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NICHOL'S SERIES OF STANDARD DIVINES.

PURITAN PERIOD.

With General Preface

BY JOHN C. MILLER, D.D.,

LISOOLN COLLEGE; HONORARY CANON OF WORCESTER; RECTOR OF 3T MARTIN's, BIRMINGHAM.

THE

WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS.

VOL. IV.

COUNCIL OF PUBLICATION.

W. LINDSAY ALEXANDER, D.D., Professor of Theology, Congregational

Union, Edinburgh. JAMES BEGG, D.D., Minister of Newington Free Church, Edinburgh. THOMAS J. CRAWFORD, D.D., S.T.P., Professor of Divinity, University,

Edinburgh. D. T. K. DRUMMOND, M.A., Minister of St Thomas's Episcopal Church,

Edinburgh. WILLIAM H. GOOLD, D.D., Professor of Biblical Literature and Church

History, Reformed Presbyterian Church, Edinburgh. ANDREW THOMSON, D.D., Minister of Broughton Place United Presby

terian Church, Edinburgh.

Beneral Editor.
REV. THOMAS SMITH, M.A., EDINBURGH.

THE COMPLETE WORKS

OF

THOMAS BROOKS.

Edited, with Memoir,
BY THE REV. ALEXANDER BALLOCH GROSART,

LIVERPOOL

VOL. IV.

CONTAINING :

THE CROWN AND GLORY OF CHRISTIANITY.

EDINBURGH: JAMES NICHOL.
LONDON : JAMES NISBET AND CO. DUBLIN: G. HERBERT.

M.DCCC.LXVII.

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CONTENTS.*

CROWN AND GLORY OF CHRISTIANITY,

1

The Epistle Dedicatory,

3-34

Text Explained, [Hebrews xii. 14,]

35-37

Doct. That real holiness is the only way to happiness. All men

must be holy on earth, or they shall never see the beatifical vision,

they shall never reach to a glorious fruition of God in heaven,

37

I. What this holiness is : sixfold,

38–47

II. The truth of the proposition, that without men are holy,

they can never be happy :' ten arguments,

47-77

III. Reasons : five,

77-80

IV. Uses : 1. Conviction : eight,

80-95

2. Trial and Examination : seven,

95-103

How we shall know whether we have real holiness

or no: sixteen 'marks,'

103-150

3. Exhortation :

(1.) Motives: fifteen,

150–193

(2.) Counsels : six negative,

192-212

: ten positive,

212–241

(3.) Objections, 241-323, as follows:

Objection 1. We have no power to make ourselves holy; we

are as well able to make a world, to command the winds,

and to raise the dead, as we are able to cleanse our own

hearts, or change our own natures, or sanctify our own

souls, and therefore, to what purpose should we be so

strongly pressed to do that which we have no power to do? 241

241-246

Objection 2. But hereafter may be time enough to look after

holiness; I may yet pursue after the pleasures and profits

of the world, I may yet spend some years in gratifying

mine own lusts, and in walking after the course of the

world; I have time enough before me, and therefore some

years hence may be time enough to look after holiness, . 246

Five answers,

246-249

Objection 3. But if we should thus press and pursue after

holiness, then we must take our farewell of all joy and

comfort, of all delight and pleasure, and never expect

to enjoy one merry day more, for we observe that there

are no persons under heaven that live such a melan-

choly, sad, sorrowful, pensive life, as those who press

most after holiness, and who make most stir and noise

• Brooks having departed in his Crown of Glory of Christ from his rule of prefixing
Contents,' I have given above the leading divisions of the work: the lesser details, as
well as the 'Table' appended, will be incorporated in the General Index.—G.

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