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HEAD II. THE MISERY of Man's Natural State,
discoursed from Eph. ii. 3.
Man's natural state, a state of wrath, • • 123
What this state of wrath is, -
Wrath in the heart of God against the natural man ib.
Wrath in the word of God against him, - 126
Wrath in the hand of God against him, . 127
On his body and soul, - - - ib.
On his enjoyments,
• . -
He is under the power of Satan,
Hath no security for a moment's safety, . e ib.
Wrath against him at death, and at the general judg-
The qualities of that wrath,
The doctrine of the state of wrath confirmed and vin-
• • - - 134
Several instructions from it,
Alarm to the unregenerate, . - - - 141
They are under the covenant of works,
Their misery in that respect, ..
They are without God, -
! i! 145
Their misery in that respect, .
· Instances of the wrath of God, •
A view of the nature of God, whose wrath it is, 148
How to flee from wrath, - - ' •
A few words to the saints, and a few to all, 349-152
HEAD III. MAN'S UTTER INABILITY to recover him-
self, discoursed from Rom. v. 6. John vi. 44. 153
ONLY two ways of man's recovering himself sup-
poseable, viz. the way of the law, and the way of
Man unable to recover himself, in the way of the law, 154
He cannot keep the commands perfectly, . ib.
The perfection of law-obedience, four-fold, 155
He cannot satisfy the justice of God for his sin, 157
Object. God is merciful; we hope to be saved, if
we do as well as we can, Answered, - page 159
Man unable to recover himself in the way of the gos.
pel, to embrace and use the help offered for his re-
Proved by several arguments, - . ib.
Object. (1.) If we be under an utter inability to do
any good, how can God require us to do it? An-
swered,. .. .
Object. (2.) Why do you then call us to believe, re-
pent, and use the means? Answered, - 164
Object. (3.) The use of means needless, seeing we
are utterly unable to help ourselves out of the state
of sin and wrath : Answered,
Quest. Has God promised to convert and save them,
wbo, in the use of means, do what they can to-
wards their own relief ? Answered, - . ib.
The conclusion of this head, . - - . 168
III. THE State of GRACE, or Begun Recovery.
HEAD I. REGENERATION, discoursed from 1 Pet.i. 23. 169
Of the nature of regeneration,
a sa 170
Partial changes mistaken for this change,
The change made in regeneration, what it is, 173
In general and particular, - - 173, 175
The mind illuminated, and the will renewed, 176
Cured of its utter inability to good,
Endued with a fixed aversion to evil, -
je bent and propensity to good,,
Reconciled to the covenant of peace, - 181
Disposed to receive Jesus Christ,
The affections are changed, - - - 183
- rectified and regulated,
The conscience renewed,
The memory bettered by regenerating grace, 186
The body changed in respect of use,
The whole conversation changed,. .
The resemblance betwixt natural and spiritual gene-
ration, in nine particulars, -
Trial of one's state, whether born again, or not, 195
Some cases of doubting Christians resolved, .
Case (1.5 The precise time and way of one's eon-
version not known, • . - page 199.
Case (2.) Sin prevailing,
Case (3.) Corruptions more violent than formerly, 200
Case (4.) Affections to the creature stronger than
to the Creator.Glowing affections to God
gone, : . .
Case (5.) Attainments of hypocrites and apostates,
a terror, - - - - - 203
Case (6.) Falling short of the Saints mentioned in
Scripture, and of others, -
Case (7.) No child of God so tempted,
Case last. Strange and unusual afflictions, 207
The necessity of regeneration, . .
To qualify one to do good,
To communion with God in duties, .. 210
To make one meet for heaven, -
To one's being admitted into heaven, 212
Advices to the unregenerate,
HEAD II. THE MYSTICAL UNION betwixt Christ and
Believers, discoursed from John xv. 5.
A GENERAL view of the Mystical Union,
The natural stock of all men, Adam,
Originally a choice vine, . : - - 223
Now a degenerate stock, . -
Eruits growing on the branches of the nature of the
stock, - .-
A dead stock, -
The condition of the branches in that
respect, . - - - ib.
A killing stock,
The condition of the branches in that
respect, - - - 228
The supernatural stock, into which the branches are
ingrafted, Jesus Christ, -
- 229 :
The branches taken out of the natural stock, and.
grafted into the supernatural stock, the elect, 231
How cut off from the natural stock, in twelve parti.
How ingrafted into Christ,
Christ apprehends the sinner by his Spirit, page 234
The sinner apprehends Christ by faith, .. 244,
How one may know one's self to be apprehended of
Christ, .* -
The benefits flowing to believers from union with
Christ, -- .
Justification, 249. Peace with God, and peace of
conscience, 252. Adoption, 255. Sanctifica-
tion, 257. Growth in grace, - - 261
Quest. If all true Christians be growing ones,
what shall be said of those who, instead of
growing, are going backward ? Answered, ib.
Quest. Do hypocrites grow at all? And if so,
how shall we distinguish betwixt their
growth, and the growth of the Christian?
. . 263
Acceptance of their fruits of holiness, 267
Support, . . . . - 272
The special care of the Husbandman, 275
The duty of saints united to Christ, . . 278
A word to sinners,
IV. The ETERNAL STATE, or State of Consummate
"Happiness or Misery.
HEAD I. Death, discoursed from Job xxx. 23. 233
The certainty of death, .
Man's life vanity, .
A short-lived vanity,
A flying vanity,
The doctrine of death, a looking-glass, wherein to be.
hold the vanity of the world, .. . 290
A store-house for contentment and patience, 292
A bridle to curb Jarsts conversant about the body, 294
A spring of Christian resolution,
A spur to incite to prepare for death, . ib.
HEAD II. The Difference betwixt the righteous and
· Wicked at death, discoursed from Prov. xiv. 32. 300
; The wicked dying, are driven away, - 301
In what cases a wicked man may be willing to die, 303
Whence they are driven, and whither, - 304
Driven away in their wickedness ..: 305
The hopelessness of their state at death,. .. 306
Their hopes of peace and pleasure in this life cut off, ib.
· They have no solid grounds to hope for eternal
happiness, - . -
Death roots up their delusive hopes of heaven, 308
-- Makes their state absolutely and for ever hopeless, ib.
Caution against false hopes: Character of those hopes, 309
Exhortation to hasten out of a sinful state, - : 311
To be concerned for the salvation of others, 312
The state of the godly at death, a hopeful state, ib.
· Christ; their best friend, is Lord of the other world, ib.
They will have a safe passage to it,.. 313
A joyful entrance into it,
Object. Many of the godly, when dying, full of fears,
and have little hope : Answered, - . : 317
Death uncomfortable to them in three cases, 319
Ten cases of saints anent death, Answered, . ib.
Considerations to bring saints in good terms with
· death, ** in . o .
. . . 320
Directions how to prepare for death, . . 324
HEAD III. The RESURRECTION, discoursed from
John v. 28, 29.
The possibility of the resurrection, • . 332
The certainty of the resurrection,
Who shall be raised, 338. What shall be raised, 336
How the dead shall be raised, . .
The difference betwixt the godly and the wicked,
in their resurrection, . -
- 341 :
The qualities of the raised bodies of the saints, 345
The qualities of the raised bodies of the wicked, 348
· Comfort to the people of God,
Terror to all natural men,