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and be put upon searching under another term. But here we need only turn to the subject inquired after, and, without any such stops, find Scriptures full and apt thereto (by whatsoever terms or phrases they are expressed) occur to our eye at an instant; and, mostly, all that the Scripture affords on that subject.
II. To give some light into the method, and the use of this work.
1. Take notice, that, in Chap. XI. [Of the Failings of God's Children], the first texts are to prove each person's title to that appellation, then the next following, his failings: and this is done on purpose, that it might appear these are the Failings of God's Children; and so proper to the Head..
2. Note also, That the words in a parenthesis, beginning with (or) are the marginal readings.
3. Some general heads have no particulars following, but the whole placed under that general head. This is so done, either because the texts which the Scripture affords on that subject are but few, and so easily run through; or that the matters are so various, that almost every verse carries a distinct meaning in it, yet still relating to the general head; as in that [The Privileges of the Righteous), each text is almost a distinct privilege: so in that [Of the Character of Saints], and some others of like nature. And here to have descended to particular heads, would have been tedious and unnecessary; for the words being there transcribed, the Reader may presently inform himself in the whole, and in every particular.
LASTLY. A little pains in observing the CONTENTS or Table in the front of the book, which doth contain the general and particular heads, and also the references thereto, directing to Chapter and Page where each lieth, will enable us to discern more of the method and usefulness of the work, than can be well expressed in a short Introduction.
This therefore shall suffice, presuming the work itself will shew its own usefulness and advantage; holding a man to one subject, and yielding variety of matter to enforce it upon the mind, and leave impressions there: when the bare reading a chapter or two, which some use to do as a task, proves not effectual for that end; and searching proves laborious, and often discouraging and fruitless too.
WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
SECTIONS AND SUBDIVISION SET DOWN IN ORDER, WITH A
REFERENCE TO THE CHAPTER AND PAGE.
Sect. 1. SHEWING what religion is, and First. Of his first state - - 28
how the knowledge of it is to be at-
Secondly. Of his fall . - ib.
tained . - - - - -
Thirdly. Of man's state by nature,
Sect. 11. The necessity of searching the
since sin entered - - - 29
Scriptures - - - - - ib. Sect. I. Corrupt, unclean, and despe-
Sect. 1. Of the Scriptures, their au-
rately wicked - • - - ib.
thority, use, end, and excellency -
See more of sin, chap. xiv.
See preaching of the word, chap. XXV. Sect. II. Ignorant, opposing the true
Chap. II. Of God: his nature, attri-
God, and adoring idols - 34
butes, and works - - - -
See more of ignorance, chap. xxxvi.
Sect. 1. His names, and titles - -
Sect. iii. In servitude to Satan and
Sect. 11. He is a Spirit -
sin - - - - - - 36
• - 9
Sect. Ili. His excellency, majesty,
Sect. iv. The sad fruit and end of sucha...
greatness, Perfection, glory, and
a state - - - - - ib,
sovereignty, and absoluteness. His
See more of God's judgments against
providence - - - -
sinners, chap. xiv. .
See more in the duty of fearing God,
Fourthly. Under what case the law
concludes men - - • 39
Sect. iv. He is invisible - - 17
Sect. 1. Under sin and guilt - - ib.
Sect. v. He is incorruptible
Sect. 11. Under the curse thereof - 40
Sect. vi. He is the most strong, al-
Sect. 111. The deeds of the law, or
mighty, and omnipotent God; a
sacrifices under it, cannot justify
or purge from sin, but still leave
rock - - -
Sect. vir. Heis Omniscient, omnipre-
sinners under guilt, condemnation,
sent, immense - -
and wrath - - - - ib.
Sect. viii. He is most wise .
Chap. V. Of man's salvation and re-
Sect. ix. He is most holy
demption; how it came, and by what
Sect. x. He is most just
Sect. XI. He is compassionate, piti-
Sect. 1. From God only, and no
ful, and merciful - - - 21 otherwise •
See chap. xxxi.
