|Author:||Stockton, Owen, 1630-1680.|
|Title:||The best interest, or, A treatise of a saving interest in Christ wherein is shewn how a man may know that he hath a saving interst in Christ, how they that have not yet an interest in Christ may get a saving interest in him ... with several other practical cases / by Owen Stockton ...|
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The best interest, or, A treatise of a saving interest in Christ wherein is shewn how a man may know that he hath a saving interst in Christ, how they that have not yet an interest in Christ may get a saving interest in him ... with several other practical cases / by Owen Stockton ...
Stockton, Owen, 1630-1680.
London: Printed for T. Parkhurst ..., 1682.
Errata: preliminary p. 
Imperfect: stained and torn, with loss of print.
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
The Epistle Dedicatory. To the worthily Honoured John Clarke Of Bury in Suffolk, Esquire.
THE BEST INTEREST,
CHAP. I. Containing the Doctrine and Evidences, of saving Interest in Christ.
Sect. 1. Interest in Christ is a ground of com∣fort, under all the Troubles of Life, and against the Sorrows and Terrors of Death.
Sect. 2. What is meant by an interest in Christ. How Christ becomes ours: How we become Christs.
Sect. 3. Several grounds of Consolation a∣gainst the troubles of Lsfe, and the fears and terrors of Death, arising from an in∣terest in Christ.
Motives to examine our selves, whether we have a saving interest in Jesus Christ.
Evidences of a saving interest in Christ.
Doubts, about our being new creatures, answered.
Doubts about a saving interest in Christ, answered.
§. Imperfection in our obedience is consist∣ent with a saving interst in Christ
CHAP. II. Of the Grounds of Consolation under natu∣ral troubles and desolations.
§. Grounds of Consolation in the hottest times of persecution
CHAP. III. An Exhortation to such as are in a Christ∣less condition, to seek after an interest in Christ. Directions, Motives and Helps in order to the getting an Interest in Christ. Hinderances removed.
Sect. 1. How and in what manner we are to seek after an interest in Christ.
§ Motives to get a saving interest in Christ.
Sect. 2. Helps to get a saving interest in Christ.
How may we get a sight and sence of our sinfull and miserable estate out of Christ?
Sect. 3. Hinderances of an interest in Christ removed.
§. Arg. To perswade us to be willing to part with our most delightful, and plea∣sing sins.
§. Arg. To perswade us to leave gainfull and profitable sins.
Sect. 4 Obeying Christ even in the most difficult Precepts of the Gospel, should not make us refuse closing with Christ.
§. 5. Loving, and preferring other things above Christ, and hindrance of our being partakers of Christ. This Obstacle remo∣ved
Sect. 6. Such, as complain of inability to come up to the terms of the Gospel, answered.
Sect. 7. Mens not seeing their need of Christ, is an hinderance of their closing with Christ; Several causes hereof, 1. Rest∣ing in a blameless Conversation. 2. Rest∣ing in Church Priviledges. 3. Resting in our own Righteousness. 4. Resting satisfi∣ed with the World.
Sect. 8. Doubts and scruples about our being under the offer of Christ, an hinderance to our closing with Christ; These doubts an∣swered.
Sect. 9. Doubting of Christ's willingness to receive us, an hinderance of our closing with Christ. This doubt removed.
CHAP. IV. Such as have an interest in Christ, may find comfort in Christ under all Spiritual troubles.
Sect. 1. Comfort to be had in Christ, against indwelling corruption.
Sect. 2. Comfort in Christ for lapsed Christi∣ans, that have fallen into heinous sins, that have wounded their Conscience, and broke their Peace.
Sect. 3. There is comfort in Christ for such as are but weak in grace.
Sect 4. There is comfort in Christ for such Christians as mourn under their decay in grace, and under their unprofitableness un∣der the means of grace.
Sect. 5. There is comfort in Christ, for such as are poor in Spirit and full of want, and mourn under their Spiritual Poverty.
Sect. 6. There is comfort in Christ for such as mourn under deadness, and want of quickning influences.
Sect. 7. There is comfort in Christ for such as are troubled for the weakness and imper∣fections of their services.
Sect. 8. There is comfort in Christ for such as are under the hidings of Gods face, and are troubled because they can't enjoy Communion with God.
Sect. 9. There is comfort in Christ for such as are troubled with fears of falling away.
Sect. 10. There is comfort in Christ for such whose heart is sick because there hope is de∣ferred.
Sect. 11. There is comfort in Christ for such as are assaulted with horrid temptations, as blasphemy, self-murder, &c.