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God, evinces our interest in Christ, brings true joy, has promise
of all things profitable, makes our soul's state safe, makes us
useful, fits us for gospel privileges, for death, and is heaven
begun; false steps respecting, 10—74; antecedents to-sense
of sin and helplessness, searching for a remedy, despondency,
removal of obstructions, uneasiness of mind, expression of our
feelings, 111-114; parts of a fourfold illumination, regulation
of the actings of conscience; fourfold change of the will; twofold
change of the affections, 115-124 ; its effects-new discourse,
works, a new rule, intentions, worship, warfare, company, en-

tertainments, home, apprehensions, v. 134_142.
New CREATURE, epistle preceding, v. 1; remarks introductory

to, 9; general plan of, 23.
New creature, why so called, meaning of, its different names, its

nature, v. 20–25; God the author of, formed—from nothing,
by Christ, with a word; entire, designed from eternity, gradu-
ally perfected, upheld by God, has a fruitful principle, is for a
great end, finally purged from the dregs of sin, 35–43;

properties—universality, vitality, susceptibility, growth, sense of
weakness, watchfulness, permanence, 127-132; instructions-
to prove a really new creation, to be grateful for it, to beware of
apostacy, to seek increase, walk consistently, and aspire at

more converse with God, 156-162; brief directions to, 163.
Objection, concerning ordinances, in the Author's day, iii. 421; to

the hopes of pious parents, this answered, iv. 461 ; to holiness

because of its trials, v. 474.
Objections, of weak believers respecting heart treasure-because of

ignorance, corruptions, little or no comfort being felt, unpro-
fitableness, little proficiency, and want of usefulness, ii. 228
233; of those wanting a sense of God's favour-because of unfit-
ness for it, pollution, not understanding it, and having no as-
surance of love, 366_370; to joining a church, answered, 466;
to self-dedication--from its not being supposed necessary, its
form being too prolix, inability to perform our vows, from
fear of insincerity, former and present inconstancy, iv. 172—181;
to any obligation urged from Jacob's worship, 304; to family
prayer—the prosperity of prayerless families, it not being ex-
pressly commanded, Jesus Christ not praying with his followers,
having wicked servants or children, its being too formal, a limit-
ing of the Spirit, a novel invention, those who observe it not
better than others, sufficiency of public and private prayer,
neighbours not observing it, having scoffers in the family, bash-
fulness and weak parts, some high professors not observing it,
having not time to spare, multiplicity of affairs, the tedious-
ness of it, never having attended to it, a needless preciseness,
not knowing how to conduct it, 326–343; to becoming new
creatures—its difficulty, yet too soon, irksomeness of pious du-
ties, scorn of old companions, no beauty in puritanism, impossi-
bility, fear of apostacy, v. 97-106; to associating with believ-

ers, iv. 552.

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Observations, general, on 1 Sam. vii. 2, iii. 403 ; on Hebrews xii.

23, that—there are disembodied spirits, spirits are substantial,
they enter an eternal state at death, they are then perfected, iv.

513–517; explanatory of Coloss. i. 12, v. 241.
Ordinances, to prepare us for heaven, v. 283; not to be despised, 18;

when obstructed, how obstructed, iii. 406—408; God of, la-

mented after, 418; of Christ estimable, v. 478.
Paraclete, fourfold, meaning of, iii. 143.
Paradox in christian experience, ii. 56.
Parents, irreligious, addressed, iv. 469.
Persecutors, how Christians must treat, v. 441.
Perseverance, in lamenting after the Lord encouraged, since those

lamenting are most likely to survive distresses, may prevail with
him to abide with others or with themselves, it may be season-
able, they are not alone, God regards them, his restored favour
will be more sweet, such shall see him face to face, their want of

ordinances shall be supplied, iii. 487-493.
Piety, youthful, v. 530 ; equitable, honourable, advantageous, ar-

duous, its neglect-hazardous, 554–560.
Plan, general, of Life in God's Favour, iii. 261.
Plea of one not covenanting with God, iv. 220.
Pleas, false, of presumers, iii. 312.
Poverty, spiritual, urges to seek heart treasure, ii. 32.
Prayer, places for, ii. 42; our Lord's, 94, powerful example

in Jacob—his address and plea, the warrant and promise he
urged, his confession of unworthiness, his memorial and fears,
&c. 99—102 ; public, not always possible, 64; prevailing, its

requisites, 485; absurdly performed, 44.
PRAYER, CLOSET, epistle preceding, iii. ix ; remarks introductory

to, l; plan of the text, 3; doctrines in the text, 7; its special

doctrine, 10; its conclusion, 125.
Prayer, closet, instances of —Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David,

