all things, whose judgments are a great deep, after baving remarkably prepared, both intellectually and spiritually, for eminent usefulness, withdrew so soon, and so suddenly, from the sphere of ministerial labour. These Lectures, viewed as the ordinary weekly preparations of a young minister, are, for depth of thought and feeling, and for beauty of expression, indeed wonderful.

The admirable illustrations of the fourteenth chapter of the gospel by John, by my lamented friend, the Rev. DR HEUGH, did not come into my hand till the Exposition of that chapter had passed through the press. Had I seen them before I composed it, I might probably have thought such a work unnecessary; and even after it was prepared for the press, the perusal of them might, perhaps, have on the same ground shaken my determination to give it to the world. I do not, however, regret the circumstances in which I find myself placed. By the perusal of Dr Heugh's masterly lectures, as well as of the eloquent discourses of my gifted kinsman, my impressions of the transcendant excellence of our common theme have been deepened; and in declaring the unsearchable riches of our common Lord's wisdom and love, I have a solemn delightful “ fellowship of the spirit” with those two very dear friends, who,“ being dead, yet speak.” Their expositions will come into many hands into which mine will not ;—mine may come into some hands into which theirs may not ;and should they all come into the same hands, I am persuaded our occasional diversity, and our general agreement, will, each in its own way, conduce to stir and to satisfy the minds of our readers.

ductory Essay to a Selection from Jeremy Taylor's Works, his Remains, with a Memoir by his Friend, G. G. Cunningham, Esq.,--and the Lectures referred to,—are permanent memorials of his endowments and acquirements as a scholar, a theologian, and a christian minister.

Specific obligations to the authors consulted have generally been acknowledged in the margin, and would have been so uniformly, but for the fact that most of the discourses were written without the

press being seen even dimly in the distance; and therefore, except where not merely thoughts and expressions, but sentences, had been borrowed, the marks of reference were not very scrupulously appended in the original manuscript.

As the Work was intended for the edification of Christians in general, whatever could be interesting or useful only to the scholar has, as in my Exposition of the First Epistle of Peter, been cast into the notes in the margin, or at the end of the several Expositions. More time and attention have been bestowed on the collection and preparation of these notes, than, from their comparative fewness and brevity, might perhaps be supposed; and to my brethren in the ministry, I am persuaded, they will not be the least acceptable and useful part of the Work.

In conducting the Work through the press, I hav had the kind assistance of several friends. To the Rev. Dr John Taylor of Auchtermuchty, for the careful revision of the corrected proofs, and to my brother-in-law, the Rev. David Smith of Biggar, for the preparation of the indices, I think it but due to make this public acknowledgment.

Arthur's Lodge, NEWINGTON,

July 1850


INTRODUCTION, p. 1.–Part I. Of The Messiah, p. 13. $ 1. The Son of God,

p. 13. § 2. The Son of Man, p. 15. § 3. Sent by the Father, p. 16.-Part
II. OF THE DESIGN OF THE MESSIAH's mission, p. 17. § 1. Negatively, “not
to condemn the world,” p. 17. & 2. Positively,“ to save the world,” p. 18. (1.)
That the world“ might not perish,” p. 18. (2.) That the world"might have
eternal life," p. 19,-Part III. OF THE MEANS BY WHICH THE DESIGN OF THE
Messiau'S MISSION IS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED, p. 20. Figuratively, by his being
“ lifted up, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness," p. 20. Liter-
ally, by his being “given" by God for and to mankind, p. 22.–Part IV. OF
25. Figuratively, by “ looking" at him, p. 25. Literally, by“ believing in him,"
-THE LOVE OF GOD TO THE WORLD, p. 32. The love of God not the result
of the economy, but its cause, p. 32. § 1. The love of God the origin of the
plan of salvation, p. 35. § 2. The love of God to the world the origin of the
plan of salvation, 39.- Part VI. OF THE GUILT AND DANGER OF THOSE WHO

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p. 193. § 1. Negative—not destructive, Matth. v. 17, p. 195. § 2. Positive-

completive, Matth. v. 17, p. 197.-Part IV. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIS-


Matth. v. 20; vi. 18. § 1. Iutroductory statement, Matth. v. 20, p. 203. § 2. The

righteousness of Christians, and that of the Scribes and Pharisees, compared

in reference to the life and happiness of others, Matth. v. 21-26, p. 212. $ 3.

