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IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it, by falling into some special sin, which wounderh the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some fudden or vehement temptation; by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light p: yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love, of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscia ence of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit,

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time that their corn and their wine Christ Jesus, who walk not after the increased. Pfal. cxix. 32, I will flesh, but after the Spirit. v. 12. run the way of thy commandments, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. not to the flesh, to live after the field.

ol John ii. 1. My little children, 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we these things write I unto you, that the fons of God, and it doth not yet, ye Gin not. And if any man fin, we appear what we Thall be: but we have an advocate with the Father, know that when he shall appear, Jesus Christ the righteous. v. 2. we shall be like him : for we shall, And he is the propitiation for our see him as he is. v. 3. And every fios: and not for ours only, but al. man that hath this bope in him, so for the fins of the whole world. purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Rom, vi. 1. What shall we say then? Pfal.cxxx. 4. But there is forgive fhall we continue in fin, that grace ness with thee; that thou mayelt; may abound? v. 2. God forbid : be feared, i John i. 6. If we say how shall we that are dead to fin, that we have fellowship with him, live any longer therein? Tit. ii. 11. and walk in darkness, we lie, and, For the grace of God that bringeth do not the truth, v. 7. But if we salvation, hath appeared to all men, walk in the light, as he is in the 5.-12. Teaching us, that denying light, we have fellowship one with ungodliness and worldly lusts, we another, and the blood of jesus should live soberly, righteously, and Christ his Son cleanseth, us from all godly in this present world. v. 14, fin. Who gave himself for us, that he IV. p Cant. v. 2. I. Deep, but might redeem us from all iniquity, my heart wakech : it is the voice of and purify unto himse!f a peculiar my beloved that knocketb, saying, people, zealous of good works. Open to me, my Gfter, my love, Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these my dove, iny undefiled : for my. promises (dearly beloved), let us head is filed with dew, and my: cleanse ourselves from all filthiness locks with the drops of the night., of the flesh and spirit, perfecting v, 3. I have put off my coat, how holiness in the fear of God. Rom. mall put it on ? I have washed my vii, 1. There is therefore now no feet, how shall I defile them? v. 61 condemnation to them who are in I opened to my beloved, but my

this assurance may in due time be received 4, and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despairr.

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beloved had withdrawn himself, and mercies ? Selah. * v. 1o. And I said, was gone : my soul failed when he This is my infirmity, but I will re{pake; I sought him, but I could member the ycars of the right hand pot find him; I called him, but he of the most high. Mat. xxvi. 69. gave me no answer. Psal. li. 8. Now Peter sat without in the palace; Make me to hear joy and gladness; and a damsel came unto him, say: that the bones which thou hast bro: ing, Thou also walt with Jesus of ken, may rejoice. v. 12. Reftore Galilee. v. 70, But he denied be unto me the joy of thy salvati. fore them all, saying, I know not an; and uphold me with thy free what thou sayest. v.71. And when Spirit. v. 14. Deliver ine from blood. he was gone out into the porch, aguiltiness, O Gud, thou God of my nother maid saw him, and said unto falvation : and my tongue shall ling them that were there, This fellow aloud of thy righteousness, Eph. iv. was also with Jesus of Nazareth. v. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit 72. And again he denied with an of God, whereby ye are sealed unto oath, I do not know the man. Pfal. the day of redemption, v, 31. Let xxxi. 22. For I said in my hafte, ! all bitterness, and wrath, and an