Sect. 11. Who he is, and by whom
Sect. xli. He is long-suffering, and
this salvation is conveyed, and
patient - -
wrought: Jesus Christ - -
Sect. xn. He is gracious, good,
Sect. ni. The excellency of this Sa-
bountiful - -
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
Sect. Xiy. He is faithfulness
his person and authority . - 49
Sect. iv. The excellency of this Sa-
Sect. xv. He is unchangeable -
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
Sect. xvi. Heis infiniteandụnsearch-
his nature - - - - -
able - - - - -
Sect. xvii. He is eternal .
ib. See more in pardon and salvation by
Christ alone, chap. viii.
Sect. XVIII. He, only, is the true and
living God -
CHAP. VI. How Christ wrought this sal-
See of worshipping God, chap. xiv. vation for sinners: what he was
Idolatry, chap. xxxviii.
made, and is, and what he did, in
CHAP. III. Of the one God, Father,
order to it - - - - . - 55
Sect. I. He is Mediator - - ib.
Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity - 25
See more of Christ's excellency, chap. v.
Sect. II. He took upon him the na-
ture of man, and humbled himself ib.
Sect. 111. He is made an High Priest 57
See more of the Spirit, chap. xix. sect. i.
Sect. iv. He offered bimself to God as
CHAP. IV. Of Man, in his first estate,
a sacrifice; suffered for the sins of
wherein he was created; and of his
fall - - - - - - 28 shedding of his own blood, by
which he entered into the holiest
Spirit, which are indispensably ne-
for us . .. - -'.' • 58 cessary to real saints rom'94
Seet. v. He fulfilled all righteousness See more of the fruits of faith, chap. ix.
of the law; bore the curse; took
Of the fruits of the Spirit, chap. xix. "
away the hand-writing of ordinan-
In duties, chap. xiv. xv. xvi.
ces; is our righteousness -, - 61 In each duty in affliction, chap. xx.
See more of justification, chap viii.
In duties to magistrates, chap. xxii.
Sect. vi. He sanctifieth us: is our
Chap. XI. The children of God them-
sanctification - - - . 62
selves may be overtaken in faults ; are
Sect. vii. He riseth from the dead ib.
not free from sinful dispositions and
Sect. viii. He ascended into heaven:
inclinations in this life; and there-
is our way to the Father, our advo-
fore may deserve to be chastised of
cate and intercessor there - - 63
- - - - - 103
Sect. IX. He is made our king and
Sect. 1. In general it is affirmed ib.
head, to encounter, and conquer Sect. 11. Particular instances of the
our enemies : to rule for and in us 65
failings of God's children recorded 104
Sect. x. He is our prophet and shep-
Sect. III. God will punish and correct
herd, to teach, guide, and feed us 66
the righteous for sin - - - 108
Sect. xi. He is our all, in all things:
See God's threatenings and judgments
· our completeness and perfection - 68
against sin and sinners, chap. xiv.
Chap. VII. God's free choice of us in
CHAP. XII. Of the privileges of the
Christ Jesus to eternal life, and call-
righteous, and their excellency above
ing of us according to his purpose
others: what God hath done, doth,
and grace - - -
and will do for them, more than for
CHAP. VIII. Pardon and remission of others; and what they can do with
sins; reconciliation and peace with God, &c. - - - - 109
God; justification and sanctification See more in the next chapter of union
before God; eternal life and salva-
and relation to Christ.
tion free, through the grace of God, See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.
by the death, sacrifice, and sufferings See privileges in afflictions, chap. xx.
of Christ - -
- 74 In times of common calamities, chap. xxi.'
In general -
See the glory reserved for believers.
In particular -
Sect. 1. Pardon of sins ·
Sect. II. Reconciliation and peace
CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation
between Christ and his church, and
with God - - - -
their mutual love and esteem; toge-
Sect. 111. Justification and sanctifica-
ther with the manifestation thereof 119
tion before God - - - 78
Sect. iv. Eternal life and salvation 80
CHAP. XIV. Of the duties of believers,
See more in chap. ix. sect. i.
especially such as would excel. First.
CHAP. IX. How men have the benefit
Sect: 1. In general, to live to God,
of this salvation; or by what means
not to themselves: to be holy, fruits
it becomes theirs in particular . 82
Sect. 1. By faith - - -
ful, walking in the light, in an
Sect. vi. Óf faith, in its nature and
honest, heavenly, and spiritual
conversation, worthy of their high
object, use, benefits, and advanta-
calling : to glorify God, and mind
ges, further than as before, relating
the things above - - ib.
to this salvation
In its nature and object . . ib.
