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blameable and unreproveable inGod'ssight ;w but tbathe. looking upon them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.1
VII. Works done by uuregenerate men. although, for the matter of them, they may be things, which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others :y yet, because they proceed not from an heart purified by faith ;z nor are done in a right manner, according to the
thereof: and the Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering. With Heb. xi. 4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of liis gifts: and by it he being dead, yet speaketh.
10 Job ix. 20. If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. Psal. cxliii. 2. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
x Heb. xiii. 20,21. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Cor. vhi. 12. For if there bo first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. Heb. vi. 10. For God is not unrighteous, to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Mat. xxv. 21, 23. His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant ; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
VII. y 2 Kings x. 30, 31. And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel. But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel, with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin. 1 Kings xxi. 27, 29. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, ana put sackcloth upo)s his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. Seest thou how Ahab humbleth hunself before me ? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house. Phil. i. 15,16,18. Some, indeed, preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds. What then? notwithstandmg every waj^ whether in pretence 6r in truth, Christ is preached ; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
(5 Gen. iv. 5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. word ;a nor to a right end, the glory of God ;b they are, therefore, sinful, and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God.c And yet their neglect of them is more sinful, and displeasing unto God.d
And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. With Heb. xi. 4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead, yet speaketh. Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a re warder of them that diligently seek him.
a 1 Cor. xiii. 3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it protiteth me nothmg. Isa. i. 12. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
b Mat. vi. 2, 5,16. Therefore, when thou dost thine ahns, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. And when thou prayest? thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a. sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
c Hag. ii. 14. Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands, and that which they offer there is unclean. Tit. i. 15. Unto the pure all things are puro; but unto them that are defiled, and unbelieving, is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Amos v. 21, 32. I hate, I despise your feast-days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burntofferings, and your meat-offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace-ofl'erings of your fat beasts. Hos. i. 4. And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. Rom. ix. 16. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
d Psal. xiv. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. Psal. xxxvi. 3. The words of his month are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. Job. xxi, 14,15. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us ; for we desire not the knowtedge of thy ways. What is the Ahnighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have if we pray unto him? Mat. xxv. 41, 42, 43, 45. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye
OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS.
They whom Uod hath accepted in his Beloved, effeoCually called and sanctified by his Sprit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.s
11. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free-will, but upon the immutability of the decree oi election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God, the Father ;b upon ths efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ;° the abiding of the Spt
visite'd me not. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Mat. xxiii. 23. Wo unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ; for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
I. a Phil. i. 6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which iiath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall. Jcnn x. 28, 29. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me is greater than all: and none :s able to chick them out of my Father's hand. 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him : and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 Pet. i. 5, 0. Who arc kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
II. 4 2 Tim. ii. 18.19. Who concerning the truth have erred, saymg, that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the namo of Christ depart from iniquity. Jer. xxxi. 3. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, sayings Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
c 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. Heb. xiii. 20,21. Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of theeverlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work, to do hjs will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, rit, and of the seed of Qod within them;'' and the nature of the covenant of grace :c from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof/
through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and evef. AmenHeb. is. I'ito 15. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by liia own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls, and of goats, and thy ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much mare shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for thi:. cause he is the Mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they, which are called, might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Rom. viii. 33 to 39. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of Gods elect? It is God that justifieth: who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.) Nay, in all theso tKings we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor deptii, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. John xvii. 11, 34, And now I am no more in the world, but these are in thar world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name, those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we jire. Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given mo, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory which thou hast given mo: for thou lovodst me before the foundation of the world. Luke xxii. 3ii. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Heb. vii. 25. "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost, that comu unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
d John xiv. 16, 17. And I will pray the Father, and he shall givo you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seelh him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him, for h« dvvelleth with you, and shall be in you. 1 John ii. 27. But the anointing wliich ye have received of him, abideth in you: and yc need not that any man teach you: But, as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie: and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John in. 9. Whosoever is born Of God, doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because lie is born of God.
e Jer. xx-iii. 40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from vaf
f. John x. 28. And I give unto them eternal life, and the'' never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand, f iii. 3. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and i
Ill, Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins ;S and for a time continue therein :n whereby they incur God's displeasure,1 and grieve his Holy Spirit ;k come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts;' have their hearts hard
from evil. 1 John ii. 19. They went out from us, but they were not of us : for if they had been of us, they would, no doubt, have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest, that they were not all of us.
III. g Mat. xxvi. 70,72, 74. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
h Psal. Ii. (the title) 14. To the chief musician, a psahn of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
i Is. lxiv. 5, 7, 9. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth, and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thoo art wroth, for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of theo: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. Bo not.wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 2 Sam. xi. 27. And when the mourning was past, David sent, and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son : but the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
k Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are .sealed unto the day of redemption.
I Psal li. 8,10,12. Make me to hear joy and gladness: that the bones, which thou hast broken, may rejoice. Create in me a clean heart, O God ; and renew a right spirit within mc. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Rev. ii. 4. Nevertheless, I havo somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Cant. v. 2, 3, 4, 6. I sleep, but my heart waketh : it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat, how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them? My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake : I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave mo no answer.
m Isa. lxiii. 17. O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways? and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servant's sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. Mark vi. 52. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened. Mark xvi. 14. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven, as they