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tion, burning up the rooi of it, by a real XV. As such as are making conscience efficiency discovereth to us the evils there. in fincerity, of mortifying the deeds of the of, helpeth us in our addresses to God, body, may expect life and salvation for verse 16. calleth to mind the cross of ever hereafter; so may they, in God's Christ, discovererh a fulness in him, and ordinary course of dealing, look for a helpeth us to wait upon him, and expect | peaceable and comfortable life, even here daily supply froin him; therefore it is add. away; fin which was as a thick cloud ined, If je through the Spirit do mortify tercepting the beams of God's love, being the deeds of the body. See Gal. v. 24. 25. removed; tho' God may dispense otherEzek. xi. 19. and xxxvi. 26. Ila, Ivii. 17. 18. wise with some for his own holy ends, as
XII. Tho'this work of mortifying the with Heman, Psal. lxxxviii. If qe thro deeds of the body, be mainly the work of the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, the Spirit, who works all our works in us, ye Mall live. Ifa. sxvi. 12. as faith, 2 Theff. i. 11. Col. XVI. Tho'there be no such connection ii. 12. and prayer, Zech. xii, 10. yea, our | beiween the mortification of fin and life every willing, Phil. il.: 23.; yet is it still our ternal, as beiwixt a cause and its effect, duty, and an act of obedience in us; we life being the gift of God, Rom. vi. 23.; mortify, the Spirit acting his graces in us, yet is there a connection between them and facilitating the work, oiling the wheels as betwixt the meanis and the end ; morwith his continual influences : If ye mor- tification is the way to life, as the end: 11 tify, through the Spirit, &c.
ye notify the deeds of the body, we lball live. XIII, Tho' unregenerate men, may, up- XVII. Tho' God hath unalterably deon some carnal account, forsake the prac- termined the end of his own to be life, tice of some sin, and seem to get the victor for the glory of his great name; yet as he ry now and then over scine corruption, hath in the fame decree determined both which hath broken forth to their great the means, and the end which they lead to, trouble, and threatens sad judgments to fo will he have the means used, although come upon them, and they cry out and we have a promise of the end made us; firive against it, so as it may ly still for a therefore, though he said before, verse i. while; yet let such use never so much die that there was no condemnation to them ligence, earneflness, and watchfulness, they that were in Chrift, and then afterwards finall never be able to mortify one lust: it aflerted them to be in Christ; yet he says is only the believer, who hath tliis Spirit here, If ye mortify the deeds of the body, of Ged, by which this is gotten done, a. 1 ye fall live. biding in him; therefore he speaks to believers, and says, If ye mortify.
From verse 14th OBSERVE, XIV. In mortifying the deeds of the I. Whom the Lord has chosen to himself body, there should be much sincerity used, from all eternity, those, in his own time, and an universal aim againit all and every he not only bringeth into a state of favour one of its deeds, flowing from a real and reconciliation with himlelf, but also hatred again t fin, and every sin; and it is into a stare of adoprion, whereby they are an unprofitable and unsucceisful course, to received into the number of his fons, fet abou: the killing of one fin, keeping John i. 12. having the Lord for their Fatruce with another; our stroke of mortifi- ther, 2 Cor. vi. 18. and have a right to all cation should be against all sin without ex: the liberties and privileges of the fons of ception; therefore we are commanded to God; thus they are called the fons of God. mortify the deeds of the body indefinitely,. 11. Tho'believers, being brought oui of none excepted. See 2 Cor. vii. 1. | pature into grace, have received the prin
ciples ciples and habits of grace, and so being , - VI. Tho'wicked perfons do partake of enlivened are inore able to walk in the the influences of God, as to their natural way of obedience than before; yer to actions, seeing in him they live, move, arid weak is grace in them, who see only but have their being, Acts vii, 28. and are acăia part, and so itrong and active is corrup- ed by him in respect of external gifts and tion, that they cannot walk in the ways of endowmenis; yet is is peculiar to the chil. obedience without help; they are as blind dren of God only, to be so aded and inmen, and little children, needing one to fluenced with divine and living influences: guide them and lead them; they are led For its many (and no more) as are led by by the Spirit.
the Spirit of Gout, they are i le fons of God. III. The guide which believers have VII. Sanctification, and foilowing ibe received to lead them is the Holy Spiric of warm and kind motions of the Spirit of God, who, as he infuseth the habits of God, in the constant tract of our life and grace, doth bring the same forch to act, daily walk, is a sure mark of our adcprior, by daily renewed influences, and so illumi. and interest in God as our Father; For as nates their minds more and more, to know many as are led by the Spirit of God, they the will of God, and sweetly moveth and are the fons of God. inclineth them to obedience: they are led l VIII. As fin and iniquity doth mucli by the Spirit of God.
