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for so it seemed good in thy Sight, Mat. 11. 25. Luke 10. 21.
'The Text, in the General, con fists of two Parts, and hath special Respect to the Father and the Son; as also their joint Management of the Salvation of the People. All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me ; and him that cometh to me, I wiil in no wise caft out.
The first part of the Text (as is evident) refpecteth the Father and his Gift;" the other Part, the Son and his Reception of that Gift...
First, For the Gift of the Father there is this to be considered; to wit,
The Gift itself; and that is the Gift of certain Persons to the Son. The Father giverh, and that Gift mall come : And him that cometh : The Gift then is of Persons; the Father givech Perluns to Jefus Christ.
Secondly, Next you have the Son's Reception of this Gift, and that shewech iifeif in these Particulars:
1. In his hearty Acknowledgement of it to be a Gift, The Father giveth me.
2. In his taking Notice after a solemn Manner, of All, and every part of the Gift: All that the Father giveth me.
3. In his Resolution to bring them to himself. All that the Father giveth me, fall come to me.
4. And in his determining, that not any Thing fall make him dillike them in their coming. And bim that cometh to me, I will in no wie cast out.
These Things might be fpoken to at large, they are in this Method presented to View : But I fall chuse to speak to the Words,
1. By Way of Explication. 2. By Way of Observation.
First, That All are given to Christ, if you tale the Gift of the Father to him, in the largest Sense, cannot be intended in the Text, is evident,
1. Because then all the Men, yea, all the Things in the World muft be saved. All Things, said he, are delivered unto me by the Father, Mat. 11. 27. This, I think, no rational Man in the World will conclude. Therefore the Gift intended in the Text, must be restrained to some, to a Gift that's given by Way of Speciality by the Father to the Son:
2. It must not be taken for All, that in any Sense are given by the Father to him, because the Father hath given him fome, yea, many to him, to be dalhed in Pieces by him. Alk of me, said the Father to him, and I will give thee the Heathen for thine Inheritance, and the uttermoft Parts of the Earth for thy
failed to have been so received by Chrift, and kept to eternal Life. Indeed he was given to Chrift, buc he was given to him to lose him, in the way that I have mentioned before ; he was given to Cbrif, that he by him might bring about his own Death, as was before determin:d ; and that in the Overthrow of bim that did it. Yea, he must bring about his own Death, as was before determined ; and that in the Qverthrow of him that did it. Yea, he must bring about his dying for us in the Lors of the Instrument that betrayed him, that he might even fuifl the Scripture in his Destruction, as well as in the Salvation of the rest. And nune of them is loft. but the Son of Perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
The Gift therefore in the Text, must not be taken in the largest Sense, but even as the Words will bear, to wit, for such a Gift as he accepteth, and promiseth to be an effectual Means of eternal Salvation to. All that the Father giveth me, Mall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wife cast out, Mark! They shall come that are in special given to me; and they shall by no Means be rejected: For this is the Substance of the Text.
Those therefore intended, as the Gift in the Text, are those that are given by Covenant to the Son; those that in other places are called the Elect, the Cholen, the Sheep, and the Children of the Promise, &c.
These be they that the Father hath given to Chrift to keep them; those that Christ hath promised eternal Life undo; those, to whom he hath given his Word, and that he will have with him in his Kingdom to behold his Glory.
This is the Will of the Father that hath sent me, that of all that he hath given me, I liculd lose nothing, but jhould raise it up again at the last Day. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall any Man pluck them out of my Hand. My