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Above One Hundred and Fifty SERMONS,

besides his POETICA: PIECES.


To which is prefixed,
An Account of the AUTHOR's Life and WRITINGS,

with an ELEGIAC POEM, and large CONTENTS.

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Go, preach the gospel to every crecture, MARK XVI. 15.

VOL. v.

F Ꭺ Ꮮ Ꮶ 1 Ꭱ Ꮶ ;

For the Revd. JOHN STEWART, Hugh Mitchell, Bookfeller,
and PETER MUIRHEAD, Merchant, the Publishers.


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SERMON LXXIII,-LXXVIII. The Strength of Sin, and how the law is the Strength thereof, opened up and unfolded,

7 1 Cor. xv. 56. The strength of sin is the law. The words being viewed in their connection, analized and explained, there are

two doctrinat propositions adduced, and jeparately profecuted. The First is, “That sin is a very Itrong and powerful shing." And from this

observacion, the following general heads of method are prosecuted, viz. 1. The nature of fin enquired into, and opened up,

12 2. The strength of fin unfolded, by viewing the qualities and degrees of its

strength, 3. How the strength of fin discovers itself, evinced, 4. Whence the strength of fin comes, and where it lies,

40. 5. Some inferences deduced for applicacion,

42 The Second doctrine is, “ 'That the law of works is the strength of fin to the

finner that hath violate and broken is.” And from this proposition, the fol.'

lowing general topics are propofsd, viz. I. Enquire what law is the strength of sin, 2. Shew what strength it is that sin hath from the law, 3. Shew what fin the law is the strength 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 leveral uses, Ule (1.) Of caution, in four particulars,

ibid. (2.) Of information, in several inferences,

Two difficult cafes solved, relative to hypocrites and believers, 106
Twelve instances of the ftrength of fin in believers,

121 Four instances of the miserable state of unbelievers,

143 (3.) Of examination; containing a fourfold inquiry to know who are delivered from the law, as it is the strength of fin,

149 (4.) Of exhortation ; first to unbelievers, who are under the law; and then to believers, who are not under it,

162 • SERMON. LXXIX. God's Great Name, the Ground and Reason of saving great Sinners,

167 Ps.cvii.8. Nevertheless be saved tbem for his name's sake. The words being divided, explained, and summed up in a doctrinal observation ,

several propositions laid down for clearing the doctrine, and parallel scriptures adduced for illustrating the truth of it, the following general heads of method are insisted upon, viz. 1. What is that name of God, for the sake of which he faves, a 172 2. What it is for God to save for his name's sake,

178 3. What salvation he works for his name's sake,

183 4. What is imported in this NEVERTIIELESS; or, over what impediments doth

God bring about salvation for his name's fake, 5. Some reasons offered why he saves for his name's sake, 6. Some inferences deduced for the application,




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