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they would never be reduced to want. “When rance of victory, and final triumph. After the my father and my mother forsake me,” said first emotions of nature have subsided, when the psalmist," the Lord taketh me up,” Ps. he had glanced at the objects around him, he xxvii. 10. Let us also say, if I leave my father rose superior to the things of this world, he and mother in their old age, or my children knew that death puts a period to all sublunary in their infancy, the Lord will protect them. connexions; that the titles of parent, friend, They will find a shelter under the wings of the and son, are only vain names, when we come Lord, and he will be their defence.

10 the last hour. He no longer recognised his Again, let us adınire the firmness and self- relations according to the flesh, he was going possession of our Lord: while beholding those to form a new relationship in heaven, to merge objects that were most likely to shake it, all earthly ties in the countless families of glo Christ was possessed of a tender heart. We rified saints, of whom he is the head. He aphave already noticed this, and will now consi- peared to know no longer that Mary who had der the principal circumstances in his life, that borne him, giving her no more the title of mowill justify this assertion. To this end, view ther, but said, Woman, behold thy son. him going from town to town, from province O, why cannot I communicate a portion of to province, doing good; see him discoursing this intrepid firmness of soul to those who comfamiliarily with his disciples when he showed pose this congregation; O that we may every them a heart full of loving-kindness. Behold one on the bed of death feel some of its influhim shedding tears over Jerusalem, and pro- ence, and be enabled to exclaim, Come ye specnouncing these affecting words, an everlasting tators of my agonies, draw near ye to whom memorial of his compassion, "If thou hadst nature has bound me by the closest ties, by the known, at least in this thy day, the things cords of love and friendship. Approach my which belong to thy peace, but now they are friends, my children, that I may bid you a final hid from thine eyes," Luke xix. 42. Behold farewell: come receive the last pledges of my him again, a short time before his death, occu- affection, let me, for the last time, fold you in pied with care for his beloved disciples, who my paternal embrace, and cover you with my were to remain on the earth, and addressing to tears of affection; but do not suppose, that I his Heavenly Father that affecting prayer for would now draw tighter the cords which are so them recorded in John xvii. with the feelings soon to be broken; think not that I would unite of a soul full of the tenderest emotions. Jesus myself to you still closer at the time when God was exemplary in the several relations of a warns me that I must leave you for ever. I friend, of a master, and of a son. While he know you no longer; I know not father, mobeheld around his cross only those whose ma- ther, or children, but those who exist in the lice delighted to witness his agony and aggra- realms of glory, with whom I am about to form vate his sufferings, he turned his thoughts from eternal relationship, which will absorb all my earth, to that eternal world into which he was temporal connexions. about to enter. But what was the effect pro Thus the opposite extremities of virtue duced on his mind, by the sight of Mary, of seemed to meet in the death of our Saviour as whom it is expressly said in Scripture, that he in a common centre, the perfections of the Godloved her. What did he feel when he beheld head, holiness, compassion, constancy, pierced the disciple whom he had distinguished by his through the thick veil which shrouded his peculiar friendship; and that other Mary in grandeur, his glory, his power, and his mawhose favour he had wrought such great inira- jesty. O, ye witnesses of his death, if his hucles, “ Ah, remove these beloved objects far miliation caused you to doubt his Godhead, from me, take away every tie that binds my his greatness of soul must have fully proved it. departing soul to earth, your presence inflicts Behold the tombs open, the dead arise, all naa sharper pain than the nails which pierce my lure convulsed, bears witness to the dying Sahands; the sight of you is more insupportable viour; the graces that shone forth in his death than that of my murderers." Is this the lan- are proofs of his noble origin, and his divine guage of our Lord? No: far otherwise; Christ nature; such was the death of Jesus Christ; remains firm, his courage is unabated. He may such be our end. “Let me die the death was armed with almighty power, and he en- of the righteous, and let my last end be like tered this dreadful conflict with the full assu- 1 his." Amen. Numb. xxiii. 10.

THE END.

