« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
I. THE BALM OF GILEAD, FOR U II. SACRAMENTAL MEDITA-
TIONS, &C. CHRISTIAN
DIRECTORY, &c. &c. 66.
PRINTED BY J. MOIR, PATERSON'S COURT,
Edinburgh: G. Peattie, Leith : M OGLE, Glasgow:
& IMRAY, Inverness : and J. FORSYTH, Algin.
BALM OF GILEAD
A DISEASED LAND;
OF THE SPIRIT:
Kingdom, and the Destruction of Antichrist,
Opened and applied in TWELVE SERMONS upon several Texts.
• TO WHICH ARE ADDED
Psalm luxii. 19.
ALTHOUGH these Sermons were preached in Scot. land, and have some reference to the case of that church and land under her present divisions and backslidings; yet they are composed in such a strain, as to be useful and applicable to any church under the like distempers, which, alas! is the case of the most part. What re. medies can be so effectual to cure them of these evils, as those proposed in the following Discourses; to wit, the excellent Balm of Gilead, and the glorious ministram tion of the Spirit? If it were the gracious will of God to dispose all the bishops and ministers of Britain and Ireland, to make it their business to open up and recommend these noble remedies to their people, it would contribute greatly to heal their maladies, and increase the kingdom of Christ in these lands. I cannot help thinking but those who are consecrated to fpiritual of. fices would be more suitably and profitably employed in this work, than in attending courts, and pursuing secular designs.
Seeing now the arm of the Lord is beginning to awake, and many are excited to run to and fro for increasing gospel. knowledge, and labour to propagate the doctrine of salvation through the imputed righteousness of the flain Lamb of God: And, seeing the Lord is pleased, in fundry parts of the world, to give countenance to these endeavours by the out. pouring of his Spirit, for awakening many souls to an inquiry and search after true happiness through the blessed Jesus --It doth highly concern all gospel-ministers and preachers to concur in helping forward the Lord's work, by proclaiming the saving doctrine and offers of free grace to the world, and to exert themselves for removing out of the way all letts and hinderances of the kingdom of Christ, that lo his dominion may spread from sea to sea, through all nations of the earth.
In the following Sermons I have made some inquiry into the times and seasons of the increase of Christ's kingdom: and because this is greatly connected with