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Wilson, Thomas, 1663-1755.

The works of the right
reverend father in God,



THE



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EIGHT REVEKEND FATHER IN GOD,



THOMAS WILSON, D. D.,



LORD BISHOP OF SODOR AND MAN.



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WORKS



RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,



THOMAS WILSON, D. D.,



LORD BISHOP OP SODOR AND MAN.



VOL. II.

SERMONS I. TO L.



A NEW EDITION.



OXFORD :
JOHN HENRY PARKER.

MDCCCXLVII.



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PRAYEK BKFOKi; TlliC SKRMON.

(Page 1.)

SERMON I.

(Page 5.)
True way of profiting by God's Word read or preached.

Luke viii. 18.
Take heed how ye hear : for whosoever hath, to him shall be
given; and ivhosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even
that which he seemeth to have.

SERMON II.

(Page 18.)

The true way of profiting by sermons.

Luke viii. 18.
Take heed how ye hear, ^c.

SERMON III.

(Page 29.)
Tlie true way of profiting by sermons.

Luke viii. 18.
Take heed how ye hear, ^c.

SERMON IV.

(Page 42.)
The true way of profiting by sermons.

Luke viii. 18.
Take heed how ye hear, 6fC.



VI CONTENTS.

SERMON V.

(Page 55.)
The true way of profiting by sermons.

Luke xi. 28.
Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.

SERMON VI.

(Page 68.)
The true way of profiting by the public worship.

1 Cor. xiv. 15.
I will pray with the understanding.

SERMON VII.

(Page 82.)
The true reason why people do not profit by sermons.

Heb. iv. 2.

The Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed

with faith in them that heard it.

SERMON VIII.

(Page 88.)
The misery of not attending to the Word and ministers of God.

Prov. V. 11—13.
And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are
consumed; [that is, when you come to die] ; and say, how
have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed me ?

SERMON IX.

(Page 100.)
The shame and danger of being christians without Christianity.

Ezek. xliii. 10.
Thou Son of Man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that
they may be ashamed of their iniquities : and let them mea-
sure the pattern.



CONTENTS. Ml

SERMON X.

(Page 112.)
The shame and danger of being christians without Christianity.

Ezek. xliii. 10.
Thou son of man, ^c.

SERMON XL

(Page 124.)
Fear and care absolutely necessary in our way ta heaven.

1 Pet. i. 17.
Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

SERMON XII.

(Page 139.)
The parable of the faithful servant practically explained.

Matt. XXV. 20, 21.

He that had received five talents, came and brought other five
talents, saying, Lord, Thou deliveredst unto me five talents ;
behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His
Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful ser-
vant ; thou hast been faithful over afeiv things, I will make
thee ruler over many things ; enter thou into the joy of thy
Lord.

SERMON XIII.

(Page 150.)
True repentance absolutely necessary to salvation.

Matt. iii. 8—10.
Bring forth fruits meet for repentance ; [that is, answerable
to amendment of life ;] and think not to say within your-
selves. We have Abraham to our father : for I say unto you,
that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto
Abraham. Now the axe is laid unto the root of the trees :
therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is
hewn down, and cast into the fire.



Ill CONTENTS.

SERMON XIV.

(Page 164.)
The great blessing and the absolute necessity of a Redeemer.

Luke ii. 10.

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall
be to all people.

SERMON XV.

/■:;:. (Page 171.)

The meaning and the extent of the salvation purchased by Jesus Christ, and
the dreadful case of those who despise it.

1 Tim. i. 15. y

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the ivorld to save sinners.



SERMON XVI.

(Page 179.)

Dispositions necessary to make Jesus Christ and His Gospel
the greatest of all blessings.

Mai. iv. 2.

Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness
arise with healing in His wings.



SERMON XVII.

(Page 189.)

Tlie duty of the ministers of the Gospel, and the unhappy state of those
who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

2 Cor. V. 11.
Knowing the terror of the Lord, ive persuade men.



CONTENTS. IX

SERMON XVIII.

(Page 200.)
The design and history of Christianity.

