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OBSERVATIONS;

DELIVERED IN SEVERAL LECTURES.

By the Late REVEREND,
Learned, Pious, and Faithful Servant of Jesus CHRIST,
Mr. JOHN BROWN,
Sometime Minister of the Gospel at Wamphray in Annandale, and afterwards Minister

to the Scots Congregation at Rotterdam in Holland.

Carefully printed from the Author's own MANUSCRIPT.

E DIN BURGH:

Printed by DAVID PATERSON,
sod fold by him at his Printing-house, Lawn-MARKET, and by the Booksellers.

M DCC LXVI.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

SHELDON FUND
JULY 10, 1940

The

PRE FACE,

is said, The righteous fmall be in everlasting remembrance, Psal. cxii

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Altho' it is now near a hundred years since the Rev. learned and pious author fell asleep in the Lord, and is gone to receive the fruit at his labours, from his Lord and Master, whom he served in the gospel; yet the wisdom of Divine Providence cannot but be noticed in the preservation of the author's own manuscript of the following lectures so long, and now raising it from the dust of obscurity, and bringing it forth to the light, which, under the divine blefling, will no doubt be useful for clearing up and setting in a proper light, the neceffary truths of the chriQian faith and doctrine, therein contained, especially the great and fundamental doctrine of justification so fully and largely treated of in the inspired epiftle, and fo consequently by the judicious expositor. It is presumed, it will be needless to make any apology for the publication of the following lectures; as they who are acquainted with Mr. Brown's fingular judiciousness in the management of such subjects as be has undertaken, will certainly make any of the remains of such an eminent minister and Christian very acceptable. Those who have been conversant with his writtings will stand in need. of little other coucher of gepuineness beside the lectures themselves, as they evidently carry in them fuch marks as have always distinguished his performances.

It is not without ground to be feared, that, to the bulk of the present age, the following lectures will seem as idle tales, yet to such as have their senses exercised to discern good and evil, they will appear words fitly spoken, as apples of gold in pictures of file rer, wisely calculated both for informing the judgment and reforming the heart.

It appears that the author designed the following Lectures for the press, on account of the correctness and compleatness of his manuscript; so that unless it be the presising a title, preface, and introduction to the first seven chapters, it has stood in need of no other help, either by alding or impairing. Such as hesitate any manner of way with respect to the agreement of the printed copy, in any word or sentence, with the manuscript, may be fatisfied by comparing, as the manuscript is preserved in the hands of the Publishers at Edinburgh. That the public has been so long deprived of such a valuable and useful exposition, can no otherways be accounted for, ihan that the persons into whole custody it has been, had never fallen on proper means for having it publifhed. What further feems necessary in this way, fhall be only,

I. More particularly to mention a few things concerning the author.
II. To notice the scope of the facred epillle, and the author's expofi:ion.

III. To point out a very few reatons which appear to render the pretent publication the more necessary.

1. The deserved reputation the author has already gained in the church of Christ, not only for his extenfive abilities, fingular piety and holiness, but his useful labours in the work of the ministry, and fruits of bis study, many years since gone abroad in the world, will very juftly super sede almost any ibing necessary to be said about him; such fingular and excellent treatises, both in the polemic and practical way, have undoubtedly evinced to un prejudiced persons, his good learning and solid judgmen:, and that

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