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of Chrift Jesus.' 1 John iii. 24. He that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him ; and hereby we know that he abideth in i us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. Gal. qi. 20. I am crucified with Christ : Nevertheless I • live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and
the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by ! the faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
gave himself for me. We necessarily become one with Christ, by means of that Communication of the Spirit from him, because so the Man Chrift and we do both live spiritually by the self-fame Spirit indwelling in both, Rom. viii. 2. forecited. • Col. iii.
Ye are dead, and your life is hid « with Christ in God.' When Christ who is our
life,' &c. And the Distance between Christ the Head in Heaven, and us on Earth, hinders not the Indwelling of the same Spirit in both, and our Union thereby ; in regard the Spirit is an infinite Spirit.
The Agency of the Spirit in us, when quickened by that Communication, is his working Faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Chrift: Col. ii. 12. « Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you
are risen with him through the faith of the ope
ration of God.' Compared with 2 Cor. iv. 13. "We having the fame spirit of faith, according as
it is written, I believed, and therefore have I Spoken: we also believe, and therefore speak.' Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts s, by faith. It is not the Habit of Faith, but actual Believing, by which the Spirit unites us to Christ: Gen. xv. 6. And Abram believed in the Lord; and
he counted it to him for righteousness. John-i. 12. ' As many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the fons of God, even to them • that believe on his name.' The Spirit worketh in us that actual Believing, producing it in us immediately out of the spiritual Life given us by that Communication of himself to us : Phil. ii. "It is God which worketh in you, both to will + and to do of his good pleasure.' John v. 25. Verily verily I say unto you, The hour is co
ming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the • voice of the Son of God : and they that hear, 'fhall live. Compared with Chap. i. 12. fore. cited. vers. 13. Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the Aesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God.' And by that actual Believing also we are united to Christ, inasmuch as thereby we apprehend Christ, and knit with him, Phil. iii. 12. John i. 12. Eph. iii. 17. all forecited. But as for elect Infants, Idiots, and others, through Want of the Exercise of their Reason, incapable of actual Believing, what comes of them in that Case, is, that they are united to Christ by the Communication of the Spirit to them, and Christ's Purchase is effectually applied to them thereupon: Luke i. 15. John shall be filled with the Holy
Ghost, even from his mother's womb.? Com. pared with 1 Cor. xii. 13. ' By one Spirit are we
all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews
or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and « have been made all to drink into one Spirit.'
The Bonds, then, of the spiritual Union betwixt Christ and actual Believers, are, the Spirit on Christ's Part, and Faith on their Part : 1 John iii. 24. . He that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth ' in him, and he in him and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he
. hath given us.' Eph. iii: 17.' That Christ may • dwell in your hearts by faith! And that Worka of God about us, in which the Spirit works Faith in us, and unites us to Christ, is our effectual Calling
Quest: 31. What is effectual Calling?
Ans. Effectual Calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our Sin and Misery, enlightening our Minds in the Knowledge of Christ, and renewing our Wills, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the Gospel.
EXPLICATION. An effectual Calling in the general is, when the Party called comes upon the Call. The Call where. by Sinners are invited to partake of the Redemp. tion purchased by Christ, is the Call of the Gospel : 2 Thel. ii. 14. 'Whereunto he called you by our
gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even the Gospel-call itself is not given to all and every one in the world: Rom. Xi 14. 15. How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed ? and how thall they be. • lieve in him of whom they have not heard? and ? how shall they hear without a preacher ? and • how shall they preach except they be sent ? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them which preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things ! But the Gospel.
call is given to all to whom the Word of God comes, whether written or preached: Jokn v. 39.
Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye * have eternal life, and they are they which testi
fy of me.' Rom. X. 17. • Faith cometh by hear. ing, and bearing by the word of God.'
Sinners are, by the Gospel.call, called to come out from the World lying in Wickedness : 1 John v. 19.
And we know that the whole world lieth in • 'wickedness.' Compared with 2 Cor. vi. 17. « Wherefore come out from among them, and be
ye separate, faith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you.' And finners are called to come to Jesus Christ in Union and Communion with him : Matth. xi. 28.'Come unto 'me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and " I will give you rest. Chap. xxii. 4. 'Again he
fent forth other fervants, saying, Tell them • which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my * dinner : my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and • all things are ready : come unto the marriage." By that Coming to Jesus Christ, is meant, embracing him freely offered to us in the Gospel.' Christ offered in the Gospel is embraced, by believing on him : Jolni. 12.. As many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the fons S of God, even to them that believe on his name.' There is need of calling us to come to Christ, in Union and Communion with him, because, by Na. ture, we are far from God, and fast asleep in Sin: Eph. ii. 13. But now in Christ Jesus, ye who • sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the
blood of Christ' Compared with Jam. iv. 8. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.' Eph. v. 14. 'Awake thou that Acepeft,
' and arise from the dead, and Chrift fhall give
The Gospel-call, to whatever Sinner of Mankind it comes, is accompanied with a fufficient Warrant for his coming to Christ, in Union and Communion with him. That Warrant is the free Offer of Christ to us in the Gospel: Prov. viii. 4.
Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to
the fons of man. Mark xvi. 15. 16. ' And Jesus • said unto the disciples, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but . he that believeth not, shall be damned. Christ is offered in the Gospel freely, to us Mankind-linners, in that
any of us may, though none but truly sensible Sinners will come to him, and unite with
him : John iii. 16. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso
ever believeth in him, Thould not perish, but • have everlasting life.' Rev. xx. 17. (And the • Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him • that heareth, fay, Come. And let him that • is athirst, come: And whosoever will, let him
take the water of life freely.' Chap. iii. 18. ! I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayft berich; and white raiment, • that thou mayst be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint sthine eyes with eye-falve, that thou mayft see.'
The calling of Sinners by the Gospel, is ineffectual on many. It is ineffectual on them, in that they come not to Christ upon the Call : Prov. i. 24. I have called, and ye refused; I have stretch! ed out my hand, and no man regarded. But it is effectual on the Elect: Rom. viii. 30. Whom