ani cut off froni before thine eyes : ger, and clamour, and evil-Speak- nevertheless chou heardst the voice ing be put away from you, with all of my fupplications, when I cried malice.' Psal. lxxvii. 1. I cried un unto thee. (Pfal. lxxxviii. throughto God with my voice : even unta out.) isa. I. 10. Who is amoog you God with my voice, and he gave that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth car unto me. v. 2. In the day of the voice of his servant, that walk. my trouble i sought the Lord : my eth in darkness, and hath no light? sore ran in the night and ceased not: let him trust in the name of the Lord, my soul refused to be comforted, v. and Atay upon his God. 3. ! remembered God, and was q i job ii. 9. Whosoever is born troubled; I complained, and my of God, doth not commit fin; for his Spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. v. feed remaineth in him, and he can. A Thou holdest mine eyes waking: not sin because he is born of God. I'am so troubled, that I cannot speak. Luke xxi. 32. But I have prayed for V, 5. I have considered the days of thee, that thy faith fail not; and old, the years of ancient times. V. when thou art converted, strengthen 6. I call to remembrance my song in thy biethren. Job. xiii, 15. Though the night : 1 commune with mine, he hay me, yet will I trust in him a own heart, and my spirit made di- but I will naintain mine own ways ligent search, v. %. Will the Lord before him. Psal. Ixxiii. 15. If I say, cast off for eyer ? and will he be fa. I will speak thus: Behold, I should vourable no more? v. 8. Is his offend against the generation of thy mercy clean gone for ever? doth children. Pfal, li: 8, 12. (See letter i his promise fail for evermore? v.9. immediately before.) Isa. d. 10. (See Hath God forgotten 'to be gracious ? letter p immediately foregoing.) hath he in' anger shut up his tendex Mic, vii. 7- Therefore I willlgok

CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God.

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TOD gave to Adam a law as a covenant of works, by which

I he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact and perpetual obedience, promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatned death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it a.

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unto the Lord : I will wait for the halt thou forsaken me? why are Ged of my falvation : my God will thou so far from helping me, and hear me. v. 8. Rejoice not against from the words of my roaring? me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I (Plal. lxxxviii. throughout.) shall arife: when i sit in darkness, l. a Gen.i. 26. And God said, Let the Lord shall be a light unto me. us make man in our image, after our v. 9. I will bear the indignation of likeness : and let them have dominithe Lord, because I have Sinned a. on over the fish of the sea, and over gainst liim, until he plead my, cause, the fowl of the air, and over the catand execute jndgment for me : he tle, and over all the earth, and over will bring me forth to the light, and every creeping thing that creepeth I shall behold his righteousness. Jer. upon the earth. v. 27, So God creaxxxii, 40. And I will make an ever ted man in his own image, in the i. Jasting covenant with them, That mage of God created he him : male I will not turn away from them, to and female created he them. With do them good; but I will put my ii. 17, But of the tree of the fear in their hearts, that they shall knowledge of good and evil, thou not depart from me. Isa. liv. 7. For shalt not eat of it: for in the day a small moment have l forsaken thee; that thou eatest thereof, thou shall but with great mercies will l gather furely die. Rom. ii. 14. For when the thee. v. 8. In a little wrath I hid Gentiles who have not the law, do by my face from thee, for a moment; nature the things. contained in the but with everlasting kindness will I law, these having not the law, are a have mercy on thee, faith the Lord. law unto themselves: v.15. Who shew thy Redeemer. v.9. For this is as the the works of the law written in their waters of Noah unto me: for as I hearts, their conscience also bearing have sword that the waters of Noah witness; and their thoughts the mean should no more go over the earth; while acculing, or else excusing one to have I sworn that I would not be another. Rom. x. 5; For Moses.dewroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. scribeth the righteousness which is 5. 10. For the mountains shall de- of the law, that the man who doth part, and the hills be removed, but those things, shall live by, them. my kindness fhall not depart from Rom. v, 12. Wherefore, as by one thee, acitber thall the covenant of mao sio entred into the world, and my peace be removed, faith the death by lin: and so death palled Lord, that hath mercy on thee. upon all men, for that all have linPfal. xxii. L. My.cod, my God, why ned. v. 19. For as by ons man's dir.

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II. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousiiess; and, as such, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables b; the four first comniandments containing our duty towards God, and the other six our duty to man c.

III. Beside this law, commonly called Moral, God was pleafed to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ce : remonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings and

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obedience many were made finners: by the law of liberty. Rom. xiii

. 8. so by the obedience of one shall many Owe no man any thing, but to love be made righteous, Gal. iii. 10. For one another : for he that loveth aas many as are of the works of the nother, hath fulfilled the law. v.9. law, are under the curse: for it is for this, Thou thalt not commit awritten, Cursed is every one that dultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou continueth not in all things, which shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear are written in the book of the law, false witness, Thou shalt not covet, to do them. v. 12. And the law is and if there be any other commandnot of faith : but, The man that ment, it is briefly comprehended in doth them, shall live in them. Eccl. this saying, namely, Thou shalt vii. 29. Lo, tiis only have I found, love thy neighbor: as thyself. Deut. that God hath made man upright: v. 32. Ye Mall observe to do therebut they have fought out many in. fore as the Lord your God hath ventions Job xxviii. 2€, And unto coronaoded you; you thall not turn man he said, Behold the fear of the alide to the right hand or to the Lord, that is wisdom ;. and to de. left. Deut, X. 4. And he wrote on part from evil, is understanding. the tables, according to the first

