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In selecting topics, care has been taken to embrace those which have a prominence in the Bible, and which in all ages have been considered of primary importance in theological and moral inquiry. Such manifestly are those which relate to the perfections, prerogatives, designs, providence, and law of God the character, rights, and destiny of man— the economy of grace, or way and terms of salvation through Christ essential duties towards God and each other, and civil and religious institutions.

Christian nations are far more indebted to the Bible for their elevation above heathenism, than is commonly believed. The revealed facts respecting God and his designs and governmentthe precepts of his law, clothed with infinite authority — the promises of his grace, and the threatenings of his justice, are the best safeguards against disgraceful and ruinous vices.

It is believed that a convenient and faithful compilation of proofs from the Bible, upon its weighty and practical subjects, may prove one of the most effective auxiliaries to the cause of Christian enterprise. The impressions made upon the public mind in favor of pure and undefiled religion, by a copious and systematic array of proof texts, in a convenient and popular form, must prove a most powerful incentive to virtue, and restraint upon

destructive errors, sins and vices. I now commit the success of this work to the overruling providence of that Being who has mercifully sustained and helped me during its preparation. If it shall tend to confirm the public mind in revealed truth, and become a guard against those crrors and vices which lead to death, as is confidently boped the labor of preparing it will not have been in vain

CHARLES SIMMONS

INDEX.

N. B. The figures in this Index, and those in brackets at the end of many of the
sections in this work, both refer to the number of the sections, or topics, which, to
avoid confusion, is placed on the top of the pages, and correspond with those that occus
upon the pages. The usual paging is placed at the bottom, and will not be used. A
dash between figures, signifies inclusive: for example, 496—8, includes the pumbeis
496, 497, and 498. An occasional figure in a parenthesis, refers to some specification
under the foregoing numbers, which rarely occurs : for example, 17,(2,) refers to
the second specification under the seventeenth topic, or section. The reader will be
more sure to find the subject desired, by looking for the principal word first -- by look-
ing for the noun before the verb, and both noun and verb before the adjective: for
example, for Divine Teaching, look for Teaching, Divine; and for Perfections of God,
look for God's Perfections.

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Ability of God to sanctify, 588. Apostasy, original, 13, 157
" of man to do right, 421.

“ general, to come, 86.
Abrahamic church, 116.

APOSTATES warned, 19.
covenant, 117–121.

“ hard to reclaim, 20.
Acceptance with God, 583-4.

were they regenerated ? 21.
ACTIVITY required, 1.

Apostles, 97—100.
“ in conversion, 600.

ATHEISM, 22.
Adam's fall, 157.

Atonement, 576–9.
“ effects of, 158.

Backbiting forbidden, 729.
Adoption of believers, 584. BACKSLIDERS, 23.
Adultery forbidden, 402–5. “ Prone to murmur, 24.
AFFLICTIONS, common, 2.

“ insensible of their state, 25.
“ from God, 3.

“ walk in darkness, 26.
“ benefits of, 4.

" threats against, 27.
" of the righteous, short, 5.

“ called to repentance, 28.
“ divine support under, 6.

“ need re-conversion, 29.
“ demand sympathy, 7.

« when turned, heartily confess, 30
try mankind, 8.

BAPTISM, Mosaic, 31.
“ often misimproved, 9.

“ figurative, 32.
AGED PERSONS, 10.

of John, 33, 34.
Agency of God, 264–7.

of Christ, by John, 35.
“ of the Spirit, 347, 594—6. “ instituted by Christ, 36.
“ moral, 271, 329, 373, 600.

proper administrators of, 37.
Almsgiving required, 406–7, 526. proper subjects of, 38.
Amusement, see Mirth, 479. “ mode of, 39
ANGELS, numerous, 11.

Beauty of God, 229.
" how employed, 12.

“ of Zion, 672.
ANGELS, APOSTATE, 13. Beneficence required, 406.
expressive names of, 14.

Benevolence of God, 224.
" character and employment of, 15. “ of Christ, 50—60.
“ devices of, 16.

" of saints, 661.
suggestions of, 17.

" enjoined upon all, 406.
" to be resisted, 18.

" disinterested. 413.
Anger, sin and folly of, 735.

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BIBLE inspired, 40.

“ deadness to the world, 59
“ the everlasting truth, 41.

love to man, 60.
6 will all be fulfilled, 42.

“ condescension, 61.
proved by miracles, 43.

meekness, etc, 62.
proved by prophecy, 44.

“ diligence, 63.
“ its internal evidence, 45.

prayerfulness, 64.
our standard of faith, 46.

“ preaching, 65.
" the true means of grace, +7 reproving, 66.

to be studied and taught, 48. temporary reputation, 67
a written revelation, 49.

“ sufferings and death, 68.
“not to be perverted, 50.

