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CONTENTS

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THE NINTH VOLUME.

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Direct. 10. Next, review your own believing, and thence ga-

ther assurance .

The witness of the Spirit, and Spirit of adoption, what they are?

Whether it be a legal departing from Christ, or any sinful

trusting in our own righteousness, to gather peace, comfort

or assurance from signs within us ?

Twenty arguments, proving it lawful to gather comfort or as-

surance from God's graces

Direct. 11. Make use, in trial, of none but infallible signs

Five certain signs, together comprising the description of a

true Christian

Twenty observable explicatory points for the right under-

standing of these signs

Direct. 12. Know, that assurance of justification, or right to

salvation, cannot be gathered from the least degree of

saving grace

Proved from the many exceeding difficulties that must be over-

come by all that will have assurance in ordinary ways; and

from other reasons.

Direct. 13. The first time of our receiving or acting saving

grace, and so of our justification and adoption, cannot or-

dinarily be known.

To affirm that saving sincerity of grace lieth but in a gradual

natural difference, is no diminution of the glory of grace

Direct. 14. Know, that assurance is not the lot of the ordinary

sort of true Christians, but only of a few of the strongest,

most active, watchful and obedient: proved . .

The observation of the confessions of the godly in this

Direct. 15. Know, that even many of the stronger and more

obedient, who have assurance of their conversion, are yet

unassured of their salvation, for want of assurance to per-

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The usefulness of apprehension of danger opened

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Direct. 21. Be glad of a settled peace, and look not too much

after raptures and strong feelings of comfort: and if you

have such, expeet not a constancy of them

130

Direct. 22. Spend more time and care about your duty than

your comforts, and to get, and exercise, and increase grace,

than to discern the certainty of it ...

132

Direct. 23. Think not that those doubts and troubles which

are caused and continued by wilful disobedience, will ever

be well healed but by the healing of that disobedience, or

that such can be cured by the same means, as obedient

doubting Christians may..

139

How far a Christian can or cannot do the good he would 141

Three sorts of sins of infirmity, or so called, opened

144

The state of a Christian under gross sin, doubtful

148

Proved, that assurance dependeth much on careful obedience;

and that when all is done, the most obedient believer will

ordinarily have most and best assurance of his sincerity and

salvation

151

The use of the former Direction

155

The doubtings of most Christians that have the free use of

reason, are fed by some sin ...

156

The sins which troubled Christians should most search after,

are,

1. Contrary carnal interest, encroaching on Christ's interest.

159

1. In the understanding, enumerated as against each per-

son in the Trinity.

2. In the will and affcctions.

1. Pride.

160

2. Covetousness..

162

3. Voluptuousness

165

These are considered here as against God himself, and so as

against the first commandment

2. Actual sins against the other commandments. Especially

suspect,

1. Unmercifulness and rigid censoriousness of others 166

2. Unpeaceableness in family, neighbourhood, church, &c. 167

Direct. 24. Content not yourself with a cheap religiousness,

and to serve God with that which cost you little or nothing:

and take every call to costly duty or suffering for Christ, as

a prize put into your hand for advancing your comforts .. 172

Remember this; 1. In preventing sin. 2. In rising from sin.

3. In performance of duty ..

178

Direct. 25. Study the great art of doing good, and let it be

your every day's contrivance, care and business, how to lay

out all your talents to the greatest advantage...

182

Applied to our rulers, and to rich men.....

186

Direct. 26. Trouble not your soul with needless scruples; nor

make yourself more work than God hath made you, by

feigning that unlawful, which God hath not forbidden; or

by placing your religion in will-worship, or overmuch rigour

to your body, &c.

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What it is to be righteous overmuch. The question answered,

Whether all virtue be in the middle ? And whether we can

love or serve God too much ?.

189

All overdoing in God's work is undoing. The devil is most

zealous in overdoing

192

A sad instance how much the devil hath got by overdoing
1. In doctrine, against heretics, by adding to the creed, and
forsaking Scripture phrase..

ibid.

2. h discipline

196

3. In government, or church power

ibid.

4. In worship

197

5. In reformation, especially of late

198

The devil goes beyond Christ in all these, when he once falls

202

Direct. 27. When God hath discovered your sincerity to you,

fix it in your memory, that it may be useful for the time to

come; and leave not your soul open to new apprehensions ;

except in case of notable declinings or gross sinning.

205

Proved, that in these excepted cases, even the justified may
question their sincerity and justification..

ibid.

Direct. 28. Beware of perplexing misinterpretations of,

1. Scriptures..

210

2. Providences

211

3. Sermons

214

And be willing that ministers should preach most searchingly

and rousingly for the good of others, without misapplying
it to yourself....

ibid.

Direct. 29. Distinguish carefully between causes of doubting,

and causes of mere humiliation and amendment: God call-

eth

you very often to humiliation, when he calleth you not

to doubting

219

Twenty ordinary doubts resolved :

1. About knowing the time and manner of conversion.. 220

2. About humiliation

223

3. Of receiving religion hy education...

225

4. About deadness, hardheartedness, and not weeping for sin 229

5. About backwardness to duty, and not delighting in it.. 234

6. About doing all out of slavish fear..

237

hy. Not able to believe

239

8. Strangeness to the witness of the Spirit, joy in the Holy

Ghost, and communion with God

ibid.

9. Want of the spirit of
prayer ....

240

10. Unprofitableness through want of gifts

242

11. Greatness of sin and unworthiness

243

A twofold worthiness and righteousness

ibid.

12. Want of a deep hatred to sin : fear lest stronger temp-

tation would overthrow us

245

13. Fear of committing the unpardonable sin against the

Holy Ghost

246

14. Lest it be too late and the time of grace be past. Time

of grace past in a double sense

247

15. Sinning since profession, against conscience, on delibe-

ration

249

16. Not overcoming corruptions, and not growing in grace 251

17. Blasphemous and unbelieving thoughts

254

18. Fears of death ..

257

19. Heavy afflictions

258

20. Not being afflicted

ibid.

Direct. 30. Carefully discern whether your doubts are such as

must be cured by the consideration of general or of special

grace. And be sure that when you lose the sight of certain

evidence, that you let not go probabilities : or at the worst

when you are beaten from both, and judge yourself graceless,

yet lose not the comforts of general grace

260

Direct. 31. In all pressing necessities, take the advice of your

pastors

265

1. Keep it not secret

266

2. In what cases to seek advice

ibid.

3. To what ends ...

267

4. Of what sort of ministers, and whom to avoid .

268

5. In what manner to open your case. Objections answered

against confessing sin to pastors. Reasons why ministers

have not fully acquainted their people with the great duty

of confessing and opening their case to them .

272

Direct. 32. Understand that the height of a Christian life, and

the greatest part of your duty, lieth in a loving delight in

God, and a thankful and cheerful obedience to his will ;

which you must be still endeavouring, and subordinate all

other duties to these.

278

Ministers and Christians should keep the Lord's day as a day

of thanksgiving for the work of redemption, and spend more
of it in praises, psalms, hymns, &c. and less in confes-

sing, &c.

281

How Christians wrong Christ and religion, and contradict the

main design of grace by their sad, dejected lives

282

Stand not complaining and doubting, but cheerfully amend

and obey

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