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and be put upon searching under another term. But here we need only turn to the subject inquired after, and, without any such stops, find Scriptures full and apt thereto (by whatsoever terms or phrases they are expressed) occur to our eye at an instant; and, mostly, all that the Scripture affords on that subject.
II. To give some light into the method, and the use of this work.
1. Take notice, that, in Chap. XI. [Of the Failings of God's Children], the first texts are to prove each person's title to that appellation, then the next following, his failings : and this is done on purpose, that it might appear these are the Failings of God's Children; and so proper to the Head.
2. Note also, That the words in a parenthesis, beginning with (or) are the marginal readings.
3. Some general heads have no particulars following, but the whole placed under that general head. This is so done, either because the texts which the Scripture affords on that subject are but few, and so easily run through; or that the matters are so various, that almost every verse carries a distinct meaning in it, yet still relating to the general head; as in that [The Privileges of the Righteous], each text is almost a distinct privilege: so in that [Of the Character of Saints], and some others of like nature. And here to have descended to particular heads, would have been tedious and unnecessary; for the words being there transcribed, the Reader may presently inform himself in the whole, and in every particular.
LASTLY. A little pains in observing the CONTENTS or Table in the front of the book, which doth contain the general and particular heads, and also the references thereto, directing to Chapter and Page where each lieth, will enable us to discern more of the method and usefulness of the work, than can be well expressed in a short Introduction,
This therefore shall suffice, presuming the work itself will shew its own usefulness and advantage; holding a man to one subject, and yielding variety of matter to enforce it upon the mind, and leave impressions there: when the bare reading a chapter or two, which some use to do as a task, proves not effectual for that end; and searching proves laborious, and often discouraging and fruitless too.
WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
REFERENCE TO THE CHAPTER AND PAGE,
Sect. 111. Of the Scriptures, their au-
See preaching of the word, chap. xxv. Sect. 11. Ignorant, opposing the true
God, and adoring idols
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
Sect. xiv. He is faithfulness and
his person and authority
Sect. iv. The excellency of this Sa-
Sect. xv, He is unchangeable - 23
viour, his fulness, and dignity in
Sect. xvi. Heis infiniteand unsearch-
his nature -
Sect. xvii. He is eternal
See more in pardon and salvation by
Christ alone, chap. viii.
Sect. xvi. He, only, is the true and
ib. CHAP. VI. How Christ wrought this sal-
See of worshipping God, chap. xiv.
vation for sinners : what he was
Idolatry, chap. xxxviii,
made, and is, and what he did, in
order to it
CHAP. III. Of the one God, Father,
Sect. J. He is Mediator
Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity 25
See more of Christ's ercellency, chap. v.
Sect. 11. He took upon him the na-
ture of man, and humbled himself ib.
See more of the Spirit, chap. xix. sect. i.
Sect. Ill. He is made an High Priest 57
Sect. iv. He offered himself to God as
a sacrifice; suffered for the sins of
wherein he was created; and of his
mankind, made peace through the
28 shedding of his own blood, by
See more of justification, chap viii.
In duties to magistrates, chap. xxii.
Sect. vii. He riseth from the dead ib.
selves may be overtaken in faults; are
not free from sinful dispositions and
inclinations in this life; and there-
Sect. x. He is our prophet and shep-
Sect. iii. God will punish and correct
Sect. 1. Pardon of sins
ib. CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation
Sect. 11. Justification and sanctifica-
ther with the manifestation thereof 119
Sect. IV. Eternal life and salvation 80 CHAP. XIV. Of the duties of believers,
especially such as would excel. First.
See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.
Sect. III. As fruits of love to God and
See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix.
make their boast of, glory and re-
portion and rest. And to obey and
CHAP. X. Characters of saints, good
hearken to the laws and words of
men, believers, appearing in word
God and Christ
94 First. To delight in, long for, pant
Sect. I. That such may be known
after, make their boast of, glory.
from others by their fruits
ib. and rejoice in God and Christ,
Sect. 11. The particular fruits of the
as their portion and rest
See more of disobedience, sect. xiv.
See more of afflictions, chap. XX. con-
mon calamities, chap. xxi.
See more of faith, chap. ix.
See more of submitting in affliction,
See of death, chap. xxxii.
Sect. XII. The excellence of meek-
ness and patience: the encourage-
See more, duties of brethren in the Lord,
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Sect. xii. To take heed to our lips,
that our words be not rash, but
true, seasonable, well ordered, and
Sect. xiv. To confess and mourn for
sin, depart from it, and watch
against it: the arguments. God's
complaint against, and reasoning
appearance of it: hate it, and
avoid the occasions of it: the
See duties in general, sect. i.
IV. God's expostulations, com-
plaints, threatenings, and judg-
ments against sinners, for their
several sins, disobedience, and
See more of man's state by nature,
Of God's correcting his children for sin,
Pardon of sin, chap. viii.
Sect. xv. To own and profess the
true God, and our Lord Jesus
Christ, boldly before men; and to
wait for Christ's second coming
1. To own and confess the true
God and our Lord Jesus Christ
See more of owning him in time of per-
secution, chap. xx.
of perseverance, sect. xvii.
II. To wait for the second coming
See more, his coming to judgment,
chap. xxx iv
Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,
uprightly, sincerely, and to follow
him fully and zealously: the rea-
See also hypocrites, &c. chap. xxv.
Sect. xvii. To stick fast to God, and
not to depart from him: to abide
in the faith and practice of his will,
and persevere to the end : the rea-
I. To persevere and abide in faith
and practice, &c.
See more of holding fast to God in time
of affliction, chap. xx.
II. That believers shall have grace
and power to stand
See more of God upholding us in afflic-
tions, chap. xx.
Sect. xvii. To take care to watch di.
ligently over ourselves, with a
holy jealousy and fear, lest we
should apostatise and depart from
God, his truths, and ways, into
and comfort one another, and
Sect. Iv. To live peaceably, not in-
Sect. IV. Not rashly and unadvised-
See more of meekness, chap. xiv.
Sect. vi. To pity them, shew them
tably one toward another: and in
Sect. II. God in Christ doth all free-
to another in the flesh
See more of perseverance, chap. xiv.
mand, encourage, and invite by
ib. promises, to come to him for these
Sect. II. Parents to their children,
and cast our care upon him 262
and children to their parents 239 CHAP. XIX. How God works and effects