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S E R M ON LXXX, LXXXI. Heaven's Grand Repository; or, the Father's Love
to the Son, and depositing all Things into his Hand, a strong Encouragement to Faith,
203 Joun iii. 35. The Father loveth the Son, and bath given
all ibings into his band. After an introduction unto, a division, and explication of the words,
and laying down the doctrinal proposition, the following topics
of discourse are handled, viz. 1. The Father's love to the Son evinced, in two positions, 206 2. The evidence of the Father's love manifested, by giving all things
Cinto his hand, 3. How the love of the Father, 'thus evidenced, in giving all things into his band, is a ground of faith,
219 4. A very copious application of the whole,
226 In which application, besides other things, the following points
are prosecuted, viz. (1.) That all things are in Christ's hand, demonstrated, 243 (2.) The beauty of this disposure pointed out,
248 (3.) The extent of this treasure enquired into,
253 (4.) The manner how all things are in bis hand, considered, 263 (5.) Motives and considerations laid down to excite and quicken our faith in this truth,
266 (6.) Directions offered for regulating our faith therein,
S E R M ON LXXXII.
The Law of God's House,
Ezek. xliii. 2. Tbis is the Law of the House ; upon the
top of the mountain, the whole limit thereof round about
Jhall be most boly; behold, this is the Law of the House. The words being viewed in their connection, analized, explained,
their proper meaning ascertained, aud summed up in a doctrinal
propofition, the following general heads of method are discoursed, viz. 1. The house of God treated of,
287 2. The nature of that holiness, that is peculiar to the house of God, unfolded,
289 3. That holiness is the law of the house, evinced,
291 4. The extent of this holiness, required by the law of God's house, pointed out,
296 5. The privilege of access to the most holy place,
300 6. That this privilege obliges the whole to be a most holy people, manifested,
302 7. The application of the whole, in fundry uses, viz. of information, lamentation, and exhortation,
S E R M ON LXXXIII.
liverance of the Church by Christ, and the Ingra-
321 Eccl. ix. 14, 15. There was a little city, and few ren within it;
and there came a great king against it, and befieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now, there was found in it a poor wise man, and be by bis wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. The sense of the words being ascertained, accurately analized, and
summed up in a doctrine, the following general topics of discourse
are profccuted, viz. 1. The little city, and the few men in it, described,
325 2. The great siege laid against the little city, opened,
323 3. The deliverance thereof, and the reasons of the fiege,
332 4. The ingratitude of the citizens represented, mos5. The application of the whole, in several uses, viz. of information, lamentation, trial, and exhortation,
344 S E R M O N LXXXIV.
The Lamb in the midst of the Throne,
throne fall feed them.
explained, and a doctrine observed, the following topics are pro
posed, viz. 1. To speak a little concerning the Lamb, 2. To discourse somewhat of the throne,
364 3. Enquire how the Lamb comes to be upon the throne; 4. What is imported in the Lamb's being in the midst of the throne, 368 5. Consider the benefit of feeding, that issues from the Lamb's being in the midst of the throne,
372 6. To deduce some inferences for the application,
Isa. xxx. 7:~Their strength is to sit still.
prosecute by him, viz. 6 1. What these times are, that may be called perilous times, in which people thew much instability in the faith,
401 2. The nature of stedfastness in the faith opened,
409 3. That this stability is people's strength in perilous times, 430 4. Inferences for the application of the whole,
431 VOL. V.
S E R M 0 N LXXXVI.
Faith's Plea upon God's Covenant, 444 Psal. lxxiv. 20. Have respect unto the Covenant. The words being explained, and a doctrinal proposition raised from
them, the following points are handled, viz. 1. What covenant it is he will have respect unto,
445 2. What it is for him to have respect into the covenant, 3. What it is in the covenant he hath respect unto, 4. What kind a respect he hath to it,
449 5. Why he hath a respect to it,
450 6. Some application made of the whole,
S E R M ON LXXXVII.
