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dress of this pnblick nature: you love the real and solid satisfactions, not the pomp and shew, those splendid incumbrances of life : your rational and virtuous pleasures burn like a gentle and chearful flame, without noise or blaze. However, I cannot but be confident, that you'll pardon the liberty which I here take, when I have told you, that the making the best acknowldgement I could to one, who has given me so many proofs of a generous and passionate friendship, was a pleasure too great to be resisted. I am,

Dear Sir7

Unfeignedly Fours,

R. Lucas

honour of the true and living God, and his Son Je-

sus in the world. 2. As it promotes the good of

mankind. These two treated of in the chapter of

'Zeal. 3. As it produces in the perfect man a fu't

assurance of eternal happiness and g'ory. 4. As it

puts him in pofiefsion of true happiness in this life.

These two last, Assurance, and present Happiness

or Pleasure, handled in this chapter. Where the

pleasures of the sinner, and of the perfect Christian,

are compared P;,ge 44

Chap. 5. Of the attainment of Perfection; with a

.particular account of the manner, or the several. stepi

by which man advances, or grows up to it: with

three Remarks to 'make this discourse more useful,

and to free it from. some scruples 77

Chap. 6. Of the Means of Perfection. Five general

observations, serving for directions in the use of gos-

pel-means, and instrumental duties. 1. The prac-

tice of Wisdom and Virtue is the best means tt

improve and strengthen both. 2. The two general

and immediate instruments, as of Conversion of

Perfection too, are the Gospel and the Spirit. 3.

The natural and immediate fruit of Meditation,

Prayer, Eucharist, Psalmody, and good Conversa-

tion, or Friendship, is, the quickening and enliven-

ing the Conscience; the fortifying and confirming

our Resolutions ; and the raising and keeping up an

heavenly Frame of Spirit. 4. The immediate ends

of Discipline, are the subduing the Pride of the

heart, and the reducing the Appetites of the body.

5. Some kinds of life are better suited to the great

ends of religion and virtue, than others

Chap. 7. Of the Motives to Perfection. Several-mo-

tives summed up in short, and that great one, of

having the other Life in our view, insisted upon

Of the several Parts of Perfection, Illumination, Li-

berty, and Zeal. Page 145

Chap. 1. f\F Illumination. I. The distinguifljing cha-
racier of illuminating truths. 1. They

purify us. 2. They nourifi and strengthen us. 3.

They delight us. 4. The, procure us a glorious re-

ward. II. The nature of illuminating knowledge

1. It must be deeply rooted. z. It must be distinct

and clear. 3. It must be throughly cone ailed 148

Chap. 2. Of the Fruits and Attainments of Illumi-

nation. That Illumination does not depend so much

upon a man's outward Parts, extraordinary Parts,

acquired Learning, &c. as upon his moral Qualifi-

cations ; such as Humility, Impartiality, WLove

of the Truth. Four directions for the attainment

of illumination. 1. That we do notsuffer our minds

to be engaged in quest of knowledge foreign to our

purpose. 2. That we apply our selves with a very

tender and sensible concern to the study of illumina-

ting truths. 3. That we a£i conformable to those

Measures of light which we have attained. 4. That

we frequently address our selves to God by Prayer,

for the illumination of his grace. The chapter con-

cluded with a prayer of Fulgentius 180

Chap. 3. Of Liberty in general. The notion of it tru-

ly stated and guarded. The fruits of this L iberty.

I. Sin being a great evil, deliverance from it is great

happiness. 2. A freedom and pleasure in the ails of

righteousness and good works. 3. The near relation

it creates bet ween God and us. 4. The great fruit

of all, eternal life. With a brief exhortation to en-

deavour after deliverance from fin 205

Chap. 4. Of Libert,, as it relates to originalfin. The

nature of which considered, chiefly with respeB to its

Corruption. How far this distemper of nature is

curable. Which way this cure is to be effected, 269

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Chap. 5. Of Liberty, with respect to sins of Infirmity." An Enquiry into these three things. I. Whether there le anv fuck fins, viz. Sins in which the most perfeil live and die. 2. If there are, what they b\* > or what distinguishes them from damnable or mortalsins. J. How far we are to extend the liberty »f the perfe£i man in relation to these fins Page 196

:Chap. 6. Of Liberty, as it imports freedom or deliveranee from Mortal Sin. What mortal finis. Here the perfect men must be free from it ; and which way this Liberty may be best attained. With some i' rales for the attainment of it

Chap. 7. Of Unfruicfulness, as it consists in Idleness. Idleness, cither habitual or accidental. Considerations to deter men from the sin of Idleness 3 ft

Chap. 8. Of Unfruirfulness, as it consists in Lukewarmness or Formality. The causes from -which Lukewarmncss proceeds. The folly, guilt, and danger of a Laodicean state 367

Chap. 9. Of Zeal. What in general is meant by Zeal; and what is that Perfection of holiness in which it consists. Whether the perfect man must be adorned with a confluence of all virtues ; and to what degree of holiness he may be supposed to arrive 398

Chap. 10. Of "Zeal, as it consists in good Works. That our own security demands a Zeal in these good works : so likewise do the Good of our Neighbour, and the Glory of God, which are much more promot ed by good works 418

Chap. J 1. Of Humility. How necessary it is to Perfection '43Q


Of the Impediments of Perfection. 'pIVE Impediments reckoned up, and insisted on. '1. Too loose a notion of religion. z. An opinion that Perfection is not attainable. 3. That religim is an enemy to pleasure. 4. The love of the world. 5. The infirmity of the flesh. The whole concluded with a fray er 442


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