GENERAL INDEX.

men

A
ABEL, in what sense he yet speaketh, ii 280 | Antinomian, his notion of the divine mercy
Abraham, his intercession for Sodom should

ii 255
encourage us to pray for wicked

he is faithfully warned and refut-
nations

i 379
ed

402
his great faith in the oblation of Anointing of the Holy Spirit

ii 399
Isaac

ii 188 Ants, an emblem of the busy multitudes of
Achan, where are the Achans.
i 397

ii 34
Actions, innocent, are often made criminal ii 4 Apathy, or a spirit of slumber, dangerous to a
Admonition among Christian brethren ii 157

nation

ii 348
Adultery, the woman caught in the act of Apostasy, among the French Protestants to

i 266

the Roman Catholic religion i 167
the case of Drusilla

ii 8

seven ways of apostasy i 239
the character of an adultress ii 44

the dreadful sin of an enlightened
Adversities of life

ii 212
apostasy

ii 328, 329
they are the best means of making

the apostasy through weakness and
some men wise

ji 347
enmity distinguished

ib.
Adversity is occasioned by crime in two re-

four degrees of apostasy

331, 332
spects

ii 350

an address to sinners who have not
Æmilius Paulus, a saying of his, ii 95

attained the highest degree of this
Aged men, the difficulties of their conversion

sin

ib.
ji 242. 244 Apostolical constitutions confessedly spurious,
they are exhorted to fear and to

absurd, and the forgery of the
hope

250
Arians

i 279
Ahaz, his preservation and wickedness i 150 Apostrophe to the ecclesiastics who surround-
Alcoran, origin of that book

ii 355

ed the person of Louis XIV.,
a specimen of its absurdities 356

ii 294
Alexander despised by the Scythians i 124

on pretended miracles i 197
Allegories, improper, censured i 42_ii 83

to heathen philosophers i 211
Alms, Christ's love the great motive to them Application to different classes of sinners i 96

i 415 Arians refuted in their false gloss on John
Alms of benevolence considered with regard to

xvii. 3

ii 157
society, to religion, to death, to judg the Arians also refuted in their whim-
ment, to heaven, to God

417

sical gloss on John xvi. 13 ji 309
nine arguments in favour of alms 419 Aristocracy, its corruption described i 391

ii 7 Arminius, (Van Harmine,) three replies to his
Amorites, the nation and generation of them

system

ji 103
considered as one person

i 106

in the Bible practical duties are
the whole inhabitants of Canaan

placed clear, and abstruse points
were so called

ib.

involved in depths, that Chris-
their iniquities

107

tians may have patience with
Amusements, men who have the love of God

one another

106
shed abroad in their hearts

God is no wise accessary to the de-
have little taste for them i 92

struction of sinners

116
Anathema Maranatha

i 193 Arnobius, his avowal of the Godhead of Christ
Angels, a defence to the church i 222

i 279
apostrophe to angels on the Godhead Assurance, St. Paul persuaded of it i 313
of Christ

273

eight cautions concerning it ib.
their number and employment

281

assurance of justification may be
their happiness consists in glorifying

attended with a mixture of
God

ib.

doubts as to final salvation ib.
they bend over the ark to look into the

it is incompatible with a state of
mystery of redemption ii 163

sin

314
of the angel who sware standing on

assurance is demonstrated by the
the earth and on the sea 241

experience of holy men ib.
David prostrated before the destroying

by the nature of regeneration 315
angel

354

by the prerogatives of a Christian
Anger attributed to God, but it varies in six

316
points from the anger and ven-

by the inward testimony of the
geance of man

i 100
spirit of God

317
Animals, compassion for

i 367

four cautions concerning it ib.
Anise, mint, cummin, improvements on the

means of attaining assurance 350
terms

i 369

degrees of grace and assurance ii
Antinomian, an, censured
i 300

182

Assurance consists in foretastes of heaven ii

the bar of authority, at the bar of
182

interest, of history, of reason, of
those foretastes are often connect-

conscience, and of scepticism it-
ed with trials

188
self

225
they are often felt on sacramental Benediction on the different classes of bearers
occasions and on the approaches

