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THE

SAINT'S

EVERLASTING

REST.

"THERE

REMAINETH THEREFORE

A

REST

'TO

THE

PEOPLE

.OF

GOD,"

Heb.

iv. 9.

CHAP.

I.

The

Introduction

to

the Work,

with

some

Account

bf

the

Nature

of

the

Saint's

Rest.

1.

The

important

design

of

the apostle

in

the text,

to which

the

author

earnestly

bespeaks

the attention

of the

reader.

2.

The

saint's

rest

defined, with

a

general

plan of

the

work.

§

3.

What

this rest presupposes.

§

4.

The

author's humble

sense

of

his inability fully to

shew

what this

rest

contains.

§

5.

It

contains

(1)

A

ceasing

from

means

of grace;

§

6.

(2)

A

perfect

freedom from all

evils;

§

7.

(3)

The

highest degree

of

the

saint's personal 'perfection, both

in

body and

soul

;

§

8

(4)

The

nearest enjoyment

of

God the

chief good;

§

9-14

(5)

A

sweet

and constant action

of

all

the

powers

of

soul

and

body

in

this enjoyment

of

God;

as,

fir

instance, bodily

sense,

knowledge,

memory,

love,

joy,

together

with a

mutual

love

and joy. §

15.

The

author's humble

reflection on

the

defi-

ciency

of

this account.

S

1.

IT

was

not

only our

interest

in

God, and actual

enjoyment

of

him,

which'

was

lost

in

Adam's

fall,

but

all

spiritual knowledge

of

him, and

true

dis-

position towards

such

a

felicity.

When

the

Son

of

God

comes

with recovering

grace,

and

discoveries

of

a

spiritual and eternal

happiness

and glory,

he

finds

not

faith in man to believe

it.

As the poor man

that

would

not- believe

any one had

such

a

sum

as

a

hundred

pounds,

it

was

so

far

above

what himself

possessed;

so

men will

hardly now believe

there

is

such

a

happiness

as

once

they

had,

much

less

as

Christ