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CONTENTS.

SERMON I.

The Sword of Justice awakened against God's Fel-

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Zech. xiii. 7. Awake, O Sword, against my Shepherd, and against

the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts.

After a brief introduction, clear analization, and succinct explication

of the words, the following general topics of discourse are treated

of, viz.

1. The character of the person against whom the sword doth awake,

inquired into, 4

2. The nature and quality of this sword opened up, 20

3. The manner how this sword did awake, and the import of it, 27

4. The special hand Jehovah had in calling this sword to wake against

this glorious person evinced, 30

5. The reasons of the doctrine adduced, why the Lord of Hosts or-

dered the sword of justice to awake against his Shepherd, 32

6. The application of the subject in sundry inferences, 39

(1.) The nature of the sacrament opened, 58

(2.) Who stand debarred from it, 59

(3.) Who are invited to it, 64

(4.) In what manner believers should come to it, 71

SERMON IL

The Rent Vail of the Temple; or, Access to the Holy

of Holies by the death of Christ, 79

Mat. xxvii. 15. And, behold the.mil of the temple was rent in twain

Jrom the top to the bottom.

The words being analyzed and explained, and their proper significa-
tion being ascertained, the following general heads of method are
illustrated vix.

1. What that vail is that interposed between God and us inquired

into, 83

2. How the death of Christ hath rent that vail, 86

3. In what manner the vail is rent, narrated, 88

A. For what end the vail is rent, narrated, 89

S. Inferences adduced for application, . 95
SERMON III.

The best Match; or, the Incomparable Marriage be-

tween the Creator and the Creature, 119

- Isa. liv. 5. Thy Maker is thy Husband.

The words being viewed in their connexion and scope, and wrapt up
in a doctrinal proposition, the following general topics are illus-
trated, viz.

I. That there is a marriage-relation betwixt Christ and believers,

proved, 120

2. The nature of this marriage opened up, . -- 121

3. Reasons assigned why Christ comes under such a relation, 130

4.. Application of the whole, in sundry uses, 131

SERMON IV, V.

Christ the People's Covenant, 141

Isa. xlii. 6. I will give thee for a covenant of the people.'

The connexion of the words being traced, viewed in their scope, di-
vided, explained, and summed up in a compendious proposition,
the following general heads of method are prosecuted, viz.

1. Some remarks offered concerning the covenant in general, 14T

2. How Christ is the covenant, and in what respects he bears that

name, pointed out, - '152

3. For whose benefit he is so; and thus shew that he is the covenant

of the people, 156

4. By whose authority he is so; and here his divine ordination, and

being given of God for that end, are spoken of, 164

5. Some reasons of the doctrine offered, why he is given to be a cove-

nant, and why a covenant of the people, 172

6. Inferences are deduced for the application of the subject, 176

SERMON VI.

The World's Verdict of Christ and his Followers; or,

the truly devout ridiculed and reproached by the

profane, 222

Isa. viii. 18. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given

me, are Jbr signs and wonders in Israel; from the Lord of Hosts

which dwelleth in mount Zion.

After a copious introduction, in which the scope of the prophet, both
in the preceding and subsequent context, is taken notice of, the
proper sense of the words ascertained, an analization and explica-
tion essayed, and a doctrinal proposition laid down, the following
general topics are handled, viz.'

The Vanity of Earthly Things, and Worldly Enjoy-

ments, " 263

Eccl. i. 2. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vani-

ties, all is vanity.

After the Author had pointed out the sum of the discourse, given an
account of the penman, an analytical explication of the words, and
had observed a doctrinal proposition from them, the following to-
pics of discourse are undertaken,

1. To consider what it is in the world that is so vain and empty, 269

2. Inquire what is imported in its being vain, and vanity itself, 275

3. Some arguments adduced to prove that all is vain and empty, 277

4. Some reasons assigned why it is so, . 280

5. The application of the subject in several uses, 281

SERMON VIII—XVI.

Self-conceit incident to a Multitude of Professors; or

the Imaginary Pure Generation found not washed

from their Pollution, 292

Prov. xxx. 12.' There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,
and yet is not washedfrom their filthiness.

