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A

RECOMMENDATION

by

the

Reverend

Mr.

ADAM

GIB,

Minifier

of

the

Gofpei

in

the

Affociate

Congregation of

Edinburgh,

THOUGH

the

due recommendations

foregoing,

wherewith

thefe following

direhions

have

beers

formerly fent abroad,

be

what

h

pretend

not

to

add

any weight

unto

by

my

affent ;

there

feems

not, how-

ever, any

thing

fuperfluous, in

applying,

unto

two

forts

of

perfons,

an advice which

hash been

already

given, with

refpea

to the

reading

of this

book.

Among

the

profeffors

of a

religious courfe, Ionic do

íi11

adhere unto

a

legal

fcheme

of

holinefs,

vainly

making it the reafòn

of their

peace

and

hope,

or,

at

leaft,

of

their venturing

to

found

both

on

Chrift

;

and

others reconciled

unto

an evangelical

fcheme

of ho-

linefs, verily

making

it

the refuit

of

their

peace

and

hope,

as

already founded

on Chriff,

freely

offered

to

them

in

the

gofpel.

The

correction which one

of

thefe

forts, and the in-

fcrution

in righteoufnefs which

both

of

them need,

may

be

peculiarly gained from

this book

:

and, for

thefe purpofes,

they are

earneftly

intreated

to perufe

it

completely, and

in

the

fame

order

wherein written

:

fo

that

the

one

fort may not, from

looking

firft

into

the

latter part

thereof, throw

it afide

as

Antinomian

c

nor

the

other fort, from looking only

into the

former

part,

throw

it

afide

as

legal.

In

fine,

whereas

I

have fcarcely ever been

acquaint-

ed with any practical compofure,

of human

produce,

fo

evangelical,

in a

thread

more

connect,

and

a

me-

thod

more

exact

than

this

:

I equally

defpair,

that

any

(hall reap

true

benefit,

in

a

partial

and

confufed

read-

ing

;

and

lope, that

excellent

fruit

(hall,

through the

divine

bleffing,

redound therefrom, unto

fuch

as

may

read

it otherwife.

To

proceed thus far

in

compliance with

the

inclin

ation

of

fome

Gentlemen concerned

in

this

Edition,

is

prefumed by

Edinburgh,

Dec.

3

T.

ADAM

G13

1744*