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out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ"; enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God"; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh"; renewing their wills, and by his al'mighty power determining them to that which is good"; and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christs; yet so
c Rom. viii. 2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Ver. 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Ver. 3. Among whom also we all had our conversaion in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Wer.4. But God, who is rich in mer$y, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ver. 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us totether with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but acording to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began; Ver. 10. But is now made manifest by the appear"g of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who *lhabolished death, and hath brought * and immortality to light through the gospel. *Acts xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, ind to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan onto God, that they may receive forBoweness of sins, and inheritance aolong them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 1 Cor. ii.10. But od hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all !hings, yea, the deep things of God. tr. 12. Now we have received, not * spirit of the world, but the Spirit
which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Eph, i. 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him : Ver. 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. e Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stomy heart out of your flesh, and I will give you as heart of flesh. f Ezek. xi. 19. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you ; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. Phil. ii. 13. For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Deut. xxx. 6. And the Lord. thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Ezek. xxxvi. 27. And I will. put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. g Eph. i. 19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. John vi. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. Ver. 45. It is written in the prophews, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me,
as they come most freely, grace".
being made willing by his
II. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from any thing at all foreseen in man'; who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit”, he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed
III. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit", who worketh when,
A Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will run after thee. Psal-cx. 3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning; thou hast the dew of thy youth. John vi. 37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Rom. vi. 16. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servantsye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Ver. 17. But God be thanked that ye were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Ver. 18. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. II. 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. Tit. iii. 4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Ver. 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Eph. ii. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, Ver. 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) Ver. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through fith ; and that not of yourselves; it the gift of God: Ver, 9. Not of
works, lest any man should boast. Rom. ix. 11. For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. A 1 Cor. ii. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishmess unto him : neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Rom. viii. 7. Because the carmal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) 1 John vi. 37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Ezek. xxxvi. 27. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. John v. 25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. III, m Luke xviii. 15. And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them : but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Ver. 16. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not : for of such is the kingdom of God. And Acts ii. 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.
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and where, and how he pleaseth ". So also are all other elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the word ". IV. Others not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the word P, and may have some common operations of the Spirit", yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved " : much less can men, not professing the Christian religion be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to
frame their lives according to the light of nature, and
the law of that religion they do profess';
ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spi
rit, if so be that the Spirit of God
and to assert
not prophesied in thy name 2 and in .
and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested".
CHAP. XI. Of justification.
HOSE whom God effectually calleth he also freely justifieth"; not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous : not fer any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone : not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience, to them as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them", they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith: which faith they have not of themselves;
were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. * John iv. 22. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. John xvii. 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. f 2 John, ver, 9. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. Ver. 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. Ver. 11. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 1 Cor. xvi. 22. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. Gal. i. 6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel; Ver. 7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Ver. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
I. a Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
b Rom. iv. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Ver. 6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imW. righteousness without works,
er.7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Ver. 8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 2 Cor. v. 19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Ver. 21. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Rom. iii. 22. Even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference. Wer. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ; Ver. 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a pro
it is the gift of God. “
II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification ; * yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith,
justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have dome, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost : Ver. 7. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: V. 31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Rom. v. 17. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Ver, 18. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Ver. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
c Acts x. 44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and mot by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of
Christ, the righteousness which is of
God by faith. "Acts xiii. 38. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: Ver. 39. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Eph. ii. 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us, through Christ Jesus. Ver. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through faith ; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. II. d John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Rom. iii. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law : Rom. v. l. Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. e James ii. 17. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. V. 22. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? Ver, 26. For