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discourses, which 1 am persuaded will raise such an opinion of Mr. Abernethy in the discerning and judicious, as will convince them, that this essay, intended as a piece of ju/l respect to his memory, is far from flattering it; a thing to which indeed there could be no temptation, when it is real perplexity how to give the reader a just notion of his true worth; which the author can honestly declare is the cafe; and is fully persuaded that such as were intimately acquainted with him, have a far higher Idea of his character, than this representation of it cm possibly raise in itfrcrs.
Peter's denial os his Master, practically improved.
Matth. xxvi. 74. *then began he to curse and to swear, saying, Iknow not the man, and immediately the cock crew. p. 101
Sermon VI. Of Justification by FAITH.
Rom. iv. 16.
Therefore it is of Faith, that it might be by
'\ grace, to the end the promise might be sure
• to all the seed; not to that only which is of
the law, but to that also which is of the
faith of Abraham, who is the father of us
all. 'v -p. 128
Acts xxiv. 16.
Perfect; Love gives Boldness in the Day of Judgment.
i Johniv. 17, 18. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have Boldness in the day of judgment', because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment; he that feareth is not made. perfect in love. p. 177
Loving Christ above all, the Character of his true Disciples.
Matth. x. 37.
He that loveth Father or Mother more than
me, is not worthy of me. And he that
loveth Son or Daughter more than me, is
not worthy of me. p. 203
Of the proper Improvement of
Occasions of Sorrow.
Ecclesiastes vii. 2, 3, 4. It is better to go to the houje of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting, for that
is ts the end of all men, and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart ef the wife is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Sermon XI. The Happiness of the Righteous in all Circumstances illustrated.
Isaiah iii. 10. Say ye to the Righteous, that it shall be wafl with him. P* e55
The Path of t-he Just, like the
Proverbs iv. 18.
"But the path of the just, is as the finning light, thatjhineth more and more, unto the perfect day. p. 279