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A PRACTICAL EXPOSITION UPON PSALM CXXX.;
INDEX TO VERSE FOUR
The words explained, and the design or scope of the psalmist in them discovered. Propositions or observations from the former exposition of the words -- The first proposed to confirmation-No encouragement for any sinner to approach unto God without a discovery of forgiveness Greatness and rareness of the discovery of forgiveness in God -- Reasons of it -- Testimonies of conscience and law against it, etc. False presumptions of forgiveness discovered -- Differences between them and faith evangelical The true nature of gospel forgiveness -- Its relation to the goodness, grace, and will of God; to the blood of Christ; to the promise of the gospel -- The considerations of faith about it. Forgiveness discovered or revealed only to faith -- Reasons thereof. Discovery of forgiveness in God a great supportment to sin-entangled souls -- Particular assurance attainable.. Evidences of forgiveness in God -- No inbred notions of any free acts of God's will -- Forgiveness not revealed by the works of nature nor the law. Discovery of forgiveness in the first promise -- The evidence of the truth that lies therein -- And by the institution of sacrifices -- Their use and end -- Also by the prescription of repentance unto sinners Farther evidences of forgiveness with God -- Testimonies that God was well pleased with some that were sinners -- The patience of God towards the world an evidence of forgiveness -- Experience of the saints of God to the same purpose. Institution of religious worship an evidence of forgiveness The giving and establishing of the new covenant another evidence of forgiveness with God -- The oath of God engaged in the confirmation thereof . The name of God confirming the truth and reality of forgiveness with him -- As also the same is done by the properties of his nature Forgiveness manifested in the sending of the Son of God to die for sin -- And from the obligation that is on us to forgive one another.. Properties of forgiveness -- The greatness and freedom of it. Evidences that most men do not believe forgiveness Exhortation unto the belief of the forgiveness that is with God -- Reasons for it, and the necessity of it . Rules to be observed by them who would come to stability in obedience. RULE I. -- Christ the only infallible judge of our spiritual condition -- How he judgeth by his word and Spirit RULE II. -- Self-condemnation and abhorrency for sin consistent with gospel justification and peace-The nature of gospel assurance -- What is consistent with it -- What are the effects of it. RULE III. -- Continuance in waiting necessary unto peace and consolation. RULE IV. -- Remove the hinderances of believing by a searching out of sin -- Rules and directions for that duty RULE V. -- Distinction between unbelief and jealousy.. RULE VI. -- Distinction between faith and spiritual sense. RULE VII. -- Mix not foundation and building work together.. RULE VIII. -- Spend not time in heartless complaints RULE IX. -- Take heed of undue expressions concerning God and his ways in distress RULE X. -- Duly improve the least appearances of God in a way of grace or pardon. RULE XI. -- [Consider where lies the hinderance to peace]... Second general head of the application of the truth insisted on -- Grounds of spiritual disquietments considered -- The first, afflictions -- Ways and means of the aggravation of afflictions -- Rules about them. Objections against believing from things internal -- The person knows not whether he be regenerate or no -- State of regeneration asserted -- Difference of saving and common grace -- This difference discernible -- Men may know themselves to be regenerate -- The objection answered. RULE I.. RULE II.. RULE III.. RULE IV.. Objections from the present state and condition of the soul -- Weakness and imperfection of duty -- Opposition from indwelling sin.
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