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all attainments to every man is, the knowledge of himself. Yet among the thousands who assume a Christian profession, multitudes are ignorant of their spiritual state. They are hastening blindfolded to eternity.—To stimulate such persons seriously and without delay to try their character by the word of God, and to afford some help both to them, and to all who are solicitous to know their real condition, is the design of the Author in this work. His aim has been to treat every part of it with Scriptural plainness and simplicity. As he is not aware of any previous treatise on the same plan, he fondly hopes that it may be serviceable to the cause of vital godli
-To the care of that Divine Redeemer he now commits it, for the spiritual good of whose church it has been penned; and to Him he looks up in prayer, to render this humble effort instrumental in opening the eyes of some who are self-deceivers, and in ministering direction and comfort to his own saints !
GLASGOW, December, 1830.
GENUINE EVIDENCES OF SAVING GRACE.
1. Habitual renunciation of all dependence on our own righteousness, and
a humble and fixed reliance on the righteousness of Christ.—2. Love to
Christ in all his offices and characters.-3. A prevailing desire to be con-
formed to his image.—4. Love to the word of God.–5. Love to the approv-
ed followers of Christ.–6. Love to the Lord's day, and to the public ordi.
nances of religion.—7. Habitual endeavours to obey all God's command-
ments.-8. A cordial approval of the spirituality and holiness of the
divine law.-9. The spirit and practice of secret prayer.-10. Resisting
the thoughts and emotions of sin.-11. Heavenly-mindedness.-12. Sincere
concern for the salvation of others.
ADDRESS TO THOSE WHO HAVE NO GENUINE EVIDENCE OF A
1. If you are destitute of all the evidences in the preceding Chapter, be
assured you are still in a state of condemnation.—2. Your present con-
dition is peculiarly dangerous.-3. Your punishment shall be dreadful if
you die in your present state.-4. You are not yet without hope.-
5. There is no safety for you except in Christ.-6. Christ is able to save
the very chief of sinners.—7. Christ is willing to save you, and all who
come to him.-8. Let these truths Be impressed on your mind, and, as a
perishing sinner, flee to Christ, and believe in him, and you shall be sav.
ed.-9. Give yourself no rest till you have ground to conclude that you
are truly a believer in Christ.