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• he did predestinate, them he also called!! Acts

As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed. It is effectual on them, in that, fooner or later, they certainly come to Christ upon the Call : John vi. 37. ' All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me.'

Our effectual Calling is the work of God's Spirit ; 1 Theff. i. 4.5. Knowing, brethren beloved, your

election of God. For our gospel came not un. to you in word only, but also in power, and in 'the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.' John vi. 63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh

profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are fpirit, and they are life.' And thereby he doth persuade ånd enable us to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to us in the Gospel. The Spirit renders the Gospel-call effectual on us, powerfully determining us, and putting us in a Capacity, to answer the Call

, by embracing Christ. He determines us to answer the Gospel-call, by persuading us effectually to embrace Christ: Gen. ix. 27. God shall enlarge [Marg. persuade] Ja

pheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem." John vi. 44. 45. “Nó man can come to me, ex

cept the Father which hath fent mé, draw him s " and I will raise him up at the last day, It is

written in the prophets, And they shall be all • taught of God. Every man therefore that hath • heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh

unto me.' Phil. ii. 13. ' It is God which' work

eth in you, both to will and to do of his good * pleasure. He puts us in a Capacity to answer the Gospel-call, by enabling us to embrace Christ, John vi. 44. 45. Phil. ii. 13. above cited. There is need of the Spirit's calling us effectually, by



persuading and enabling us to come to Christ in Union and Communion with him ; because, being in ourselves dead in Sin, we are neither willing nor able to come: John v. 25. Verily verily I • say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, r when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of 'God: and they that hear, shall live. Compared with Psal. cx. 3. ' Thy people shall be willing in

the day of thy power.' Phil. ii. 13. John vi. 44. forecited.

The Spirit persuades and enables us to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to us in the Gospel, by convincing us of our Sin and Misery, enlightening our Minds in the Knowledge of Christ, and renew. ing our Wills. The work of the Spirit for persuading and enabling us to embrace Christ, is threefold; namely, Conviction, Saving Illumination, and the renewing of the Will. But Conviction is not a, Work of the Spirit, of the same Kind with the other two.

Conviction is a work of the Spirit, acting as a Spirit of Bondage upon us, Rom. viii. 15. The Spirit, acting as a Spirit of Bondage, convinceth us of our Sin and Misery : John xvi. 8. ' And • when he is come, he will reprove the world of ! sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.' Acts ii. 32. Now when they heard this, they were

pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter, and

to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, "what thall we do? The Effect of the Spirit's Work of Conviction upon us, is a Sight of our Sins as heinous in the Sight of God, and of his Wrath due to us for them, filling us with Remorse, Terror, and Anxiety, John xvi. 8. Aets ii. 37. forecited. Chap. xvi. 29. Then he [the jailor]


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• called for a light, and sprang in, and came

trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas.' The Word of God by which the Spirit works that Conviction, is the Law : Rom. iii. 20. By the • law is the knowledge of sin.' He convinceth us of our Sin by it, bringing home on our Consciences the Commands of the Law, as of divine Authority, and binding on us in particular : Rom. vii. 7.

What shall we say then? is the law fin? God ' forbid. Nay, I had not known sin but by the • law : for I had not known lust, except the law

had faid, Thou shalt not covet.' - Compared with Exod. xx. i.? And God spake all these words, dc. He convinceth us of our Misery by it, bringing home on our Consciences the Curse of the Law, as the Curse of the Lord himself, binding on us in particular Gal. iii. 10. As

many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse :

for it is written, Cursed is every one that cono tinueth not in all things which are written in the • book of the law to do them.' Compared with Rom. iii. 19. Now we know that what things so

ever the law faith, it saith to them who'are un

der the law : that every mouth may be stopped, 6 and all the world may become guilty before God.'Mal. iii. 9. 'Ye are curled with a curse; for ye,

have robbed me.' That Law-work doth not issue in Faith and Conversion, in all whom it is wrought upon : Matth. xxvii. 3. 4. 5. ' Then Ju• das, which had betrayed him, when he faw that • he was condemned, repented himself, and brought

again the thirty pieces of Gilver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, I 2


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and went and hanged himself.' Afts xxiv. 25. And as Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, " and answered, Go thy way for this time; when . I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Neither is that Law-work of the same Measure in -all that are converted : Luke xix. 6. 'And Zaccheus ! made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.' Compared with Aets ix. 2. And

Saul was three days without sight, and neither • did eat nor drink. But so much of it is neceffary, as brings the Soul to see an absolute Need of Christ, and to defpair of Relief by any other Way : Gal. iii. 24. "Wherefore the law was our

schoolmaster, to bring us unto Christ, that we ' might be justified by faith.' Luke vi. 48. 'He is like

a man which built an house, and digged deep, " and laid the foundation on a rock,' &c. The Part this Law-work of the Spirit hath in the perfuading and enabling us to embrace Jesus Christ, is, that it begins the Persuasion. It begins thé Perfuafion, urging us with our loft and undone State, and our Need of a Saviour: Gal. iii. 23. < But before faith came, we were kept under the • law, shut up unto the faith which Tould after6 wards be revealed.' Exod. xx. 18. 19. 'And all - the people saw the thunderings, and the lighten" ings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the

mountain smoking: and when the people faw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they faid unto Mofes, Speak thou with us, and we will hear : but let not God speak with us, left we

die. But this Law-work neither perfects the Persuasion, nor enables us to embrace Christ: Rom. viii. 3. ' For what the law could not do in that it



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was weak through the flesh, God sending his

own Son in the likeness of sinful fleth, and ior • sin condemned sin in the Aesh.'. Heb. vii. 19. * For the law made nothing perfect, but the bring. Ying in of a better hope did.'

Saving Illumination, and the renewing of the Will, are Works of the Spirit acting as a Spirit of Life within us : 2 Cor. iv. 6. "For God, who com

manded the light to shine out of darkness, hath ! shined in our hearts, to give the light of the

krowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.'- Compared with John viii

. 12, · Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am " the light of the world : he that followeth me, 'fhall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' Ezek. xxxvi. 26. 27. 'A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony s heart out of your Aesh, and I will give you an "heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within

you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do themi The Spirit of Life, from Christ the Head, is con veyed into us in the Word : John vi. 63. It is

the Ipirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Not in the Word of the Law, but in the Word of the Gospel : Gal. iii. 2. "This only would I learn of you, Received

ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the

hearing of faith? 2 Cor. iii. 7. 8. But if the • ministration of death written and engraven in • stones, was glorious, so that the children of $ Israel 'could not stedfastly behold the face of Mofes, for the glory of his countenance, which

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