Table of Contents

The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevelancy of the Remainders of Indwelling Sin in Believers

Title page.

Prefatory note.



Chapter I. Indwelling sin in believers treated of by the apostle, Romans vii. 21 — The place explained.

Chapter II. Indwelling sin a law — In what sense it is so called — What kind of law it is — An inward effective principle called a law — The power of sin thence evinced.

Chapter III. The seat or subject of the law of sin, the heart — What meant thereby — Properties of the heart as possessed by sin, unsearchable, deceitful — Whence that deceit ariseth — Improvement of these considerations.

Chapter IV. Indwelling sin enmity against God — Thence its power — Admits of no peace nor rest — Is against God himself — Acts itself in aversation from God, and propensity to evil — Is universal — To all of God — In all of the soul — Constant.

Chapter V. Nature of sin farther discovered as it is enmity against God — Its aversation from all good opened — Means to prevent the effects of it prescribed.

Chapter VI. The work of this enmity against God by way of opposition — First, It lusteth — Wherein the lusting of sin consisteth — Its surprising of the soul — Readiness to close with temptations — Secondly, Its fighting and warring — 1. In rebellion against the law of grace — 2. In assaulting the soul.

Chapter VII. The captivating power of indwelling sin, wherein it consisteth — The prevalency of sin, when from itself, when from temptation — The rage and madness that is in sin.

Chapter VIII. Indwelling sin proved powerful from its deceit — Proved to be deceitful — The general nature of deceit — James i. 14, opened — How the mind is drawn off from its duty by the deceitfulness of sin — The principal duties of the mind in our obedience — The ways and means whereby it is turned from it.

Chapter IX. The deceit of sin in drawing off the mind from a due attendance unto especial duties of obedience, instanced in meditation and prayer.

Chapter X. The deceit of sin, in drawing off the mind from its attendance unto particular duties, farther discovered — Several things required in the mind of believers with respect unto particular duties of obedience — The actings of sin, in a way of deceit, to divert the mind from them.

Chapter XI. The working of sin by deceit to entangle the affections — The ways whereby it is done — Means of their prevention.

Chapter XII. The conception of sin through its deceit — Wherein it consisteth — The consent of the will unto sin — The nature thereof — Ways and means whereby it is obtained — Other advantages made use of by the deceit of sin — Ignorance — Error.

Chapter XIII. Several ways whereby the bringing forth of conceived sin is obstructed.

Chapter XIV. The power of sin farther demonstrated by the effects it hath had in the lives of professors — First, in actual sins — Secondly, in habitual declensions.

Chapter XV. Decays in degrees of grace caused by indwelling sin — The ways of its prevalency to this purpose.

Chapter XVI. The strength of indwelling sin manifested from its power and effects in persons unregenerate.

Chapter XVII. The strength of sin evidenced from its resistance unto the power of the law.


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