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Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

By John Brown (of Wamphray)


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   DEDICATION - TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND RELIGIOUS LADY, THE LADY STRATHNAVER. MADAM, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone, in whom all the buil ...read
   THE AUTHOR TO THE READER - CHRISTIAN READER,--After the foregoing address, I need not put thee to much more trouble: only I shall say, that he must needs be a great stranger in ...read
   RECOMMENDATION - CHRISTIAN READER, If thou answer this designation, and art really a partaker of the unction, which is the high import of that blessed and glorious ...read
   1 - THE INTRODUCTION, WITH SOME GENERAL OBSERVATIONS FROM THE COHESION - Doubtless it is always useful, yea, necessary, for the children of God to know the right way of making use of Christ, who is made all things to them w ...read
   2 - OF THE WORDS THEMSELVES IN GENERAL - We come now to the words themselves, wherein Christ asserts that he is, 1, "the way;" 2, "the truth;" 3, "the life;" and, 4, "that no man cometh to th ...read
   3 - HOW CHRIST IS THE WAY IN GENERAL, "I AM THE WAY" - We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in a ...read
   4 - HOW CHRIST IS MADE USE OF FOR JUSTIFICATION AS A WAY - What Christ hath done to purchase, procure, and bring about our justification before God, is mentioned already, viz. That he stood in the room of sinn ...read
   5 - HOW CHRIST IS TO BE MADE USE OF, AS THE WAY, FOR SANCTIFICATION IN GENERAL - Having shown how a poor soul, lying under the burden of sin and wrath, is to make use of Jesus Christ for righteousness and justification, and so to m ...read
   6 - HOW CHRIST IS TO BE MADE USE OF, IN REFERENCE TO THE KILLING AND CRUCIFYING OF THE OLD MAN - Having thus shortly pointed out some things in general, serving to the clearing and opening up the way of our use-making of Christ for sanctification, ...read
   7 - HOW CHRIST IS TO BE MADE USE OF, IN REFERENCE TO GROWING IN GRACE - I come now to speak a little to the other part of sanctification, which concerneth the change of our nature and frame, and is called vivification, or ...read
   8 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST FOR TAKING THE GUILT OF OUR DAILY OUT-BREAKINGS AWAY - The next part of our sanctification is in reference to our daily failings and transgressions, committed partly through the violence of temptations, as ...read
   9 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST FOR CLEANSING OF US FROM OUR DAILY SPOTS - Having spoken of the way of making use of Christ for removing the guilt of our daily transgressions, we come to speak of the way of making use of Chri ...read
   10 - "THE TRUTH." SOME GENERALS PROPOSED - That what we are to speak to for the clearing and improving this noble piece of truth, that Christ is the Truth, may be the more clearly understood an ...read
   11 - MORE PARTICULARLY, IN WHAT RESPECT CHRIST IS CALLED THE TRUTH - But for further explaining of this matter, we would see more particularly, in what respects it is, that he is called the truth; and this will make way ...read
   12 - SOME GENERAL USES FROM THIS USEFUL TRUTH, THAT CHRIST IS THE TRUTH - Having thus cleared up this truth, we should come to speak of the way of believers making use of him as the truth, in several cases wherein they will ...read
   13 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE TRUTH, FOR GROWTH IN KNOWLEDGE - It is a commanded duty, that we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. iii. 18; and the knowledge of him being life eternal, John xvii. 3, and ...read
   14 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST, AS TRUTH, FOR COMFORT - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST, AS TRUTH, FOR COMFORT, WHEN TRUTH IS OPPRESSED AND BORN DOWN There is another difficulty, wherein believing souls will s ...read
   15 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST FOR STEADFASTNESS - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST FOR STEADFASTNESS, IN A TIME WHEN TRUTH IS OPPRESSED AND BORNE DOWN When enemies are prevailing, and the way of truth is ...read
   16 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE TRUTH, WHEN ERROR PREVAILETH - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE TRUTH, WHEN ERROR PREVAILETH, AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR CARRIETH MANY AWAY. There is a time when the spirit of error ...read
   17 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE TRUTH, THAT WE MAY GET OUR CASE AND CONDITION CLEARED UP TO US - The believer is oft complaining of darkness concerning his case and condition, so as he cannot tell what to say of himself, or what judgment to pass o ...read
   18 - HOW WE SHALL MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE TRUTH, THAT WE MAY WIN TO RIGHT AND SUITABLE THOUGHTS OF GOD - This is a case that much troubleth the people of God,--they cannot get right and suitable thoughts of God, which they earnestly desire to have, nor kn ...read
   19 - "AND THE LIFE." HOW CHRIST IS THE LIFE - This, as the former, being spoken indefinitely, may be universally taken, as relating both to such as are yet in the state of nature, and to such as a ...read
   20 - SOME GENERAL USES - Before we come to speak of some particular cases of deadness, wherein believers are to make use of Christ as the Life, we shall first propose some use ...read
   21 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE LIFE, WHEN THE BELIEVER IS SO SITTEN-UP IN THE WAYS OF GOD, THAT HE CAN DO NOTHING - Sometimes the believer is under such a distemper of weakness and deadness, that there is almost no commanded duty that he can go about; his heart and ...read
   22 - HOW CHRIST IS TO BE MADE USE OF AS OUR LIFE, IN CASE OF HEARTLESSNESS AND FAINTING THROUGH DISCOURAGEMENTS - There is another evil and distemper which believers are subject to, and that is a case of fainting through manifold discouragements, which make them s ...read
   23 - HOW TO MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE LIFE WHEN THE SOUL IS DEAD AS TO DUTY - Sometimes the believer will be under such a distemper, as that he will be as unfit and unable for discharging of any commanded duty, as dead men, or o ...read
   24 - HOW SHALL THE SOUL MAKE USE OF CHRIST - HOW SHALL THE SOUL MAKE USE OF CHRIST, AS THE LIFE, WHICH IS UNDER THE PREVAILING POWER OF UNBELIEF AND INFIDELITY. That we may help to give some c ...read
   25 - HOW CHRIST IS MADE USE OF AS THE LIFE, BY ONE THAT IS SO DEAD AND SENSELESS - HOW CHRIST IS MADE USE OF AS THE LIFE, BY ONE THAT IS SO DEAD AND SENSELESS, AS HE CANNOT KNOW WHAT TO JUDGE OF HIMSELF, OR HIS OWN CASE, EXCEPT WHAT ...read
   26 - HOW IS CHRIST, AS THE LIFE, TO BE APPLIED BY A SOUL THAT MISSETH GOD'S FAVOUR AND COUNTENANCE - The sixth case, that we shall speak a little to, is a deadness, occasioned by the Lord's hiding of himself, who is their life, and "the fountain of li ...read
   27 - HOW SHALL ONE MAKE USE OF CHRIST AS THE LIFE, WHEN WRESTLING WITH AN ANGRY GOD BECAUSE OF SIN? - That we may give some satisfaction to this question, we shall, 1. Shew what are the ingredients in this case, or what useth to concur in this diste ...read
   28 - NO MAN COMETH TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME - This being added for further confirmation of what was formerly said, will point out unto us several necessary truths, as, I. That it is most necess ...read
   29 - HOW SHOULD WE MAKE USE OF CHRIST, IN GOING TO THE FATHER, IN PRAYER, AND OTHER ACTS OF WORSHIP? - In short, for answering of this question, I shall lay down those particulars: 1. There should be a lively sense of the infinite distance that is be ...read

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