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and the effect when obtained. For the attainment of these matters, it will be necessary to enquire, first, the connexion between justification and salvation, and next to have a definition of real justifying faith; a true construction upon this head, in the Christian system, is of the first importance and greatest concern, and consequently requires our utmost endeavours to ascertain truth, and certainty, as far as the aid and assistance of Scripture, by a dispassionate examination, will enable us to do, which will necessarily cause this head to be extended to a considerable length: but no time or trouble should be spared, or can be more profitably bestowed, than upon this subject, which is of so much moment, that an error may have the most dangerous and fatal consequence or effect. In the investigation of this head we may get an insight into the necessary means, instrument, or conditions to be used or pursued by man for his justification, and upon arriving at this point, the next object of our enquiry will be the time when justification does, or is to take place; for this purpose it will be desirable to consider the difficulties and objections to jus

tification taking place in this life; also to enquire into the nature, purposes, and effects of remission of sins and the day of judgment; and next to proceed to make some preliininary observations previously to quotations from Scripture, either in support of the tenet or principle of justification taking place in this life, or of shewing, that it does not take place in this life, and when it will take place. After these different heads are gone through, it is proposed to bring forward quotations from the works of some of the most eminent theologians, who have written on justification, stating their opinions, whether in opposition to the arguments or principles here advanced, or in confirmation of them: and, in conclusion, to take a summary view of each head, making such observations as may occur, and be judged adviseable, either to explain, elucidate, correct, strengthen, or support the statements or arguments used to establish the principles, tenets, or doctrines contended for.

The author having now stated the plan, object, and intention of his publication, it will

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remain to be seen how far he has succeeded in establishing from Scriptural authority the doctrines and principles he has advanced: and, he would particularly address those who may widely differ from him, as to the use, purpose, and efficacy of good works in man's justification and salvation, in the language of the great Apostle, St. Paul, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

* Phil. iv. 8.

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