Life eternall or, A treatise of the knowledge of the divine essence and attributes Delivered in XVIII. sermons. By the late faithfull and worthy minister of Iesus Christ, Iohn Preston, D. in Divinity, chaplaine in ordinary to his Majestie, master of Emmanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher of Lincolns Inne.
Preston, John, 1587-1628., Ball, Thomas, 1589 or 90-1659., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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  • THat there is a God proved: Page 5
  • 1 By the Creation. Ibid.
  • By the law, written in mens hearts. Page 13
  • By the Soule of man. Page 15
  • VSE 1.
    • To strengthen faith in this Principle. Page 22
  • VSE 2.
    • What consequences to draw hence. Page 28
    • Objections against this Principle. Page 30
    • 2 That there is a God proved by faith. Page 19.45
    • The Scripture proved true by foure things. Page 48
  • VSE 3.
    • To confirme us in this Principle. Page 61
    • Page  [unnumbered]Difference in the assent of men to this. Page 62
    • 4 Meanes to confirme our Faith in this. Page 68
    • Three Effects of a firme assent to this Prin∣ciple. Page 70
    • 3 That there is no other God, but GOD. Page 75
    • Five Arguments to prove that there is no o∣ther God. Page 76
    • The gods and religion of the Heathens false, proved three wayes. Page 80
    • Religion of Mahomet false. Page 82
  • VSE 1.
    • To beleeve that our God is God alone, and to cleave to him. Page 85
  • VSE 2.
    • To comfort us in this, that God will shew him∣selfe the true GOD, in raising the Chur∣ches. Page 87
  • VSE 3.
    • To keepe our hearts from Idolatrie. Page 88
    • Three grounds of Idolatrie. Page 89
    • What God is. Page 94
  • Doctrine.
    • God only and properly hath being in him. Page 97
    • Page  [unnumbered]What the being of God is, explained in five things. Ibid.
  • VSE 1.
    • There is something in Gods Essence not to be inquired into. Page 100
  • VSE 2.
    • To strengthen our faith and incourage us in wants and crosses. Page 103
  • VSE 3.
    • To give God the praise of his being. Page 112
  • VSE 4.
    • To learne the vanitie of the creatures, and the remedie against it. Page 116
    • Attributes of God of two sorts. Page 119
    The First ATTRIBVTE.
  • The perfection of God. Page 120
  • Five differēces between the perfection of God, and the creatures. Page 121
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  • VSE 1.
    • All that wee doe cannot reach to God to me∣rit. Page 123
  • VSE 2.
    • To see the freenesse of Gods grace. Page 125
  • VSE 3.
    • To goe to God with faith though wee have no worth in us. Ibid.
  • VSE 4.
    • God hath no need of any creature. Page 126
  • VSE 5.
    • Though many perish it is nothing to God, he is perfect. Page 127
  • VSE 6.
    • Gods commands are for our good, hee is per∣fect. Ibid.
  • VSE 7.
    • To give God the honour of his perfection. Page 129
    • Foure signes of exalting Gods perfection. Ibid.
    • The creatures of themselves can doe nothing for us in three respects. Page 137
    The Second ATTRIBVTE.
  • God without all causes. Page 140
  • Reason 1.
    • Else something should bee before him. Ibid.
  • Reason 2.
    • That which hath a part receiveth it from the whole. Page 141
  • Reason 3.
    • All other things have a possibility not to bee. Page 142
  • VSE 1.
    • God wills not things because they are just, but they are just because he wills them. Page 143
  • VSE 2.
    • God may doe all things for himselfe and his owne glorie. Page 144
  • VSE 3.
    • We should doe nothing for our owne ends but for God. Page 146
    • Eight signes to know whether a man make God or himselfe his end. Page 148
    The Third ATTRIBVTE.
  • Doctrine.
    • God is eternall. Page 156
    • Five things required in Eternitie. Page 157
    • Reasons why God must be Eternall. Page 158
    • Foure differences betweene the Eternitie of God, and the duration of the creatures. Page 159
  • Consect. 1.
    • God possesseth all things together. Page 159
  • Consect. 2.
    • Eternitie maketh things infinitely good or e∣vill. Page 160
  • VSE 1.
    • To minde more things Eternall. Page 161
    • Motives to consider Eternity. Page 167
  • VSE 2.
    • Not to be offended with Gods delaying, he hath time enough to performe his promises, be∣ing Eternall. Page 168
  • VSE 3.
    • To consider Gods love and enmitie are eter∣nall. Page 171
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    VSE 4.
    • To comfort us against mutabilitie of things below. Page 172
  • VSE 5.
    • God is Lord of time. Page 174

PART II.

    The Fourth ATTRIBVTE.
  • God is a SPIRIT. Page 2
  • Foure properties of a Spirit. Ibid.
  • VSE 1.
