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points the elucidation of fome fundamental doctrines of our faith; and the inculcation of a practical truth of the highest moment, yet a truth which too often, if we may judge by the language in common use among men when speaking either concerning themfelves or others, is fatally undiscerned or disregarded, that nothing short of an avowed and unreserved furrender of the whole heart to God through Christ, evinced, under the bleffing of divine grace, by a zealous and habitual pursuit of universal holiness, is Religion.

Many perfons appear to imagine that, when once the researches of an individual into the Christian Revelation have satisfied him as to its facred authority, the remainder of his religious courfe lies plain and eafy before him. They perceive not that he has ascended but the first and the leaft laborious acclivity of the mountain. Surely it requires but a small degree of infight into human nature and the Scriptures to discover with how much greater facility


facility the understanding is convinced of fpeculative truth, than the heart is fubdued to a productive faith and a practical love of holiness. I fhall rejoice if any part of the following pages fhould be rendered inftrumental in diffipating the pernicious delufion which I have mentioned.

I am, with fincere respect,
My Lord,

Your Lordship's obliged

Yoxall Lodge,
April 20, 1802.

and affectionate Servant,




JESUS CHRIST the Corner-Stone.

I PETER, ii. 6.

Behold! I lay in Sion a chief Corner-Stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him fhall not be confounded.


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The Chriftian Method of Juftification explained and vindicated.

ROMANS, iii. 20-22.

By the Deeds of the Law there shall no Flesh be juftified in His Sight: for by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin. But now the righteoufnefs of God without the Law is manifefted, being witnefed by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by Faith of Jefus Chrift.


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