Imatges de pÓgina

A caution that we presume not to allow ourselves in the practice of those sins which seem least to us. 1. Because the punishment of these sins, though less than

that which is denounced against greater sins, is yet not

little, not tolerable, 309. 2. Because men are apt to judge those sins little which

God esteems great, 309.



Romans x. I. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is,

that they might be saved. In order to enforce the duty contained in the text, of desiring and promoting one another's salvation, I. St. Paul's concern for the salvation of the Jews with

regard to the different relations between him and them
is shown,
1. If we consider him as a Christian, and them as

opposers of the gospel, we are from his example
obliged to desire and promote the eternal good of
those who do themselves neglect their own salva-

tion, 313

2. If we consider him as a Christian, and them as his

kinsmen, we are more particularly obliged to promote the salvation of those who are more nearly

related to us, 313. 3. If we consider him as an apostle, we are instructed

from his example, that it is the duty more especially of the ministers of God's word to promote the sal

vation of all men, 313. II. The proper methods by which this duty may be most

effectually performed are inquired into, 330. III. It is shown that the most effectual method of performing this duty is Christian reproof, 333. First, it is proved to be the duty of all Christians to

reprove their offending brethren, 333. Secondly, some cautions and directions are offered to

make this reproof successful, 347.

1. It must be done with prudence, 347.

On proper occasions, 349.
To proper persons, 354.
At proper times, 357.

In a proper manner, 360.
2. It must be done with meekness, 366.
3. It must be done with humility, 375-
4. We must take care that we be free from those faults

for which we reprove others, 379. The application, 383.

SERMON LI. Preached at the parish church of St. Dustan's in the West : a farewell sermon. THE SEVERAL WAYS OF PARTAKING IN OTHER MEN's sins.

1 Timothy v. 22. Neither be partakers of other men's sins. We may be partakers of other men's sins, I. By poisoning their souls with erroneous and wicked

principles, 387. II. By giving them evil counsels, 394. III. By giving them an evil example, 397. IV. By withholding from them necessary instruction, 399.

This last branch concerns more especially the ministers 1. Notwithstanding the general promises of pardon to all

of the gospel, 401. The application, 403.




Hebrews iii. 7, and part of the 8th. Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his

voice, harden not your hearts. To prove the danger of delaying repentance, 406. I. The question concerning the validity of a late repentance

fully considered and stated, 407. II. Though it seems barely possible that a late repentance,

such as dying persons are able to perform, may in some cases be accepted of God, for procuring God's pardon, yet the danger of delaying repentance is shown to be extremely great, because,

that ask it, yet there are several instances in holy writ of those that have asked for pardon, and have not obtained

it, because they asked too late, 414. 2. The promises made to sinners upon their returning to

God are not more express than those denunciations that constructions, according as we interpret the word unrighteous to denote, either, one who deprives another of his just right, or one who is not faithful to his promise ; it is inquired, I. In what sense God would not be unrighteous or unjust,

declare some sinners will not find pardon, 418. The application, 421.



2 Peter ü. 20. If after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through

the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse

with them than the beginning. The condition of those who relapse from a virtuous to a vicious

course of life is proved to be more sinful and dangerous than
the state of such as never pretend to virtue and piety.
I. More sinful: because the sins of such relapsers are, whilst
continued in, much more heinous, as they are committed,

1. Against greater knowledge, 424.
2. Against greater strength to obey, 426.
3. More to the dishonour of God, 428.

4. Against greater obligations to obedience, 429.
11. More dangerous; because there are less hopes of

their recovery out of this sinful state by repentance ;
as there is,
1. Less probability such persons should ever go about

to repent, 431.
2. Less hopes that their repentance should prove

effectual, 433 The application, 436.


Hebrews vi. 10.
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love.
Since this assertion of the apostle is capable of two different

though he should forget our good works, that is, though
he should not reward us with eternal life for them, 440.

The value of good works considered, 443.
II. In what sense God, because he is not unrighteous,

that is, not regardless of his promises, will not forget
our good works, but will reward us for them with the

glories of heaven and happiness everlasting, 446. The application, 452.


John i. 11.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
The text contains two matters of fact, the coming of Christ,

and his ill reception. We shall be the better able to judge of these two facts, both of the exceeding love of him that came, and the monstrous ingratitude of those who received him not, by inquiring into the following circumstances :

I. Who it was that came, 457.
II. What was the benefit of his coming, 459.
III. Who the persons were to whom he came, and of

whom it is complained, that they received him not, 463. The application to us Christians, who are ready enough to

blame the ingratitude of the Jews in not receiving Christ, but not so apt to reflect in what manner we ourselves receive him, to whom he doth as truly and effectually come as he came to the Jews, 470.



1 Peter i. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which

according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto

a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The resurrection of Christ an infallible and undeniable proof

of ours,

I. As it proves his veracity, who hath plainly revealed unto

us that we shall be raised from the dead, 475. II. As it is a proof of the acceptance of that price which

he who is the meritorious cause of our resurrection laid

down to procure our redemption from the grave, 480. III. As it is a proof of his power who is the efficient cause

of our resurrection, 484. IV. As it is an earnest and pledge given us, a pattern set

us, by him who is the exemplary cause of our resurrec

tion, 486. The application, 488.



1 Corinthians xii. 4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. The gifts to which the text refers, and the giver of them,

being not a matter of mere speculation, but of near concernment to us, we may usefully employ our thoughts on this subject by considering what we ought to believe, 492.

I. Of that one Spirit who dispenseth these diverse gifts, 492.
II. Of those diverse gifts which are by this one Spirit dis

pensed, 498.


Numbers xxiii. 10. Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be

like his ! Since all men, bad as well as good, generally desire, with

Balaam, to die the death of the righteous, occasion is from hence taken of pointing out the qualifications requisite for such a death :

1. Faith, 510.
II. Hope, 511.
III. Charity, 513

IV. A willingness to part with this world, 518.
The application, 520.

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