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Krant 1-255.] 2013-PAD VERTISEMENT:
See to point little Justem have been foreached.
THE following Sermons, though first preached
on particular occasions, have been selečted in erder to form a little System of the truths of the gospel, to point out their relation to one another, and their influence on practice. There appears to me the greater necessity of this, that evangelicat principles have for some time past been falling greatly into disrepute; which I take to be the true, and the single reason, why religion is at present in fo very weak and languishing a state. The ato tempt ought not to be considered as arising from a thirst of fame ; for a man must judge very iil who should expeet to increase his reputation by eSpousing this despised cause. I must also observe, that these discourses are not published as containing any thing better than many practical writings of the last age ; but as an endeavour to perpetuatë the knowledge of the same truths, and to supply the place of those which, through the antiquity of style and manner, seem to be falling into forgeta fulness. If there is any thing particular in them, it is an attempt to illustrate the scripture-doctrine by experience, and observations on human life. it hath long been my opinion, that an impartial view of the course of Providence, and of the characters and ways of men, would greatly contribute to establish us in the belief of the truths of the gospel; and that the very opposition given to them by. . worldly men, serves at once to accomplish and con- firm them..
There will be found, in many of the sermons, exprelions of reference to the time of their being first preached, particularly to the administration of the facrament of the Lord's fupper. It had been easy to have altered the sentences in which express mention is made of that crdinance; but as there is often a peculiarity or propriety of language through the whole of a discourse, which is beft understood when we know the time and circumstances of its first composition, I chose to let them Stand as they were. Another reason inclined me to the same thing : The choice of the subjets for publication was made in such a manner as to give a pretty full view of the revelation of divine mer-ry in the gospel, and by that means to illustrate and support the truth. – But as there is a great danger of running too much into controversy and Speculation, the best way to avoid this seemed to be, to let the fermons retain every thing particular and practical, intended for the instruction, reproof, or consolation, of the audience, when they were first delivered. With these few remarks, I commit them to the candour of the public, with very little concern as to the judgement of those who read only to pass sentence upon the ability of the writer, but earnestly praying, that God may make them instrumental in turning finners from the error of their ways, and promoting the sanctification and peace of those who have known the truth as it is in Jesus.
may pretty full viewade in such a me the subjects;
The world crucified by the cross of Christ.