Sect. Il. In particular : to love God
Sect. III. Farther benefits and advan-
the Father, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, and set our affections on
tages of faith - - - - 88
things above - - - 126
See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.
Sect. IV. The effects or fruits, by
Sect. ill. As fruits of love to God and
Christ, to delight themselves in
which we know a right faith - 90
See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix,
God, long for, pant after him,
make their boast of, glory and re-
Sect. v. The dangerous state and is-
joice in God and Christ, as their ,
sue of unbelief -. - • - 92
portion and rest. And to obey and
CHAP. X. Characters of saints, good
hearken to the laws and words of
men. believers. appearing in word
God and Christ. - - 127
and deed -
- - - 94 First. To delight in, long for, pant
Sect. 1. That such may be known
after, make their boast of, glory.
from others by their fruits . .. ib.
and rejoice in God and Christ,
Sect. It. The particular fruits of the
as their portion and rest · ib.
Secondly, To obey and hearken to
. the laws and word of God in
Christ - ,
. - 131
See more of disobedience, sect. xiv. -
Sect. iv. Worship God, and sanctify
him therein ..; - ... 135
See more in chap. XXV. and of idolatry,
- chap. xxxviii.
Sect. v. To believe, and be fonnd in
the practice of the things of God,
and his worship, but that which
clearly (according to the precepts,
rules, and examples of the scrip-
tures) appears to be Christ's mind,
upon which we can'in faith ex-
pect acceptance'. . - - 139
Sect. vi. To pray unto God: of
prayer at large - - - 142
See more of afflictions, chap. xx. com-
mon calamities, chap. xxi.
Sect. vii. To take especial notice of
the acts of God's goodness and
mercy; keep memorials thereof,
celebrate his praises, extol him,
and stir up others so to do - 149
Sect. viii. To fear God, and none
else; the arguments for it . 156
L. Not to fear any else; or other
- - -
LI. Fear God - - - 157
Sect. IX. To trust in God, and in
none else, in all cases: the argu-
ments thereto -
I. Not in any else • • • ib.
II. In God alone - - - 163
See more of faith, chap. ix.
Sect. x. To look with faith, and hope,
and perseverance unto God in all
cases: the arguments for such be-
haviour - • • .
See more in the nature and use of faith,
Sect. xi. To walk humbly before God,
abasing ourselves, opposing all high
thoughts, and avoiding boasting :
the reasons - - - - 173
See more of submitting in affliction,
See of death, chap. xxxii.
Sect. xii. The excellence of meek-
ness and patience: the encourage-
ments thereto - - - - 180
See more, duties of brethren in the Lord,
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Duties to persecutors, chap. XX.
Sect. xiii. To take heed to our lips,
that our words be not rash, but
true, seasonable, well ordered, and
savoury - -
- - 182
Sect. xiv. To confess and mourn for
sin, depart from it, and watch
against it: the arguments. God's
complaint against, and reasoning
with sinners: his threatenings and
judgments against sin and sin,
- - .
I. What sin is - i . ib.
II. To confess our sins to God;
both our own and others; and
to mourn for them . .. ib.
See more in affliction, chap. xxii. Pool
In common calamities, chap. xxiii.
- In prayer, chap. xvi.
III. To depart from sin, and all
- appearance of it: hate it, and
avoid the occasions of it: the
reasons - - - - 188
See duties in general, sect. i.
IV. God's expostulations, com-
plaints, threatenings, and judg-
ments against sinners, for their
several sins, disobedience, and
rebellions - - - - 192
See more of man's state by nature,
Of God's correcting his children for sin,
Pardon of sin, chap. viii.
Sect. xv. To own and profess the
true God, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, boldly before men; and to
wait for Christ's second coming - 203
I. To own and confess the true
· God and our Lord Jesus Christ
before men - - - ib.
See more of owning him in time of per-
secution, chap. xx.
Of perseverance, sect. xvii.
II. To wait for the second coming
of Christ - - - • 205
See more, his coming to judgment,
Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,
uprightly, sincerely, and to follow
him fully and zealously: the rea-
sons thereof - • - - 206
See also hypocrites, &c. chap. XXV.
Sect. xvii. To stick fast to God, and
not to depart from him : to abide
in the faith and practice of his will,
and persevere to the end : the rea-
sons - - - - - 213
I. To persevere and abide in faith
and practice, &c. - . . ib.
