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of adoption witneffing with our spirits that we are the children of God£: which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemptionjr.

III. This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of \tk: yet, being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freejy given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto/. And therefore it is* the duty of every one, to give all diligence ligence to make his calling and election sure Hi; that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace apd joy in the holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience; the proper fruits of this assurance n: so far is it from inclining men to looseness o. J.Y. True believers may have the assurance of their falva

things, ye (hall never.fall. T. it. For ib an entrance (hall be ministred onto you abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, i John ii. 3. And hereby we do know that we know him, ifwekeephiscommandments. 1 Johniii. 14. We know that ■we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren: he that loyeth not his brother, abideth in death. 2 Cor. i. 12. For our rejoicing is this, The testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity, and godly sincerity, not with fleflily wisdom, but by the grace of God ■we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to youwards.

fcRom. viii. Ij. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father, v. 16. The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

iEph. i. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your, salvation -. In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise, v. 14. Which" is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of th« purchased

possession, unto the praise os his glory. Eph. iv. 30. And grievenot the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 2 Cor. i. 31. Now he who stablisheth us with you, in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God: v. 22. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

III.* 1 Johnv. 13. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son ofGod; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in thd name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. MarJj. ix. 24. And straightway the father of the child, cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (See Psal. lxxiviii. throughout. Psal. lzzvti. to the 12. verse.

/ 1 Cor. ii. 12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Johniv. 13. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he m us, because he G 3 hath hath given us of hi? Spirit. Heb. vi. 11. And we desire, that every one of you do (hew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the end: v. 12. That ye be not sloth' jsul, but followers of them, who thro' faith and patience inherit the promises. Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that yc being rooted and grounded in love, v. 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height, v. 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that yc might be filled, with all the fulness of God. »

m 2 Pet. i. 10, Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for If ye do these things, ye shall ne-, ver fall.

« Rom. y. 1. Therefore beingjustified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, v. 2. By whqm also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. v. 5. And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the holy Ghost which is given unto us. Rom. xiv; 17. For tHe kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and' peace, and joy in the holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13, Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that. ye may abound in hope, through


the power of the holy Ghost. Eph. i. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: v. 4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love. Psalm iv. 6. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. v. 7. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than hi the time that their corn and their wine increased. Psal. cxix. 32. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

« 1 John ii. 1. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. Apd if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, v. 2. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Rom. 6. 1. What shall we fay then? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? V,'2. God forbid: how shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein ? Tit. ii. 11. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, v. 12. Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, v. 14. Who gave himself for us, that he »■ . ... . . might

tion divers ways shaken, diminished and intermitted; as, bynegligence in preserving of it, by falling into some special sin, which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden 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 lights: yet are they never utterly destitute of that feed of God, and life of faith,


might redeem us from all iniquity, the drops of the night, v. 3. I have and purify unto himself a peculiar put off my coat, how shall I put it people, zealous of good works. 2 on?Ihavewashedmyfeet,howshalI Cor. vuVi. Having therefore these I defile them? v. 6.1 opened to my promises (dearly beloved) let us beloved, but my beloved had withcleanse ourselves from all filthiness drawn himself, and was gone: my of the flesh and spirit, perfecting ho- foulfailed when he spake; I sought linessinthefearofGod. Rom. viii. him, but I could not find him; I I. There is therefore now no con- called him, but he gave me no andemnationtothemwhoareinChrist swer. Psal. li. 8. Make me to hear Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, joy and gladness; that the bones but after the Spirit, v. 12. There- which thou hast broken, may refore, brethren, we are debtors, not joice. v. 12. Restore unto me the joy to the flelh, to live after the flelh. of thysalvation; and uphold me with I John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we thy free Spirit, v. 14. Deliver me the sons of God, and it doth not from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou yet appear what we shall be: but we G od of my salvation; and my tongue know, that when he shall appear, we sliallsingaloudof thy righteousness, shall be like htm: for we shall see Eph.iv. 30. And grieve not the hohim as he is. v. 3. And every man ly Spirit of God, whereby ye are that hath this hope in him, purifi- sealed unto the day of redemption, eth himself, even as he is pure. Psal. v. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, exxx. 4. But there is forgiveness and anger, and clamour, and evilr with thee: that thou mayest be fear- speaking be put away from you, ed. 1 John i. 6. If we say that we with all malice. Psal. lxxvii. 1. I have fellowship with him, and walk cried unto God with my voice: ein darkness, we lie, and do not the ven unto God with my voice, and truth, v. 7. But if we walk in the he gave ear unto me. v. 2. In the light, as he is in the light, we have day of my trouble I sought the fellowship one with another, and the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and blood of Jesus Christ his Son clean- ceased not: my foul refused to be seth us from all sin. comforted, y. 3.1 remembred God,

