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After viewing the words in their fcope and connection, and clothing
1. To mention fome of thefe all things, relating to the new creation,
2. To enquire how all things are of God,
3. To fhew whence it is that all things are of God,
4. To make application of the whole subject, in several inferences, 261
That effectual calling and juftification are of God,
That fanct fication, and every thing relating to it, is of God, proved
by a variety of confiderations,
Gad the conquered, yet conquering Tribe; or, the
The fcope and connection of the words having been confidered, and
1. To fpeak of the foils which the Ifrael of God meet with; fhew
what are the troops that defeat them in this world; and how far
thefe troops may overcome them,
2. To speak a little of their victory, and how far they may be faid
3. To affign fome reafons of the doctrine, fhewing why they are many
times overcome, and why they shall overcome at the last,
4. To make application of the whole subject, by deducing ten
Chrift the true Mofes, fent to deliver his true Ifrael
from their spiritual Egypt,
ACTS vii. 34. I have feen, I have feen the affliction of
my people which is in Egypt; and I have heard their
groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And
now come, I will fend thee into Egypt.
After the words are viewed in their scope, and analized, the following
1. The defignation of the people that are pitied,
3, The grievous cafe and diftrefs they were in,
3. Their behaviour under their distress,
6. Some improvement made of the whole,
SERMON CXXI, CXXII, CXXIII.
The Power and Policy of Satan bounded and baffled by the Lord Chrift, 350
LUKE Xxii. 31, 32. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon; bebold, Satan bath defired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, Strengthen thy brethren.
After a suitable introduction to the fubject, and the words analized and explained, the following general topics of difcourse are laid down, viz.
1. Some remarks offered upon the circumstances of the time and occafion wherein these words are spoken,
2. Upon the circumftances of the text,
4. Some obfervations concerning Satan and his temptations, 367,-383 5. Some meditations on the whole text,
6. Some concluding advices,
Redemption by Christ, fhewn to be of God, as the firft Cause; and to God, as the last End,
I COR. i. 30. REV. V. 9.-Who of God was made unto us redemption. For thou waft flain, and haft redeemed us to God by thy blood.
The Author having taken a view of the words as they stand in themfelves, and as compared together, and having expreffed their meaning in a general propofition, the following general heads of method are profecuted, viz.
1. Some propofitions offered concerning this redemption,
2. How redemption is of God as the first cause, evinced,
3. How it is to God as the laft end, enquired into,
4. Application made of the whole fubject, by deducing fix inferences, 422
S E R M O N
The True Christ, no New Chrift,
Heb. siji. 8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day,
and for everi
The words being viewed, both in themselves and their connection,
a doctrinal proposition laid down, and confirmed from parallel texts
of scripture, the following heads of method are handled; viz. 1. The import of Christ's immutable identity and sameness, en. quired into,
434 2. Wherein, or in what respects, he is the fame, pointed out, 436 3. The neceffity of knowing this, especially in shaking times, evinced: 439 4. The application of the whole subject, in a variety of inferences, 444
S E R M ON
Temple Desolation making Way for Temple Restora
John ii. 19. Jesus answered and said unto tbem, Defiroy
this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
The Author having taken a view of the design of the words, and
considered them both in themselves and scope, and deduced a doctrinal observation from them, the following heads of method
are discoursed, viz. 1. Some remarks offered for the explication of the text and doctrine, 462 2. Some reasons alligned for the confirmation thereof,
462 3. Some inferences deduced for the application of the whole, 473 4. Some useful lessons offered as a conclusion to the whole, 489
S in the beginning of the preceding chapter, we
have the Lord reproving this people for their sloth, fulness in building the temple, which provoked God ta contend with them; and exhorting them to reform and prosecute that good work; fo, in the close of it, we find the people applying themselves to that work, and the Lord himself animating them therein. Now, in this chapter, the prophet is, in the Lord's name, giving them further encouragement to this work. And,
1. He encourages them, by assuring the builders that the glory of this house they were now building, should exceed that of Solomon's temple ; though not in outward glory, yet in spiritual splendor, particularly by the coming of Christ, the Desire of all nations, who would fill it with glory, by his coming to it, from ver. 1,-9.
2. He encourages them, by assuring them, that though their fin, in delaying to build the temple, had
* This subject was discoursed in two fermons, viz. on the Sabbath, evening and Monday, immediately after the celebration of the Lord's fupper at Kinclaven, June 1738,
hindered their profperity, yet now that this work was happily begun, he would bless and profper them. God had fmitten them with blafting and mildew, ver. 17.; and they had been a long time incorrigible, and might eafily obferve, that, as long as they continued in neglect of temple-work, all their other affairs went back. ward; but when they began to lay the foundation, or to raise the structure upon the foundations that had been laid fometime before, they might observe, from that time, yea, from that very day, a remarkable turn for the bet ter, to all their affairs: Is the feed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive-tree hath not brought forth from this day will I blefs you," ver. 19. Nothing appears, might he fay, to promise a good harvest and vintage next year; nature doth not promife it: but now, that the foundation of the temple is laid, and you apply yourselves in earneft, to this temple-work, the God of nature promifes it, and that with a blefling. From this day will I bless you.
In which words you may observe thefe five things. 1. A great privilege under the name of bleffing. 2. The author of this bleffing, in the pronoun I. 3. The objects thereof, in the pronoun you. 4. The certainty of it, I WILL blefs you. 5. The term of its commencement, From THIS DAY will I bless you.
1. The great privilege here mentioned under the name of bleffing. What bleffing is here spoken of? It is not indeed, temporal profperity, and outward plenty only; but, when thefe come with a bleffing, and are promifed as fuch, they come in among the number of fpiritu al bleffings, and include alfo fpiritual profperity, as well as temporal. A man may have outward profperity, and yet be curfed in his basket and ftore; but when he hath it with God's favour, fo as to be bleffed in his basket and in his flore, then it comes in among the rank of faving bleffings. The privilege then here is fuch as includes all faving bleffings.
2. The author of this bleffing is God: I will bless you. The bleffing here fpoken of, is God's bleffing; than which nothing can be defired more to make a creature