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V. God doth not continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified o: And although they can never fall from the state of justification f, yet they may by their sins fall under God's fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance q.
to hi* mercy be saved us by the visit their transgression with the rod, washing of regeneration, and renew- and their iniquity with stripes, tr. ing of the Holy Ghost; v 6. Which 3$. Nevertheless, my loving kindhe (bed on us abundantly, through ness will 1 not utterly take from him* Jesus Chrilt our Saviour; v. 7. That nor suffer my faithfulness to fail, being juibfied by his grace, we should Psal. li< 7. Purge me with hyssop, be made heirs according to the hope and 4 (hall be clean: wash me, aud of eternal life. 1 (hall be whiter than the snow.
V, 0 Mat. vi, Tj. And forgive us v. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladour debts, as we forgive our debtors, ness: that the bones which thou 1 John i. 7. But if we walk in the hast broken may rejoice, v. 9. Hide light, as he is in the light, we have thy face from my sins; and blot out fellowship one with another, and the all mine iniquities, v. 10. Create blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans- in rae a clean heart, O God; and eth us from all Co. v< 9. If we gon- renew a right spirit within me. r, fess our sins, he is faithful and just II. Cast me not away from thy to forgive rts our sins, and to cleanse presence; and take not thy holy us from all unrighteousness. 1 John Spirit from me. v. 12. Restore unit. 1. My little children, these things to me the joy of thy salvation: and write I unto you, that ye sin not. uphold me with thy free Spirit Psal. And if any man sin, we have an xxxii. 5. 1 acknowledged my fin unadvocate with the Father, Jesus to thee, and min« iniquity have I Christ tbe righteous, v. 3, And he not hid: I said, I will confess my it the propitiation for our sins: and transgressions unto the Lorci; and not for cursorily, but also for the thou sorgavest the iniquity of my sins of the whole world. fin. Mat. xxvi. 75. And Peter re
p Luke xxii. 32. But I have pray- membred the words of Jesus, which ed for thee, that thy faith fail not; Lid unto him, Before the cockcrow and when thou art converted, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he strengthen thy brethren. John x. went out, and wept bitterly. I Cor. 28. And 1 give unto them eternal xi. 30. For this cause many are life, and the, shall never perish, nci- weak and sickly among you, and ther shall any pluck them outosny many sleep, v. 32. But when we hand. Heb. x. 14. For by one of. are judged, we are chastened os the fering he hath perfected for ever Lord, that we should not be conthem that are sanctified. demned with the world. Luke i. 20,
f Psal. lxxxix. 31. If they break And behold, thou shalt be dumb, tny statutes, and keep not my com- and not able to speak, until the day maodments: v, 32, Then will I that tbtsc thinx* shall be performed', - VL The justification of believers under the Old Testament was, in all these respects, one and the fame with the justification of bebevers under the New Testament r.
Chap. XII. Us Adostion.
ALL those that are justified, God vouchsafeth in and for
his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption a-. By which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of Godb;
have his name put upon them c, receive the spirit of adoption d,
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because thou believest not my words that we might receive the adoptioo
which sluil be fulfilled in their (ea- of sons.
» son. b Rom. viii. 17. And if children-,
VI. r Gal, iii. 9. So then they then heirs; heirs of God,'and joint who be of faith, are blessed with heirs with Christ: if so be that we faithful Abraham, v. 13. Christ suffer with him, that we may be albath redeemed us from the curse es so glorified together. John i. 12. the law, being made a curse for us: But as many as received him, to fur it is written, Cursed is every one them gave he power to become the that hangeth on a tree. v. 14. That sons of God, even to them that bethe bleÆng of Abraham might come lieve on his name, on the GeHtiles,through Jesus Christ: c Jer. xiv. 9. Yet thou, O Lord, that we might receive the promise os art in the midst of us, and we are the Spirit, through faith, Rom. iv. called by thy name, leave us not. 22. And therefore it was imputed to 2 Cor. vi. 18. And will be a Father him for righteousness, v, 23- Now' unto you, and ye (hall be my sons it was not Written for his fake alone, and daughters, faith the Lord Althat it was imputed to him; v, 24. mighty. Rev. iii. 12. Him that oBut for us also, to whom it shall be vercometh, will I make a pillar in imputed, if we believe on him that the temple of my God, and he shall raised up Jesus our Lord from the go no more out: and twill write dead. Heb. xiii. 8. Jesus Christ the upon him the name of my God, and fame yesterday, and to day, and for the name of the city of my God, ever, which is new Jerusalem, which com
I. a Eph. i. j. Having predesti- eth down out of heaven from my
Dated as unto the adoption of cliil- God: and I will write upon him n.y
dren by Jesus Christ to himself, ac- new oame.
cording to the good pleasure of his d Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not
will. Gal. iv. 4. But when the sul- received the spirit of bondage again
ness of time was come, God lent to fear: but ye ha"e received the
forth his Son, made of a woman, Spirit of adoption, whereby we cryt
made under the law, v. 5. To re- Abba, Father,
deaa them that were underthe law, * Eph« have access ro the throne of grace with boldness «, are enabled to cry, Abba, Father/; are pitied £, protected b, pro* vided fori, and chastned by him as by a rather k; yet never cast off/, but sealed to the day of redemption m, and inherit the promises », as heirs of everlasting salvation o.