at the close of a sermon, ii 91
of death
189 Benevolence described

i 372
eight causes why the generality of

the want of it a horrible crime 414
the Christian world do not at-

it is the brightest ornament of re-
tain assurance
388, &c.
ligion

417
seven sources of evil 389, &c. Birth, (new,) the ideas of the Rabbins con-
Athanasius, the superiority of his arguments cerning it

ii 392
over the Arians

i 279 Bodies of the glorified saints probably not visible
Atheism, men embrace it to sin quietly i 210 to the grossity of our sight i 328
its absurdity joined with superstition Born again, meaning of the expression ii 401

ii 359 Brothels, the duty of magistrates concerning
its difficulties

ib.
them

ii 44
Atonement, the mystery of it arising from the Bull, (Bp.) proves from the fathers of the

innocence of Christ i 191 primitive church, their belief that Jesus
it is illustrated under the notice

Christ subsisted before his birth-
of a vicarious sacrifice i 249

that he was of the same essence with
its efficacy arises from the excel-

the Father—and that he subsisted
lence of the victim in five ar-

with him from all eternity i 277
guments

i 287
its extent liberally explained 292

C
the support of Christ's death
against all our fears of futurity Cæsar, his maxims and conquests üi 9

295 Cesarea, two towns of that name i 157
Christ's death is an expiation or Calamites, (national,) often the forerunners
atonement for sin ii 167

of greater plagues in four respects
four arguments in favour of the

ii 352
satisfaction made by Christ 229 Caleb and Joshua, the only two that entered
five classes of arguments from the Canaan, are urged as an argument to
Holy Scriptures demonstrative

rouse sinners

ii 359
of the atonement, and compris Canticles, an apology for the figurative style
ing a refutation of those who

of that book

iis
say that Christ's death was only Cato of Utica persuaded of the immortality
a demonstration of the truth of of the soul by reading Plato i 141
his doctrine

230 Ceremonial law superseded by Christ i 288
Augsburgh, Confession or Lutheran and that

whatever morality was contain-
of Arminius, strictures on ji 103

ed in the Jewish ritual law, &c.
Augustine proves that the texts which speak

is still relained

ii 374
of Christ as subordinate to the Characters described, the Jews

i 171
Father ought to be understood of

the infidel

ib.
his humanity and offices, because

the miser

ib.
the expressions are never used of

the temporiser

ib.
the Holy Ghost

i 277

a man in public life, his danger ii
he is accused of inconsistency, viz.

235
of favouring the cause of the Ma- | Charity must be followed

ii 312
nichæans when he wrote against Chastisements designated to excite mourning
the Pelagians

ii 395

and repentance i 385
Avarice is always classed among the worst of Christ the Word, a proof of his Godhead i 51
sins

i 354 Christ would still weep over sinners 117
it is sometimes bluntly rebuked ii 38 Christ a counsellor

154
the sin of avarice defined

112 he is our reconciliation by the advo-
it impels men to the worst of crimes ib.

cacy of his blood

155
it requires confession and restitution he is the mighty God and affords pro-

113
tection to his people

ib.
portrait of an avaricious man i 172 he affords protection against the fears

of death, being the everlasting Fa-
B

ther

ib.

various opinions of Christ 157
Balaam, his temporising character ji 347

inquiries of this kind may be put
Baptist, (John,) an opinion of his i 158

through pride, through curiosity,
Barzillai apparently anticipating death i 402

revenge, and benevolence
Bayle, an error of his refuied,

i 388 Christ the brightness of ce Dieu, dont il est le
Begnon, (Rev. Mr.) comforted against the

marque engravee et le caractere 173
fears of death by Christ's valedic Christ accused of sedition, not by the Romans,
tory address

ii 147

not by the populace, but by divines
Believers often receive the greatest good from

and ecclesiastics

ib.
the severest affliction i 75 Christ the author and finisher of faith 299
the believer superior to the infidel at | Christ's supremacy asserted and vindicated

ib.

