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of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God b: which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption i.
III. This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the efsence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of itk: yet, being enabled 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 l. And therefore it is the duty of every one, to give all di
ligence things, ye shall never fall, v. 11. possession, unto the praise of his gloFor to an entrance shall be miniftred ry. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the unto you abundantly, into the ever- holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are lasting kingdom of our Lord and sealed unto the day of redemption. Saviour Jesus Christ. 1 John ii. 3., 2 Cor. i. 21. Now he who stablishAnd hereby we do know that we eth us with you, in Christ, and hath know him, if we keep his command anointed us, is God: v. 22. Who ments. I John iii. 14. We know that hath also sealed us, and given the we have passed from death unto life, earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. because we love the brethren: he III. 1 John v. 13. These things that loveth not his brother, abideth have I written unto you that bein death. 2 Cor. i. 12. For our re- lieve on the name of the Son of God; joicing is this, The testimony of our that ye may know that ye have cconscience, that in fimplicity, and ternal life, and that ye may believe godly sincerity, not with fethly on the name of the Son of God. wisdom, but by the grace of God Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that we have had our conversation in the feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the world, and more abundantly to you- voice of his servant, that walketh in wards.
darkness, and hath no light? let b Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not him trust in the name of the Lord, received the spirit of bondage again and stay upon his God. Mark. ix. to fear; but ye have received the 24. And straightway the father of spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, the child, cried out, and faid with Abba, Father. v. 16. The spirit it- tears, Lord, I believe; help thou felf beareth witness with our spirit, mine unbelief. (See Pfal. lxxxviii. that we are the children of God. throughout. Pfal. lixvii, to the 12.
i Epb. i. 13. In whom ye also verse. trufted, after that ye heard the word li Cor. ii. 12. Now we have re. of truth, the gospel of your falvati- ceived, not the spirit of the world, on: In whom also, after that ye be- but the spirit which is of God; that lieved, ye were sealed with that ho- we might know the things that are ly spirit of promise. v. 14. Which freely given to us of God. 1 John iv. is the earnest of our inheritance, un- 13. Hereby know we that we dwell til the redemption of the purchased in him, and he in us, because he
ligence to make his calling and election surem; that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience; the proper fruits of this assurancen: so far is it from inclining men to looseness o. Iy. True believers may have the assurance of their falva
tion hath given us of his Spirit. Heb. vi. the power of the holy Ghost. Eph. 11. And we desire, that every one i. 3. Blessed be the God and Father, of you do fhew the same diligence, of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath to the full assurance of hope unto blessed us with all spiritual blessings the end: v.12. That ye be net doth in heavenly places in Chrift: v. 4. ful, but followers of them, who thro' According as he hath chofen us in faith and patience inherit the pro- him before the foundation of the mises. Eph. iii. 17. That Christ world, that we should be holy, and may dwell in your hearts by faith, without blame before him in love. that ye being rooted and grounded Psalm iv. 6. There be many that in love, v. 18. May be able to com- say, Who will thew us any good? prehend with all faints, what is the Lord, lift thou up the light of thy breadth, and length, and depth and countenance upon us. v. 7. Thou height, v. 19. And to know the love haft put gladness in my heart, more of Chriit, which patieth knowledge, than in the time that their corn and that ye might be filled, with all the their wine increased. Pfal. cxix. 32. fulness of God.
