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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,

by the renewing of their mind, Rom. xii. 2. And to

be continually cultivating every divine temper, and

increasing in virtue or sacred courage. t Spiritual

knowledge and understanding; temperance, in the en-

joyment of all God's good creatures ; patience in all

afflicting and distressing circumstances ; every kind

and part of godliness; or every pious affection, and ex-

ercise of mind with, for, and towards God, as a holy,

kind, and gracious father; and brotherly kindness to-

wards all God's people ; with undissembled and disin.

terested charity, or love towards all men in all circum,

stances. 2 Pet. i. 5, 6, 7. These divine tempers are

a happy foundation for every duty; and to all duties,

believers ought to be urged and encouraged. They

ought to attend to every ordinance; private and pub-

lic prayer, on all proper occasions ; Eph. iv. 19, 20.

Reading and hearing the word John. v. 39. Heb. 11.

3. vi. 2. xii. 25; 1 Pet. ii. 2. meditation upon it.

Pfal. i. 2. felf-examination by it. 2 Cor. xiii. 5. They

ought to attend to the facred ordinance of baptism,

Mat. xxviii. 19. A&ts. ii. 38, 39. xxii. 16. which in

our judgment, the scriptures plainly teach us to ad-

minister to believers only, or those who profefs to be.

lieve ; and only by immersion. Mat. xxviii. 19. Acts.

viii. 12, 36, 38. When a person is baptized, he

ought to join with the people of God, in church-fel-
lowship. A&ts. ii. 41. And being joined with them
in a regular manner, they ought to observe every

of The greek word aretén in 2 Pet. i. 5. translated vir-

tue, is thought by many, properly to signify courage.


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