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We can know nothing of the Father, but
from Christ

Christ the only way to the Father

the only foundation

The necessity of loving Christ

The evil of hating Christ
-The danger of neglecting the great sacrifice

The necessity of having the Spirit of Christ
*The sin against the Holy Ghost

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The importance of attending to God's ex-
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Against instability
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To return to God

Do from the consideration of what he has

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To receive the blessings of the gospel

To turn to Christ as a strong-hold

To come to him for living water

To come to him for rest

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To look to him for salvation

To hope in him

To remind him of his promises

To expect from him the pardon of all sin

To accept reconciliation through him

To return from a backslidden state

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To love the scriptures

To search them with diligence

*To get wisdom above all things

To seek God in an obediential dependence
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To seek the things that are above

- To enquire for the good old way

To work out our salvation with fear

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To impute nothing but good to him

To seek him while he may be found

To prepare for the future judgment

To disregard worldly things.

To awake out of sleep

To cast off the works of darkness

To consider God's sovereignty and faithful-

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For a Table of the TEXTS illustrated in the Skeletons, and for an In-
dex to SUBJECTS proper for Particular Occasions-See the end of the 5th

Volume.

WARNINGS.

CCCXLIII. GOD'S VOICE TO SINNERS.

Amos iii. 8. The lion hath roared; who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken; who can but prophesy?

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HERE is not any thing more strange and unreasonable than that utter disregard which is shewn to the word of God. If we see appearances in the sky, we can form some judgment of the weather: if we take notice of common occurrences in the world, we can draw plain and obvious conclusions from them. The prophet justly observes, that if a lion roar, we conclude he has taken, or is about to seize, his prey: if a bird be caught in a snare, we take for granted that the snare was laid with that design: if an alarm be given in a city, we suppose that there is reason for that alarm: or if any disastrous events have taken place, we consider it as ordered by an over-ruling Providence. Yet, when God speaks in his word, we imagine that there is no occasion for it, nor any need to regard it. But it becomes us to attend with reverence to all his messages, whether of wrath or mercy. Whatever he has revealed to us by his servants the prophets, he will surely do: and they are commanded to make known his determinations, "whether men will hear, or whether they will forbear." Hence the prophet Amos, desirous at once to expose the obstinacy of the unbelieving Jews, and to vindicate his own faithfulness towards them, addresses himself to their consciences in this animated expostulation, this convincing apology.

To bring home his words to our own hearts, we shall consider

I. What God hath spoken to us

[There is no description of persons whose character God has not delineated, and whose end he has not determined.

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