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3. The Work of the Holy Spirit, as exemplified in Effectual Calling-Regeneration or the New Birth Adoption, and Conversion.
4. The part that Man has to perform in his own Salvation, which has been considered under the heads of Repentance-Prayer-Faith—Hope-Charity, &c. &c.
5. The nature of, and union to, a Christian Church-Baptism and the Lord's Supper-Good Works, Proper Use of Time-The Perseverance of the Saints.
6. Death-The Grave - Resurrection-Judgment ment to come, Heaven, and Hell.
Thus, with a view to aid my acquaintance with the above particulars, I have gleaned from a small library which I have in my possession, with the assistance of a few borrowed books, the opinions of great and good men, upon nearly all theological subjects.
I most cordially agree with the author of the Temple of Truth, “That nothing can be relished but in proportion as it is understood.” And again, with Bishop Beveridge, “ The knowing of a thing is the soul's enjoy. ment of it; the understanding being to the soul, what the senses are to the body.” It is not enough that we have a confused, general notion of things : unless the mind
has a clear and distinct perception, its benefit, its plea. sure, and its powers of usefulness, will be
limited. By obtaining clear conceptions, and by being accustomed to give a clear account of the knowledge it ac. quires, the mind becomes habituated to truth : at the same time that the distance between truth and falsehood becomes more obvious, and the difficulty of departing from the one to the other is considerably increased. The eye that can discern objects clearly and accurately, is of much more value, than the one which takes in, at a rapid glance, a multitude of objects, without any distinct discernment of their various distances and proportions. Just so it is with the inind, which, if destitute of the power of discrimination, will reap no advantage from the number of imperfect ideas with which it is stored ; and the more we are acquainted with the nature of the Christian scheme, the more abundant reason we shall have to admire and adore the great Author of it.-Whatsoever things were
written aforetime, were written for our learning.” Rom. xv. 4.
In order to obtain the materials which
compose this volume, I have in some measure imitated the bee- I have walked through the gardens of literary men, and I have not only extracted the honey, but have here and there cropt a flower that appeared pleasant to my view. I have taken them home, and arranged them agreeably to
my own taste.
But none of them are mine; none but the string that ties them up.
In calling these flowers, I have not been very
studious as to the peculiar views or creeds of the botanists, in whose possession I found them; but, wherever I have found what I deemed a good thing, I have plucked it, and applied it to my owu use.
Neither shall I be accused of theft in this particular ; for, as Nature throws off her superfluous sweets, to reward the industrious bee, but still preserves her native beauty; so does the intelligent Author throw around him his native flowers, inviting the industrious reader, which in nowise lessens the beauty or value of the original, but rather sheds a lustre upon it.
Time, redemption of..........557
Covenant of Grace
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Imputed Righteousness ......287 Heaven