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CHAP. 10. Where all are stirred up to put themselves upon the

trial, whether sincere or not; three arguments used
to provoke to the work; and four false characters, by
which the hypocrite flatters himself into a conceit of
being upright.......

11. The weak grounds whereby tempted souls argue against
their own uprightness.

12. Four characters of truth of heart, or sincerity..... 128
13. A word of direction to those who are found unsound,
and false-hearted.

14. An exhortation to those who upon trial are found to be

true in heart, or sincerc, to wear this belt close girt
to them in the daily exercises of it; with directions
for that purpose....

15. Counsel and comfort to those who are sincere, but

drooping doubting souls, who neither are condemned
absolutely in their consciences for hypocrites, nor
fully absolved from the suspicion of it in their own

16. Wherein the second reason of the metaphor is opened;

why sincerity is set out by the soldier's belt; viz.
from the establishing and strengthening nature of this
grace, particularly of a preserving strength it bath;
with some special seasons wherein the hypocrite
falls off.

17. Of a recovering strength that sincerity hath, and whence. 184
18. Of a supporting and comforting property sincerity hath,
shewn in several particular instances.

19. A brief applicatory improvement of the point, both in
general and particular branches also.


And having on the breast-plate of righteousness.

CHAP. 1. Contains the explication of the words....

2. A short point from the connection of this piece of ar-

mour with the first; righteousness with truth....... 213
3. Wherein the grand point from the words is laid down,

that the Christian's especial care should be to keep
on his breast-plate, i. e, maintain the power of holi.
ness in his conversation; with the first reason of the

point, taken from God's design as to this..... 216
4. The second reason why the Christian should wear this

breast-plate of righteousness, and maintain the power

of holiness, taken from Satan's great design against it. 225
5. The third reason, taken from the excellence of righteous-
ness and holiness.



CHAP. 6. Contains the first instance wherein the Christian is to

express the power of holiness, and that is in his be-
viour towards sin; branched into several particulars. 239
A second instance wherein the power of holiness is to

appear in the Christian's life, i. e. the duties of God's

8. A third instance, wherein the power of holiness must

appear, and that is in the Christian's worldly employ-

9. of expressing the power of holiness, in and to our fa-
mily relations.

10. Of exercising the power of holiness in our carriage to
our neighbours without doors.

11. Contains nine or ten directions towards the helping those

that desire to maintain the power of a holy righteous

.. 270
12. Wherein the first policy or stratagem of Satan is de-

feated, which he useth to make the Christian throw
away his breast-plate of righteousness, as that which
hinders the pleasure of his life.....

... 284
13. Wherein is defeated Satan's second wile, by which he

would cheat the Christian of his breast-plate, pre-

senting it as prejudicial to his worldly profits... 294
14. Wherein is defeated the third stratagem Satan useth to

disarm the Christian of his breast-plate; and that is
by scaring him with the contradiction, opposition,
and feud, it brings from the world.

15. Contains two uses of the point.....

16. An exhortation to the saints in three branches.


VERSE 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of

the Gospel of Peace.


CHAP. 1. Wherein the glad news that the Gospel brings is de-

clared from five particulars, requisite to fill up the
joyfulness of a message; with a word to stir up our
bowels in pitying those that nerer heard any of this

... 321
2. A lamentation for the unkind welcome that Gospel-

news finds in the world; with two or three sad
grounds of fear as to us in this nation; taken from
the present entertainment the Gospel hath among us,
with a double exhortation to the saints to rejoice in

this joyous message.
3. A fonrfold peace attributed to the Gospel, and in parti-

cular peace of reconciliation, where it is proved there

... 328


is a quarrel betwixt God and man, as also that tho
Gospel can only take it up, and why God thus laid
the method of man's recovery.

1. A more particular account why God reconciled sinners
to himself by Christ.

... 347
5. An exhortation to embrace this peace of reconciliation
offered in the Gospel..

... 356
6. Four directions by way of counsel to sinners yet in an

unreconciled state, how they may be at peace with

7. An exhortation to such as are at peace with God, in
six particulars..

... 378
8. That peace of conscience is a blessing to be obtained

from the Gospel, and only the Gospel, with a double
demonstration thereof.

9. A reproof to three sorts of persons that offend against
this peace which the Gospel brings...

10. Where we have a trial of our peace, from four characters
of Gospel peace or comfort.

11. That the Gospel alone can unite the hearts of men to-

gether in true peace, and how the Gospel doth it. :. 417
12. Wherein is shewu the difference between the peace

that is among saints, and which is among the wicked;
the greatness of their sin who are ministers of peace,
and yet stir up strise; and the reason why there is no
more peace

and unity among saints in this life. 424
13. An exhortation to the saints to maintain peace among
themselves and promote it to their utmost.

14. The duty of a Christian to stand shod with a heart pre-

pared for all sufferings, with one reason of the point. 445
15. The second reason of the point, taken from the excel-
lency of this frame of spirit.

16. The number of true Christians but little, shewn from this
readiness to suffer that is required in every

tian, more or less; with an exhortation to the duty,
from two arguments.

17. Six directions for the helping on of this spiritual shoe. 471
18. Sheweth who is the person that is shod and prepared

for sufferings, i.e. he that hath the Gospel's peace in
his bosom; and how this peace doth prepare for suf-
fering; with a brief application of all.



In Complete Armour.


EPHESIANS, vs. 11.

Stand therefore and

The Apostle bad laid down in general, verse 13, what armour the Christian soldier must use: “ Armour of God.” Now lest any should stamp divinity upon what is huinan, and make bold to set God's name on their counterfeit ware, calling that armour of God which comes out of their private forge, as Papists and many carpal Protestants also do, who invent weapons to fight the devil with that never came into God's heart to appoint; he therefore comes more particularly to shew what this whole armour of God is, describing it piece by piece, which together make up the complete suit, and every way furpisheth the Christian to take the field against this bis enemy. We shall handle them in that order we find them here laid by the Apostle. Only something would briefly be first said to the posture given us in charge, as that which we are to observe in the use of every piece, and therefore prefixed to all, because it hath influence upon all. The posture lies in these words : “Stand therefore,.

' This word “stand” is the same with the last in the ing verse; but neither in the same mood, nor sense: there put for victory and triumph when the war is done, here for the Christian's posture in the fight, and in order to it. It




is a military expression, a word of command that captains use upon different occasions to their soldiers, and so imports several duties that are required at the Christian's hands.




FIRST, to stand, is opposed to a cowardly flight from, or treacherous yielding to the enemy. When a captain sees his men begin to shrink, and perceives some disposition in them to flee or yield, then he bids “ stand,” that is, stand manfully to it, and make good your ground against the enemy, by a valiant receiving his charge, and repelling his force. The word taken thus, points at a suitable duty incumbent on the Christian, which take in this.note.

Satan in his temptations is stoutly to be resisted, not in any wise yielded unto.

Reas. 1. T'he command is express for it: "whom resist, steadfast in the faith,” 1 Pet. 9. v. Set yourselves in battle against him, as the word imports, fight him whenever he comes. Soldiers must keep close to their commission, whatever comes on it. When Joab sent Uriah to stand in the fore-front of the battle, in the face of death itself, he could not but see his danger, yet he disputes not the matter with his general; obey he must, though he loses his life upon the place. Cowardice and disobedience to the leader's command are counted among the Turks the most damning sins; and shall they be thought peccadilos, little ones, by us that have Christ for our captain to serve, and sin and the devil for enemies to fight? To resist some temptations may cost us dear: " Ye have not

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