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In what respects the world must be crucified to us :

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1. As the creature would be man's felicity, or any part of it 350

2. As it is set in competition with God, or in the least de-

ibid.

gree of co-ordination with him

3. As it standeth at enmity to God and his ways

353

4. As it is the matter of our fleshpleasing and fuel of con-

cupiscence ...

354

5. As an independent or separated good, without its due

relations to God

355

Ephesians ii. 12. Psal. xxxix. 6. lxxiii. 20. considered 357

The different successes of sanctified and unsanctified studies

and knowledge

360

The creature's aptitude to tempt us is inseparable

361

Wherein the world's crucifixion consisteth as to our acts ?

We must use the world as it used Christ

363

More particularly, l. To esteem the world as an enemy to

God and us

370

How this enmity may be apprehended

ibid.

2. A deep habituate apprehension of its worthlessness and

insufficiency....

372

3. A kind of annihilation of it to ourselves.

373

How we must be crucified to it. The difference between this

and natural death...

375

1. Our undue estimation of the world must be crucified.. 376

2. And our inordinate cogitations, and 3. Affections

378

1. Our love. 2. Desire. 3. Expectations. 4. Our delight ibid.

So in the irascible, 1. Displacency and hatred, &c... 382

4. Our inordinate seeking and labour....

386

Divers objections and questions answered..

387

How the cross of Christ doth crucify the world. And

1. How it is done by the cross as suffered by Christ... 389

2. How by the same cross believed in and considered 393

3. How by the cross which we suffer in obedience and

conformity to Christ

395

The point proved by experience.

ibid.

Reasons of the absolute necessity of being crucified to the

world, and it to us.

1. From God's interest, which it contradicteth.... 399

2. From our own interest ..

402

The Uses. 1. To inform us, 1. That it is the use of the

cross of Christ to crucify the world, proved

406

How his doctrine doth it..

407

And his works ....

411

2. Wherever the cross of Christ is effectual, the world is crucified 412

Use 2. What it is to be a Christian indeed, and what a dis-

tance such are at from the world

414

Trial whether we are dead to the world. Eight signs by

which we may know whether the world or God be our end 416

A closer application for conviction of worldly hypocrites 425

Further applications for conviction of worldlings ....

435

Convincing evidences produced, especially to the greater sort ibid.

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The articles of aggravation of the worldling's sin..

441

Further prest for conviction

452

Use of Exhortation to crucify the world, especially to gentlemen 456

Yet more closely urged

460

Twelve questions to evince the folly of worldlings

464

The duty further charged home .

473

The living world will be your own tormentor

474

An instance in point of reputation and honour

476

Directions for successful crucifying the world

Direct. 1. Make use of the cross of Christ hereto

483

Direct. 2. Receive not a false picture of the world into

your minds, but think of the creature truly as it is

486

Direct. 3. Crucify the flesh, which is the master idol

488

Direct. 4. Keep your minds intent on the greater things of

everlasting life

491

Direct. 5. Understand the right use and end of the creatures,

and make it your business to employ them accordingly 492

Direct. 6. Keep sensible of its enmity, and your danger 495

Direct. 7. Be much in the house of mourning, and see the

end of all the living

496

Direct. 8. Study to improve afflictions

ibid.

Direct. 9. Be very suspicious of prosperity, and fear more

the smiling than the frowning world

497

Direct. 10. Be sure to keep off the means of its livelihood,

and keep it under mortifying means

504

Conclusion of that Use

508

Use to the sanctified, to use the world as a crucified thing

1. Seek it but as a means to higher things, and not for itself 511

2. Be not too eager for it

513

3. Suffer it not to crucify you with cares and sorrows 515

4. Let it not thrust out God's service, nor be made an excuse
for negligence in religion .

ibid.

5. Use no unlawful means to get it

518

6. Employ it for the flesh, but improve all for God : un-

charitableness reproved

521

A full answer to the common reproach, that professors of

godliness are the most covetous of all

528

Use of Consolation. The benefits of being crucified to the world 536

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r. Nor in noble birth

. ibid.

8. Nor in Friends,

578

9. Norin meat,drink, dwellings, ease, company, recreation,&c.ibid.

10. Norin men’s good word, though they be learned, godly,&c. 579

11. Nor in learning, parts, &c.

. ibid.
12. Take heed in what respect you glory in spiritual mer-

cies. (1.) In ministers, ordinances, church commu-
nion, &c. (2.) In knowledge. (3.) In good works.
(4.) In experiments of mercy or feelings of comfort.
(5.) In holy graces, whose nature is against carnal

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“Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matt. XI. 28.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other ; so that ye cannot do the thing that ye would.”

GAL. V. 17.

“ Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness ?”

Rom. vi. 16.

" Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Rom, XIII. 14.

“ For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

Rom. VIII. 13.

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" While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."

2 Pet. 11. 19.

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“Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn fron bis way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways ; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"

Ezex, XXXIII. 10, 11.

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by ias: we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God.”

2 Cor, v. 20.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good, &c. Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

PsaL, XXXVII.

11.3, 4.

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Sound doctrine makes a sound judgment, a sound heart, a sound conversion, and a sound conscience.

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