1 Tim. i. 15. Tit. ii. 14. I Tim. iv. 1.

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners : and gave
Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto Himself a peculiar people [that is, a people
peculiarly consecrated to Him], zealous of good works.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils ; and [ Jude 4,] turning the
grace of God into lasciviousness.



SERMON XIX.

(Page 212.)

All pleas and excuses for living in ignorance and sin made void by God,

in making His will and purposes known in the Gospel .

John XV. 22.
But now they have no cloke [or, excuse] for their sin.

SERMON XX.

(Page 223.)
The corruption of human nature, and the necessity of a Redeemer.

Rom. vii. 24, 25.
wretched man that I am ! Who shall deliver me from the
body of this death ? Why ; the grace of God through Jesus
Christ our Lord.






SERMON XXI.

/^■■■. 'r-f (Page 236.)

The nature, the power, and the malice, of evil spirits ; and the necessity
of a stedfast faith in the protection of God.

Mark v. 13.
And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits
went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran
violently down a steep place into the sea, [they were about
two thousand,) and were choked in the sea.



SERMON XXII.

(Page 246.)

Tlie necessity, and the great blessing and comfort, of securing the fellowship

of the Holy Ghost.

Rom. viii. 14.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are

the sons of God.



/J. SERMON XXIII.

^— — (Page 254.)

The reason and the extent of God's love in sending His Son into the world, and
the obligations this love lays upon christians.

1 John iv. 9.
In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that
God sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we might
live through Him [that is, through faith in Him] .



SERMON XXIV.

(Page 266.)

The necessity of loving Jesus Christ as our Saviour, Prince, and Lawgiver ;

and the true marks of such a love.

1 Cor. xvi. 22.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema
Maran-atha [that is, accursed when the Lord cometh to
judgment] .



/



SERMON XXV.

(Page 278.)
The christian's armour.



Ephes. vi. 10—19.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
His might. Put on the ivhole armour of God, that ye may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, SfC.



CONTENTS. XI

SERMON XXVI.

(Page 288.)

The necessity of coming to some certainty whether we are in the way of

salvation or not.

2 Cor. xiii. 5.
Examine yourselves, whether ije he in the faith [that is,
whether ye be true christians, and in the way of salvation ;
whether your lives be according to your profession] .

SERMON XXVII.

(Page 300.)
The great duty of worshipping God.

Rev. iv. 10, 11.

The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on
the throne, (that is, before God,) and worship Him that liveth
for ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou
art worthy, Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power ;
for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they
are, and were created.

SERMON XXVIII.

(Page 308.)
The great duty of acknowledging and glorifying God put in practice.

Psalm xxix. 2.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.

SERMON XXIX.

(Page 319.)
The great danger of delaying our repentance.

John ix. 4.
The night cometh when no man can work.

SERMON XXX.

(Page 328.)

The condition of obtaining that peace of God which passeth

all understanding.

Psalm xxix. 10.
The Lord shall give His 2)eoj)le the blessing of peace.



Xn CONTENTS.

SERMON XXXI.

Works, not words only, necessary to salvation.

Matt. vii. 21.

Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven : but he that doeth the will of My
Father which is in heaven.

SERMON XXXII.

(Page 347.)
Success of all our labours depends on God's blessing.

Luke V. 4, 5.
Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch
out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And
Simon answering, said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all
the night, and have taken nothing : nevertheless, at Thy word
I will let down the net, ^c.

SERMON XXXIII.

(Page 358.)
The perplexity and danger of the double-minded.

James i. 8.
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ivays.

SERMON XXXIV.

(Page 368.)
The Creed put into practice.

Tit. i. 16.
They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him ;
being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work
reprobate [that is, void of judgment].

SERMON XXXV.

(Page .383.)
The Creed put into practice.

John xvii. 3.

This is life eternal, that they might kmnv Thee, the only true God ;

and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.



CONTENTS. Xlll

SERMON XXXVI.

(Page 398.)
The Creed put into practice.

Acts ii. 32, 33.
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He
hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear.



SERMON XXXVII.

(Page 413.)

