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spiritual taste, is rarely allowed to yawn or to fag in the perusal of them. The author was broadly awake and feelingly alive to what he wrote; and seems ever eager to arouse in the inquirer a similar awakened state of the mind. It is scarcely possible for a person to read many of his pages without feeling correction, instruction, and reproof, and catching a portion of his spirit. If he does not in every paragraph surprise his readers with something dazzling, he presents them always with something that is true. If he does not always charm them with what is novel and original, he furnishes them with what is solemn, and sometimes sublime. When he warns, he melts; when he thunders, he weeps; when he exposes the disease, it is to heal the wound; when he amputates the mortified member, he pours into the patient the balm of mercy. To the sinner he leaves no place to find rest to the sole of his foot, till he return and take shelter in the ark, or under the shade of the cross.
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VI. The misery of those who, besides losing the saints' rest, lose the enjoyments of
VII. Of the effects of God's three great attributes Omnipotency, Understanding,
XI. 2. God's relation to man, as our Redeemer,...
XVI. Of the freedom of God, .....
XXI. Of the terribleness of God,
VII. Duty of walking with God, and the danger of neglecting it,..
CHAP. I. Exposition of the text, and basis of the treatise,....
Doct. I. It is the unchangeable law of God that wicked men must turn or die......... 13
II. It is the promise of God, that the wicked shall live, if they will but turn, ......... 22
damnation :--he had rather they would return and live, than go on and die,.. 24
VII. If after all this, the wicked will not return, it is not the will of God that they
perish, but of themselves :—their own wilfulness is the cause of their damna-
OR, THE BELIEVER JUSTIFIED AND THE DISBELIEVER CONVINCED.
(In this Treatise are described, both as to the principles, the matter, and the manner, what that religion and service
The text (Eccles. ix. 10) given and expounded.....
working in the grave, to which we are all making haste, ......
sent life with vigour and diligence, ..