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I. The State of INNOCENCE, or Primitive Integrity, Discoursed

from Eccles. vii, 29.

OF Man's original righteousness,

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His understanding a lamp of light,

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His will straight with the will of God,

ib.

His affections orderly and pure,

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The qualities of this righteousness,

ib.

Of man's original happiness,

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Man a glorious creature,

ib,

The favourite of heaven,

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The covenant of works,

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Lord of the world,

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The forbidden tree a stay to keep him from falling, 28

His perfect tranquillity,

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Life of pure delight,

ib.

Man immortal,

Instructions from this state,

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Three sorts of persons reproved,

ib.

A lamentation over the ruins,

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II. The State of NATURE: or State of Entire Depravation.

HEAD I. The SINFULNESS of Man's NATURAL STATE, Discoursed

from Gen. vi. 5.

That Man's nature is corrupted, proven,

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From God's word,

ib.

From men's experience and observation,

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Fallen Adam's image, in eleven particulars, natural to men, 46

Of the Corruption of the understanding,

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Weakness with respect to spiritual things,

ib.

Three evidences of it,

Gross darkness in spiritual things,

ib.

Four evidences of it,

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A bias in it to evil,

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Six evidences of that bias,

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Aversion to spiritual truths,

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Three evidences thereof,

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Proneness to lies and falsehoods,

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Man naturally high minded,

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Of the corruption of the will,

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Utter inability for what is truly good,

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Two evidences of it,

ib,

Averseness to good,

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Four evidences of it,

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Proneness to evil,

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Two evidences of it,

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Enmity against God,

Against the being and nature of God,

ib,

Five queries for conviction on this head,

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Against the Son of God,

In his prophetical office,

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Two evidences of it,

In his priestly office,

Three evidences of it,

In his kingly office,

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Three evidences of it,

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A peculiar malignity against the priestly office; corrupt nature

lying cross to the gospel-contrivance of salvation,

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Four proofs of it,

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Bent to the way of the law, as a covenant of works,

Two proofs of it,

ib.

Against the Spirit of God,

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Against the law as a rule of life,

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Two evidences of it,

ib,

Contumacy against the Lord,

ib.

Perverseness in reference to the chief end,

89

Corruption, of the affections, conscience, and memory, 91

The body partaker of this corruption,

93

How man's nature was corrupted,

94

The doctrine of the corruption of nature applied,

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The natural man can do nothing but sin,

God takes special notice of the sin of our nature,

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Evidences of men's overlooking the sin of their nature,

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Wherein that sin is to be specially noticed,

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Why it is to be specially noticed,

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How to get
a view of the corruption of nature,

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HEAD II. The Misery of Man's NATURAL STATE,

Discoursed from Eph. ii. 3.

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Man's natural state, a state of wrath,

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What this state of wrath is,

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Wrath in the heart of God against the natural man,

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Wrath in the word of God against him,

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Wrath in the hand of God against him,

ib,

On his body, soul, and enjoyments,

114, 115

He is under the power of Satan,

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Hath no security for a moment's safety,

ib.

Wrath against him at death,

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at the general judgment,

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The qualities of that wrath,

ib.

The doctrine of the state of wrath confirmed and vindicated, 120

Several instructions from it,

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Alarm to the unregenerate,

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They are under the covenant of works,

ib.

Their misery in that respect,

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They are without God,

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Their misery in that respect,

ib.

Instances of the wrath of God,

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A view of the nature of God, whose wrath it is,

132

How to flee from wrath,

133

A few words to the saints,

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A word to all,

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HEAD III. Man's UTTER INABILITY to recover himself,

Discoursed from Rom. v. 6. John vi. 44.

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Only two ways of man's recovering himself supposable, viz. the

way of the law, and the way of the gospel,

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Man unable to recover himself in the way of the law,

ib.

He cannot keep the commandments perfectly,

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The perfection of law-obedience, four-fold,

ib.

He cannot satisfy the justice of God for his sin,

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Object. God is merciful : we hope to be saved, if we do as well

as we can. Answered,

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Man unable to recover himself in the way of the gospel, to

embrace and use the help offered for his recovery,

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Proved by several arguments,

ib.

Object. (1.) If we be under an utter inability to do any good,

how can God require us to do it? Answered,

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Object (2.) Why do you then call us to believe, repent, and

use the means? Answered,

146

Object (3.) The use of means needless, seeing we are utterly

unable to keep ourselves out of the state of sin and wrath,

Answered,

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Quest. Has God promised to convert and save them, who,

in the use of means, do what they can towards their own

relief? Answered,

ib.