The first and great command; or, the love of God.

Mark xii. 32—34.

And the Scribe said unto Jesus, Well, Master, Thou hast said

the truth : for there is one God, b^c.

SERMON XXXVIII.

(Page 425.)
The second great command; or, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mark xii. 32—34.

And the Scribe said unto Jesu^, Well, Master, Thou hast said

the truth : for there is one God, S^c.



SERMON XXXIX.

(Page 435.)
Of holiness, without which no man must see the Lord.

Heb. xii. 14.
Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.

SERMON XL.

(Page 449.)
The resurrection ; or, the reward of holiness.

Luke XX. 34—36.
Jesus answering, said unto them, the children of this world
marry, and are given in marriage : but they which shall be



XIV CONTKNTS.

accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection
from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage :
neither can they die any more ; for they are equal unto the
angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the
resurrection.

SERMON XLI.

(Page 460.)
The duty of improving the talents committed to our trust.

Luke xii. 48.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall

be much required.

SERMON XLII.

(Page 475.)
The duty and advantages of rightly considering the shortness of human life.

Psalm xc. 12.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our

hearts unto wisdom.

SERMON XLIII.

(Page 485.)
The great danger of not knowing the day of visitation.

Luke xix. 41 — 44.
A nd when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over
it ; saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this
thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace ! But now
they are hid from thine.eyes. For the days shall come upon
thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and
compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side ; and lay
thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee ; and
they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another ; because
thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

SERMON XLIV.

(Page 497.)
The great duty of instiucting the ignorant.

Mark iv. 28.

The earth bringeth forth fruit of herself ; first the blade, then

the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.



CONTENTS. XV

SERMON XLV.

(Page 507.)
The danger of living in any known sin.

Rom. i. 28.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their know-
ledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those
things which are not convenient.

^ SERMON XLVI.

_..^ (Page 520.)

The example of the Jews a warning to Christians.

1 Cor. X. 11.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples :
and they are written for our admonition, k^c.

SERMON XLVII.

(Page 524.)
The repentance of sinners matter of joy in lieaven.

Luke XV. 7, 10.

/ say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one
sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just
persons which need no repentance. Likewise I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repenteth.

SERMON XLVIII.

(Page 529.)
The design of God's judgments upon the children of men.

Matt. vi. 11.
Give us this day our daily bread.

SERMON XLIX.

(Page 534.)

The folly of undertaking any business of moment, without regard to the will

and honour of God.

Prov. xxi. 30.

There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel,
against the Lord.



XVI CONTENTS.

SERMON L.

("Page 542.)
The suppression of vice and impiety, the duty of all persons in authority.

Gen. vi. 1—3, 7.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face
of the earth, and daughters were born unto them ; that the
sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair ;
and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the
Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man. — And
the Lord said, I will destroy man, ivhom I have created, from
the face of the earth, i^c.




PRAYER BEFORE THE SERMON.



Almighty God, Maker of all things, Judge of all men,
graciously receive the supplications and prayers of this con-
gregation, for themselves and for all estates and conditions
of men.

Lord, in mercy, grant unto us, and unto all sinners, a true
sense of our errors, and grace to amend whatever we have
done amiss, that iniquity may not be our ruin. Let not those
judgments fall upon us, which our sins have justly deserved :
and grant that Thy great mercy and forbearance may oblige
us to bring forth fruits meet for repentance.

Have mercy upon the work of Thy hands, that all the
world may come to the knowledge of Thee, and of Thy good-
ness in Jesus Clmst ; that all who are weary with the bur-
den of their sins, may know where to find rest unto their
souls.

Preserve Thy Church in the midst of this uncertain world,
and prepare her for what Thy providence shall bring forth,
that neither prosperity may corrupt Thy faithful servants,
nor adversity discourage them from professing the truth.

Keep this Church and Nation in the peaceable enjoyment
of Thy Word and Sacraments ; and grant that we may all
live answerable to the means of grace which Thy providence
hath afforded us.