The words being briefly explained, produce three doctrinal proposi-
tions. The First is, That sin is a pollution and defilement. From
this observation, the following heads of method are proposed, viz.

1. To consider what the scripture saith about the pollution of sin, 294

2. To compare the pollution and guilt of sin together for clearing the

difference, and evidencing the greatness of the defilement, 295

3. To point out the nature and qualities of this pollution, an

4. To shew whence this pollution comes and how it is derived, 299

5; To make application of the subject, ib.

The Second doctrine is, That purity is an excellent thing, and of ab-

solute necessity to denominate a true saint, a true Christian. And

from this proposition the following general heads of method are

prosecuted, vix.

I. The nature of this purity, opened up, 307

2. Some of the qualities of it, mentioned, 310

3. The necessity thereof, inquired into, 314

4. The excellency of this purity, pointed out, 317

5. The Application of the whole subject essayed, 323

(1.) The difference between justification and sanctification, ib.

Their agreement pointed out, ib. (2.) The evils of impurity pointed out, 326 (3.) The evidences of it condescended on, 328 (4.) Some kinds of it specified, 331 (5.) Witnesses adduced to prove the great want of purity, 339 (6.) The impure generation delineated, 343 (h) Evidence of purity condescended on, 351—382 f R.) The misery of those who are impure pointed out, 382 19.) Motives adduced to excite to purity, 394 (10.) Directions offered how to attain it, 404 .

The Third doctrine is, That self-conceit is incident to a Multitude of

professors. In the illustration of which proposition, the following

general heads of method are handled, viz.

1. The truth of the doctrine cleared from scripture and example, 412

2. The nature of self-conceit, a little opened, 414

3. The grounds, causes, and springs of it, inquired into, 419

4. The evil of it pointed out, both in respect of the sinfulness and danger of it, 424

5.. Inferences deduced for the application of the whole, 248

SERMON XVII.

Non-Conformity to the World Enjoined; or, the Evil and Danger of Symbolizing with the Wicked, opened, 446

Rom. xii. 2. Be not conformed to this world.

The connexion, scope, and explication of the words being discussed, and a doctrinal observation laid down, the following heads of method are proposed,

1. To prove and clear the truth of the doctrine, 448

2. To inquire what it is in the world we are not to be conformed to, 451

3. Topoint out what this disconformity to the world imports, 454

4. To assign the reasons why we are not to be conformed to the world, 455

5. The application of the subject in several uses, 465

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MR. RALPH ERSKINE;

WRITTEN

BY THE REVEREND MR BROWN OF WHITBURN,

EXPRESSLY FOE THIS EDITION OF HIS WORKS.

Mr Ralph Ersk Ine, was the son of the Rev. Henry Erskine, Cornhill, Northumberland. This excellent servant of Jesus was, along with other faithful brethren in England, ejected in 1662. He preached some years in a Meeting-house in the parish of Whitsome, Scotland, where he was the instrument of the conversion of Mr Boston of Etterick, when a boy of eleven years of age. At the Revolution he was settled in the parish of Chirnside, and died there. Mr Ralph was born at Monilaws, Northumberland, March 18th, 1685. He gave early proofs of a thoughtful and pious disposition. Having experienced the grace of God himself, he thought it his duty, with the allowance of his parents, to give himself to the work of the ministry, that he might be a happy instrument to bring others to the obedience of faith. He went through the ordinary course of philoso_h ical and theological studies in the university of Edinburgh. Lodg*ng at this time in the Parliament Square, when it was almost wholly burnt down, he met with a singularly providential deliverance, as he narrowly escaped being burned to death, running through the flames with some books. He was for a considerable time tutor and chaplain in the family of Colonel Erskine, near Culross, where he enjoyed the evangelical ministry, and edifying pleasant conversation, of the Rev. Mr Outhbert, minister of that parish. While here, he occasionally paid visits to his brother at Portmoak, and staid some time with him. Upon one of these occasions, he enjoyed the following pleasant experience, which he relates in a letter to the Rev. Mr Shaw, Leith.—" It is now, I reckon, more than twenty-five years since I staid some time in Portmoak; and being under deep concern about eternal salvation, I had occasion of hearing you preach at a sacrament at Ballingray, on John xviii. 87. " Art thou a king then >'

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