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S E R M O N S,
Of the Late REVEREND and LEARNED
MR. RALPH ERSKINE, A. M.
Minister of the Gospel in DUNFERMLINE.
besides his POETICAL PIECES.
IN TEN LARGE VOLUMES OCTAVO.
To which is prefixed,
with an ELEGIAC POEM, and large CONTENTS.
I am set for the defence of the gospel, Philip. i. 17.
PRINTED BY PATRICK MAIR,
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,
How the Spirit witncfletii, in six respects,
Sundry questions propounded and solved,
He doth it by vindicationi, in five respects, (3.) Of exhortation, both to Sinners and Saints,
1. To unbelievers, .
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