Bless all the reformed Churches; keep them from all
wicked and dangerous errors; and bring into the way of
truth all such as have gone astray ; that Thy Kingdom, and
the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, may be glorified.



id PRAYEK BEFORi: THE SERMON.

O God ! whose Kingdom ruletli over all, bless these
Nations to which we belong; that peace, and truth, and
justice, that true religion and piety, may be secured and
countenanced ; that all ignorjince and profaneness, and what-
ever else opposeth Thy Divine Will made known to us, may
be effectually discouraged.

To this end we pray God to hear us, for the King's Majesty,
that his days may be many, his government happy, his com-
mands just and equal, and his people faithful and obedient :
for the Royal Family, that we may be blessed with a succes-
sion of princes fearing God : for all such as are in council
and authority (and especially for the High Court of Parlia-
ment), that they may consult the honour of God, the true
interest of His Church, and the welfare of the People : for
the Bishops and Pastors of Christ's flock, that they may con-
stantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke and oppose vice, and
be living examples of those graces and virtues which they
recommend to others : and the Lord Jesus Christ be always
with them according to His promise; and grant unto the
people of their flocks, that they may profit by them daily.

Blessed God and lover of souls, preserve, by Thy grace,
those that are in the way of life ; enlighten the minds of the
ignorant ; awaken the consciences of the careless ; silence the
gainsayers ; convert the profane ; and bring them all to Thine
everlasting kingdom.

For the Isle of Man.'] Bless the Lord and Government of
this Isle; continue to us the blessings of peace and unity,
in Church and state, which we enjoy ; preserve us from all
false doctrine, and every false way, and root out all growing
vices, that there may ever be in this place a generation fear-
ing God, and working righteousness.

In Time of War.'] Preserve this land; and, in Thy own
good time, deliver all Christian countries from the miseries
of war ; scatter the people that delight in it ; and grant that
such as fall, die not in their sins unrepented of.

For City, or Corporation.] Bless the Magistrates and
Government of , and the lawful industry of its inha-
bitants. Let brotherly love and charity increase amongst
them ; and root out all growing evils.

Sea.] Receive into Thy Almighty and gracious protection



PRAYER BEFORE THE SERMON. 3

the persons and the ships of those that are absent ; preserve
them from the dangers of the seas, from the violence of
enemies, and from all sad accidents ; that they may return
in safety, to enjoy the fruits of their labours, and to praise
the Lord for His mercies to them.

At a Funeral.'] Make us all mindful of our latter end, that
death may never overtake us unawares ; teach us, in the
many spectacles of sorrow, sickness, and mortality, which we
behold, to see how frail and how uncertain our condition is,
that we may seriously apply our hearts unto that holy and
heavenly wisdom, whilst we live here, which may in the end
bring us to life everlasting.

Fo7^ Plenty.'] Visit the earth and the seas with Thy bless-
ing; and open the hearts of those upon whom Thou shalt
bestow these favours, that they may do good and distribute :
and give us all grace, that we may not be corrupted by Thy
blessings.

We commend unto the tender mercy of God, all sick and
dying persons ; all that are in affliction of mind or body, or
under any pressing calamity ; all that are poor, and have
none else to help theni; and especially all such as suffer
persecution for a righteous cause.

Lord, pity and sanctify the miseries of this life, to the ever-
lasting benefit of all that suffer; that the tears of the op-
pressed, the pains of the afflicted, the wants of the poor, may
all help forward, and end in, the salvation of their immortal
souls.

We beseech God to hear our prayers for all those that never
pray for themselves, that they may see the danger, before it
is too late, of living without God in the world.

And God Almighty grant, that we may all of us have
worthy thoughts of His Majesty, for His great power in
creating us ; for His wonderful providence in preserving us ;
for His great goodness in redeeming us by Jesus Christ ; for
whose doctrine and example, and for the example of all His
faithful servants, we pray God make us truly thankful, and
grant us grace so to follow their steps, that we with them be
made partakers of a blessed resurrection.

