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IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation, divers ways lhaken, diminished and intermitted; as, by negligence 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 light /: yet are they never utterly destitute of that feed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and consci-« ence of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit,
time that their corn* and their wine increased. Psah cxix. 32. I will mn the way of thy commandments, when thon lhalt cnlaige my heart.
0 1 John ii. 1. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jrsus 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. vi. 1. What (hall we lay then .' shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? v. 2. God forbid: how (hall 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 g^ve himself for us, that he nv<;ht redeem us from all iniquity, &/k] purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 2 Cor. vii. i. Having therefore these promises (dearly beloved) let us cleanse ourselves from all silthincls of the flelh and 1'piiit, perfecting holiness -n the sear of God. Rom. vwt \. There is therefore now no condemnation to t iero W Ho are in
Christ Jesus; who walk not after ths flesh, but after the Spirit, v. 12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the slosh. I John iii. 21 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we (hall be like him: for we (hall see him as he is. v. 3, And every, man that hath this hope in him, purisieth himself, even as he is pure. Psal. exxx. 4. But there is forgiveness with thee; that thou mayestbe seared. 1 John i. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth, v. 7. But if we\ walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship.one with another, ar.d the blood of jesus Christ his'Son cleanseth us fiom all sin.
IV. p Cant. v. 2. I sleep, but my heart waketh : it is the voice of my beloved that koockeih, faying. Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undesiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night., v, 3. I have put off my coat, how. (hall 1 put it on? 1 have w,a/hed my feet, how shall I defile them i v. 61 I opened to my beloved, but my
this assurance may in due time be received and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair r.
beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my foul failed when he spake; I sought him, but 1 could rot find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. Psal> It.-. 8. Slake me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hall broken, may rejoice, v. 12. Restore Bnto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit, v. 14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my firvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit df God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption, r. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and cvil-speak>ng he put away from you, with all roalice. Psal. Ixxvii. 1. T cried unto God with my voice: even uma Cod with my voice, and he gave ear unto me. v. 2. In the day of ray trouble 1 sought the Lord: my sore ran in' the night and ceased net: my soul refused to be comforted, v. a. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my •spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. v. 4. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I'am so troubled, that 1 cannot speak. v, 5, I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times, v. A. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart, and my spirit made diligent search, v. 7. Will the Lord cast off 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. JIath cod forgotten to be gracious? he in aeger shut 149 his tendes
mercies ? Selah. * v. to. And I saic), This is my infirmity, but 1 will remember the years of the right hand of the most high. Mat. xxvi. 69. Now Peter fat without in the palace; and a damsel came unto him, saying, 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 cut into the porch, another maid saw htm, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth, v. 72. And again he denied with an oath, 1 do not know the man. Psal. sexxi. 22. For 1 laid in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou hcardst the voice of my supplications, when I cried unto thee. ^Pf*l. Ixxxviii. throughout.) Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth, the voice of his servant, that walketh in daiknefs, and hath no light } let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
q 1 lohniii. 9. Whosoeveris horn of God, doth not commit sin; for his seed remainetli in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God, Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy biethren. Job. xiii. I J. Though he flay me, yet will I trust in him 1 but I will maintain mine own ways before him. rial. Ixxiii. 1 j. If I fay, I will speak thus: Behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Psal. li. 8, 12. (Seeletter/* immediately before.) Isa. 1. 10. (See letter p immediately foregoing.)
/\Micw. >. Therefore i wiillook unto the Lord: I will wait fur the God of my salvation: my cod will hear me. v. 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise: when 1 sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. y. 9. 1 will bear the indignation of the Lord, because 1 have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and 1 (ball behold his righteousness. Jer. xxxii, 40. And l.will make an everlasting covenant with them, That 1 will not turn away from them, to do them good; but 1 will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Isa. liv. 7. For a small moment have 1 forsaken thee; but with great mercies will 1 gather thee. w. 8. In a little wrath 1 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 unto roe: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; Lt have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. ». i o. For the mountains (hall 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. FsJ. xxii. I. My cod,my cod, why
Chap. XIX. Of tbe Law esGodi
Gt OD gave to Adam a law as a covenant of work?, by which X. he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact and perpetual obedience, promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatned death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it a.
