|Author:||Purnell, Robert, d. 1666.|
|Title:||A little cabinet richly stored with all sorts of heavenly varieties, and soul-reviving influences.: Wherein there is a remedy for every malady, viz. milk for babes, and meat for strong men, and the ready way for both to obtain and retain assurance of salvation: being an abridgement of the sum and substance of the true Christian religion; wherein the cause of our salvation, the way, the guide, the rule, the evidence, the seals, &c. and the connection of these points together, and dependancy of them one upon another: this I have endeavoured to do orderly, exactly, methodically, with much plainness and clearness. / By Robert Purnell.|
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A little cabinet richly stored with all sorts of heavenly varieties, and soul-reviving influences.: Wherein there is a remedy for every malady, viz. milk for babes, and meat for strong men, and the ready way for both to obtain and retain assurance of salvation: being an abridgement of the sum and substance of the true Christian religion; wherein the cause of our salvation, the way, the guide, the rule, the evidence, the seals, &c. and the connection of these points together, and dependancy of them one upon another: this I have endeavoured to do orderly, exactly, methodically, with much plainness and clearness. / By Robert Purnell.
Purnell, Robert, d. 1666.
London: Printed by R.W. for Thomas Brewster, at the three Bibles, at the west end of Pauls, 1657.
The EPISTLE Dedicatory.
The Epistle to the Impartial Reader.
A Table of the principal heads in general, and the connection of these points together and depen∣dence of them one upon another.
A LITTLE CABINET Stored with all sorts of Heavenly Varieties.
Of God the Father.
Of the Son.
Of the Holy Ghost.
Of Gods Decrees.
Of the Creation.
Of the Soul.
Of Mans Fall.
Of Mans recovery.
Of Vocation or effectuall calling.
That we may be neither drawn, enticed, or forced from our Religion, let us build upon a right foundation.
The second thing to be enquired into, is with whom this Covenant was first made.
The third thing to be enquired into, is when this Covenant was made with us.
The fourth thing to be enquired into is, whether there be any conditions of this Covenant on our part, and if so, what those conditions are.
The fifth thing to be enquired into is, whether it be one and the same Covenant of grace that was in force before the Law, and under the Law, and under the Gospel.
The sixth thing to be enquired into is, whether this Covenant may not be broken, as the first Covenant of works was.
The seventh thing to be enquired into is, what means should one make use of to get into this Covenant of Grace.
The eighth thing to be enquired into is this, when may a man or woman be said to be in this Covenant.
The ninth thing to be considered of, is this, wherein doth the Covenant of grace, and the Covenant of works differ.
The tenth thing to be enquired into is this, what is Gods oraer and method, that he generally makes us of, to bring his people into the bond of the Covenant, and to bestow the blessings of the Covenant upon them.
The eleventh thing to be enquired into is, what are the blessings and benefits of this Covenant to us-ward.
The twelfth thing to be enquired into, is this, viz. notwithstanding this blessed Covenant of grace contained in the Gospel, whether most men and women in the world be not un∣der a Covenant of works.
Of Justification by Grace.
Several strong reasons why the Saints should walk holily, notwithstanding the Covenant is free, and justification is free▪ and salvation it self is of grace, not of works.
Of sanctification, or a holy conversation according to a Gospel Rule.
Of Justification and Sanctification, how they differ, and wherein they agree.
Of Faith, the quality, object, acts, seat, subject, inseparable concomitants and degrees of Justi∣fying Faith: the difficulty of believing, and the faculty of mistaking about it.
Of the Object of Faith.
Of the subject of this Faith.
Of the Seat of Faith.
Of the ground of Faith.
The Springs of Faith, how God doth beget it in an unbeliever.
The Impediments, Lets and Hinderances of Faith.
Motives to believe, or divers Arguments from Jesus Christ himself to perswade us to believe.
Of the evil of unbelief, and the springs of it, and the misery that doth attend it.
The Characters, Marks or Signs of true Faith, &c.
The benefits of living by Faith: a Believers comfort, hope, joy and confidence should be in God, the same at all times.
Several waies for a believer to hold fast his con∣fidence in God, at all times.
Of Repentance unto life.
The Nature of sin. The Springs or Rise of sin. The ready way to mortifie sin.
How sin creeps up, and gets head in us.
Of the great danger of small sins.
Of the mischief brought upon many for one sin.
What hurt sin doth a Saint.
The ready way to mortifie sin.
Sin in the best Saint, and most times in the best actions of Saints.
The difference between the sinning of the Rege∣nerate, and the unregenerate.
