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PREFACE,

TO THE

CHRISTIAN READER.

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HE Author humbly conceives that the fol

lowing Discourses contain the most important and interesting truths of Christianity; and, as such, he earnestly recommends them to the perufal of every candid, and serious Chriftian.

There is, he confesses, nothing in their stile, and manner, that will delight the critic, or entertain the curious ; yet he hath studied to please every Reader for bis good to edification. To speak the truth as it is in Jesus, and to fet it forth in a plain and intelligible manner, so that he who readeth might understand, and have his soul profited thereby; is that which above all things is aimed at,

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and intended by the publication of these Discourses: For what is a man profited if he should gain the whole world, and loje bis own foul ? But as thou art commanded to try the spirits whether they be of God; even so likewise examine and try all human wri. tings by the Holy Scriptures.

The Author confeffes also that in some points he differs in judgment trom many eininent Chriftians that have gone before him; or rather, he differs in the manner of his explaining them: which may be particularly seen in his Sermons on repentance towards God, the communion of Saints, and Gospel fančtification. But should any person make it plainly and satisfactorily appear that he is miftaken therein, and hath not spoken agreeable to the divine records ; he promises, by the help of God, not only to change his opinion, and recract the error, but also to thank the instrument that shall help him to understand the mind and word of God more perfectly. · For my conscience bears me witness, in the light of God, that I have fought to make the truth manifest, and to efiaolih it, free from all error: Neither have I opposed any one, but for the sake of opposing error; nor have I, on the other hand, paid the least regard to any buman akthority whatever, that is not warranted, or lupa ported by the oracles of truth. - Thro the whole, as much as in me is, I have sincerely and fimply aimed to instruct and edify the Reader : I exhort thee therefore to understand, and then compare what chou readest with the Scriptures; for every word of God is pure.

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WITHOUT knowledge no man can rationally or acceptably serve the living and true God. For as the sun in the firmament cannot profit the blind, by shewing him the right way wherein to walk with safety, except his eyes be first opened ; so CHRIST, the Sun of righteousness, gives the light of life to no man, until the eyes of his understand ing are opened to receive it : And the reason why fo few seek after spiritual illumination in the knowledge of CHRIST, arises chiefly from a want of knowing their own blindness; for who but the blind will seek for some one to lead bim by the band? Wherefore is it that men are to notoriously alienated from the life of God? The Apostle answers, tbro' the ignorance that is in them, because of the infenfibility, or bar dness * of their hearts.

There is not so much want of Scripture light in our land, as of eyes to behold it. Every one who takes the Bible may thereby be made wife unto falvation, if he had but eyes to see it, and a a heart to obey it; but my people perish, faith God, for lack of knowledge.--The common people count the Scripture a sealed book, which none but the learned or clergy can read and understand : And frequently their leaders, instead of instructing them in the right way, confirm them in their natural blindness, or cause them to err.

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ON THE

Most Important and Interesting SUBJECTS

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CHRISTIANITY:

Which are as follows; 1. On the Nature and Coj li- 8. On the Office and Opetion of Man in a State of

rations of the HOLY Innocence.

SPIRIT.
2o. On the Fall of Man, or 9. On Regeneration.

Sin's Entrance into the 10. On the Love of God to-
World,

wards Man. 3. On the same Subject. 11. On the Promises of the 4. On the Re-Entrance of

New Testament.
Righteousness, or the Re- 12. On Prayer
covery of fallen Man by 13. On the Nature of Ordi.
JESUS CHRIST.

nances, Church Com5. On Repentance towards manion, and good God.

Works. 6. On Faith towards Our

14. On Gospel Sanctification. Lord Jesus Christ. 15. On Chriftian Perfection. 7. On the fame Subje&t.

By R. ELLIOT, A. B. Formerly of Bennet COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE. They that be wife shall foine as the brighness of the firmament,

and they that turn many to righteousness as ibe ftars for ever and ever.

Dan, xii. 3.

LONDON: Printed, and Sold by G. KEITH, at the Bible and Crown, in

Grace-church.Atreet ; E. Dilly, in the Poultry; M. Fo. LINGSBY, at the Seven Stars, near Temple-Bar, Fleetftreet; and T. FISHER, Bookseller in Rochester,

M DCC LXIV,

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