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HUMBLE INQUIRY
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INTO THE

RULES OF THE WORD OF GOD,

CONCERNING THE

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUISITE TO A

COMPLETE STANDING AND FULL COMMUNION

IN THE

VISIBLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

By the Late JONATHAN EDWARDS, A. M.

THEN PASTOR OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN NORTHAMPTON;

AFTERWARDS PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE OF

NEW JERSEY.

WITH AN APPENDIX BY MR. FOXCROFT.

EDITION SECOND.

BEHOLD NOW I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH: MY WORDS SHALL

BE OF THE UPRIGHTNESS OF MY HEART. JOB XXXIII. 2. 3.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR WILLIAM COKE, LEITH.

Anno 1790.

Confitebatur [Lutherus) dalorem fuum, quod ab ipfis reflorescen2913-1932

tis Evangelii Primordiis, quosvis absque Discrimine ad Cænam Dominicam admififfet, quodque Disciplinam, Fratrum Disciplint fimilem, apud suos non constituisset. Quia objiciebatur, Fratres non habere Ecclesiam apertam ;-Refponium fuit, Sancta dare non Sanctis prohibuisse Christum :-Errorem [in Papatu] corrigi non posse aliter quam ut certa Probationc, nec illa fubitanea, Cordium Arcana revelunter, Novitiique diu et caute tum informentur, tum explorentur.

Ratio Discipl. Fratr. Bohem.

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ADVERTISEMENT

TO THIS

E DI TI O N.

A NARRATIVE of the transactions to which the fol. lowing Treatise refers, may be read in the account of the Author's Life, which was ptinted originally at Boston, New England, in 1765, and lately re-printed at Glasgow. The works of the Author are now very well known in this country. The world, it is apprehended, owe no small obligation to Dr. John Erskine, one of the minifters of this city, who first introduced them to their ac. quaintance.

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There are very few persons attentive to the subjects on which President Edwards has written, who will not acknowledge, that he has cast much light upon them. And nothing will prevent Christians from confidering the present Treatise as one of the most able and interest. ing parts of his works, but prejudice and indifference about the subject of it. His own opinion of it may be seen in his Preface. It will there appear, if persons should even be inattentive to its internal evidence, that it called forth the complete extent of his abilities, and

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