darken and overcloud folks interest in God IV. Albeit the Spirit of God, in his as their Father, that they cannot read and eutletings of saving influences, whereby understand the fame; so the privilege of his people are guided and directed, be a adoption itself, yea, and the perceiving mot free agent, both as to the measure and clearly seeing of the fame, should of them, and the renewed grant, as to strongly move and induce us to follow hoparticular occasions, so as many at feve- lines, and labour to mortify corruption, ral occasions may be left to fall, 2 Chron and the body of sin: for this is an argu. xxvii. 31. as we see in Noah, David, ment presling mortification of corruption, Sylomon, C. yet as to the keeping in that who ver are led by the Spirit of Oi the life of grace, and as to the ac: God, are the fons of God. tuaring it fo, in their habitual tract of IX. As it is the Spirit in and by whom Talking, as they fhalt certainly enjoy the we get fin and corruption mortified, as we crown, there is some neceflity, and so af- cleared, verse 13. Doctrine XI. ; so the urance, that they shall be constantly led best way to get this matter ellectuated, is by the Spirit; for by this, that they are to be giving up ourselves wholly unto the led by the Spirit, they might know that guidance and direction of the Spirit, and they were the fons of God.
to be welcoming, and not opposing, relift. E V. Tho’ believers cannot walk nor acting, nor impeding the influences of the but as they are guided by the Spirit of Spirit: for taking this verse as rendering God; yet this doth not loose them fron a a reason of what was affirmed last, there
ral obligation to obedience: Tho' we words, led by the Spirit of God, are exegeLould not see a harmony and sweet con- | tical of these, mortify the deeds of the Freud between the physical influences of the body. Spirie upon the wills of believers, and the | X. Adoption is an undoubted arles of tice actiogs of their wills in obedience, everlasting salvation ; for hereby he cone rethere is ; for although he says here, firmeth, that they that mortify the deeds **31 they are led by the Spirit of God. yet of the body shall live; because they who de presserh them before, io the mortifying are led by the Spirit of God, they are the is the deeds of the body.
Juns of God.
norant, Acts xvi. 14. enemies to Christia- such a sharp dispensation, while they are nity, as Paul, A&ts ix. who have led a lying under it; hence they are said to remost wicked life, have had many warnings, ceive this spirit of bondage. It is a gift, are settled on lees, Jer, xlviii. 11, and so and a gift of free grace, Howing from the cannot be gotien easily weaned from fin; / bowels of everlasting love. and others are brought a shorter cut; yet | VIII. When the soul is thus under the the Lord acquainteth those of his own, lashes of the spirit of bondage, it is lying whom he bringerh home at age, with so under great fear of being cuc off for ever much of this work of bondage, as maketh by the hand of justice: it is a fpirit of fin a burden unto them, Matih, xi. 28. loth- bondage to fear. See 2 Tim. i. 7. Heb. fome, and that which they dare not tam- ii, 15. per with again ; and maketh the poor finner 18. Howbeit the children of God, who go out of himself altogether, and become are made partakers of the spirit of adophumble in bis own eyes, so as the fadest tion, and brought in to Christ, may lie dispensations Thall be welcomed; and also under great trouble of mind, and have maketh the foul prize Christ, and close many grips and pangs of an accufing and with him upon his own terms, over the troubling conscience, Píalm xl. 2. yea, and belly of discouragements, without further poflibly forer throws than ever they mec excuses and delays, Marth, xviii. 19. And, with before, by reason of Satan's increafing in a word, he so far convinceth them of the jealousy which their deceitful hearts their fin and misery, as they fee no reme-hach against God, and otherwise working dy, but Chrift, and are content to submit upon the heart, thro' God's permission; to him with all their heart, and make the Lord also, for wise and holy ends, peace with him upon his own terms: withdrawing the influences of his Spirit,
Therefore he says of all the believing Ro- whereby they might be supported and mans indefinitely, that they had received comforted; yet the Spirit of God doth ne. the spirit of bondage; Ye have received | ver become a spirit of bondage to them the spirit of bondage.
again, convincing them of being in a ftate VI. Wnile the elect of God are under of fin and enmity, and of being under the the grips of the spirit of bondage, though curse and condemning wrath of God, and they be in some near capacity for, and not as lying under God's vindictive justice as far from the kingdom of God; yet are yet unsatisfied : Ye have not received the they all that time in a state of nature, /pirit of bondage again. there being but two states, under two co X. After God has sufficiently humbled venants; for as long as they are under his own people, under the hand of the the Spirit of bondage, they have not receive spirit of bondage, he bringerh them into ed the spirit of adoption.
a gracious state of adoption, and the work VII. Albeit unregenerate finners may of the spirit of bondage ends always thus fet about these means which God hath ap. in the elect, Isa. Ixi. 1. 2. 3. Psalm cxxvi. pointed for conviction of guilt and misery, 5.6.: Ye have not received the spirit of such as prayer, Psalm cxix. 18. preach. | bondage again,---but ye have received the ing, &c. yet, there being no necessary con- Spirit of adoption. nection between these duties and chis fpirit XI. This noble privilege of adoption of bondage; it is an act of the Spirit of grace, which is peculiar only to the elect, Eph. who bloweth where and when he listech, i. 5. whereby, of God's free love, Eph. i. to take his own and shut them up in pri. 3. 5. 1 John iii. 1. through Christ as son, and so proceedeth from love, though purchaser, Gal. iv. 5. Eph.i, u, 1 Pet. i. shey read nothing but anger and wrath in 1 3. 4. and deriver, as head of all the reit,