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upon them c, receive the Spirit of adoption d; have access to the throne of grace with boldness e ; are enabled to cry, Abba, Father f; are pitied g, protected h, provided for i, and chastened by him as by a Father k; yet never cast off l, but sealed to the day of redemption' m, and inherit the promises n, as heirs of everlasting falva
CH A P. XIII. Of Sanctification, "HEY who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them,
are of God, even to them that believe
g Pfal. ciii. 13. Like as a father on his name.
pitieth his children : so the Lord c Jer. xiv. 9: Yet thou, O Lord, pitieth them that fear him. art in the midst of us, and we are h Proy. xiv. 26. In the fear of called by thy name, leave us not. the Lord is strong confidence : and 2 Cor. vi. 18. And will be a Father his children shall have a place of anto you, and ye
sons refuge. and daughters, faith the Lord Al i Matth vi. 30. Wherefore if mighty. Rev.iii. 12. Him that over God so clothe the grass of the field, cometh, will I make a pillar in the which to-day is, and to-morrow is teniple of my God, and he shall go cast into the oven, fhall he not much no more out : and I will write up
you, Oye of little faith? on him the name of my God, and v. 32. For your heavenly Father the name of the city of my God, knoweth that ye have need of all which is new Jerusalem, which these things. i Pet. v. 7. Casting all cometh down out of heaven from your care upon him, for he careth my God: and I will write
upon my new nane.
k Heb. xii. 6. For whom the Lord d Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth received the spirit of bondage again every son whom he receiveth. to fear ; but ye have received the I Lam. iii. 31. For the Lord will Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, not cal. off for ever. Abba, Father.
m Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not & Eph. iii. 12. In whom we have the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye boldness and access with confidence are sealed unto the day of redempby the faith of him. Rom. v. ii. By tion. whom also we have access by faith n Heb. vi. 12. That ye be not into this grace wherein we stand, Nothful, but followers of them, who and rejuice in hope of the glory of through faith and patience inherit God.
the promises. of Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are o i Pet. i. 3. Blessed be the God fons, God hath sent forth the Spirit and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of his Son into your hearts, crying, which according to his abundang Abba, Father.
mercy, hath begotten us again unto a
him for you.
are farther fanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrectiona, by his word and Spirit dwelling in them b: the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed cs and the feveral lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified do and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces e, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord f. 2
II. This lively hope, by the resurrection of God hath from the beginning choJesus Christ from the dead.
you to falvation, through fanctiTo an inheritance incorruptible, and fication of the Spirit, and belief of undefiled, and that fadeth not away, the truth. reserved in heaven for you. Heb.i. Rom. vi. 6. Knowing this, that 14. Are they not all ministering fpi- our old man is crucified with him, rits, sent forth to minister for them that the body of sin might be dewho shall be heirs of salvation. stroyed, that henceforth we should # l.a 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were not serve sin. v. 14. For fin shall not some of
ye are washed, but have dominion over you : for ye ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified are not under the law, but under in the name of the Lord Jesus, and grace. by the Spirit of our God. Acts xx. d Gal. v. 24. And they that are 32. And now, brethren, I commend Christ's, have crucified the flesh, you to God, and to the word of his with the affections and lusts. Rom. grace, which is able to build you up, viii, 13. For if ye live after the flesh, and to give you an inheritance among ye shall die: but if ye through the all them which are sanctified. Phil. Spirit do mortify the deeds of the iii
. 10. That I may know him, and body, ye shall live. the power of his resurrection, and é Col. i. 11. Strengthened with the fellowship of his sufferings, being all might according to his glorious made conformable unto his death. power, unto all patience and longRom. vi. 5. For if we have been suffering with joyfulness. Eph. iii. planted together in the Ekeness of 16. That he would grant you achis death: we shall be also in the cording to the riches of his glory, to likeness of his resurrection : V. 6. be strengthened with might, by hiş Knowing this, that our old man is Spirit in the inner man. V.17
That crucified with him, that the body of Christ may dwell in your hearts by lin might be destroyed, that hence- faith ; that ye being rooted and forth we should not serve fin. grounded in love, v. 18. May be able
b. John xvii. 17. Sanctify them to comprehend with all faints, what through thy truth : thy word is is the breadth, and length, and depth, truth. Eph. v. 26. That he might and height; v. 19. And to know the fanctify and cleanse it with the wash- love of Christ, which passeth knowing of water by the word. 2 Thess, ledge, that ye might be filled with ü.
13. But we are bound to give all the fulness of God. thanks alway to God for you, bre. [ 2 Cor. vii.
[ 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore thren, beloved of the Lord, because these promises, dearly beloved, let
II. This fanctification is throughout in the whole man g; yèt imperfect in this life, there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part h: whence ariseth a continual and irreconcileable war ; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh i.
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail k, yet, through the continual fupply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome l: and so the saints grow in grace m, perfecting holiness in the fear of
CHAP. us cleanse ourselves from all filthi- pilgrims, abstain from Aeshly lusts ness of the flesh and spirit, perfect- which war against the soul. ing holiness in the fear of God. Heb. III, k Rom. vii. 23. But I see axii. 14. Follow peace with all men, nother law in my members, warring and holiness, without which no man against the law of my mind, and Thall see the Lord.
bringing me into captivity to the law II.
g 1 Theff. v. 23. And the very of sin, which is in my members. God of peace sanctify you wholly : | Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not and I pray
God your whole spirit and have dominion over you : for ye are foul and body be preserved blame not under the law, but under grace. less unto the coming of our Lord 1 John v. 4. For whatsoever is bora Jesus Christ.
of God, overcometh the world : h i John i. 10. If we say that we and this is the victory that overhave not linned, we make him a liar, cometh the world, even our faith, and his word is not in us. Rom. vii
. Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the truth 18. For I know, that in me, (that is, in love, may grow up into him in in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: all things, which is the head, even for to will is prefent with me, but Chrift: v. 16. From whom the how to perform that which is good, whole body fitly joined together, I find not. v. 23. But I see another and compacted by that which every law in my members, warring against joint supplieth, according to the ef. the law of my mind, and bringing fectual working in the measure of me into captivity to the law of lin, every part, maketh increase of the which is in my members. Phil. iii. body, unto the edifying of itself in 12. Not as though I had already at- love. tained, either were already perfect : m 2 Pet. iii. 18.
