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SER. IX.
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TESTS FOR SELF EXAMINATION.

are any where to be found except in the "oracles of God."

To those who hold such sentiments, as are set forth in these extracts, how appropriate is the reproof of the Apostle!


"Ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of
the oracles of god." Heb. v. 12.


Of how much importance is it then, that we should make ourselves well acquainted with first principles, by a diligent study of Holy Scripture, accompanied with prayer for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit; and that none should delude themselves, by supposing they can become acquainted with the first principles of Christianity, but from the revelation of the Spirit in the Holy Scriptures. The errors which result from a mere superficial knowledge of these sacred records are indeed fearful.

Observe the high pretensions of mysticism to infallibility. — Does popery itself go beyond this?




EXTRACT III.

Some tests for self examination.

"Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove yourselves: know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? Now let your attention be turned outward from the expression of these words, for very probably the translators have not given it right to us. Because the outward Christ never could be, or can be,