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* the same beareth much fruit.' Now, as our abiding,in Christ presupposeth three things, 1. That we have heard the joyful found of the gospel, making offer of Christ to us, who are lost sinners by the law; 2. That we have heartily embraced the gracious offer of Christ; 3. That by receiving of him we are become the sons of God, John.i. 12. and are incorporated into his mystical body, that he may dwell in us, as his temple, and we dwell in him, as in the residence of righteousness and life: So our abiding in Christ importeth other three things, j. Au employing of Christ in all our addresses to God, and in all our undertakings of whatsoever piece of service to him. 2. A contentedness with his sufficiency, without going out from him to seek righteousness, or life, or furniture in any cafe, in our own or any of the creatures worthiness. 3. A fixedness in our believing in him, a fixedness in our employing and making use of him, and a fixedness in our contentment in him, and adhering to him, so that no allurement, no temptation of Satan or the world, no terror nor trouble may be able to drive our spirits from firm adherence to him, or from the constant avowing of his truth, and obeying his commands, who hath loved us, and given himself for us; and in whom, not only Our life is laid up, but also the fulness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, by reason of the substantial and personal union of the divine and human nature in him. Hence let every watchful believer, for strengthning himself
in faith and obedience, reason after this manner. "TT 7 Ho so Ever doth daily employ Christ Jesus, for "vv cleansing his conseienceand affections from the guild-. "ness and filthiness of lins against the law, and for enabling "him to give obedience to the law in love, he hath the evi"dence of true faith in himself.
"But I (may every watchful believer say) do daily employ "Jesus Christ, for cleansing my conscience and affections from "the guiltiness and filthiness of sins against the law, and for "enabling of me to give obedience to the law in love.
G g 4 '* There"Therefore I have the evidence of true faith in myself.'4 And hence also, let the sleepy and sluggish believer reason
for his own up-stirring, thus;
Whatsoever is necessary for giving evidence of true faith,
"I study to do it, except I would deceive myself and perish. "But, to employ Christ Jesus daily, for cleansing of my
"conscience and affections front the guiltiness and filthiness
*' of sins against the law, and for enabling me to give obedi
"ence to the law in love, is necessary for evidencing of true
faith in me.
"Therefore, this I must study to do, except I would deceive myself and perish.
And, Lastly, Seeing Christ himself hath pointed this forth, as an undoubted evidence of a man elected of God unto life, and given to Jesus Christ to be redeemed, ' if he come unto 'him,' that is, close covenant, and keep communion with him, as he teacheth us, John vi. 37. faying, ' All that the Father 'hath given me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to 'me, I will in nowise cast out:' let every person, who doth not in earnest make use of Christ for remission of sin, and amendraent of life, reason hence, and from the whole premises, after this manner, that his conscience may be awakened;
"Whosoever is neither by the law, nor by the gospel, so
convinced of sin, righteousness and judgment, as to make *' him come to Christ, and employ him daily for remistion of "sin, and amendment of life; hewantethnotoniy all evidence "of saving faith, but also all appearance of his election, fa "long as he remaineth in this condition.
"But I (may every impenitent person say) am neither by *' the law nor gospel so convinced of sin, righteousness "and judgment, as to make me come to Christ, and employ "him daily for remission of fin, and amendment of life.
"Therefore I want, not only all evidence of saving faith, "but also all appearance of my election, so long as I remain ff in this condition.
F I N I S.
OF SUCH ACTS Of PARLIAMENT As are expedient for Justifying the Union after-mentioned.
Josh.xxiv. 25. So Joshua made a Covenant with the People that Day, and set them a Statute, and an ordinance in Shechem.
2 Kings xi. 17. And Jehoiada made a Covenant between the Lord, and the King and the people; that they should be the Lords People; between the King also and the People.
[fa. xliv. j. One shall fay, I am the Lords: And another shall call himself by the name of Jacob: And another shall subscribe with his Hand onto the Lord, and surname himself by the Name of Israel.
ASSEMBLY at Edinburgh, August 30. 1639, Sess. 23.
Act ordaining, by Ecclesiastical Authority, the Subscription of the Confession Op Faith and Covenant, with the Assemblt's Declaration. .
TfiE general assembly considering the great happiness which may flow from a full and perfect union of this kirk and kingdom, by joining of all in one and the fame Covenant with God, with the king's majesty, and amongst ourselves; having by our great oath declared the uprightness and loyalty of our intentions in al! our proceedings; and having withal supplicated his majesty's high commissioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privy council, to enjoin, by act of council, all the lieges in time coming to subscribe the Confession of Faith and Covenant; which, as a testimony of our fidelity to God, and loyalty to our king, we have subscribed: and seeing his majesty's high commissioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privy council, have granted the desire of our supplication, ordaining by civil authority, all his majesty's lieges, in time coming, to subscribe the foresaid Covenant: that our union may be the more full and perfect, we, by our act and constitution ecclesiastical, do approve the foresaid Covenant in all the heads and clauses thereof; and ordain of new, under all ecclesiastical censure, That all the masters of universities, colleges, and schools, all scholars at the passing of their degrees, all persons suspected of papistry or any other error, and finally, all the members of this kirk and kingdom, subscribe the fame, with these words prefixed to their subscription, The article os this Covenant, which was at the first subscription referred to the determination of the general assembly, being determined; and thereby the five articles of Perth, the government of the kirk by bishops, the civil places and power of kirkmeri, upon the reasons and grounds contained in the acts of the general assembly, declared to be unlawful within this kirk: we subscribe according to the determination foresaid. And ordain the Covenant, with this declaration, to be insert in the registers of the assemblies of this kirk, general, provincial, and prelbyterial, ai perpttuam rei memeriam. And in all humility supplicate his majesty's high commissioner, and the honourable estates of parliament, by their authority, to ratify and enjoin the fame, under all civil pains; which will tend to the glory of God, preservation of religion, the king's majesty's honour, and perfect p«ace of this kirk and kingdom.
CHARLES I. Paul. 2. Act. j.
Act anent the Ratification of the Covenant, and of the Assembly's Supplication, Act of Council, and Act of Assembly concerning the Covenant.
At Edinburgh, June nth, 1640.
TH E estates of Parliament, presently conveened by his majesty's special authority, considering the supplication of the general assembly at Edinburgh, the 12th of August 1639, to his majesty's high commissioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privy council; and the act of council of the 30th of August 1639, containing the answer of the said supplication; and the act of the said general assembly, ordaining, by their ecclesiastical constitution the subscription of the Confession of Faith and Covenant mentioned in their supplication: and withal, having supplicated his majesty to ratify and enjoin the fame by his royal authority, under all civil pains, as tending to the glory of God, the preservation of religion, the king's majesty's honour, and the perfect peace of this kirk and kingdom; do ratify and approve the said supplication, act of council, and act of assembly; and, conform thereto, ordain and command the said Confession and Covenant to be subscribed by all his majesty's subjects, of what rank and quality soever, under all civil pains; and ordain the said supplication, act of council, and act of the assembly, with the whole Confession and Covenant itself, to be insert and registrate in the acts and books of parliament; And also ordain the samen to be presented at the entry of every parliament, and, before they proceed to any other act, tha,t the same, be publickly read, and sworn by the whole members of parliament, claiming voice therein; otherwise the refusers to subscribe and swear the same, stall have no place nor voice in parliament: And such like ordain all judges, magistrates, or other officers, of whatsoever place, rank or quality, and ministers at their entry, to swear and subscribe the samen Covenant, whereof the tenor follows.