That we may obtain these blessings, and whatever else is
needful for us, let us all join, and, with one heart and voice,
B 2



4 PRAYEE BEFORE THE SERMON.

pray to God iu that perfect form of words which Jesus Christ
hath taught us :

Our Father, which art in Heaven ; hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done in Earth, as it is in
Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us
our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,- but deliver us from evil: For
Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever
and ever. Amen.



SERMON I.

THE TRUE WAY OF PEOFITING BY GOD'S WORD READ
OR PREACHED.



Vouchsafe, God, to direct me in this work, and bless this discourse for
the good of iny flock ; that both I and they may glorify Thee for the
truths they shall hear. Eender them tractable and obedient to Thy
Word, and me faithful in delivering it; that I may save myself, and
them that hear me, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.



Luke \'iii. 18.

Tahe heed how ye hear : for whosoever hath, to Mm shall he given; See Mark
and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which 2. 1—4 ;
he seemeth to have. 1 Thessil!'

13 ; 4. i. '

Good christian people; I am going to set before you the
great blessing of attending to the Word of God, whether read
or preached to you, and the true way of profiting thereby;
as also, the very great hazard you run, of living under the
light of the Gospel, and the ordinances of God, and not being
bettered by them.

There is nothing more certain, than that many christians
are eternally ruined for want of considering the truths they
hear every Lord's Day, and by not laying them to heart.

They come, indeed, to the church; and they hear the
Scriptures read to them. They hear what God commands,
and what He requires of them. They are put in mind of
what must certainly come hereafter ; of death, oi judgment, of
heaven, and of hell. And yet they return home as little af-
fected, as if these things were not true, or as if they did not
at all concern them. And what is the consequence of this ?
Why, they are called christians, thovyh they do not the things [Luke 0*.
which Christ hath commanded them. They hope for salva-



b THE TRUE WAY OF PllOFITlNG

SEEM, tion^ without being converted; and under this dehision they
'- die, and go into eternity.

To prevent this destructive consequence, our Lord has
given this following strict charge to all His followers: take
HEED HOW YE HEAR. Take heed, for your salvation depends
upon it, that you remember, and make good use of, what you
hear: for whosoever hath, thatis,hatli benefited by what
he hath already heard, God will increase his knowledge and
his graces : but whosoever hath not, that is, have not
minded what they have heard, or have not profited by it;
such are unworthy of more favours, and, by a just judgment
of God, Avill be deprived of the knowledge and graces which
they seemed to have.

Take heed, therefore, how you hear : that is, whether
you come prepared to hear with a serious, teachable temper ;
with a purpose to learn your duty, and to practise what
you hear.

Take heed how you hear : and that you hear those only
who, by the order and providence of God, are appointed to
instruct you. Never, sure, was more need of this caution.
[2 John 7. J Many deceivers, saith the Apostle, are entered into the world ;
many lewd, profane, and antichristian books ; many agents
of Satan, and seducing spirits; and therefore beware and
avoid them as you love your souls.

Lastly : take heed how you hear. Remember whose
ministers you hear, whose word, whose commands, whose pro-
mises, whose threaten'mgs, you hear. They are not the words
of man, but the Word of God, delivered by His oivn Son, con-
firmed by miracles, and reported to you by His own mi-
nisters.

It may be, you imagine, that you know your duty as well
as the preacher who is appointed to instruct you. Be it so.
But remember, that whatever his talents and yours may be,
[Rom. 13. he is a minister of God to you for good, if you hear and obey
his godly admonitions. And remember too, that the most
eloquent, learned man on earth cannot edify you without
God's blessing. And lastly, that God has made, and can
make. His Word, out of the mouth of the meanest of His
ministers, effectual for the conversion of tliose that hear them
with reverence.



4.]



BY god's word read Oil PREACHED. 7

Well then; whoever hopes to benefit by hearing, must
come with humility, and a teachable temper of mind; must
resolve to receive instruction, reproof, and advice, as coming
from God ; and must strive to remember what he hears.

It will startle you, and, I hope, will affect your hearts, to
hear the true reason why the generality of people do not
profit by sermons, and by the Word of God read to them.
It is not I, but Jesus Christ, who tells you, that "the seed



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