תמונות בעמוד
PDF
ePub

The Nature and Excellence of it.
A sort of Instinct Disposition.
We are not left, in this Respect, to the flow Re-

folves of Reason.
Mercy consider'd in its Social Relation.
The Want of it moft provoking to God.
The Behaviour of the Jews in this Respect,
The Delight of shewing Mercy.
The Case of the Stranger considered.
The most proper Object of Mercy is he who

wants it most. The Motive here affign'd to the Jews. Nothing like Experience to raise Compassion for

the distressed. This mention'd as a Motive in St. Paul's Beha

viour. --- in our blessed Lord's himself. Some Observations on the whole.

DISCOURSE VII. The Grounds and Regulation of Self-Esteem.

Rom. xii. 3. For I say, through the Grace given unto me, to every

Man that is among you, not to think of himself more big bly than be ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God bath dealt to every Man 'the Meafure of Faitb. Self-Esteem interwoven in our Composition. ... of great and excellent Use in itself. . -- very dangerous, if we mistake in the Object

Of Degree of this Efteem. What the proper Object of it is. Self-Conceit, whence.

Directions how to choose and improve what is most worthy of Cultivation in us. : : :

DIS'COURSE VIII.
The different Characters of Real and Diffembled

"I Love.
i ... Rom. xii. 9. : .

Let Love be without Disimulation.
Love, its several Kinds and Degrees. ...
Sorts of Dissembled Love.

1. General Complaisance.
2. Friendship upon Self-Interest...

3. A feigned Love arising from Envy. Sorts of Real Love.

1. Mutual Benevolence. 2. Good-Nature.. 3. Generosity, more dazzling, but not so usc

ful.

4. Friendship, excellent in itself, but of less

Benefit to Mankind than any of the others. 5. Love of our Country, of extensive Influ

ence, but very uncommon.
6. Charity, greater than all, and including all

the rest in the highest Degree...,
DISCOURSE IX.
Character of the Scorner.

. Luke vi. 25. - Wo unto you that laugh now : for ye fall mourn

' and weep..:-..!! Laughter, what sort of it is here condemned. --- Such as proceeds from Self-Sufficiency. The Jews much given to this kind of Laughter.

Our

Our Saviour the Object of their Derision. Enquiry into the Nature of this Laughter. --- quite contrary to Poverty of Spirit.' Contempt, and Ridicule, most hateful to others. --- most dangerous to ourselves. '11!

DISCOURSE X. Character of the Pharisee and Publican.'

Luke xviii. 14. I tell you this Man went down to his House justify'd

rather than the other. These two Characters compar'd, with relation to

the three great Branches of Duty. The Pharisee, full of his own Attainments, de.

fires no Advice, nor will listen to any. The Publican must disapprove of his Conduct

whenever he considers it. If the Pharisee be guilty of the same Crimes with

the Publican, they must be attended with more

injurious Effects. Though both their Sins are odious to God, the

Publican is more likely to repent, as being free from Hypocrisy.

DISCOURSE XI.
Character of the Sadducee and Herodian.

Matth. xxii. 23. .
The fame Day came to bim the Sadducees, which

Say there is no Resurrection.
An Account of the Herodians.
The Dangers of a Court in general.

is ?:l'i

An Account of the Sadducces. .-- wherein they differed from the Herodians, --- the latter wholly addicted to Ambition. -, . the former to Voluptuousness and Infidelity. --- both very opposite to Jesus Christ, and his

Doctrine. -- no Account that any Sadducec was ever converted,

[graphic][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]
[graphic][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves

to think any thing, as of ourselves: but our Sufficiency is of God..

HE Apostle having begun T to commend himself, ex

A plains and confirms what heb he had said, in the Words of the Text; and disclaiming all Sufficiency in himself, all Matter of boasting, he ascribes his Sufficiency to God.

Vol. I. B

[graphic]

To

« הקודםהמשך »