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persuading and enabling us to come to Christ in Union and Communion with him ; because, being in ourselves dead in Sin, we are neither willing nor able to come: John v. 25. 'Verily verily I
o say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, .. when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of
God: and they that hear, shall live. Compared
with Psal. cx. 3. ' Thy people shall be willing in :,: the day of thy power.' Phil. ii. 13. John vi. 44.
our Minds in the Knowledge of Christ, and renew. ·ing our Wills. The Work of the Spirit for per
suading and enabling us to embrace Chrift, is threefold; namely, Conviction, saving Illumination, and the renewing of the Will. But Conviction is not a Work of the Spirit, of the same Kind with the other two..
Conviction is a work of the Spirit, acting as a Spirit of Bondage upon us, Rom. viii. 15. The Spirit, acting as a Spirit of Bondage, convinceth us of our Sin and Misery : John xvi. 8. And 6 when he is come, he will reprove the world of « fin, and of righteousness, and of judgmenti' Afts qi. 37. Now when they heard this, they were • pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter, and 6. to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do? The Effect of the Spirit's Work of Conviction upon us, is a Sight of our · Sins as heinous in the Sight of God, and of his Wrath due to us for them, filling us with Remorse, Terror, and Anxiety, John xvi. 8. Alls ii. 37. forecited. Chap. xvi. 29. ' Then he [the jailor]
- called for a light, and sprang in, and came
trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas.' The Word of God by which the Spirit works that Conviction, is the Law: Rom. iii. 20. “By the
law is the knowledge of fin. He convinceth us of our Sin by it, bringing home on our Consciences the Commands of the Law, as of divine Authority, and binding on us in particular : Rom. vii. 7. " What shall we say then? is the law fin? God ' forbid. Nay, I had not known fin but by the ' law : for I had not known lust, except the law
had said, Thou shalt not covet.? Compared with Exod. xx. i. ' And God spake all these words, &c. He convinceth us of our Misery by it, bringing home on our Consciences the Curse of the Law, as the Curse of the Lord himself, binding on "" us in particular : Gal. iii. 10. As many as are
of the works of the law, are under the curse : ' for it is written, Cursed is every one that con
tinueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Compared with Rom. iii. 19. ' Now we know that what things for
ever the law faith, it faith to them who are un
der the law : that every mouth may be stopped, ! and all the world may become guilty before God." Mal. iii. 9. ' Ye are curied with a curse; for ye • have robbed me. That Law-work doth not issue in Faith and Converlion, in all whom it is wrought upon : Matth. xxvii. 3. 4. 5. " Then Ju
das, which had betrayed him, when he saw that " he was condemned, repented himself, and brought
again the thirty pieces of filver to the chief prieks and elders, saying, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And he cast down " the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed,
• glory was to be done away ; how shall not the * ministration of the spirit be rather glorious ?" The Gospel is the Word of the glad Tidings of Salvation to Sinners, through Jesus Christ : Aets xiii. 26. “To you is the word of this salvation fent. Luka ji. 10. 11. . And the angel said unto the shepherds, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. • For unto you is born this day, in the city of Da. (vid, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord
The Work of the Spirit, in effeétual Calling, acte ing as a Spirit of Life within us, is a quickening Work, giving Lify to the dead Soul: Eph. ii. 5. ? God, evul when we were dead in fins, hach quick.
ened us together with Chrift.' Compared with John vi. 63. forecited. In his saving Operation, then, on the Mind and Will, bringing Sinners to Chrift, he acts irresistibly, yet without the least Violence done to their Will: Jer. xxxi. 18. I have surely heard “Ephraim bemoning himself thus, Thou haft char.
tised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock pnac. ! customed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be “ turned; for thou art the Lord my God.' Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will run after thee.' Now, that quickening Work is the same with Regeneration taken stridtly for the Beginning of the new Crea. ture : John i. 12. 13. ! As many as received him, k to them gave he power to become the sons of « God, even to them that believe on his name: ę which were born, not of blood, nor of the will * pf the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Compared with Chap. iii. 6. "That which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.'
The quickening or regenerating Work of the Spirit on our Minds, is faving Illumination or