Faith's Plea upon God's Word, 470
2 Sam. vii. 25.- De as thou best said. The words being explained, and a doctrinal observation laid down,
the folowing heads of method are prosecute, viz. 1. To shew that it is the business of faith to take God's word, 462 2. That it is the business of faith to put bim to it,
ibid. 3. How faith takes God's word,
463 4. How it pleads the accomplishment of the promise,
461 5. Whence it is the business of faith to take God at his word, and put him to it,
465 6. The application of the whole,
4653_-478 S E R M ON LXXXVIII.
The Saint's Duty in Evil Times, 479 Isa. xxvi. 8. rea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord,
bave we waited for tbee. The words being divided and explained, sundry doctrinal observations
are deduced and illustrated from them, viz. 1. That on whom foever God inflicts any punishments, they are al. ways just,
480 11. That judgments upon a people do not come by chance, but have their original commission from God,
ibid. III. That God's judgments are various,
482 IV. That the fins of God's own peopic may provoke him to send judgments,
433 V. That God, who smites, is the best hand to represent our cafe to, 484 VI. That it is the duty of the afflicted to wait on God,
ibid. Four questions propounded for clearing the duty, 484,-487 Four objections folved, relative to waiting on God,
487 VII. The subject improven, by giving some directions, and offering fume motives,
THE STRENGTH OF SIN; and how the LAW is
the Strength thereof, opened up and unfolded *.
I Cor. xv. 56.
-Tbe strength of fin is the law. PERHAPS there was never a generation wherein
the strength and dominion of fin did more discover itself, in the life and conversation of the people, than in this present age. Such is the mighty power thereof, that as all the children of men are flaves, so moft of the children of God are captives to it. How are the thoughts,
words, and actions of men and women, as so many ilaves, Is captives, and drudges to fin! But, for as strong as it is,
the strength of it is little feen, and few know where the strength of it lies. As the Philistines did not know that the strength of Samson lay in his hair, or in the locks of his head, which whenever it was shaved, his strength was gone; fo the world little know this mystery, that the strength of sin is the law, insomuch, that till the finner be shaved, as it were, with the sharp razor of the Spirit of Christ, so as to be cut off from the law, and anited to Christ, the end of the law, the strength of sin remains, and the rule of it.
* This subject appears to have been liandied in fis serions, preaclied on sacramental occasions, in the year 1727. The first two at the facrament of Kinglassy, July 30th, 3 ist. The next two at Orwel, Auguíč 7th, 8th. The two last are an enlargement on thic famne subject; but when or where delivered is uncertain.
That I may come to the purpose I defign, you may only notice, that as the apotile in the preceding part of the chapter, is treating the great doctrine of the refurrection of the dead, proving it from the resurrecti. on of Christ, answering objections against this truth, and thewing what a remarkable change will be made upon the bodies of believers, both these that are dead, and thefe that shall be living at the sound of the last trumpet: to, in the context here, he is discovering the complete conquest that then the saints will obtain over death and the grave, and that then will be accomplished what the prophet Hofea fays, chap. xiii. 14. “ Death ihall be fwaltowed up in victory; I will ranfon thee from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death: O dieath, I will be thy plagues; O grave; I will be thy destruction."
What the prophets declare were to have their initial accomplished in the New Testament days, the apostles declare are to have their full and consummate accomplishment at the day of judgineat; yet, fo fweet and satisfying is the begun accomplishment thereof in Chriit Jefus, that the apostle, for himself, and in name of all believers in Christ, sings their En NIKION, their song of triumph and victory, whereof thefe words are a part, Trying, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is sby victory? The sting of deat! is firm, tbe strength of fin is the law: but thanks to God, that giverb us the victory, bro' our Lord Jesus Christ. Death had a îting, even power to hurt and kill; and the grave had a victory : but now where are they? In Christ they are spoiled and elisarmcd, fo as they are not to be feen; where are they? And the day is coming, with respect to the saints, when pot fo niuch as the fign and vertige of death's power or the grave's victory will remain ; where are they? The viing of death is fin: for fin gives power unto deathi, which would have no power to hurt, did not fin give rouom to its darts: but Christ, by death, hath taken out is sting, made atonement for sin, and obtained remifli*: fo that though death may hiss, it cannot hurt. Tbe *(3th of fin is ibe law; for sin hath strength to con
on us, and strength to destroy us, from the law, and is curses, and threatenings: but Christ hath removed