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OF THE

LEARNED AND REVEREND

JOHN SCOTT, D. D.

SOMETIME RECTOR OF ST. GILES'S IN THE FIELDS.

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CONTENTS

DISCOURSE XXIII.

Of the worth and excellency of the soul.

Matt. xvi. 26. What is a man profited, if he shall gain the

whole world, and lose his own soul ? or what shall a man

give in exchange for his soul?

The connection and explication of the text, 3. The ines-

timable price and value of the soul of man, in respect of its

own natural capacities, represented under four heads, viz.

its capacity of understanding, 6. of moral perfection, 7. of

pleasure and delight, 9. of immortality, 12. Of what esteem

the soul is in the judgment of those who know the best worth

of it, viz. the whole world of spirits, 16–26. Four inferences

from hence, 27. What is meant by losing one's soul ex-

plained, 35. The soul liable to a sevenfold damage in the

other world, 36. Seven causes of the danger we are in of in-

curring this damage, 52. Men may forsake Christ, and

thereby lose their souls four ways: by a total apostasy, 69.

by renouncing the profession of his doctrine, 70. by obstinate

heresy, 72. by a wilful course of disobedience, of which

there are three degrees; the first proceeds from a wilful ig-

norance of Christ's laws, the second from a wilful incon-

sideration of our obligation to them, the third from an obsti-

nacy in sin against knowledge and consideration, 73. Four

reasons why our forsaking of Christ infers this fearful loss of

our souls, 79. That God, if he be so determined, may, with-

out any injury either to his justice or goodness, detain lost

souls in the bondage of hell for ever, proved in six proposi -

tions, 89. That God is actually determined so to do, de-

monstrated by three arguments, 99. A comparison between

the gain of the world and the loss of a man's soul, in six par-

ticulars, whereby it is shewn of which side the advantage

lies, 106.

DISCOURSE XXIV.

Of the divinity and incarnation of our Saviour.

John i. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among

us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only be-

gotten of his Father,) full of grace and truth.

A general explication of this term, the Word, 125. A full

account of it in four propositions, shewing that it was de-

rived from the theology of the Jews and Gentiles, 126. That

we ought to fetch the sense of it from that ancient theology,

131. That in that theology it signifies a vital and divine sub-

sistence, 133. and that our Saviour, to whom it is applied in

the New Testament, is that vital and divine subsistence, 136.

To be the Word of God denotes four things: to be

of the mind of the Father; to be the perfect image of that

mind; to be the interpreter of the Father's mind; and to be

the executor of it: and in these is founded the reason of our

Saviour's being called the Word, 139. What we are to un-

derstand by the Word's being made fesh, 148. Five infer-

ences from this doctrine, 150. What is meant by the Word's

dwelling among us, explained, 161. His dwelling among us

full of grace, explained in five particulars, 170. His dwelling

among us full of truth, explained in general, 185. Four in-

stances of his dwelling among us full of truth, in contradis-

tinction to that obscure typical way of his tabernacling among

the Jews, 193. Four inferences, the first from his dwelling

among us, 203. the second from his dwelling among us full

of grace; and that, 1. in respect of his own personal dispo-

sition, 208. 2. of his laws, 211. 3. of the gracious pardon

which he hath procured for us and promised to us, 213.

4. of the abundant assistance he is ready to vouchsafe us, 215.

and 5. of the glorious recompense he hath promised to and

prepared for us, 217. The third, from his dwelling among

us full of truth, 219. The fourth, from all these laid to-

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