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12. That the examples of our forefathers are of use unto us, and

objects of our deepest consideration,

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13. It is a dangerous condition for children to boast of the privi-

lege of their fathers, and to imitate their sins,

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11. A multitude joining in any sin, gives it thereby a great ag-

gravation,

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15. The sinful actings of men against those who deal with them

in the name of God, and about the works or will of God, are

principally against God himself,

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16. Unbelief manifesting itself in a time of trial, is a most provok-

ing sin,

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17. There is commonly a day, a time, wherein unbelief riseth to

its height in provocation,

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18. To distrust God, to disbelieve his promises, whilst a way of

duty lies before us, after we have had experiences of his good-

ness, power and wisdom in his dealing with us, is a tempting of

God, and a great provoking sin,

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19. No place, no retiredness, no solitary wilderness, will secure men

from sin or suffering, provocation or punishment,

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20. Great works of providence are a great means of instruction,

and a neglect of them as to their instructive end, is a great ag-

gravation of the sin of those who live when and where they are

performed,

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(1.) To profit by these, it is required, that we consider and be well

acquainted with our own condition,

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(2.) That we consider what peculiar impressions of his will, God

puts upon any of his works,

21. The greater evidence that God gives of his power and good-

ness in any of his works, the louder is his voice in them, and

the greater is the sin of them that neglect them,

ib.

22. The end of all God's works, of his mighty works of pro-

vidence towards a person, a church or nation, is to bring to

faith and dependance,

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23. God is pleased oft-times to grant great outward means, to those

in whom he will not work effectually by his grace,

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24. No privilege, no outward means of grace, no other advan-

tage whatever, will secure men in a course of sinning, from the

wrath and justice of God,

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25. There are determinate bounds fixed unto God's patience and

forbearance, towards obstinate sinners,

ib.

26. The heart of God is greatly concerned in the sins of men, es-

pecially of those who on any account are his people, and so eg.

teemed,

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27. In all the sins of men, God principally regards the principle,

that is the heart,

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28. The error of the heart in preferring the ways of sin before

obedience, with its promises and rewards, is the root of all great

provoking sins and rebellions against God,

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29. A constant persisting in a course of sin, is the utmost, highest,

and last aggravation of sin,

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30. None despise or desert the ways of God, but those that know

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31. When God expresseth great indignation in himself against sin,

it is to teach men the greatness of sin in themselves,

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32. God gives the same firmitude and stability unto his threaten-

ings, that he doth unto his promises,

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33. When men have provoked God by their impenitency to decree

their punishment irrevocably, they will find severity in the cxe-

cution,

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34. It is the presence of God alone, that renders any place or con-

dition good or desirable,

VERSE 12.

1. There is need of great care, heedfulness, watchfulness, and cir-

cumspection, for a due continuance in our profession to the glo.

ry of God, and advantage of our own souls,

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2. Godly jealousy concerning, and watchfulness over the whole

body, that no beginnings of backslidings from Christ and the

gospel be found amongst them, is the duty of all churches of

believers,

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3. It is the duty of every individual believer to be intent on all

occasions, lest at any time, or by any means, there should be

found in them an evil heart of unbelief,

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Unbelief rejects the peculiar doctrines of the gospel ; such as,

(1.) That Jesus of Nazareth, poor and despised as he was in

the world, was the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, and

is both Lord and Christ,

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(2.) That by the obedience, death and blood-shedding of this

same Jesus, who was crucified and slain, is redemption, forgive-

ness of sins, deliverance from the wrath to come, righteousness,

and acceptation with God, to be obtained, and by him only,

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(3.) That the way and means whereby forgiveness of sin, righte-

ousness and acceptance with God for sinners is attained by this

Jesus Christ, is, that by the sacrifice of himself, his death and

blood shedding, with the punishment for sin which he volunta-

rily underwent, God was atoned, his justice satisfied, and bis

law fulfilled ; and that because he had ordered, in his infinite

wisdom and sovereignty, with the will and consent of Christ

himself, to charge all the sin of all the elect upon him, and to

accept of his obedience for them, he undertaking to be their

Surety and Redeemer,

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4. The root of all backsliding, of all apostasy, whether it be no.

tional or practical, gradual or total, lies in unbelief,

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5. The malignity and venom of sin, is apt to hide itself under

many, under any, shades and pretences,

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6. The best way to antidote the soul against sin, is to represent it

unto the mind in its true nature and tendency,

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7. Whoever departs from the observance of the gospel, and the

institutions thereof, doth in so doing depart from the living

God,

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8. When a heart is made evil by unbelief, it is engaged in a course

of sinful defection, of revolt from the living God,

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VERSE 13.

1. Sedulous mutual exhortation, is an eminent means to obviate

and prevent the design of the deceitfulness of sin,

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9, Gospel duties have an effectual efficacy attending them in their

special seasons,

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3. We have but an uncertain season for the due performance of

most certain duties,

ib.

