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true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord fi
II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole mang; yet imperfect in this life, there abideth still some remnant of corruption in every part h: whence ariseth a continual and irreconcileable war; the flelh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh i.
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevailk, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the fanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcomel: and so the saints grow in
grace, love of Christ, which passeth know. which also I am apprehended of ledge, that ye might be filled with Christ Jesus. all the fulness of God.
i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lufteth f 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore against the Spirit, and the Spirit a. these promises, dearly beloved, let gainst the felh: and these are conus cleanse ourselves from all filthi- trary the one to the other; so that ye ness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting cannot do the things that ye would. boliness in the fear of God. Heb. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly beloved, I beki, 14. Follow peace with all men, feech you as strangers and pilgrims, and holiness, without which no man abstain from fefhly lusts which war shall see the Lord,
against the soul. II. g 1 Thess v. 23. And the very III. k Rom. vii. 23. But I see anGod of peace fanétify you wholly: other law in my members, warring and I pray God your whole spirit, against the law of my mind, and and soul, and body be preserved bringing me into captivity to the blameless into the coming of our law of fin, which is in my members. Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Rom. vi. 14. For sin fhall not bi John i. 10. If we say that we have dominion over you: for ye are have not finned, we make him a li-- not under the law, but under grace. ar, and his word is not in us. Rom. John v. 5. For whatsoever is born vii. 18. For I know that in me (that of God, overcometh the world: and is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good this is the victory that overcometh thing: for to will is present with me, the world, even our faith. Eph.iv. but how to perform that which is 15. But speaking the truth in love, good, I find not. v. 23. But I see may grow up into him in all things, another law in my members, war- which is the head, even Christ. v. ring against the law of my mind, 16. From whom the whole body fitand bringing me into captivity to ly joined together, and compacted the law of fin, which is in my mem- by that which every joint supplieth, bers. Phil. iii. 12. Not as though I according to the effectual working had already attained, either were in the measure of every part, makalready perfect: but I follow after, eth increale of the body, unto the that I may apprehend that for edilying of it self in love.
m 2 Pet.
gracem, perfecting holiness in the fear of God n.
CHAP. XIV. Of Saving Faith.
of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their soulsa, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts b; and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the word c: by which also, and by the ad ministration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened d.
II. By m 2 Pet. iii. 18. But grow in grace, who believe, according to the work
, and in the knowledge of our Lord ing of his mighty power. Eph. i.8. and Saviour Jesus Christ: To him For by grace are ye saved, through be glory both now and for ever. A- faith; and that not of your selves : men. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with it is the gift of God. open face, beholding as in a glass c Rom. x. 14. How then shall they the glory of the Lord, are changed call on him in whom they have not into the same image, from glory to believed ? and how shall they believe glory, even as by the Spirit of the in him of whom they have not heard? Lord.
and how shall they hear without a n 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore preacher? v. 17. So then, faith comthese promises, dearly beloved, let eth by hearing, and hearing by the us cleanse ourselves from all filthie word of God. nefs of the ficth and spirit, perfect- d 1 Pet. ii. 2. As new born babess ing holiness in the fear of God. desire the sincere milk of the word,
1. a Heb. x. 39. But we are not of that ye may grow thereby. Acts xx. them who draw back unto perditi- 32. And now, brethren, I commend on; but of them that believe to the you to God, and to the word of his saving of the soul.
grace, which is able to build you up, b 2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the and to give you an inheritance afame spirit of faith, according as it mong all them who are fanctified. is written, I believed, and therefore Rom. iv. 11. And he received the have I spoken: we also believe, and sign of circumcision, a feal of the therefore fpeak, Eph. i. 17. That righteousness of the faith, which he the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, had yet being uncircumcised: that the Father of glory, may give unto he might be the father of all them you the Spirit of wisdom and reve- that believe, though they be not cirlation, in the knowledge of him. v. cumcised; that righteoufness might 18. The eyes of your understand- be imputed unto them also. Luke ing being enlightened; that ye may xvii. 5. And the apostles faid unto know what is the hope of his cal- the Lord, Increase our faith. Rom. ling, and what the riches of the glo- i. 16. For I am not ashamed of the ry of his inheritance in the saints, gospel of Christ: for it is the power v. 19. And what is the exceeding of God unto salvation to every one greatness of his power to us-ward that believeth, to the Jew first, and
II. By this faich, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God him, self speaking therein e; and acterh differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commandsf, trembling at the threateningsg, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come b. But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of gracei.
III. This also to the Greek. V. 17. For there made known to all nations for the in is the righteousness of God re- obedience of faith. vealed from faith to faith: as it g Ifa.lxvi. 2. For all those things is written, The just shall live by hath mine hand made, and all those faith.
things liave been, faith the Lord: II. e John iv. 42. And said unto
but this man will I look, even to the woman, Now we believe, not him that is poor and of a contrite because of thy saying; for we have fpirit, and trembleth at my word, heard him ourselves, and know that Heb. xi. 13. These all died in this is indeed the Christ, the Savi- faith, not having received the proour of the world. i Thelf. ii. 13. mises, but having seen them afar off, For this cause also thank we God and were persuaded of them, and without ceasing, because when ye embraced them, and confessed that received the word of God which ye they were strangers and pilgrims on heard of us, yé received it not as the the earth. I Tim. iv. 8. For bodily word of men, but (as it is in truth) exercise profiteth little: but godlithe word of God, which effe&tually nefs is profitable unto all things, worketh also in you that believe. having promise of the life that now 1 John v. 10. He that believeth on is, and of that which is to come. the Son of God hath the witness in i Jolini. i 2. But as many as rehimself: he that believeth not God, ceived him, to them gave he
power hath made him a liar, because he to becoine the fons of God, even to believeth not the record that God them that believe on his name, Acts gave of his Son.' A&s xxiv, 14. But xvi. 31. And they faid, Believe on this I confess unto thee, that after the Lord Jesus Christ, ind thou shale the way which they call heresy, so be saved, and thy house. Gal. ii. 20. worship I the God ofiny fathers, be- I am crucified with Christ: Nevera lieving all things which are written theless I live; yet not I, but Chrift in the law and the prophets. liverh in me; and the life which I.
