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into the covenant the deliberate act of their own free will—The astonishing display of the divine power and majesty made to them after they had declared their determination to serve the Lord—Sublime description of the giving of the law—Solemnity with which it was accompanied—The first principle of all religion confirmed—Unity of the Godhead declared—Worship of God established—His name to be reverenced—A seventh part of time to be devoted to the remembrance of the great Creator—Beneficial consequences of the institution of the Sabbath 43

LETTER IV.

A knowledge of the Old Testament of great importance towards forming distinct views of the Christian dispensation—The truths communicated by revelation illustrative of those which had been acknowledged by reason—Weakness of human reason shewn in the universal prevalence of idolatry—Nature of the laws delivered to the Jews by Moses—Nature of the rewards and punishments announced—Difficulty of extirpating idolatrous worship—Power

of •f example and of fashion over the opinions and conduct—The apostacy not universal..fQ

LETTER V.

The general scope and design of Scriptural history—In what respect distinguished from other history—Of the prophecies—Of the character of the prophets—Individuality of their style and manner—Their general harmony and agreement—Unity of design manifest in the progress of revelation—Exact fulfilment of the prophetic denunciations against the Jews—r The judgments denounced by Moses on the disobedient, temporal and national—those of the Gospel individual and eternal... 86

LETTER VI.

Different circumstances attending the promulgation of the Mosaic law and the Gospel—In what a true and salutary belief in the Christian system consists—Faith shewn to be a prin

: ciple of action—Knowledge of the divine nature and government afforded by the Gospel— Of the superior molives which it supplies for the strict performance of duty—Of the obligations which it imposes on believers—to superior virtue—Means afforded for its attainment—Piety favourable to benevolence. ..105

LETTER VII.

The pure morality of the Gospel conformable to the sentiments of the most enlightened philosophers of antiquity—Superiority of our Sa. viour's precepts—Of the light thrown by the Gospel upon the Divine government—The Christian system promotive of human happiness—Favourable to the benevolent affections —The doctrine of brotherly love, and mutual forgiveness—Difficulty of forgiveness examined —Faith shewn to be essential for enabling the mind to obtain a complete controul over the selfish and vindictive passions—Partial efforts of obedience shewn to be alike ineffectual under the Mosaic as under the Christian dispensation 130

LETTER LETTER VIII.

Of the promise of divine assistance—The assurance we have of the fulfilment of the promise —Delusions of visionaries, no argument against a promise specifically declared—Means of obtaining the divine assistance—Proper use to be made of all the events of life—Salutary tendency of innocent enjoyments—Resignation to the divine will—Benevolence—Essential distinction between the law of Moses and that of Christ—The power of the latter in meliorating the dispositions of the heart—Of the special means of grace—Prayer—Its influence—Its tendency to inspire universal goodwill—The Lord's prayeri— Examination of each of its paits—The spirit of devotion ...151

LETTER IX.

Examination of the special means of grace continued—Of baptism—Its first institution—After our Saviour's death,attended with visible

displays

displays of divine grace; in the sensible influence of the Holy Spirit—This shewn to be exactly conformable to the former evidences given to the prophets of the truth of the promises—Moral effects of baptism—The influence which it ought to have upon the character—Of the Lord's Supper—A memorial of our Saviour's death—A pledge of immortality—The dispositions which it requires and cherishes—Changes the objects of hope from this world to the next—Blesses the soul with an assurance of forgiveness—Reflections on the happy tendency of this divine ordinance.. 186

LETTER X.

Some situations in life more favourable than others to the cultivation of the Christian virtues—Illustration—Pursuit of happiness—Directed by our Saviour to the proper object—The distinctions of this world declared by him to be unfavourable to the attainment of immortal glory—Their tendency to cherish the affections which the Gospel teaches us to subdue—Of the rich man's question concerning

eternal

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