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but whosoever shall lose his life for children, let us not love in word, my sake and the gospel's, the same neither in tongue, but in deed and shall save it.
in truth. Rom. 12: 1. I beseech you there- And herehy we know that we are fore, brethren, by the mercies of God, of the truth, and shall assure our that ye present your bodies a living hearts before him. For if our heart sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, condemn us, God is greater than our which is your reasonable service. heart, and knoweth all things. And be not conformed to this world; 4: 7. Beloved, let us love one but be ye transformed by the renew- another: for love is of God; and ing of your mind, that ye may prove every one that loveth is born of God, what is that good and acceptable and knoweth God. He that loveth and perfect will of God.
not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that
God sent his only begotten Son into § 3. LOVE TO CHRISTIANS. the world, that we might live through
him. Herein is love, not that we John 13: 34. A new command loved God, but that he loved us, and ment I give unto you, That ye love sent his Son to be the propitiation one another; as I have loved you, for our sins. Beloved, if God so that ye also love one another. By loved us, we ought also to love one this shall all men know that ye are another. No man hath seen God at my disciples, if ye have love one to any time. If we love one another, another.
God dwelleth in us, and his love is 1 John 2: 7. Brethren, I write perfected in us. Hereby know we no new commandment unto you, but that we dwell in him, and he in us, an old commandment which ye had because he hath given us of his Spirfrom the beginning. The old com- it. — 20. If a man say, I love God, mandment is the word which ye and hateth his brother, he is a liar. have heard from the beginning. For he that loveth not his brother, Again, a new commandment I write whom he hath seen, how can he love unto you, which thing is true in him God, whom he hath not seen ? and and in you: because the darkness is this commandment have we from past, and the true light now shineth. him, That he who loveth God love He that saith he is in the light, and his brother also. hateth his brother, is in darkness Gal. 5: 14. All the law is fuleven until now. He that loveth his filled in one word, even in this, Thou brother abideth in the light, and shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whith- § 4. er he goeth ; because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
3: 13. Marvel not, my brethren, Mat. 6: 12. Forgive us our debts, if the world hate you. We know as we forgive our debtors. that we have passed from death unto 18: 31. So when his fellow serlife, because we love the brethren. vants saw what was done, they were He that loveth not his brother, abid- very sorry, and came and told unto eth in death. Whosoever hateth his their lord all that was done. Then brother, is a murderer: and ye know his lord, after that he had called that no murderer hath eternal life him, saith unto him, O thou wicked abiding in him. Hereby perceive servant; I forgave thee all that debt we the love of God, because he laid because thou desiredst me. Shouldst down his life for us: and we ought not thou also have had compassion to lay down our lives for the breth- on thy fellow servant, even as I had
But whoso hath this world's pity on thee? And his Lord was good, and seeth his brother have wroth, and delivered him to the torneed, and shutteth up his bowels of mentors, till he should pay all that compassion from him, how dwelleth was due unto him. So likewise shall the love of God in him ? My little my heavenly Father do also unto
LOVE TO ENEMIES AND TO ALL
DOCTRINES OF GRACE.
you, if ye
hearts forgive, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, not every one his brother their tres- which, according to his abundant passes.
mercy, hath begotten us again unto LUKE 6: 27. I say unto you
a lively hope by the resurrection of hear, Love your enemies, do good to Jesus Christ from the dead, to an them that hate you, bless them that inheritance incorruptible, and undecurse you, and pray for them that fileil, and that fadeth not away, redespitefully use you.
served in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
Heb. 13: 20. Now the God of CHAPTER IV.
peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you perfect in every good § 1. REDEMPTION BY CHRIST. work, to do his will, working in you
that which is well-pleasing in his (For the Efficacy of his Death, see sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
Purt II. First Topic. Christ a be glory forever and ever ! Amen. Redeemer, p. 121. Many doctrines Eph. 2: 4. God, who is rich in are illustrated inseparably from mercy, for the great love wherewith preceding topics.)
hé loved us, even when we were
dead in trespasses and sins, hath II. Influence of the Resurrection of quickened us together with Christ. Christ.
