The works of William Bridge, sometime fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge; now preacher of the Word of God at Yarmouth. The first volume. Viz. I. The great Gospel-mysterie of the saints comfort and holinesse, opened and applyed from Christs priestly office. II. Satans power to tempt; and Christs love to, and care of his people under temptation. III. Thankfulnesse required in every condition.
Bridge, William, 1600?-1670., Yates, John, d. ca. 1660., Greenhill, William, 1591-1671., Adderley, William.
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THE CONTENTS Of the First VOLVMNE

    HEBREWES, 2.17, 18. SERMON I.
  • THE words opened Doct. Page 2
  • The Priestly office of Christ is the great Magazine and Store-house of all that grace and comfort we have, on this side heaven Page 3
  • Proved ibid
  • 1 It is a relief and succour to a Christian against all tempta∣tions Page 6
  • Cleered by particulars
  • 1 When the Lord Jesus Christ died, he offered up himself a sacrifice to God the Father Page 7
  • Proved Page 8
  • 2 When he was upon the Al∣tar, the sins of all beleevers past, present, and to come, were laid upon Christ Page 9
  • Cleered ibid
  • 3 When the sins of beleevers were laid upon him, he did make full satisfaction to God the Father and Di∣vine Justice for them all ibid
  • Object. Why Beleevers have their sins still charged upon their Consciences
  • Answered Page 13
  • 4 This he hath done in a more Page  [unnumbered]eminent way than ever a∣ny high priest did before Page 14
  • 5 How all this conduceth to our comfort or holiness Page 15
  • It conduceth to our comfort
  • 1 There is a store house of mer∣cy and meer compassion erect∣ed for poor sinners Page 15
  • 2 All our Afflictions come not upon us as punishments Page 16
  • 3 We shall never be damned ibid
  • 4 We may come with boldness to the throne of grace ibid
  • Object. How shall I know that Jesus Christ hath satisfied for me?
  • Ans. 1. Why not for thee? Page 17
  • 2 Applying the promise makes it thine ibid
  • 3 Christ is willing you should think he satisfied for you ibid
  • 4 Else we are in a worse condi∣tion than the Jews
  • It conduceth to our holiness
  • 1 The new covenant is founded upon it Page 19
  • 2 Strengthen faith and streng∣then all graces ibid
  • 3 The more a man sees a holy necessity upon Christ to shew mercy, the more his faith ri∣ses Page 20
  • 4 The more a man is engaged to Christ, the more holy he is, the more a man sees his sins pardoned the more is he enga∣ged to Christ ibid
  • 5 The more a man denies his own reghteousness, the more holy is he with Gospel-holiness Page 21
    SERMON II. Heb. 2.17, 18.
  • The second work of a high priest, is, to pray and intercede for the people Page 25
  • Proved Page 26
  • Cleered by opening
  • 1 Wherein it consisteth
    • 1 In owning our cause and souls to God his father Page 27
    • 2 Carries the merit of his blood into the presence of God the Father Page 28
    • 3 Answers the accusations that are brought in against us ibid
    • 4 Cals for pardon of our sins at the hands of God Page 30
  • 2 How powerful it is with God the father,
    • 1 The great interest he hath with his father Page 31
    • 2 The inclination God the Father hath to the things Christ intercedeth for Page 32
    • 3 upon what terms Christ was taken and admitted Page  [unnumbered]into heaven Page 34
  • 3 He now intercedeth for us in heaven as our High-priest
    • 1 He hath gone through more temptations than any High-priest ever did Page 35
    • 2 He is filled with more com∣passions Page 36
    • 3 He is more faithful in his office Page 37
    • 4 He liveth for ever to inter∣cede Page 38
    • 5 He intercedeth at all times ibid
    • 6 For all sins, the sin against the holy-Ghost excepted
  • 4 This conducech to our comfort and holiness
  • To our comfort, proved Page 39
  • Object. I am afraid the Lord Christ doth not intercede for me
  • Answ. 1. It is no presumption to bear our selves upon the in∣tercession of Jesus Christ Page 41
  • 2 Who those are that Christ doth intercede for Page 42
  • 3 How infinitely willing he is to intercede for us
    • 1 He hath received his a∣nointing for it Page 44
    • 2 It is the work of his relati∣on Page 45
    • 3 It is the work of his office Page 46
  • To our holiness
    • 1 The more we are engaged to come to Christ Page 48
    • 2 The more we are engaged to appear on earth for him Page 49
    • 3 The more we are engaged to lay out our selves for him Page 50
    SERMON III Heb. 2.17, 18.
