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S. IV. The connection between the believer's character and duty; or

* between receiving Christ, and walking in hin, opened, OP The connection viewed with the context,

92 How the parts of the text stand connected,

96 The order of the connection considered,

ibid. Why there must be a receiving before a walking in

Chrift,
Why there should be a walking in him after the reception

of him,
V. The application of the subject, in a variety of uses,

106 Uje 1. For information, to instruct us in some precious truths, '107 Use 2. For reproof, to convict us of some errors, both doctrinal and practical,

117 Six doctrinal errors refuted,

117,125 Ten practical errors reproved; Use 3. For examination, to try our faith and obedience,

129 Faith, as it receives Christ, tried, How faith is wrought by the Spirit,

130 How it was acted when Christ was received,

134 Gospel-obedience, as a walking in Chrift, tried,

140 By the scripture qualities of it,

141 By the gospel provision for it,

143 * Use 4. For exhortation, to excite and direct us both to receive and walk in Christ,

155 (1.) Unbelievers exhorted to receive Chrift,

itid. 1. Who

may
be denominated unbelievers,

156 Twelve figns of unbelief,

ibid. 2. Six motives to persuade to receive Christ,

161 Eight considerations to engage thereto,

164 An eight-fold generation who reject him,

168 Eight blessings received along with Christ,

171 Four evil things received by the rejecters of him, 175 The malignity of unbelief in rejecting Chrift,

178 Its finfulness, in fix particulars,

ibid. Its hurtfulness, in four particulars,

189 The excellency of faith in receiving Chrift,

19! 3. Directions offered exciting to receive Christ, 196 The sad state these are in without him,

197
The right use of the means of faith to be studied, 199
The obstructions of faith to be removed,
Six of these iinpediments mentioned,

ibid. Four things unbelief induces to build on,

205 The art of pleading for grace to receive Chrift, 206

Six things that may be pled,
4. Ten objections removed against receiving Christ,
(2.) Believers exhorted to walk in Christ,

224 Eight considerations offered for clearing this walk, 225 Ten properties and qualities of this way,

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Motives and persuasives to walk in Chrift,

Ten concomitants fhewing the excellency of this walk,
The effe&s of the walk, pointing out the necessity of it,
Arguments exciting to a Christian walk,

The glory of God, l'ather, Son, and Spirit;
The advantage of man,

The credit of the gospel,
Directions in order to walking in Christ,
The impedirnents that hinder it to be avoided,

Ten of these mentioned,
Let every action in life be a stepping in this way,
Improve the means that tend to advance it,

ibid. 264 ibid. ibid. 269 274 277 ibid,

277,-280

281 285

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The Main Question of the Gospel Catechism, What
THINK YE OF CHRIST ?

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Mat. xxii. 42. IVbat think ye of Christ ?

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After an introduction to the words, the connection traced, the occasion

of propounding the question ascertained, the words themselves divided, explained, their emphasis pointed out, and the scope of them summed up in a doctrinal proposition, the following general heads of method

are illustrated, viz. 1. Some general remarks premised for clearing the doctrine, 295 II. The import of the question pointed out,

301 1. Objectively, with respect to Chrift, in twelve · particulars,

301,--314, 384 2: Actively, with respect to the act of thiöking,

384 3. Formally, respecting the quality of the act,

324 4. Subjectively, respecting the persons to whom the question is put, 329 III. The reasons of the doctrine aligned, why this is the leading question in the Coristian Catechism,

336 IV. The application of the point, in a variety of uses,

344 Uje 1. For information, in four useful inferences,

ibid. 2. For conviction and reproof,

351 Who think little of Christ,

352 Six causes why the world think little of him,

353 3. For trial and examination,

359 Ten qualities of right thoughts of Christ,

ibid. Twenty positive evidences of them,

366 4. For lamentation, over Christ-despisers,

379 5. For exhortation, to think much of Christ,

380 6. For advice, highly to esteem and commend him,

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SERMON XXXIV.

GOSPEL-PRINCIPLE, the Foundation of GOSPEL

PRACTICE; or, The great Duty of Receiving
CHRIST, and Walking in him, opened *.

Colos. ii. 6.

As ye bave received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in bim.

YOU

have here such an ordinary text, that perhaps

there are few present but have heard fermons preached upon it; and yet it is such an extraordinary text, that we can never hear enough upon it, nor ever reach to the bottom. There is more in it than ever yet we saw or felt. It contains a sum of heart and life religion, and of all that concerns, either faith or manners; a GOSPEL-PRINCIPLE, which is believing in Christ; and a Gospel-PRACTICE, a walking in him: As ye bave received Christ Jesus the Lord, ro walk

The apostle here, in this epistle, gives a good copy to all the ministers of Christ to follow in their preaching and teaching, 1. To inform the judgments of people, and lay a good foundation in the knowledge of Christ.

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* This fubjcct was entered upon on a thanksgiving-day, after the celebration of the facrament of the Lord's supper at Kinglasse ; and afierwards finished in a series of ciscourses; in liis own church in Dunfermline, in the year 1724.

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2. To excite their affections after Christ, and to rouze and awaken them to a walk and conversation suitable to their knowledge and faith; knowing that there can be no sure building erected in a gospel-walk, unless there be a fure foundation laid in a gospel-principle. That the believing Colossians were well informed and instructed, the apostle observes, to the commendation and praise of free grace; and he exhorts them to persevere in the doctrine wherein they were taught by Epaphras, a faithful minister of Chrilt, chap. 1. 7.: However, there were falfe teachers that had crept in among them who were ready to beguile them with enticing words, chap. ii. 4. and that had actually feduced and carried away the Galatians from their true faith which they formerly profesfed, Gal. i. 6, 7.; vet he would have the Coloflians to stand fast in their faith, and in that doctrine which had been truly, and honestly delivered to them. The apostle commends the Colossians for their stedfastness, as you see in the verses preceding our text; and yet he exhorts them more and more to this duty, as you see from the verse following the text; which may let us in to foniething of the intent of the text itself; intimating, that the doctrine of Christ had been brought to them, and they had believed it, and received it, and Christ in it, and that though this was well, yet it was not all; they were therefore, thro' grace, to persevere in that doctrine, to walk forward in the knowledge of Christ, and his gospel, and in the prac. tice of what they knew.

The verse that goes before the text fets before us two things, that denote the good constitution and temperament of a right church, fuch as the church of the Coloslians was. i. The first is its order; O but it makes a beautiful church when all things in it are ordered according to the pattern seen in the mount, with respect to the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government! When the doctrine is found and lively; the worship, pure and spiritual ; discipline, powerful and impartial; and the government, beautiful and regular : but it is a very unpleasant appearance in a church, when confusion, with respect to all these, doth take place. 2. The second was siedfastness in the faith. The apostle rejoiced to behold, in the church

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