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Seriousness in Religion indispensable above all other
1 Peter, iv. 7. Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.. 17
The Love of God.
1 John, iv. 19. We love him, because he first loved us.
Meditating upon Religion.
Psalm lxiii. 7. Have I not remembered thee in my bed; and thought
upon thee when I was waking? ....
Of the State after Death.
1 John, iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is... 58
On Purity of the Heart and Affections.
1 John, iii. 2, 3. Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he
is pure. 68
On Taste for Devotion.
John, iv. 23, 24. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for
the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit; and they
that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.. 77
Of the Doctrine of Conversion.
Matthew, ix. 13. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance. 93
Prayer in Imitation of Christ.
Luke, v. 16. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness and
On Filial Piety.
Genesis, xlvii. 12. And Joseph nourished his father and his breth-
ren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their
To think less of our Virtues and more of our Sins.
Psalm li. 3. My sin is ever before me.
Salvation for Penitent Sinners.
Luke, vii. 47. Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many,
are forgiven; for she loved much.
Sins of the Fathers upon the Children.
Exodus, xx. 5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve.
them: For I the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
generation of them that hate me.
How Virtue produces Belief, and Vice Unbelief.
John, vii. 17. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doc-
trine, whether it be of God...
John's Message to Jesus.
Matthew, xi. 2, 3. Now when John had heard in prison the works
of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, art thou
he that should come, or do we look for another?
On Insensibility to Offences.
Psalm xix. 12, 13. Who can tell how oft he offendeth? O cleanse
thou me from my secret faults. Keep thy servant also from pre-
sumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me.
Seriousness of Disposition necessary.
Luke, viii. 15. But that on the good ground are they, who in an
honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring
forth fruit with patience..
The Efficacy of the death of Christ.
Hebrews, ix. 26. Now once in the end of the world hath he appear-
ed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. . . .
All stand in need of a Redeemer.
ed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
The Efficacy of the Death of Christ consistent with the Ne-
cessity of a Good Life; the one being the Cause, the other
the Condition of Salvation.
Romans, vi. 1. What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin,
that grace may abound? God forbid... 223
James, i. 27. Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Fa-
• ther is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world. . . .