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those holy inclinations, affections and actings that the godly have fiom the Spirit of Christ, then they would have communion with Christ. The communion of saints with Christ, does certainly consist in receiving of his fulness, and partaking of his grace, which is spoken of, John i. 16. « Of his fulness have we all received, and grace for grace.” And the partaking of that Spirit which God gives not by measure unto him, the partaking of Christ's holiness and grace, his nature, inclinations, tendencies, affections, love, desires, must be a part of communion with him. Yea, a believer's com- , munion with God and Christ, does mainly consist in partaking of the Holy Spirit, as is evident by 2 Cor. xiii. 14. But that unbelievers have no communion or fellowship with Christ, appears, ist. Because they are not united to Christ, they are not in Christ. Those that are not in Christ, or are not united to him, can have no degree of communion with him ; for union with Christ, or a being in Christ, is the foundation of all communion with him. The union of the members with the head, is the foundation of all their communion or partaking with the head ; and so the union of the branch with the vine, is the foundation of all the communion it has with the vine, of partaking of any degree of its sap or life, or influence. So the union of the wife to the husband, is the foundation of her communion in his goods. But no natural man is united to Christ; because all that are in Christ shall be saved ; 1 Cor. xv. 22. “ As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive;" i. e. all that are in Christ ; for this speaks only of the glorious resurrection and eternal life. Phil. iii. 8, 9. “ Yea, doubtless, I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord ; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having on my own righteousness," &c. 2 Cor. v. 17. any man be in Christ, he is a new creature ; old things are passed away ; behold, all things are become new."

“ Hereby know we that we are in him.” Chap. iii. 24. « And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth is him, and he in him, and hereby we know that he abideth in us,"

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&c. and iv. 13. “ Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and Le in us."

2d. The Scripture does more directly teach, that it is only true saints that have communion with Christ; as, particularly, this is most evidently spoken of as what belongs to the saints, and to them only, in 1 John i. 3...7. 66 That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another; and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin." And 1 Cor. i. 8, 9. “ Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” By this it appears that those who have fellowship with Christ, are those that cannot fall away, whom God's faithfulness is bound to confirm to the end, that they may be blameless in the day of Jesus Christ.

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$93. Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones is 'a confirmation, that however natural men may be the subjects of great and wonderful influences and operations of God's great power and Spirit; yet they do not properly partake at all of the Spirit before conversion. In all that is wrought in them, in cvery respect fitting and preparing them for grace, so that nothing shall be wanting but divine life ; yet as long as they are without this, they have nothing of the Spirit. Which confirms the distinctions I have elsewhere made, of the Spirit of God influencing the minds of natural men under common illuminations and convictions, and yet not communicating himself in his own proper nature to them, before conversion ; and that saving grace differs from common grace, not only in degree, but also in nature and kind. It is said, Rev. ii. 8, of the church at Philadelphia, which is commended above all other churches, Thou hast a little strength....certainly implying, that ungodly men have none at all.

$94. That there is no good work before conversion and actual union with Christ, is manifest from that, Rom. vii. 4. “ Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law, by the body of Christ, that ye should be married unto another, even to him who is raised from the dead; that we

should bring forth fruit unto God.” Hence we may argue, Į that there is no lawful child brought forth before that mar

riage. Seeming virtues and good works before, are not so indeed. They are a spurious brood, being bastards, and not children.

$ 95. That those thst prove apostates, never have the same kind of faith with true saints, is confirmed by what Christ said of Judas, before his apostasy, John vi. 64. « But there are some of you, who believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” By this it is evident, that Judas, who afterwards proved an apostate, (and is doubtless set forth as an example for all apostates) though he had a kind of faith in Christ, yet did not believe in Christ with a true faith, and was at that time, before his apostasy, destitute of that kind of faith which the true disciples had ; and that he had all along, even from the beginning, been destitute of that faith. And by the 70, and 7 1st verses of the same chapter, it is evident that he was not only destitute of that degree of goodness that the rest had, but totally destitute of Christian piety, and wholly under the dominion of wickedness; being in this respect like a devil, notwithstanding all the faith and temporary regard to Christ that he had. « Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you

is a devil ? He spake of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. For he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve."


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