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enabled to cry, Abba, Father'; are pitied, protected", provided for', and chaftened by him as by a father; yet never caft off', but sealed to the day of redemptionTM, and inherit the promises”, as heirs of everlasting falvation.
HEY who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new
h Prov. 14. 26. In the fear of the Lord is ftrong confidence, and his children fhall have a place of refuge.
i Mat. 6 30. 32. Where fore if God fo clothe the grafs of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is caft into the oven, all be not much more dlo be you, O ye of little farth? -For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. I Pet. 5. 7. Cafting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
n Heb. 6. 12. That ye be not flothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promifes To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, referved in heaven for you Heb 1. 14. Are they not all miniftering fpirits, fent forth to minifter for them, who shall be heirs of falvation?
spirit created in them, are farther fanctified, really and perfonally, through the virtue of Christ'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
I. a I Cor. 6. 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 20. 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. 3. 10. That
may know him, and the power of his refurrection, and the fellowship of his fufferings, being made conformable unto his death. See alfo Rom. 6. 5. 6. For if we have been planted together in the likenefs of his death, we fhall be alfo in the likeness of bis refurrection: 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.
b Eph. 5. 26. That he might fanctify and cleanfe it with the washing of water by the word. 2 Theff. 2.13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, bre
thren, beloved of the Lord, hecanfe God hath from the beginning chofen you to falvation, through fanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
c Rom 6. 6, 14. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of fin might be deftroyed, that henceforth we should not ferve fin. For fin fhall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
d Gal. 5 24. And they that are Chrifl's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lufts. Rom. 8 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 fhali live.
e Col. 1. II. Strengthened with might according to his glorious power, unto all pati ence and long-fuffering with joyfulness. Eph. 3. 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.
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 fpirit against the flesh'.
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevailk, yet, through the continual fupply of strength from the fanctifying Spirit of Chrift, the regenerate
f 2 Cor. 7. I. Having therefore thefe promifes, dearly beloved, let us cleanfe ourselves from all filthinefs of the flesh and fpirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Heb. 12. 14. Follow with all men, peace and holiness, without which no man fhall fee the Lord.
II. g 1 Theff. 5. 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.
h 1 John 1. 10. If we fay, that we have not finned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Phil. 3. 12. Not
as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which alfo I ami apprehended of Chrift Jefus. See alfo Rom. 7. 18, 23.
i Gal. 5. 17. For the flesh lufteth against the fpirit, and the fpitit against the flesh: and thefe are contrary the one to the other; fo that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
III. k Rom. 7. 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.
part doth overcome': and fo the faints grow in graceTM, perfecting holiness in the fear of God".
CHA P. XIV.
Of saving Faith.
HE 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
1 Rom. 6. 14. For fin fhall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1 John 5. 4. For whatfoever is born of God, overcometh the world; And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Eph. 4. 16. From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint fupplieth, according to the effectual work ing in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of it felf in love.
m 2 Pet 3. 18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jefus Christ. 2 Cor. 3. 18. But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the
fame image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
n 2 Cor 7. 1. Having therefore thefe promifes, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthinefs of the flesh and fpirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
I. a Heb, 10, 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the faving of the foul.
b 2 Cor 4. 13. We having the fame fpirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I fpoken, we alfo believe, and therefore fpeak. Eph. 2. 8. For by grace are ye faved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
ministry of the word: by which alfo, and by the administration of the facraments, and prayer, it is increased and ftrengthened".
II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true, whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself 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".
c Rom. 1o. 14, 17,-How hall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how fhall they hear without a preacher?- -So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
d1 Pet. 2, 2. As new-born babes, defire the fincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Luke 17. 5. And, the apostles faid unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Rom, 1, 16. 17. For I am not afhanied of the gospel of Chrift; for it is the power of God unto falvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and alfo to the Greek. For therein is the righteoufnefs of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The juft fhall live by faith. See alfo As 20. 32.
Il, e I Theff. 2. 13, For this caufe alfo thank we God without cealing, becaufe when ye received the word of God
which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh alfo in you that believe. 1 John 5. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witnefs in himfelf; he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. Acts 24, 14.-believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets.
f Rom, 16. 26. But now is made manifeft, and by the fcriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations, for the obedience of faith.
g Ifa. 66, 2.-To this man will look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word,
h Heb, 11, 13, Thefe all