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The words being analyzed and explained, and their proper significa-
The words being viewed in their connexion and scope, and wrapt up
The connexion of the words being traced, viewed in their scope, di-
After a copious introduction, in which the scope of the prophet, both
After the Author had pointed out the sum of the discourse, given an
Prov. xxx. 12.' There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,
The words being briefly explained, produce three doctrinal proposi-
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
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
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 >'