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ought: but the * Spirit it selfmaketh intercession for us ■with gronings which cannot be uttered. 27. And he that b fearcheth the hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, * because s_Or, thaf\ he maketh intercession for the taints, c according to the will of God. 28. And we know that all things work together d for good, to them that love God, to them who are the e called according to his (1) purpose. 29. For whom f he did
C 4 fore
* t Zech. 12. 10. I will pour ried away Captive of Judah,whom upon the House of David, and up- I have sent out of this Place for on the Inhabitants of Jerusalem, theirgood. Psal. 119. 7r. It is good the Spirit of Grace and of Supplica- forme that I have been afflicted. tiims, and they sliall look upon me 5 'r '.* —Rom.9. 11. Not of Writ, ■whom they have pierced.— + Eph. but of him that caUeth. '.' 2 Tim. 6. 18. Praying always with all 1.9. Who hath saved us, and called Prayer and Supplication in the Spi- us with an holy Calling, not acrit.— Jude ver. 2c—Praying in cording ro our Works, but accordthehoIyGht.lt. loing to his own Purpose and Grace
27. b f 1 Chron. 28.9. t Psal. which was given us in Christ Je7-9- t Jm. 11.20. t Jer. 17. sus.—■
jo. f Rev. 2. 23. See on Acts 29. f t See Exod. 33. 12. Mo1.24. fes laid unto the Lord, See, thou
c f 1 Joh 5. 14. This is the 15 sayst unto me, Bring up this Peo. Considence that we have in him, pie: and thou hast not let me know that if we ask any thing according to. whom thou wilt fend with me. bit Will, he heareth us. Yet thou hast said; I know thee by
28. d Gen. jo. 20. As -for you, Name, and thou hast MofonndGrace ye thought Evil against me; but20in my Sight, f Jer. 1. ?. Before I Gcd meant it unto good, to bring formed thee in the Belly, I knew to pass, as it is this Day, to save thee — t Rom. 11.2. God hath not much-People alive. Jer. 24. 5. cast away his People which heforeThus faith the Lord, the God of knew.— f 1 Pet. 1, 2. Elect acIsraeIrLike these good Figs.so will2 j cording to the Fore knowledge of God I acknowledge them that are car- the
(1) Some have fancied that this and the following Verses prove, that God, from all Eternity, decreed some particular Persons to Happiness, in such a Sense, as necessarily infers, that the much greater Part ot Mankind are doomed to Misery. But this Opinion is so contrary to the natural Notions which God has impressed of himself upon our Minds, and ro many plain Texts of Scripture, [See the Noteon7o/j. 10. 15] that it cannot be admitted. The Purpose of God with respeft ro the Salvation of Man, seems to be his determining to save in and through Jesus Chfist, all, who upon the Preaching of the Gospel, sliould receive and embrace it,and comply with the Terms on which Salvation is offered, living a sober, righteous, and godly Life. These he fore-knew, or fore-approved; These, and these only hePredcfli/mtedtO be conformed to the Image of his Son; These he called, and they tomlug at his Call, and living up to the Termsoi Sa!vation,he will ystlsie, or pardon; and these, in due time.he will glorifie and make happy 'w> himself
foreknow, s he also did predestinate to be h conformed to the image of his Son, 1 that he might be the (1) first-bo^n a
the Father, through sanctiflcation that created him. f Phil- 3of the Spirit unto Obedience.— Who shall change our vile Body, See on Mat. 7. 23. and 2 Tim- 2. that it may be fashioned like unto jp. his glorious Body.— f 1 Joh.3.2. —
E fEph, 1. y, 11. Having prtde- j We know that when he shall apstinated us unto the Adoption of pear, we stall be like him.— See on Children by Jesus Christ.— In 2 Per. 1.4.
