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them that diligently seek him.' 1 Cor. X. 31. • Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatso

ever ye do, do all to the glory of God.' Wherefore, no Works whatsoever of an unfanctified Man, are truly good, or pleasing in the Sight of God: John xv. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches : . He that abideth in me, and I in him, the fame

bringech forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing.'. Tit. i. 15. Unto them that

are defiled and unbelieving, is nothing pure; « but even their mind and conscience is defiled.' Rom. viii. 7. ' The carnal mind is enmity against

God : for it is not subject to the law of God,

neither indeed can be. And that, because though the Matter of them may be good, yet they are not done in a right Manner, nor to a right End : I Cor. xiii. 3. Though I bestow, all'my goods to

feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.' Matth. vi. 2. 'Therefore, when thou doft thine alms, do not found a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the fynagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.' Zech. vii. 5. 6. When ye 'falted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all falt unto me, even to me? And when


did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and

drink for yourselves? The good Works of fanctified Persons are none of them perfectly good, or free from sinful Mixture : IJ. Ixiv. 6. 'All our ? righteousnelles are as filthy rags. Gal. v. 17. * The Hesh lufteth against the Spirit, and the Spisrit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other ; fo that ye cannot do the


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would. Howbeit, they are accepted of God, for the sake of Christ

, being Fruits of the Branches in him : 1 Pet. ii. 5. ?Ye also, as • lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy

priesthood to offer up fpiritual sacrifices, accept

able to God by Jesus Christ. Gen. iv. 4. And the • Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering.' Compared with Heb. xi. 4. ' By faith Abel offered

unto God a more excellent facrifice than Cain, • by which he obtained witness, that he was righte

ous, God testifying of his gifts. 2 Cor. ii. 15. For we are unto God a sweet favour of Christ,

in them that are saved, and in them that perishe There is a Difference then between the two Covenants, in the Point of Acceptance with God. The Method of Acceptance with God in the Covenant of Works, is, that first the Work be accepted for its own Perfection, and then the Person for his Work's fake : Gal. ii. 12. And the law is not

of faith : but, The man that doth them, shall i live in them. The Method of Acceptance in the Covenant of Grace, is, that first the Perfon be accepted for Christ's fake, in Juftification, and then his work, for Christ's fake too, in point of Sanctification : Eph. i. 6. ' He hath made us ac. o cepted in the beloved.' Heb. xi. 4. forecited. Rev. vii. 14. 'And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their

robes, and made them white in the blood of the "Lamb. Wherefore God's accepting the Will for the Deed, or any Work that is not perfect, is the peculiar Privilege of those who are in the Covenant of Grace, by true Faith : 2 Cor. viii. 12. 'If there be first a willing mind, it is accepted ac

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o to that he hath not.' Compared with verf..). • Therefore as ye abound in every thing, in faith,

in utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, • and in your love to us; see that ye abound in this.

grace allo.' And God will accept of no Work at the Hand of an Unbeliever'; and that because he is under the Covenant of Works, and his work is not perfect : 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.' Compared with Rom. iii.

19: Now we know that what things soever, s the law faith, it saith to them who are under the

law : that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.'

Our Ability for Acts of Mortification, and Obedience, wherein we die unto Sin, and live unto Righteousness, is not at all of ourselves : John xv. 4

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, 'except it abide in the vine : no more can ye, except ye abide in me." When we are put into a State of Death unto Sin, and Life unto Righteousness, through the Habits of Grace infused into us by the Spirit, even then we are not able, of ourselves, for Acts of Mortifi. cation or Obedience : 2 Cor. iii. 4. 5. ' And such

truft we have through Chrift to God-ward. Not

that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any • thing as of ourselves : but our fufficiency is of

God. Even of our gracious selves we can do nothing, or bring forth no Fruit of Graee: John xv. 4. above cited. verf. 5. 'I am the vine, ye are ¢ the branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit : for

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without me ye can do nothing. But we are enabled to the several Acts of Mortification and Obedience, by the Spirit: Rom. viii. 13. 'If ye through

the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Philip. ii. 13. ' It is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good

pleasure. The Spirit enables us to Acts of Mortification and Obedience, by, exciting, increasing, and strengthening our inherent Graces thereto: Cunt. v. 4. My beloved put in his hand by the

hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. Gol. i. 10. 'That ye might walk wora thy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might, by his Spirit

in the inner man. The Spirit excites, increases, and strengthens our inherent Graces, to Acts of Mortification and Obedience, by communicating new Supplies of Grace to us, from Christ our Head : Col. ii. 10. And not holding the head, * from which all the body by joints and bands

having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.? 2.Cor. xii.

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Philip. i. 19. I know that this shall turp to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Je. sus Chrif. verf. 11. ' Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the

glory and praise of God.' Compared with John XV. 4, 5. forecited. Wherefore every gracious Act, or good Work, done by us, is a Fruit of the Spirit, produced by him in us; Gal. v. 22. 23. The



fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,

gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Eph. v. 9. The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.Gah v. 17. 'The Spi• rit lusteth against the flesh. Compared with verf. 16. ' Walk in the Spirit, and ye

shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. vers. 18. If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.' And Rom. viii. 26. ' Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmi! ties: for we know not what we should pray

for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with gronings which cannot be

uttered. And the way how we derive Şupplies of Grace from Chrift, through the Spirit, is, by Faith trusting on him, in the Word of Promise: Gal. ii. 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, and gave himself for me. Jer. xvii

. 7. 8. Blessed " is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose

hope the Lord is. For he hall be as a tree

planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not fee

when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought

neither shall cease from yielding fruit.' Psal. xxviii. 7. "The Lord is my Hrength and my shield,

my heart trusted in him, and I am helped. 2 Pet. i. 4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great

and precious promises ; that by these you might ... be partakers of the divine nature.'

The Spring of all Grace to us, from Christ, for our Sanctification habitual and actual, is, our Communion with Christ, in his Death and Resurrection,

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