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VI. Altho' the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Chrift till after his incarnation, yet the vertue, efficacy and benefits thereof were communicated unto the elect in all ages,fucceffively from the beginning of the world, inand by thofe promifes, Types and facrifices, wherein he was revealed and fignified to be the feed of the woman which fhould bruife the ferpent's head, and the Lamb flain from the beginning of the world, being yesterday, and to day the fame and for ever m.
VII. Chrift, in the work of mediation, acteth according to both natures; by each nature doing that which is proper to itselfn: Yet,by reafon of the unity of the perfon, that which is proper to one nature, is fometimes in Scripture attributed to the perfon denominated by the other nature o,
VIII. To all thofe for whom CHRIST hath purchafed redemption, he doth certainly and effectually apply and communicate the fame p; making interceffion for them,
of his glory. John 17. 2.As thou haftgiven him power over allflesh, that he fhould give eternal life to as many as thou haft given him. Heb.9.12.Neither by theblood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entred in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. v. 15. And for this caufe he is the Mediator of the NewTeftament,that by means of death, for the redemption of the tranfgreffions that were under the firft teftament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
VI.mGalat.4. 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God fentforth his fonmade of awoman, made under the law, v. 5. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of fons. Gen.3. 15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,and between thy feed and her feed: it fhall bruife thy head, and thou shalt bruife his heel.Rev.13. 8. And all that dwell upon the earth fhall worship him, whofe name are not written in the
book of life of the Lamb flain from the foundation of the world. Heb. 13. 8. Jefus Chrift the fame yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
VII. n Heb. 9. 14. (See letter k fcripture the fecond) Pet.3. 18. For Chrift alfo hath once fuffered for fins, the juft for the unjust, (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the flesh, but quickned by the spirit.
o Acts 20. 28. Take heed therefore unto your felves, and to all the flock, over the which the holy Ghoft hath made you overfeers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchafed with his own blood. John 3. 13. And no man hath afcended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man, which is in heaven. 1 John 3. 16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our life for the brethren.
VIII. p John 6. 37. All that the Father giveth me, fhall come to "me; and him that cometh to me,
Chap. 8. them q, and revealing unto them, in and the word, the myfteries of falvation r; effectually perfwaded them by his fpirit to believe and obey; and governing their hearts by his word and fpirit f; overcoming all their enemies by his Almighty power and wifdom; in fuch manner and ways as are most confenant to his wonderful and unfearchable difpenfation t. CHAP.
I will in no wife caft out. v. 39. And this is the Father's will which hath fent me, that of all which he hath given me, I fhould lofe nothing, but fhould raise it up again at the last day. John 10. 15. As the Father knoweth me, even fo know I the Father:and I lay down my life for the sheep. v. 16. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them alfo I mult bring, and they fhall hear my voice; and there fhall be one fold, and one shepherd.
q1 John 2.1.y little children, thele things write I unto you, that ye fin not. And if any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jefus Chrift the righteous: v, 2. And he is the propitiation for our fins and not for ours only,but alfo for the finsof the whole world. Rom. 8. 34. Who is he that condemneth? It is Chrift that died, yea rather that is rifen again,who is even at the right hand of God, who alfomaketh interceffion for us. r John 15.13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.v.15. Henceforth I call you not fervants; for the fervant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. Eph. 1.7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgivenefs of lins, according to the riches of his grace; v. 8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence. v. 9.Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according tohisgood pleasure
which he hath purposed in himself. John 17. 6. I have manifefted thy name unto the menwhich thou gavelt me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gaveit them me; and they have kept thy word.
f John 14. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Heb.12.2. Looking unto Jefus,the author & finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was fet before him, endured the crofs, defpifing the fhame, and is fet down at the right hand of the throne of God 2 Cor.4.13. Wehaving the fame fpirit of faith; according as it is written, I belie ved, and therefore have I spoken: we alfo believe, and therefore fpeak. Rom. 8. 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit,if so be, that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Chrift, he is none of his. v. 14. For as many as are led by the fpirit of God, they are the fons of God. Rom. 15. 18. For I will not dare to fpeak of any of those things, which Chrift hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, v. 19. Through mighty figns and wonders,by the power of the fpirit of God; to that from Jerufalem, and round about unto Illyricum,I havefully preached the golpel of Chrift. John 17. 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
t Pfal.110. 1. The Lord faid-unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Cor. 15.35. For he
CHAP. IX. Of Free-Will.
OD hath endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that it is neither forced, nor by any ábfolute neceffity of nature determined, to good or evil a.
II. Man, in his ftate of innocency, had freedom and power to will and to do that which is good and well pleafing to God b; but yet mutably, fo that he might fall from it c.
III. Man, by his fall into a state of fin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any fpiritual good accompanying sal vation d: So as a natural man, being altogether averse from
must reign, till he hath put all'enemies under his feet. v. 26. The lalt enemy that shall be deftroyed, is death. Mal. 42. But unto you that fear my name, shall the fun of righteoufnefs arife with healing in his wings; and ye fhall go forth, and grow up as calves of the ftall. v. 3. And ye fhall tread down the wicked; for they fhall be afhes under the foles of your feet, in the day that I fhall do this, faith the Lord of holts. Col 2. 15. And having fpoiled principalities and powers, he made a fhew of them openly,triumphing overthem in it. 1. a Mat. 17. 12. But I fay unto you; that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have doneunto him whatfoever they lifted: likewife thall alfo the Son of man fuffer of them. James 1. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own luft, and enticed. Deut. 30. 19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have let before you life and death,blefling and curfing; therefore choofe life, that both thou and thy feed may live.
