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have his name put upon them; receive the Spirit of adoption; have access to the throne of grace with boldness *; are enabled to cry, Abba, Father; are pitieds, protected », provided for, and chaftened by him as by a father *; yet never caft off, but fealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises", as heirs of everlasting falvation. СНАР.

joint heirs with Chrift: if fo be that we fuffer with him, that we may be alfo glorified together. John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave hepower to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Jer. xiv. 9. Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name, leave us not. 2 Cor. vi. 18. And will be a father unto you, and ye fhall be my fons and daughters, faith the Lord Almighty. Rev. iii. 12. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he fhall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerufalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new

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8 Pfal. ciii. 13. Like as a father pitieth his children; fo the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

h Prov. xiv. 26. In the fear of the Lord is ftrong confidence; and his children fhall have a place of refuge.

i Matth. vi. 30. Wherefore, if God fo clothe the grafs of the field, which to-day is, and tomorrow is caft into the oven, fhall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? V.32. For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. I Pet. v. 7. Cafting all your care upon him, for he careth for


k Heb. xii. 6. For whom the Lord loveth he chafteneth, and fcourgeth every fon whom he receiveth.

Lam. iii. 31. For the Lord will not caft off for ever.


Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are fealed unto the day of redemption.

"Heb. vi. 12. That ye be not flothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

• 1 Pet. i. 3. Bleffed be the God and Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the refurrection of Jefus Chrift from the dead, V. 4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and un


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ther fanctified really and perfonally, through the virtue of Chrift's death and refurrection, by his word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of fin is deftroyed, and the feveral lufts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and ftrengthened in all faving graces, to the practice you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chofen you to falvation, through fanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.

defiled, and that fadeth not away, referved in heaven for you. Heb. i. 14. Are they not all miniftering fpirits, fent forth to minifter for themwho fhall be heirs offalvation?

I. 1 Cor. vi. 11. And fuch were fome of you: but ye are wafhed, but ye are fanctified, but ye are juftified, in the name of the Lord Jefus, and by the Spirit of our God. Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are fanctified. Phil. iii. 10. That I may know him, and the power of his refurrection, and the fellowship of his fufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Rom. vi. 5. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we fhall be alfo in the likeness of his refurrection: V. 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that hence forth we should not ferve fin.

b John xvii. 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Eph. v. 26. That he might fanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2 Theff. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for

Rom. vi. 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of fin might be deftroyed, that henceforth we fhould not ferve fin. V. 14. For fin fhall not have dominion over you for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

d Gal. v. 24. And they that are Chrift's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lufts. Rom. viii. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye fhall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye fhall live.

Col. i. 11. Strengthened with all mght according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-fuffering with joyfulness. Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be ftrengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. V. 17. That Chrift may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, V. 18. May be able to comprehend with all faints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; V. 19. And to know the love of Chrift,


practice of true holiness, without which no man fhall fee the Lord'.

II. This fanctification is throughout in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth ftill fome remnants of corruption in every part: whence arifeth a continual and irreconcileable war; the flesh lufting against the fpirit, and the spirit against the flesh.

III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet, through the continual fupply of ftrength from the fanctifying Spirit of Chrift, the regenerate part doth overcome: and fo the faints if that I may apprehend that for which alfo I am apprehended of Chrift Jefus.

which paffeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulnefs of God.

f 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore thefe promifes, dearly beloved, let us cleanfe ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and fpirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Heb. xii. 14. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man fhall fee the Lord.


II. Theff. v. 23. And the very God of peace fanctify you wholly and I pray God your whole fpirit and foul and body. be preferved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jefus Chrift. hr John i. 1o. If we fay that we have not finned, we make him a lyar, and his word is not in us. Rom. vii. 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. 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. Phil. iii. 12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after,


i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lufteth against the fpirit, and the fpirit against the flesh and thefe are contrary the one to the other; fo that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly beloved, I befeech you, as ftrangers and pilgrims, abftain from fleshly lufts which war against the foul.

III. Rom. vii. 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.

1 Rom. vi. 14. For fin fhall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1 John v. 4. For whatfeever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Eph. iv. 15. But fpeaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Chrift: V. 16. From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint fupplieth, according to the effectual



faints grow God".


grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of

CHAP. XIV. Of Saving Faith.

THE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the faving of their fouls, is the work of the Spirit of Chrift in their hearts; and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the word; by which alfo, and by the administration of the facraments and prayer, it is increafed and ftrengthened".

II. By this faith a Chriftian believeth to be true whatfoever is revealed in the word for the authority of God him

working in the measure of every
part, maketh increase of the body,
unto the edifying of itfelf in love.
2 Pet. iii. 18. But grow in
grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift:
to him be glory both now and for
ever. Amen. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But
we all with open face, beholding
as in a glafs the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the fame image,
from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.

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2 Cor. vii. 1. Having, therefore, thefe promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanfe ourfelves from all filthinefs of the flesh and fpirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God,

1. Heb. x. 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the faving of the foul.

b2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the fame fpirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and there fore have I fpoken: we alfo be lieve, and therefore fpeak. Eph. i. 17. That the God of our Lord Jefus Chrift, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of


wifdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: V. 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the faints, V. 19. And what is the exceeding greatnefs of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Ep. ii. 8. For by grace are ye faved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Rom. x. 14. How then hall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how fhall they hear without a preacher? V. 17. So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

dr Pet.ii. 2. As new-born babes, defire the fincere milk ofthe word, that ye may grow thereby. Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you

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felf speaking therein; and acteth differently upon that which each particular paffage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come. But the principal acts of faving faith are, accepting, receiving and refting, upon Chrift alone for justi fication, fanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace'.

an inheritance among all them which are fanctified. Rom. iv. 11. And he received the fign of circumcifion, a feal of the righteoufnefs of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcifed; that righteoufnefs might be imputed unto them alfo. Luke xvii. 5.And the apoftles faid unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Rom. i. 16. For I am not ashamed of the gofpel of Chrift: for it is the power of God unto falvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew firft, and alfo to the Greek. V. 17. For therein is the righteoufnefs of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is ivritten, The juft fhall live by faith..

II. John iv. 42. And faid unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy faying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Chrift, the Saviour of the world. Theff. ii. 13. For this caufe alfo thank we God without ceafing, becaufe when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh alfo in you that believe. I John V. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himfelf: he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he

III. This

believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. Acts xxiv. 14. But this I confefs unto thee, that after the way which they call herefy fo worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets.

f Rom. xvi. 26. But now is made manifeft, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlafting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

Ifaiah lxvi. 2. For all thofe things hath mine hand made, and all thofe things have been, faith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

h Heb. xi. 13. Thefe all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having feen them afar off, and were perfuaded of them, and embraced them, and confeffed that they were ftrangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Tim. iv. 8. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promife of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

1 John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Acts xvi. 31. And they faid, Believe on the Lord Jefus Chrift,


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