the transcendent privilege of those that love god, and are savingly called

by the


a.d. 1657


Christian Reader

There are two things, which I have always looked upon as difficult: the one is, to make the wicked sad; the other is, to make the godly joyful.—Dejection in the godly, arises from a double spring; either because their inward comforts are darkened, or their outward comforts are disturbed—to cure both which troubles, I have put forth this ensuing piece, hoping, by the blessing of God, it will buoy up their desponding hearts, and make them look with a more pleasant aspect; I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: All these things shall work together for good to them that love god. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out, shall cooperate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace, and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.


Preface and Introduction

CHAP. I. Showing that the best things work for good to the godly

1. The attributes of God—2. The promises of God—3. The mercies of God—4. The graces—5. The creatures of God, in particular the good angels—6. The communion of saints—7. Christ's intercession—8. The saints' prayers

CHAP. II. Showing that the worst things work for good to the godly

1. The evil of affliction—2. Of temptation—3. Of desertion—4. God brings good out of evil to the godly

CHAP. III. Showing the reason of the proposition, and the inferences to be drawn from it

Several inferences drawn from the proposition

CHAP. IV. The persons interested love God.…

The nature of love—The kinds of love—The properties of love—The degree of love—A sharp reproof to those who do not love God

CHAP. V. Discovering the fruits or signs of love to God

CHAP. VI. Exhortation to love God

Motives to excite to love—Means directing to it—Exhortation to preserve love—Exhortation to increase love to God

CHAP. VII. Concerning effectual calling

1. A distinction about calling—2. Our deplorable condition before we are called—3. The means of our blessed call—4. God's method in calling sinners—5. The properties of the Divine call—6. The end of effectual calling—Inference from the premises—Exhortation to labour after the heavenly calling

CHAP. VIII. Exhortations to those who are called

Admire free grace—Pity those who are uncalled—Walk worthy of your high calling

CHAP. IX. Concerning God's purpose

Our whole salvation must be resolved into God's purpose—The saints' comforts are built upon this impregnable rock

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