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G A l. iv. 6.
sent the Spirit of his Son into your
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
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
3. He sanctifies and renews our Wills and
Affections, and so our whole Nature,
I Cor. vi. II.
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.
fons of the Sacred Trinity, as all concur-
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.
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
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,
xiii. 47, 48.
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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