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G A l. iv. 6.
And because ye are Sons, God haih

sent the Spirit of his Son into your
Hearts, crying, Abba Father.

Bserve here, v. I. In General. All the Three Persons of the Godhead are here mentioned together, as often elsewhere, Matt.iii. 16, 17. Matt. xxviii. 19. 2 Cor. xiii, 14. i Joh. v. 7.:

II. In Particular. Concerning the Holy Ghost, observe, 1. He is here reckoned anong the Persons of

the Sacred Trinity, Aets v. 3, 40: 1. Cor. xii.

6,11. Isa. vi. 8, 9. cum A&t. xxviii. 25; 26. ... Matt. xii. 31, 32. . · 2. As Christ is here called the Son of God;

so the Holy Ghost is here called the Spirit

of Christ, proceeding from the Son as well : as from the Father, John xvi. 15. . 3. As the Father sent the Son, Gal. iv. 4. so he sent the Spirit of his Son too, ver. 6. Ec trésone, in both Places, John xiv. 26. ,

C. XV, 26. 4. God sends his Spirit only to those who are his Sons by Adoption, ver. v. ó ese úór. That ye are Sons, appears from hence, because you have the Spirit'; or, because ye are Sons therefore, duc. we partake of the ... Spirit only by Vertue of our Union to

Which Union is made by Faith, John i. 12.
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Therefore none else are capable of its

John xiv. 17. s. It is the Heart of Believers into which the

Spirit is sent, and wherein Christ and it

dwell, Eph. iii. 17... ... For the Heart is the Fountain of Life,

Prov. iv. 22. And the Seat of all true Grace: Hence whatsoever a Man doth, how well for

ever he speaks, unless his Heart be right with God, he may be confident that he hath

not the Spirit of Christ. 6. This Spirit thus sent by Ġoď into the Heart

of Believers, cries, Abba Father, which is the last and greatest Work he doth for us,

and in us, and therefore fupposeth all the . rest.

Now'the great Things he doth are, 1. External. Which as Means'he usech. ... He hath revealed the Will of God and new

ceffary Truths to us, 2 Pet. i. 21. John xiv.

26. 2 Tim. iii. 16. 2. He constituteth and appointeth Ministers

in his Church to expound this, the Will of God, and apply it to Men, Eph. iv. II, 12. 1 Cor. xii. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Afts XX. 28. A&ts

xiii. 2. 2. Internal. By thefe Means, 1. He enlightens our Minds, rectifies our

Judgments, and clears ap our Apprehensions , of the Truths he hath revealed, Aets xvi. 14.

Psal. cxix. 18. Fobin vi. 63. I Cor. ii. 11, 12.

John xvi. 13. 2. He convincethus of Sin, and makes us

truly sensible of it, and Penitent for it, John xvi. 8,9. Ats.ii. 370

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3. He sanctifies and renews our Wills and

Affections, and so our whole Nature,
Tit. iii. 5. 2. Thell. ii. 13. : Pet.i. 2. Job.iii..

I Cor. vi. II.
4. He guides, directs and governs, us in our

Actions, Rom. viii. 1, 14. 26, 27. I Cor. xii. 3. 5. He assures us of our Adoption and Recon

ciliation to God; whereby we are able to call him, Abba Father, Rom. viii. 15, 16. by which Means he is an Earnet of our fucure Glory, Eph. i. 13, 14.

1. Hence we fhould learn to adore all the per-

fons of the Sacred Trinity, as all concur-
ring in our Redemption, 2 Cor. xiii. 14.

Ifa. vi. 3. Revel. iv. 8. 2. Pray earnestly for the Spirit, otherwise ye

are none of Christ's, Rom. viii. 9. nor can do

any good Thing, John XV. S.
And we have a Promise for it, Luke xi. 13.

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Acis ii. 47. And the Lord added to the Church

daily such as should be saved.

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4. For the Governours and Rulers of the

Church in any City or Nation, Matt, xviii. 17.

Eine tņ&xmandie 787692 zõus seged person. Chryf. See what follows, Matt. xviii. 18. Fobn xx. 23. 5. For the Body collective of all Christians in

the World, whereof Christ is Head, Col. i. 18. Eph.i. 22, 23. C. V. 23, 25. Thus Christ himself userh the Word, Matt. xvi.

'18. And thus it is understood in the Creed, and in

the Text.

II. What are the Properties of this Church, 1. It is One. ”Eis éva reboarxiv Stosons univ. I. As having one Head, and built upon one

Foundation, 1 Cor. iii. 11. Eph. ii. 19, 20. 2. As agreeing in one Faith, Eph. iv. s. ! 3. Lead by one Spirit, Eph. iv. 3, 4. . Hence we should all conformn to the Doctrine

and Rites of the Church in general, i for;

xi. 16. 2. The Church is Holy, : 1. Negatively. 1. Not so as that there were no unholy Per

fons in it; for Christ compares it to,
A Floor, Wheat and Chaff, Matt. iii. 12.
A Field, good Seedand Tares, Matt.xiii.24,25,
A Casting-Net, good and bad Fishes, Matf.

xiii. 47, 48.
An House, Vessels of Honour and Dishonour,

2 Tim. ii. 20, 2. Not as if any were perfectly Holy in this

World, 1 John i. 8. - . 2. Positively Holy. Because,

1. It calls Men to Holiness, 2 Tim. i. 9. - 2. It engageth Men to Holiness, 2 Tim. ii. 19. 3. In it many are sincerely Holy, Tit. ii. 14.

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