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12. The apostasy from the gospel here described, being the abso-

lute height of all sin and impiety that the nature of man is ca-
pable of, renders them unto eternity obnoxious unto all punish-
ment that the same nature is capable of,

559 13. It is our duty diligently to inquire into the nature of sin, lest

we be overtaken in the great offence, 14. Sinning against the testimony given by the Holy Ghost unto

the truth and power of the gospel, whereof men have had expe

rience, is the most dangerous symptom of a perishing condition, ib. 15. Threatenings of future eternal judgments into gospel-despisers,

belong unto the preaching and declaration of the gospel, ib. 16. The equity and righteousness of the most severe judgments of

God, in eternal punishments against gospel-despisers, is so evi. dent, that it may be referred to the judgment of men not obstinate in their blindness,

ib. 17. It is our duty to justify and bear witness unto God in the righteousness of his judgments against gospel-despisers,

ib. VERSES 30, 31. 1. There can be no right judgment made of the nature and deme.

rit of sin, without a due consideration of the nature and holiness of God, against whom it is committed,

560 2. Nothing will state our thoughts aright, concerning the guilt

and demerit of sin, but a deep consideration of the infinite greatness, holiness, righteousness, and power of God against whom it is committed,

ib. 3. Under apprehensions of great severities of divine judgments,

the consideration of God, the author of them, will both relieve our faith, and quiet our hearts,

561 4. A due consideration of the nature of God, his office, that he is

the Judge of all, especially of his people, and that inclosure he hath made of vengeance unto himself, under an irrevocable purpose for its execution, gives indubitable assurance of the certain unavoidable destruction of all wilful apostates,

563 5. Although those who are the people of God, do stand in many

relations unto him, that are full of refreshment and comfort; yet it is their duty constantly to remember that he is the holy and righteous Judge, even towards his own people,

564 6. The knowledge of God in some good measure, both what he

is in himself, and what he hath taken on himself to do, is necessary to render either his promises or threatenings effectual unto the minds of men,

ib. 7. The name of the living God,' is full of terror or comfort unto the souls of men,

565 8. There is an apprehension of the terror of the Lord in the final judgment, which is of great use to the souls of men,

560 9. When there is nothing left of judgment, nothing remains bit

the expectation of it, its fore-apprehension will be filled with

dread and terror, 10. The dread of the final judgment, where there shall be no

mixture of ease, is altogether inexpressible,




Page 11. That man is lost for ever, who hath nothing in God that he can appeal unto,

506 12. Those properties of God, which are the principal delight of

believers, the chief object of their faith, hope and trust, are an

eternal spring of dread and terror unto all impenitent sinners, ib. 13. The glory and honour of the future state of blessedness and

misery, are inconceivable either to believers or sinners, 14. The fear and dread of God, in the description of his wrath,

ought continually to be on the hearts of all who profess the gospel,

ib. VERSES 32-34. 1. A wise management of former experiences, is a great direction and encouragement unto future obedience,

568 2. All men by nature are darkness and in darkness,

570 3. Saving illumination, is the first fruit of effectual vocation, - ib. 4. Spiritual light in its first communication, puts the soul on the diligent exercise of all graces,

ib. 5. It is suited unto the wisdom and goodness of God, to suffer

persons on their first conversion, to fall into manifold trials and

temptations, 6. All temporary sufferings, in all their aggravating circumstances,

in their most dreadful preparation, dress, and appearance, are but light things in comparison of the gospel and the promises thereof,

576 7. There is not any thing in the whole nature of temporary suf

ferings, or any circumstance of them, that we can claim an exemption from, after we have undertaken the profession of the gospel,

ib. 8. It is reserved unto the sovereign pleasure of God, to measure

out unto all professors of the gospel, their especial lot and portion as unto trials and sufferings, so as that none ought to complain, none to envy one another,

577 9. Of what sort or kind the sufferings of any that God employs

in the ministry of the gospel shall be, is in his sovereign disposal alone,

578 10. Faith giving an experience of the excellency of the love of

God in Christ, and the grace received thereby, with its incomparable preference above all outward perishing things, will give joy and satisfaction in the loss of all our substance, upon the account of an interest in these better things,

582 il. It is the glory of the gospel, that it will on a just account,

from a sense of, and interest in it, give satisfaction and joy unto the souls of men, in the worst of sufferings for it,

583 12. It is our duty to take care that we be not surprised with out

ward sufferings, when we are in the dark as unto our interest in these things,

ib. 13. Internal evidences of the beginnings of glory in grace, a sense

of God's love, and assured pledges of our adoption, will give insuperable joy to the minds of men under the greatest outward sufferings,

ib. VOL. VI.


