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3 5, 6, 7 Rom & 18 Psa 16 2 Job. 22, 23 & 35 7., 8. ' Luk. 17; 10Gal 5 22, 23, '1/2 64 6 Gal 5. 17 Rom 7 15, 18 Psal 143 2 & 130 3

VI. Yet notwithstanding, the persons of Believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in him, "not as cho they were in this life wholly unblameable and unreproveable in God's fight, w but that he looking upon them in his Son is pleased to ac-, cept and reward that which is fincere, alcho' accompanied with many weaknell-s & imperfections. * " Eph 1. 6. 1 Pet 2 5 Exod 28. 38 Gen 4i 4 Heb in 4 70b g. 20 Pfal 142. 2 Pbib 3. 12. Heb 13 20, 21. 2. Cor& 12 Heb 6 10 Mat 25 21 23.

VII. Works done by unregenerate men although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands, and of good use boch to themselves and to others : y yet because they proceed nor from an heare purified by Faith, ' nor are done in a righe manner, according to the Word, * nor to a righe end, the Glory of God; b they are cherefore fintul, and cannot please God, nor make a man meet Wreceive grace from God; c and yet their

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| C H A P. XVII.
Of the Perseverance of the Saints.:

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THEY whom God hath accepted in his

I beloved, tffectually called and San&ified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from che ftate of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved a Phil. 1. 6 2 Pet. 1. 10. Jobs 10. 28, 29. 1 Jobs 3. 9. 1 Pet. 1 5. 9.

II. This Perleverance of the Saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immu. tability of the Decree of Election, from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father b upon the efficacy of the merit and intercer. fion of Jefus Chrift, 6 and Union with him, de the Oath of God, e che abiding of his Spirit and che seed of God within them, and the

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nature of the Covenant of Grace, : from all which arisech allo che certainty and infallibility thereof 2 Tim.2. 18,19. Jer. 31. 33. Heb. 1o. 10,14 & 13. 26,21. & 9. 12, 13, 14,15. Rom. 8. 3310 end John 17. 11.24. Luke 2.2.32. Heb. 7.25. Jobu 17 21. H¢6.6.17, 18. Psal. 89. 35,36. 7obn 14,16,17. ijobn 2.27. & 3. 9. Jer. 32.40. "Fobr 10. 28. 2 Tbef. 3. 3. 1 John 2. 19. .

III. And though they may through the temptation of Satan, and of the world, the prevalency of Corruption remaining in them, & che neglect of the means of their prefervation, fall into grievous fins,' and for a time continue therein, whereby they incur God's displeasure,

and grieve his holy Spirit, si come to have theit graces and comforts impaired, n have their hearts hardened, and their Consciences wounded, hurt and scandalize others," and bring temporal judgments upon themselves," yet they are and shall be kept by the power of God through Faith unto Salvation Mat. 26. 90, 92, 94 * Psal 5 i Title & U. 14? Ifa 64. 5, 7, 9. 2 Sam 11. 29 * Epb 4 30 n Pfa 51.8, 10, 12 Rev 2. 4 Cant 5. 2, 3, 4, 6 o Ifa 63.-17 Mark 6. 52 & 16, 14P Psa' 32. 3, 4 E 51 8 9 2 Sam 12 14 * Psa 89 .313 32. I Gor it. 30, 31, 32 į Per 1.5 1 Tbel. 523

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Ć HA P. XVIII. of the Asurance of Grace and Salvation." A Lthough temporary believers, and other

unregenerace meni inay vainly deceivë themselves with fallë hopes and carnal prefumptions of being iw the favour of God, and tate of Salvacion a which hope of theirs shall perish, yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in fincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good Conscience before him may in this life be certainly assured that they are in the fate of grace, and may rejoyce in the hope of the glory of God, which Hope ihall never make them ashamed. de a fab 8.13 14 Mit. 3.11. Deut.29. 19. Jobn8 41 Mar 4.22,23 € 1 Jobn 2.3 & 3. 14, 18, 19, 21; 48 5.13 Rom. 5. 2, 5.

.? IL This certainty is hot a baré conje&ural and probable perfwalion, grounded upon a fallible hopez e but an infallible affurance of Faith, founded on the blood and Righteousness of Chrift revealed in the Gospel, and also upon the inward évidence of those Graces unto which promises are made, and ch the Inmediate witness of the Spirit, teftifing our Adoption, b and as a fruic thereof, leaving the heart more humble are holy ¿ e Heb. 6.1

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This infalible affurance doth not fo belong to the effence of Faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulcies before he be partaker of it ; k yet being inabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means attain thereunto': ! And therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make their calling and Electi. on fare, m that thereby his heart may be inlarged in peace and joy in the holy Ghost, in love and thankfulncis to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance ;'n so far is it from inclining men to looseness: 0 kr Job 5.13 T/a 50.10 Mat. 9.24 Psal'88 per tot Psa. 77. 1. to 12. '1 Cor. 2. 1, 2. 1 yoon 4.13 Heb 6. 11, 12 Epb. 3; 17, 18, 19** 2 Pet. 2. 10. * Rom. 5. 1, 2, 5 Rom 14. 9 & 15. 3, Epb. 1. 3, 4. Pfa. 4. 6, 7.& 119. 32° 1 yohn 3 2, 3 Psa. 1. 3, 4. 1. Fobn 2. 1, 2 Rom 6. 12 Tit. 2. 11,12,14. 2 Cor. 7. 1. Rom. 8. 1. 12 2 jobn 1. 6. 7.

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