Daniel, Peter, and Christ, iii. 12-17; proved a christian duty
from the convenience of retirement, God addressed as a father,
God more freely communing with us, God seeing in secret, his
promise to reward openly, 20–33; its nature, never interrupt-
ed, practicable by the dumb, its efficacy, 45-48; carelessly
performed, 66; enforced by the following things—duty to be
discharged and grace evinced, power of godliness to be attained,
it gives heart-relief and free access to God, it averts judgments
from others' sins, to be practised that God judge us not for se-
cret sins, to frustrate the plots of bad men, that the heathens
condemn us not, that we may be resigned to God's will, 104—
109; objections to family prayer enough, a busy calling, being
a servant, having no closet, some professors not using it, an
unprepared heart, timorousness, getting no good by it, weak

parts, its tediousness, 110–119; arguments for, iii. 6.
Prayerless persons in praying families, iv. 356.

CHRIST, iii. 131 ; of the Editor, ii. v; to SURE MERCIES, 285.


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Preparatives, to covenanting with God-to understand it, to desist

from all things inconsistent with it, a cordial disposition, a heart
duly humbled, resolution, right aims, prayer for direction and
sincerity, strength and acceptance, iv. 88—105; to closet pray-
er-reflection on our state, dismissal of other cares, the thought
of God's presence, composedness, iii. 68–71.
Priest, duty of, fourfold, iv. 310.
Privileges, religious connected with conditions, iv. 2; outward,

unavailing, v. 13.
Profligacy, youthful, its folly, v. 566.
Promises to parents, respecting their seed-of a covenant God, of

Jesus Christ, of the Spirit, iv. 449–451.
Proseucha of the Jews, iii. 11.
Prospects of unbelievers gloomy, v. 199.
Question, if we have chosen God as ours, ii. 383; if we have given

ourselves to him, 386, 393; if Christ intercede as God or man,
iii. 147; if Christ intercede for holy angels, 150; when prayer
is answered in mercy, 203; if faith consist in assurance, why
the sense of God's favour is withheld from his people ; if assur-
ance be attainable, why few attain it, 371-374; if covenant
grace be the same under the old and new testaments, iv. 19;
how he who forgives many sins should impute Adam's, 177;
if sinners should pray whose prayer is sin, 235; why Christians

daily pray for pardon, v. 67.
Questions about the idols in Jacob's family, iv. 297; about the new

creation—if it be miraculous, if man be at all inclined to it,
why God commands, what can our endeavours do, if baptism
be it, how it excels morality, how it differs from justification, v.
58–65; for self-trial respecting a future state, 201; relative to
life in God's favour—are legal hopes destroyed? if convinced the
world cannot procure it, if we have sought interest in Christ,
how God deals with us, what returns we make, iii. 337–346.
Reasons of the general assembly of saints, v. 383.
Recognition, mutual in heaven, iv. 562.
Reflections for youth, concerning—themselves, God, his word, &c.

things to come, v. 531-535.
Religion, something positive, not merely external, v. 15; nominal,

or not real, 17.
Remark on Eph. iv. 13, ii. 55.
Remarks, introductory to Sure Mercies, ii. 293; on Hosea ii. 19,

20, 331 ; on Hebrews, vii. 25, 345 ; on Coloss. ii. 2, 383.
Remembrance implies-affection and estimation, appropriation and

observation, v.538; of God, aided by—relationship to him,
impressing the heart with divine things, comparing natural with
spiritual things, repeating religious truths, pious practices, for-

getting trifles, relying on God's Spirit, 543546.
Reproof, of loiterers in religion, of the ostentatious, of impious

transgressors, of unprofitable Christians, ii. 57—70; of the neg-
lecters of private prayer, of professors who neglect private
prayer, since they do not imitate Christ, they are unlike saints,

not like their former selves, lose many spiritual refreshments,
expose themselves to temptations, betray little love to God, they
are ungrateful for his grace, they resist the Spirit, and are in
danger of death in this state, iii. 53–65; of the despisers of
a new creation, of pretenders to it, v. 69–72; of complaining

