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SERMONS, LECTURES,

AND

OCCASIONAL DISCOURSES.

BY THE

REV. EDWARD IRVING, M. A.

MINISTER OF THE NATIONAL SCOTCH CHURCH, REGENT SQUARE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

Vol. I.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE INCARNATION OPENED

IN SIX SERMONS.

LONDON : PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSIDE;

AND SOLD BY L. B. SEELEY & SONS, FLEET STREET ;
J. NISBET, BERNERS STREET; A. PANTON, OXFORD STREET,

W. OLIPHANT, AND J. BOYD, EDINBURGH;

AND W. COLLINS, GLASGOW.

MDCCCXXVIII.

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PREFACE.

THIS book, though it consists of three parts, apparently distinct and separate from each other, hath nevertheless a unity in itself which entitles it to be regarded as one work. The first part treats of the work of Christ in the flesh; the second, of the publication and propagation of the same good work amongst men ; and the third, of the present aspect and condition, and the immediate prospects, of that portion of the world which hath received the preaching of the Gospel of the incarnate Word ;-the first being doctrinal, the second ecclesiastical and practical, the third national and prophetical. Upon each of these three several parts, I have a word or two to say, by way of preface.

The Sermons on the Incarnation were intended to open that mystery after a dogmatical, and not a controversial, method; as being designed for the instruction of the church committed to my ministerial and pastoral care, of whom I knew not that any one entertained a doubt upon that great head of Christian faith. To open the subject in all its bearings, and to connect it with the other great heads of divine doctrine, especially with the doctrine of the Trinity; and to shew the several offices of the Divine persons, in the great work of making the Word flesh; this truly was the good

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