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REV. JOHN WESLEY, A.M.,

SOMETIME FELLOW OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD.

THIRD AJIERICAN COMPLETE AND STANDARD EDITION,

FROM THE LATEST LONDON EDITION,

WITH THE LAST CORRECTIONS OF THE AUTHOR.

COMPREHENDING ALSO

NUVEROUS TRANSLATIONS, NOTES, AND AN ORIGINAL PREFACE, ETC.,

BY JOHN EMORY.

IN SEVEN VOLUNES.

VOLUME II.

New-York :
PUBLISHED BY CARLTON & PHILLIPS,

200 MULBERRY-STREKT.

1853.

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I A GENTLEMAN in the west of England informed me a few days ago, that a clergyman in his neighbourhood designed to print, in two or three volumes, the Sermons which had been published in the ten volumes of the Arminian Magazine. I had been frequently solicited to do this myself, and had as often answered, “I leave this for my executors.” But if it must be done before I go hence, mcthinks I am the properest person to do it.

2. I intend, therefore, to set about it without delay: and if it pleases God to continue to me a little longer the use of my understanding and memory, I know not that I can employ them better. And perhaps I may be better able than another to revise my oin writings; in order, either to retrench what is redundant, to supply what is wanting, or to make

any farther alterations which shall appear nccdful. 3. To make these plain discourses more useful, I purpose now to range them in proper order; placing those first which are intended to throw light on some important Cliristian doctrines; and afterwards those which more directly relate to some branch of Christian practice: and I shall endeavour to place them all in such an order that one may illustrate and confirm the other. There may be the greater need of this, because they were occasionally written, during a course of years, without

ny order or connection at all; just as this or the other subject either occurred to my own mind, or was suggested to me at various times by one or another friend.

4. To complete the number of twelve sermons in every volume, 1 hare added six sermons to those printed in the Magazines; and I did this the rather, because the subjects were important, and cannot be too much insisted on.*

5. Is there need to apologize to sensible persons, for the plainness of my style? A gentleman, whom I much love and respect, lately informed me with much tenderness and courtesy, that “men of candour made great allowance for the decay of my faculties; and did not expect me to write now, cither with regard to sentiment or language, as I did thirty or forty years ago." Perhaps they are decayed; though I am not conscious of it. But is not this a fit occasion to explain myself, concerning the style I use, from choice, not necessity ? I cou'll, even now, write as floridly and rhetorically as even the admired Dr. B ; but I dare not; because I seek the honour that comcih of God only.

• This Preface was written by Mr. Weslcy for the cdition of his Sermons, printed 1 4 vols 12mno

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What is the praise of man to me, that have one foot in the grave, and am stepping into the land whence I shall not return? Therefore, I dare no more write in a fine style than wear a fine coat.

But were it otherwise, had I time to spare, I should still write just as I do. I should purposely decline, what many admire, a highly ornamented style. I cannot adınire French oratory: I despise it from my heart. Let those that please be in raptures at the pretty, elegant sentences of Massillon or Bourdaloue ; but give me the plain, nervous sty'e of Dr. South, Dr Bates, or Mr. John Howe: and for elegance, show me any French writer who exceeds Dean Young or Mr. Seed. Let who will admire the French frippery; I am still for plain, sound English.

6. I think a preacher, or a writer of sermons, has lost his way, when he imitates any of the French orators; even the most famous of them; even Massilion or Bourdaloue. Only let his language be plain, proper and clear, and it is enough. God himself has told us how to speak, both as to the matter and the manner: “If any man speak,” in the name of God, “ let him speak as the oracles of God;" and if he would imitate any part of these above the rest, let it be the First Epistle of St. John. This is the style, the most excellent style, for every gospel preacher. And let him aim at no more ornament than he finds in that sentence, which is the sum of the whole gospel, “We love him, because he first loved us."

London, Jan. 1, 1788

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CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

Sermon LIX.-On Eternity.

Pergo

from everlasting to everlasting thou art God, Psalın xc, 2

13

SERMON LX.- On the Trinity.

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy

Glost: and these three are one, 1 John v, 7 .

20

SERMON LXI.--God's Approbation of his Works

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good, Gene-

sis i, 31

25

SERMON LXII.-On the Fall of Man.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, Genesis iii, 19

31

SERMON LXIII.-On Predestination.

Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of

his Son :-whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called,

them he also justified: and whom he justified, then he also glorified, Romans

viü, 29, 30

33

SERMOX LXIV. -God's Love to Fallen Man.

Not as the offence, so also is the free gift, Romans v, 15

42

SERsoN LXV.- The General Deliverance.

The earnest expectation of the creature waiieth for the manifestation of the sons

of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him

that subjected it:

Yet in hupe that the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of

corruptiun, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together

until now, Romans viii, 19-22

49

SERMON LXVI.— The Mystery of Iniquity.

The mystery of iniquity doth already work, 2 Thessalonians ii, 7

57

SERMON LXVII.- The End of Christ's Coming.

For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works

of the devil, 1 Joim iii, 8

67

Servos LXVIII.— The General Spread of the Gospel.

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the 'vaters cover the soa,

Isaiah xi, 9

SERMON LXIX.- The Ncio Creation.

Behold I make all things new, Revelation xxi, 5

SERMON LXX.— The Duty of Reproring our Ncighbour.
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: tliou shalt in any wise robuke thy
neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him, Leviticus aix, 17

88
SERMON LXXI.— The Signs of the Times.

Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern tlic signs of the timos:

Matthew xvi, 3

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