II. b Eccl. 7. 29. 1o, this only have I found, that God hath made manupright; but they have fought out many inventions. Gen. 1. 26. And God faid, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fifh of the fea, and over the fowl of the air,and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
c Gen. 2.16. And the Lord God commanded the man, faying, Of every tree in the garden,thou mayeft freely eat. 2. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eateft there. of, thou fhalt furely die. Gen 3.6. And when the woman faw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be defired to make one wife, fhe took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave alfo unto her hufband with her, and he did eat.
III. d Rom. 5. 6. For when we were yet without ftrength, in due time Chrift died for the ungodly. Rom. 8. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity againft God for it is not fubject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. John 15.5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and 1 in him,the ame bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
that good e, and dead in fin f, is not able, by his own ftrength, to convert himfelf, or to prepare himself there
IV. When God converts a finner, and tranflates him into the ftate of grace, he freeth him from his natural bondage under fin h, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is fpiritually good i; yet so as that, by reafon of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly nor only will that which is good, but doth alfo will that which is evil k. V. The
e Rom. 3. 10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: v. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together be come unprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not one.
f Eph. 2. 1. And you hath he quickned, who were dead in tref. paffes and fins..5. Even when we were dead in fins, hàth quick ned us together with Chrift,(by grace ye are faved.)Col. 2. 13. And you being dead in your fins, and the uncircumcifion of your flesh, bath he quickned together with him, having forgivenyou all trefpaffes. g John 6. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath fent me draw him: and I will raife him up at the last day. 7. 65. And he faid, Therefore faid I unto you, that no man can come unto me,except it were given unto him of my Father Eph.2.2. Wherein in time paft, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power or the air, the fpirit that now worketh in the children of difobedience. . 3. Among whom alfo we all had our converfation in times paft, in the lufts of our flefh, fulfilling the delires of the flefh, and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. v. 4. But God who is rich inmercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, . 5. Even when we were dead in fins, hath quickned us together with Chrift,
(by greace ye are faved.) 1 Cor.2. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the thingsof the fpirit of God: for they are foolithnefs unto him: neither can he know them,because they are fpirituallydifcerned. Tit, 3. 3. For we ourlelves alfo were fometimes, foolish, difobedient,deceived, ferving divers lufts and pleafures, living in malice and envy, hateful,and hatingoneanother. v. 4. But afterthat the kindnefs and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. v. 5. Not by works of righteoufnefs which we have done, but according to his mercy he faved us by the wafhing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy Gholt.
IV. h Col. 1. 13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darknefs and hath tranflated us into the kingdom of his dear fon. John 8.34. Jefusanfwered them, Verily, verily, 1 fay unto you, whofoever committeth fin, is the fervant of fin. v. 36. If the fon therefore fhall make you free,ye shall be free indeed.
i Phil.2. 13. For it is God which worketh in you both to will andto do of hisgood pleasure Rom.6.18. Being then made free from fin, ye became the fervants of righteoufnefs. v. 22. But now being made free from fin, and become fervants to God,ye have your fruituntoho. linefs, and the end everlafting life.
k Gal 5.17. For the fleth lufteth againit the fpirit, and the fpirita
V. The will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to Good alone, in the ftate of glory only 1.
CHAP. X. Of Effectual Calling.
LL thofe whom God hath predeftinated unto life, and thofe only, he is pleafed, in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call a, by his word and fpirit b, out of that state of fin and death in which they are by nature,
gainst the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other; fo that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Rom 7. 15. For that which Ido,I allow not:for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate,that dol,v. 18. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is prefent with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find not. v. 19. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. v. 21. I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is prefent with me. v. 23. But I fee another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of fin, which is in my members.
V.Eph 4.13. 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 meafure of the ftature of the fulness of Christ, Heb. 12. 23. To the general affembly and church of the firstborn,which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all,and to the fpirits of jult men made perfect 1 John 3.2. Beloved,now are we the fons of God,and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when he fhall appear, we fhall be like him; for we fhall fee him as he is. Jude 24. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to prefent
you faultlefs before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy.
I. a Rom.8.30.Moreover, whom he did predeftinate, them he alfo called and whom he called, them he alfo justified : and whom he juftified,them he alfo glorified.Rom. 11. 7. What then? Ifrael hath not obtained that which he feekethfor; but the election hath obtained it, and the relt were blinded, Eph, 1. 10. That in the difpenfation of the fulnefs of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. v. 11. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
b 2 Thefl.2.13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,brethren, beloved of the Lord; becaufe Godhathfromthebeginning chofen you to falvation, through fanctification of the fpirit, and belief of the truth: 7.14. Whereunto hecalled you by our ofpel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jefus Chrift. 2 Cor. 3. 3. For as much as ye are manifeftly declared to be the epiftle of Chrift,miniftred by us, written not with ink, but with the fpirit of the living God: not in tables of ftone,but in fleshly tables of the heart. 6. Who allo made us abie minifters of the, new teftament, not of the letter