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tions, or causes moving him thereunto k; and all to the praise of his glorious gracel.
VI. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so hath he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will, foreordained all the means thereuntom. Wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ n, are effectually called unto faith in Christ, by his spirit working in due season; are justified, adopted, fan&ified e, and kept by his power through faith unto salvation p. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, fanctified and saved, but the elect only q.
VII. The k Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16. (See let- tion, through fanctification of the ter cimmediately foregoing.) Eph. Spirit, and belief of the truth. 1:4.9.(See letteri immediately fore » 1 Thess.v.9. For God hath not going.)
appointed us to wrath, but to obtain 1 Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the falvation by our Lord Jefus Christ, glory of his grace, wherein he hath v. 10. Who died for us, that whemade us accepted in the beloved. v. ther we wake or sleep, we should live 12. That we thould be to the praise together with him. Tit. ii. 14. Who of his glory, who first trusted in gave himself for us, that he might Chriit.
redeem us from all iniquity, and puVI. m 1 Pet. i 2. Elect according rify unto himself a peculiar people, to the fore-knowledge of God the zealous of good works. Father, through fanctification of o Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom the Spirit unto obedience, and he did predettinate, them healto calsprinkling of the blood of Jesus led: and whom he called, them he Chriít. Eph. i. 4. According as he also justified: and whom he justifihath chofen us in him, before the ed, then he also glorified. Eph.i.v. foundation of the world, that we Having predestinated us unto the ashould be holy, and without blame doption of children by Jesus Chrift before him in love: v. 5. having to himtelf, according to the good predestinated us unto the adoption pleasure of his will
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. ii. 13. of children by Jesus Chriit to him. But we are bound to give thanks to felf, according to the good pleasure God alway for you, brethren, beof his will. Eph. ii. 10. For we are loved of the Lord, because God his workmanship, created in Christ hath from the beginning chosen you Jesus unto good works, which God to falvation, through fan&tification hath before ordained that we should of the spirit, and belief of the truth. walk in them. 2 Thess.ii. 13. But we p i Pet.i. 5. Who are kept by the are bound to give thanks alway to power of God through faith unto God for you, brethren, beloved of salvation, ready to be revealed in the Lord, because God hath from the last time. the beginning chosen you to falva 9 John xvii. 9. I pray for them: I
VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of his own will, whereby he extendeth or withholdeth mercy as he pleaseth, for the glory of his forereign power over his creatures, to pass by, and to ordain them to dishonour and wrath for their sin, to the praise of his glorious justice r. VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination
is pray not for the world but for them þave I raised thee up, that I might which thou hait given me, for they ihew my power in thee, and that my are thine. Rom. viii. 28. And we name might be declared throughkuow that all things work together out all the earth. v. 18. Therefore for good, to them that love God, to hath he mercy on whom he will them who are the called according have mercy, and whom he will, he to his purpose, &c. (to the end of hardneth. v. 21. Hath not the potthe chapter.) John vi. 64. But there ter power over the clay, of the same are some of you that believe not. lump to make one vessel unto ho-, For Jesus knew from the beginning, nour, and another unto dishonour? who they were that believed not, v. 22. What if God, willing to thew and who 1hould betray him. v. 65. his wrath, and to make his power And he said, Therefore said I unto known, endured with much longyou, that no man can come unto me, suffering the vessels of wrath fitted except it were given unto him of my to destruction ? 2 Tim. ii. 19. NeFather. John X. 26. But ye believe vertheless, the foundation of God Dot, because ye are not of my sheep, standeth fure, having this feal, The as I faid unto you. John viii. 47. Lord knoweth them that are his, * He that is of God, heareth God's And, Let every one that nameth the words: ye therefore hear them not, name of Chrilt depart from iniquibecaufe ye are not of God. 1 John ty. v. 20. But in a great house, ü. 19. They went out from us, but there are not only vessels of goldand they were not of us: for if they had of silver, but also of wood, and of been of us, they would no doubt earth; and fome to honour, and have continued with us; but they fome to dishonour. Jude 4. For sent out, that they might be made there are certain men crept in unamanifest, that they were not all of wares, who were before of old or
dained to this condemnation, una VII. – Mat. xi. 25. At that time godly men, turning the grace of our Jesus answered and said, I thank God into lasciviousness, and denythee, O Father, Lord of heaven and ing the only Lord God, and our earth, becaufe thou hast hid these Lord Jesus Christ. i Pet, ii. 8. And things from the wife and prudent, a stone of itumbling, and a rock of and hast revealed them unto babes, offence, even to them which stumV. 26.even so, Father, for so it seem., ble at the word, being disobedient, ed good in thy sight. Rom. ix. 17. whereunto also they are appointFor the scripture faith unto Pha- ed. raok, Even for this fame purpose
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is to be handled with special prudence and caref, that men attending the will of God revealed in his word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election t. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God v; and of humility, diligence, and abundant confolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel w.
CHAP. IV. Of Creation. T pleased God the Father, Son, and holy Ghost a, for
the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wis: 1
dom, VIII. S Rom. ix. 20. Nay but, О work is no more work. v. 20. Well; man, who art thou that repliest a because of unbelief they were brokgainst God? shall the thing formed en off, and thou standest by faith. lay to him that formed it, Why haft Be not high-minded, but fear. thou made me thus?. Rom. xi. 33. 2 Pet. i. 10. (See letter immedi
the depth of the riches both of ately foregoing.) Rom. viii. 33. the wisdom and knowledge of God! Who shall lay any thing to the how unsearchable are his judg- charge of Gods elect? it is God that ments, and his ways past finding justiñeth. Luke x. 20. Notwithout! Deut, xxix, 29. The secret standing in this rejoice not, that the things belong unto the Lord our spirits are subject unto you: but raGod: but those things which are ther rejoice because your names are revealed belong unto us, and to our written in heaven. children for ever, that we may do · I. a Heb. i. 2. Hath in these last all the words of this law. ... days spoken unto us by his Son,
1.2 Pet. i. 19. Wherefore the ra- whom he hath appointed heir of all ther, brethren, give all diligence to things, by whom alto he made the make your calling and election sure: worlds. John i. 2. The fame was for if ye do these things, ye shall ne- in the beginning with God. v. 3.
