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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1831, hy A. Dickinson, in the office of the Clerk

of the Southern District of New-York.1

CONTENTS OF VOL. V.

PAGE

SERMON LXXXII......Dr. EDWARDS.

THE TEACHING OF THE SPIRIT.

1 John ii. 20.--But ye hare an unction from the Holy One, and ye

know all things. - - - - - - - - - • - - • .'•

SERMON LXXXIII...... W. J. ARMSTRONG.

PRACTICAL ATHEISM OF SINNERS.

EPHESIANS xi. 12.--- And without God in the world. - - - - - - 10

SERMON LXXXIV.....B. DICKINSON. .

ALARM TO DISTILLERS AND THEIR AI.LIES.

ECCLESIASTES vii, 29.-God hath made man upright : but they have

sought out many inventions.

HAB. xi. 15.- Wo unto him that giveth his neighbor drink. - - 17

SERMONS LXXXV. & LXXXVI.....A. EDSON.

THE EARLY CONVERSION OF CHILDREN.

Mark X. 14.-Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid

them not ; for of such is the kingdom of God. - - - - - - 22

SERMON LXXXVII..... President WAYLAND.

ENCOURAGEMENTS TO RELIGIOUS EFFORT.

MATTHEW iv. 10.-Thy kingdom come. - - - - - - • • 33

SERMON LXXXVIII.....W. T. HAMILTON. ::

WHY THE WICKED ARE SUFFERED TO LIVE.

Job xxi. 7.—Wherefore do the wicked live? - - - - - - - - 49

SERMON LXXXIX.....W. MITCHELL. .

THE FACILITY WITH WHICH SINNERS GO TO DESTRUCTION.

MATTHEW vii. 13.-Enter ye in at the strait gate, fc.

SERMON XC.....Prof. BECKWITH.

INFLUENCE OF THE ATONEMENT ON THE BELIEVER'S CONSCIENCE. .

HEB. ix. 13, 14.-If the blood of bulls and of goats, fc. in 60

SERMON XCI.....Dr. MCDOWELL.

HUMAN DEPRAVITY AND ITS REMEDY.

JOHN xv. 3.--Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken at

unto you. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

81

SERMON XCII..... Dr. TYLER.

PERSUASIVES TO IMMEDIATE REPENTANCE.

Accs xxiv. 25.-- And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance,

and judgment to come, Felix trembled, fc. - - - . . . . 89

SERMON XCIII.....Dr. DEWITT,

THE GOSPEL HARVEST, AND CHRISTIAN'S DUTY.

Matt, ix. 37, 38.-Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly
is great, but the laborers are few, frc. - - - - - - • • • 97

SERMON XCIV.....J. LEAVITT.

THE LIVING EPISTLE.

2 Cor. iii. 2.-Ye are our Epistle, written in our hearts, known and

read of all men. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 106

SERMON XCV.....A. DICKINSON.

CALL TO PROFESSING CHRISTIANS ON TEMPEP.ANCE.

JAMES iv. 17.- To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to

him it is sin. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 113

SERMON XCVI.....S. K. KOLLOCK.

CONVICTION BY THE LAW.
Rom. vii. 19.--I was alive without the law once, but when the com-
mandment came, sin revived, and I died. - - - - - - - - 129

SERMON XCVII.....C. YALE.

SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE OF SAVING FAITH.

JAMES ii. 18.- I will show thee my faith by my works.

SERMONS XCVIII. & XCIX.....Dr. MILLER.

THE DUTY, THE BENEFITS, AND THE PROPER METHOD OF RELIGIOUS FASTING.
DANIEL ix. 13,- And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by
prayer and supplication, with fasting. ... - - - • • • • 145

SERMON C.....J. PARKER.

THE CONVICTION OF SINNERS AT THE JUDGMENT.

JUDE xiv. 15.Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his
saints, to execute judgment upon all, frc. · · · · · · · · 161

SERMON CI.....E. W. HOOKER.

- - - THE SINNER, AND NOT THE BELIEVER, DERANGED. '
Acts xxvi. 24, 25.— And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said
with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself, fc. · · · · · 168

SERMON CII..... Dr. SPRAGUE.