joy it

successors

men

against the objection of its being

gion and one who does not en-
acquired
i 246. 274

385
Christ a supreme lawgiver

266

the primitive Christians were mo-
he is supremely adorable and adored

dels of charity

i 420
273

contentious Christians are only
reply to those who say he acquired the

novices in religion ii 88
right to be adored

246

forbearance recommended in opi-
his whole design is to make us resemble

nions

107
God

332 Christians should be distinguished by love 151
he is the same yesterday, to-day, and

they are not of the world 164
for ever, how much soever he may Chrysostom, bis zeal in sending out missiona-
vary the situation of his church

ries

i 420
348

his exposition of the blasphemy
he subsisted with the Father from all

against the Holy Ghost ii 328
eternity

274 Church, the, often established by the means
he is called the consolation of Israel

which tyrants employ to destroy it
ii 141

i 76
he is present with his disciples 155

the church has often varied her situa-
Christ's threefold relation to God

157

tion in regard of worldly glory, of
to the apostles

160

poverty and of persecution 348
to the believers

162
the church is a family

ji 316
he is of the same nature with the Fa-

her children should love one another
ther

157

with a superior attachment 313
his not knowing the whole truth and Cicero, the powers of his eloquence in soften-
the time of the day of judgment as

ing the heart of Cæsar and saving
mediator, accounted for on the

Ligarius

i 200
growth of his knowledge 158

his gloomy notion of life

ii 95
his kingdom and exaltation 159 Cleophas, who he was

ii 419
he prayed for the apostles and their Clovis I. conversion of that king

i 5
161
his immoral life

ib.
union of believers with Christ 162 Commandments, charges to keep them ii 150
the duty of confessing Christ before

the importance of the com-
20

mand to love one another
Christ's death and atonement for sin
167

151
six reasons assigned for the slight im- Conduct of God to men, and of men to God
pression which the exaltation of

411
Christ produces

183 Conflict and triumph of Christian believers 418
denied and acknowledged by his friends Conscience, Edipus, a Theban king i 199

417
in hell

ji 8
Christian religion, the majesty of it, and the

he is a fool who denies its power
consequent respect we should che-

322
rish for the scripture characters

it founds its decisions on three
i 62
principles

i 323
the amiableness of it in regard to par-

it is to the soul what the senses
163
are to the body

366
its pacific character in a political Consolation, six sources of it in Christ's vale-
view

175
dictory address

ü 152
its tendency to disturb the vices of Conversation must be with grace, seasoned
society

177
with salt

i 410
its superiority to Judaism 346

it must be adorned with chastity
Christianity contrasted with Mahometanism

407
ii 355

exempt from slander in seven re-
401
spects

409
The Christian has a grandeur of

from unfounded complaisance ib.
character superior to all other

and from idle words

410
characters

i 148

five vices of conversation 411
he is obliged to contend with the

three maxims of conversation
world in order to preserve peace

412
of conscience
179 Conversion, exhortations to it

i 48
he is indulgent to a tender con-

it consists in illumination and
science

245
sanctification

ji 242
his life is dependant on Christ 247

natural difficulties of conversion
he lives to Christ
247

ib.
and dies to Christ

248

the habits of old age obstinately
he finds difficulties in attaining

oppose conversion

ib.
crucifixion with Christ ii 221

it is greatly obstructed by the re-
he is supported in his course by

currence of former ideas 243
six sources of consolation 277

the habit of loving God, an essen-
he has a cloud of witnesses for

tial fruit of conversion, is diffi-
models

278

cult to acquire in old age 243
the difference between a Chris-

old habits must be counteracted,
tian who enjoys heartfelt reli-

and new ones formod 244

don and grace

genius of

in old age

Conversion, a powerful exhortation to conver-

bend the knee, Psal. xcv. 6.
sion

248

2 Chron. vi. 13. Gen. xxiv. 11.
arguments from the holy scrip-

2. To solicit or to confer good,
tures against the delay of con-

Gen. xxiy. 35.-3. To imprecate
version

251

evil, Job i. 5, 11.-ii. 5. ib.
conversion by irresistible grace in

on Matt. xxiii. 23.

i 358
our last moments, as stated by

on Gen. vi. 3.

