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THE

CHRISTIANS GREAT INTEREST.

IN TWO PARTS.

I. THE TRIAL OF A SAVING INTEREST IN CHRIST.
U. THE WAY HOW TO ATTAIN IT.

BY THE REV. WILLIAM GUTHRIE,

Late Minister of the Gospel at Finwick

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED

MEMOIRS OF THE AUTHOR;

A PREFACE BY THE REV. MR. ROBERT TRAILL,

AND OTHER

Recommendatory Introductions.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure.

2 Pet. i. 10.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith ; prove your own selves: know ye not
your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be the reprobates?

2 Cor. xjii. 5.
I am my Beloved's, and my Beloved is mine. Song vi. 3.

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MR. WILLIAM GUTHRIE was eldest son to the Laird of Pitforthy, in the shire of Angus, a cadet of the old family of Guthrie; and by the mother's side descended from the ancient house of Easter Ogle, of which she was a daughter : whereby he enjoyed such advantages of birth as, at least, raised him above the contempt of those who gave the highest value to nobleness of blood, and dote most fondly on the antiquity of families. God blessed his parents with a numerous offspring, so that he had three sistersgerman, and four brothers, all of which, except one, dedicated themselves to the service of Gud in the gospel of his Son: namely, Robert, who was licensed to preach, but never ordained to a parochial charge, his tender constitution, and numerous infirmities, rendering him unequal for so laborious an office, and bringing him soon to an end of his days. Alexander, who became minister of the parish of Strickathrow, in the presbytery of Brechin in Angus, about the year 1645, where he continued a pious and

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