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PREACHED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY
OF OXFORD, IN ST. MARY'S
IN THE YEARS 1837, 1838, 1839,
SAMUEL (NOW) LORD BISHOP OF OXFORD
CHANCELLOR OF THE MOST NOBLE ORDER OF THE GARTER
AND LORD HIGH ALMONER TO THE QUEEN.
“ Let us follow after .... things wherewith one may
Rom. xiv. 19.
HE first two Sermons only of this set
have any direct connexion with each other; and it is important that they should be read together: for some expressions of the first, taken by itself, might seem to favour that view which the second is specifically intended to counteract. The Author is deeply convinced that the combination of these two views is an especial feature of Christ's Gospel: that, whilst there is provided in it for every penitent a full assurance of his free forgiveness; and whilst it is his duty as well as his privilege to realise this truth, and bring it clearly out, as the spring of his future obedience, instead of doubting the assured mercy of his heavenly Father,—there is in it also a most clear declaration, that indulged sin does deprave the moral nature; put a man back in his course; and so leave him after repen