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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.
SERMONS XLVII, XLVIII, XLIX, L.
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
opposers of the gospel, we are from his example
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.
In a proper manner, 360.
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.
THE DANGER OF DELAYING REPENTANCE.
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.
THE DANGER OF RELAPSING.
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
1. Against greater knowledge, 424.
4. Against greater obligations to obedience, 429.
their recovery out of this sinful state by repentance ;
to repent, 431.
effectual, 433 The application, 436.
Hebrews vi. 10.
though he should forget our good works, that is, though
The value of good works considered, 443.
that is, not regardless of his promises, will not forget
glories of heaven and happiness everlasting, 446. The application, 452.
John i. 11.
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.
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.
PREACHED ON EASTER-DAY.
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
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.
PREACHED ON WHIT-SUNDAY.
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.
SERMON LVIII. BALAAM'S WISH TO DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
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.
IV. A willingness to part with this world, 518.