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PREFACE.

The history of the publication of the present volume, so far as it would be interesting to the reader, is as follows: it had its origin in a course of lectures, in the first place delivered to a congregation in the country; and subsequently, with considerable changes, to a town congregation. In both cases the request for publication was made, and, in the latter, the request coming almost simultaneously from several different quarters, and concurring, as it did, with other circumstances, rendered it probable that good might be effected by printing the lectures; but in preparing them for the press, it occurred to the author that a consecutive treatise on the ten commandments might prove more acceptable, and especially as it appeared, upon inquiry, that there was no work before the public which filled the ground attempted to be occupied by the present volume; namely, the Christian sense of the Decalogue in its application to existing needs and questions. By far the larger portion of these lectures bas consequently been re-written. Some unevenness of style and thought may, perhaps, be apparent

, wherever any part of the original is incorporated; this defect, it is believed, may in some measure be compensated for by the frequent personal applications also resulting from the form in which these lectures were originally composed. Many questions of the highest importance have been treated, it is hoped, at least in an earnest and reverent spirit. Numerous engagements have, indeed, prevented the attainment of the standard aimed at, yet no question has been avoided which seemed fairly to come within the scope of the book; and the author, having striven to do his best, “as of the ability which God giveth,” earnestly prays that He will overrule all errors and imperfections, and grant success to this work in so far, and in so far only, as it may advance the glory of Christ and promote the edification of His Church.

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CONTENTS.

LECTURE I.The Duty of Man.

A peculiar duty assigned to all of His creatures by God,
the fulfilment of which is their perfection.—Examples in the
heavenly bodies, plants, animals, strata of the earth, &c.—The
duty assigned to man differs from that of the uureasoning
creatures, in that he was created in the likeness of God, in-
mortal, and with the power of moral choice.—In the Gospel
kingdom, man's special work is the recovery, by grace, of the
image of God in which he was created, and this, involving a
moral as well as spiritual change, is necessary as an education
for eternity.—Thus the service of God, founded on the sur
render of the will and affections, through faith, to the indwelling
Spirit of Christ, becomes the whole duty of man.

amusements,-in politics,- in the family relationship,-in
the connexion of employers and employed,-in social life.
Evil results of any partial view of man's duty.

COMMANDMENT I. FIRST PART.

LECTURE IV.Jehovah revealing Himself as the Lawyiver.

Recapitulation of Part I.—God's moral law ever substan-

tially the same, but revealed to man in accordance with his
spiritual and temporal condition.—In the first commandment
Jehovah reveals Himself to the Israelites as the Lawgiver Who
had redeemed them from Egypt—to Christians as God in
Christ, the Reconciler, fulfilling the law.—The Jewish aspect
only of the commandment treated in this lecture.—God at
Sinai revealed Himself by a voice from heaven, and thereby

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