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To the READER.

Good Reader,

>His Treatise commendeth it self to thy acceptance upon a double Account, the one is the kno'to n worth of the Author ^ the other is the great usefulnesses of the subject matter: The Authour is Mr. Oba* diah Sedgwick, no novice in the things of God bur one that for a long time, both beyond theseas,tr,d, at home, in £itj and in (sountrtj,. hath kept up the vigour of a convincingMinistery, which the Lord hath abundantly prosper* ed to the converting of some, and building up of ocht'rs,and no doubt to the conviction of many more, who /ball one day k^ow that a Prophet of the Lord hath been amongst them: Besides, one of an exemplary godl'tne[fe, and long experience in the wayes of God j of whose excellent spirit the world hath had a sufficient taste in those choise Treatises that are already published under his name; certainly from such an able head, and holj heart, nothing can k- ..xpected that is cheap and mean.

'Tis a Iosse, a iosse that cannot enough be bewailed, that so eminent and useful an instrument, is now by bodily Vceak»e{fe,&nd prevailing indisposition/, taken off from his publick Ministerial labours.- there is no murmuring against the hand of God, but v^ the waiting of the old stockjoi our able Ministers should be more -v laid to heart; alas we that are to succeed intbe Lords work i (I am sure I can accuse onej with what a ftfa^ and unequal ( face do we follow their great examples? and being too too ^ early by the removal of such choise instruments,put upon publick services, no wonder if we faint under the burden.

*Tis some recompense for this Iosse , that this worthy servant ^ of God is yet alive, not only to honour hit o^n Mini. ^ fierJ (which was most consolatory) by his private discourses, full of faith and (pirit,ind patient, yea, cheerful submission to the Will <— of God concerning him ; but also to single out such Treatise of bis own, as may be of most use to publick benefit and edifkati(— on.' - The To the Reader.

The other reason is the nfefnlM^e of the subject matter. Of all prate* f*nt> i-> the chiefest, of the most universal tni constant «*• fluence on ll e 'piri u^I life ? we jr«>^ by love , but we live by f*i:b-t m thechaine of graces described, z Tet.i 5,6,7. ihtftrrf link Is faith , as giving strength and 'fficaej to all the jestj wnat is the grace that) u Ideth the Lord the glory of his meny.veracttj tni pjtv«r,bu: faith } it honoureth God more then an u»ifrme entire obeditrtce to the n>W« moral Law in innocency could postibly have done, and pleiseth him more then he was displeased with the fin oftsidam; AS graces keep time and pice with faith, if faith be weak , love cannot be strong, nor carted on in tnei tntenour, the back of patience will soon be broken, and temperance exercise bat a weak and feeble restraint en our lusts and pastions, till we learn to counter balance/>rrftttt delights Witbfmvre en joyments. Faith is the eje of the foul to sectningitocome, and the hatJofihe soul, to receive Jesus Christ, and all benefit* in him: Faith,-'— But I will not digrefleinto the common pi ire, certainly no Treatise of Faith can be unwelcome to a gracious heart, especially such an one as this is; where matters arc carried on with such evidence and demon' fir athn of the spirit, and as to the with a fWrtt eligancj, and yet tempered w'ubgravitj and judgement.

I could speak more, but to avoid suspicion of partiality, and private afftllion to my worthy T'redectJJonr and Father: I shall only adde this,'twere pity that so excellent a Treatise should come forth in an age pestred with such a throng of needlejfe Writers, but that it is likely to be found out by its «»» lieslrt and brightKtffe, like a sparkling diamon J among an heap of pibbles and common stones • The Lord continue the life of, and (if it be his gracious will) restore so much of strength to the Authour, that he may increase the Churches treasure by publishing those excellent Discourses concerning the Covenant of grace,and other such like spiritual arguments , which he hath in store by him. Reader, I am

Thine in all Christian offices,


The Contents ofthe Chapters

and Sections.

CHap. I. The dependants ofthe words. p. i

Chap.2. The words opened with the several doElrines. p.\
§. X. £hMge of heart breeds change of estimation towards the Mi-
nisters of the Gospel. p.$

§. 1. Sensible sinners are ever inquisitive. p. 5

§. J. The main and choife thing the troubled foul Icolej after t is

how to save it self. p.6

§. 4. Persons rightly sensible are as throughly refdved fir the

means and way es, as for the end and scope. p. 9

§. f.When God doth throughly workjtpon mens consciences,perfnal
injurioHsuefs must be forgotten by them who are to deal with them.