Col. 2: 13. You being dead in
trespasses and sins hath he quickRom.1: 3. Jesus Christ our Lord, ened together with him. which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from $ %. REGENERATION BY THE SPIRIT. the dead. 8: 11. But if the Spirit of him
1. Various Representations of a that raised up Jesus from the dead
Saving Change. dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken
JOHN 3: 1. There was a man of your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a dwelleth in you.
34. Who is he ruler of the Jews: the same came that condemneth ? It is Christ that to Jesus by night, and said unto died; yea rather, that is risen again; him, Rabbi, we know that thou art who is even at the right hand of a teacher come from God: for no God; who also maketh intercession man can do these miracles that thou
doest, except God be with him. 1 Cor. 15: 21. As by man came Jesus answered and said unto him, death, by man came also the resur- Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Exrection of the dead. For, as in cept a man be born again, he cannot Adam all die, even so in Christ shall see the kingiom of God. Nicodeall be made alive.
mus saith unto him, How can a man 2 Tim. 2:8. Remember that be born when he is old ? can he enJesus Christ, of the seed of David, ter the second time into his mother's was raised from the dead, accord- womb, and be born ? ing to my gospel ; wherein I suffer TITUS 3: 4. But after that the trouble, as an evil-doer, even unto kindness and love of God, our Savior, bonds; but the word of God is not toward man appeared, not by works bound. Therefore I endure all things of righteousness which
we have for the elect's sake, that they inay done, but according to his mercy he also obtain the salvation which is in saved us, by the washing of regenChrist Jesus with eternal glory. eration, and renewing of the Holy
1 Pet. 1: 3. Blessed be the God Ghost, which he shed on us abun
dantly through Jesus Christ, our Sa- That many prophets and righteous vior.
men have desired to see those things 2 Cor. 5: 17. If any man be in which ye see, and have not seen Christ, he is a new creature; old them; and to hear those things things have passed away; behold all which ye hear, and have not heard things are become new. Gal. 6: 15. In Christ Jesus nei
15: 13. Every plant which my ther circumcision availeth anything, heavenly Father hath not planted nor uncircumcision; but a new crea- shall be rooted up. Let them alone. ture.
They be blind leaders of the blind. Ezek. 18: 30. Repent and turn 24:22. For the elect's sake those yourselves from all your transgres- days shall be shortened. sions ; so iniquity shall not be your LUKE 10: 20. In this rejoice not, ruin. Cast away from you all your that the spirits are subject unto you; transgressions whereby you have but rather rejoice that your names transgressed, and make you a new are written in the Lamb's book of heart and a new spirit ; for why
life. will ye die ? For I have no pleasure John 6: 39. This is the Father's in the death of him that dieth, saith will which hath sent me ; that of all the LORD God; wherefore turn your- which he hath given me, I should selyes and live ye.
lose nothing ; but should raise it up Ps. 51: 10. Create in me a clean again at the last day. And this is heart, O Lord, and renew a right the will of him that sent me, that spirit within me.
every one that seeth' the Son, and Eph. 4: 20. But ye have not so believeth on him, may have everlearned Christ; if so be that ye have lasting life ; and I will raise him up heard him and have been taught by at the last day. him, as the truth is in Jesus ; that 10: 7. I am the door of the sheep. ye put off concerning the former All that ever came before me are conversation the old man, which is thieves and robbers: but the sheep corrupt according to the deceitful | did not hear them. – 14. I am the lusts, and be renewed in the spirit good shepherd, and know my sheep, of your mind; and that ye put on and am known of mine, - 16. Other the new man, which after God is sheep I have, which are not of this created in righteousness and true fold: them also must I bring, and holiness.
