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tionis et electionis nostræ in they attain to everlasting feliChristo pia consideratio,dulcis, city. suavis, et ineffabilis consola As the godly consideration of tionis plena est, vere piis, et his Predestination, and our Elecqui sentiunt in se vim Spiritus tion in CHRIST, is full of sweet, Christi, facta carnis, et mem- pleasant, and unspeakable combra, quæ adhuc sunt super ter- fort to godly persons, and such ram, mortificantem,animumque as feel in themselves the workad cælestia et superna rapien- ing of the Spirit of CHRIST, tem, tum quia fidem nostram mortifying the works of the de æterna salute consequenda flesh, and their earthly memper CHRISTUM plurimum sta- bers, and drawing up their bilit atque confirmat, tum quia mind to high and heavenly amorem nostrum in Deum ve- things, as well because it doth hementer accendit : ita homi- greatly establish and confirm nibus curiosis, carnalibus, et their faith of eternal salvation Spiritu Christi destitutis, ob to be enjoyed through Christ, oculos perpetuo versari prædes- as because it doth fervently tinationis Dei sententiam, per- kindle their love towards God: niciosissimum est præcipitium, so, for curious and carnal perunde illos diabolus protrudit, sons, lacking the Spirit of vel in desperationem, vel in Christ, to have continually æque perniciosam impurissimæ before their eyes the sentence vitæ securitatem,

of God's predestination, is a Deinde promissiones Divinas most dangerous downfall, sic amplecti oportet, ut nobis in whereby the devil doth thrust Sacris Literis generaliter pro- them either into desperation, positæ sunt, et Dei voluntas in or into retchlessness of most nostris actionibus ea sequenda unclean living, no less perilous est, quam in verbo Dei habe- than desperation. mus diserte revelatam.

Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise, as they be generally set forth to us in holy Scripture : and in our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which we have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God.

The Phraseology of this Article.
1. When compared with Article XVII. of those of 1552.
A. In the Latin.
1552.

1562, 1571. Unigeniti JESU CHRISTI Unigeniti ejus JESU CHRISTI. quos elegit

quos in CHRISTO elegit. in filios

in filios DEI.
Deinde licet prædestinationis Deinde promissiones divinas

decreta sunt nobis ignota, sic amplecti oportet.
promissiones tamen di-

vinas sic amplecti oportet.
B. In the English.

By His own judgment By His council.
chosen

chosen in CHRIST.
to bring them to everlasting to bring them by CHRIST
salvation by CHRIST

to everlasting salvation. sons by adoption

sons of God by adoption. image of God's only-be- image of His only-begotten gotten Son

Son.
the devil may thrust them the devil.doth thrust them.
furthermore, although the furthermore, we must re-

decrees of predestination ceive God's promises.
are unknown unto us,
yet we must receive God's
promises

2. When the Latin and English are compared together. ante jacta mundi fundamenta before the foundations of the

earth were laid. suo consilio, nobis quidem oc- by His counsel secret to us.

culto donati

endued. opportuno tempore

in due season. adoptantur in filios Dei

they be made sons of God by

adoption. sancte

religiously.
vim

working.
membra quæ adhuc sunt super their earthly members.

terram

rapientem
fidem nostram
stabilit
amorem nostrum
perniciosissimum precipitium
securitatem
amplecti
diserte revelatam

drawing up
their faith.
establish.
their love.
most dangerous downfall.
retchlessness.
receive.
expressly declared.

Thirteen PROPOSITIONS.

I. Predestination to life is the eternal purpose of God.'
II. By predestination to life before the foundations of the world

were laid, He (God) hath constantly decreed by His counsel,
secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom
He hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them

by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honor. III. They which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, be

called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in

due season. IV. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working

in due season,) through grace obey the calling. V. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season, and through grace obey the calling,) be justified

freely. VI. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season, and through grace obey the calling, and be

justified freely,) be made the sons of God by adoption. VII. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season, and through grace obey the calling, and be justified freely, and be made the sons of God by adoption) be made like the image of His only-begotten Son JESUS CHRIST.

1 Council of Trent, Sess. vi., settled the Roman Catholic doctrine concerning predestination.

VIII. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season, and through grace obey the calling, and be justified freely, and be made the sons of God by adoption, and be made like the image of His only-begotten Son JESUS

Christ,) walk religiously in good works. IX. They (which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, and

be called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in due season, and through grace obey the calling, and be justified freely, and be made the sons of God by adoption, and be made like the image of His only-begotten Son JESUS CHRIST, and walk religiously in good works,) at length by

GOD's mercy attain to everlasting felicity. X. The godly consideration of Predestination and our Election in

CHRIST, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through CHRIST, as because it doth fervently kindle their love

towards God. XI. For curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of CHRIST, to

have continually before their eyes the sentence of God's predestination, is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into retchless-

ness of unclean living, no less perilous than desperation. XII. We must receive God's promises in such wise, as they be

generally set forth to us in Holy Scripture. XIII. In our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which we

have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God.

PROP. I. Predestination to life is the eternal purpose of God. 1. Divine Testimony. A. Old Testament. Mal. i. 2, 3, “ I have loved you, saith the

LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.”-See also Gen. xxv. 23; xxvii. 29. Exod. xxxiii. 19.

B. New Testament. Ephes. i. 4, 6, “According as He hath

chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by JESUS CHRisT to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,

wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.”—See also Matt. xxii. 14; xxiv. 2, 24, 31 ; xxv. 34. Mark xiii. 20, 27. Luke xii. 32; xviii. 7. John xv. 16; xvii. 9, 11. Acts xiii. 48; xv. 18. Rom. viii. 29; ix. 11, 15, 16, 21-23; xi. 5–7. Ephes. i. 10–12. Col. iii. 12. 1 Thess. i. 4. 2 Thess. ii. 13. 2 Tim. i. 9; ii. 10. Tit. i. 1, 2; iii. 5.

2 John 13. Rev. xiii. 18; xvii. 8. 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. Ignat. Epist. ad Ephes., “Ignatius, who is also

called Theophorus, to the most deservedly happy church which is at Ephesus in Asia, which is blessed in the greatness and fulness of God, and predestinated before the world began, that it should be always to an abiding and immutable glory, being united and chosen through His true passion, according to the will of the Father and Jesus CHRIST, our God, all happiness by JESUS CHRIST, and His undefiled grace.”—See also Clement of Rome, Epist. ad Cor. cc. i. ii. 1. lviii. Ignat. Epist. ad Trall. August. de Præd. et Grat. c. v. xiii. De Fide ad Petr. Diac. vol. vi. 77. App. Prosper. ad Capit. Gall. c. i.

p. 316. Fulgent. de Incarn. et Grat. Christi, 67. B. Confessions. i Helvetic, Art. x. 2 Helvetic, cc. x. xi.

Augsburg, Art. xx. Gallican, Art. xii. Basil, Art. i. § 3. Scotland, Art. viii. Belgic, Art. xvi. Saxon,

Art. iii. Westminster, c. iii. § 1. PROP. II. By predestination to life before the foundations of the world

were laid, He (GOD) hath constantly decreed by His counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom He hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by CHRIST to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honor. 1. Divine Testimony. New Testament. Rom. ix. 22, 23,

Rom. ix. 22, 23, “What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath

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