§. 6. Trtubledfouls must be directed to Christ. p. 12

Chap. 3. Faith in the Lord feftts Christ the only way to salvation.?-13

§. 1. Whatfefns signifies, and what kiitde of Saviour Christ

§. 2. What Christ fignifieth, and of his anointing. p. 18

§.3. Vntowhat Christ was anointed, and of his office cf a Priest, j


§.4. Christ anointed to be a Pnphet. p. 26

§. 5. Christ anointed to be a King. p.27

Chap. 4. What believing in the Lord fefus Christ doth import.p 2 9

Chap. J. Faithin Christ described p.32

§. 1. The spring or fountaine of faith. p. 3 2

§.2. The Subject of faith. ^.34

§. 3. The feat sr habitationoffAth. p.$ 5

§. 4. The proper an& genuine alt of faith. p.y/

Cha p. 6. The object of justifying faith. p. 40

§. I. The immediate object of faith. p.41

§.2. The adequate and proper objelt cffaith. p.41

§. 3. How faith doth exercise it self about whole Christ. p. 4 3

a §.4.

§.4. What is the exercise us faith in Christ as a Saviour, King,

Prophet, Lord. p. 4.%

■§.J,Five particulars about taking and receiving Christ as a Lord
and Saviour. p. 46

§.6. The consequent object offaith, remission of fins'and righte-

JUifneffe, and how faith is conversant about remission offins. p. 48

§.7, How faith looks on Christfor righteousnejfe. p<jO

Chap. 7. How it may appear, that to be/eeve in Christ is the only—

v ay to be saved. Where are some particulars premised. p.$Z

§. I. The Argument for the confirmation of the DoUrine. /'•JJ

§.2. Thescond Argument. . .- p.6z

§. 3. The third Argument. p.6$

§. 4. The fourth Argument. p.6$

§.5. The fifth Argument. f.64

Chap; 8. (sonjeclaries from this dcUrine, setting out the singular

use of preaci ir,g and hearing of the Gospel. p.6%

Chap. 9. Our f/ftificaticn to beJornd only in fesus Christ. p.68

§. 1. The word Justification explained. p.69

§. 2. Juftificaticn defined and opened. p.~o

§.3.' Theperson justified Is a believing sinner. _ ^.73

§.4. The Remission cf firmst behng to fustification. , rf ■ ^.74

§.5. The righteousnejfe os (shrift ts that by which we are f te-
stified. p.j6

§.6.The justification of a finner is a gracious and just aclttn. p.78

Chap. IO. The difficulty of beleeving. f-79

Chap. II. The facility of error and mistake about be leevlng. ^.84

Chap. 12. The sure and dangercus misery of unbelief. p.87

Chap. 13. Rules for the discovery of faith. p.90

§. I. Four things premised for the manner of evidencing of faith.


§. 2. tAtrue love ofsshrist an infallible and essential evidence os-

true faith in Christ, p.96

§. 3. Inward change and santlity of the heart an infallible

testimony of a livtngfaith. p.98

§. 4. True faith takes Christ and him only to be its Lord, p. 101

§. 5. Faith makesthe hearthumble and lowly^ f-l®y

§.6. Truefaith is fruitful. P-104

§.7. True faith dtfires andendeaveurs after encrease. p.ioj

§.8. Faith in Christ and a mournful heart for fin go together.

/uo8 ' Chap.

Chap. 14. Singular comfort for all true beleevers. p. 109

§. 1. They are in the way to heaven. p. no

§.2. There is are al and blessed exchange betwixt them and

Christ. p.ill

§.3. They are in singular Covenant with Cjod. /'■II4

.§.4. They may now with boldnejje approach the throne of grace.


Chap. 15. The Agreement and difference of a strong and weakjaith.

§. 1. The habitual'unity of true faith, and wherein expressed in

four particulars. p. 119

§.2. The intensive diversities of faith,wherein there is a differ-

ence. p. 120

§.3. Signes of a great and strong faith. P-I25

§. 4. Signes of a weakjaith. p. I 3 I

§. 5. ^Demonstrations of the tryith »f'faith theugh^verik. p. 13 6

^. 6. The cvncordtince of all fast h which' is tide, whether strong or

weakjn fundamentalc'owprts. ^139

§. 7. The inequality cfstrong and weal^ faith, in refpcil of cir-

cumstantial emforts, and some other consequences. p. \ 46

§. 8. Afotives Ugreaten our faith. p. 156

Clap. 1/5. Exhortations' to^Ltbottr for saving faith. hl%7

§. 1. Motives to get saving faith. -j ,^rj8

§.2. Impediments & hindrances to the geting of saving faith.p. 168

§.3. Meanes by which Cjod works saving faith. \T<-17^

§.4. objetlions that hinder from be leeving. . * y.184

Chap. 17. Of living by faith. p.216

§. 1 IVJ&rff <f ««>/ the general to live by faith. p. 218

§. 2.To w^wr /?^rf.r »////£• /*<76may extend. p.220

§. 3. What it is to live by faith on Christ. p. 221

§. 4. Arguments to move us to live by faith* '•* * ;\p.229

Chap.\%.The improvement of faith to a full assurance. p'259

§. 1. What the Assurance of faith is. p.260

§. 2. Whether such an affurance may be had. P-2<^$
§.3,Whether everybelievershouldstrive to the assurance of faith.


§.4. Arguments to move beleevers to labour for assurance of faith.


§. 5. By what means the foul may get up to this ajjurance. p.2$o.


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