hast thou forsaken me? why are thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? (Psal. lxxxviii. throughout.) •
1. a Gen.i. 26. And cod said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish 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. 37. So cod created man in his own image, in the itnage 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 (lull surely die. Rom. ii. 14. For when the Gentiles who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are.a law unto themselves: v.t 5. Who shew the works of the law written in their hearts, thtir conscience also bearing witness; and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another. Rom. x. j. For Moses.describeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man who doth those things, shall live by them. Rom. v. 12. Wheiefore, as by one nun sin entred into the world, and death by sin; and so death p<dfcd upon all men, for that all -have-Jinu.d. v. 19. For as>by:one man's disG 4" obediobedience many were made sinners: so by the obedience of one (hall many be made righteous. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse: for it is ■written. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things,, which are written in the book of the law, to do them. v. 12. And the law is rot of faith : but, The man that doth them, shall live in them. Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have 1 found, that God hath made man upright: but they have soughj out many inventions Job xxviii. 2B. And unto man he said, Behold the star of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, is understanding.
II. 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 j the four first commandments containing our duty towards God. and the other six our duty to man c.
III. Beside this law, commonly called Moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings and
benebenefits d; and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties f. All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New Testament f.
II. b J<imes i. 25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law os liberty, and con'inucth therein, he b^ing not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man (hall be blessed in his deed. James ii- 8 If ye fulfil' the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt lore thy neighbour as thyself, yc do well, v. 10. For whosoever (hall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. v. ii_ For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a tr.insgreC.'or or the Uw. r. 12. So speak ye, and j so do, as they that shall be judgei
by the law of liberty. Rom.xiii. 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law. v. 9. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou (halt not kill, ThoU (halt not steal, Thou (halt not bear false witness, Thou (halt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, shou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Deut, v. 32. Ye fliall observe to do therefore as the Lord your cod hath commanded you; you lhall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Deut. x. 4. And he wrote on the tables, according to the first: writing, the ten commandmems which the Lord spake unto you in the mount, out *f the midst of the fire, in the day of the afl'embly : and the Lord gave them unto me. Exod. xxxiy. 1. And the Lord said unto Mose», Hew thee two tables of (lone like unto the first; and I will write upon these tables the words that uere in the first tables which thou brakest.
c Mat. xxii. 37. Jesus said unto, him, Thou (hah love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. v. 58. This is the first aud great commandment, v. 39. Anil the second is like unto it, Thou (hah love ihy neighbour as thyself, v. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
IV. To them also, as a body politic, he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require g.
lll.il (Heb. ix. chapter.) Heb. x. 1. For the law having a lhadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with thole sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. Gal. iv. 1. Now 1 fay that the heir a* long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all: v. 2. But is under tutors and governors, until the time ap pointed of the Father, v. 3. Even (o we, when we were children, were in bondage ur.der the elements of the wo it d. Col. ii, 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of ChrifL
e 1 Cor. v. 7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened: fur even Christ our paiTbver is sacrificed for us. 2 '"or vi, 17. Where* fore come out from among them, and be ye separate, s.iith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and 1 will receive you. Jade 23. And others lave with fear, pulling them out of the fire-: hating even the garments spotted by the flesh.
/Col. ii. 14. Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances, that against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailiDg^u io his cross, v. 16. Let no •nan theicfwe judge you io meat
in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath-days, v. 17. Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Dan. ix. 27. And he (hall coniir.ti the covenant with many for one week: and. in the midlt of the week, he IhaljL cause the sacrifice and the oblation, to ceale; and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make in desolate, even until the coosumalion, and that determined (ball be poured upon the desolate. F.ph. ii. 15. Having abolished in his flesh, the enmity, even the law of commandments, contained in ordinances, for to make in himself of twain, one new man, so making peace; v. 16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby,
IV, £(Exod- xxi. chapter. Exod. xxii.i. to the 29. verse : bee both in the Bible.) Gen. xlix. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver scorn between his feet, until Shdoh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. With 1 Pet. ii. 1 3, Submit youi selves to every ordinance of man for th<j Lord's fake, whether it be to the king, as supreme; v. 14. Or until governors, as tmto them that ar j sent by him, for the punilhment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do -well; Mat. v. 17, Think not that 1 am come to de