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work. In compiling it, although his primary object has been the instruction of youth, yet his views have not been confined to this class ; for, (whatever deficiencies may appear in the following attempt to illustrate the truths of the Gospel,) Christian Redemption is a subject peculiarly interesting to all; be- , cause it embraces our most important interests in time, and in eternity. Indeed, whether we consider the unfathomable love wherein it originated, or the height of happiness to which it is designed to raise fallen, degenerate man, it demands of us every sentiment of gratitude, adoration, and praise to an allwise Creator, who is called, and whose nature is, LOVE.
Sect. 1. Happiness the principal object pursued by mankind; how it is to be attained. $. 2. Of the Deity. -Proofs of his existence.--He reveals himself to man by his Holy Spirit, and also by the Holy Scriptures. $. 3. The Scripture account of the creation of the world.-Of the creation of irrational animals, and lastly of man. §. 4. Adam's fall from the image of God in which he was created. Its effects upon himself and his posterity. $.5. God has compassion on fallen man, and provides a Saviour to restore him.-Jesus Christ is this Saviour. $.6. That God did, previously to the coming of Christ, reveal his will to man, 1st. By the Patriarchs: 2dly. By the Law: 3dly. By the Prophets : also universally by the Spirit of Christ. $7. Of the Patriarchs--Abraham leaves his native country in obedience to a divine command-His faith in the promises of God-On the fulfilment of these promises.
Sect. 1. God reveals himself to the children of Abraham, particularly to Moses. $. 2. Of the revelation of the divine will to Moses. Of the Law given by Moses to the Israelites. $. 3. The Mosaic Law considered, 1st. As political; its exclusive application to the Israelites as a nation: 2dly. As ceremonial; which is typical or figurative of the mediatoriul work and office of the Messiah : 3uly. As moral; this part of the Law stated as set forth in the ten commandments and continues of universal obligation at the present day.
-Of the Christian Sabbath.-Of the substance of the Law as expressed by Christ and his apostles.-Of man's ability to keep the commandments of God. $.4, of the prophets subsequent to Moses --Moses and the prophets foretell the coming of Christ.--Isaiah's description of the person and mediatorial office of Christ.
Sect. 1. The prophecies concerning Christ fulfilled. He'assumes human nature, becomes our Atonement or Mediator-triumphs over sin by offering up his life as a sacrifice for sin, and by his subsequent resurrectionAll men partake of the benefit of Christ's death. $. 2.
Christ offers himself to mankind as a Saviour from sin, by his Spirit, by the Scriptures, and by his servants. Faith, what it is—The New Birth necessary to salvation. §. 3. Of Repentance-Forgiveness of sins or Justifica. tion-Sanctification or Justification to be experienced only through the righteousness of Christ.–Victory over sin—Perfection or freedom from sin--Possibility of falling away from a state of grace. $. 4. Faith made manifest by good works-Of good works, what they are-Faith and works inseparable, and necessary to Justification, but not the cause of it—this to be ascribed to the New Birth-Of Perseverance. $.5. The difference between the spiritually-minded man, and the carnally-minded man-Their respective prospects after death-The day of Judgment.
Sect 1. The nature of true Worship-the public worship of God a duty-the advantages that result from it-Prayer and praise a part of divine worship-their nature. $. 2. The qualifications of a gospel minister the benefits attendant on'a gospel ministry. $. 3. Of the Baptism of Christ-Of Water Baptism-the latter not enjoined by Christ--the practice of the apostles on this subject considered. $.4. The nature of the Supper which Christ ate with his disciples the night before his crucifixion-reasons for considering the celebration of it as not now obligatory. The supper of the Lord, of which Christians partake, inward and spiritual.