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And from the love which enthusiasts and heretics have to one another. 191
-Love to God and our neighbour is a radical conformity to the whole law, 192
And is that whereby true religion is distinguished from all counterfeiis.
Which all arise from self-love,
-From the whole, we may learn, what that image of God was, in which
That we are born destitute thereof,
And naturally have a temper contrary thereto.
Which temper has the entire government of us.
So that all we do, while unregenerate, is sin.
And therefore our best doings cannot entitle us to any promise of special
-Conversion consists in our recorery from this sinful temper, to the moral
image of God, by the influences of the Holy Spirit.
And because we are naturally inclined to resist his influences with all our
'Therefore they must be such as we cannot resist, or we shall never be re-
Which effectual grace is dispensed according to God's sovereign good plea-
sure, and flows from his self-moving goodness.
And it is natural to suppose, that he who in such wise begins this work, will
carry it on, and so all true Saints persevere to the end.
That they must expect spiritual conflicts from remaining corruption. 244
Yet assurance may be obtained.
These consequences are undeniable, if the premises, touching the nature of
But if the law is abated and altered, the whole scheme is undermined.
And so is the whole gospel-revelation as much.
Or, if the law means something else than what is supposed.
But if the idea, which the Pelagians and Arminians have of God and the
law, is right, sin can deserve no punishment, in this world or the next. 262
Nor can the scriptures then be the word of God.
The cause we have to be humble, and thankful, and live entirely devoted to
Various questions occasionally considered in the first discourse.
Are all things right, or wrong, merely because God wills them so to be?
Or merely because they do or do not tend to make us happy?
How was it consistent with God's goodness to permit sin ?
Does perfect obedience deserve any thanks at the hands of God ?
In what sense are our good works rewardable ?
Is sin an infinite evil? and does it deserve an infinite punishment ?
Can fotore obedience make the least amends for past sins?
Will the sinfulness and misery of the damned be forever increasing?
What inflnence have false notions of the law on men's religion ?
What do Antinomians make their rvie of duty ?
Are the threatenings of the bus in force ?
Can a man, merely from self-love, love God more than himself?
Are we to blame for our spiritual blindness?
What is it that brings awakened sinners to take all the blame to themselves,
Do true believers feel themselves wholly to blame for not being perfectly holy? 160
Does God's withholding the sanctifying influences of his Holy Spirit lessen
Why does the scripture, in some places, speak of the external advantages of
God's visible people, as being more than barely sufficient for their becoming
good men, and as though their power was sufficient, although the sanctify-
ing influences of the Holy Spirit were withheld from them ?
Is it natural or contracted ? -
Are the unregenerate entirely under the government of it?
Wherein does the sinfulness of it consist ?
Why do not mankind see the sinfulness of it?
Do all actual sins proceed from it?
Why are sinners so averse to the true knowledge of God, and so blind to his
What is the nature of restraining grace ?
How came our nature to be corrupted ?
What good does it do for sinners to use the means of grace? .
What is the shortest and easiest method to bring the main controversies be-
tween Arminians and Calvinists to a final issue ?
How is the doctrine of perseverance consistent with all the cautions given to
believers, to take heed lest they fall ?
Is it a sin for believers ever to doubt of their good estate?
What is the most fundamental difference between the Arminians and Cal-
In what sense are wicked men ignorant of their own hearts? -
Why does a sight of the strictness of the law discourage hypocrites, and kill
Are believers ever as blind and dead, and as much without all spiritual
See also pages
228, 245, 272, 440, 445
Of the Trinity, and of the character each person sustains in the affair of our
God does in the gospel consider us as in a perishing condition,
Because of our original apostacy in Adam.
Who was constituted our public ad,
Which constitution was well suited to the general good of mankind,
And God had power or right to make it.
And because we are apostate creatures,
And averse to a reconciliation.
As such the gospel considers us.
-God was not moved to provide a Saviour for is, under any notion that
the constitution with Adam was unjust,
Or the law of nature too severe,
Or that our impotency renders us the less to blame,
Or from any expectation that we should, of our own free accord, so much as
But entirely from his own self-moving goodness, free and sovereign grace. 330
-The necessity of satisfaction for sin argued from the perfections of GOD, 339
The necessity of the law's being obeyed.
--The sufficiency of CHRIST's satisfaction and merit.
He was At to be a Mediator between God sud man. -
And what he has done is perfeetly suited, in its own nature, to answer all the
God may now, through Christ, consistently with his own honour, save
And use what means he pleases for the recovery of obstinate 'sinners.
A view of the methods of divine grace with mankind, from the beginning of
-A genuine compliance with the gospel.
It results from divine üght.
Which lays a foundation for a supernatural belief of the gospel.
Regeneration, faith, repentance, and conversion, connected together.
Humility and true faith always in proportion.
What encourages the sinner to believe in CHRIST.
Faith in Christ emboldens the humbled sinner to return to God, and trust in
The various actings of faith distinguished.
Faith and holiness always in proportion.
True faith, habitual, growing, and persevering.
The faith of the legal and of the evangelical hypocrite deseribed. 442-
-The everlasting life promised to believers, implies the everlasting love
and favour of God, and the everlasting indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a
Of the seal and witness of the Spirit. -
Various questions occasionally considered in the second discourse.
304, 320, 453
A Treatise on the Divinity of Christ.
An Election Sermod, preached at Hartford, May 13, 1762.