I will run the way of thy command. m 2 Pet. i. 10, Wherefore the ra- ments, when thou shalt enlarge my ther, brethren, give diligence to heart. make your calling and election sure: o's John ii. 1. My little children, for if ye do these things, ye shall ne-, these things write I unto you, that
ye fin not. And if any man fin, we » Rom. y. 1. Therefore being ju- have an advocate with the Father, stified by faith, we have peace with Jesus Christ the righteous. v. 2. God through our Lord Jesus Christ. And he is the propitiation for our v. 2. By whom also we have access fins: and not for ours only, but alby faith into this grace wherein we fo for the fins of the whole world, stand, and rejoice in hope of the glo- Rom. 6. 1. What shall we say then? ry of God. v. 5. And hope maketh thall we continue in sin, that grace not ashamed, because the love of may abound? v. 2. God forbid : God is shed abroad in our hearts, by how shall we that are dead to fin, the holy Ghoit which is given un- live any longer therein ? Tit. ii. 11. to us. Rom. xiv: 17. For the king. For the grace of God that bringeth dom of God is not meat and drink, salvation, hath appeared to all men, but righteoufness and peace, and v. 12. Teaching us, that denying joy in the holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13. ungodliness and worldly lufts, we Now the God of hope fill you with should live soberly, righteously, and all joy and peace in believing, that godly in this present world. v. 14. ye may abound in hope, through Who gave bimself for us, that he
tion divers ways shaken, diminished and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it, by falling into some special sin, which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation; by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light p: yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith,
that might redeem us from all iniquity, the drops of the night. v. 3. I have and purify unto himself a peculiar put off my coat, how shall I people, zealous of good works. 2 on? I have washed my feet, how shall Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these I defile them? v. 6. I opened to my promises (dearly beloved) let us beloved, but my beloved had with , cleanse ourselves from all filthiness drawn himself, and was gone: my of the flesh and spirit, perfe&ing ho- fout failed when he spake; I fought liness in the fear of God. Rom. viii. him, but I could not find him; I 1. There is therefore now no con
called him, but he gave me no andemnation to them who are in Christ swer. Pfal, li. 8. Make me to hear Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, joy and gladness; that the bones but after the Spirit. v. 12. There- which thou hast broken, may re. fore, brethren, we are debtors, not joice. v. 12. Restore unto me the joy to the flesh, to live after the flesh, of thy salvation; and uphold me with 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we thy free Spirit. v. 14. Deliver me che sons of God, and it doth not from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou yet appear what we shall be: but we God of my salvation; and my tongue know, that when he shall appear, we shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. shall be like him : for we shall fee Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the hohim as he is. v. 3. And every man ly Spirit of God, whereby ye are that hath this hope in him, purifi- fealed unto the day of redemption. cth himself, even as he is pure. Pfal. v. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, CIII. 4. But there is forgiveness and anger, and clamour, and evilwith thee: that thou mayest be fearspeaking be put away from you, ed. 1 John i. 6. If we say that we with ali malice. Psal. lxxvii. 1. I have fellowship with him, and walk cried unto God with my voice: ein darkness, we lie, and do not the ven unto God with my voice, and truth. v. 7. But if we walk in the he gave ear unto mc. v. 2. In the light, as he is in the light, we have day of my trouble I fought the fellowship one with another, and the Lord: myiore ran in the night, and blood of Jesus Christ his Son clean- ceasęd not: my soul refused to be feth us from all sin.
comforted, v. 3. I remembred God, IV. p Cant, v. 2. I sleep, but my and was troubled; I complained, heart waketh: it is the voice of my and my spirit was overwhelmed. beloved that knocketh, saying, O. Selah. v. 4. Thou holdest mine pen to me, my sister, my love, my eyes waking: I am so troubled, that dove, my undefiled: for my head is I cannot speak. v. 5. I have eonsifilled with dew, and my locks with dered the days of old, the years of
that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived q, and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from ytter despair r.