The Conclusion of this head,

150

III. The STATE of Grace, or Begun Recovery.

HEAD I. REGENERATION, Discoursed from 1 Pet i. 23. 151

Of the nature of regeneration,

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Partial changes mistaken for this change,

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The change made in regeneration, what it is,

155

In general,

ib.
In particular,

ib.

The mind illuminated,

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The will renewed,

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Cured of its utter inability to good,

ib.

Endued with a fixed aversion to evil,

ib.

a bent and propensity to good,

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Reconciled to the covenant of

peace,

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Disposed to receive Jesus Christ,

ib.

The affections are changed,

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rectified,

ib,

regulated,

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The conscience renewed,

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The memory bettered by regenerating grace,

166

The body changed in respect of use,

167

The whole conversation changed,

ib.

The resemblance betwixt natural and spiritual generation, in

nine particulars,

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Trial of one's state, whether born again or not,

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Some cases of doubting Christians resolved,

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Case (1.) The precise time and way of one's conversion
not known,

ib.
Case (2.) Sin prevailing,

ib.

Case (3.) Corruptions more violent than formerly,

178

Case 4.) Affections to the creature stronger than to the

Creator-Glowing affections to God gone,

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Case (5.) Attainments of hypocrites and apostates a

terror,

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Case (6.) Falling short of the saints mentioned in

scripture, and of others,

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Case (7.) No child of God so tempted,

ib,

Case last, Strange and unusual afflictions,

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The necessity of regeneration,

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To qualífy one to do good,

ib,

To communion with God in duties,

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To make one meet for heaven,

ib.

To one's being admitted into heaven,

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Advice to the unregenerate

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HEAD II. The Mystical Union betwixt Christ and Believers.

Dicoursed from John xv. 5.

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A general view of the Mystical Union,

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The natural stock of all

men,

Adam,

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Originally a choice vine,

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Now a degenerate stock,

ib,

Fruits growing on the branches of the nature of the stock, ib.

A dead stock,

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The condition of the branches in that respect,

201

A killing stock,

202

The condition of the branches in that respect,

ib.

The supernatural stock, into which the branches are in-

grafted, Jesus Christ,

203

The branches taken out of the natural stock, and grafted

into the supernatural stock, the elect,

204

How they are cut off from the natural stock,

205

How

ingrafted into Christ,

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Christ apprehends the sinner by his Spirit,

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The sinner apprehends Christ by faith,

ib.

How one may know one's self to be apprehended of Christ, 219

The benefits flowing to believers from union with Christ 220

Justification,

ib.

Peace with God, and peace of conscience,

223

Adoption and Sanctification,

226, 227

Growth in grace,

230

Quest. What shall be said of those Christians who,

instead of growing, are going back? Answered,

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Quest. Do hypocrites grow at all? And if so, how

shall we distinguish betwixt their growth, and the

growth of the Christian? Answered,

232

Fruitfulness,

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Acceptance of their fruits of holiness,

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Establishment and Support

238, 240

The special care of the husbandman,

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The duty of the saints united to Christ,

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A word to sinners,

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IV. THE ETERNAL STATE, OR STATE OF CONSUMMATE

HAPPINESS OR MISERY,

HEAD I. DEATH, discoursed from Job xxx. 23.

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The certainty of death,

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Man's life, vanity,

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A short-lived vanity,

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A flying vanity,

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The doctrine of death, a looking-glass, wherein to behold

the vanity of the world,

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A store-house for contentment and patience,

257

A bridle to curb lusts conversant about the body,

259

A spring of Christian resolution,

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A spur to incite to prepare for death,

ib.

HEAD II. The difference betwixt the Righteous and the

Wicked in their death, discoureed from Prov, xiv, 32, 264

The wicked dying, are driven away,

265

In what cases a wicked man may be willing to die, 266

ib.

resurrection,

The qualities of the raised bodies of the saints,

The qualities of the raised bodies of the wicked,

Comfort to the people of God,

Terror to all natural men,

HEAD IV. THE GENERAL JUDGMENT,

Discoursed from Mat. xxv. 31, 32, 33, 41, 46,

That there shall be a General Judgment, proven,

Jesus Christ the Judge,

The coming of the Judge,

The summons given,

The Judge's setting down in the tribunal,

The compeerance of the parties,

The separation betwixt the righteous and the wicked,

The trial of the parties,

The books opened,

Sentence pronounced on the saints,

The saints judge the world,

Sentence of damnation on the ungodly,

The execution,

The general conflagration,

The place and time of the judgment, unknown,

Comfort to the saints,

Terror to unbelievers,

Exhortation to prepare for the judgment,

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