1 Corinthians x 33 Galatians i. 10

427

Genesis viii. 22 xliv. 6

428

Proverbs xxvi. 4, 5

4.9

Galatians ii 16 Jarnes ii 21

431

Exodus xx 5 Ezekiel xviii. 20

431

Genesis xiii. 17 xxiii. 17, 18 Acts vii. 5 433

Genesis xxxii, 30 Exodus xxxiii. 20

434

2 Samuel xxiv. 1 1 Chronicles xxi. 1

435

Matthew vii. 7, 8 Luke xiii. 24

437

Proverbs xxvii 2 1 Cor. xv. 10 2 Cor. xii. 11 438

Matthew v. 16 vi. 1 ix, 30 Mark v. 19 440

Matt. xi. 14 John i 21 Mat. xxi. 38 1 Cor. ii. 8 442

Luke i 33 1 Corinthians xv. 24

444

Luke x. 23 John xx. 29

445

John v. 31 viii. 14

446

John xx. 17,27

447

Hebrews xi. 33, 39

448

Romans ii. 14 Ephesians ii. 3 Romans xiv. 5 449

Galatians iv. 10, 11

450

1 Corinthians x. 13 2 Corinthians i. 8

451

Galatians vi. 2,5 Phillip, iv. 5 2Thessalonians ii. 2 452

Seeming contradictions reconciled, Hebrews xi. 32, 99 1 John

i. 8 iii, 9

2 Timothy jii, 12 Proverbs xvi, 7
Sayings of Lather
Structure of eastern houses
Three questions
Good treasure

458 454 456 ibid 459 THE

GOSPEL TREASURY.

ON SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES.

THE invention of writing and printing, though it has been much abused, is an invaluable blessing to mankind. Hereby an history of the remotest times and events is faithfully conveyed to posterity; and the present age has the opportunity of improving by the recorded discoveries of the past. But the principal advantage arising from the arts just mentioned is, that the revelations which God formerly made to the prophets, are hereby transmitted to succeeding generations. The art of writing, seems to have been taught immediately by God himself, for this particular purpose. "He gave unto Moses two tables of testimony, written with the finger of God.”* It has been conjectured by some, and not without some strong probability, that this was the first specimen of literal writing; and it certainly expresses the great design for which it was intended. So long as Divine revelation was confined to the Jewish nation, and for a considerable space of time under the Christian dispensation, this was the only medium of pre. serving and communicating the oracles of God from one age to another. This was attended with much trouble and expense. Brandt, in his History of the Reformation of the Low Countries, tells us, that, for one copy of the Bible tolerably written on vellum, it was usual to pay four or five hundred crowns. How thankful then should we be to the providence of God, for the still more valuable art of printing. Hereby God has provided for that extensive circulation of the sacred records which would have been impracticable without it; by this means the volume of inspiration is placed within the reach of the poorest Christian; and he enjoys the privilege of making it his pocket-companion. A multitude of books have been ushered into the world, through the medium of the pen, and of the press; and many of these are valuable; but the best of them, when set in competition with those which were written by Moses, by the prophets, and by the apostles of our Lord are comparatively worthless. They are, therefore, em phatically and deservedly styled by way of eminence, the scriptures. Various are the arts by which Satan and his emissaries have endeavored to prevent a general and due attention to these sacred pages! The hellish policy of the Roman church, has labored to keep them in an unknown tongue; and by her sacrilegious authority, has proscribed the use of them to the common people. The advocates for infidelity, have attempted to turn the sacred writings into ridicule; whilst an host of authors, with incessant toil, endeavor to divert the attention of mankind, by productions more suited to their vitiated taste. Christians themselves, even those of whom we justly entertain an high opinion, are frequently, I fear, too inattentive to the duty of searching the scriptures. May the Spirit of God impress deeply upon the churches, and upon the minds of Christians individually, the vast importance of this duty, and accompany the arguments enforcing it with his own divine energy and influence!

VOL. III.

* Exodus xxxi, 18. 1

A consideration of the Divine origin of the scriptures, should prompt us to search them. “They are all given by inspiration of God. They came not by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” This is their claim, and it is well supported. Who can seriously consider the miracles which accompanied them, the prophecies abounding in them, their holy tendency, and their happy effects, without being constrained to acknowledge their Divine authority? Reason blushes at those who, under the pretence of its patronage, affect to question such decisive testimonies. If we admit that the scriptures are of God, surely reason requires us to search them; yea, it loudly reproaches us, if we neglect to do so.

Their incomparable excellence, urges us to the duty. They contain the best principles of knowledge; the purest rules of conduct; and the richest source of consolation. Herein doctrines of the utmost importance are taught, respecting God, ourselves, and the way to happiness. Science essentially connected with our eternal interests, and which could not have been attained but by Divine revelation, is hereby diffused from the source of infallible truth, unmixed with error. Herein the path of duty is clearly described, and the most exalted maxims of morality are enforced by arguments the most effectual. The sacred scriptures accommodate themselves to every circumstance of distress, and contain a sovereign balm for every wound. Are we la

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