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[v] free, to every sinner desirous to enjoy it, who comes to God by him. Ifai. lv. i. 1 Cor. i. 30. Col. i. 19. Heb. vii. 25. Rev. xxii. 17. This salvation is re. ceived and enjoyed by faith, not by works. Ads. xvi. 30, 31. Rom. iv. 5. Eph. ii. 8, 9. Yet faith, if real and genuine, will be productive of holiness in heart and lise. Acts. xv. 9. Gal. v. 6. - Jam. ii. 18.
Therefore whoever lives habitually in the practice of known sin, gives proof that whatever he may pretend to, he is not possessed of true faith, nor is a state of falvation. 1 John. ii. 4. ii. 6, 7, 8, 9. It is both the duty and desire of a true believer to puríue holiness and purity. Heb. xii. 14. 1 John. iii. 3. Believers have many enemies both inward and outward, to obftruct their progress in the way of holiness. Rom. . vii. 15, 19, 21, 23. Gal. v. 17; 2 Tim. iii. 12. 1 Pet. v. 8. But they may have all needful help from Chrift here to surmount all their difficulties and obstructions, as they look onto him by faith, in prayer, and other ordinances; and a glorious eternal reward, and infinitely more than a recompense for all in heaven. Ifa. xl. 31. Rom. vi. 14. 1 Cor. x. 13. 2 Cor. xii. 9. Heb. xiii. 5. Cor. xv. 58. ¿ Theff. i. 7. Heb. vi. 10. Rev. iii. 21. Therefore such are both to be exhorted and encouraged to press forward in holiness, notwithstanding all opposition. Heb. xii. 1. A&ts. xi, 23. Holiness is a conformity to the will of God in temper and conduct; and therefore all believers are to be labouring after a conformity to the divine will, to be more and more transformed according to it,
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