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THE Author of the Discourses now of
1 fered to the Public, is so universally known, and his character as a practical and evangelical writer is so fully established with religious persons of all denominations, that, in regard to the present Publication, it may suffice to state, that the Discourses in this and the succeeding Volumes, are all of them upon important Subjects; some of them uncommon and striking. They were composed by the Author in the early part of his ministry, and in the most vigorous period of his life, as will appear by the dates prefixed to them; on which account, as well as to distinguish them from preceding, Publications by the same Author, though they are the last offered to the Public, they appear under the title PRIMITIÆ; and as the whole of the remaining Manuscripts of the hand-writing of the worthy Author, as far as is known, are in the poffeffion of the pre
(8) sent Publishers, for the purpose of accomplishing the present publication, the title ULTIMA is added ; intimating, that it is almost certain, that they are the Last Remains that will meet the public eye, as a genuine production from the pen of this able Divine.
After the ample recommendation by the Author's near relation, and two other re. fpectable clergymen, contained in the preceding pages, it will be necessary only far. ther to add, that there Discourses have been faithfully transcribed from the originals in the Author's hand-writing, and correctly printed from them. It is not doubted but that thefe volumes will be highly accept. able to the religious of all denominations, who, we trust, will unite with the Editor and Publishers, in sincere and fervent prayers, that, through the divine blessing, they may be extensively useful.
- EDINBURGH, 2 January 13. 1890. S
Pag. , SERMON I. Infallible antidotes against unbe lieving fears,
- - 13 Rev. 1.17.18.--" Fear not: I am he that liveth, and
was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore,
Amen: and have the keys of hell and death.”
between you and your God, and your fins have
hid his face from you, that he will not hear." II. The folly of refifting, the wisdom of com
plying with the gospel-call, - 51 Matth. xxi. 29.-" He answered and said, I will not; but afterwards he repented, and went."
IV. The nature and effects of a weaned dif-
position of soul, Psal. cxxxi. 7." My soul is even as a weaned
child.” V. The danger of not waiting on God after the due order, -
- - 78 1 Chron. xv. 13.-" For because ye did it not at the
first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us,
for that we fought him not after the due order." : VI. The perfection of providential dispensations,
91 Psal. xviii. 30.4" As for God, his way is perfe&t.” VII. Fear and hope, objects of the divine complacency,
99 Pfal.CXIVII, TT.
Jeakath pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.“ VIII. The same subject continued, - 114 · IX. Jesus victorious over death, - 146 Ifa. xxv. 8.-" He will swallow up death in vic
tory." X. The same subject continued, . . 136 IX. The suitable improvement of saints for
mer experiences, 2 Kings, ii. 14. And he took the mantle of Eli· jah, that fell from him, and fmote the waters, and
said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” I XII. The same subject continued, • 186 XIII. Christ, the Father's gift to his chosen' people, - - - 200
Ifa.lv.4.-"Behold, I have given him for a Witness,
to the people, a Leader and Commander to the
268 Matth. xi. 28.--" Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy-laden, and I will give you reft.”
land, - - - - - 349 Isa, xxxii. 2.--" And a man shall be as the sha.
dow of a great rock in a weary land.” XXIII. The same subject continued, - 366 XXIV. The evil and danger of halting betwixt two opinions,
- 389 Kings, xvi. 21.-" And Elijah said, How long halt ye betwixt two opinions ?".