CHRIST'S HUMANITY, 69
“ all of it profitable, 51.

dependence, 70.
Bishops, to instruct, etc., 101, 447. son-ship, 71.
Blasphemy forbidden, 718—720. subjection to God, 72.
Blessedness of God, 215, 223, preëminence, 73.
" of heaven, 339, 340, 672.

CHRIST'S DIVINITY, 74.
Blindness of sinners, 707.

equality with God, 75.
Boasting exemplified, 703.

“ divine attributes, 76.
“ of saints excluded, 668.

“ divine works, 77, 78.
Boldness exemplified, 460.

“divine honors, 79, 80.
Brotherly love required, 111. mystery asserted, 81.
Call to preach, 449.

' final triumph, 82.
Calling, effectual, 597.

CHRIST'S KINGDOM, 83.
CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS: “nature of, 84.
against apostasy, 19.

generally opposed, 85, 86.
backsliding, 23.

“ will overthrow its enemies, 8?
covetousness, 137. " and excite joy, 88.
bad company, 179. “ warns the wicked, 89.
error and errorists, 177. its certain triumph, 90.
intemperance, 366. “its duration, 91.
lewdness, 405.

CHURCH, design of, 92.
perverting Scripture, 50. “ foundation of. 93.
false teachers, 477. “ is greatly beloved, 94.
the devices of Satan, 18. “ is safe, 95.
soul-murder, 555.

“ its Head, 96.
suretyship, 717.

CHURCH OFFICERS:
tempters and temptation," apostles, 97—100.
724.

pastors, teachers, etc., 101.
trusting in man, 170. deacons, 102.
self-deception, 704. “ elders, plurality of, 103.
unrighteousness, 733. CHURCH ORDINANCES:

worldly idols, 741-2. baptism and the Lord's Supper
Sec also Threats, in this Index.

104.
Censoriousness forbidden, 729. preparation for, 105.
Charity, see Love, 412-414. - privilege of, 106.

see also Liberality, 406—408. “ should be observed, 107.
Chastisement of saints, 2-4. CHURCH ORDER, ETC.:
** of children, 494.

an carly Convention, 108.
Chastity required, 404-5.

“ discipline, 109.
CHEERFULNESS, 52.

“ rules for edification, 110.
CHILDREN, duties of, 53. “ love and fellowship, 111.
correction of, 54.

• disfellowship, 112.
sometimes pious, 55.

CHURCH UNITY, 113.
CHRIST'S EXAMPLE, 56. “not to be rudely broken, 114.
obedience to God, 57.

“ its proper limits, 115.
'self-denial, 58.

root and branches, 116.

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Cruelty to servants forbidden, 679.
" of warriors, 734.

Custom, its power, 143.
Darkness, works of, 167.
Day of judgment, 383–390.
Deacons appointed, 102.
DEATH, by sin, 144.
" the lot of all, 145.
" time of appointed, 146,
“ ordered by God, 147.
“ soon approaches, 148.
“ often sudden, 149.
" the end of earth, 150.
“ late in life, desirable, 151.
“ destroys not the soul, 152.
“ fear of overcomc, 153.

to be patiently waited for, 154.
“ dreadful to the wicked, 155.
“ demands preparation, 156.
Death, spiritual, 165.
Death, the second, 563.
“ in impenitence, 564.
“ of false hopes, 590.
Decalogue, 281–3.
Deceivers, 16, 474.
Deceit of sinners, 702.
Deceiving ourselves, 704.
Decrees of God, 249--258.
Dependence on God, 261–3.
“ for sanctification, 594—6.
“ in using mcans, 434.
“ consistent with freedom, 271.
" of Christ, 70.
DEPRAVITY-the fall, 157.

consequences of, 158.
guilt of, personal, 159.

CHURCH ABRAHAMIC:

its covenant, 117, 118.
uits seal, 119.
“its covenant blessings, 120.
"its covenant permanent, 121.
Circumcision, 119.
Civil government, 310–319.
Commandments, ten, 281.
COMPANIONS, 122.
Compassion to sufferers, 7, 526.

of God, 225, 522.
" of Christ, 60.
Complacency of God, 504.
" of saints in God, 657.
" of saints in each other, 111.
Condescension required, 123.
“ of God, 228.
" of Christ, 61.
Conditions, see Terms.
Confession of sin, 124.
CONSCIENCE, 125.

may be seared, 126.
“ often misinformed, 127.
“ will not always sleep, 128.
“ demands obedience, 129.
“ should be respected, 130.

