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and be put upon searching under another term. But here we need only turn to the subject inquired after, and, without any such stops, find Scriptures full and apt thereto (by whatsoever terms or phrases they are expressed) occur to our eye at an instant; and, mostly, all that the Scripture affords on that subject.

II. To give some light into the method, and the use of this work.

1. Take notice, that, in Chap. XI. [Of the Failings of God's Children], the first texts are to prove each person's title to that appellation, then the next following, his failings : and this is done on purpose, that it might appear these are the Failings of God's Children; and so proper to the Head.

2. Note also, That the words in a parenthesis, beginning with (or) are the marginal readings.

3. Some general heads have no particulars following, but the whole placed under that general head. This is so done, either because the texts which the Scripture affords on that subject are but few, and so easily run through; or that the matters are so various, that almost every verse carries a distinct meaning in it, yet still relating to the general head; as in that [The Privileges of the Righteous], each text is almost a distinct privilege: so in that [Of the Character of Saints], and some others of like nature. And here to have descended to particular heads, would have been tedious and unnecessary; for the words being there transcribed, the Reader may presently inform himself in the whole, and in every particular.

LASTLY. A little pains in observing the CONTENTS or Table in the front of the book, which doth contain the general and particular heads, and also the references thereto, directing to Chapter and Page where each lieth, will enable us to discern more of the method and usefulness of the work, than can be well expressed in a short Introduction,

This therefore shall suffice, presuming the work itself will shew its own usefulness and advantage; holding a man to one subject, and yielding variety of matter to enforce it upon the mind, and leave impressions there: when the bare reading a chapter or two, which some use to do as a task, proves not effectual for that end; and searching proves laborious, and often discouraging and fruitless too.

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WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
SECTIONS AND SUBDIVISION SET DOWN IN ORDER, WITH A

REFERENCE TO THE CHAPTER AND PAGE,

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CHAPTER I.

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Sect. 1. Shewing what religion is, and

First. Of his first state

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how the knowledge of it is to be at-

Secondly. Of his fall

. ib.

tained

1 Thirdly. Of man's state by nature,

Sect. 11. The necessity of searching the

since sin entered

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Scriptures

ib. Sect. I. Corrupt, unclean, and despe-

Sect. 111. Of the Scriptures, their au-

rately wicked

ib.

thority, use, end, and excellency 2

See more of sin, chap. xiv.

See preaching of the word, chap. xxv. Sect. 11. Ignorant, opposing the true
CHAP. II. Of God: bis nature, attri-

God, and adoring idols

34

butes, and works

8 See more of ignorance, chap. xxxvi.

Sect. 1. His names, and titles - ib.

Sect. Ill. In servitude to Satan and

sin

Sect. II. He is a Spirit

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Sect. III. His excellency, majesty,

Sect. iv. The sad fruit and end of such

a state

ib.

greatness, Perfection, glory, and

sovereignty, and absoluteness. His

See more of God's judgments against

providence

.

sinners, chap. xiv.

See more in the duty of fearing God,

Fourthly. Under what case the law

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chap. xiv.

concludes men

Sect. iv. He is invisible

17

Sect. 1. Under sin and guilt

ib.

Sect. v. He is incorruptible

ib.

Sect. ij. Under the curse thereof 40

Sect. vi. He is the most strong, al-

Sect. lll. The deeds of the law, or

mighty, and omnipotent God; a

sacrifices under it, cannot justify

rock

ib. or purge from sin, but still leave

Sect. vir. Heis omniscient, omnipre-

sinners under guilt, condemnation,

sent, immense

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and wrath

ib.

Sect. viii. He is most wise

19 Chap. V. Of man's salvation and re-

Sect. IX. He is most holy

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demption; how it came, and by what

Sect. x. He is most just

ib.

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Sect. xi. He is compassionate, piti- Sect. 1. From God only, and no

ful, and merciful

21

otherwise .

ib.

See chap, xxxi.

Sect. 11. Who he is, and by whom

Sect. xli. He is long-suffering, and this salvation is conveyed, and

patient

ib.

wrought: Jesus Christ

44

Sect. XIII. He is gracious, good, and

Sect. III. The excellency of this Sa-

bountiful

22

viour, his fulness, and dignity in

Sect. xiv. He is faithfulness and

his person and authority

49

truth

ib.

Sect. iv. The excellency of this Sa-

Sect. xv, He is unchangeable - 23

viour, his fulness, and dignity in

Sect. xvi. Heis infiniteand unsearch-

his nature -

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able

ib.

Sect. xvii. He is eternal

See more in pardon and salvation by

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Christ alone, chap. viii.

Sect. xvi. He, only, is the true and

living God

ib. CHAP. VI. How Christ wrought this sal-

See of worshipping God, chap. xiv.

vation for sinners : what he was

Idolatry, chap. xxxviii,

made, and is, and what he did, in

order to it

55

CHAP. III. Of the one God, Father,

Sect. J. He is Mediator

ib.

Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity 25

See more of Christ's ercellency, chap. v.

Sect. 11. He took upon him the na-

ture of man, and humbled himself ib.

sect. iii.