IV. f Cant. v. 2.1 sleep, but my and was troubled; I complained, heart waketh: it is the voice of my and my spirit was overwhelmed, beloved that knocketh, saying, O- Selah. v. 4. Thou holdest mine pen to me, my sister, my love, my eyes waking: I am so troubled, that dove, my undefiled: for my head is I cannot speak, v. j. I have eonsitUled with dew, and my locks with dered the days of old, the years of

G 4 ancient that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of thej Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived^, and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair r.'


Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for
thee, that thy faith fail not; and
when thou art converted, strength-
en thy brethren. Job. xiii. i j. Tho*
he flay me, yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain mine own ways
before him. Pfal.lxxiii. 15. If I lay,
I will speak thus: behold, I should
offend against the generation of thy
children. 8,12. (Seeletter^
immediately before.) Isa.l. 10. (See
letter p immediately foregoing.)'
r Mic. vii. 7. Therefore I will
look unto the LordI will wait for
the God of my salvation: my God
will hear me. v. 8. Rejoice not a-
gainst me, O mine enemy; when L
fall, I shall arise; when I sit in dark-
ness, the Lord shall be a light unto
me. v. 9. I will bear the indignati-
on of the Lord, because I have sin-
ned against him, until he plead my
cause, and execute judgmentfor me:
he will bring me forth to the light,
and I shall behold his righteous-
ness. Jer.xxxii. 40. And I will make
an everlasting covenant with them,
That I will not turn away from,
them, to do them good; but I will
put my fear in their hearts, that
they shall not depart from me. Isa.
Jiv. 7. For a small moment have I
forsaken thee; but with great mer-
cies will I gather thee. v. 8. In a
little wrath I hid my face from thee,
for a moment; but with everlasting
kindness will I have mercy on thee,
faith the Lord thy Redeemer, v. 9 -
For this is as the waters of Noah un-
to me: for as I have sworn that the
waters of Noah should no more go

ancient times, v. 6.1 call to remem

jbrance my song in the night: I comjnune with mine own heart, and my spirit made" diligent search, v. 7. Will the Lord cast dff'for ever? and will he be favourable no more? v. 8. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? v. 9. Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah'. * v. Iq. And I said, This is my infirmity, but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. Mat. xxvi. '69. Now Peter fat without in the jpalace; and adamfel came unto him, laying, thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee, v. 70. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. v. 71. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth, v, 72; And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Psal. xxxi. 22. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications, when I cried unto thee. (Psal. lxxxviii. throughout.) Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that Jcareth the Lord, that obeyeth the •voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

q l John iii.9.Whosoever is born of God, dpth not commit sin: for his feed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of G od.

CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God.

GOD gave to Adam a law as a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, .entire, exact and perpetual obedience; promised life upon ihe fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it a.

IL This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables b;


.over the earth; so have I sworn that 1 would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. v. 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither lhall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. Psal. xxii. i. My God, my G od, why hast thou forsaken me ? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? (Pfal. lxxxviii. throughout.)

.1. m Gen. i. 26. And God said. Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the filh of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, v. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. With Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou (halt surely die. Rom. ii. 14. For when the Gentiles who have not the jaw, do by nature the thing; contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

v. 15. who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness; and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another. Rom. x. j. For Moses deseribeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man who doth those things, lhall live by them. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned, v. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners: so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Gal.iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law, arc under the curse: for k i* written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things, which are written in the book or the law, to do them. v. 12. And the law is npt of faith: but, The man that doth them, shall live in them. Eccl. vji. 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright: but they have sought out many inventions. Job. xxviii. 28. And unto man he said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, is understanding. II. i James i. 25. But whoso looked*

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