How many waies the Lord is said to forgive sin; Or the various names and expressions of forgiveness.
Whether sins before conversion ought to be called to mind after conversion.
Whether the Dominion of sin may not be taken away, where yet the life of sin remains.
How far a true Christian may be tainted with errour in Judgement, and yet at last be re∣stored.
Of Knowledge, first of God, secondly of our selves: the properties of it, and means of attaining it, and the benefits we have by it.
Of the knowledge of God.
Of the knowledge of our selves.
The Charecters or Properties of true know∣ledge.
How one Believer differs from another in know∣ledge.
Of what a large and vast measure of knowledge a man may attain unto, and yet be without this saving knowledge.
Of love, the nature of it, several sorts and kinds of it: How its wrought in the heart, tryals of it, and properties of it: means of attaining it, and impediments of it, and in∣ducements to it.
Several sorts or kinds of Love.
Of the springs of Love, how it is begotten and encreased in us.
Of the Tryals of Love, how it may be known.
Of the Properties of this true Love.
Of the motives or inducements to perswade us to get into, and grow up in this Love.
Of our love to the children of God, the nature of it, the tryals of it, the means of attaining it, and impediments that hinder it.
Of the Tryals of our love to the brethren.
Of the means of attaining a true love to the brethren.
Of the impediments, and hinderances of love.
Of the grace of hope, the nature of it, and the properties of it, and encouragements to it, and Characters of it.
Of the Properties of this hope.
Of the encouragements, to encourage us to hope in God.
Of the distinguishing Characters between a well grounded, and a presumptuous hope.
Of Perseverance, what it is.
Of the gifts of the Spirit, and what those best gifts are that Christ gives to his best beloved ones.
More particularly, let us enquire into this, what those best gifts are that Christ gives unto his best beloved ones.
Of the several Ordinances of the Gospel.
First of the Ordinance of Assembling our selves together.
The right Constitution of a Church of Christ, or the way at first to gather a Church.
Of the Ordinance of preaching, who they are that ought to preach: the manner how, the time when, the place where, the persons to whom, how this gift of preaching may be ob∣tained: and whether the Minister may receive mony for preaching: how to remember, and a rule to try all doctrines by.
1. Of the Ordinance of preaching.
Who they are that ought to preach the Gospel.
Of the manner how the Preacher is to preach.
Of the time when, the place where, the persons to whom the Gospel is to be preached.
What a Minister is to preach.
Which is first to be preached, the Law or the Gospel.
How the Gift of preaching may be obtained.
Whether the Minister may receive money or wages for preaching, yea or no.
Of Attentive Hearing.
How to remember what is preached.
A Rule to try all Doctrines by.
Of Prayer and Supplication, another standing or∣dinance of the Gospel.
Whom we are to pray unto.
For whom we are to pray.
What extraordinary prayer is.
Of the necessity of praying.
The Posture or Gesture to be used in prayer.
Of the place where we are to pray.
Of the time in which we are to pray.
The motives to encourage us to pray.
The means to be used to obtain the gift of prayer.
Of the Lets and hinderances of prayer.
Several sorts of Prayer never answered.
How many wayes doth the Lord answer the Pray∣ers of his people.
Another stanning Ordinance of the Gospel is thanksfiving or Singing of Psalms and Spi∣ritual Songs making melody to the Lord in our Hearts.
Of the Ordinance of Baptism, another standing Ordinance of the Gospel.
Of the Lords Supper, or breaking of bread: ano∣ther standing Ordinance of the Gospel.
First, of the Lords Supper, what it is.
Wherein doth Baptism differ from the Lords Supper, seeing they are both confirming Or∣dinances.
Of the Preparation to the Lords table.
Of the actions of the administrator of this blessed Ordinance.
Of the actions of the receiver, or duty in reciev∣ing.
Who they are that may partake of this Ordi∣nance.
The ends and uses of the Lords Supper.
Of our duty after receiving.
Of Collection for the poor, another standing Or∣dinance of the Gospel.
Who they are that should give alms.
How much must we give.
To whom must we give.
What orders is to be observed in giving.
With what affection must we give.
How many waies may one be said to give.
What fruits may we expect of this duty.
Of reading the Scriptures, another standing Or∣dinance of the Gospel.
That no History is comparable to the History of the Scriptures.
Who they are that ought to read the Scriptures.
Why must we read the Scriptures
How must we read the Scriptures.
Of Admonition, private and publike.
Of assurance of Salvation.
Of the nature of Assurance, what it is.
Whether Assurance be attainable in this life.
Of the several sorts of Assurance.
