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Good Reader,

His Treatise commendech it self to thy acceptance

upon a double account, che one is the knoton world We of the Author the other is the great usesulnesle

of the subje£t matter : The Authour is Mr. Oba bo dieb Sedgwick, no novice in che things of God, but

one that for a long time, boch beyond the feas, and At home, in City and in Countrey, hath kepe up the vigour of a convincing Ministery, which che Lord hath abundantly prosper ed to the converting of some, and building up of others, and no doubt to the convičžion of many more, who shall one day know that a Prophet of ibe Lord barbe been amongst obem: Besides, one of an exemplary godline le, and long experience in the wayes of God; of whose excellent (piris the world hach had a lufficient taste in those cheife Treatises that are already published under his name; cerrainly from such an able head, and holy heart, nothing can be expected that is cheap and mean. . .

'Tis a loffe, a losse that cannot enough be bewailed, that fo. eminent and useful an instrument, is now by badily weaknesse, and prevailing indifpofitions, taken off from his publick Minifterialla... bours : There is no murmuring againit the hand of God, but the waiting of the old stock of our able Ministers should be more laid to heart; alas we that are co succeed in the Lords work (I am sure I can accuse one) with wbac a weak and unequal pace do we follow their great examples? and being too coo early by the removal of such choise instruments,puc upon puba lick services, no wonder if we faint under the burden.

'Tis some recompense for this lofse , that this worthy servant · of God is yet alive, not only to honour his oltin Mini. stery (which was most consolatory) by his private discourses, full of faith and firit, and patient, yea, cheerful submission to the Will of God concerning him ; but also to single out such Treatises of his own, as may be of most use to publick.benefit and edificacia


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The other reason is the usefulnele of the subject matter. Of all fraces faibo is the chiefert, of ihe most universal and constant in fluence on ile piri:ual life ; He work by love, but we live by fajib; in the chaine of graces described, 2 Pet.15,6,7. thi first link is faith, as giving trength and officacy to all theseft; wiac is the grace that yiiderh the Lord the glory of his mercy,veract

y and power, bu: faich ? it honourerh God more then an uni. firme entire obedience to the whole moral Lexin innocency could poflib!y have done, and pleasech him more then he was difpicaled with the fin of Adam; All graces keep cime and pace with faith, if faith be weak, love cannot be strong, nor obedience carried on in an evenlenout, the back of patience will soon be broken, and temperance exercise but a weak and feeble restrainton our lusts and passions, till we learn to counter balance prefont delights with future enjoyments. Faich is the eye of the soul co see things to come, and the hand of the fool, co receive Jesus Christ, and all benefies in him: Faith, But I will not die grefle into the common place, certainly no Treacise of Faith can' be unwelcome to a gracious heart , especially such an one as this is; where matters are carried on with such evidence and demono fation of the spirit, and as to the file, with a sweet cligancy, and yet cempered with gravity and judgement. :

I could speak more, but to avoid fufpicion of purtialiry, and private affection to my worshy Predecefjour and Father: I shall only adde this,'cwere pity that so excellent a Treacife should come forth in an age postred with such a chrong of needlere Writers, but that it is likely to be found out by its oben Lustre and briaberec, like a sparkling diamond among an heap of pib. bles and common stones; The Lord continue the life of, and (19 it be his gracious will) restore so much of strengcb to the Authour, that he may increase the Churches treasure by publishing chole excellenc Discourses concerning the Covenant of grase, and other such like spiritual arguments, which he hath in store by him. Reader, I am

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The Contents of the Chapters

and Se&tions.

Hap. 1. The dependance of the words.

Chap.2. The words opened with the several do&trines. 2.4

S. 1. Change of heart breeds change of estimation towards the Mi-

risters of the Gospel.


S. 2. Sensible finners are ever inquisitive...


Š. 3. The main and choise thing the troubled foul looks after, is

how to save it self.

S. 4. Persons rightly sensible are as throughly resilved for the

means and wayes, as for the end and scope. . p.9

S.5.When God doth throughly work upon mens consciences, personal

injurionfress must be forgotten by them who are to deal with them.

. p.10

S. 6. Troubled fouls must be directed to Christ.


Chap.3. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the only way to salvation.?.13

S. 1. What Jesus fignifies, and what kinde of Saviour Chrift


. P.14

S. 2. What Christ signifieth, and of his anointing. 2.18

Š. 3. Onto what Christ was arointed, and of his office of a Priest. u


$.4. Christ anointed to be a Prophet.


