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Sect. VI. Of the hazards attending converfion,
Sect. VII. Of the abfolute neceffity of a thorough change, ibid.
Sect. VIII. Every man might do more than he doth towards
his own converfion,

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Sect. IX. Temptations and difcourage.nents in the way of converfion,

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Sect. X. Motives and confiderations perfuading to converfion,

A CORONATION SERMON, preached at
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Cant. iii. 11. Go forth, ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon, with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his efpoufals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart,

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The CHARACTER of a true Evangelical
PASTOR.

Matth. xxiv. 45, 46, 47. Who then is a faithful and wife
Servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his house-
hold, to give them meat in due seafon? Blefed is that
fervant, whom his Lord, when he cometh, fhall find so
doing Verily, I say unto you, that he ball make him
ruler over all his goods,

A DOUBLE SCHEME of Sins and Duties,

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Of Chrift's Offices.

Quest. 23.

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HAT offices doth Chrift execute as our
Redeemer?

A. Chrift, as our Redeemer, doth execute the office of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his eftate of humiliation and exaltation.

Q.. What are the states and conditions of our Redeemer ?

A. Chrift's flates are twofold; namely, his state of humiliation, and his ftate of exaltation; Phil. ii. 8, 9. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name.

Q. 2. How many offices belong to Chrift in these ftates? A. Chrift hath a threefold office; namely, of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.

Q. 3. Why doth Chrift take all these three offices?

A. Because they are all neceffary for our falvation, and we have the benefit of them all; 1 Cor. i. 30. Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption.

4. Can no man take Christ in one office, and not in ano

ther?

A. No; whoever will have the benefit of any one, must receive him in all; Acts v. 31. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince, and a Saviour, for to give repentance unto Ifrael, and forgiveness of fins.

Q.5. What refpect have the offices of Chrift to the promifes?

A. The promises flow out of them as out of their fountain;
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2 Cor. i. 20. For all the promises of God in him, are yea, and in him, amen.

Q. 6. What promises flow out of the prophetical office? A. All promises of illumination, guidance, and direction flow out of Chrift's prophetical office?

Q.7. What promifes flow out of the prieftly office?
A. All the promises of pardon and peace flow out of it.
Q. 8. What promises flow out of the kingly office?
A. All the promises of defence, protection, and deliverances.
Q. 9. What is the firft inftruction?

A. Hence we learn the completeness of Christ for all the wants of his people; Col. ii. 10. And yè are complete in hini.

Q. 10. What is the fecond instruction?

A. Hence we learn the folly and misery of all those hypocrites that close partially with Chrift.

Q. What is the third instruction?

A. Hence we learn the fingular dignity of the Lord Jesus : None ever having had all those offices but Chrift.

Q. 12. What is the laft inftruction?

A. That faith is a confiderate act; and requires much deliberation.

Queft. 24.

Of Chrift's Prophetical Office.

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OW doth Chrift execute the office of a pro

phet?

A. Chrift executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our falvation.

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Q. 1. What doth Chrift's prophetical office imply?

A. It implies man's natural blindness and ignorance; 1 Cor. ii. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are fpiritually difcerned.

Q. 2. What else doth it imply?

A. That Chrift is the original and fountain of all that light which guides us to falvation; 2. Cor. iv. 6, 7. For God that commanded the light to fhine out of darkness, hath fhined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jefus Chrift.

Q. 3. How doth Chrift teach men the will of God?

A. He doth it by external revelation of it; Acts iii. 22. For Mofes truly faid to the fathers, A prophet fhall the Lord your God raife up unto yon of your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you. And by internal illumination; Luke xxiv. 45. Then

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