Page 14. It is our interest in this world, as well as with respect unto

eternity, to preserve our evidences for heaven, clear and unstained, 583 15. There is a substance in spiritual and eternal things, whereunto faith gives a subsistence in the souls of believers,

ib, 16. There is no rule of proportion between eternal and temporal things,

ib. VERSES 35, 36. 1. In the times of suffering, and in the approaches of them, it is

the duty of believers to look on the glory of heaven, under the notion of a refreshing, all-sufficient reward,

587 2. He that would abide faithful in difficult seasons, must fortify his soul with an unconquerable patience,

588 3. The glory of heaven is an abundant recompence for all we shall undergo in our way towards it,

590 4. Believers ought to sustain themselves in their sufferings, with the promise of future glory,

ib. 5. The future blessedness is given unto us by the promise, and is therefore free and undeserved,

ib. 6. The consideration of eternal life, as the free effect of the grace

of God and Christ, and as proposed in a gracious promise, is a thousand times more full of spiritual refreshment unto a believe er, than if he should conceive of it, or look upon it, merely as a reward proposed unto our own doings or merits,

ib, VERSES 37-39. 1. The delay of the accomplishment of promises, is a great exercise of faith and patience,

592 2. It is essential unto faith to be acted on the promised coming of Christ, to all that look for his appearance,

595 3. There is a promise of the coming of Christ, suited unto the state and condition of the church in all ages,

ib. 4. The apparent delay of the accomplishment of any of these

promises, requires an exercise of the faith and patience of the saints,

ib. 5. Every such coming of Christ, hath its appointed season, beyond which, it shall not tarry,

ib. 6. This divine disposition of things, gives a necessity unto the con

tinual exercise of faith, prayer and patience about the coming of Christ,

ib. 7. Although we may not know the especial dispensations and mo

ments of time that are passing over us, yet all believers may know the state in general of the church under which they are,

and what coming of Christ they are to look for and expect, 596 8. Faith in any church, satisfies the souls of men with what is the

good and deliverance of that state; although a man do know or is persuaded that personally he shall not see it himself, nor enjoy it,

ib. 9. Under despondencies as to peculiar appearances or comings of Christ, it is the duty of believers to fix and exercise their faith

ib. on his illustrious appearance at the last day,



Page 10. Every particular coming of Christ, in a way suited unto the

present deliverance of the church, is an infallible pledge of his coming at the last unto judgment,

596 11. Every promised coming of Christ is certain, and shall not be

delayed beyond its appointed season, when no difficulties shall

be able to stand before it, 12. There are especial qualifications of grace required unto sted

fastness in profession, in times of persecution, and long continued trials,

598 13. Many things are required to secure the success of our profession in times of difficulties and trials,

598 14. The continuance of the spiritual life and eternal salvation of true believers, is secured from all oppositions whatever,

ib. 15. No persons whatever ought to be on any consideration, secure

against those sins which present circumstances give an efficacy unto,

599 16. It is an effect of spiritual wisdom to discern what is the dan

gerous and prevailing temptation of any season, and vigorously to set ourselves in opposition unto it,

ib. 17. It is much to be feared, that in great trials, some will draw

back from that profession of the gospel, wherein they are engaged,

600 is. I'his defection is commonly durable, continued by various pretences,

ib. 19. It is our great duty to look diligently that we are of that ho

ly frame of mind, and attend to that due exercise of faith, that the soul of God may take pleasure in us,

ib. 20. Though there appear as yet, no outward tokens or evidences

of the anger and displeasure of God against our ways, yet if we are in that state wherein God hath no pleasure in us, we are entering into certain ruin,

ib. 21. Backsliders from the gospel, are in a peculiar manner the ab. horrence of the soul of God,

ib. 22. When the soul of God is not delighted in any, nothing can preserve them from utter destruction,

ib. 23. The Scripture every where testifieth, that in the visible church there is a certain nnmber of false hypocrites,

602 24. It is our duty to evidence unto our own consciences, and give evidence unto others, that we are not of this sort or number,

ib. 25. Nothing can free apostates from eternal ruin, 26. Sincere faith will carry men through all difficulties, hazards

and troubles, unto the certain enjoyment of eternal blessedness, ib.


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