they shall hear my voice. — 25. Ye (See Part II. First Topic, chap. II. believe not, because ye are not of my p. 127.)
sheep as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto
them eternal life, and they shall neve' § 3. ELECTION.
er perish, neither shall any pluck
them out of my hand. 'My Father I. God chooses the heirs of Sal- which gave them me is greater than vation.
all; and none is able to pluck them
out of my Father's hand. I and my Mar. 11: 25. At that time Jesus Father are one. answered and said, I thank thee, O 18: 18. I speak not of you all ; Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I know whom I have chosen ; but because thou hast hid these things that the scripture may be fulfilled, from the wise and prudent, and hast He that eateth bread with me, revealed them unto babes. Even so,
his heel against me. Father, for so it seemed good in thy Now I tell you before it come, that sight ! All things are delivered unto when it is come to pass, ye may beme of my Father; and no man lieve that I am he. knoweth the Son, but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Fath- | 15: 16. Ye have not chosen me, er, save the Son, and he to whomso- but I have chosen you, and ordained ever the Son will reveal himn.
you, that ye should go, and bring 13: 16. But blessed are your eyes, forth fruit, and that your fruit should for they see, and your ears, for they remain. - 19.
I have chosen you hear. For, verily, I say unto you, out of the world.
Rom. 9:11. The children being I thank my God always on your not yet born, neither having done behalf, for the grace of God which good or evil, (that the purpose of is given you by Jesus Christ ; that God according to election might in every thing ye are enriched by stand, not of works, but of him that him, in all utterance, and in all calleth,)... it was said unto her, knowledge ; even as the testimony The elder shall serve the younger. of Christ was confirmed in you: so As it is written,
that ye come behind in no gift ;
waiting for the coming of our Lord Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm He saith to Moses, I will have mercy you unto the end, that ye may be on whom I will have mercy, and I blameless in the day of our Lord will have compassion on whom I | Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by will have compassion. So then it whom ye were called unto the fellowis not of him that willeth, nor of him ship of his Son Jesus Christ our that runneth, but of God that show- | Lord. - 26. For ye see your call
ing, brethren, how that not many 'Thou wilt say then unto me, Why wise men after the flesh, not many doth he yet find fault ? for who hath. mighty, not many noble are called: resisted his will ? Nay, but, 0 man, but God hath chosen the foolish who art thou that repliest against things of the world to confound the God ? Shall the thing formed say wise ; and God hath chosen the of him that formed it, why hast thou weak things of the world to confound made me thus ? Has not the potter the things which are mighty ; and power over the clay of the same base things of the world, and things lump, to make one vessel unto honor which are despised, hath God choand another unto dishonor ? What sen, yea, and things which are not, if God, willing to show his wrath, to bring to naught things that are; and make his power known, en- that no flesh should glory in his dured with much long suffering the presence.
But of him are ye in vessels of wrath fitted to destruc- | Christ Jesus, who of God is made tion; and that he might make known unto us wisdom, and righteousness, the riches of his glory on the vessels and sanctification, and redemption: of mercy, which he had before pre- that, according as it is written, pared unto glory, even us whom he
He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the gentiles.
Eph. 1: 3. Blessed be the God 11:4. I have reserved to myself and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, seven thousand men, who have not who hath blessed us with all spiritbowed the knee to the image of Ba- ual blessings in heavenly places in al. Even so at this present time, Christ: according as he hath chosen also there is a remnant according to us in him, before the foundation of the election of grace. And if by the world, that we should be holy grace then it is no more of works ; and without blame before him in love: otherwise grace is no more grace. having predestinated us unto the 7. Israel hath not, obtained that adoption of children by Jesus Christ which he seeketh for; but the elec- to himself, according to the good tion hath obtained it, and the rest pleasure of his will, to the praise were blinded.