See more of holding fast to God in time:
of affliction, chap. xx.
II. That believers shall have grace
and power to stand - - 218
See more of God upholding us in afflic-
tions, chap. XX.
Sect. xviii. To take care to watch di-
ligently over ourselves, with a
holy jealousy and fear, lest we
should apostatise and depart from
God, his truths, and ways, into
any error or sin : the reasons : our Sect. III. Masters to their servants,
and servants to their masters - 242
See more instances of the failings of Sect. iv. Magistrates to subjects, and
Gods children, chap. xi.
subjects to magistrates . • 243
of the tempers, methods, &c. chap. See magistrates at large, chap. xxii.
Chap. XV. Duties of believers, bre-
CHAP. XVII. The duties of believers to-
ward men : those who are without,
thren in the Lord, each to other, as
unbelievers, enemies -
such; and as standing in that rela--
Sect. 1. In general
tion one to another
Sect. II. In particular; not to judge
Sect. 1. To love each other: the kinds
them, or to speak evil of them - 244
of it - - - - ib.
Sect. 111. Be just, righteous, true and
Sect. II. To sympathise with each
faithful to, and with them, in all
other in pity and compassion; help
things of trust and dealing - 245
and comfort one another, and
Sect. iv. To live peaceably, not in-
bear one another's burdens - 223
termeddling with others; nor idle,
See also this duty, how we should be-
or trifling - - - - 246
have to the afflicted, chap. XX.
Sect. v. Not to be discontented, an-
Sect. 111. To honour and esteem each
• other: and be kind and affection-
gry, or revengeful against them;
but to behave themselves meekly,
See more of walking humbly, chap. xiv.
gently, and patiently toward them;
Sect. IV. Not rashly and unadvised-
bearing wrong -
See more of meekness, chap. xiv.
ly to take up a prejudice against
Sect. vi. To pity them, shew them
any, believe reports, take offence.
mercy, pray for them, and return
or be angry: but tenderly forgive,
cover faults, and restore offenders
them good for evil, love for ha-
in love - - - - ib.
Sect. vi. To behave humbly and
Sect. v. To live peaceably, avoid whis-
courteously toward all; giving
pering, tale-bearing, and whatso-
them due respect - • 248
ever tends to divide or disturb
Sect. viii. To avoid all unnecessary
peace - - - - 227
Sect. vi. To rebuke, reprove, exhort,
society and fellowship with wicked
admonish, and warn each other,
&c. To take such rebukes, &c. Chap. XVIII. How men come truly and
well from each other - - 229 spiritually to know the only true
I. To rebuke, exhort, &c.
God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath
II. To take such rebukes, &c. well 230 sent; and the mysteries of salvation
See more of church discipline, chap.xxv. by him. To believe it, bring forth
Sect. vii. To confess to and pray for fruit, and persevere through difficul-
ties, to eternal life
Sect. viii. To be of one mind - 231
Sect. 1. Man of himself not able to
Sect. ix. To walk wisely and chari-
do these things -
tably one toward another: and in Sect. II. God in Christ doth all free-
things indifferent, to have respect
ly; and that according to pro-
to the weak, and to avoid of-
· mise - .
I. In general -
Sect. x. To distribute and communi-
II. In particular, God gives the
cate to each others' necessities :
knowledge of himself, &c. in
give to the poor - .
the gospel - - - 254
See more in shewing mercy to all, chap.
See more of knowledge, chap. xxxvi.
Sect. II. To give faith or ability to
of giving to enemies, chap. XX.
- - 256
Of church collections for the poor, chap. Sect. iv. To make fruitful, to ena-
ble to subdue sin, and profit in
grace - - -
CHAP. XVI. Duties of believers toward
Sect. v. To give power to persevere
each other, as they stand related one
in faith and obedience - - 259
to another in the flesh - - 236
See more of perseverance, chap. xiv.
Sect. 1. Husbands to wives, and wives Sect. vi. God, in Christ, doth com-
to husbands. Of marriage, &c.
mand, encourage, and invite by
- - ib. promises, to come to him for these
Sect. 11. Parents to their children,
and cast our care upon him - 262
and children to their parents. - 239 CHAP. XIX. How God works and effects