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- III. Man, by his fall into a state of fin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation d: so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good e, and dead in sin/, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto g.-
IV. When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, he freeth him from his natural bondage under sin h, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do
that that which is spiritually good »; yet so as that, by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly nor only will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil k.
HI. d Rom. v. 6. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for thi ungodly.
Rom. viii. 7. Because the- carnal mind is enmity against cod ; for it is not subject to the law of cod, neither indeed can be. John xv. j. I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the fame bringeth forth much fruit: fur without me ye can do nothing.
e Rom. iii. to. As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: v. 12i They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not one.
_/"Eph. ii. 1. And you b,ath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. v. 5. Even when we were dead in'sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) Col. it. 13. And you beiug dead in your sins, and the uncircumcifion of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiren you all trespasses.
g John vi. 44. No man can come tome, except the Father who hath sent me draw him: and 1 will raise him up at the last day. v. 65. And be said, Therefore said I unto you, 'that no man can come u.ito me, except it were given unto him of my Farher, Eph. ii. 2, Wherein in time past, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to
the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, v. 3. Among whom also we had our conversation in times past, in the lusts of our fled), fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and os the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, v. 4. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. v. c. Even when we were dead in sins, harh quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) 1 Cor. ii. 141 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness onto him: neither can he know them, because they are spirit* uallydiscerned. Tit. iii. 3. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another, v. 4. But after that the kindness and lovcofGod our Saviour towards man appeared, v. 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
IV. h Col. i. 13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. John viii, 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever
comcwnmifreth sin, U the servant of sin. r. 36. If the Son therefore (hall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
V. The will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to good alone, in the state of glory only /.
Cbu. X. OsEffe£lual Calling.
AL L those whom God hath predefl inated unto life, and those only, he is pleased in his appointed and accepted time effectually to call a, by his word and Spirit b% rit b, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ c; enlightening their minds, spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God d; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto
F Phil. ii. 1 3. Por it is God who worlceth in you both to will and to do of hi* good pleasure. Rom.vi. i9. Being then made free from sin, yfi became the servants of right* ousness. v. 2J< But now being made Free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end evei lasting life.
*Gal. v. 17. Forihe flesh lusteth against' the spirit, and the spirit againll the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Rom.vii, Jj. For that which I do, I allow not; for what 1 would, that do 1 not, but what I hate, that do I. v. 18. For t know, that in rue (that rs, in my flesh) dwelleth Bo good thing: for to will is presi nt with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find not. v. 19. For the good that I would, I do not; bot tlie evil which I would not, that 1 do. v. 21. 1 find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is pre sent with me. v. 23- But 1 see another law in my members warring aguast the law •£ my mind, and
bringing me into captivity to the law of tin, which is in my members.
V. /Eph. iv. 13. Till weall come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Heb. Jtii. 22.-To the General assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of jult men made perfect. I John-iii 2- Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we (hall be; but we know, that when he shall appear, we (hall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Jude 24. Now unto him that is able to keep you fiom sal* ling, and to present you faultless be« fore the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
I. a Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom! he did predestinate them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom. xi» 7. What then? lirael hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest \ver> blinded. F.ph i. 10. That in the dispeusatien of the 11 a
fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things m Christ, both which are in heaven, and which arc on earth, even in him. v. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,being predestinated according to the purpose of him who workerh , all things after the counsel os his own will.
b 2 Thess. ii. L3. But we are bound to give thanks al way toCodfor you, brethren, beloved of the Lord; because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, thro' sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth: v. 14. Whereunto he called you by the gospel, to the obtain- • ing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor.iii. 3. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be she epistle of Christ, ministred by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart, v. 6. Who also made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth Use.
e Rom. viii. 3. For the law of the Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the law of fin and death. Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he . quickened, who were deaa in trespasses and sins. v. 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the ->r'r>ce of the power of the air, the spirit that Dow worketh in the cJ. iwii of disobedience, v. 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past, in the lust of oar flesh, fulfilling the c.e
sires of the flesh, and of the mind; anil were by nature the children of wrath, even as others, v. 4. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, v. j. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickned us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved :) 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved ns. and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the worldTsegan, v. ib» But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel.
</Acts xxvi. 13. To ope« their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith that is in me. 2 Cor. ii. 10. But cod hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the-deep things of God. v. 12. Nowwehave received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Eph. i. 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him: v, 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightned; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of
them an heart of fleshe, renewing their wills, and by his Almighty power determining them to that which is goodf; and effe&tually drawing them to Jesus Christ g; yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace h. II. This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alone, not from any thing at all foreseen in man i, who is alto
gether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit k, he is thereby enabled to answer this, call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it /. ^ -III. Elect infants, by dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ chroqgh the Spirit mA who worketh when, and where, and how he pleafeth n. So also are all other elect per-sons, who are uncapableos being outwardly called by the ministry of the word a.
- IV. Otfaere
God: 9. Not of works, lest any to come unto me, and forbid them man ssiould boast. Rom. ix. 11. For not: for of such is the kingdom of the children being rot yet born, God. And Acts ii. 38. Then Peter neither having done good or'evil, said unto them, Repent, and be bapthat the purpose of God "according tized every one ot you in the name toelection might stand, not of works, of Jesus Christ, for the remission of but as him that calleth. fins, and ye shall receive the gift of
i 1 Cor. ii. 14. But the natural the Holy Ghost, v, 39, For the proman receiveth not the things of the mise is unto you, and to your chilSpirit of God: for they are foolissi- dren, and to all that are afar off, Dels unto him: neither can he know even as many as the Lord our God them, because they are spiritually dial) call. And John iii. 3. Jesus andiscerned. Rom viii. 7. Because the swered and said unto him, Verily carnal mind is enmity against Got!: verily, I fay unto you, Except a man for it is not subject to the law of be born again, he cannot see the God, n ither indeed can be, Eph. kingdom of God. v. j. Jesus anil. 5. Even when we were dead in swered, Verily, verily, I say unto fins, hath quickened us togetherwith thee, Kxcept a man be born of waChrist, i by grace ye are laved.) ter and of the Spirit, he cannot en
/ John vi. 37. All that theFather ter into the kingdom of God. And giveth me, stiall come to me; and 1 John v. 12. He thathaththe Son, him that cometh to rue, I will in no hath life, and he that hath not the "wife cast out. E?ek. xxxvi. 37. And Son of God, hath not life. And I will put my spirit within you, and Rom. viii. 9. But ye are not in the cause you to walk in my statutes, flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that and ye (hall keep my judgments, the Spirit of wod dwell in you. Now and do them. John v. 25. Verily, if any man have not the Spirit of •verily, I fay unto you, The hour is Christ, he is none of his. (Comparcoming, and now is, when the dead ed together.)
stiall hear the voice of the Son of n John iii. 8. The wind bloweth God: and they that bear shall live, where it lifte-h, and thou hearelt III. n Luke xviii. 15. And they the sound thereof, butcault not tell brought unto him also infants, that whence it cometh, and whither it be would touch them : but when hit goeth: so is every one that is 001D disciples saw ^t, they rebuked them» 9s the Spirit, T. 16. But Jesus called them unto 0 1 John v. 12. He that hath the ktffy and, (aid, Suffer little, children, Son, faaih life; and he tbsrt hath not