  • The third work of the High Priest, to offer up the gifts of the people to God, to present their duties, to him Page 52
  • Proved Page 53
  • Cleered by particulars
  • 1 What Christ doth when he of∣fers up our gifts to God the Father Page 54
    • 1 He takes our persons and carries them to God the Father in an unperceiva∣ble way to us ibid
    • 2 He takes out the iniquity of our duties, before he pre∣sents our duties to his fa∣ther Page 55
    • 3 He mingles his own inter∣cession with what is good in our duties, and so pre∣sents them as one work to his father Page 56
  • 2 What acceptance this hath with God the Father Page 57Page  [unnumbered]
    • 1 It was an agreement made between them before the world was ibid
    • 2 He was made the great Lord treasurer of all grace Page 58
    • 3 The father promiseth him his desire ibid
    • 4 He hath put the keys of heaven and hell into his hands ibid
  • 3 He doth Improve his accep∣tance for our acceptance Page 59
  • 4 What abundance of accep∣tance we have in all our du∣ties by him Page 60
  • Objections answered Page 62
  • 5 How this makes for our com∣fort and holiness Page 64
  • For our comfort
    • 1 Our duties are not lost, Christ takes notice of them Page 65
    • 2 We have liberty to go to the mercy seat and there meet with God ibid
    • 3 We know how it shall go with us at the great day of judgment ibid
    • 4 Being poor beggers we are releeved of God Page 66
  • Object, How shall I know the Lord accepts my duty?
  • Answ. 1 If thou find thy heart warm in duty or after duty, thy duty is accepted Page 67
  • 2 Can you pray and intercede for other godly men Page 68
  • 3 If grace be larger under the Gospel than under the Law ibid
  • For our holiness
    • 1 To the ungodly
      • 1 It keeps men from opposition to the wayes of God Page 69
      • 2 It is a mighty encouragement to ungodly men to come to Christ Page 70
    • 2 To the godly
      • 1 Here's an infinite reason why we should be much in duty ibid
      • 2 Infinite reason why we should receive every truth that comes from Christ Page 71
      • 3 It will make you more obedi∣ent in an evangelical way. Page 72
      • 4 The more a man rejoyceth in spirituall obedience the more humble he is Page 74
    SERMON IIII Heb. 2.17, 18.
  • The fourth work of the High priest is, to blesse the peo∣ple Page 76
  • Proved ibid
  • Opened
  • 1 Wherein the blessing of Christ and of the Gospel consists Page 77
    • 1 In the spiritual enjoyment Page  [unnumbered]of God in Christ Page 79
    • 2 In the holy Ghost dwelling in our hearts ibid
  • 2 What Christ doth when he doth blesse
    • 1 He wisheth choyce blessings to them Page 80
    • 2 He doth authoritively pro∣nounce him blessed Page 81
    • 3 He absolves them from all their sins ibid
    • 4 He confers and bestows the blessing upon them ibid
    • 5 He gives increase Page 82
  • 3 That this belongs especially to Christ, proved Page 83
  • 4 That Jesus Christ is willing to blesse poor sinners Page 85
  • 5 He doth this fully ibid
  • Object. We do not see it
  • Answ. 1. 'Tis a hard thing to discern the blessing of Christ sometimes ibid
  • 2 He doth not blesse as the world blesseth Page 84
  • 3 Not as professors blesse Page 85
  • 4 Not alwaies as godly men blesse ibid
  • But 1. He blesseth such as are weak in gifts and grace Page 86
  • 2 Such as he hath made use of in the work of God ibid
  • 3 Such as are willing to leave all relations to follow him Page 87
  • 4 He blesseth when the world curseth ibid
  • 5 Such as graciously enjoy e∣vangelical ordinances Page 88
  • 6 All this conduceth to our com∣fort and holiness
  • To our comfort Page 88
  • Object. If I were assured God had blessed me I could have comfort
  • Answ. 1 It is a sign a man is blessed, when others are bles∣sed by him Page 90
  • 2 When he is drawn the neerer to God by outward things Page 91
  • 3 When he encreaseth and mul∣tiplieth ibid
  • To our holinesse
    • 1 it encourageth to come to the truth Page 92
    • 2 To go on in it against all opposition Page 94
    • 3 To go on though we have but weak parts ibid
    • 4 To be contented with our condition Page 95
    • 5 Continually to bless the Lord ibid
    Page  [unnumbered] Hebrews, 2.18. SERMON I
  • Text opened Page 98
  • Doct.
