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are inserted, but also such which are any ways argumentative, or enforcing (whether by examples, the equity of the things, the nature of God, his approbation, promises, or threatening), or any way illustrating or expounding of it, by whatsoever terms they are expressed : whereof a little use of this treatise will soon give full evidence.
But, to prevent prejudices and mistakes, and give some light into way and method the Author hath taken, he proposeth these two things:
I. To prevent prejudice. Do not make a judgment from reading one or two texts at the beginning of any head: for, possibly, they may not at the first sight appear so pertinent to the matter as others do which follow; they may be only argumentative, and not positive: for the Author so placed them on purpose, that they might run in order as they lie in the Bible, that the Reader might go to any text of either Testament, without turning backward and forward; and thence it happens sometimes, that Scriptures least to the purpose first occur to view.
Likewise, pass not sentence upon any text under any head, as impertinent to the subject there, until it be seriously weighed: for possibly in so doing, thou mayest discern something in that Scripture which thou never didst observe before, nor mightest have taken notice of, had not the head or subject there turned thy thoughts upon it.
And then, the Author doubteth not, but that the composure itself, when judiciously considered, will prevent another censure, viz. That it is a needless work, as having been done already by others: this being a performance of another nature than any yet extant, and will be more serviceable in sundry views. For, notwithstanding any other helps, the finding out of apt Scriptures for illustrating or confirming any truth which may be upon our thoughts, has ever been, and still is, a difficult and laborious work; and thence men ofttimes use Scriptures, either not apt, according to the intent of the Holy Ghost; or such, the genuine sense of which is doubted.
And as for the use of concordances herein, each man's memory must record the Scriptures: for they must first occur to his thoughts, then his judgment must fix upon some word therein, under which the text is placed; and it is possible not to hit the right term under which it is; and ofttimes look a long time ere he comes to it, because of the multitude of words there used; and haply miss it at last too,
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.
WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
Sect. vi. He is the most strong, al-
Sect. vii. He is omniscient, omnipre-
Sect. XI. He is compassionate, piti-
Sect. XIII. He is gracious, good, and
Sect. XIV. He is faithfulness and
Sect. xv. He is unchangeable -
Sect. XVI. He is infinite and unsearch-
Sect. XVIII. He, only, is the true and
See of worshipping God, chap. xiv.
CHAP. III. Of the one God, Father,
Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity
See more of Christ's excellency, chap. v.
See more of the Spirit, chap. xix. sect. i.
CHAP. IV. Of Man, in his first estate,
wherein he was created; and of his
Sect. 11. Ignorant, opposing the true
See more of ignorance, chap. xxxvi.
Sect. III. In servitude to Satan and
Sect. IV. The sad fruit aud end of such
See more of God's judgments against
Fourthly. Under what case the law
Sect. 11. Under the curse thereof
Seet. III. The deeds of the law, or
sacrifices under it, cannot justify
or purge from sin, but still leave
sinners under guilt, condemnation,
Sect. 1. From God only, and no
Sect. 11. Who he is, and by whom
this salvation is conveyed, and
Sect. 111. The excellency of this Sa-
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
Sect. iv. The excellency of this Sa-
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
See more in pardon and salvation by
ib. CHAP. VI. How Christ wrought this sal-
vation for sinners: what he was
made, and is, and what he did, in
Sect. 11. He took upon him the na-
Sect. 111. He is made an High Priest 57
Sect. IV. He offered himself to God as
a sacrifice; suffered for the sins of
mankind, made peace through the
Sect. IX. He is made our king and
head, to encounter, and conquer
our enemies to rule for and in us 65
Sect. x. He is our prophet and shep-
herd, to teach, guide, and feed us
Sect. XI. He is our all, in all things:
our completeness and perfection
CHAP. VII. God's free choice of us in
Christ Jesus to eternal life, and call-
ing of us according to his purpose
CHAP. VIII. Pardon and remission of
sins; reconciliation and peace with
God; justification and sanctification
before God; eternal life and salva-
tion free, through the grace of God,
by the death, sacrifice, and sufferings
CHAP. IX. How men have the benefit
of this salvation; or by what means
it becomes theirs in particular
Sect. 11. Of faith, in its nature and
object, use, benefits, and advanta-
ges, further than as before, relating
Sect. III. Farther benefits and advan-
See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.
Sect. IV. The effects or fruits, by
See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix.
Sect. v. The dangerous state and is-
Sect. II. Reconciliation and peace
Sect. III. Justification and sanctifica-
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.
Sect. 1. In general, to live to God,
not to themselves: to be holy, fruit-
ful, walking in the light, in an
honest, heavenly, and spiritual
conversation, worthy of their high
calling to glorify God, and mind
Sect. 1. In general it is affirmed
Sect. 11. Particular instances of the
failings of God's children recorded 104
Sect. III. God will punish and correct
See God's threatenings and judgments
CHAP. XII. Of the privileges of the
righteous, and their excellency above
others: what God hath done, doth,
and will do for them, more than for
others; and what they can do with
See more in the next chapter of union
See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.
See privileges in afflictions, chap. xx.
In times of common calamities, chap. xxi.
See the glory reserved for believers.
CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation
between Christ and his church, and
their mutual love and esteem; toge-
Sect. II. In particular: to love God
the Father, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, and set our affections on
Sect. III. As fruits of love to God and
Christ, to delight themselves in
God, long for, pant after him,
make their boast of, glory and re-
joice in God and Christ, as their
portion and rest. And to obey and
hearken to the laws and words of
First. To delight in, long for, pant
after, make their boast of, glory
and rejoice in God and Christ,
Secondly. To obey and hearken to
See more of disobedience, sect. xiv.
Sect. IV. Worship God, and sanctify
See more in chap. xxv. and of idolatry,
Sect. v. To believe, and be found in
the practice of the things of God,
and his worship, but that which
clearly (according to the precepts,
rules, and examples of the scrip-
tures) appears to be Christ's mind,
upon which we can in faith ex-
Sect. vi. To pray unto God: of
See more of afflictions, chap. xx. com-
Sect. VII. To take especial notice of
the acts of God's goodness and
mercy; keep memorials thereof,
celebrate his praises, extol him,
L. Not to fear any else; or other
See more of faith, chap. ix.
Sect. x. To look with faith, and hope,
and perseverance unto God in all
cases: the arguments for such be-
See more in the nature and use of faith,
Sect. XI. To walk humbly before God,
abasing ourselves, opposing all high
thoughts, and avoiding boasting:
See more of submitting in affliction,
See of death, chap. xxxii.
Sect. XII. The excellence of meek-
ness and patience: the encourage-
See more, duties of brethren in the Lord,
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Sect. XIII. To take heed to our lips,
that our words be not rash, but
true, seasonable, well ordered, and
Sect. XIV. To confess and mourn for
sin, depart from it, and watch
against it: the arguments. God's
See more in affliction, chap. xxii.
III. To depart from sin, and all
appearance of it: hate it, and
avoid the occasions of it: the
See more of man's state by nature,
Of God's correcting his children for sin,
Pardon of sin, chap. viii.
See duties in general, sect. i.
IV. God's expostulations, com-
plaints, threatenings, and judg-
ments against sinners, for their
several sins, disobedience, and
Sect. xv. To own and profess the
Christ, boldly before men; and to
wait for Christ's second coming - 203
I. To own and confess the true
See more of owning him in time of per-
Sect. XVI. To walk with God heartily,
uprightly, sincerely, and to follow
him fully and zealously: the rea-
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-
I. To persevere and abide in faith
See more of holding fast to God in time
II. That believers shall have grace
See more of God upholding us in afflic-