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DISCOURSE XXVI.

Of the obligation of the people to read the scriptures.

John v. 39. Search the scriptures ; for in them ye think ye

have eternal life.

That the people are obliged to search and read the scrip-

tures proved, 1. from the obligation the Jews were under

to read and search the scriptures of the Old Testament, 314.

2. from our Saviour and his apostles' approbation of this

practice of the Jews, 316. 3. from the great design and

intention of writing the scriptures, 317. 4. from the di-

rections of these holy writings to the people, 320. 5. from

the great concernment the people have in the matters con-

tained in the scripture, 323. 6. from the universal sense of

the primitive church in this matter, 327. An answer to that

objection of the church of Rome, That a general permission

of the scriptures to the people must necessarily open a wide

door to errors and heresies, 332. Another objection, That

it will prove an unavoidable occasion of great corruptions in

manners, answered, 339. Two inferences from the whole,

344.

DISCOURSE XXVII.

A dissuasive from apostasy.

1 Tim. i. 19. Holding faith, and a good conscience; which

some having put away concerning faith have made ship-

wreck.

An explication of the words of the text, 357. The gene-

ral proposition, 361. Six instances of the mighty tendencies

there are in a vicious course of life to error and apostasy

from true religion: as, 1. it corrupts men's reason and un-

derstanding, 362. 2. it renders the principles of true reli-

gion uneasy to their minds, 364. 3. it deprives men of the

greatest encouragements to constancy and steadiness in reli-

gion, 366. 4. it weakens the natural force of men's con-

sciences, 368. 5. it strengthens and enforces the temptations

to apostasy, 371. 6. it provokes God to give us up to the

power of delusion, 374. Two inferences from the whole, 377.

A Sermon preached at the Funeral of the reverend

John Scott, D. D. Phil. ij. 20, 21. Our conversation is in heaven; from whence

also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ : Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like

unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. P. 407.

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