  • God suffers his deerest children to suffer by the hand of temp∣tation Page 101
  • Opened
  • 1 There is an afflictive disposi∣tion in every temptation Page 101
  • 2 God suffers his own children thus to suffer
    • 1 The best many times suffer most Page 103
    • 2 At that very time when they have most of God ibid
    • 3 Satan many times seems to have the better of them Page 104
    • 4 This continues a long time ibid
  • Why God doth so
    • 1 That they may be the more enlightened Page 104
    • 2 That they may be cleansed ibid
    • 3 That they may be kept ibid
    • 4 That their graces may en∣crease Page 105
    • 5 That it may be discovered to themselves and others, what their sins and graces are ibid
    • 6 That they may be the more fit to receive Christ as a Saviour ibid
    • 7 That they may be made like to Christ ibid
    • 8 Ʋpon the same reasons that God suffered the children of Israel to suffer under the Egyptians
      • 1 That his power might appear Page 106
      • 2 That they might not learn their manners ibid
      • 3 That they might be pro∣voked against them to cut them off Page 106
      • 4 That they might long for the Land of Rest Page 107
      • 5 That they might not re∣turn back to Egypt. ibid
  • Objection. Answered Page 108
  • Application
  • Do not question the love of God because of temptations Page 109
  • Object.
  • How shall I order my heart in temptations?
  • Answ.
  • 1 Take heed you do not yeeld to any part of a temptation that you may be delivered from. Page  [unnumbered]Page 113
  • 2 Do not carry the guilt of your old condition into a new con∣dition ibid
  • 3 Note what sutableness there is in your condition to the temp∣tation, and take away that Page 114
  • 4 Turn your thoughts to another object Page 115
  • 5 Take the Shield of Faith. ibid
  • 6 Doe not feare too much, Do not fear too little Page 116
  • 7 If you overcome, be thank∣ful; if you be overcome, hold up still Page 117
  • 8 Make good improvement of it ibid
    Sermon 2. Heb. 2.18.
  • Doct.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is a suc∣couring Christ to tempted souls Page 220
  • Proved Page 221
  • Opened
  • 1 Christ is able to do it Page 222
  • 2 He is willing to do it
    • 1 It is Gods will, and he delights to do the will of God Page 224
    • 2 He was willing to suffer it, therefore to do ibid
    • 3 He is much troubled if it be not done Page 225
  • 3 He is faithfull in doing it. Page 226
  • 4 How Christ succours in temp∣tation.
    • 1 Before temptation
      • 1 By manifestation of him self Page 227
      • 2 By laying in Gospel-principles ibid
      • 3 By filling the heart with the Holy Ghost Page 228
    • 2 Ʋnder Temptation.
      • 1 By opening their eyes to see it is but a temptati∣on Page 228
      • 2 By letting fall some glimps of his love ibid
      • 3 He doth succour from temptation, by tempta∣tion Page 229
      • 4 By casting in some pro∣mise ibid
      • 5 By keeping the heart and the temptation as∣sunder ibid
    • 3 After temptation, by fil∣ling the heart with unspea∣kable joy ibid
  • Application 1
  • A gracious invitation to poore tempted souls to come to Christ Page 229
  • Object.
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  • Why then are men damned?
  • Answered Page 230
  • Other objections answered ibid
  • Object.
  • My temptation is mixed with corruption
  • Answered
    • 1 He succours sinners most when they are most temp∣ted Page 231
    • 2 When they cannot succour themselves Page 232
    • 3 Notwithstanding all their failings ibid
  • Application 2
  • Here is strong consolation to all Saints Page 233
  • Application 3
  • Let us be succouring Christians Page 235
  • Application 4
  • Why should we yeeld to tempta∣tions though never so violent Page 236
  • Application 5
  • Let us labour to answer Christ in this work
    • 1 Observe his succours and lay them up against a rai∣ny day ibid
    • 2 Labour to keep the sence of his love upon your hearts Page 237
    • 3 Look up to Christ ibid
    • 4 Give thy soul up into his hands Page 238
    • 5 Rest on him ibid
    • 6 Do not rest upon means be∣cause great, nor despise them because smal ibid
    • 7 Do not live upon the letter of a promise Page 239
    • 8 If you have the worst, be humbled, If the better, improve your victory ibid
    SERMON III Luke 22.31, 32.
