Guthrie, William – Christian’s Great Interest

The Christian’s Great Interest

by the late Rev. William Guthrie,

Minister of the Gospel, Fenwick with a Memoir of the Author



Contents of Christian’s Great Interest

PrefaceTo 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



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