whom also we have obtained an In- 1 i Cor. iy. 20. Now is Christ heritance, being predestinated ac- risen from the Dead, and become cording to the Purpose of him who 10 the first fruits of them that slept, ■werketh all things after the Coun- Acts 26. 23. That Christ should sel of his own Will. suffer, and that he should be the
h tjoh. 17. 22. TheGlory which first that jl>ould rife from the Dead.— thou gavest me, I have given them.— t C0L1 iy,i8. Who is the Ifi 2 Cor. 3.18. But we all with o-icmaga; of the invisible God, the pen Face, beholding as in a Glass First-born of every Creature. He is the Glory of the Lord, are changed the Head of the Body the Church: into the fame Image from Glory to who is the beginning, the First-born Glory, even as by the Spirit of the from the Dead, that in all things L>rd. 2 Cor. 4.11. For we which jo he might have the Pre-eminence, lhe, are alway delivered unto f Heb. 1. 6. Again, when he bringDeath for Jesus fake, that the Life eth in the First-begot ten into the aiso ofJesus might be made manifest World, he faith, And let all she in our Body. 1 Cor. 15. 49. As we Angels of God worship him. have born the Image of the earthy,2j t.Rev. 1. 5. And from Jesus Christ we slia 1 also bear the Image of the -—the first-begotten of the Dead.— h.-avenly. Col. 3. 4. When Christ Rev. 3. 14. —These things faith who is cur Life shall appear, then the Amen, the faithful 'and true fliail ye also appear with him in Glo- 1 Witness, the beginning of the Creasy. Col. 3. jo. And have put on lotion of God. Pfal. 89. 27, I will the new Man, which is renewed in make him my first-born, higher Knowledge, after the Image of him than the Kings of the Earth.
(1) There are two Interpretations of these Expressions, Flrff-borv a~ mong many Brethren, firfi-birn of every Creature, or of the whole Creation, &c. Firs}, That our Lord was before all things, that he had a Being before any created Being; he was before all Creatures both in Duration and Dignity; for lo he must of Necessity be, if all things Were created by him. Secondly, These Expressions may signisie, that our blessed Saviour is Heir, and Lord of the whole Creation. The Greek Word, Col. j. 18. and Rev. 3. 14. translated Beginning, is frequently used to signisie the Principle and iffielent Cau<;, and then the Meaning of the former Place is, that our Lord is the Principle and (Jf.cient Cause of the RefurreBion of the Dead; and of the latter, that he is the Principle and efident Cause of the Creation. Arch-bishop Tilletjm, in \\isfirst Sermon on Joh. \i 14. which was published by himself, establishes these Interpretations, but he prefers the latter. I shall refer the Reader to the Sermon it self; as also to an Effay for a new Tra>fi*tttn of the Bible, Part II. Chap. IV. Sect. 11.
mong many brethren. 30. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he k also called: and whom he called, them he l also justified: and whom he justified, them he also m glorified. 31. What shall we then say to these things? n If God be for us, who can be against us? 32. He that 0 spared not his own Son, but p delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33. Who shall lay anything to the charge ofGodselect? q ft is God that justisieth: 34. Who is he thatr condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the s right hand of God, who also makeih u intercession for us. 35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? JW/tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 35. (As it
30. k Rom. 1.6. Among whom with me? Let us stand together: are ye also the Called ofJesus Christ. who is mine Adversary? Let him Rom. 9.14. Even us whom he hath come near .o me. Behold, the called, pot of the Jews only, but al- Lord God will help me, who is he so of the Gentiles. Eph. 4. 4. 5 that shall condemn me ?— +. Rev. "There is one Body, and pne Spirit, 12. 10,11. Now is come Salvation even as ye are called in one Hope and Strength, and the Kingdom of of your Calling. Heb. 9.15. For our God, and the Power of his this Cause he is the Mediator of Christ: for the Accuser of our the..New-Testament, that by means I0Brethren is cast down, which acof Death— they which are called, cused them before our God Day might receive the Promise of eter- and Night. And they overcame pal Inheritanpe. by the Blood of the Lamb.—
1 1 Cpr.6. 11. Such were some 34.r Job 34. 59. When he giv
es you : but ye are washed, but ye j -eth Quietness, who then can make are sanctified, but ye are iustified in Trouble ?—
the Name of the Lord Jesus, and s t Mar. 16. 19. t Col. 3. 1. by the Spirit of our God. f Heb. 1. 3. + Heb.8. 1. t Heb.
