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and his Testimonies, his Ministers, his People, all that has God's Image on them, is delightful'unto them, thus they are called.

HENCE it is plain unto whom the Apostle here wisheth Mercy unto, and Peace and Love to be multiplied unto, that is Mercy to fucecur relieve, and deliver their Bodies and Souls under whatsoever Trials and Afflictions they should meet with here.

Peace and Love be multiplyed in your souls from tbe Father through the Son by the Spiriti [9] For he knew that they were like to meet with many Tribulations in the World. Thus I have shewn how the Word Now hath an Eye to the Matter contained in the first and fecond Vertes.

2dly. The Apostle having laid such a Foundation, he in the third Verse speaks unto the Pera fons interested in this Grace of the Threc-One, by the Appellation of Beloved, a Title of great indearedness, as appears by Gos and holy Mcnis use of it the Scriptures, and in theSong of Solomon often. And then tells them he gave all Diligence to write unto them of the common Sivation, and says it was needful for him to write unto them, and to exhort them to contend carnestly for the Faith which was once delivered to the Saints. So that this common Salvation, and the Faith that was once given unto, or wrought in them, is what he builds upon for the former

[7] Fobus 154 10. 16, 33.



Foundation of the Grace of the Three glorious Persons of the one Eternal God. So that this lich common Salvation cannot be meant as common to see all mankind that will accept of it as offered unto her them upon the terms of the Covenant, as some e re say, nor this common Salvation that which is to if be offered so freely unto all that will accept of id as ficely offered unto them, as others say, neither is it the [r] outward temporal Salvation that is common to all Elect or Nonelect, as some others say, for that is not so much the Matter oft Faith asSense, and so not the matter to be fo earnestly contended for as here exhorted unto,

But this common Salvation is the Eternal Salvation of all the Sanctified of the Father, of the Preserved in Jcfus Christ, and Called of the Spirit hos for they shall all be alike faced with an [s] Ever lafting Salvation, whether [t] Jew or Gentile Male or Female, Young or old, Strong or Weak in the Faith ; common unto them all alike, ale tho' it be the special Salvation to them only,

Now this is worthy the most ornest contend ing for, therefore this Apostle thought it so need, ful to write to them about it, and to exhort then to contend earnestly for the Faith of it, for it is plain from the whole Epistle that this Salvation and Faith in it, as delivered then unto the Saints was much contended against by many thenlPer well as now, both as to the Auther of it (Chrif

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Jefus) as to his being God, and our Faith in him as such, as he requires of his Disciples. [v] ye believe in God, believe also in me; but if he had not been God, it had been Blasphemy for him to have required Faith of them, or us, in him as in Gon, if he were not God. Yea, if he were not God by Nature he could not have been the [w] Author of this Eternal Salvation, nor yet of Faith in it; but the Scriptures assert, that he is the[x] ',Author of both.

Though he was the Son of God by Nature, yet he as Man, learn’d Obedience, by the Things he Suffered, for it was the Man that Suffered, and Man that learned Obedience. So he the Son having the Man in him thus made perfect.

HeasGod-Man becamethe[y]Author of Eternal Salvation, which the Church of old breathed after, to [%] come as Man, and David owns as the Author of his Salvation, and trom him alone.

IN Him shews he is the Author of it. So Isaiah faith of Israels Salvation, it is [a] in the LORD. These Texts plainly prove that Salvation is in and of God alone, and the spotle you see faith that Jesus Christ is the Author of Eternal Salvation, therefore Jesus Christ is God, Yea, Peter faith of him, [%] neither is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other Name (or Person, as I noted before) under Heaven, given

[v] John 14, 1. Ads 16, 31. fobn 3, 36, 16, 30, 31. [w] Heb. 5, 8, 9. [x] 12 2. Pf. 14, 7. [2] PS. 27, L. 62, 1, 2, 6, 7, [a] Ifa. 45,17 22. [6] Aits 4, 12.


among Men, whereby we must be saved, thus it appears, that this common Salvation, is the Eternal Salvation of all the fanctified, preserved, and called Ones, and that Jesus Christ as GodMan is the only Author of it.

3d. Particuler, Is a Discription of those Ungodly Men, against whom, those he writes unto are so earnestly to contend, their Discription is from the 4th Verse, unto the 17th Verse.

For there are certain Men crept in unawares, who were of old Ordained to this condemnation, ungodly Men, turning the Grace of God into Lasciviousness, and denying the only LORD God, and our Lord Jesus Cbrift.

1. First, the ungodliness of these Men istwofold, first in turning the Grace of God into Lasciviousness, that is the Doctrines of Grace, turning them to an Incouragement to live in all Manner of Sin. These Men being said to be crept in, must be either into Churches, or into a visible Profession of Truth for a while, so having got some notional Knowledge of the Doctrines of the Grace of God; such as free and absolute Election, free and full Justification by the Blood of Christ, and so of the Certainty of the Salvation of all for - whom Chriß died, and fo conclude that all they do is nothing, nor signifies nothing, their State is safe there is no altering of that, and so become Careless of any Duties; Sabbath and Ordinances, are of little Value unto them, and fo by Degrees leave of all Religion, and then run into all manner of Vanity and Profaneness, with

this Conceit that all will be well at last. This is their turning of the Grace of God into Lascia viousness, this is confirmed by Peter in his first Epis

. 3d Chap. 3, 4, Verses ; but especially in his 20 Epis. 2d Chapter throughout, but especially in the Three first verses, then at the 12th to the End, but note the 19, 20, 21, 22 Verses.

adly, The Ungodliness of these Men is their denying of the only Lord God, and our Lord Jeļus Christ.

These are damnable Heresies, [6] denying the Lord that bought them; here is Error in the foundation Doctrine of Salvation, for in denying the only Lord God, they are Atheists, and their dcnying of our Lord jesus Christ to be real Gon, - makes them Arians. But whosoever denies 72ufus Christ to be God cqual with the Father, is a [d] Lyar, Antichrift, and hath not the Father, that is, dóth not rightly acknowledge the Father. For he and the [l ] Father are One. Yea, so One as that he who sees the One to be the true, eternal God in a right, distinguishing Manner, fees the other to be so also, as appears by our Lord's Discourse with [f] Tkomas and Philip. From this Discourse note these Things:

First, That those who do know some Things, really yet may not know them understandingly.

adly, They that know Jesus Chrift, distinctly who he is, do see that he is in the Father, and the Father in him, and so see that they are both One.

[C] Pet. 2,1. [d) if. John 2, 22, 23. [e] John 10, z. tfi Foba 14 3,6,7, 8, 9.

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