causes comfort or pain, 131.
Consequences, belong to God, 659.
Consideration required, 132.
Contempt and scorn, 673.
Contending for truth, 188.
Contention sinful, 735—7.
Contentment, a duty, 133.
Contrast, (law and gospel,) 306.
“ saints and sinners, 645-656.
Controversy, God's, 230.
" with God, 272, 695.
Conversion necessary, 589.
“ of the Jews, 382.
Conviction of sin, 590.
COURAGE required, 134.
COURTESY required, 135.
Covenant of redemption, 575.
“ with Abraham, 117–121.
Covenanting with God, 502.
COVETOUSNESS, 136.

prohibited, 137.
“punished, 138.
" evils of, 408.
CREATÍON produced, 139.
“ time employed in, 140.
“ of the orbs, for lights, 141.
“ indicates wisdom, 142.
Crimes, capital, 315, 316.
Crucifixion of Christ, 68.
Cruelty of sinners, 701.

its hateful nature, 160.
“ its connection with law, 161.
“ not founded in mere ignorance,

162.
" its universality, 163.
“ its native origin, 164.
“ its total dominion, 165.
“ its strength and obstinacy, 166.
“ its works of darkness, 167.
" its restraints, 168.
“its perpetuity, 169.
“makes men untrusty, 170.
N. B. - See also Sinners, 688–710.
Despondency reproved, 171.
Devices of Satan, 16.
Devil, character of, 14–17.
“ to be resisted, 18.
“ will be defeated, 277.
Devotion to God required, 295,
Dieț, sce Food, 199.

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Dignity of man, 419–422.

Faith in Christ necessary,

183.
“ of the saints, 672.

“ exemplified, 184.
Diligence, see Activity, 1.

“ effects of, 185.
Directions to sinners, 601.

“ evidence of, 186.
Discipline of the church, 109. “ should be strong, 187.
Discretion required, 172.

contending for, 188.
Disfellowship, 112, 177, 477. " of miracles, 189, 190.
Dishonesty forbidden, 732.

“ often spurious and ruinous, 19:.
Disinterestedness, 413—15. Fall of man, 157.
" of Christ, 56.

Falsehood, see Lying, 416.
“ of saints, 661.

FASTING acceptable, 192.
Disobedience of sinners, 691. “ examples of, 193.

to parents, punished, 494. " often spurious, 194.
Divinity of the Father, 212—248. Faults reproved, 610, 611.
" of the Son, 74-82.

Fear of God, required, 290.
“ of the Spirit, 346.

" of man forbidden, 460.
Divisions and separations, 114. Fellowship with God, 657.
Divorce discountenanced, 427. " with saints, 111-113.
Dress, precepts on, 173.

“ with errorists, 177, 477.
Drunkenness forbidden, 366. FEMALE INDUSTRY, 195.
Earth, to be destroyed, 386. " piety and kindness, 196.
Economy required, 172.

“ subordination and speaking, 197.
Effectual calling, 597.

Fighting forbidden, 735, 736.
Edification, rules for, 110.

Fight of faith, 738.
Egotism forbidden, 703.

Firmness required, 712.
Elders, to teach, 101.

FLATTERY, common, 198.
authority of, 455.

" characteristic of sinners, 702.
6 plurality of, when needed, 103. FOOD, precepts on, 199.
Election, national, 253.

Folly of sin, 733.
w individual, 254.

FOOLS described, 200.
Enmity against God, 690, 740. FORBEARANCE, 201, 737.
ENVÝ forbidden, 174.

“ of God, 227.
Equality, ministerial, 101. “ often abused, 202.
“ of rights, 631–5.

Forgetting God reproved, 692.
ERROR corrupti 175.

FORGIVENESS, DIVINE, 583.
“ tries mankind, 176.

required, 203.
Errorists to be avoided, 177. Formality unavailing, 191.
Evangelists, 101.

Fornication forbidden, 404.
Evidence of piety, 602.

Fraud forbidden, 732.
s of true faith, 186.

Free agency, 271, 329, 555-6, 600.
Evil, moral, overruled, 267–8. Free inquiry, 632.
EXAMPLE required, 178. FRIENDSHIP, true, 204.
precepts on, 179.

spurious, 205.
“ of Christ, 56–66.

Gentleness required, 499.
Excommunication, 109.

exemplified, 62, 660.
Excuses of sinners, 373, 706. Glorifying God, 300, 301
Exercises of the heart, 329. Glory of God, 214, 277.
" sinful or holy, 505.

“ of Christ, 82.
Expediency of doing right, 286, 630." of saints in heaven, 672.
" of maintaining truth, 433. Gluttony reproved, 199.
“ of civil government, 311.

GOD seen by intuition, 206.
Expostulations divine, 371. “ made known by his works, 207.
Extortion forbidden, 733.

a moral agent, 208.
Extravagance forbidden, 180. " his chief end, 209.
FAITH, nature of, 181.

his mode of existence, 210, 211.
counted for righteousness. 182.

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