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The Nature and Excellence of it.
folves of Reason.
wants it moft. The Motive here assign'd to the Jews. Nothing like Experience to raise Compassion for
the distressed. This mention'd as a Motive in St. Paul's Beha
viour. -- in our blessed Lord's himself. Some Observations on the whole.
DISCOURSE VII. The Grounds and Regulation of Self-Esteem.
Rom. xii. 3. For I fay, through the Grace given unto me, to every
Man that is among you, not to think of bimself more big bly than be ought to think ; but to think soberly, according as God bath dealt to every Man
the Meafure of Faitb. Self-Esteem interwoven in our Composition.
of great and excellent Use in itself.
very dangerous, if we mistake in the Object of Degree of this Efteem. What the proper Object of it is. Self-Conceit, whence.
Directions how to choose and improve what is most worthy of Cultivation in us.
DISCOURSE VIII. The different Characters of Real and Diffembled
Rom. xii. 9.
1. General Complaisance.
3. A feigned Love arising from Envy. Sorts of Real Love.
1. Mutual Benevolence. 2. Good-Nature. 3. Generosity, more dazzling, but not so use
ful. 4. Friendship, excellent in itself, but of less
Benefit to Mankind than any of the others. 5. Love of our Country, of extensive Influ
ence, but very uncommon. 6. Charity, greater than all, and including all the rest in the highest Degree. DISCOURSE IX. Character of the Scorner.
Luke vi. 25. - Wo unto you that laugh now : for ye shall mourn
; Laughter, what sort of it is here condemned.
Such as proceeds from Self-Sufficiency. The Jews much given to this kind of Laughter.
Our Saviour the Object of their Derision.
quite contrary to Poverty of Spirit. Contempt, and Ridicule, most hateful to others. moft dangerous to ourselves.
Luke xviii. 14.
rather than the other. These two Characters compar'd, with relation to
the three great Branches of Duty. The Pharisee, full of his own Attainments, de
sires no Advice, nor will listen to any. The Publican must disapprove of his Conduct
whenever he considers it. If the Pharisee be guilty of the same Crimes with
the Publican, they must be attended with more injurious Effects. Though both their Sins are odious to God, the
Publican is more likely to repent, as being free from Hypocrisy.
Matth. xxii. 23.
say there is no Resurrection. An Account of the Herodians. The Dangers of a Court in general.
An Account of the Sadducees.
- both very opposite to Jesus Christ, and his
The Insufficiency of Human Reason.
2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
any thing, as of ourselves : but our Sufficiency is of God.
HE Apostle having begun to commend himself, explains and confirms what
he had said, in the Words of the Text; and disclaiming all Sufficiency in himself, all Matter of boasting, he ascribes his Sufficiency to God. Vol. I.