All things were made by him; and v Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the without him was not any thing glory of his grace, wherein he hath made, that was made. Gen. i. 2. made us accepted in the beloved. And the earth was without form Rom. xi. 33. (See letter simmedi, and void, and darkness was upon ately following.) ....
the face of the deep: and the Spirit * w Rom. xi. 5. Even so then at this of God moved upon the face of the present time also there is a remnant waters. Job xxvi. 13. By his fpirit according to the election of grace. he hath garnished the heavens: his v. 6. And if by grace, then is it no hand hath formed the crooked fermore of works: otherwise grace is pent. Job xxxiii. 4. The spirit of no more grace. But if it be of works, God hath made me, and the breath then it is no more grace: otherwise of the Almighty hath given me life.
dom, and goodness b, in the beginning, to create, or make of Dothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invigble, in the space of fix days, and all very good c.
II. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female d, with reasonable and immortal foulse; endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own imagef, having the law of God written in their heartsg,
and i Rom. i. 20. For the invisible man in his own image, in the image things of him from the creation of of God created he him: male and the world are clearly seen being un female created he them. derstood by the things that are Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God made, even his eternal power and formed man of the dust of the Godhead; so that they are without ground, and breathed into his noexcuse. Jer, x. 12. He hath made itrils the breath of life; and man bethe earth by his power, he hath e came a living soul. With Eccl. xii. Etablished the world by his wisdom, 7. Then shall the dust return to the and hath stretched out the heavens earth as it was: and the spirit shall by his discretion. Pfal. civ. 24. O return unto God who gave it. And Lord, how manifold are thy works! Luke xxiii. 43. And Jelus faid unin wisdom hast thou made them all: to him, Verily I say unto thee, To the earth is full of thy riches. Pfal. day shalt thou be with me in paraxxxiii. 5. He loveth righteousness dife. And Mat. x. 28. And fear not and judgment: the earth is full of them which kill the body, but are the goodness of the Lord. v. 6. By not able to kill the soul: but rather the word of the Lord were the hea- fear him which is able to destroy vens made: and all the host of them, both soul and body in hell. by the breath of his mouth.
f Gen, i. 26. And God said, let (The whole first chapter of Gen.) us make man in our image, after Heb. xi. 3. Through faith we un- our likeness: and let them have dọ. derstand, that the worlds were fra minion over the fish of the fea, and med by the word of God, so that over the fowl of the air, and over things which are seen, were not the cattle, and over all the earth, nade of things which do appear. and over every creeping thing that Col. i. 16. For by him were all creepeth upon the earth. Col. iii. things created that are in heaven, 10. And have put on the new man, and that are in earth, visible and in- which is renewed in knowledge, afvisible, whether they be thrones or ter the image of him that created dominions, or principalities or pow- him. Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put ers: all things were created by him, on the new man, which after God and for him. Acts xvii. 24. God that is created in righteousnefs, and true made the world, and all things there- holiness. in, seeing that he is Lord of heaven g Rom. ii. 14. For when the Genand earth, dwelleth not in temples tiles which have not the law, do by made with hands.
nature the things contained in the II, . Gen. i. 27. So God created law, these having not the law, are
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and power to fulfil it h; and yet under a possibility of transgrefling, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change i. Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with Godk, and had domini. on over the creatures I.
CHAP. V. Of Providence. OD, the great creator of all things, doth uphold a, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and
things a law unto themselves: v.
10. And he said, I heard thy voice thew the work of the law written in in the garden: and I was afraid, betheir hearts, their conscience also cause I was naked : and I hid mybearing witness, and their thoughts felf. v. 11. And he said, Who told the mean while accusing, or elle ex thee that thou wait naked? Halt cusing one another,
thou eaten of the tree, whereof I b Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have commanded thce, that thou thouldI found, that God hath made man est not eat? v. 23. Therefore the upright; but they have fought out Lord God sent him forth from the many inventions.
garden of Eden, to till the ground, į Gen. iii. 6. And when the wo from whence he was taken. man saw that the tree was good for 1 Gen.i. 26. And God said, let us food, and that it was pleasant to the make man in our image, after our eyes, and a tree to be desired to make likeness: and let them have domione wise; she took of the fruit there- nion over the fish of the sea, and oof, and did eat, and gave also unto ver the fowl of the air, and over the her husband with her, and he did cattle, and over all the earth, and oeat. Eccl. vii. 29. (See letter b im- ver every creeping thing that creepmediately foregoing.)
eth upon the earth, v, 28. And God k Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of. blessed them, and God said unto the knowledge of good and evil, them, Be fruitful, and multiply, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the and replenish the earth, and subdue day that thou eatest thercof, thou it: and have dominion over the fish fhalt surely die. Gen. iii. 18. And of the sea, and over the fowl of the they heard the voice of the Lord air, and over every living thing that God walking in the garden in the moveth upon the earth. cool of the day: and Adam and his r I. a Heb. i. 3. Who being the wife hid themselves from the pre- brightness of his glory, and the exfence of the Lord God amongst the prels image of his person, and uptrees of the garden. v. 9. And the holding all things by the word of Lord God called unto Adam, and his power, when he had by himself said unto him, Where art thou?' v. purged our fins, sat down on the