But grow 18 but I follow after, if that I may ap: grace, and in the knowledge of our prehend that for which also I am Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: to apprehended of Christ Jesus. him be glory both now and for ever,
i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth Amen. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all against the Spirit, and the Spirit with open face, beholding as in a against the flesh: and these åré con glafs the glory of the Lord, are trary the one to the other; so that changed into the same image, from ye cannot do the things that ye glory to glory, even as by the Spiwould. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly belo- rit of the Lord. ved, I beseech you as strangers and py 2 Cor.vii. 1. Having therefore
CHA P. XIV. Of Saving Faith. "HE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to
believe to the saving of their souls a, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts b; and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the word c: by which also, and by the administration of the facraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened d.
II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true what . foever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself speaking' therein e; and acteth differently upon
that these promises, dearly beloved, let without a preacher ? v. 17. So then, us cleanse ourselves from all filthi. faith cometh by hearing, and hearness of the flesh and spirit, perfect-, ing by the word of God. ing holiness in the fear of God. di Pet. ii. 2. As new born babes
I. a Heb. X. 39. But we are not desire the sincere milk of the word, of them who draw back unto per- that ye may grow thereby. Acts xx. dition; but of them that believe, to 32. And now, brethren, I commend the saving of the soul
you to God, and to the word of b 2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the his grace, which is able to build fame spirit of faith, according as it you up, and to give you an inheriis written, I believed, and there tance among all them which are fore have I spoken : we also believe, sanctified. Rom. iv. 11. And he and therefore fpeak. Eph. i. 17. received the sign of circumcision, a That the God of our Lord Jesus seal of the righteousness of the faith Christ, the Father of glory, may which he had yet being uncircumgive unto you the Spirit of wisdom cised: that he might be the father and revelation, in the knowledge of of all them that believe, though him : v. 18. The eyes of your un- they be not circumcised; that righderstanding being enlightened; that teousness might be imputed unto ye may know what is the hope of them also. Luke xvii. 5. And the his calling, and what the riches of apostles said unto the Lord, Increase, the glory of his inheritance in the our faith. Rom. i. 16. For I saints, v. 19. And what is the ex not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: ceeding greatness of his power to for it is the power of God unto salas-ward who believe, according to vation, to every one that believeth, the working of his mighty power. to the Jew first, and also to the Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye sa- Greek. v. 17. For therein is the ved, through faith; and that not of righteousness of God revealed from yourselves: it is the gift of God. faith to faith : as it is written, The
c Rom. X. 14. How then shall just shall live by faith. they call on him in whom they have II. e John iv. 42. And said unto not believed? and how shall they the woman, Now we believe, not believe in him of whom they have because of thy saying: for we have not heard? and how shall they hear heard him ourfelves, and know that
that which each particular paffage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands f, trembling at the threatnings g, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come h. But the principal acts of faving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, fanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace i.
III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong k; may be often and many ways affailed and weakened,
but this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour that they were strangers and pilof the world. i Theff. ii. 13. For grims on the earth. i Tim. iv. 8, this cause also thank we God with- For bodily exercise profiteth little : out ceasing, because when ye recei- but godliness is profitable unto all ved the word of God which ye heard things, having promise of the life of us, ye received it not as the word that now is, and of that which is of men, but (as it is in truth) the to come. word of God, which effectually i John i. 12. But as many as reworketh also in you that believe. ceived him, to them gave he power 1 John v. 1o. He that believeth on to become the sons of God, even to the Son of God, hath the witness in them that believe on his name. Acts himself: he that believeth not God, xvi. 31. And they said, Believe on hath made him a liar, because he the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou believeth not the record that God halt-be saved, and thy house. Gal. gave of his Son. Acts xxiv. 14. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ: But this I confess unto thee, that Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but after the way which they call here- Christ liveth in me: and the life fy, fo worship I the God of my fa- which I now live in the flesh, I live thers, believing all things which are by the faith of the Son of God, who written in the law and the prophets. loved me, and gave himself for me.
fRom. xvi. 28. But now is made Acts xv. II. But we believe that manifest, and by the scriptures of through the grace of the Lord Jethe prophets, according to the com fus Christ, we shall be saved even mandment of the everlasting God, as they. made known to all nations for the III. k Heb. V. 13. For every one obedience of faith.
that useth milk, is unskilful in the g Il. lxvi. 2. For all those things word of righteousness : for he is a hath mine hand made, and all those babe. V, 14. But strong meat bethings have been, faith the Lord: longeth to them that are of full age, but to this man will I look, even to even thofe who by reason of use him that is poor and of a contriţe have their senses exercised to disfpirit, and trembleth at my word. cern both good and evil. Rom. iv.
Heb. xi. 13. These all died in 19. And being not weak in faith, faith, not having received the pro he confidered not his own body now mises, but having seen them afar dead, when he was about an hugoff, and were persuaded of them, dred years old, neither yet the deadand embraced them, and confefied nefs of Sara's womb. v. 20. He