The Strength of Sin, and how the law is the Strength
thereof, opened up and unfolded, ,
1 Cor. xv. 56. The firength of fin is the law.
The words being viewed in their connection, analized and explained, there are
two doctrinal propositions adduced, and separately profecuted.
'The First is, "That lin is a very Itrong and powertul ching.” And from this
observasion, the following general heads of method are prosecuted, viz.
1. The nature of fin enquired into, and opened up,
2. The strength of fin unfolded, by viewing the qualities and degrees of its
3. How the strength of fin discovers itself, evinced,
4. Whence the strength of fin comes, and where it lies,
5. Some inferences deduced for application,
The Second doctrine is, “ That the law of works is the strength of sia to the
finner that hath violate and broken is.” And from this propolition, the fol.
lowing general topics are propofod, viz.
1. Enquire what law is the trength of fin,
2. Shew what strength it is that lin hath from the law,
3. Shew what fin the law is the ftrength of,
4. How, and in what respect, the law is the strength of fin,
5. Whence it is that the law is the strength of sin,
6. Application of the whole, in several uses,
Ule (1.) Of caution, in four particulars,
(2.) Of information, in several inferences,
Two difficult cafes folved, relative to hypocrites and believers,
Twelve instances of the ftrength of sin in believers,
Four instances of the miserable state of unbelievers,
(3.) Of examination; containing a fourfold inquiry to know who are de.
livered from the law, as it is the strength of fin,
(4.) of exhortation ; first to unbelievers, who are under the law; and then
to believers, who are not under it,
S E R M O N. LXXIX.
God's Great Name, the Ground and Reason of saving
Ps.cvii.8. Nevertheless be saved tbem for bis name's fake.
The words being divided, explained, and summed up in a do&rinal observation ,
several propositions laid down for clearing the doctrine, and parallel scrip-
tures adduced for illustrating the truth of it, the following general heads of