    • Gods eye chiefly on our spirits, therefore they must be kept fit for communion with him. Page 4
    • How to fit our spirits for communion with God. Page 6
    • Directions for cleansing the spirit. Page 10
  • VSE 2.
    • Gods government chiefly on the spirits of men. Page 25
    • Proved by 3 Demonstrations. Page 28
  • VSE 3.
    • To worship God in spirit. Page 32
    • Which consists in three things. Page 33
    • Page  [unnumbered]What necessity of the gestures of the bodie in Gods service. Page 38
    • How to conceive of God in prayer. Page 44
  • The Simplicitie of GOD.
    • Gods simplicity proved by sixe reasons. Page 48
  • Consec. 1.
    • To see what a stable foundation faith hath. Page 51
  • Consec. 2.
    • God cannot be hindred in his workes. Page 52
  • Consec. 3.
    • The Attributes of God are equall. Page 53
  • VSE 1.
    • To labour to bee content in a simple condi∣tion. Page 54
  • VSE 2.
    • To labour for singlenesse of heart. Page 59
    • Two things in simplicitie. Page 60
  • VSE 3.
    • To goe to God rather than to the creatures. Page 67
    The Fifth ATTRIBVTE.
  • Gods immutability. Page 72
  • Five Reasons of Gods immutability. Page 73
  • Two Objections against Gods immutability. Page 76
  • Consec. 1.
    • How to understand severall places of Scrip∣ture. Page 78
  • Consec. 2.
    • Love and hatred in God eternall. Ibid.
  • VSE 1.
    • Take heede of provoking him to cast us off. Page 80
    • The time of Gods casting off a man, un∣knowne. Page 83
  • VSE 2.
    • Gods gifts and calling without repentance. Page 84
    • How to know vvee are in Covenant vvith God. Page 85
    • The unchangeablenesse of God takes not away endevour. Page 93
    • The occasion, end, and use of revealing the do∣ctrine of Gods unchangeablenesse in Scrip∣ture. Page 96
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    VSE 3.
    • God dispenceth mercies and judgements, now as in former times. Page 98
    • Two cases wherein God punisheth his owne Children. Page 99
    • GODS Iudgements different in time and meanes. Page 101
  • VSE 4.
    • To see a difference betweene God and the crea∣ture. Page 103
    • Forgetting the creatures to be mutable, three inconveniences of it. Ibid.
  • VSE 5.
    • To esteem things by their unchangeablenes. Page 106
  • VSE 6.
    • To judge our owne spirits by constancie in well doing. Page 111
  • VSE 7.
    • To goe to God to get it. Page 113
    • Two causes of inconstancie. Page 115
    • 3 Helps to strengthen purposes. Page 117
    • Meanes to helpe resolutions. Page 119
    The Sixth ATTRIBVTE.
  • The greatnesse of God. Page 123
  • Page  [unnumbered]The greatnesse of God in sixe things. Ibid.
  • The greatnesse of God proved by foure Rea∣sons. Page 127
  • VSE 1.
    • To know our interest in God, and to get an answerable greatnesse of minde. Page 129
    • Why men are led aside by outward things. Page 130
    • How to come to true greatnesse of minde. Page 137
  • VSE 2.
    • To feare him for his greatnesse. Page 140
  • VSE 3.
    • To thinke no affection or obedience enough for him, and therefore not to limit our selves. Page 142
  • VSE 4.
    • To reverence before him. Page 145
    The Seventh ATTRIBVTE.
  • Gods immensitie. Page 147
  • 3 Reasons of Gods infinite presence. Page 148
  • VSE 1.
    • God governes the world immediatly, a remedy against complaint of ill Governours. Page 150
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    VSE 2.
    • To choose God, and rejoyce in him, as a friend in all places. Page 152
  • VSE 3.
    • To see a ground of Gods particular Provi∣dence in the smallest things. Page 154
  • VSE 4.
    • To be patient and meeke in injuries offered by men. Page 156
  • VSE 5.
    • To walke with God. Page 159
    • How we are present with God. Page 160
    • How to make God present with us. Page 161
    • Why men desire companie. Page 166
  • VSE 6.
    • God observeth all the evill and good we do. Page 168
  • VSE 7.
    • Terrour to wicked men, God is an enemy they cannot flee from. Page 174
  • The Eighth ATTRIBVTE.
    • God is Omnipotent. Page 176
    • Omnipotencie of God, wherein. Page 177
    • Page  [unnumbered]4 Reasons of Gods Omnipotency. Page 178
    • Objections against the Omnipotencie of God. Page 181
  • VSE 1.
    • To rejoice in our God, who is Almighty. Page 186
  • VSE 2.
    • To make use of Gods Power, in all wants and straits. Page 191
  • VSE 3.
    • To beleeve the Omnipotencie of God. Page 194
    • Men doubt as much of the power of God, as of his will. Ibid.
  • VSE 4.
    • To seeke and pray to God in all straits with confidence. Page 198
    • 2 Instances of Gods Power. Page 201