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S E R M O N S,

AND OTHER
PRACTICAL WORKS,

Of the Late REVEREND and LEARNED

MR. RALPH ERSKINE, A. M.

Minister of the Gospel in DUNFERMLINE.

CONSISTING OF
Above One Hundred and Fifty SERMONS,

besides his POETICAL PIECES.

IN TEN LARGE VOLUMES OCTAVO.

To which is prefixed,
An Account of the Author's Life and WRITINGS,

with an ELEGIAC POEM, and large CONTENTS.

I am set for the defence of the gospel, Philip. i. 17.

VOL. IX.

FALKIRK;

PRINTED BY PATRICK MAIR,
For the Revd. JOHN STEWART, Hugh MITCHELL, Bookseller,
and PETER MUIRHEAD,Merchant, the Publishers,

M.DCC.XCVI.

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SÉR MON CXXXIX, CXL. The Believer's internal Witness; or, the certain Evi. i dence of true Faith,

Page 9 I JOHN V. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God, batb

the witness in himself. After a copious introduction, in which the connection is traced, the

words analized and explained, and a doctrinal proposition laid down,

the following general heads of method are prosecuted, viz. 1. What this faith is, enquired into,

'14 2. What is that evidence and witness it carries along with it, opened, 16 3. What this witness doth depone and attest, 4. What is the property and quality of this witness, 5. The reasons why true faith hath this witness along with it, Use (1.) Oi information, in six inferences,

27 (2.) Of examination, in several evidences,

ibid.
1. General marks of trial, in five particulars, .
2. Particular marks, in respect to the seveçal ways of witnessing, 32

How the Spirit witncfletii, in six respects,
How he witnesseth by blood, in four inttances,
How he witnefreth by water, i
He doth it in respect of mortification,

Sundry questions propounded and solved,

He doth it by vindicationi, in five respects, (3.) Of exhortation, both to Sinners and Saints,

1. To unbelievers, .
2. To belicvers, in four particulars,

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SERMON CXLI.

Tie Repose and Repast of Faith, under the Shady and

Fruitful Tree of Life,

Song ii. 3. -I fut dowi under bis Shadow with great

deligbt; and bis fruit was Sweet to my taste.

The words being viewed in their connection and fcope, and a doctrine

raised from them, the following heads of method are proposed, viz. 1. To confider tive case of the believer, here supposed,

62 2. To speak of the object of faizh, viz. Cirift as a shadow and thelier, 66

3. To speak of the astof faich, as it is afitting down under this shadow, 75 14. To view the manner of faith's acting, Sitting down with great delight, 26

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