See more of the Spirit, chap. xix. sect. i.

Sect. Ill. He is made an High Priest 57

Sect. iv. He offered himself to God as
CHAP. IV. Of Man, in his first estate,

a sacrifice; suffered for the sins of

wherein he was created; and of his

mankind, made peace through the

fall

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which he entered into the holiest

Spirit, which are indispensablyne

for us

58 cessary to real saints

94

Sect. v. He fulfilled all righteousness See more of the fruits of faith, chap. ix.

of the law; bore the curse; took Of the fruits of the Spirit, chap. xix.

away the hand-writing of ordinan-

In duties, chap. xiv. xv. xvi.

ces; is our righteousness

61 In each duty in affliction, chap. XX.

See more of justification, chap viii.

In duties to magistrates, chap. xxii.

Sect. vi. He sanctifieth us:. is our

CHAP. XI. The children of God them-

sanctification

62

Sect. vii. He riseth from the dead ib.

selves may be overtaken in faults; are
Sect. vii. He ascended into heaven:

not free from sinful dispositions and

inclinations in this life; and there-

is our way to the Father, our advo-

fore may deserve to be chastised of

cate and intercessor there

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God

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Sect. IX. He is made our king and

Sect. 1. In general it is affirmed ib.

head, to encounter, and conquer

Sect. II. Particular instances of the

our enemies : to rule for and in us 65

failings of God's children recorded 104

Sect. x. He is our prophet and shep-

Sect. iii. God will punish and correct

herd, to teach, guide, and feed us 66

the righteous for sin

108

Sect. xi. He is our all, in all things:

See God's threatenings and judgments

our completeness and perfection 68

against sin and sinners, chap. xiv.

CHAP. VII. God's free choice of us in

CHAP. XII. Of the privileges of the

Christ Jesus to eternal life, and call-

ing of us according to his purpose

righteous, and their excellency above

others: what God hath done, doth,

69

and will do for them, more than for

CHAP. VIII. Pardon and remission of others; and what they can do with

sins; reconciliation and peace with God, &c.

God; justification and sanctification See more in the next chapter of union

before God; eternal life and salva-

and relation to Christ.

tion free, through the grace of God, See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.

by the death, sacrifice, and sufferings See privileges in afflictions, chap. xx.

of Christ

74 In times of common calamities, chap. xxi.

In general

ib. See the glory reserved for believers.

In particular

75

chap. xxxv.

Sect. 1. Pardon of sins

ib. CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation

Sect. 11. Reconciliation and peace between Christ and his church, and

with God

77

their mutual love and esteem; toge-

Sect. 11. Justification and sanctifica-

ther with the manifestation thereof 119

tion before God

78

Sect. IV. Eternal life and salvation 80 CHAP. XIV. Of the duties of believers,
See more in chap. ix. sect. i.

especially such as would excel. First.
Toward God

121

Chap. IX. How men have the benefit

Sect. 1. In general, to live to God,

of this salvation; or by what means

not to themselves: to be holy,fruit-

it becomes theirs in particular 82

ful, walking in the light, in an

Sect. 1. By faith

ib.

Sect. II. Of faith, in its nature and

honest, heavenly, and spiritual

conversation, worthy of their high

object, use, benefits, and advanta-

ges, further than as before, relating

calling : to glorify God, and mind

ib.

to this salvation

84

the things above -

In its nature and object

Sect. 11. In particular : to love God

ib.

the Father, and our Lord Jesus

Sect. III. Farther benefits and advan-

Christ, and set our affections on

tages of faith

88

things above

126

See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.

Sect. III. As fruits of love to God and

Sect. iv. The effects or fruits, by

which we know a right faith

Christ, to delight themselves in

90

God, long for, pant after him,

See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix.

make their boast of, glory and re-

Sect. v. The dangerous state and is-

sue of unbelief

joice in God and Christ, as their

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portion and rest. And to obey and

CHAP. X. Characters of saints, good

hearken to the laws and words of

men, believers, appearing in word

God and Christ

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and deed

94 First. To delight in, long for, pant

Sect. I. That such may be known

after, make their boast of, glory.

from others by their fruits

ib. and rejoice in God and Christ,

Sect. 11. The particular fruits of the

as their portion and rest

ib.

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See more of submitting in affliction,

chap. XX.

See of death, chap. xxxii.

Sect. XII. The excellence of meek-

ness and patience: the encourage-

ments thereto

180

See more, duties of brethren in the Lord,

chap. xv.

Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Duties to persecutors, chap. xx.

Sect. xii. To take heed to our lips,

that our words be not rash, but

true, seasonable, well ordered, and

savoury

182

Sect. xiv. To confess and mourn for

sin, depart from it, and watch

against it: the arguments. God's

complaint against, and reasoning

appearance of it: hate it, and

avoid the occasions of it: the

reasons

188

See duties in general, sect. i.

IV. God's expostulations, com-

plaints, threatenings, and judg-

ments against sinners, for their

several sins, disobedience, and

rebellions

192

See more of man's state by nature,

chap. iii.

