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A short Essay on Original Sin ..

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An Essay on the various fears to which God's people are liable 364

Christmas Meditations on Gen. xlix. 10.

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A Meditation - - -

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A Meditation for New Year's Day .

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A description of Antinomianism - - - - 408

Thoughts on Rev. vii. 14, 15.

414

Considerations on Heb. vi. 4, 5, 6.

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Remarks on Eccles. vii. 16. - .

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Observation on 1 Cor. xv. 28. -

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Explication of Rom. viii. 4. -

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An Explication of that remarkable passage (Rom. ix. 3. 428

An Illustration concerning 1 Cor. xv. 29. -

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Explanation on that declaration of the Apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 5. 431

A Sacramental Meditation on Cant, viii. 14. - - 433

Meditations on the Collect for the first Sunday in Advent 436

Concise History of the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, the

Athanasian Creed, and the Te Deum

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Query, concerning a passage in the Marriage Ceremony, stated

and resolved

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A Cursory Review of Valour, Patriotism, and Friendship, occa-

sioned by a late celebrated Author excluding them from the

list of Virtues - - - - - 443

On Sacred Poetry

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Reflections for the beginning of the year 1776. . 450

Thoughts on the Assurance of Faith -

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Speech delivered at the Queen's Arms, Newgate-street, on the

following question, “ Whether the world is to be destroyed ?

and what are the approaching symptoms of its dissolution ?)” 406

Speech delivered at the Queen's Arms, Newgate-street, on the

following question, “ Whether unneccessary cruelty to the

brute creation, is not criminal ?" - - - 459

Speech delivered at the Queen's Arms, Newgate-street, on the

following question, “ Whether our good works will add to

our degree of future glory?”

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Questions and Answers relative to the National Debt, written

in the year 1775. - - - - - 472

The manner of stoning a criminal to death, among the ancient

Jews

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Manner of whipping among the ancient Jews .

ibid

Remarkable description of St. Paul's person

480

SERMON I.

A CAVEAT AGAINST UNSOUND DOCTRINES.

BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF A

DISCOURSE

PREACHED

IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. ANN, BLACKFRIARS;

ON SUNDAY, APRIL 29th, 1770.

Seeing then, that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.

2 Cor. iii. 12.

VOL. III.

SERMON I.

1 Timothy i. 10.

And if there be any other thing that is contrary

to sound doctrine.

St. Paul is commonly, and most probably supposed to have written this epistle about A. D. 65, that is, about two years before his own martyrdom, and about thirty-one after our Lord's ascension. He addressed it to Timothy; who, though a very * young man, had been some time in the ministry, and was then entrusted with the oversight of the church at Ephesus. In the estimation of unprejudiced reason, honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years: but wisdom is the grey hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age t.

But Timothy, though young, was far from robust. He was only strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. His regenerate, heaven-born soul dwelt in a sickly, infirm body. Whence we read of his wuxvai agbeveiai, 1 Tim. v. 23. or frequent indispositions; arising perhaps, originally, from a natural delicacy of constitution; and, certainly, increased by a rigid abstemiousness, and constant course of ministerial labours. Thus our heavenly Father, graciously severe, and wisely kind, takes care to infuse some salutary bitter into his children's cup below; since, were they here to taste of happiness, absolute and unmingled; were not the gales of prosperity, whether spiritual or temporal, counterpoised, more or less, by the needful ballast of affliction ; his people (always imperfect here) would

* 1 Tim. iv. 12.

+ Wisd. iv. 8, 9.

be enriched to their loss, and liable to be overset in their way to the kingdom of God. Wherefore, consummate felicity, without any mixture of wormwood, is reserved for our enjoyment, in a state, where perfect sanctification will qualify us to possess it. In heaven, and there only, the inhabitant shall, no more say, in any sense whatever, I am sick *.

St. Paul, in the opening of his apostolic directions to Timothy, adopts the same simple, majestic, and evangelical exordium, with which the rest of his epistles usually begin. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ; ordained and sent forth by the head of the church, the supreme master of the spiritual vineyard : without whose internal, authoritative commission, none have a real right to minister in sacred things, or to thrust the sickle into God's harvest. For, how can men preach to purpose, so as to be instruments of conviction, comfort and sanctification, except they be sent t of God, and owned of him ? whence the apostle adds, by the commandment # of God our Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope. As an English nobleman, who travels to some foreign court, cannot reasonably expect to be received as the representative of his sovereign here, unless charged with an actual delegation, and able to produce the credentials of his mission; no more is any individual authorised to arrogate to himself the honour of a divine embassage, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron S. A sufficient degree of gospel light and knowledge ; an ardent love of souls, and a disinterested concern for truth; a competent measure of ministerial gifts and abilities; and, above all, a portion of divine grace and experience; a saving change of heart, and a life devoted to the glory of God; are essential

* Isa. xxxiii. 24. + Rom. x. 15. Kat' stilaynv, according to the positive injunction, or express designation. “ Heb. v. 4.

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