  • Text opened Page 241
  • Doct.
  • Christ gives leave to Satan sometimes to tempt his own and best Disciples Page 242
  • Opened
  • 1 What great power Satan hath to tempt and molest the children of men
    • 1 He is an Angel Page 242
    • 2 He is a Spirit Page 243
    • 3 He is able to suggest what he pleaseth ibid
    • 4 He knows what bait will soonest take ibid
    • 5 He is able to follow his sug∣gestions ibid
    • 6 He is able to bemire the fancy ibid
    • 7 To hold down a mans mind to that particular thing Page 244
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    • 8 The same words which are given to God for good, are given to the Devil for evil ibid
  • Wherein the Devil fals short of God ibid
  • 2 He puts forth this power espe∣cially upon the best of Saints Page 245
  • Object
  • Why doth Satan lie so heavy up∣on the Saints seeing he knows they shall be saved
  • Answ.
    • 1 His envy Page 246
    • 2 That they may be stum∣bling blocks to others ibid
    • 3 He loves to molest them Page 247
  • 3 How he comes by this power Page 248
  • 4 Why God gives Satan leave to tempt his own children
    • 1 To wean them from that sin they fall into Page 249
    • 2 The manifestation of his own power, wisdom, faithfulness, and free-grace Page 250
  • Application
  • Why should any man doubt of his sonship Page 251
  • Object.
  • Mine is no temptation of Satan but the corruption of my own heart
  • Answered
    • 1 It is usual for Saints to charge all Satans tempta∣tions upon their own hearts Page 254
    • 2 The Saints never fall in∣to any great sin, but Satan hath a special hand in it. Page 255
    • 3 It is the disposition of the Saints to be grieved for their sins, as if all were from themselves and no∣thing from Satan ibid
    • 4 The difference between Sa∣tans temptations and our corruptions Page 256
  • Object.
  • What comfort can we have in this condition?
    • 1 Nothing befals you but what may befal a child of God Page 257
    • 2 Whilst thou art tempted Christ is praying for thee ibid
    • 3 The enemy is overcome be∣fore he strikes ibid
    • 4 He hath no more power than God gives him Page 258
    • 5 Thou hast something can∣not be taken from thee ibid
  • Object. 2
  • What shall I do that I may not not yeeld to temptation?
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  • Answered Page 258
  • Object.
  • What shall I do that I may a∣void temptation?
    • 1 Do not stand playing upon the borders of any sin Page 260
    • 2 Get your hearts mortified to the objects of love and fear ibid
    • 3 Take your temptation and dip it in the blood of Christ Page 261
    SERMON IIII Luke 22.31, 32.
  • Doct.
  • The great design of Satan is up∣on the faith of the Saints Page 263
  • Opened
  • 1 What it is to fail in faith Page 264
  • 2 What evil is in failing in faith Page 266
  • He loseth
    • 1 An opportunity of glorify∣ing God ibid
    • 2 His joy and peace ibid
    • 3 His present prize Page 267
    • 4 The sweetness of his mer∣cy ibid
  • 3 That Satans great design in Temptation is upon our faith Page 268
  • Why it is so Page 269
  • 4 How Satan weakens our faith Page 270
  • 1 Our faith of Reliance ibid
  • 1 By hiding our former experi∣ences ibid
  • How to bear off that blow
    • 1 Take heed you never rest upon a promise barely be∣cause of experience Page 271
    • 2 Take heed ye never mourn so for sin as to be unthank∣full for mercies Page 272
  • 2 By severing our souls from the promise
  • How shall we bear of that blow?
    • 1 God commands me to beleeve therefore the promise belongs unto me Page 273
    • 2 If the Lord gives out a threatning that it may not be fulfilled, then he gives out a promise that it may be fulfilled ibid
    • 3 If I am more godly then I was when Satan told me that the promise did belong to me, then is the temptation causeless ibid
    • 4 God hath commanded me to beleeve Page 274
  • 2 How Satan weakens our Page  [unnumbered]faith of Assurance
    • 1 By telling us we have no faith ibid
    • 2 By telling us we have no obedience Page 275
  • How to ward off this blow? Page 279
  • That we have no faith
  • How to ward off this blow?
    • 1 The Lord doth give out particular promises for men to measure their condition by Page 276
    • 2 God doth not alwaies give out a particular promise. ibid
    • 3 Particular promises have a particular faith Page 278
  • 3 How Satan weakens our faith of Acknowledgement
  • By keeping us from owning Christ Page 278
  • How to bear off this blow?
