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pared with John ii

. 22. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that

he had said this unto them : and they believed " the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.' And I Cor. ii. 12. above cited. True Assurance distinguihes itself from Presumption, by its hum: bling the Soul, making the Conscience tender, and the Heart heavenly : Cal. ij. 20. I am crucified < with Chrift: 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.' Cant. ii. 7. 'I charge you, Oye daughters of Jerusalem, • by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that * je stir not up nor awake my love, till he please." Gal. vi. 14. God forbid that I Mould glory fave

in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom

the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the '' world. And it is a necessary Duty to seek true Assurance : 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and

election fure.' The Excellency of it in the Chriftian Life, is, That it fits Men to live most usefully for God, and most comfortably for themselves : Pfal. cxix. 32. I will run the way of thy com"mandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.' And iv. 6. 7. * There be many that lay, Who will

Thew us any good ? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou hast put glad. ness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.' But there


be true Faith, Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification, without this Assurance: 1 John v. 13. ' These

things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know

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that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe i

on the name of the Son of God.' T. 1. io. • Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that

obeyeth the voice of his fervant, that walketh « in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in • the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God."

Howbeit, there is fome Assurance in justifying Faith itself: i Thef. i. 5. Our gospel came not ' unto you in word only, but also in power, and

in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts < sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies

washed with pure water.' Jer. iii. 19. But I faid, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage

of the hosts of nations? And I said, Thou shalt ' call me, My father, and shalt not turn away < from me.' Hyf. ii. 23. And I will say to them

which were not my people, Thou art my peo

ple, and they thall say, Thou art my God.' Rom. iv. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. ' Abraham staggered

not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God: " and being fully persuaded, that what he had pro'mised, he was able also to perform. And there' fore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his fake alone, that • it was imputed to him ; but for us also, to whom

it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. The Assurance which is in justifying Faith itself, is, that whereby, in believing on Christ for Salvation, the Party is persuaded, in greater or lesser Measure, of God's Love of Good will to him, and


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that Christ will save him from Sin and Wrath : 1 John iv. 14. And we have feen, and do tefi.

fy, that the Father fent the Son to be the Savi.

our of the world.' verf. 16. " And we have «, known and believed the love that God hath to

us.' Chap. v. 10. 11. He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God, hath made him a lyar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that

God hath given to us eternal life : and this life ' is in his Son.? John iří. 16. 17. “God so loved ' the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have. everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Compared with 1 Thef. i. 5.

Our gospel came not unto yoù in word

only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much af. surance. Afts xv. 11. 'We believe, that, through

the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be • saved even as they.' James i. 6. 7. • But let ' him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that ? wavereth is like a wave of the fea, driven with the wind, and tosled. For let not that man

think that he hall receive any thing of the Lord.' The Ground from whence this Allurance is raised, is, the Word of the Golpel allenarly, demonstrated by the Spirit in the Work of saving Illumination : 1 Cor. ii. 4. 5. 'And my speech, and

my preaching was not with enticing words of • man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spi

rit, and of power: that your faith should not • stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power

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of God.' There may be doubting of God's Good-will and of Salvation, where this Assurance of them hath place : Matth. xiv. 31. And im

mediately Jesus said unto Peter, O thou of little

faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?' And that may be, inasmuch as they are Contraries capable of various Degrees, the one weakened as the other gather's Strength : Mark ix. 24. And straight.

way the father of the child cried out, and said • with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unr belief.' i Thell. i. 5. Matth. xiv. 31. above cited. But where Doubts are reigning, to the barring of any Assurance of these Things at all, true Faith is barred too, James i. 6. 7. fl. 10. 1 John v. 10. II. forecited.

True Peace of Conscience is the Cals that ensues in the Conscience purged from Guilt by the Blood of Christ : f. xxxiii. ult. "And the inha:

bitant shall not say, I am sick : the people that

dwell therein, shall be forgiven their iniquity.? Heb. x. 2. The worshippers once purged, should • have had no more conscience of sins. Chap. ix. 14.'' How much more fall the blood of Christ,

who, through the eternal Spirit, offered him ' self without spot to God, purge your conscience • from dead works to serve the living God?' The Ground of true Peace of Conscience, is Peace with God: Rom. v. 1.'Therefore being justified by • faith, we have peace with God, through our 'Lord Jesus Christ. Compared with Col. iii. 15. "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.' It is difcerned from falfe Peace, in that it is strengthened by the Light of the Word, and not maintained without warring against Sin: John iii. 20. 21. Every one that doth evil, hateth the light,


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neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,

that they are wrought in God.' Psal. cxix. 165. "Great peace have they which love thy law: and

nothing shall offend them.' Compared with Gal. v. 17. 'The flesh lufteth against the Spirit, and

the Spirit against the flesh: and these are con

trary the one to the other; so that ye cannot • do the things that ye would. '

By Joy in the Holy Ghost is meant, fpiritual Joy, whereof the Holy Ghost is the Author : Rom. xiv. 17. The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, * but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the

Holy Ghost. Compared with Gal. v. 22. The * fruit of the Spirit is joy.' Psal. xlv. 7. 'God, • thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of glad

ness above thy fellows. Compared with 7ohn iii. 34. God giveth not the Spirit by measure un

to him.' The Spring of Joy in the Holy Ghoft is, Sense of Grace received, and Hope of Glory : If. lxi. 10.' I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath

clothed me with the garments of salvation, he “ hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, * as a bridegroom decketh himself with orna

ments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.' Rom. v. 2. "We rejoice in hope of the

glory of God.' . It is discerned from the delusive Joy of Hypocrites, in that Victory over Siri, felt and hoped for, is a chief Spring of it, Spirituality and Vigour in Duties of Obedience are the Effects of it: i Pet. i. 8. 9. Whom having not feen, ye

love ; in whom though now ye fee him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable,


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