ü 70
the Supralapsarians, refuted in

on Hosea xiii. 9.

115
five arguments

252 Cross, five bucklers against the offence of the
the instantaneous conversions of

cross—the miserable condition of a
scripture characters, gnarded

lost world

ži 148
against abuse
261, &c. the downfall of Satan

ib.
those conversions had five marks the sovereign command of God to save
of reality which leave negli-

mankind

149
gent christians without excuse the storm ready to burst on the perse

263
cutors

ib.
Corinthians puffed up above the divine laws, the grand display of Christ's love to his
as appears from their neglect

disciples

ib.
to expel the incestuous man glorying in the cross of Christ 218

i 305 the cross of Christ relatively consider-
divisions, or a party spirit in the

ed, assorts with all the difficulties
church of Corinth ji 92

and trials of this life

222
Council of Trent maintained the merit of we must either be crucified by the cross,
works

i 300

or immolated to the divine justice
Counsel and wisdom of God
i 72

224
A courtier, his life may be innocent the atrocious guilt of those who nailed

i 398
the Lord to the cross

ib.
a wise man will consider a court as the cross considered, relatively to the
dangerous to his salvation ib.

proofs of his love

ib.
he will enter on his high duties with to the truth of his doctrine

ib.
a fixed resolution to surmount to the similarity of sentiment, and the
temptations

399
glory that shall follow

225
the arduous duties of good men at
courts

ib.

D
the dangers should not induce men to Darkness at our Saviour's death ii 166
desist from duty

400 David, his preference of God's affliction ra-
reasons for retiring from a court 402

ther than of man's

ii 42
Covenant of grace, the, is guarded by condi God's long suffering to him i 115
tions

ii 256. 305
his gratitude to Barzillai

403
the Christian and the Jewish co-

his affected epilepsy before Achish was
venant differ in circumstances

an innocent stratagem to save his
only, being the same in substance

life, and imitated by many illustri-
302
ous heathens

ii 129
this covenant had five character. John Ortlob supposes it a case of real
istics
the sanctity of the place

affliction

130
303

he was too indulgent to his children 25
the universality of the contract ib.

his piety

ii 283
its mutual engagements 304 Day of the Lord

ii 94
its extent of obligation 305 Days, the numbering of them

ii 21
its oath

ib. Death, the reflections of a dying man i 186
the ancient mode of contracting a

terrors at the aspect of death 295
covenant

306

death considered as a shipwreck 416
method of covenanting with God in the death of wicked men

ji 41
the holy sacrament

301
the terrors of dying

126
Covetousness, persons habitually guilty of this the death of good men

41
sin, and get professing to be death is a preacher of incomparable
Christ's disciples, strikingly

eloquence

86
resemble Judas (see Avarice)

Jacob and Simeon both wished to die
ii 112
through excess of joy

140
Cræsus, his celebrated question, What is God? the words of dying men are usually
which embarrassed Thales, as rela-

very impressive

ii 156
ted by Tertullian

i 211

the death of Christ is to the Jews an
Criticism on Psal. xl. 12.“mine iniquities,”

atrocious crime

170
&c. as applied to Christ i 283

the death of Christ an expiation of
on Hebrews x. 5. a body hast thou

sin, and a model of confidence 167
prepared me,"

284

death vanquished by Christ 171
on Luke xi. 41. “Ye give alms," &c. he has removed the terrors of dying by

414
unveiling futurity

172
on 1 Sam. xxi.

ii 130
by giving us remission of sins

234
on 1 Thess. iv. 13, 18. ii 334

the complete assurance of immortality
on the word barac

i 192

and life, removes the terrors of death
It has three significations:-- 1. To

232

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