    • 1 Possess your souls with the priviledge of suffering for Christ Page 279
    • 2 Be sure you look on both sides of your sufferings. Page 279
  • Quest.
  • What general Rules may be gi∣ven to stay our faith that it fail not in temptation?
  • Answ.
    • 1 Study the Scripture much Page 280
    • 2 Do not measure your selves by the Enlargement or, Deadness of your owne hearts ibid
    • 3 Look much unto the infir∣mities of Jesus Christ. Page 281
    • 4 Do not conclude it is no temptation ibid
    • 5 Remember thy own soul of the waies of God with thee ibid
    • 6 Apply the Attributes of Christ sutable to the temp∣tation Page 282
    • 7 Take the Shield of faith. ibid
    SERMON V. Luke, 22.21, 22.
  • Doct.
  • Gods love and mercy is never more at work for his people, than when they are most temp∣ted by Satan Page 286
  • Cleared
  • First. Wherein the care of Christ is expressed to his people in temptation.
    • 1 In ordering their temp∣tations ibid
    • 2 He weakens them. Page 287
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    • 3 He causeth them to be laid downe so as that they may be discerned. ibid
    • 4 He orders the time. Page 288
    • 5 He sanctifies them. ibid
  • How is Christs love drawn out to his people under temptation
    • 1 In teaching them in and by their temptations Page 289
    • 2 He upholds them with new supplies Page 290
    • 3 He gives them a breathing time under temptations Page 291
    • 4 He praies for them, then especially ibid
  • 2 His care is most expressed when they are most tempted
  • 3 What there is in Christ that inclines him to this Page 293
    • 1 The quintescence of all love he hath to them Page 294
    • 2 The great interest he hath in them ibid
  • Application
  • Abundance of comfort to all Christs Disciples Page 295
  • Object.
  • I fear I am none of Christs Dis∣ciple?
  • Answ.
    • 1 All Christs Disciples deny themselves Page 296
    • 2 They take up their Cross ibid
    • 3 They follow Christ ibid
  • 2 Christ doth not only pray for his present Disciples, but for all such as beleeve through their word Page 297
  • Object.
  • My heart fails me in time of temptation
  • Answ.
    • 1 There is difference between failing of ones faith and failing of ones heart Page 298
    • 2 Between failing in faith in our own opinion and in Christs opinion ibid
    • 3 Between failings of faith, and failings that acompa∣ny faith ibid
    • 4 Consider whether your faith failed like Peters Page 299
  • Other objections answered Page 300
    1 Thessalonians, 5.18.
  • Doct.
  • It is the will of God that we should be thankful to him for every thing Page 306
  • Reas. 1.
  • There is excellencies enough in God ibid
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  • 2 No condition is so sad but there is some good mingled with it ibid
  • 3 Christians must be like Je∣sus Christ Page 307
  • Object.
  • Suppose a mans spiritual condi∣tion be overclouded?
  • Answ.
    • 1 Though God do not shine upon a Christian yet it may be light to him Page 311
    • 2 Though Christ withdraw his comforting presence yet he doth not his supporting presence ibid
    • 3 Though Christ withdraw yt he draws by his Spirit Page 312
    • 4 What a man would not loose for all the world, is worthy of praise ibid
  • Object.
  • Suppose God do not only with∣draw but Satan draws neer
  • Answ.
  • Be thankful, Because
    • 1 Christ hath overcome him Page 312
    • 2 He can do no more than God gives him leave to do Page 313
    • 3 Nothing befals you but what befalls the best of the Saints ibid
    • 4 Christ succours you in your temptations ibid
  • What particular things we should be thankful for
  • 1 We are redeemed of the Lord. Page 317
  • 2 That we have so many dayes of Thanksgiving ibid
  • Encouragments to thankefulness
    • 1 If you can be thankefull when you are low, you en∣gage God to raise you up Page 320
    • 2 Hereby your afflictions will bee made blessings. ibid
    • 3 The more thankefull you are, the more your soules will be filled with peace. Page 321
    • 4 Thereby ye shall shame the Devil
  • How this must be done
    • 1 Observe your owne tempers and put your selves upon that duty your own dispo¦sition lies next to. Page 314
    • 2 Maintain your assurance fresh and green ibid
    • 3 Let your eye be as well upon what you have as upon what you want Page 315
    • 4 Be sure maintain a sence of your own unworthiness ibid
FINIS.