S. 5. Christ ancinted to be a King.


Chap. 4. What believing in the Lord Jesus Christ doth import. 29

Chap. 5. Faith in Christ described


S: 1. The spring or fountaine of faith.


Š. 2. The Subject of faith.


5. 3. The seat or habitation of faith.


S. 4. The proper and genuine act of faith.


Chap. 6. The object of justifying fairk.


5.1. The immediate object of faith..


9.2. The adequate and proper objelt of faith.


$. 3. How faith doth exercise it felf about whole Christ. P.43



$. 4. What is the exercise of faith in Christ as a Saviour, King,

Prophet, Lord.


5.5. Five particulars about taking and receiving Christ as a Lord

and Saviour.

- p.46

9.6. The consequent object of faith, remission of fins and righte-

mufnelse, and how faith is about remission of sins.p.48

.$.7. Hom faith locks on Christ for righteoufresse. 2.50

Chap. 7. How it mey appear, that to beleeve in Christ is the only

way. to be saved. Vhere are some particulars premised. P.52

S. 1. The Argument for the confirmation of the Doctrine. P.55

S. 2. The fecond Argument. . :


S. 3. The third sirgument.


$. 4. The fourth Argument.


S.5. The fifth Argument.

p. 64

Chap: 8. Conjectaries from this do&trine, setting out the fingnlar

- use of preaching and bearing of the Gospel.


Chap. 9. Ovr 41:stification to be for:nd only in Jesus Chrift. p.68

9.1. The word Juftification explained.


S. 2. Justificatiin defined and opened.

. p.70

Š. 3. The perfon joptified is a believing finner.

9.4. The Rimiffiin of finnes beling to fuftification. The P.74

8.5. The right evusnejse of Christ is that by which we are fu-


9.6.T he suflification of a finner is a gracious and just action. p.78

Chap. 10. The difficulty of beleeving.


Chap. 11. The facility of error and mistake about beleeving. p.84

Chap. 12. The sure and dangerous misery of unbelief. p.87

Chap. 13. Rules for the discovery of faith.


9.1. Four things premised for the manner of evidencing of faith.


9.2. A true love of Christ an infallible and essential eviderce of

true faith in Christ..


S. 3. Inward change and fanctity of the heart an infalti le

testimony of a living faith.


8. 4. True faith takes Christ and him only to be its Lord, P.101

S. 5. Faith makes the heart humble and lowly.


Š. 6. True faith is fruitful.


8. 7. True faith desires and endeavours after encrease. P.107

9.8. Faith in Christ and a mournful heart for fin go together.


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Chap. 14. Singular comfort for all true heleevers. p.109

S. 1. They are in the way to heaven.


. S. 2. There is a real and blessed exchange betwixt them and



$. 3. They are in fingular Covenant with God. P.114

5.4. They may now with boldnesse approach ihe tbrone of grace.

Chap. 15. The Agreement and difference of a strong and weakfaith.

... P.117

§. 1. The habitual unity of true faith, and wherein expressed in

four particulars.


8.2. The intensive diversities of faith, wherein there is a differ-



S. 3. Signes' of a great and strong faith.


S. 4. Signes of a weak faith. 9


S.5. Demonstrations of the truth of faith though weak. p.136

9.6. The concordi!nce of all faith,which is true, whether strong or

weak in fundamental comforis.


. 7. The inequality of strong and weak faith, in respect of cira

cumftantial amforts, and some other consequences. p.146

S. 8. Motives to greaten our faith.


Chap. 16. Exhortations to labour for saving faith. p.157

S. 1. Motipes to get saving faith.

9.2. Impediments bindrances to the gering of saving faith.p.168.

Š. 3. Meanes by which God works Saving faith. 2.176

S. 4. Objections that hinder from beleeving.


Chap. 17. Of living by faith.


3.1 }Vhat it is in the general to live by faith.


S. 2.To what states of life faith may extend.


Š. 3. What it is to live by faith on Christ.


$.4. Arguments to move us to live by faith; -, pur PC p.220

Chap. 18.The improvement of faith to a full assurance


8.1. What the Assurance of faith is.


6. 2. Whether such an assurance may be had.


Š.3.Whether every belëever should strive to the assurance of faith.

- p.267

S. 4. Arguments to move beleevers to labour for asurance of faith.

i p.269

§. 5. By what means the foul may get up to this assurance. p.280.


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