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SERM. XI-The Affection of Moral Esteem to-
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that
will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house
of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the
SERM. XII.—The Emptiness of Natural Virtue. 192
"But I know you, that ye have not the love of
God in you."-John v. 42.
"The carnal mind is enmity against God."-
SERM. XIV.-The Power of the Gospel to dissolve
DISCOURSE I.-On the mercantile Virtues which
may exist without the Influence of Christianity. 229
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
Disc. II.-The Influence of Christianity in aiding
and augmenting the mercantile Virtues.
"For he that in these things serveth Christ is
acceptable to God, and approved of men."-
DISC. III.-The Power of Selfishness in promot-
ing the Honesties of mercantile Intercourse.
"And if you do good to them which do good
to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do
DISC. IV.-The Guilt of Dishonesty not to be esti-
"He that is faithful in that which is least, is
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would
SERMON I.-The Constancy of God in His Works
an Argument for the Faithfulness of God in His
the Enmity of the human Heart against God. 206
"Having slain the enmity thereby."-Ephes.
SERM. XV.-The Evils of false Security.
"They have healed also the hurt of the daugh-
SERM. XVI.—The Union of Truth and Mercy in
"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in hea-
ven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:
thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
They continue this day according to thy ordi-
nances: for all are thy servants."-Psalm cxix.
SERM. II.-The expulsive Power of a new Affec-
"Mercy and truth are met together; righteous-
SERM. XVII. The purifying Influence of the
"Sanctified by faith."-Acts xxvi. 18.
"Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world. If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him."-1 John
SERM. III.-The sure Warrant of a Believer's
"For if, when we were enemies, we were re-
conciled to God by the death of his Son; much
more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his
SERM. IV. The Restlessness of human Ambi-
"How say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain?-O that I had the wings of a
dove, that I may fly away, and be at rest."-
SERMONS PREACHED IN ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, GLASGOW.
SERM. V. The transitory Nature of visible
"The things that are seen are temporal."-2
SERM. VI. On the Universality of spiritual Blind-
DISC. VI. On the Dissipation of large Cities.
"Let no man deceive you with vain words;
DISC. VII. On the vitiating Influence of the higher
upon the lower Orders of Society.
"Then said he unto the disciples, It is impos-
sible but that offences will come: but woe unto
him through whom they come! It were better
neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should
offend one of these little ones."-Luke xvii. 1, 2.
DISC. VIII.-On the Love of Money.
"If I have made gold my hope, or have said
"Stay yourselves, and wonder, cry ye out, and
cry they are drunken, but not with wine; they
stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord
hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep
sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets
and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And
the vision of all is become unto you as the words
of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to
one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray
thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed.
And the book is delivered to him that is not
learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he
saith, I am not learned."-Isaiah xxix. 9-12.
SERM. VII-On the new Heavens and the new
SERM. XI.-On the Doctrine of Predestination. 435
"And now I exhort you to be of good cheer:
for there shall be no loss of any man's life among
you, but of the ship. Paul said to the centurion
and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the
ship, ye cannot be saved."-Acts xxvii. 22, 31.
SERM. XII.-On the Nature of the Sin against the
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin
and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the
A SERMON before the Society for Relief of the de-
"Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the
Lord will deliver him in time of trouble."—
SERMON.-Thoughts on universal Peace.
"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more."-Isaiah
The Duty of giving an immediate Diligence to
the Business of the Christian Life.-An Address
to the inhabitants of the Parish of Kilmany.
The Influence of Bible Societies on the temporal
SERMON.-A Sermon preached before the Society
in Scotland for propagating Christian Know-
"And Nathaniel said unto him, Can there any
good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith
forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a
word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven
him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to come."-Matth.
SERM. XIII.-On the Advantages of Christian
Knowledge to the Lower Orders of Society. 450
"Better is a poor and a wise child than an old
and foolish King, who will no more be admo-
nished."--Eccl. iv. 13.
SERM. XIV.-On the Duty and the Means of
Christianizing our Home Population.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the Gospel to every crea-
ture."- -Mark xvi. 15.
SERM. XV. On the Distinction between Know-
"The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his
master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my peo-
SERMON.-A Sermon delivered on the Day of the
"For when thy judgments are in the earth, the
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in
"A righteous man regardeth the life of his
THE contents of the first part of this volume form the substance of the article CHRISTIANITY, in the EDINBURGH ENCYCLOPEDIA. Its appearance is due to the liberality of the Proprietors of that Work-nor did the Author conceive the purpose of presenting it to the world in another shape, till he was permitted and advised by them to republish it in a separate form. It is chiefly confined to the exposition of the historical argument for the truth of Christianity; and the aim of the Author is fulfilled if he has succeeded in proving the external_testimony to be so sufficient, as to leave Infidelity without excuse, even though the remaining important branches of the Christian defence had been less strong and satisfactory than they are. "The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.” "And if I had not done the works among them which none other man did, they had not had sin."
The Author is far from asserting the study of the historical evidence to be the only channel to a faith in the truth of Christianity. How could he, in the face of the obvious fact, that there are thousands and thousands of Christians, who bear the most undeniable marks of the truth having come home to their understanding "in demonstration of the Spirit and of power?" They have an evidence within themselves, which the world knoweth not, even the promised manifestations of the Saviour. This evidence is a "sign to them that believe;" but the Bible speaks also of a "sign to them which believe not;" and should it be effectual in reclaiming any of these from their infidelity, a mighty object is gained by the exhibition of it. Should it not be effectual, it will be to them " savour of death unto death ;" and this is one of the very effects ascribed to the proclamation of Christian truth in the first ages. If, even in the face of that kind of evidence, which they have a relish and respect for, they still hold out against the reception of the Gospel, this must aggravate the weight of the threatening which lies upon them; "How shall they escape, if they neglect so great a salvation ?"
It will be a great satisfaction to the writer of the following pages, if any shall rise from the perusal of them with a stronger determination than before to take his Christianity exclusively from his Bible. It is not enough to entitle a man to the name of a Christian, that he professes to believe the Bible to be a genuine communication from God. To be the disciple of any book, he must do something more than satisfy himself that its contents are true-he must read the book-he must obtain a knowledge of the contents. And how many are there in the world, who do not call the truth of the Bible message in question, while they suffer it to lie beside them unopened, unread, and unattended to!