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The Christian's Great Interest


by the late Rev. William Guthrie, Minister of the Gospel, Fenwick

with a Memoir of the Author  








To the Reader

Memoir of the Author




PART I. The Trial of a Saving Interest in Christ  


Quest. I. – How shall a man know if he has a true and special interest in Christ, and whether he has, or may lay claim justly to, God's favour and salvation?

Chapter I. – Things premised for the better understanding of the trial itself


I. – A man's interest in Christ may be known


II. – Importance of having an interest in Christ


III. – We must allow our condition to be determined by Scripture


IV. – Causes why so few attain to a distinct knowledge of their state


V. – Some mistakes concerning an interest in Christ removed



Chapter II. – Marks of a Saving Change A preparatory law work


I. – Some called from the womb


II. – Some called in a sovereign gospel-way


III. – Some graciously called at the hour of death


IV. – God's more ordinary way of calling sinners to Himself


V. – Objections and difficulties considered



Chapter III. – Evidences of a Believing State


I. – Mistakes as to what faith is


II. – True saving faith described


III. – Farther explanatory remarks concerning saving faith


IV. – Difficulties as to what seems to be faith removed



Chapter IV. – Evidences of a Renewed State


I. – The whole man must be to some extent renewed


II. – He must be, to some extent, renewed in all his ways


III. – The supposed unattainableness of such evidences considered


IV. – The special attainments of hypocrites considered


V. – Doubts because of prevailing sin considered


VI. – Doubts arising out of a want of Christian experience considered




PART II. – How to Attain a Saving Interest in Christ


Quest. II. What shall they do who want the marks of a true and saving interest in Christ, already spoken of, and neither can nor dare pretend unto them?

Chapter I. – Some Things Premised for the Information of the Ignorant



Chapter II. – The Duty of Closing with God's Plan of Saving Sinners by Christ Jesus


I. – What it is to accept of, and close with, the gospel offer


II. – This the duty of those who would be saved


III. – What is required of those who would believe on Christ Jesus and be saved


IV. – Some of the properties and native consequences of true believing


V. – Some of the effects of saving faith



Chapter III. – Objections and Difficulties Answered and Explained


I. – The sinner's baseness rendering it presumption to come to Christ


II. – The singularity of his sin barring the way


III. – Special aggravations a hindrance


IV. – Sins not named a barrier


V. – The sin against the Holy Ghost alleged


I. – What it is not


II. – What the sin against the Holy Ghost is


III. – Conclusions bearing on the objections


VI. – Objections from the want of power to believe answered


VII. – Objection arising from the complaints of believers as to unfruitfulness


VIII. – Objection from ignorance regarding covenanting with God,--The nature of that duty unfolded


IX. – Doubts as to the inquirer's being savingly in covenant with God answered Certain things premised concerning personal covenanting


I. – The thing itself is warrantable


II. – The preparation needed


III. – How the duty of covenanting is to be performed


IV. – What should follow this solemn act


X. – A want of proper feeling considered as an obstacle in the way of covenanting


XI. – The fear of backsliding a hindrance


XII. – Objection arising from past fruitlessness considered



Conclusion – The whole Treatise resumed in a Few Questions and Answers