of the glory of his grace,
he hath made us accepted in the Be1 1 Cor. 1:1. Paul, called to be an loved. - 11. In whom also we have Apostle of Jesus Christ through the obtained an inheritance, being prewill of God, and Sosthenes our broth- destinated according to the purpose er, unto the church of God which is of him who worketh all things after at Corinth, to them that are sancti- the counsel of his own will, that we fied in Christ Jesus, called to be should be to the praise of his glory, saints, with all that in every place who first trusted in Christ. call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours : T 1 Thes. 1: 2. We give thanks to Grace be unto you, and peace from God always for you all, making God our Father, and from the Lord mention of you in our prayers ; Jesus Christ.
remembering without ceasing your
work of faith, and labor of love, Acts 2: 47. And the Lord added and patience of hope in our Lord to the church daily such as should Jesus Christ, in the sight of God be saved. and our Father; knowing, breth- 27: 23. For there stood by me ren beloved, your election of God: this night the angel of God, whose for our gospel came not unto you I am, and whom I serve, saying, in word only, but also in power, Fear not, Paul; thou must be and in the Holy Ghost, and in much brought before Cesar: and lo, God
hath given thee all them that sail 1 Pet. 1: 1. Peter, an Apostle with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of of Jesus Christ, to the strangers good cheer: for I believe God, that scattered throughout Pontus, Gala- it shall be even as it was told me. tia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,' | Howbeit, we must be cast upon a elect according to the foreknowledge certain island. – 30. And as the of God the Father, through sancti- shipmen were about to flee out of fication of the Spirit unto obedience, the ship, when they had let down and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus the boat into the sea, under color as Christ: Grace unto you, and peace though they would have cast anchors be multiplied.
out of the foreship, Paul said to the JAMES 1 : 17. Every good gift centurion, and to the soldiers, Exand every perfect gift is from above, cept these abide in the ship ye canand cometh down from the Father not be saved. Then the soldiers cut of lights, with whom is no variable- off the ropes of the boat, and let ness, neither shadow of turning. Of her fall off. his own will begat he us with the Rom. 8: 28. We know that all word of truth, that we should be a things work together for good to kind of first-fruits of his creatures. them that love God, to them who
Jude 3. Beloved, when I gave are the called according to his purall diligence to write unto you of pose. For whom he did foreknow the common salvation, it was need- he also did predestinate to be conful for me to write unto you, and formed to the image of his Son, that exhort you that ye should earnestly he might be the first-born among contend for the faith which was
Moreover whom once delivered unto the saints. For he did predestinate, them he also there are certain men crept in una- called ; and whom he called, them wares, who were before of old he also justified; and whom he jusordained to this condemnation, un- tified, them he also glorified. What godly men, turning the grace of our shall we then say to these things? God into lasciviousness, and denying If God be for us, who can be against the only Lord God, and our Lord us? .... Who shall lay anything to Jesus Christ.
the charge of God's elect? | John 17: 2. Thou hast given II. This Choice Regulated by Wise
over all flesh, that and Benevolent Reasons. he should give eternal life to as many as 'thou hast given him. Gen, 17: 1. The Lord appear—6. I have manifested thy name ed unto Abram and said unto him, unto the men which thou gavest I am the Almighty God; walk be
out of the world. Thine fore me and be thou perfect; and I they were, and thou gavest them will make my covenant between me me: and they have kept thy word. and thee and will multiply thee exNow they have known that all ceedingly.... thou shalt be a father things whatsoever thou hast given of many nations. me are of thee: for I have given 18:17. And the Lord said, Shall unto them the words which thou I hide from Abraham that thing gavest me; and they have received which I do, seeing that Abraham them, and have known surely that I shall surely become a great and came out from thee, and they have mighty nation, and all the nations believed that thou didst send me. of the earth shall be blessed in him? I pray for them: I pray not for the For I know him, that he will comworld, but for them which thou hast mand his children and his housegiven me ; for they are thine. hold after him ; and they shall keep