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CHAP. I. What is declared concerning Christ rendered pro-
fitable to us by the secret Operation of the Spirit.
cerning Repentance, very remote from the Purity of the Gos.
pel. On Confession and Satisfaction.
tions, Indulgences, and Purgatory.
and Exhortations to it.
sary to a serious Conviction of gratuitous Justification.
CHAP. XV. Boasting of the Merit of Works, equally sub-
versive of God's Glory in the Gift of Righteousness, and of
the Certainty of Salvation.
Papists against this Doctrine.
Law and those of the Gospel.
from the Promise of a Reward.
and the Medium of our daily Reception of Divine Blessings.
some to Salvation and of others to Destruction.
but unjustly urged against this Doctrine.
destined Destruction of the Reprobate procured by them-
On the Manner of receiving the Grace of Christ, Be
nefits which we derive from it, and the Effects which follow it.
ARGUMENT. THE two former books relate to God the Creator and Redeemer.
This treats of God the Sanctifier, or of the operations of the Holy Spirit towards our salvation, being an accurate exposition of
the third part of the Apostles' Creed. The principal topics of this are seven, relating chiefly to one ob
ject, the doctrine of faith. First, Since our enjoyment of Christ and all his benefits depends on
the secret and special operation of the Holy Spirit, it discusses this operation, which is the foundation of faith, newness of
life, and all holy exercise-Chap. I. Secondly, Faith being as it were the hand by which we embrace
Christ the Redeemer, as offered to us by the Holy Spirit, it
next adds a complete description of faith-Chap. II. Thirdly, To improve our knowledge of this salutary faith, it pro
ceeds to shew the effects which necessarily result from it; and contends that true penitence is always the consequence of true faith. But first it proposes the doctrine of repentance in general—Chap. III: and then treats of the Popish repentance and its constituent parts-Chap. IV.-of indulgences and purgatorial fire-Chap. V. But institutes a particular discussion of the two branches of true penitence, the mortification of the flesh, and the vivification of the spirit, or the life of a Christian, which
is excellently described-Chap. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. Fourthly, In order to a clearer display of the advantages and con
sequences of this faith, it first treats of justification by faithChap. XI.-then explains the questions which arise from itChap. XII. XIII. XIV. XV. XVI. XVII. XVIII.-and, lastly, proceeds to a dissertation on Christian liberty, which is an appendage to justification--Chap. XIX.
Fifthly, Next follows prayer, the principal exercise of faith, and the
medium or instrument by which we daily receive blessings from
God-Chap. XX. Sixthly, But since the communication of Christ offered in the Gospel,
is not embraced by men in general, but only by those whom the Lord hath favoured with the efficacy and peculiar grace of his Spirit: it obviates any supposition of absurdity, by subjoining a necessary and appropriate dissertation on the doctrine of di
vine election Chap. XXI. XXII. XXIII. XXIV. Lastly, Since we are liable to various difficulties and troubles while
exercised in the severe warfare which always attends the life of a Christian, it contends that this may be alleviated by meditating on the final resurrection: and therefore adds a discourse on that subject-Chap. XXV.