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THE

L OR D’s-D A Y

Evening ENTERTAINMENT,

Containing Fifty-two
Practical Discourses

On the most Serious and Important

SUBJECTS in DIVINITY,

Intended for the

USE of FAMILIES

In FOUR VOLUMES.

By JOHN MASON, A. M.

V OL. IV.

The SECOND EDITION,

LONDON:

Printed for J. BUCKLAND, at the Buck in Pater-nofter

Row; J. WAUGH and W. Fenner, at the Turk's
Head in Lombard Street. 1754.

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PREFACE:

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HE Dehgn of this Collection

of Sermons was to recommend T and enforce (in a manner

suited to common capacities) those great principles of Re

ligion, which have an immediate influence on the Christian Life and Temper ; and which all Protestant Christians not only believe, but acknowledge to have a greater Importance, than those points wherein they differ. This of course led my Thoughts chiefly to practical Subjects; which are generally the most useful and important.

But as there are several peculiar Do&trines in the Christian Revelation, which have no small Influence on the Christian Practice, I conceived

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it not only proper, but necessary, to introduce some of those kind of Subječts into this fourth Volume ; with a View to illustrate their Truth, Importance, and practical Tendency. And if, in the Course of such delicate Disquiftions, I make use of any Phrases, or Modes of Expresion, different from fome that are commonly received, I can fincerely say, it is not from any Spirit of Opposition or Affectation; but only from a Desire to conceive, and convey,

the clearest Ideas of the Subje£t I handle, accord. ing to the best Light I have from Scripture.

The Discourses on the Covenant of Grace I intended once to have published in a distinet Treatise, by themselves : but finding them to fall in exactly with my Design in this fourth Volume, I thougbt they might as well make their Appearance bere in their original Form. I will not be over confident, that my

Metbod of explaining the several Branches of that most extensive Subject is precisely agreeable to the real Truth: but I would however hope it is not far distant from it, by it's keeping clear of all extreams; at least, that it is intelligible.

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Gen. xlv. 24. -- And be said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the Way.

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SERMON II. The Death of Christ considered as a Pro

pitiation for Sin. Ifai. liii. 4, 5, 6. Surely be bath born our Griefs, and carried our Sorrows : yet we did esteem him firicken, smitten of God, and afflisted. But he was wounded for our Transgrespons, be was bruised for our Iniquities : the Chastisement of our Peace was upon him, and with his Stripes we are healed. All we like Sheep have gone astray : we have turned

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