Chap. XIII. Us Sanflification.
THEY who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are farthetf sanctified really and personally, through the vertue of Christ'sdeath and resurrection a, by his word and Spirit dwelling in
ttt Eph. iv. 30, And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are lealcd unto the day of redemption.
n Heb. vi. 12. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
0 1 Pet. i. 3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the deaJ, v. 4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadetb not away, reserved in heaven for you. Heb. i, 14. Are they not all mimlfring spirits, sent forth to minister for than who (hall be heirs of salvation?
It a 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are juslified' in the name of the Lord Jesus, and* by the Spirit of oor God. Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, 1 commend, you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them who are sanctified, Phil. iii. io. That I may know him, aud the power of bis resurrection,
* Eph. iii. ij. In whom we have boldnts and access with confidence by the faith cf him. Rom. v. 1. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and rejoice in Lope of the glory of God.
/"Gil, iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
g Pfal. ciii. 3. Like as a Father pitieth his children: so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
h Prov. xiv. 26. In the sear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children (hall have a place of refuge.
/ vlat. vi. 30. Wherefore if God so clothe the grafs of die field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the1 oven, (lull he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? v. 32. For your heavenly Father know eth that ye have need of ail these things. 1 Pet. v. 7, Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.
k. Heb. xii. K For whnm the Lord foveth, he'ehastneth, and Icouigeth every son whom he receiveth.
/ Lam. iii. 31. Fot the Lord will not cast off for ever.
them b: the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed c, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakned and ironitied d, and they more and more quickned and strengthened in all saving graces e, to the practice of true holiness, Without which uo man shall fee the Lord /
11. This sanctisication is throughout in the whole man £; yet imperfect in this life, there abideth still some remnant of corruption in every part h: whence ariseth a continual and
irreconconcileablc war; the flefli lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the tied)/. MtSaMta-- "fc
aad die fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Rom. iv. j. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death: we shall be also in the lioness of his resurrection, v. 6.. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body pf fin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
b John xvii. 17. Sanctify them thro' thy truth, thy word is truth. Epb. 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2 Thess. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctisication of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.
c Rom. vi. 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that hcncefoith we should not serve sin. v. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under th« law, but under grace.
d Gal. v. 24. And they that are Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. Roni. viti. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
r Col. i. it. Strengthened with
all might according to his glorious power unto all patience, and longsuffering with joyfulness. Epb. iii. 16. That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit Jn the iriner man: v. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, v. 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length, and depth and height; v. 19. And to know the love ot Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
f 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting, holiness in the fear of God. Heb. xii. 14. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
W.g 1 Thess. v. 23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord'Jesus Christ.
h 1 John i. 10. If we fay that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Rom. vii. 1.3. For I know that in me (that is, in my nVM dwellcth no good thing: for to will is present with me, bus
bow how to perform that which is good, 1 find not. v. 23. But I Ice another law io my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law cf sin, which is in my members. Phil. iii. ,13, Not as though I had already attained, either wer! already perfect: but I follow after, if that 1 may apprehend that for which also 1( am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
111. in which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail k, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the rege"nerate part doth overcome /. And so the faints grow in grace , * in, perfecting holiness in the fear of God n.
.* Cha*. XIV. Of Saving Faith.
THE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving os their souls a, is the work of the
/ Gal, v, 17. For the flesh lufleth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1 Pet, iL II. Dearly beloved, 1 beseech you a3 strangers andpilgrims, abstain from fleshly lulls Which war against the foul.
III. t Rom. vii, 23. But I fee another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my memb:rs.
/ Rom, vi. 14. For sin shall oot have dominion over you: for ye are nor under the law, but under grace, I John v. j. For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcom
eth the world, even our faith, Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the truth in Jove, ni?y grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ, v, 16. From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every part supplieth, according 10 the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh irtercase os the body, unto the edifying of itself m love.
tn 2 Pet. iii. 13. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Loid and Saviour Jesus Christ: To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 3 Cor, iii. 1 S. But we . 1 wish open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from glory to 1 lory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
n 2 Cor. vii. I. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let na clcanle ourselves from all filrbinefi of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Cod.
I. a Heb. x. 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to' the saving of the soul.
I 2 Cor.