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IN TWO PARTS.
TOUCHING BOTH THE COVENANT OF WORKS AND THE COVEN-
IN A DIALOGUE BETWEEN
Evangelista, a Minister of the Gospel; Nomista, a Legalist;
BY EDWARD FISHER, A. M.
WITH NOTES, BY THAT EMINENT AND FAITHFUL SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST,
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT ETTRICK.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
THE TWELVE QUERIES,
WHICH WERE PROPOSED TO THE TWELVE MARROW-MEN, BY THE COMMISSION
2 Cor. 13: 8. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
First American, revised from the eighth Scottish Edition.
PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM PAXTON.
D. & M. Maclean, printers.
Western District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
[L.S.] BE it remembered, that on the ninth day of February, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1830, WILLIAM PAXTON, of the said district, hath deposited in this office, the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"The Marrow of Modern Divinity, in two parts. Part I. Touching both the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace; with their use and end, in the time of both the Old and New Testaments. Clearly describing the way to eternal life by Jesus Christ. In a Dialogue between Evangelista, a minister of the Gospel; Nomista, a legalist; Antinomista, an antinomian; and Neophitus, a young ChristPart II. Touching the most plain, pithy, and spiritual exposition of the Ten Commandments; the examination of the heart and life by them; the reason why the Lord gave them; and the use that both unbelievers and believers are to make of them. In a Dialogue between Evangelista, a minister of the Gospel; Nomologista, a pratler about the Law; and Neophitus, a young Christian. With an Appendix, containing the difference between the Law and the Gospel. By Edward Fisher, A. M. With notes, by that eminent and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, Mr. Thomas Boston, late minister of the gospel at Ettrick. To which is added, the Twelve Queries, which were proposed to the twelve Marrow-men, by the commission of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1721; with the Marrow-men's Answers to said Queries. 2 Cor.-13: 8. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 1 Tim. 1: 8. We know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully. First American, revised from the eighth Scottish edition."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also to the act, entitled, "An act supplementary to an act, entitled, An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”
E. J. ROBERTS, Clerk..
I HAVE perused this ensuing Dialogue, and find it tending to peace and holiness; the author endeavoring to reconcile and heal those unhappy differences, which have lately broken out afresh amongst us, about the points therein handled and cleared: for which cause, I allow it to be printed, and recommend it to the reader, as a discourse stored with many necessary and seasonable truths, confirmed by scripture, and allowed by many approved writers: all composed in a familiar, plain, moderate style, without bitterness against, or uncomely reflections upon, others: which flies have lately corrupted many boxes of (otherwise precious) ointment.
May 1, 1645.
WHOSOEVER thou art, to whose hands this book shall come, I presume to put thee in mind of the divine command, binding on thy conscience, Deut. 1: 17. "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment, but you shall hear the small as well as the great." Reject not the book with contempt, nor with indignation neither, when thou findest it entitled, The Marrow of Modern Divinity, lest thou do it to thine own hurt. Remember, that our blessed Lord himself was accounted " a friend of publicans and sinners," Mat. 11: 19. "Many said of him, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?" John 10:20. The apostle Paul was slanderously reported to be an Antinomian; one who, by his doctrine, encouraged men to do evil, Rom. 3: 8. and made void the law, verse 31. And the first martyr, in the days of the gospel, was stoned for pretended "blasphemous words against Moses, and against the law." Acts 6: 11, 13.
The gospel method of sanctification, as well as of justification, lies so far out of the ken of natural reason, that if all the rationalists in the world, philosophers and divines, had consulted together to lay down a plan, for repairing the lost image of God, in man, they had never hit on that which the divine wisdom hath pitched upon, viz: That sinners should be