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AN

ILLUSTRATION

OF THE

DOCTRINES

OF

THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION,

WITH RESPECT TO

FAITH AND PRACTICE.

UPON THE PLAN OF

THE ASSEMBLY's SHORTER CATECHISM,

Comprehending a complete Body of Divinity.

By the late Rer, and Learned

MR. THOMAS BOSTON,
Minister of the Gospel at Ettrick; Author of the Fourfold State,

A View of the Covenants, &c.

IN THREE VOLUMES:

VOL. III.

Hold fast the form of sound words.-2.Tim. 1. 13:

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR WILLIAM BAYNES, 54, PATERNOSTER-ROW ;

By W. Heney, Crown-court, Aldersgate-street.

1

An explanation of Gen. vi. 9. in the notes Page 190

Of sin in its aggravations

196

Of the desert of sin

204

Of the means of salvation in general

208

Of faith in Jesus Christ

214

An erplanation of Gen. xv. 6. in the notes

220

Of repentance unto life

228

of Christ's ordinances in general

234

How the word is made effectual lo salvation

240

How the word is to be read and heard

247

The duty of attending on ordinances

256

A caveat against receiving the gospel in vain

266

The danger of not complying with the gospel-call 279

How the Sacraments become effectual to salvation 287

The nature of the sacraments

293

Gen. xvii. 10. explained in the notes

ib.

The number of the sacraments

300

The nature of baptism

304

Gen. xvii. 12. cxplained in the notes

310

Gen. xvii. 14. also explained in the notes

313

The nature of the Lord's supper

315

Of the worthy receiving of the Lord's supper

322

The necessity of self-examination

333

The danger of unworhy communicating

350

The nature of prayer

369

A discourse on secret prayer

385

of the rule of direction in prayer.

403

The preface of the Lord's prayer

410

The first petition

416

The second petition

422

The third petition

440

The fourth petition

467

The fifth petition.

471

The sixth petition

479

Gen. xxii. 1. explained in the notes

480

Extracts from the author's notes on part of Gen. ii.

and iii. in the notes

482

The conclusion of the Lord's prayer

501

A discourse on the experimental knowledge of Christ 509

Of the right improvement of a time of sickness and

mortality

525

Two forms of personal covenanting by the author 538

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