The righteousness of Christians, and that of the Scribes and Pharisees, com-

pared in reference to chastity, Matth. v. 27-30, p. 224. § 4. The righteous-

ness of Christians, and that of the Scribes and Pharisees, compared in refer-

ence to divorce, Matth. v. 31, 32, p. 230. § 5. The righteousness of Chris-

tians, and that of the Scribes and Pharisees, compared in reference to oaths,

Matth. v. 33-37, p. 234. 86. The righteousness of Christians, and that of

the Scribes and Pharisees, compared in reference to retaliation, Matth. v.

38-42, p. 240. $ 7. The righteousness of Christians, and that of the Scribes

and Pharisees, compared in reference to regard and treatment of enemies,

Matth. v. 43-48, p. 247. & 8. The righteousness of Christians, and that of

the Scribes and Pharisees, compared in reference to the duties of beneficence

and piety, Matth. vii. 1-18, p. 256. (1.) Alms, Matth. vi. 2, 3, p. 261. (2.)

Prayer, Matth. vi. 1-15, p. 267. 1. General directions about prayer, Matth.

v. 5-8, p. 267. 2. Pattern of prayer, Matth. vi. 9-13, p. 278. (3.) Fasting,

Matth. vi. 16-18, p. 298.- Part V. THE OBJECT OF SUPREME DESIRE TO

CHRISTIANS, AND THE MEANS OF OBTAINING IT- - Matth. vi. 19-34, p. 306.—

PART VI. DETACHED EXHORTATIONS—Matth. vii. 1-12, p. 335. § 1. With

respect to judging others, Matth. vii. 1-5, p. 336. § 2. With regard to in-

struction and reproof, Matth. vii. 6, p. 344. § 3. With regard to prayer as

the means of obtaining blessings, Matth. vii. 7-11, p. 347. § 4. Comprehen-

sive rule for relative duties, illustrative of the difference between the righte-

ousness of Christians, and that of the Scribes and Pharisees, Matth. vii. 12,

p. 358.—Part VII. APPLICATION OF THE DISCOURSE–Matth. vii. 13-23, p.

367. & 1. This is the only way of escaping perdition, and securing salva-

tion, Matth. vii. 13, 14, p. 369. & 2. Caution against false teachers, and

means of discovering them, Matth. vii. 15-20, p. 374. § 3. Caution against

self-deception, Matth. vii. 21-23, p. 378.- Part VIII. PERORATION—Matth.

v. 24-27, p. 388. § 1. General illustration, p. 388. § 2. More particular il-

lustration, p. 392. (1.) The wise builder and his fate, Matth. vii. 24, 25, p.

393. (2.) The foolish builder and his fate, Matth. vii. 26, 27, p. 395.-Con-

CLUSION-Matth. vii. 28, 29, p. 396.-Notes--Note A. “ The kingdom of

heaven," Tholuck, p. 399. Note B. “ Raka” and “Moreh," meaning of these

terms, p. 405. NOTE C. Illustration of the prohibition to retaliate, Tholuck,

p. 406. Note D. Chrysostom's illustration of the christian law in reference

to enemies, p. 408. Note E. Remarks on the Lord's prayer; its order,

origin, and interpreters, p. 409. Note F. On the genuineness of the doxo-

logy annexed the Lord's prayer, Tholuck, p. 413. Note G. Reference of

the word sorngós, Matth. vii. 11, Trench, p. 418. Additional note on Matth.

v. 3-8, Alexander Knox. CORRIGENDUM in reference to a statement at page

270, p. 420.

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