THE PROBABILITY OF PERDITION INFERRED FROM PRESENT IMPENITENCE.

REV. xx. 11.-He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he that
is filthy, let him be filthy still. - - - - - - - - • - - 177

SERMON CIII..... Dr. SPRAGUE.

THE WICKED SURPRISED BY THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION. :
Lam. i. 9.—She remembereth not her last end; therefore, she came

doun wonderfully. - - - • - - - - - - - - - - - 185

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THE TEACHING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 1 John, ii. 20.—But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye

know all things. This was said to a company of real Christians. They had united in a church, and covenanted to obey God. But in this church, as in perhaps every other, there were some who were Christians only in name. At the time the apostle wrote, they were assailed with dangerous errors, and some had actually apostatized. But the apostle, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost, declared, that the persons who had a postatized never were real Christians. “They went out from us; but they were not of us. Had they been of us (that is, real Christians, no doubt they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might be made manifest that they were not all of us."

Their apostacy, therefore, instead of proving that real Christians would ever apostatize, only proved that merely nominal Christians would ; while it was reasonable to expect, that real Christians would not; for, said he. " ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."

An unction is a figurative expression, and refers to the manner in which the priests of old, and sometimes the prophets and kings, were set apart for their office. They were anointed with oil, in token of being endued with the Holy Spirit. The sign is here used for the thing signified : an unction, for the teaching of the Holy Ghost. Real Christians have this teaching : “ Ye have an unction.” The effect is knowledge : "and ye know all things." All things, in this place, means the things in question; the things about which the apostle was writing, and which he had before preached: the great truths of the Gospel.

The doctrine of the text then is, that REAL CHRISTIANS ARE TAUGHT BY THE Holy Ghost THE GREAT TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL.

This teaching consists, however, not in revealing to them these truths directly from heaven; but in leading them rightly to apprehend, and suit

ably to feel the force of the truths as revealed in the Bible. He shows them, in the use of means, what the truths of the Bible are; and leads them to feel their force. Thus it is written, “ They shall be all taught of God.” “ The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way."

I would now invite you to attend to this divine teaching; and to witness its effects upon the hearts and lives of men.

I. God has revealed, that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked ;'' that "the carnal mind is enmity against God, not subject to his law, neither indeed can be.”

This truth is doubted by some, by others is denied; but the Holy Ghost teaches real Christians that it is a fact. By being made acquainted with themselves, they are convinced that their hearts were deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; that they were carnal, not subject to the law of God, neither indeed could be, while they continued in that state. They have found that they loved themselves and the world more than God; and by comparing this with his requirement, “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,” they have found, that it was enmity against him. It was serving the creature; and they could not serve two masters. They must " love the one, and hate the other; or hold to the one and despise the other;" they could “not serve God and mammon.” And when they found, under the teaching of the Holy Ghost, that they did serve one, they felt that they were in fact opposed to the other. Hence, instead of boasting of the goodness of their own hearts, or the moral excellence of human nature; they cried, “Wo is me, I am undone." They were, in their own view, as they were in the view of God, lost. And when He who came to seek and to save, was seen dying for all, they felt that “all were dead.” They feel so still. The doctrine of human depravity, as revealed in the Bible, appears to them a reality; and it appears to be as universal and entire, as God represents.

II. God has revealed that this is a state of guilt and of ruin. “ Thou hast destroyed thyself.”. “ The wages of sin is death.” “ The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” This is also doubted by some, and by others is denied. But the Holy Ghost teaches real Christians, that they have " loved darkness rather than light;" that their deeds have been evil; that they have sinned against heaven and before God. They feel that they deserve to perish; and that unless they are, through grace, delivered from sin, they must perish. Hence, instead of crying, Peace, peace, and trying to cast the blame of their wickedness upon Adam, or upon God, they take it to themselves; and they feel that it belongs to them. “Father, I have sinned.” “Lord, I am vile.” “Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great."

III. God has revealed, that without a change, a great moral change, which he calls “ being born again,” no man can be saved. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.” Real Christians know this also to be a fact. The Holy Ghost, by means of the truth, has given them such a view of themselves and of God, that they no longer marvel that men must be born again. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” Men have carnal minds, which are "enmity

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