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be taught the principles of the oracles of God, (Heb. 5. 11, 12, 13, 14.) think not to get knowledge without hard study, and patient learning, by hearing nothing but what you know already, or can understand by one hafty reading over ; left you discover a conjunction of Nothfulness with an ignorant and unhumbled mind: Or at least, if you must learn at fo cheap a rate, or else stick still in your Milk and your Beginnings, be not offended if others outgo you,

and think knowledge worthy of much greater diligence ; and if leaving the principles wego on towards perfection, as long as we take them along with us, and make them the life of all that followeth, while we seem to leave them : And this we will do, if God permit, Heb. 6.1, 3.

R. B.

Feb. 3. 1669


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Hot Faib is, page 2. The Text opened, p. 4. The

grounds of the certainty of faith briefly intimated,p.5,&c. Why God wil bave w live by Paith, and not by sight, p. 12, &c. ul 1. To inform us sbst a Chriftian or Believer is ; defcribed,

P. 15 Ule 2. The Reafon w by Believers are more forious in matters of

Religion, Iban unbelievers mt. use 3. Of Examination,

p. 29 Ibe wifery of unbelievers,

P. 3@ Marks of a true Faitb,

p. 32 use 4. Exkortation to the serious exercise of Faith,

P. 37 Some affifing fuppofitions, How tbose wil live wbo tbmo believe ; opened in certain Que

Ations, Mutives to live by a foreseeing Faith on things not seen, p. 45 The Conclufion ; 1. Exborting to live by Faith : 3. And to promote Ibio life in orbers,

The Additions. Cap. 1. The conviction and reproof of Hypocrites, Wyo live

contrary to tbe Paith wbieb tibey profeß, Cop. 2. A general Exbort aionió live as Believers,

56 Cap; 3. Anexboriation to the particular duties of Believers. 63.

p. 38


P. 46.


The Contents of che Second Part.

Chap. 1. The Believers Direbory muft fine bim., 1. How to strengthen Paisb: 3. How to ufo. *.


And I. For tbe forft, Ebe order of tbe presupposed Natural Verities, is briefly mentioned,

81 Chap. 2. The true Metbad of enquiry into the supernatural evi.

dences of Feitb, and obe Rules tberein to be observed, 87 Chap. 3. The proper Evidence of Faith. The SPIRIT and be Image of God bimself,

97 Chap. 4. The Image of Gods Wisdom on the Cbriftian Religime:

li's wonderful Metbod opened, in sbirsy issforces. Sox more instances,

99 Chap. 5. Ile Image of Gods Goodnes and Holiness on tbe Cbri.

ftian Religion : in ibirsy initances, Chap. 6. The Image of Gods Pesoet upon sbe Cbristian Religion; ini prenty inftances,

115 Chap. 7. Ibe means of making propon el ibis to us infalibly. How's

the firft witnefes knew it. How tbe next Age and Cbaribes forew it. How we know it. Twenty becie biftcrice Tradi. rions of Cbriftianty, and matters of fact. Wbar tbc Spirits Witness to Christianity is,

125 Chap. 8. Twelve furtber Directions to confirm our Faitb,

136 Chap. 9. Iwenty General Dire&tions how to us. Fairb, or so live

by it, woben it is confirmed. What Christian Faitb is: Errouts about it,



The Contents of the third Part.

Chap. 1. How to live by Faitbox Gad,

168 Chap. 2. How to live by Fait bon Jefu Cbrift,

189 Abuses of the Doctrine of Redemption. The extent of it. Of Cbrißt's

Office: His Merits and Sacrifice Example, dc. Chap: 3. How to live by Faith on the Holy Glot. Oftbe Trinity.

Several doubts resolved about believing in the Holy Gboft. Of giving the Spirir: His operations : Wbeber Love to God, or Feitb in Cbrift go fint's familly sufwered. (Andconfequently wberber Faitb or Repentance be firft.) of the Spirit in Cbrift and the Apoftles: Of fuficient Grue. Hope Foisl procureub the Spirit. Wbether defires of grasi bagret,

2001.) Chap. 4. How to live by faith is n Gods Comutands. Thi pamoin


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rable goodness of Gods Lapos; Whether tbe Promise and Reward be the end of Obedience, or. Obedience the end of the Promise and Reward. Oj Scripture examples,