f Rom. xvi. 26. But now is made now live in the fleih, I live by the tnanifest, and by the scriptures of faith of the Son of God, who loved the prophets, according to the com- me, and gave himself for me. Aets mandment of the everlasting God, xv. 11. But we believe that through
III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or Atrongé; may be often and many ways affailed and weakened, but gets the victory l; growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Chrilt m, who is boch the author and finifher of our faith n.
Of Repentance unto Life.
doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister
of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, shield of faith, wherewith ye shall we shall be saved even as they. be able to quench the fiery darts of
III. . Heb. v 13. For every one the wicked. 1 John v. 4. For what. that useth milk is unskilful in the foever is born of God overcometh word of righteousness: for he is a the world: and this is the victory habe. v. 14. But strong meat be that overcometh the world, even longeth to them that are of full age, our faith. v.s. Who is he that o. even those who by realon of use have vercometh the world, but he that their senses exercised to discern both believeth that Jelus is the Son of good and evil. Rom. iv. 19. And be- God? ing not weak in faith, he considered m Heb. vi, 11. And we desire that not his own body now dead, when every one of you do thew the saine he was about an hundred years old, diligence, to the full assurance of neither yet tlie deadness of Sarah's hope unto the end: v. 12. that ye tvomb. v. 20. He staggered not at be not Nothful, but followers of the promise of God through unbe- them, who through faith and patilief, but was strong in faith, giving ence inherit the promises. Keb. x. glory to God. Mat. vi. 30. Where. 22. Let us draw near with a truc fore if God so clothie the grass of the heart, in full assurance of fai h, have field, which to-day is, and to-mor- ing our hearts sprinkled from an erow is cait into the oven, thall he vil conscience, and our bodies washnot much more clothe you, Oye of ed with pure water. Col. ii. 2. That, little faith? Mat, viii. 10. When their hearts might be comforted, beJesus heard it, he marvelled, and ing knit together in love, and unto faid to them that followed, Verily I all riches of the full assurance of unfay unto you, I have not found so derstanding, to the acknowledgment great fạith, no not in Israel.
of the myitery of God, and of the I Luke xxii. 31. And the Lord Father, and of Christ, faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan * Heb. xii. 2. Looking unto Jesus, hath desired to have you, that he the author and finisher of our faith; may
fift you as wheat: v.32. But I who, for the joy that was set before have prayed for thee, that thy faith him, endured the cross, despising the fail not; and when thou art con- shame, and is set down at the right verted, strengthen thy brethren. hand of the throne of God. Eph. vi. 16. Above all, taking the I. a Zech. xii. 10. And I will pour
of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ b.
11. By it a linner, out of the tight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his fios, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent; 1o grieves for and hates his fins, as to furn from them all unto Godc, purpoling and endeavouring
to upon the house of David, and upon and your doings that were not good, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the and shall lothe yourielves in your fpirit of grace and of supplications, own light, for your iniquities, and and they ihall look upon me whom for your abominations. Ifa.xxx. 22. they have pierced, and they thall Ye Thall defile also the covering of mourn for him, as one mourneth thy graven images of silver, and the for his oniy fon, and shall be in bit- ornament of thy molten images of terness for him, as one that is in bit- gold; thou thalt cait them away ternels for his firit born. Ats xi. 18. a menitruous cloth: thou shalt iay When they heard there things, they unto it, Get thee hence. Pfal. li. 4. held their peace, and glorified God, Againit thee, thee only have I finsaying, Then hath God also to the ned, and done this evil in thy sight: Gentiles granted repentance unto that thou mightelt be justified when life.
thou speakelt, and be clear when • Luke xxiv. 47. And that repen- thou judgelt. Jer, xxxi. 18. I have tance and remission of sins should be surely heard Ephraim bemoaning preached in his name, among all na- himielf thus, Thou hast chastised tions, beginning at Jerusalem. Mark me, and I was chastised, as a bullock i. 15. And saying, The time is ful- unaccuitomed to the yoke: turn thou filled, and the kingdom of God is at me and I thall be turned; for thou hand: repent ye and believe the go- art the Lord my God. v. 19. Surespel. Acts xx. 21. Testifying both ly after that I was turned, I repent. to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, ed; and after that I was instructed, repentance toward God, and faith I smote upon my thigh: I was atoward our Lord Jesus Christ. Thamed, yea, even confounded, be
II. c Ezek. xviii. 30. Therefore, eause I did bear the reproach of my I will judge you, O house of Ifrael, youth. Joel ii. 12. Therefore allo every one according to his ways, now, faith the Lord, Turn ye eten faith the Lord God: repent, and . to me with all your heart, and with turn yourselves from all your trans- fasting, and with weeping, and with greflions; fo iniquity shall not be mourning. v. 13. And rent your your ruin. v. 31. Calt away from heart and not your garments, and you all your transgressions, where- turn unto the Lord your God: for by ye have transgressed, and make he is gracious and merciful, Now to you a new heart and a new spirit; anger, and of great kindness, and for why will ye die, O house of IC- repenteth him of the evil. Amos v. rael? Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Then shall 15. Hate the evil, and love the good, Je remember your own evil ways, and establish judgment in the gate :