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and be put upon searching under another term. But here we need only turn to the subject inquired after, and, without any such stops, find Scriptures full and apt thereto (by whatsoever terms or phrases they are expressed) occur to our eye at an instant; and, mostly, all that the Scripture affords on that subject.
II. To give some light into the method, and the use of this work. 1. Take notice, that, in Chap. XI. [Of the Failings of God's Children], the first texts are to prove each person's title to that appellation, then the next following, his failings and this is done on purpose, that it might appear these are the Failings of God's Children; and so proper to the Head.
2. Note also, That the words in a parenthesis, beginning with (or) are the marginal readings.
3. Some general heads have no particulars following, but the whole placed under that general head. This is so done, either because the texts which the Scripture affords on that subject are but few, and so easily run through; or that the matters are so various, that almost every verse carries a distinct meaning in it, yet still relating to the general head; as in that [The Privileges of the Righteous], each text is almost a distinct privilege: so in that [Of the Character of Saints], and some others of like nature. And here to have descended to particular heads, would have been tedious and unnecessary; for the words being there transcribed, the Reader may presently inform himself in the whole, and in every particular.
LASTLY. A little pains in observing the CONTENTS or TABLE in the front of the book, which doth contain the general and particular heads, and also the references thereto, directing to Chapter and Page where each lieth, will enable us to discern more of the method and usefulness of the work, than can be well expressed in a short Introduction.
This therefore shall suffice, presuming the work itself will shew its own usefulness and advantage; holding a man to one subject, and yielding variety of matter to enforce it upon the mind, and leave impressions there: when the bare reading a chapter or two, which some use to do as a task, proves not effectual for that end; and searching proves laborious, and often discouraging and fruitless too.
WHEREIN THE SEVERAL GENERAL HEADS ARE SPECIFIED, THE
Sect. VII. Heis omniscient, omnipre-
See more of God's judgments against
Sect. 111. The excellency of this Sa-
See more in pardon and salvation by
See fruits of the Spirit, chap xix.
See more of the fruits of faith, chap. ix.
See God's threatenings and judgments
See more in the next chapter of union
See the advantages of faith, chap. ix.
CHAP. XIII. Of the union and relation
See more of disobedience, sect. xiv.
I. Not in any else
II. In God alone
See more of afflictions, chap. xx. com-
and stir up others so to do
See more of faith, chap. ix.
See of death, chap. xxxii.
Duties to all men, chap. xvii.
See more of holding fast to God in time
See more of God upholding us in afflic-
God, his truths, and ways, into