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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
BARON BROUGHAM AND VAUX,
LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND,
TREASURER OF LINCOLN'S INN,
ETC. ETC. ETC.
MY DEAR LORD,
HAVING frequently been requested to publish some of
my Sermons preached at Lincoln's Inn, I feel that I cannot avail myself of a more favourable opportunity, than when I may inscribe them to a Treasurer of the Society, who holds at the same time the highest and most dignified station in the Law.
If other reasons be demanded for prefixing your Lordship's name to Discourses, composed for your own Chapel, they may be found in those stupendous powers of intellect, and those splendid acquirements in Science and Literature, which are employed for the good of others with an activity, only equalled by the absence of every selfish feeling. It is however neither my province, nor my wish, to dilate upon these topics. I would rather refer to that seriousness of disposition, which prompts the most laudable regularity in fre
"Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the
disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the
wisdom of this world?—For after that the world by wisdom
knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preach-
ing, to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign,
and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ
crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the
Greeks foolishness: but unto them which are called-both
Jews and Greeks,-Christ the power of God, and the wisdom
of God."-1 COR. 1. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
ST. PAUL, SINCERE IN HIS PROFESSION OF THE
GOSPEL; AND AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE ZEAL.
"I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart,
and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to
abide in the flesh is more needful for you."-PHilipp. I.
EXPLANATION OF THE FIRST SIX VERSES OF THE
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,
let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God,
-of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands,
and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgement.—
And this will we do, if God permit.-For it is impossible
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of
the world to come,-if they shall fall away, to renew them
again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."-
THE GRANT OF REPENTANCE NOT TO BE DENIED TO
SUCH, AS FALL INTO SIN AFTER BAPTISM.
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made par-
takers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word
of God, and the powers of the world to come,-if they shall
fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him
to an open shame.”—HEB. VI. 4, 5, 6...............................
GREATER DILIGENCE REQUIRED IN OUR SPIRITUAL
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? so run, that ye may obtain. And every
man, that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things.
-Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an