m f Eph. 2.6. And hath raised 12. 2. See ori Mat. 22. 44. us up together, and made us sit to-J0 "\ Heb. 7. 25. He is able to gether in heavenly Places' in Christ fa,ve them to the uttermost, that Jesus. ^ come unto God by him, seeing he
31. n t Numb. l/. 9. See on ever liveth to make Intercession for Act? '8. 10. them, f Heb. 9. 24. Christ is not
32. ° t Rom. y. 6", 10. For when 25 enrred into the holy Places made we were without Strength, in due withHands,which are theFiguresof time Christ died for the Ungodly, the true; but into Heaven itself, If when we were Enemies, we were now to appear in the Presence of reconciled to God by the Death of God for us. 1 Tim. 2. <r. There is hisScn: much more being recon- 30one God, and one Mediator between ciled, we shall be saved by his God and Men, the Man Christ JeLife. sus. 1J0I1.2. 1. —IfanyManiin,
p See on Rom. 4 ay. we have an Advocate with the Fa-
31- q t Ha- yo- 8» 9- He is near ther, Jesus Christ the righteous, that justisieth me, who will contends)
is written, * For thy fake we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as Iheep for the slaughters 37. Nay in all these things we are b more than conquerors, through him that loved us. 38. For I am perfwaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor c principalities, nol powers, nor things present, nor things to come. 39. nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall bt able to separate us from the love of God which is m Christ Jesus our Lord.
ISay the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me 1 witness in the holy Ghost, 2. b That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3. For I could c wish that my self were
36. 1 * PsaJ.44. ii. Yea, for thy bejieveth that Jesus is the Sonoi sake are we killed all the Day long; God? t Rev. 11. 11. They overwe are counted as Sheep for the tame him by the Blood. of the Slaughter, i Cor. 4. 9.1 think that Lamb.—
God hath set forth us the Apostles j 38. C+Eph. 1. 20, 21. —And Jast,asit were appointed to death.— set him [Christ] —Far above all « Cor. 15. 3 (. —I die daily, f 2 Principality, and Power, and Might, Cor. 4. 10, 11. Always bearing a- and Dominion, and every Name that bout in the Body, the Dying of the is named.— t Eph. 6. 12. We Lord Jesus.— We which live, are 10 wrestle not against Flesh and Blood, alway delivered unto death for Jesus but against Principalities, against fake.— 2 Cor. r. j, 10. As the Powers, against the Rulers of the Sufferings of Christ abound in us, so Darkness of this World — t Colour Consolation also aboundeth by 1. i5. By him were all things creChrist. Who delivered us from so 1 j ated that are in Heaven, and that great a Death, and doth deliver, are in Earth, visible, and invisible, *Cor. 11.33. —In Deaths oft. 2 whether they be Thrones, or DmCor. 6. 9. —As dying, and behold, nions, or Principalities, or P$weri.-~ we live.— . t Col. 2. 15. Having spoiled Prin
37. b t 1 Cor. 15. 57. Thanks20cipalitics and Powers, he made a be to God, which giveth us the Shew of them openly, triumphing Victory, through our Lord Jesus over them in it. f 1 Pet. 3—'Christ, f 2 Cor. 2. 14. Thanks be —Angels, and Authorities, and Po*' to God, which always causeth us ers being made subject to him.
to triumph in Christ.— f>Joh.4. 2? CHAP. IX.