СНАР. ancient times. v. 6. I call to remem- Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for brance my song in the night: I com- thee, that thy faith fail not; and mune with mine own heart, and my when thou art converted, strengthe fpirit made diligent search. v. 7. en thy brethren. Job. xiii. 15. Tho! Will the Lord calt off for ever? and he say me, yet will I trust in him: will he be favourable no more?' v. but I will maintain mine own ways B. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? before him. Pfal. lxxïï. 15. IfI say, doth his promise fail for evermore? I will speak thus: behold, I should v. 9. Hath God forgotten to be gra- offend against the generation of thy cious ? hath he in anger shut up his children. Pfal.li.8, 12. (See letter p tender mercies? Selah. *4.10. And immediately before.) Ifa.l. 10. (See I faid, This is my infirmity, but I letter p immediately foregoing.) will remember the years of the right Mic. vii. 7. Therefore I will hand of the most High. Mat. xxvi. look unto the Lord : I will wait for 69. Now Peter sat without in the the God of my falvation : my God palace; anda damsel cameunto him, will hear me. v. 8. Rejoice not alaying, thou also wast with Jesus of gainst me, O mine enemy; when I Galilee, v.70. But he denied before fall, I shall arise; when I fit in darkthem all, saying, I know not what nefs, the Lord thall be a light unto thou sayest. v.71. And when he was me.' v. 9. I will bear the indignatigone out into the porch, another on of the Lord, because I have finmaid faw him, and said unto them ned against him, until he plead my that were there, This fellow was al- cause, and execute judgment for me: so with Jesus of Nazareth. v. 72. he will bring me forth to the light, And again he denied with an oath, and I shall behold his righteousI do not lenow the man. Pfal. xxxi. . nefs. Jer.xxxii. 40. And I will make 22. For I said in my haste, I am cut an everlasting covenant with them, off from before thine eyes: never- That I will not turn away from theless thou heardest the voice of them, to do them good; but I will my supplications, when I cried unto put my fear in their hearts, that thee. (Pfal. lxxxviii, throughout.) they shall not depart from me. Ifa. Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that liv. 7. For a small moment have I Icareth the Lord, that obeyeth the forsaken thee; but with great mervoice of his servant, that walketh in cies will I gather thee. v. 8. In a darkness, and hath no light? let him little wrath I hid my face from thee, trust in the name of the Lord, and for a moment; but with everlasting stay upon his God.
kindness will I have mercy on thee, § 1 Johnii.9. Whosoever is born faith the Lord thy Redeemer. v.9: of God, doth not commit fin: for For this is as the waters of Noah unhis seed remaineth in him, and he to me: for as I have sworn that the cannot fin, because he is born of God. waters of Noah should no more go
CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God.
which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact and perpetual obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it a.
II. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in iwo tables b;
over the earth; so have I sworn that v. 15. who shew the work of the law I would not be wroth with thee, nor written in their hearts, their conrebuke thee. v. 10. For the moun- science also bearing witness; and tains shall depart, and the hills be their thoughts the mean while acremoved, but my kindness shall not cusing, or else excufing one another. depart from thçe, neither shall the Rom. x.5.For Mofes describeth the covenant of my peace be removed, righteousness which is of the law, faith the Lord, thąt hath mercy on that the man who doth those things, thee. Psal. xxii. 1.My God, my God, shall live by them. Rom. v. 12. why halt thou forsaken me? why art Wherefore, as by one man sin enthou so far from helping me, and tered into the world, and death by from the words of my roaring? fin; and so death passed upon all (Pfal. lxxxviii. throughout.) men, for that all have sinned. v,
I. . Gen. i. 26. And God said, 19. For as by one man's disobediLet us make man in our image, af- ence many were made finners: fe ter our likeness: and let them have by the obedience of one shall many dominion over the fish of the sea, be made righteous. Gal. iii. 10. For and over the fowl of the air, and o- as many as are of the works of the ver the cattle, and over all the earth, law, are under the curse: for it is and over every creeping thing that written, Cursed is every one that creepeth upon the earth. v.27. So continueth not in all things, which God created man in his own image, are written in the book of the law, in the image of God created he him: to do them. v. 12. And the law is male and female created he them. not of faith: but, The man that With Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree doth them, shall live in them. Eccl. of the knowledge of good and evil, vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the that God hath made man upright: day that thou eatelt thereof, thou but they have sought out many infhalt surely die. Rom. ii. 14. For ventions. Job. xxviii. 28. And unwhen the Gentiles who have not the to man he said, Behold the fear of law, do by nature the things con- the Lord, that is wisdom; and ta tained in the law, these having not depart from evil, is understanding. the law, are a law ynto themselves: II. James i. 25. But whoso look