IV. THE FOUR LAST THINGS.
Dedication to Lady Russell.
Heb. 2. 15. And deliver them, who through fear of death were
all their lifetime subject to bondage.
1. Proofs of Christ's deity. How the devil is said to have
the power of death. An account of death's entrance
into the world,
II. What the fear of death includes. The passion of fear
in general. The special causes that make death so
fearful. The bondage of men from the fear of death.
Reasons why men do not always feel this fear,
III. How the death of Christ frees us from the formenting
féar of death. It redeems us from the curse, makes
death a blessed advantage, frees the saints from afflic-
tions, and obtains for them the highest positive good, 256
IV. Why believers are subject to death since the sting of it
is taken away. They die that sinful frailties may be
abolished, that their graces may be exercised, and be-
cause the natural body is incapable of a celestial di-
vine life. Their resurrection is delayed till the coming
of Christ. Proofs of the certainty of their re-
V. The qualifications of those who have a right to this
privilege. Union with Christ is absolutely requisite.
The Spirit is the bond of this union. He illuminates
the understanding, inspires love to God, and commu-
nicates power to do the divine will,
VI. Application of the subject. How great are our obliga-
tions to the Redeemer. It should be our great busi-
ness to overcome the fear of death. Necessity of re-
conciliation with God. The danger of delaying re-
VII. Application continued. The desperate hazard of trust-
ing to sick-bed and death-bed repentances. Such in-
stances very few, and extremely uncertain,
VIII. Application concluded. Rules how death may be ren-
dered comfortable. The duties of dying saints. 296