232 Chap. 5. How to live by faith on Gods Promises. What will of God

it is, according to wbicb they must ask who will receive. Of a particular faith in prayer. Is the same degree of grace conditionely promised to all? Diredions for underftanding tbe Promises. Í be true nature of faitb or trust in Gods Promises, opened at large. Affrance is in the underftanding, will and vital power. Wberber Faith be Obedience, or bomo related to it. Tex a&s of tibe understanding offential to tbe Cbriftian Faith in the Promises. Seviral ads of the will offential to Faith. And ix ibe vit al power, whether al true Faith have a subjective certainty of tbe truth of tbe Word. Choice, and venturing or forfaking all, is tbe fign of real trust. Promises collected for tbe help of Faith, 1. Of Pardon, 2. Of Salvation, 3. Of Reconci. liation and Adoption, 4. Of pardon of news fins after conversion. 5.Of Sandification : 6. Promises to them ibat defire and seek. 7. To Prayer. 8. To groans that want expreffion. 9. Promises of all that we want, and that is good for us. 10. To tbe use of Gods Word and Sacraments. 11. To sbe bumble, meck and lowly. 12. To tbe peaceable

. 13. To the diligent. 14. To the patient. 15. T. Obedience, 16. To the Love of God. 17. To them tbat love the godly, and are merciful in good works. 18. To tbe poor, 19. To i be oppressed. 20. Tot be persecuted. 21. In dangers. 22. Against temptations. 23. To them ibat overcome and persevere. 24. In fickniss, and ar destb. 25. Of Refurre&ion, final Juftification and Glory. 26. For children of the godly. 27. T. ibe Cburch,

241 Chap. 6. Hin to exercise fait b on Gods Tbrearnings and Judge

mients. Hopo far belief of ibe i breatnings is good, neceffary, and a faving faith. How savingfaitb is a personal application. H:to perceive true faith,

297 Chap. 7. How to live by faith fir Pardon and Justification. In

bow many respects and waies Cbrist justifieth us. Of the imputasion of Cbrift's Righteousnefs. Iwelve reafoxs to help our belief of pardon., How far fors should make us doubt of our JuftifiCation,

308 Chap. 8. 58 Dangerous Errowrs detected, wbich binder ibe



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workof faith about our Juftification ; and the contrary truths

Chap. 9. How to live by faith in the exercise of otber graces and

duties : And 1. Of be do&rinal Direâions. Wbat Sanäifi-
cation is. How God loverb tbe un sanctified. Howo be lovet b us in

Cbrit. Of Preaching meer Morality,


Chap. 10. The predical Diredions, to promote Love to God and



Chap. 11. Of tbe order and harmony of graces and duties, which

must be taken all togetber. Of the parts obat make up the nebo

Creature. 1. Ibe intele&ual order; or a method, or fcbeme of

ibe beads of Divinity. 2. Ibe order of Intention and Affection.


The order of predice. Of tbe various degrees of means to

mans ultimate end. Of tbe grace neceffary to concur with these

various means, Ibe circular motion by divine communication is

our Receiving Graces, and to by our Returning Graces, unto

God again. Tbe frame of the present means of grace, and of

our returning duties. Rules about the order of Cbriftian praa

dice ( wbich few that, and bow the best is to be preferred, and

which is beft) in fiftytbree Propositions. How mans Laros bind

Conscience (and many other cafes resolved. A lamentation for

the great want of order, and metbod, and barmony in the un-

derstandings, wills and lives of Christians. Many instances of

mens partiality as to trurbs, graces, duties,fins, etc. Iwenty Ree

fons doby fcm Cbriftians are compleat and entire, but lame and

partial in tbeir Religion. Tex Confederies. Wberber al graces

be equal ix babit. Religion not so perfe& in us as in tbe Scri-


ptures; bobicbt berefore are the Rule to us, &c.


Chap. 12. How to use faith against particular fins,


Chap. 13. Wbat fins tbe beft are most in danger of, and foould most

carefuly avoid. And whereinsbe infirmities of tbe upright dif-

fer front mortal fins.


Chap. 14. How to live by faitb in prosperity. The way by wbieb

faitb doto save us from tbe world. General Directions against

the danger of prosperity. I wenty marks of worldlinefs. The

pretences of worldly minds. The greatness of the fin. The il of-



Chap. 15. Hind to be poor in fpirit. And 1. How to efrape sbe Pride

of prosperous men. Tbe cleaks of Pride, The figns of Pride and


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