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• and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of


souls: I Cor. xv. 55. 56. 57. O death, where is thy fting?

grave, where is thy victory! The sting of death is fin, and the strength of fin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory,

through our Lord Jesus Chrift.' Compared with Rev. v. 9. 10. 'And they sung a new song, " saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and

to open the seals thereof : for thou wat lain, s and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out

of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and

nation; and haft made us unto our God kings ' and priests : and we shall reign on the earth. Philip. iii. 3. We are the circumcision, which

worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Chrift Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.' Neha viii. 10. " The joy of the Lord is your strength.' Compared with Psal. cxix. 32. "I will run the

way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my

heart. None can have true Peace of Conscience, nor Joy in the Holy Ghost, but true Believers : IS. Ivii. ult." There is no peace, faith my God, to

the wicked.' And when they have attained them, they may lose them again : Psal. li. 8. Make me

to hear joy and gladness: that the bones which " thou haft broken, may rejoice.' But the Seed of them, from whence they may be revived, cannot be lost, but abides with Believers in all Cafes : Psal. xcvii. 11. Light is sown for the righteous,

and gladness for the upright in heart.' Com. pared with John iii. 9. "Whosoever is born of

Cod, doth not commit fin; for his feed renain. Ceth in him: and he cannot fin, because he is



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born of God.' The abiding Seed of Peace of Conscience in Believers, is, their State of Peace with God: Jer. xxxii. And I will make an

everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. The abiding Seed of Joy in the Holy Ghost in them, is, their faving Interest in the Fulness of Christ : 1 John i. 3. 4. ? That which we have seen and heard, declare we ' unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with

us : and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Chrilt. And these things

write we unto you, that your joy may be full.' And out of these they may recover their loft Peace of Conscience, and Joy in the Holy Ghost, by the renewed Actings of Faith and Repentance : Rom. xv. 13. 'Now the God of hope fill you with

all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.' Matth. v. 4. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.' Compared with Psal. cxxvi. 5. "They that fow in tears,

shall reap in joy. And they may maiptain and preserve them, by a holy tender Walk, and the daily Exercise of Faith and Repentance : Acts xxiv. 16.

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Compared with 2 Cor. i. 12. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in fimplicity and godly sinceri

ty, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace ' of God, we have had our conversation in the

world, and more abundantly to you-wards.' John xiii. 10. Jesus faith to Deter, He that is

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washed, needeth not, fave to wash his feet, bút ' is clean every whit.', Psal. xix. 12. Who can 6 understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from fe

cret faults.

The Benefits flowing from Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification, which may proceed on the mere Reality of Grace, without the Evidence of it, are, Increase of Grace, and Perseverance therein to the End.

It is of the Nature of Grace, as of a Seed, or the Morning-light, to increase or grow, till it come to Perfection : John iii. 9. Whosoever

is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed remaineth in tim: and he cannot fin, be

cause he is born of God.' Compared with Mark iv. 26. 27. ' And Jesus said, So is the kingdom

of God, as if a man Thould caft feed into the ground, and should sleep, and rise night and

day, and the feed should spring and grow up he * knoweth not how.' Prov. iv. 18. The path of

the just is as the thining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.' John iv. 14. The water that I shall give him, fhall be in him

a well of water springing up into everlasting life.' Eph. iv. 13. Till we all come in the unity of

the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of 'God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of

the stature of the fulness of Christ. And it doth grow accordingly, Prov. iv. 18. above cited. Nevertheless, it doth not therefore grow at all Times, but is liable to Decays : Rev. ii. 4. 'I have some

what against thee, because thou hast left thy

first love. The actual Increase or Growth of it depends on Supplies of Grace from Christ the Head, communicated to us by the Spirit : Hof. xiv.


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5. I will be as the dew unto Israel : he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Le. banon. Compared with f. xliv. 3. 4. ' I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground : I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blesling upon thine off. spring : and they hall spring up as among the

grass, as willows by the water-courses.' John xv. 5. 'I am the vine, ye are the branches : He

that abideth in me, and I in hin, the same bringeth forth much fruit : for without me ye

can do nothing.' Howbeit, it is our Duty to grow in Grace : 2.Pet.iii. 18. 'Grow in grace,

and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour

Jesus Chrift. A Christian fhall grow in Grace, by exercising it, and using the Means of it, diligently : Matth. xxv. 29. ? Unto every one that

hath shall be given, and he shall have abun

dance : but from him that hath not, shall be ta. sken away even that which he hath Psal. xcii. 13. Those that be planted in the house of the

Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.', The Graces, the Exercise whereof doth cspecially influence the Growth of all the rest, as well as their own, are, first, Faith, and then Lave : Gal. ii. 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.? 2. Cor. v. 14. 15. 'For the love of Christ constraineth us, because

we thụs judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead : and that he died for all, that they which live, should not henceforth Įive unto themselves, but unto him which died for


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• them, and rose again.' 1 Tim. i 5. 'Now the

end of the commandment is charity, out of a • pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of • faith unfeigned.' True fpiritual Growth is dif.. cerned from false Growth, in that it is proportionable in all the parts of the new Creature, and rests at no Pitch attained till it come to Perfection : Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the truth in, love, may

grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.' Philip. iii. 13. 14. ' Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.' By Perseverance in Grace to the End, is meant, a constant Continuance in Grace, all along till Death : Col. i. 23. 'If ye continue in the faith

grounded and settled, and be not moved away

from the hope of the gospel, which ye have “'heard, and which was preached to every crea

ture which is under heaven.' Matth. x. 22. .. He that endureth to the end, shall be faved.' All who are once endowed with true Grace, shall infallibly persevere in it to the End, notwithstanding of Satan's Temptations, the World's Snares, and their own Corruptions : John X. 28. 29. And "I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither

. shall any pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me, is greater than all : and none is able to pluck them,

out of my Father's hand.' i Pet. i. 5. "are kept by the power of God through faith sunto salvation.' i John ii. 19. They went out from us, but they were not of us for if



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