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3. Their behaviour under their distress,
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SER MON CXXI, CXXII, CXXIII.
The Power and Policy of Satan bounded and baffled by the Lord Chrift,
Luke xxii. 31, 32. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon;
bebold, Satan bath desired to bave you, bai be may fift you as wbeat: but I bave prayed for thee, that tby faith fail not; and when thou art converted, Strengthen thy brethren.
After a suitable introduction to the subject, and the words analized
and explained, the following general topics of discourse are laid
down, viz. 1. Some remarks offered upon the circumstances of the time and occasion wherein thele words are spoken,
353 Upon the circumstances of the text,
357 3. Upon the warning itself,
362 4. Some observations concerning Satan and his temptations, 367,-383 5. Some meditations on the whole text,
383 6. Some concluding advices,
zo ter 311
Redemption by Christ, shewn to be of God, as the
first Cause ; and to God, as the last End, 407
1 Cor. i. 30. Rev. v. 9.-Who of God was made unto us
redemption. For thou wast slain, and bast redeemed us to God by thy blood.
The Author having taken a view of the words as they stand in them.
selves, and as compared together, and having expreffed their meaning in a general proposition, the following general heads of method
are prosecuted, viz. 1. Some propositions offered concerning this redemption, 410 2. How redemption is of God as the first cause, evinced,
477 3. How it is to God as the last end, enquired into,
ibid. 4. Application made of the whole subject, by deducing fix infcrences, 422
S E R M O N
The True Christ, no New Chrift,
Heb. siji. 8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day,
and for everi
The words being viewed, both in themselves and their connection,
a doctrinal proposition laid down, and confirmed from parallel texts
of scripture, the following heads of method are handled; viz. 1. The import of Christ's immutable identity and sameness, en. quired into,
434 2. Wherein, or in what respects, he is the fame, pointed out, 436 3. The neceffity of knowing this, especially in shaking times, evinced: 439 4. The application of the whole subject, in a variety of inferences, 444
S E R M ON
Temple Desolation making Way for Temple Restora
John ii. 19. Jesus answered and said unto tbem, Defiroy
this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
The Author having taken a view of the design of the words, and
considered them both in themselves and scope, and deduced a doctrinal observation from them, the following heads of method
are discoursed, viz. 1. Some remarks offered for the explication of the text and doctrine, 462 2. Some reasons alligned for the confirmation thereof,
462 3. Some inferences deduced for the application of the whole, 473 4. Some useful lessons offered as a conclusion to the whole, 489
S in the beginning of the preceding chapter, we
have the Lord reproving this people for their flotha fulness in building the temple, which provoked God ta contend with them; and exhorting them to reform and profecute that good work; fo, in the close of it, we find the people applying themfelves to that work, and the Lord himself animating them therein. Now, in this chapter, the prophet is, in the Lord's name, giving them further encouragement to this work. And,
1. He encourages them, by assuring the builders that the glory of this house they were now building, should exceed that of Solomon's temple; though not in outward glory, yet in spiritual splendor, particularly by the coming of Christ, the Desire of all nations, who would fill it with glory, by his coming to it, from ver. 1,-9.
2. He encourages them, by assuring them, that though their fin, in delaying to build the temple, had
This subject was discoursed in two fermons, viz. on the Sabbath, evening and Monday, immediately after the celebration of the Lord's fupper at Kinclaven, June 1738,
hindered their prosperity, yet now that this work was happily begun, he would bless and prosper them. God had smitten them with blasting and mildew, ver. 17.; and they had been a long time incorrigible, and might easily observe, that, as long as they continued in ne. glect of temple-work, all their other affairs went back. ward; but when they began to lay the foundation, or to raise the structure upon the foundations that had been laid fometime before, they might observe, from that time, yea, from that very day, a remarkable turn for the bet ter, tu all their affairs : " is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive-tree hath not brought forth : from this day will I bless you,” ver. 19. Nothing appears, might he say, to promise a good harvest and vintage next year; nature doth not promise it: but now, that the foundation of the temple is laid, and you apply yourselves in earnest, to this temple-work, the God of nature promises it, and that with a blefling. From this day will I
In which words you may observe these five things. 1. A great privilege under the name of blessing. 2. The author of this blessing, in the pronoun I.
3. The objects thereof, in the pronoun you. 4. The certainty of it, I WILL blefs you. 5. The term of its commencement, From THIS DAY will I bless you.
1. The great privilege here mentioned under the name of blefling. What blessing is here spoken of? It is not indeed, temporal prosperity, and outward plenty only ; but, when these come with a blessing, and are promi. fed as such, they come in among the number of fpiritu. al blessings, and include alfo fpiritual prosperity, as well as temporal. A man may have outward prosperity, and yet be cursed in his basket and store; but when he hath it with God's favour, so as to be blessed in his basket and in his store, then it comes in among the rank of saving bleffings. The privilege then here is such as includes all saving blessings.
2. The author of this blessing is God: I will bless you. The blessing here spoken of, is God's blessing; than which nothing can be desired more to make a creature
happy; for, “ The blessing of the Lord maketh rich ;"> and those whom he blefles, are blefled indeed. God's bleffing is much worth. Men may bless, and yet at the same time God's curse may make them miserable : but when God blesses, men's curses can do them no harm; for, God's blessing takes away the curse buth from crosses and comforts.
3. The certainty of it, I will bless you. It is fixed by God's unchangeable will; and his will is determined in his unchangeable word of promise: when God says, I WILL bless you, it is impossible but the blessing must take place; and when God's I will is heard by faith, it brings in full assurance, and strong confolation. As when God says, “ I will take away the heart of stone, and give the heart of Hesh; I will put my Spirit within you;
I will sprinkle you with clean water; I will be your God;" faith's echo is, “ Amen, Lord, thy will be done.' And when God's I will and our Amen meet together, then our will goes in to God's will, and the thing willed is certain and sure; yea, firmer than mountains of brass : for God's will is unalterable, his promise unchangeable; he has faithfulness for the girdle of his loins.
4. You have the objects of this blessing, in the pro. noun yolbo
It is true, this you is not in the original ; but is fitly enough supplied by our translators; for it is plainly understood, though the words run, From this day will I blefs: As if he had said, Hitherto curses and miseries have taken place among you; but henceforth blesfings and happiness shall take place; Iir blessing I will bless. But whom will he thus bless? Why, the persons understood here, are these, who, through grace, are determined to apply themselves to temple-work, and temple-reformation. And so,
4. You have the term or time, from which the blefsing commences, From THIS DAY will I bless you : that is, froni the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid. And here lies the principal emphasis of the text; and therefore, we have this from four times repeated; “ Consider now from this day and upward; from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month; even from