Of the trials of assurance.
To make out after, and endeavour for assurance, is our duty.
Of the benefits of assurance, and many arguments to perswde us to make out after it.
Of the springs of assurance, or means by which it is attained.
Of the impediments of assurance.
The evil of doubting, or want of assurance.
Many think they have assurance, and have not.
Many reasons wherefore the Lord doth not give assurance speedily.
Very hard to recover assurance, if one lost.
Of the difference between the Law and the Gos∣pel; and of the several sorts of Laws.
Of the ten Commandments.
Of the Lords prayer and the several petitions therein contained.
Of the World, Flesh and Devil, the three great enemies of man.
First of the World.
Of the Riches of this world.
Many times he that we account the richest man, is the poorest man in the world.
Of the Flesh.
What man is by nature.
Of mans own righteousness.
Of the Devil.
Of afflictions, why God doth afflict his own peo∣ple, and how to know what Sin God aims at in affliction; and when a man may be said to suffer for wel-doing, and when for evil doing.
Some reasons why the Lord doth afflict his own people.
The Lord doth try the truth and strength of his own people to the highest, and yet layeth no more upon the weakest, then he doth enable him to bear.
How to know what sin God aims at in af∣fliction.
When a man may be said to suffer for well-dong, and when for evil doing.
The Lord is many times better then his word, never worse.
Mercies and deliverances are many times near∣est to us, when we think they be furthest off.
The Lord doth many times hand forth his mer∣cies to us by the rule of contraries.
The Lord doth not despise the day of small things.
The order of causes, how God comes downward, from the causes to, the effects; and how we must go upward, from the effects to the causes.
Mans life is, or should be guided by these vertues.
Several Divine Sentences.
First of Christ.
Of affliction for sin, in Sentences.
Of Sin, in Sentences.
Of doing or practising, in Sentences.
Of the Riches, Honour and Glory of the world, in Sentences.
Of the Devil and his temptation, in Sentences.
Of assurance of Salvation, in Sentences.
Divers knotty questions answered, and seeming contradictions in the Scripture, reconciled, and many Scruples of conscience removed.
Of spotless Saints.
Of the spots in the best Saints.
How to reconcile these Scriptures together, see∣ing the one saith, they have Spots, the other saith, they have none.
The shortness of mans life, and the misery that doth attend every age and condition of all men that live and delight in sin, and lie down in Sorrow.
Of the Condition of man in his birth and in¦fancy.
Of mankind in the state of childhood.
Of mankind in the state of youth.
Of the state of manhood.
Of the declining state of man.
Of the Decrepit, or old age of man.
Of the Pollution and Misery of the soul in this life.
Of the Miseries attending both body and soul in the hour of death, if they see not their in∣terest in Christ.
Of the sad Condition and Misery of all out of Christ after death.
A Preparation for death, that it may not come upon us before we are ready to dye.
The action or actions are these.
The great and terrible day of the Lord is near dawning, and the glory of all flesh staining, the Kingdom of Christ appearing, and the restitution of all things approaching; this great Mysterie opened, the grounds thereof examined, the truth cleared, and the ig∣norance of many in this Mysterie disco∣vered.
The manner of his coming.
The signs of Christs coming.
Christ shall come visibly.
The posture a Christian should be in at his com∣ing.
It is the duty of all to watch and pray for his coming.
Of some of the benefits a Christian shall have at his coming.
The consideration of his coming should cause us to live upon him.
Of the sad condition of all out of Christ at his coming.
Christ shall come terribly, and yet season∣ably.
There be four things that Christ hath already done for his flock, and five things he is now doing, and six things more he will finish when he comes.
Of the resurrection of the dead, at the second com∣ing of Christ.
There is a first and a second Resurrection.
Of the Reign of Christ, or kidgdom of Christ in this world, though not of this world.
Of the last judgement, the signs that go before it, what is meant by it, the place where, the person who, the time how long the judgement shall last, out of what we shall be judged, this day shall be a great Day.
1. Of the Signs that go before the last judge∣ment.
What is meant by judgement.
Of the place where the Lord will judge the world.
Of the Person who it is that shall judge the world.
Of the time how long the Judgement shall last.
By what, or out of what we shall be judged.
The day of judgement shall be a great Day.
Of the sad condition of a man out of Christ af∣ter his death, judgement and sentence passed, viz. Go ye cursed.
Of the happy and blessed estate of the Elect in Heaven.
What use we may make of all these precious things.
Of the end of the world.
An Alphabetical Table of the prin∣cipal matters contained in this Book.
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