An Illustration of the Doctrines of Christian Religion (eBook)

by Thomas Boston

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An Illustration of the Doctrines of Christian Religion With Respect to Faith and Practice Upon the Plan of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity. (1721 pages)

1 COR. 10:31.—Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

PSALM 73:25, 26.—Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

KNOWLEDGE is a necessary foundation of faith and holiness; and where ignorance reigns in the mind, there is confusion in the heart and life. We have the word of truth in our hands, and many methodical systems of divine truths, amongst which the Shorter Catechism, composed by the Reverend Assembly of Divines at Westminster, in pursuance of the solemn league and covenant, as a part of the then intended uniformity between the three nations, is deservedly reckoned the chief. This I shall endeavour to explain with all possible brevity and perspecuity, that ye may have a view of those divine truths, with the reasons of them. And this I have thought it the more necessary to do, in order that your minds may be established in the truth, as our time is like to be a time of trial, wherein ye may be exposed to many snares, and so be in danger of apostasy. 

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Table of Contents

OF MAN'S CHIEF END AND HAPPINESS

THE DIVINE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

THE UTILITY OF THE SCRIPTURES AS A RULE

THE SCOPE OF THE SCRIPTURES

THE SCRIPTURES THE BOOK OF THE LORD, AND THE DILIGENT STUDY AND SEARCH THEREOF RECOMMENDED

OF GOD AND HIS PERFECTIONS

OF THE UNITY OF GOD

OF THE HOLY TRINITY

OF THE DECREES OF GOD

OF THE WORK OF CREATION

OF THE CREATION OF MAN

OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD

THE WISE OBSERVATION OF PROVIDENCES, ILLUSTRATED AND ENFORCED

OF THE COVENANT OF WORKS

OF THE FALL OF OUR FIRST PARENTS

OF SIN IN GENERAL

OF THE FIRST SIN IN PARTICULAR

OF OUR FALL IN ADAM

OF THE SINFULNESS OF MAN'S NATURAL STATE

OF THE MISERIES OF MAN'S NATURAL STATE

OF ELECTION TO EVERLASTING LIFE

OF THE COVENANT OF GRACE

OF CHRIST THE ONLY REDEEMER OF GOD'S ELECT

OF CHRIST'S INCARNATION

OF CHRIST'S OFFICES IN GENERAL

OF CHRIST'S PROPHETICAL OFFICE

OF CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE

OF CHRIST'S INTERCESSION

OF CHRIST'S KINGLY OFFICE

OF CHRIST'S HUMILIATION

OF CHRIST'S EXALTATION

OF THE APPLICATION OF REDEMPTION

OF UNION WITH CHRIST

OF EFFECTUAL CALLING

OF THE BENEFITS OF EFFECTUAL CALLING

OF JUSTIFICATION

OF ADOPTION

THE DIVINE CALL TO LEAVE THE DEVIL'S FAMILY EXPLAINED AND URGED

OF SANCTIFICATION

UNION WITH CHRIST THE ONLY WAY TO SANCTIFICATION

OF THE BENEFITS FLOWING FROM JUSTIFICATION, ADOPTION, AND SANCTIFICATION

OF THE BENEFITS WHICH BELIEVERS RECEIVE AT DEATH

OF THE BENEFITS AT THE RESURRECTION

OF THE DUTY WHICH GOD REQUIRETH OF MAN

THE MORAL LAW, THE RULE OF MAN'S OBEDIENCE

THE MORAL LAW SUMMARILY COMPREHENDED IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

LOVE TO GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOUR, THE SUM OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

THE PREFACE TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

OF THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

OF THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

OF THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

OF THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

OF THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

THE DUTY OF RULING ELDERS AND PEOPLE

OF THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

OF THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

OF THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

OF THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

OF THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

OF MAN'S INABILITY TO KEEP THE LAW PERFECTLY

OF SIN IN ITS AGGRAVATIONS

OF THE DESERT OF SIN

OF THE MEANS OF SALVATION IN GENERAL

OF FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

OF REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE

OF CHRIST'S ORDINANCES IN GENERAL

HOW THE WORD IS MADE EFFECTUAL TO SALVATION

HOW THE WORD IS TO BE READ AND HEARD

THE DUTY OF ATTENDING ON ORDINANCES

A CAVEAT AGAINST RECEIVING THE GOSPEL IN VAIN

THE DANGER OF NOT COMPLYING WITH THE GOSPEL-CALL

HOW THE SACRAMENTS BECOME EFFECTUAL MEANS OF SALVATION

THE NATURE OF THE SACRAMENTS

THE NUMBER OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND THE NATURE OF BAPTISM

THE NATURE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

OF THE WORTHY RECEIVING OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

THE NECESSITY OF SELF-EXAMINATION

THE DANGER OF UNWORTHY COMMUNICATING

THE NATURE OF PRAYER

A DISCOURSE ON SECRET PRAYER

OF THE RULE OF DIRECTION IN PRAYER

THE PREFACE OF THE LORD'S PRAYER

THE FIRST PETITION

THE SECOND PETITION

THE THIRD PETITION

THE FOURTH PETITION

THE FIFTH PETITION

THE SIXTH PETITION

THE CONCLUSION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER

A DISCOURSE ON THE EXPERIMENTAL KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST

OF THE RIGHT IMPROVEMENT OF A TIME OF SICKNESS AND MORTALITY

TWO FORMS OF PERSONAL COVENANTING BY THE AUTHOR
 

By Topic

Joy

By Scripture

Old Testament

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Esther

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Solomon

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

Ezekiel

Daniel

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

New Testament

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation

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