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within them d; and the nature of the covenant of grace s; From all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereoff.
IiL Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous fins g; and for a time continue therein h: whereby they incur God's displeasure /, and grieve his holy Spirit/:
also to five them to the uttermost, tbat come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
// John xiv. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may a- , bide with you forever; v. 17. Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you and (hall be in you. 1 John. ii. 27. But the anointing which ye have received of him, abideth in you: and ye need not that any man teach you: But, as the fame anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie: and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is born of ood. doth not commit (in; for his feed remaioeth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of cod.
e Jer. xxxli. 40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, That I will not tv:rn away from them, to do them good: but 1 will put my fear in their hearts, that they (hall cc: depart from me,
J John Xi 28.' Ard t gave unto them eternal life, and they (hall ne"ver perish, neith;r (h<d! any pluck fhem out of my hand. 2 Tried, iii. a. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil, 1 John ii. 19. They went out from us, but they were not of us :. for-:jf -they ■h*d been • ©f us, they
would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
III. g Mat. xxvi. 70. But he dc-. nied before them all, faying, 1 know not what thou fayed, v. 72. And aga'n he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. v. 74. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
h Psal. Ii. i the title) To the chief musician, a psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, 4 after he had gone into Bathsheba. v, 14. Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O Cod, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue (hall (ing aloud of thy righteousness.
i Isa. Ixiv. 5, Thou mcetest him . that rejoiceth, and wurketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou ai t wroth, for we have finned; in those is continuance, and we shall be saved, v. 7. And there is none that calleth upon thy rame, that stiireth up himself to take ho'd of thee: for thou hast hid thy f.ice from us, and hast consumed Js because of our iniquities, v. o. Be not. wroth very fore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, fee, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 2 Sam. xi. 27. And when the morning was past, D»v:d fem, and set her to his house, aed the became his wife, and bare
rit i; come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts /; have their hearts hardened m, and their consciences wounded «; hurt and scandalize others 0, and bring 1 judgments upon themselves/).
Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
ALTHOUGH hypocrites and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal pre
but the thing that Dalone displeased the Lord. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the brly Spirit of God, w hereby ye are se.lcd unto the day os redemption
/ Psa!. li. S. Make me to hear joy and gladness: that the bones which ihoj lust broken may rejoice, v. 10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and recew a right spirit within me, 7. 1Re(|ore unto me the joy of salvation; and uphold me with Ihv free spirit. Rev. ii. 4. Mover thekss, 1 have somewhat against n l'ssl. xxxii liiV', because thou hast ltft thy first lore. Pant. v. 2. 1 sleep, but my hca;t waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, faying. Open tc me, my sister, my love, my dove, 'ded : fur my head i3 filled wuli d»w, and my locks with the crops of the night, v. 3. I have gut off r.y cy.u, how fliall I put it tin: 1 h-ve washed my feet, how fliall I defile them .' v. 4. My belprfcd put in his hand by the ho!; of the door, and my bowels were moved for bim. v. 6, 1 opened to my btsoved, but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone; my Liul faded when he spake: I sought him, but 1 could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no anir*er
lxiii. 17. O Lord, why made us to err from thy
m isa. hast thou
ways? and hardened our heart from thy fear .'..Return for thy servants sike, the tribes of thine inheritance. Mark vi, 53. hor they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened, Mark, xvi, 14. Afterwards he appeared unto the eleven, as they fat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them who had seen him aster he was risen.
3. When I kept bones waxed old thro' my roaring ail the day long. v. £.. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: ray moisture is turned into the uioiudit of summtr. Psal. li. 8. Make me to l*:ar joy and gladness: that the bones which thou, hast broken may rejoice.
0 2 Sam. xii. 14. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hall given great occasion to the enemies of the Loid to blaspheme, the cl/ld also that is born unto thee fliall surely p Psal. Ixxxix. 31. Is they I my statutes and keepHi >t my commandments, v. 3:. Then will: I visit their transgiciiion with thelod, and their iniquity wiih (tripes. 1 Cor. xi. 32. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Cord, G that -sumptions of being in favour of God and estate of salvation a; which hope of theirs shall perish b: yet such as truly believe in the Lori Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring to .walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace c, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God; which hope (hall never make them ashamed d.
II. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion, grounded upon a fallible hope t; but an infallible
that we should not be condemned We know that we have passed from
J. a Job-viii. 13. So are the paths brethren: he that loveth not his of all that forget God, and the hy- brother abideth in death, v. 18. pocrites hope shall perish, v. 14. My little children, let as not sove in Whose hope (hall be cat off, and word, neither in tongue, but in deed whose trust shall be a spiders web. and in truth, v. 19, And hereby Micah iii. 11. The heads thereof we know that we are of the truth, judge for reward, and the priests and shall assure our hearts before thereof teach for hire, and the pro- him. v. 21. Beloved, if our heart phets thereof divine for money; yet condemn us not, then have we conwill they lean upon the Lord, and lidence towards God. v. 24. And" fay, Is not the Lord among us? he that keepeth his commandments, none evil can come upon us. Deut. dwelleth in him, and he in him: xxix. 19. And it come to pass when and hereby we know that he abidhe heareth the words of this curse, eth in us, by the Spirit that he tbat he bless himself in his heart, hath given us. 1 Johnv. 13. These saying, I shall have peace, though things have I written unto you that I walk in the imagination of my believe on the name of the Son of heart, to add drunkenness to thirst. God; that ye may know that ye John viii. 41. Ye do the deeds of have eternal life, and that ye mayyour father. Then said they to him, believe on the name of the Son of We be not born of fornication, we God.
have one Father even God. d Rom. v. 2. By whom also we
■ 6 Mat. vii. 22. Many shall say to have access by faith Into this grace
me in that day, Lord, Lord, have wherein we stand, and rejoice in
we not prophesied in thy name i hope of the glory of cod. ». 5.
and in thy name have cast out de- And hope maketh not ashamed, be
vils? and in thy name done many cause the love os God is shed abroad
wonderful works? v. 23. And then in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost
will I profess unto them, I never which it given unto us, knew you; depart from me, ye H. * He b. vi. 11. And we desire
that work infinity. that every one of vou do shew the
c I John ii. 3. And hereby we do fame diligence to the full aslurance
know that we know him, if we keep of hope unto the end. v. 19, Which
with the world.
death unto life, because we love the
hope we have as an anchor of the
foul assurance of faith, founded upon the divine truth of the prc* miles of salvation f, the inward evidences of those graces unto which these promises are made£, the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God h: which spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption r.
III. This infallible assurance doth not so helong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may waic long, aud conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it k: yet
being .being enabled by the Spirit, to know the things"which arefreely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary meatis, attain thereunto /. And therefore it is the duty of every one, to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure m; that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in >'the duties of obedience; the proper fruits of this assurance n:
foal, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that w ithin the vail.
/Heb. vi. 17. Wherein God willing more abundantly to (hew unto the heirs of promise the immutability as hii counsel, confirmed it by on oath: v.' i3. That by two im
'nmtafb'e things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have Aid for refuse to lay hold upon the
.hope set before usi.
g 2 Pet. i. 4. Whereby are given onto os exceeding great andpiecious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lull. v. j. And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge. V. 10. Wherefore the rather brethren, givedili
'ligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never falls v. It, For so an entrance (hall be ministred unto you abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour fesus Christ. 1 John ii. 3. and hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John hi. 14. We know that we have passed from death un,0 life,because we love the brethren; he that lofeth not his brother, abid
eth in death. 2 Cor. I. 12. For our rejoicing is this, The testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity, arft godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the. grace of God we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-wards.
b Rom. viii. Ij. For ye have not received the spirit os bondage again to sear; but ye have received the spirit, of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father, v. r6. The spirit itself beaveth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God,
» Eph. i. 13. lu whom y« also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit os promise, v. 14. Which, is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 2 Cor. ir 31« Now he who stablisheth us with you, in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. v. 22. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
III. k 1 John v. 13. These things have 1, written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God ; that ye may know that ye ha>v< eternal G 2 life. life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trull in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Mark ix. 24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (See Pfal. lxxxviii. throughout, Pfal. Jxxvir. to the 12, verse.)
/ 1 Cor. ii. 12. Now we have 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. 1 John iv. 13. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. Heb. vi. 11. And we desire, that every one of you do shew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the'end; v. 12. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the ptomifes. Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye being rooted aad grounded in love, v. 18. Maybe able to comprehend with all faints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, v. 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, tfcat ye might be Sjled with all the fulness of sod<
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m 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to mak; your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.
n Rom. v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord jefu* Christ, v. 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. v, 5. And hope rmketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed *broadin our hearts, by the HolyG host which is given unto us. Rom. xir. 17/ For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13. Now the God of hope till you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Eph. i. 3. Blessed be the God and Fathsr of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places iri Chrilf: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we sliotid be holy, and withouc blame before him in love. Pfal. iv. 6. There be many that say, ^ho will shew us any good? Lord, list thou up the light of tby countenance upon us. v. 7. Thou hast put gladness isl my hurt, more than in the