11.6 James i. 25. But whoso look- writing, the ten commandments eth into the perfect law, of liberty, which the Lord spake unto you in and conrinueth therein, he being not the mount, out of the midst of the a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the fire, in the day of the assembly: and word, this man shall be blefied in the Lord gave them unto me. Exod. his deed, James ii. 8. If ye fulfil xxxix. 1. And the Lord said unto the royal law, according to the Moses, Hew thee ewo tables of tłone scripture, Thou Malo love thy like unto the first; and I will write neighbour as thyself, ye do well upon these tables the words that v, 10. For whosoever thall keep the were in the first tables which thou whole law, and yet offend in one brakeft. point, he is guilty of all. v, 11. For c Mat. xxii. 37. Jesus said un: he that faid, Do not commit adul. him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy tery; faid also, Do not kill. Now if God with all thy heart, and with all thou commit poadultery, yet if thou thy soul, and with all thy mind. vi kill, thou art become a tran!gresor 38. This is the first avd great com. of the law. . 12. So speak ye, and mandment. v. 39. And the second to do, as they that thall be judge is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy

benefits d; and partly holding forth divers instructions of mo-sal duties e All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New Testament f.

IV. To them also, as a body politic, he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require g.

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neighboar as thyself. V. 40. On in drink, or in respect of an holy these two commandments hang all day, or of the new moon, or of the law and the prophets.

the fabbath-days. v. 17. Which III. (Heb.ix. chapter.) Heb. x. are a shadow of things to come,

but 1. For the law. having a shadow of the body is of Christ. Dan, ix. good things to come, and not the 27. And he shall confirm the cove. very image of the things, can never nant with many for one week : and with those sacrifices, which they of- in the midst of the week, he shall fered year by year continually, make cause the sacrifice and the oblation the comers thereonto perfect. Gal. to ceale; and for the overspreading iv, 1. Now I say that the heir as long of abominations, he shall make it as he is a child, differeth nothing defolate, even until the consumatifrom à fervant, though he be lord on, and that determined shall be of all: y. 2. But is under tutors poured upon the desolate. Eph. and governors, until the time ap. ii. 15. Haviog abulished in vis felh pointed of the Father. V. 3. Even the enmity, even the law of com: 1o we, when we were children, were mandments, contained in ordiin bondage under the elements of pances, for to make in himself of the world, Col. ii, 17. Which are twain, one new man, so making, a fhadow of things to come; but the peace ; v. 16. And that he might body is of Chrift.

reconcile both unto God in one bo. e I Cor. v. 7. Purge out therefore dy by the cross, having slain the enthe old leaven, that ye may be a mity thereby. new lomp, as ye are unleavened : IV.3(Exod. xxi. chapter. Exod. for even Christ ogr pasforer is facri- xxii.1. to the 29. verse : See both ia ficed for us. 2 Cor. vi, 17. Where the Bible.) Gen. xlix. 10. The sceps fore come out from among them, tre fhall not depart from Judah, nor and be ye separate, faith the Lord, a lawgiver from between his feet, and touch not the unclean thing; until Shiloh come; and unto him and I will receive you. Jude 23: fall the gathering of the people be. And others fave with fear, pulling With 1 Pet.ii. 13. Submit yourselves them out of the fire-- hating even

to every ordinance of man for the the garments spotted by the flesh. Lord's sake, whether it be to the

f Col. ii. 14. Blotting out the king, as supreme ; v. 14. Or unto hand-writing of ordinances, that governors, as unto thein that are was against us, which was contrary sent by him, for the punishment of to us, and took it out of the way, evil-doers, and for the praise of nailing it to his cross. V. 16. Let no them that do well, Mat. v. 17. mag therefore judge you in meat or Think not that I am come to de

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