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7. By the advice, and at the request of some of my friends, I have prefixed to the other sermons contained in this volume, three sermons of my own, and one of my brother's, preached before the university of Oxford. My design required some discourses on those heads. And I preferred these before any others, as being a stronger answer than any which can be drawn up now, to those who have frequently asserted, that we have changed our doctrine of late, and do not preach now, what we did some years ago. Any man of understanding may now judge for himself, when he has compared the latter with the former sermons.

8. But some may say, I have mistaken the way myself, although I take upon me to teach it to others. It is probable many will think this, and it is very possible that I have. But I trust, whereinsoever I have mistaken, my mind is open to conviction. I sincerely desire to be better informed. I say to God and man, 66 What I know not, teach thou me !"

9. Are you persuaded you see more clearly than me? It is not unlikely that you may. Then treat me as you would desire to be treated yourself upon a change of circumstances. Point me out a better way than I have yet known. Show me it is so, by plain proof of Scripture. And if I linger in the path I have been accustomed to tread, and am therefore unwilling to leave it, labour with me a little ; take me by the hand, and lead me as I am able to bear. But be not dis. pleased if I entreat you not to beat me down in order to quicken my pace: I can go but feebly and slowly at best ; then, I should not be able to go at all. May I not request of you, farther, not to give me hard names in order to bring me into the right way. Suppose I were ever so much in the wrong, I doubt this would not set me right. Rather, it would make me run so much the farther from you, and so get more and more out of the way.

10. Nay, perhaps, if you are angry, so shall I be too; and then there will be small hopes of finding the truth. If once anger arise, NUTE XARVOS, (as Homer somewhere expresses it,) this smoke will so dim the eyes

of my soul, that I shall be able to see nothing clearly. For God's sake, if it be possible to avoid it, let us not provoke one another to wrath. Let us not kindle in each other this fire of hell ; much less blow it up into a flame. If we could discern truth by that dreadful light, would it not be loss, rather than gain? For, how far is love, even with inany wrong opinions, to be preferred before truth itself without love! We may die without the knowledge of many truths, and yet be carried intɔ Abraham's bosom. But if we die without love, what will knowledge avail ? Just as much as it avails the devil and his angels !

The God of love forbid we should ever make the trial! May he prepare us for the knowledge of all truth, by filling our hearts with all his love, and with all joy and peace in believing !

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

SERMON I.-Salvation by Faith.

By grace are ye saved, through faith, Ephesians ii, 8

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SERMON II.-The Almost Christian.

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian, Acts xxvi, 28

20

SERMON III.-Awake, thou that sleepest.

Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee

light, Ephesians v, 14 .

25

SERMON IV.–Scriptural Christianity.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, Acts iv, 31

34

SERMON V.–Justification by Faith.

To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his

faith is counted to him for righteousness, Romans iv, 5

44

SERMON VI.-The Righteousness of aith.

Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which

doeth those things shall live by them.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise : Say not in thine

heart, Who shall ascend into heaven ? (that is, to bring Christ down from above :)

Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the

dead.)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart :

that is, the word of faith which we preach, Romans 5-8

53

SERMON VII.-The Way to the Kingdom.

The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel, Mark i, 15 61

SERMON VIII.—The First Fruits of the Spirit.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who

walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Romans viii, 1

68

SERMON IX.-The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption.

Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received
the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father, Romans viii, 15 75

SERMON X-The Witness of the Spirit.

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SERMON XXX.–Upon our Lord's Sermon on the Mount.

Judge not, that ye be not judged, &c, Matthew vii, 1–12

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SERMON XXXI.—Upon our Lord's Sermon on the Mount.

Enter ye in at the strait gate : for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that

leadeth to destruction, and many therə be which go in thereat, &c, Matthew

vii, 13, 14

286

Sermon XXXII._Upon our Lord's Sermon on the Mount.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly

they are ravening wolves, &c, Matthew vii, 15-20

292

SERMON XXXIII._Upon our Lord's Sermon on the Mount.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of

heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven, &c, Mat.

thew vii, 21-27

299

SERMON XXXIV.-The Original, Nature, Properties, and Use of the Law.

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good,

Romans vii, 12

306

Sermon XXXV.-The Law established through Faith

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yca, we establish the

law, Romans iii, 31

315

Sermon XXXVI.-The Law established through Faith.

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the

law, Romans iii, 31

323

SERMON XXXVII.The Nature of Enthusiasın.

And Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself, Acts xxvi, 24

329

Sermon XXXVIII.-A Caution against Bigotry.

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy

name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

But Jesus said, Forbid him not, Mark ix, 38, 39

337

Sermon XXXIX.Catholic Spirit.

And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab

coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right,

as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give

me thine hand, 2 Kings x, 15

346

Sermon XL.-On Christian Perfection.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, Phil. iii, 12 355

SERMON XLI.—Wandering Thoughts.

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. x, 5 370

Sermon XLII.-Satan's Devices.

We are not ignorant of his devices, 2 Cor. ii, 11

376

Sermon XLIII.—The Scripture Way of Salvation.

Ye are saved through faith, Ephesians ii, 8

384

Sermon XLIV.- Original Sin.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every

imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, Genesis

vi, 5

392

SERMON XLV.-The New Birth.

Ye must be born again, John iii, 7 .

399

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