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and be put upon searching under another term. But here we need only turn to the subject inquired after, and, without any such stops, find Scriptures full and apt thereto (by whatsoever terms or phrases they are expressed) occur to our eye at an instant; and, mostly, all that the Scripture affords on that subject.
II. To give some light into the method, and the use of this work. 1. Take notice, that, in Chap. XI. [Of the Failings of God's Children], the first texts are to prove each person's title to that appellation, then the next following, his failings and this is done on purpose, that it might appear these are the Failings of God's Children; and so proper to the Head.
2. Note also, That the words in a parenthesis, beginning with (or) are the marginal readings.
3. Some general heads have no particulars following, but the whole placed under that general head. This is so done, either because the texts which the Scripture affords on that subject are but few, and so easily run through; or that the matters are so various, that almost every verse carries a distinct meaning in it, yet still relating to the general head; as in that [The Privileges of the Righteous], each text is almost a distinct privilege: so in that [Of the Character of Saints], and some others of like nature. And here to have descended to particular heads, would have been tedious and unnecessary; for the words being there transcribed, the Reader may presently inform himself in the whole, and in every particular.
LASTLY. A little pains in observing the CONTENTS or TABLE in the front of the book, which doth contain the general and particular heads, and also the references thereto, directing to Chapter and Page where each lieth, will enable us to discern more of the method and usefulness of the work, than can be well expressed in a short Introduction.
This therefore shall suffice, presuming the work itself will shew its own usefulness and advantage; holding a man to one subject, and yielding variety of matter to enforce it upon the mind, and leave impressions there: when the bare reading a chapter or two, which some use to do as a task, proves not effectual for that end; and searching proves laborious, and often discouraging and fruitless too.
WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
Sect. II. The necessity of searching the
Sect. II. Of the Scriptures, their au-
thority, use, end, and excellency
See preaching of the word, chap. xxv.
CHAP. II. Of God: his nature, attri-
Sect. 1. His names, and titles
Sect. 111. His excellency, majesty,
greatness, Perfection, glory, and
sovereignty, and absoluteness. His
See more in the duty of fearing God,
Sect. vi. He is the most strong, al-
Sect. VII. Heis omniscient, omnipre-
Sect. XI. He is compassionate, piti-
Sect. XII. He is long-suffering, and
Sect. XIII. He is gracious, good, and
Sect. xv. He is unchangeable -
Sect. XVI. He is infinite and unsearch-
Sect. xvIII. He, only, is the true and
See of worshipping God, chap. xiv.
CHAP. III. Of the one God, Father,
Son, and Spirit; or the Trinity
See more of Christ's excellency, chap. v.
See more of the Spirit, chap. xix. sect. i.
CHAP. IV. Of Man, in his first estate,
wherein he was created; and of his
Sect. 11. Ignorant, opposing the true
See more of ignorance, chap. xxxvi.
Sect. 111. In servitude to Satan and
Sect. IV. The sad fruit and end of such
See more of God's judgments against
Fourthly. Under what case the law
Sect. 11. Under the curse thereof
Sect. III. The deeds of the law, or
sacrifices under it, cannot justify
or purge from sin, but still leave
sinners under guilt, condemnation,
Sect. 1. From God only, and no
Sect. 11. Who he is, and by whom
this salvation is conveyed, and
Sect. 111. The excellency of this Sa-
See more in pardon and salvation by
CHAP. VI. How Christ wrought this sal-
vation for sinners: what he was
made, and is, and what he did, in
Sect. III. Farther benefits and advan-
See more, trusting in God, chap. xvi.
Sect. IV. The effects or fruits, by
See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix.
Sect. v. The dangerous state and is-
Spirit, which are indispensably ne
See more of the fruits of faith, chap. ix.
CHAP. XI. The children of God them-
selves may be overtaken in faults; are
not free from sinful dispositions and
inclinations in this life; and there-
fore may deserve to be chastised of
See God's threatenings and judgments
CHAP. XII. Of the privileges of the
righteous, and their excellency above
others: what God hath done, doth,
and will do for them, more than for
others; and what they can do with
See more in the next chapter of union
See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.
In times of common calamities, chap. xxi.
See the glory reserved for believers.
CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation
CHAP. XIV. Of the duties of believers,
especially such as would excel. First.
Secondly. To obey and hearken to
See more of disobedience, sect. xiv.
Sect. IV. Worship God, and sanctify
See more in chap. xxv. and of idolatry,
I. Not in any else
II. In God alone
Sect. v. To believe, and be found in
the practice of the things of God,
and his worship, but that which
clearly (according to the precepts,
rules, and examples of the scrip-
tures) appears to be Christ's mind,
upon which we can in faith ex-
Sect. vi. To pray unto God: of
See more of afflictions, chap. xx. com-
Sect. VII. To take especial notice of
the acts of God's goodness and
mercy; keep memorials thereof,
celebrate his praises, extol him,
and stir up others so to do
L. Not to fear any else; or other
See more of faith, chap. ix.
Sect. x. To look with faith, and hope,
and perseverance unto God in all
cases: the arguments for such be-
See more in the nature and use of faith,
Sect. XI. To walk humbly before God,
abasing ourselves, opposing all high
thoughts, and avoiding boasting:
See more of submitting in affliction,
See of death, chap. xxxii.
Sect. XII. The excellence of meek-
ness and patience: the encourage-
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
Sect. XIII. To take heed to our lips,
that our words be not rash, but
true, seasonable, well ordered, and
Sect. XIV. To confess and mourn for
sin, depart from it, and watch
against it: the arguments. God's
II. To wait for the second coming
See more, his coming to judgment,
Sect. xvi. To walk with God heartily,
uprightly, sincerely, and to follow
him fully and zealously: the rea-
See also hypocrites, &c. chap. xxv.
Sect. XVII. To stick fast to God, and
not to depart from him: to abide
in the faith and practice of his will,
and persevere to the end: the rea-
I. To persevere and abide in faith
See more of holding fast to God in time
II. That believers shall have grace
See more of God upholding us in afflic-
Sect. XVIII. To take care to watch di-
ligently over ourselves, with a
holy jealousy and fear, lest we
should apostatise and depart from
God, his truths, and ways, into