Of God's correcting his children for sin,

chap. xi.

Pardon of sin, chap. viii.

Sect. xv. To own and profess the

true God, and our Lord Jesus

Christ, boldly before men; and to

wait for Christ's second coming

203

1. To own and confess the true

God and our Lord Jesus Christ

before men

ib.

See more of owning him in time of per-

secution, chap. xx.

of perseverance, sect. xvii.

II. To wait for the second coming

of Christ

205

See more, his coming to judgment,

chap. xxx iv

Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,

uprightly, sincerely, and to follow

him fully and zealously: the rea-

sons thereof

206

See also hypocrites, &c. chap. xxv.

Sect. xvii. To stick fast to God, and

not to depart from him: to abide

in the faith and practice of his will,

and persevere to the end : the rea-

213

I. To persevere and abide in faith

and practice, &c.

ib.

See more of holding fast to God in time

of affliction, chap. xx.

II. That believers shall have grace

and power to stand

218

See more of God upholding us in afflic-

tions, chap. xx.

Sect. xvii. To take care to watch di.

ligently over ourselves, with a

holy jealousy and fear, lest we

should apostatise and depart from

God, his truths, and ways, into

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any error or sin : the reasons : our Sect. III. Masters to their servants,

danger

220 and servants to their masters 242

See more instances of the failings of Sect. iv. Magistrates to subjects, and

God's children, chap. xi.

subjects to magistrates

243

of the tempers, methods, &c. chap. See magistrates at large, chap. xxii.

xxviii.

CHAP. XVII. The duties of believers to-

CHAP. XV. Duties of believers, bre-

ward men : those who are without,

thren in the Lord, each to other, as

unbelievers, enemies

ib.

such ; and as standing in that rela--

Sect. 1. In general

ib.

tion one to another

222

Sect. Il. In particular ; not to judge

Sect. 1. To love each other: the kinds

them, or to speak evil of them 244

of it

ib.

Sect. 11. To sympathise with each

Sect. III. Be just, righteous, true and

faithful to, and with them, in all

other in pity and compassion; help

things of trust and dealing 245

and comfort one another, and

Sect. Iv. To live peaceably, not in-

bear one another's burdens 223

termeddling with others; nor idle,

See also this duty, how we should be-

or trifling

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have to the afflicted, chap, XX.

Sect. v. Not to be discontented, an-

Sect. 111. To honour and esteem each

other: and be kind and affection-

gry, or revengeful against them ;

but to behave themselves meekly,

ate

gently, and patiently toward them;

See more of walking humbly, chap. xiv.

bearing wrong

ib.

Sect. IV. Not rashly and unadvised-

See more of meekness, chap. xiv.
ly to take up a prejudice against

Sect. vi. To pity them, shew them

any, believe reports, take offence,

mercy, pray for them, and return

or be angry: but tenderly forgive,

them good for evil, love for ha-

cover faults, and restore offenders

tred

247

in love

Sect. Vii. To behave humbly and

Sect. v. To live peaceably, avoid whis-

courteously toward all; giving

pering, tale-bearing, and whatso-

them due respect

248

ever tends to divide or disturb

Sect. viii. To avoid all unnecessary

peace

227

Sect. vi. To rebuke, reprove, exhort,

society and fellowship with wicked

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admonish, and warn each other,

&c. To take such rebukes, &c. CHAP. XVIII. How men come truly and

well from each other

· 229

spiritually to know the only true

I. To rebuke, exhort, &c.

ib.

God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath

II. To take such rebukes, &c. well 230

sent; and the mysteries of salvation

See more of church discipline, chap. xxv. by him. To believe it, bring forth

Sect. vii. To confess to and pray for fruit, and persevere through difficul-

each other

ib.

ties, to eternal life

250

Sect. viii. To be of one mind 231 Sect. 1. Man of himself not able to

Sect. IX. To walk wisely and chari-

do these things

ib.

tably one toward another: and in

Sect. II. God in Christ doth all free-

things indifferent, to have respect

ly; and that according to pro-

to the weak, and to avoid of-

251

fences

ib.

I. In general

ib.

Sect. x. To distribute and communi-

II. In particular, God gives the

cate to each others' necessities :

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the gospel

254

See more in shewing mercy to all, chap. See more of knowledge, chap. xxxvi.

xvii.

Sect. Il. To give faith or ability to

Of giving to enemies, chap. xx.

believe

256

Of church collections for the poor, chap. Sect. iv. To make fruitful, to ena-

ble to subdue sin, and profit in

grace

257

CHAP. XVI. Duties of believers toward

Sect. v. To give power to persevere

each other, as they stand related one

in faith and obedience

259

to another in the flesh

236

See more of perseverance, chap. xiv.
Sect. 1. Husbands to wives, and wives Sect. vi. God, in Christ, doth com-
to husbands. Of marriage, &c.

mand, encourage, and invite by
Of women

ib. promises, to come to him for these

Sect. II. Parents to their children,

and cast our care upon him 262

and children to their parents 239 CHAP. XIX. How God works and effects

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