4. The deceit which is in sin, and which is inseparable from it,
tends continually to the hardening of the heart,

VERSE 14.

1. Union with Christ is the principle and measure of all spiritual

enjoyments and expectations,

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2. Constancy and sted tastness in believing, is the great touchstone,

trial and evidence of union with Christ, or a participation of

him,

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First, There are many appearing evidences of union with Christ,

that may and do fail,

ib.

Secondly, There may be certain and undeceiving evidences of a

present participation of Christ,

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Thirdly, No grace, no sign or mark, will any longer or any fur-

ther be an evidence or testimony in this matter, but only as the

soul is effectually insluenced unto perseverance thereby,

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Fourthly, Perseverance is an evidence of union, in that it is an

effect of it,

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Ffwy, Whatever profession bath been made by any, whatever

fruits of it have been brought forth, whatever continuance in it

bere hath been, if it fail totally, it is a sufficient evidence that

zhose who have made it were never partakers of Christ, 170

3. Persistency in our subsistence in Christ un o the end, is a nat-

ter of great endeavour and diligence, and that unto ail belie-
vers,

ib.

4. Not only our profession and existence in Christ, but the graci-

ous beginnings of it aiso, are to be secured with great spiritual

care and industry,

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VERSE 15.

". I hat every circumstance of the Scripture is instructive, 177

1. God hath filled the Scripture with truth,

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VERSE 16.

!. Vany hear the word or voice of God to no advantage but only

in aggravate their sin,

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2. In the most general and visible apostasies of the church, God

still reserves a remnant unto himself, to bear witness unto him,

and for him, by their faith and obedience,

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3. God lays a few, oft-times a very few, of his secret ones, in the

balance against the greatest multitude of rebels and transgres-

sors,

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VERSE 17.

2. God is not displeased with any thing in his people but sin,

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2. Public sins, sins in societies, are great provocations of God, ib.

3. God sometimes will make men who have been wickedly exem-

plary in sin, righteously exemplary in their punishment,

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4. Great destructions in a way of judgment and vengeance, are

instituted representations of the judgment and vengeance to

come,

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VERSE 18.

1. All unbelief is accompanied with contumacy and rebellion, 202

2. Unbelief not only justifies, but glorifies the greatest severities

of God, against them in whom it prevails,

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3. The oath of God is engaged against no sin but unbeligf,

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VERSE 19.

1. Whatever we consider in sin, God principally considers the

root and spring of it in unbelief, as that which maketh the

most direct and immediate opposition unto himself,

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2. Unbelief is the immediate root and cause of all provoking sins, ib.

3. To disbelieve God with respect unto any especial design of glo-

rifying himself, is the greatest and highest provocation,

ib,

4. Unbelief deprives men of all interest in, or right unto, the pro-

mises of God,

ib.
5. No unbeliever shall ever enter into the rest of God, 211

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6. The gospel state of believers, is a state of assured rest and

peace,

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7. Many to whom the promise of the gospel is proposed and

preached, do, or may, through their own sins, come short of the

enjoyment of the things promised,

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8. Not only backsliding through unbelief, but all appearances of

tergiversation in profession, and occasions of them in times of

difficulty and trials, ought to be carefully avoided by profes-

sors,

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9. They who mix not the promises of the gospel with faith, shall

atterly come short of entering into the rest of God,

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VERSE 2.

1. It is a signal privilege to have the gospel preached unto us, 251

2. Barely to be evangelized, to have the gospel preached unto any,

is a privilege of a dubious issue and event,

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3. The gospel is no new doctrine, no new law,

ib.

4. God hath graciously ordered the word of the gospel to be

preached unto men, whereon depends their welfare or their ruin, 261

5. The sole cause of the promise being ineffectual unto salvation,

in and towards them to whom it is preached, is in themselves

and their own unbelief,

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6. There is a failing temporary faith with respect unto the pro-

mises of God, which will not advantage them in whom it is, ib.

7. The great mystery of useful and profitable believing, consists

in the mixing or incorporating of truth and faith in the souls

and minds of believers,

ib.

VERSE 3.

1. The state of believers under the gospel is a state of blessed rest, 277

2. It is faith alone which is the only way and means of entering

into this blessed state of rest,

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3. There is a mutual in-being of the promises and threatenings of

the covenant, so that in our faith and consideration of them,

they ought not utterly to be separated,

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4. God hath shewed us in his own example, that work and labour

is to precede our rest,

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5. All the works of God are perfect,

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6. All the works of God in the creation, were wrought and or-

dered in a subserviency unto his worship and glory thereby, 298

VERSE 4.

1. Whatever the Scripture saith in any place, being rightly under.

stood and applied, is a firm foundation for faith to rest upon, and

for arguments or proofs in matters of God's worship, to be de-
duced from,

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2. It is to no purpose to press any thing in the worship of God,

without producing the authority of God for it in his word,

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3. What the Scripture puts an especial remark upon, is especially

ib,

by us to be regarded and inquired inlo,

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