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and where, and how he pleaseth.11 So also are all othtT elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the word.0
IV. Others not elected, although they mny be called by the ministry of the word, P and may have some operations of the Spirit ;1 yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved :c much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their live?, according to the light of nature, and the law of that religion they do profess ;s and to assert and maintain, that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.'
Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord, our God, shall ealL And John iii.3,5. Jesus answered; and said unto him, Verily, verily J. sny unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee* except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.'And 1 John v. 12. He that hath the Son, hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. And Rom. viii. '.*. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of hfe. (Compared together.)
n John iii. 8. The wind bloweth where it hsteth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
o 1 John v. 12. He that hath the Son, hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. Acts iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
IV. p Mat. xxii. 14. For many are called, but few are choseri.
q Mat. vii. 22. Many will say to me in that day. Lord, Lord, have We not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat. xiii. 20, 21. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is lie that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Yot hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persetution ariseth bocause of the word, by and by he is offended. Heb. vi. 4, 5. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.
T John vi. 64 to 66. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore, said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John viii. 24. I said, therefore, unto you, that you shall die in your sins: for, if you believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
s Aets iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
Them whom God effectually calletb, he also freely justifieth :a not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous: not for any thing wrought in them, or clone by them, but for Christ's sake alone: not by imputing faith itself, the act of believmg, or any other evangelicat obedience, to them as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them,*l they
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we mast be saved. John xiv. ti. Jesus saith unto him, i am the way, andthe truth, and the tife: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Eph, ii. 12. That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. John iv. 22. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. John xvii. 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the oniy true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
t 2 John'.' to 1J. Whosoever transgrasseth, ami abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any nnto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him, God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. 1 Cor. xvi. 22. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha. Gal. i. G to 8. I marvel, that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached imto you, let him be accursed.
I. a Rom. viii. HO. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.
b Rom. iv. f, to 8. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith Is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 2 Cor. v. 19, 21. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sins that we might be made the righteousness of God
receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith; which faith they hare not of themselves, it is the gift of God.c
II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification ;d yet
in him. Rom. ,iii. 22, 24, 25, 27, 28. Even the righteousness of God, which is, by faith, of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference: being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay; but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the law. Tit. iii. 5, 7. Not by works of righteousness, which wo have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 1 Cor i. 30, 31. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Rom. v. 17 to 19. For if by one man's otfence, death reigned by one ; much more they which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation: even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners: so, by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
c Acts x. 44. While Peter vet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Acts xiii. 38, 39. Be it known unto you, therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from the which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Eph. ii. 7. 8. That m the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us, through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
II. d John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Rom. iii. 28. Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified bj faith; without the deeds of the law. Rom, v. 1. Therefore, being is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but worketh by love.6
III. Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified, and did make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to his Father's justice in their behalf.1" Yet, in as much as he was given by the Fajustified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
e James ii. 17, 22,26. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Gal. v. 6. For in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.
III. / Rom. v. 8, 9,10,19. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yetsinncrs, Christ died for us. Much more then being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son: much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners: so, by the obedience of one, shall many be made righteous. 1 Tim. ii. 5, 6. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified indue time. Heb. X. 10,14. By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Dan. ix. 24, 26. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for miquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come, shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Isa. liii. 4, 5, 6,10, 11, 12. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows : yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniqmties: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. AH we, like sheep, have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travel-of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore, will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong: because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and; he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
ther for them,? and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead,'1 and both freely, not for any thing in them; their justification is only of free grace:' that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.11
IV. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect:' and Christ did, in the fulness of time, die for their sins, and rise again for their justification:"' nevertheless they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit doth in due time actually apply Christ unto them."
V. God doth continue to forgive the sing of those that
g Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him Up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
A 2 Cor. v. 21. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no bin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Mat. iii, 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Eph. v. 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
i Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.
A: Rom. iii. 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which beheveth in Jesus. Eph. ii. 7. That in the ages to come, he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us, through Christ Jesus.
IV. I Gal. iii. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 1 Pet. i. 2,19,20. Elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot. Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
m Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. 1 Tim. ii. 6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due tune. Rom. iv. 25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
n Col. i. 21,22. And you that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable, and unreproveable in his sight. Gal. ii. 16. (See letter c immediately foregoing,) Tit. iii. 4, to 7. But after that the kindness and love of God, our Saviour, toward man appeared; not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to bis mercy he saved