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THE

SERMONS,

AND OTHER

PRACTICAL WORKS,

Of the Late Reverend and Learned

Mr. RALPH ERSKINE,

Minister of the Gospel in Dunfermline.

CONSISTING OF

Above One Hundred and Fifty SERMONS,
besides his Poitica:, Pieces.

IN TEN LARGE VOLUMES OCTAVO.

To which is presixed,

An Account of the Author's Life and Writings,
with an Elegiac Poem, and large Contents.

Go,preach the gospel to every creature, Mark xvi. 15.
V O L. V.

F A L K I R K;

PRINTED BY PATRICK MAIR,

For the Revd. John Stewart, Hugh Mitchell, Bookseller,

and Peter Muirhead, Merchant, the Publishers.

M.DCCxCVI.

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CONTENTS.

SERMON LXXIII,—LXXVIII.

The Strength of Sin, and how the law is the Strength

thereof, opened up and unfolded, 7

I Cor. XV. 56. The strength os sin is the lain.

The words being viewed in tbeir connection, analized rtnd explained, there are
two doctrinal propositions adduced, and lepaiately prosecuted.

'sbe Fikst is, " That I'm is a very strong and powerful ihing" And from this
observation, the following general heads of method arc prosecuted, viz.

1. The nature of sin enquired into, and opened up, Iz

2. The strength of sin unfolded, by viewing the qualities and degrees of its

strength, - . 17

3. How the strength of sin discovers itself, evinced, 29

4. Whence the strength of sin comes, and where it lies, 40

/;. Some inserences deduced for application, 42

The Er.coxu doctrine is, "That the law of works is the strength of sin to the

jinner that hath violate and broken it." And from this proposition, the fol-
lowing general topics are proposed, viz.

j. Enquiie what law is the strength of sin, . 60

.2. Shew what stiength it is that sin hath srom the law, 64

3. Shew what sin the law is the strength of, . 6j

4. How, audio what respect, the law is the strength of sin, 74

5. Whence it is that the law is the strength of sin, 85

6. Application of tlie whole, in leveial uses, - 80

Use (1.) Of caution, in sour particulars, - ibid.

(2.) Of infoimation, in several inserences, - 91

Two difficult cases solved, relative to hypocrites and believers, 100"

Twelve instances of the stiength of sin in believers, 1 21

Four instances of the miserable state of unbelievers, 143

(3.) Of examination; containing a fourfold inquiry to know who ate de-

livered from the law, as it is the strength oflis, 149

(4.) Of exhortation ; sirst to unbelievers, who are under the law ; and then
to believers, who are not under it, i62

SERMON LXXIX.

God's Great Name, the Ground and Reason of saving

great Sinners, 167

Ps.cvii.8. Nevertheless he saved them sor bis name's sake%

The words being divided, explained, and summed up in a doctrinal observation ,
several propositions laid down for clearing the doctrine, and parallel scrip-
tures adduced for illustrating the truth of it, tire following general heads of
method are insisted upon, viz.

1. What is that name of God, for the sake of which he saves, 172

:. What it is for God to save for his name's sake, - i78

"v What salvation he works for his name's sake, - 183 •

4. What is imported in this Nevertheless; or, over what impediments doth

God bring about salvation for his name's sake, 186

7. Some reasons offered why he laves for his name's sake, 100
6. Some inferences deduced for the applicaiion,

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