Christians, v. 172.
Resurrection, human bodies perfected at, iv. 536.
Retirement, primitive Christian, not monastic, iï. 51.
Right, Christians', to the promises, ii. 168.
Sacrifices, old testament were—patriarchal, mosaical, providen-

tial or martyrdom, evangelical ; grateful—a broken heart, self-

dedication, acts of charity, prayer and praise, iy. 23–32.
Sadness, in Christians censured, ii. 426.
Safety amidst afflictions, v. 511; not to be expected by the unholy,

v. 469.
Saints, meaning of Psal. 1. 5. iv. 8; on earth commune with those

in heaven, by-worshipping one God, walking by one rule, ad-
miring their perfection, imitation, desire and hope, encourage-
ment, possession; derive all good through—God's eternal love,

Christ's merit, Spirit's influences, gospel covenant, iv. 525–533.
Scoffers, reproved, v. 467.
Self-delusion reproved, v. 466.
Self-eran ination, prudence of, v. 464.
Sentence upon the unholy, unalterable, v. 471.
Sermon, funeral, from Job x. 7, iii. 497 ; original, holiness the

way of safety, v. 437, 446, 459, 468; the nature of conversion,
481 ; deliverance from the world, 492; a stimulus to duty, 501 ;

believers safe and comfortable, v. 509.
Service of God not in vain, v. 400.
Session of Christ in heaven, ii. 342.
Sinners convicted by Life in God's favour, have no spiritual life,

doomed to death, and ever exposed, their natural death followed
by eternal, iii. 306—308; urged to consider—what they are,
and what they should be, ii. 93—96; guilty of-neglecting
heavenly converse, applauding dead, and despising living saints,

of atheistical views, indolence in their souls' affairs, iv. 545–548.
Sins, family, a grief to pious parents, iv. 438.
Slavish fear in saints, without grounds, v. 462.
Soliloquy, concluding the Intercession of Christ, iii. 239; on hea-

ven, iv. 564.
Soul of man, restless, calls for heart treasure, ii. 34 ; its nature,

iv. 535.
Sources of holy thoughts are-scripture truths, spiritual graces,

experience, consolations, ii. 13–17.
Spirits, disembodied, come to saints on earth, iv. 522.
Surrender of the soul to God, ii. 387.
Temporizing reproved, v. 467.
Temptation, three kinds of, ii. 174.
Thoughts, treated of, good, have four qualities, to be exercised on

-God's majesty, the creation, the soul, word of God, works of
providence, man's fall, redemption, the gospel, question of per-
sonal interest in it, believer's privileges, suitable returns to God,
evil of sin, world's vanity, present and future state, state of God's
people, death, resurrection and judgment, torments of hell, joys
of paradise, eternity, appropriate to seasons, good, recommend-

ed, ii. 246—276.
Time, the only season to prepare for heaven, v. 286.
Times, trying, require strong faith, ii. 469.
Tokens of God's favour desirable, iii. 252.
Transgressors, Christ intercedes for, of two kinds, iii. 151.
Treasures, suppose-diligence, selection, suitableness, sufficiency,

secrecy, safety, convenience; the Christian's, ii. 6–12.
Truth, scriptural to be treasured, particularly—doctrinal, disci-

plinary, practical, experimental, ii. 128–134; of our religion, 376.
Two WORLDS, general plan of, v. 185–187.
Unfruitfulness, christian, ii. 428.
Unity, christian, iv. 556.
Unsteadiness in Christians, ii. 424.
Uses of covenant mercies—in temptation to unbelief, in cases of

guilt on the conscience, in times of distress, in a famine of the
word, seasons of declension, death, ii. 424–486.
Wicked men share God's common favours, iii. 300 ; have inter-

course with devils, iv. 537.
Wickedness of discouraging youths piously inclined, v. 564.
Worldly-minded, interrogated respecting their belief, advised to

study--the vanity of earthly good, excellence of heavenly good,
requisites for the enjoyment of God, the end of their being, and
end of the righteous and the wicked; advised to attend ordi-
nances, to associate with Christians and redeem time, to make

confession to God, v. 208–217.
Youth's MONITOR, its dedication, its text explained, its plan, v.




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