4. Ye are of God, little Children, 1. * t a Cor. 1.23. t 1 Cor. ir.
and have overcome them: because Ji. t Gal. 1.20. + Phil. t.fl. Se*
greater is he that is in you, than on Rom. 1. 9,
he that is in the World, t 1 Joh. 2. b t Rom. 10. 1.
.5. 4, 5. Whatsoever is born of God 3o 3-c t Exod. 32. 32. Yet now,
overcometh the World: and this is if thou wilt forgive their Sin, it
the V.ilory chat overcome! hthe World, nor, blot me, I pray thee, out V tat
even our 'Faith. Who is he that Book which thou hast written.
everameth the Worli. but he tha;
i * accursed [Or, separated'} from Christ for my brethren/* ray kinsmen, according to the flesh: , 4. e Who are Israelites; to whom fertaineth the f adoption, and the 6 glory, and the h * covenants s_Or, tejbaments~\, and the 1 giving of the law, and the service of God, and the k promises •, 5. Whose arc the fathers, and 1 of whom as concerning the Mi, Christ came, m who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. 6. n Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they 0 are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7. p Neither because they are the seed of Abraham,
a Seethe Note on Mat. 17. 50. unto you glad Tidings, how that
4. c tDeut. 7. 6. Thou art a hi- the Promise which was made unto
ly Ptttple unto the Lord thy God: the Fathers, God hath fulfilled the
The lord thy God hath chosen same.— t Rom. 3. 2. —Unto
thee to be » special People unto him- 5 them [the Jews] were committed
self, above all People that are up- the Oracles of God. t Eph. 1. 12.
on the Face of the Earth. Aliens from the Common-wealth
11 Exod. 4. 21. Thou shalt say of Israel, and Strangers from the
unto Pharaoh,Thus faith the Lord, Covenants of Promise.— Israel is my Son, even my first born. i0 S-1 "•' Luk. 3. 23. f Rom.1.3.
Deut. 10. 15. Only the Lord had See on Mat. 1. 1. and Joh. 1. 14.
a delight in thy Fathers to love 111 t Jer. 23. 6. —This is his
them, and he chose their Seed after Name whereby he shall be called,
them, even you above *// People, The Lord our righteousness. + Joh. as it is this Day. t Jer. 31.9. — iji-i. —The Word was God. Acts
lam a Fatherto Israel,md Ephraim 10. 36. —Preaching Peace by Je
ii my first-born. sus Christ, (he is LordosaU) fActs
1 t 1 Sam. 4. si. The Glory is 20. 28. Take heed therefore unto
departed from Israel: for the Ark your selves, and to all the Flock, of God is taken. 1 King. 8. 10,20—to feed the Church of God —
u. It came to pass when the Rom. 10. 12, 13. —The fame Lord.
Priests were come out of the holy over all, is rich unto all that call
Place, that the Cloud filled the House upon him. For whosoever shall
of the Lord, so that the Priests call upon the Name'of the Lord shall could nor stand to minister, be-2$ be saved, t Heb. 1. 8. Unto the
"use of the Cloud: for the Glory Son he faith, Thy Throne, O God,
cf the Lord had fitted the House of is for ever and ever.—
the Lord. Psal. 63.2. To see thy 6. n See on Rom 3. 3.
Power and thy Glory, so as I have 0 t Rom. 412. The Father of wnthee in the Sanctuary. 30 Circumcision to them who are not
Acts 3. 25. Ye are the Chil- of the Circumcision only, but also
ornn of the Prophets, and of the walk in the Steps of that Faith of
Ckwuw which God made with our our Father Abraham, which he had
"thers, saying unto Abraham, being yet uncircumcised. See 011 And in thy Seed shall all the Kin- 3 5 Rom. 4. 28, 29.
dredsof the Earth be blessed. 7 p t Gal. 4. 23. He who was
1 + Psal. 147. 19. See on Rom. of the Bond-woman was born after
3*- the Flesh; but he of the I ree-wo
'Acts 13. 32, 33. We declare man was by Promise.