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come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of
the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to • an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born which
written in heaven, and to God the judge of • all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.' Eph. iii. 15. forecited. All these are the Sons of God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, by eternal Generation : Psal. i. 7. I will declare the decree :
the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, • this day have I begotten thee.' John. i. 14. « And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the on• ly begotten of the Father. The holy Angels are the Sons of God, by Creation in his Image, which is confirmed on them : Job xxxviii. 7. The • morning-stars fang together, and all the fons • of God Thouted for joy. Compared with Eph. i. IQ.That in the difpenfation of the fulness • of times, he might gather together in one all
things in Chrift, both which are in heaven, • and which are on earth, even in him.' The Saints are the Sons and Daughters of God, by spiritual Marriage with Christ, by Adoption, and by Regeneration : Psal. xlv. 10. Hearken, daugh
ter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget
also thine own people, and thy father's house.' Eph. i. 5. forecited. i fobn iii. 9. 10. 'Whosoever is born of God, doth got commit fin; for
his feed remaineth in him and he cannot fin, • because he is born of God. In this the children • of God are manifeft.' And by Adoption we are made Sons of God too, Eph. i. 5. Gal. iv. 4. 5. forecited.
The peculiar. Dignity of our Lord Jesus Chrift among that Number, is, That he is the First-born,
the eldest Brother, Rom. viii. 29. Col. i. 18. The Pre-eminence he has among his Brethren, as he is the First-born, is, that his is the Dominion and Headship of the Family, the Priesthood, the Bleffing, and the double Portion: Heb. iii. 6. Chrift
was faithful as a Son over his own house." Chap. ii. 17. 'Wherefore in all things it behoved him
to be made like unto his brethren; that he might
be a merciful and faithful high priest, in things * pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for • the sins of the people.' Psal. xlv. 2. 'Thou art « fairer than the children of men : grace is poured • into thy lips : therefore God hath blessed thee
for ever. verf. 7. ' Thou loveft righteousness, and hateft wickedness: therefore God, thy God,
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above • thy fellows.' The Blessing is peculiarly his, though all his Brethren are blessed too, inasmuch as he is the prime Receptacle of the Blessing, from whence it is conveyed unto his Brethren, who are blessed only in him : Gen. xii. 2. 3. " And I will
make of thee a great nation, and I will bless r thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt
be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be bles. fed. Compared with Gal. iii. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall
all nations be blessed.' Eph. i. 3. 'Blessed be " the God and Father of our Lord Jelus Christ, • who hath blessed us with all fpiritual blessings in heavenly places in Chrift.' Phil. ii. 9. 10. • Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
6 and given him a name which is above every
name : that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth.' Compared with Eph. i. 10. That, in the difpenfation of the
fulness of times, he might gather together in one
all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and " which are on earth, even in him.'
The Advantage we have by the Dignity of Sonfhip to God, is, that thereby we have a Right to all the Privileges of the Sons of God: Rom. viii. 17. 'And if children, then heirs ; heirs of ..God, and joint heirs with Christ.' The Privi. leges of the Sons of God are, Access to him as a Father, his fatherly Pity, Protection, Provision, and Correction, and the eternal Inheritance : Eph. iii. 12. ' In Christ Jesus our Lord we have bold(nefs and access with confidence by the 'faith
of him.' Compared with Matth. vi. 9. ' After " this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.' Psal
. ciii. 13. ' Like as a father pitieth his children ; so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." Prov. xiv. 26. 'In the fear of the Lord is strong
confidence : and his children shall have a place of 'refuge.' Matth. vi. 30. 31. 32. "Wherefore if • God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day
is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, fhall he
not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? " Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall
we eat or what shall we drink? or wherewithal shall we be clothed ? for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things.' Heb. xii. 6. Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth'
Rom. viii. 17. furecited. Our Right to these Privileges by Adoption, is not our only Right to them : We have another Right to them also, by our Juftification: Hab. ii. 4. ' The just fhall live by his « faith.' Tit. ij. 7. 'That being justified by his
grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.' Rom. v. 1. 2. Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God, ' through our Lord Jesus Chrift. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of • God.' The Difference between these two Rights to these Privileges lies bere, That our Right to them by Justification is our fundamental Right, our Right to them by Adoption is an honorary Right of Inheritance superadded thereto : Rom. * 18. By the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon
all men unto justification of life.' verf. 19. By the obedience of one shall many be " made righteous.' John i. 12. ' As many as received him, te them gave he power to become 'the sons of God, even to them that believe on « his name.'
The Earnest of the eternal Inheritance, which God gives to his adopted Children, till they come to the full Possession of it, is the Spirit of Adoption, Rom. viii. 15. Compared with Eph. i. 13. 14. The Spirit of Adoption is, the Spirit of his Son, sealing them with the Son's Image, and working in them a Sop-like Disposition and Affection towards God : Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are fons, God
hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, * crying, Abba, Father.' Compared with Eph. i. 13. 14 In whom (Chrift] ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of
your falvation': in whom also after that ye ben lieved, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased poffeffion, unto the praise of his glory. And 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all, with open face, beholding as
in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. And that is done, on
and in them, in their Sanctification : 2 Cor. i. 21. 22. Now he which stablisheth-us with you
in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God: who hath also fealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Chap. iii. 3. • Ye are mani
festly declared to be the epistle of Christ, minister.ed by us, written, not with ink, but with the Spie • rit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but . in fleshly tables of the heart' verf. 18. forecited.
What is Sanétification? Anf. Sanctification is the work of God's free Grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole Man, after the Image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto Sin, and live unto Righteousness.
EXPLIC Α Τ Ι Ο Ν. Al who are effectnally called, are fanctified: And the Effect of their Sanctification on them is, real Holiness in their own Persons : 1 Thell. v. 23. 24. 'And the very God of peace fanctify you wholly : and I pray God your whole fpirit, and