This first of three projected volumes comprises a third of the lectures and fully half of the theological essays. The text covers chapter one in nine lectures (the most on any chapter) and the letters to the seven churches in Asia. The theological lectures contained cover such subjects as the doctrine of the Trinity, a call to the ministry and qualifications for the ministry, church government and church discipline, repentance, the difference in common and saving grace, and preaching and application in preaching. The text has been collated with a 1653 manuscript and an appendix contains texts and full lectures that are significantly different than the published edition of 1658.
Table of Contents:
To the Judicious & Christian Reader by John Carstairs To the Reader by Robert Baillie A Brief View of the Series of the Whole Book of the Revelation Chapter One Lecture 1: Revelation 1:1–4 Excursus 1: Concerning the Holy Trinity and Object of Worship Lecture 2: Revelation 1:4–6 Lecture 3: Revelation 1:7–9 Lecture 4: Revelation 1:10 Lecture 5: Revelation 1:10–11 Lecture 6: Revelation 1:12–15 Lecture 7: Revelation 1:15–16 Lecture 8: Revelation 1:17–18 Lecture 9: Revelation 1:19–20 Excursus 2: Concerning a Calling to the Ministry, and clearness therein Excursus 3: Concerning Writing Excursus 4: Of Reading, and Hearing Chapter Two Lecture 1: Revelation 2:1–3 Lecture 2: Revelation 2:4–5 Lecture 3: Revelation 2:6–7 Excursus 5: Concerning Church-government and Discipline, in General Excursus 6: Concerning a Minister’s Relation to a Particular Congregation Excursus 7: Concerning the Nature and Difference of Saving and Common Grace Lecture 4: Revelation 2:8–11 Excursus 8: Concerning the Influence that the Devil has on Some Wicked Men’s Actions, and How He Carries on the Same Lecture 5: Revelation 2:12–17 Lecture 6: Revelation 2:18–29 Chapter Three Lecture 1: Revelation 3:1–6 Lecture 2: Revelation 3:7–13 Excursus 9: Concerning Ministerial Qualifications Lecture 3: Revelation 3:14–22 Excursus 10: Concerning the Identity of Angel, Bishop, and Presbyter Excursus 11: Concerning the Way of Covenanting with God, and of a Sinner’s Obtaining Justification before Him Excursus 12: Concerning Repentance Excursus 13: Some General Observations Concerning Preaching, and Especially Application