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SERM. VII. Thankfulness for Mercies received, a necessary
Duty. A Farewel Sermon, preached on board the Whitaker, at Anchor near Savannah, in Georgia, Sunday, May 17,
1738. Psalm cvii. 30, 31. Then are they glad, because they are at
rest, and so he bringeth them unto the baven where they would
be. Othat men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, i and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
. p. 94. SERM. VIII. The Neceflity and Benefits of Religious So.
ciety. Eccles. iv. 9, 10, 11, 12. Two are better than one, because
they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow : but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth ; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warin alone? And if one prevail against him, two Mall withstand
him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken, p. 107 SERM. IX. The Folly and Danger of not being righteous
enough. Eccles. vii. 16. Be not righteous over-much, neither make
thyself over-wise : why fhoulds thou destroy thyself? p. 123 SERM. X. A Preservative against unsettled Notions, and
want of Principles, in regard to Righteousness and Christian Perfection. Being a more particular Answer to Doctor
Trapp's four Sermons upon the same Text. Eccles. vii. 16. Be not righteous over-much, neither make thy
self over-wise : why Moulds thou destroy thyfelf? p. 143 SERM. XI. The Benefits of an early Piety. Preached at
Bow Church, London, before the Religious Societies. Eccles. xii, 1. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy
youth.. SERM. XII. Chrift the Believer's Husband. "Isaiah liv. 5. For thy Maker is thy husband. p. 171
SERM. XIII. The Potter and the Clay.
Lord, saying, Arise and go down to the patter's house, and there · I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's bouse, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And he' vissel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of
ye in mine hand, 0 house of Israel.' - p. 197
Jer. xxiii. 6. The Lord our righteousness. . . p. 216 ..
Duty of all Christians; or the true Way of keeping
jalt call his name Jefus : for he shall Jave his people from their
wilderness, to be tempted of the devil, &c. i. p. 262 SERM. XVIII. The Heinous Sin of profane Cursing and
MATT. V. 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all. p. 276 1. SERM. XIX. Christ the Support of the Tempted.
Matt, vi. 13. Lead us not into temptation. P. 287
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Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life.
p. 319 . SERM.
* SERM. XXII. Marks of a True Conversion. Matt. xviii. 3. Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven. . -. ; - - P. 336 - SERM. XXIV. What think ye of Christ?
Matt. xxii. 42. What think ye of Christ? - P. 353
nar the bour in which the Son of. man cometh, p. 373 SERM. XXVI. The Eternity of Hell-Torments. MATT. XXV. 46. These shall go away into everlafting punishment,
392 - SERM. XXVII. Blind Bartimeus.. MARK X. 52.. And Jesus said unta him, Go thy way; thy faith
hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his fight,
and followed Jesus in the way. . . . p. 404 m SERM. XXVIII. Directions how to hear Sermons. :
Luke viii. 18. Take heed, therefore, how ye bear., p. 418 - SERM. XXIX. The Extent and Reasonableness of Self
Denial. Luke ix. 23. And he said unto them all, if any man will come after, me, let him deny himself.
: . 428 - *SERM. XXX. Christ's Transfiguration : : Luke ix. 28–36. And it came to pass about an eight days
after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and í went up into a mountain to pray, &c. . . ::. p. 440 · SERM. XXXI. The Care of the Soul urged as the one
thing needful. . • LÚKE X. 42. But one thing is needful. .. *p. 456
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The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of I
GENESIS iii. 15.
And I will put Enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy Seed and ber Seed; it shall bruise thy Head, and thou shalt bruise bis Heel.
N reading to you these words, I may address you in the language of the holy angels to the fhepherds, that
were watching their focks by night; “ Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy.” For this is the first promise that was made of a Saviour to the apoftace race of Adam. We generally look for CHRIST only in the New Teftament; but christianity, in one sense, is very near as old as the creation. It is wonderful to observe how gradually God revealed his Son to mankind. He began with the promise in the text, and this the elect lived upon, till the time of Abraham. To him, God made further discoveries of his eternal council concerning man's redemption. Afterwards, at sundry times, and in divers manners, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets, till at length the LORD JESUS himself was manifested in flesh, and came and tabernacled amongst us. A 2
This This first promise must certainly be but dark to our first parents, in comparison of that great light which we enjoy : And yet, dark as it was, we may assure ourselves they built upon it their hopes of everlasting salvation, and by that faith were saved.
How they came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent and meaning of it, I intend, God willing, to make the subject-matter of your present meditation.
The fall of man is writien in too legible characters not to be understood: Those that deny it, by their denying, prove it. The very heathens confessed, and bewailed it: • They could see the streams of corruption running through the whole race of mankind, but could not trace them to the fountain-head. Before God gave a revelation of his Son, man was a riddle to himself. And Mofes unfolds more, in this one chapter (out of which the text is taken) than all mankind could have been capable of finding out of themselves, though they had studied to all eternity.
In the preceding chapter he had given us a full account, how God spoke the world into being; and especially how he formed man of the dust of the earth, and breathed into him the breath of life, so that he became a living soul. A council of the Trinity was called concerning the formation of this lovely creature. The result of that council was, “ Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” Mofes remarkably repeats these words, that we might take particular notice of our divine Original. Never was fo much expressed in so few words : None but a man inspired could have done so. But it is remarkable, that though Mofes mentions our being made in the image of God, yet he mentions it but twice, and that in a transient manner; as though he would have said, “ man was made in honour, God made “ him upright, ' in the image of God, male and female 66 created he them.' But man so soon fell, and became like “ the beasts that perish, nay, like the devil himself, that it is « scarce worth mentioning.”
How soon man fell afier he was created, is not told us; and therefore, to fix any time, is to be wise above what is written. And, I think, they who suppose that man fell the