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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,
SERMON CXXXIX, CXL. The Believer's internal Witness; or, the certain Evi. dence of true Faith,
i i John V. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God, batb
be witness in bimself. After a copious introduction, in which the connection is traced, the words analized and explained, and a doctrinal proposition laid down,
the following general beads of method are prusccuted, 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 atteit, 4. What is the property and quality of this witness, 5. The'reasons why true faith hath this witness along with it, 25
Use (1.) Of information, in fix inferences,
How the Spirit witncsléth, in six respects,
Sundry questions propounded and solved,
He doib it by vindication, in five respects,
1. To unbelievers,
The Repose and Repast of Faith, under the Shady and Fruitful Tree of Life,
Song ii. 3: I put dowi under bis Shadow with great
deliebt; and bis fruit was Sweet to my taste.
The words being viewed in their connection and scope, and a doctrine
raised from them, the following heads of method are proposed, viz. 1. To consider the case of the believer, here supposed,
62 2. To speak of the object of faith, viz. Crist as a thadow and shelter, 66 | 3. To fpeak of the actof faith, as it is afitting down under this shadow, 75 14. To view the manner of faith's acting, Sitting down with great delight, 16