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certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved a.
II. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free-will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father b; upon the efficacy of the merit and interceflion of Jesus Christ c; the abiding of the Spirit and of the feed
of Then shall he answer them, saying, the resurrection is past already; and Verily, I say unto you, In as much overthrow the faith of fome. v. 19. as ye did it not to one of the least Nevertheless, the foundation of God of these, ye did it not to me. Mat. ftandeth sure, having this seal, The xxii. 23. Wo unto you scribes and Lord knoweth them that are his. Pharisees, hypocrites; for ye pay And, Let every one that nameth the tithe of mint, and anise, and cum- name of Christ, depart from iniquimin, and have omitted the weigh- ty. Jer. xxxi. 3. The Lord hath aptier matters of the law, judgment, peared of old unto me, faying, Yea, mercy, and faith: these ought ye I have loved thee with an everlast.to have done, and not to leave the ing love; therefore with loving other undone.
kindness have I drawn thee. I. . Phil. i. 6. Being confident of < Heb. x. 10. By the which will this very thing, that he who hath we are sanctified, through the offerbegun a good work in you, will per- ing of the body of Jesus Christ once form it until the day of Jesus Christ. for all. v. 14. For by one offering 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, he hath perfected for ever them that brethren, give diligence to make are fanctified. Heb. xiii. 20. Now your calling and election sure: for the God of peace, that brought aif ye do these things, ye shall never gain from the dead our Lord Jesus, fall. John X. 28. And I give unto that great shepherd of the theep, them eternal life, and they shall ne- through the blood of the everlastver perish, neither thall any pluck ing covenant, v: 21. make you perthem out of
my hand. v. 29. My feet in every good work to do his Father, who gave them me, is will, working in you that which is greater than all: and none is able well-pleasing in his sight, through to pluck them out of my Father's Jesus Chrift; to whom be glory for hand. 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is ever and ever. Amen. Heb. ix. 12. born of God, doth not commit sin; Neither by the blood of goats
and for his feed remaineth in him: and calves, but by his own blood he enhe cannot fin, because he is born of tered in once into the holy place, God. 1 Pet. i. 5. Who are kept by having obtained eternal redemptithe power of God through fạith un- on for us. v. 13. For if the blood to salvation, ready to be revealed in of bulls, and of goats, and the ashthe last time. v. 9. Receiving the es of an heifer sprinkling the unend of your faith, even the salvati- clean, sanctifieth to the purifying on of your souls.
of the flesh; v. 14.
how much more II.62 Tim. ii. 18. Who concern: shall the blood of Christ, who, thro' ing the truth haveerred, saying, that the eternal Spirit, offered himself
of God within them d; and the nature of the covenant of gracee: From all which ariseth also the certainty and infalls libility thereoff.
III. Nea without spot to God, purge your fo whom thou hast given me; be conscience from dead works, to with me where I am; 'that they serve the living God? v. 15. And may behold my glory which thou for this cause he is the mediator of halt given me; for thou lovedst mé the new testament, that by means
before the foundation of the world. of death, for the redemption of the Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed transgressions that were under the for thee, that thy faith fail not; first testament, they who are called and when thou art converted, might receive the promise of eter- ftrengthen thy brethren. Heb. vii. nal inheritance. Rom. viii. 33. 25. Wherefore he is able also to Who shall lay any thing to the fave them to the uttermost, that charge of God's eleet? It is God come unto God by him, seeing he that justifieth: v. 34. Who is he ever liveth to make intercellion for that condemneth? It is Christ that them, died, yea rather that is rifen again, :d John xiv, 16. And I will pray who is even at the right hand of the Father, and he shall give you God, who also maketh intercesfion another Comforter, that he may a. for us. v. 35. Who Ihall separate bide with you for ever'; v. 17. Eveni us from the love of Christ ? frall the Spirit of truth whom the world tribulation, or distress, or persecu- cannot receive, because it seeth him tion, or famine, or nakedness, or not, neither knoweth him: but ye peril, or sword? v. 36. (As it is know him; for he dwelleth with written, for thy fake we are killed you and shall be in you. i John it. all the day long; we are counted as 27. But the anointing which ye sheep for the slaughter.) v. 37. have received of him, abideth in Nay, in all these things we are you: and ye need not that
man more than conquerors through teach you: But, as the same anointhim that loved usi v. 38. For I ing teacheth you of all things, and am perswaded, that neither death is truth, and is so lie: and even as nor life, nor angels, nor principa- it hath tavght you, ye shall abide lities, nor powers, nor things pre- in him. í John iii. 9. Whosoever fent, nor things to come, v. 39. nor is born of God, doth not commit height, nor depth, nor any other fin; for his feed remaineth in him: creature, shall be able to separate and he cannot fin, because he is us from the love of God which is in born of God. Christ Jesus oúr Lord. John xvii. • Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make 11. And now I am no more in the an everlasting covenant with them; world, but these are in the world, That I will not türrraway from them and I come to thee. Holy Father, to do them good; but I will put my keep through thine own name, fear in their hearts, that they shall those whom thou hast given me, not depart from me. that they may be one, as we are. f John 1. 28. And I give unto V: :24. Father, I will, that they al-' them eternal life, and they thall ne
III. Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous finsg; and for a time continue there. in h: whereby they incur God's displeasurei, and grieve his holy Spirit k; come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts /; have their hearts harden
ver perish, neither shall any pluck niquities. v. 9. Be not wroth very them out of my hand, 2 Thess. iii. fore, O Lord, neither remember i. 3. But the Lord is faithful, who niquity for ever: behold, see, we Thall (tablith you, and keep you beseech thee, we are all thy people. from evil, i John ii. 19. They 2 Sam xi. 27. And when the mournwent out from us, but they were ing was past, David fent, and fet her not of us: for if they had been of to his house, and she became his wife, us, they would no doubt have con- and bare him a son: but the thing tinued with us: but they went out, that David had done displeafed the that they might be made manifest Lord, that they were not all of us.
k Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not III. & Mat. xxvi. 70. But he de- the holy spirit of God, whereby ye nied before them all, saying, I know are fealed unto the day of redempnot what thou sayeft, v.72. and a- tion. gain he denied with an oath, I do Psal. li. 8. Make me to hear joy not know the man. v. 74. Then and gladness: that the bones which began he to curse and to swear, thou hast broken may rejoice. v. 10. saying, I know not the man. And Create in me a clean heart, O God; immediately the cock crew. and renew a right spirit within me.
h Pfal. li. (the title) To the chief v. 12. Restore unto me the joy of musician, a psalm of David, when thy salvation; and uphold me with Nathan the prophet came unto him, thy free spirit. Rev. ii. 4. Neverafter he had gone into Bathsheba. . theless, I have somewhat against V. 14. Deliver me from blood guil- thee, because thou hast left thy first tiness, O God, thou God of my fal- love. Cant. v. 2. I sleep, but my vation: and my tongue shall sing a- heart waketh: it is the voice of my loud of thy righteousness.
beloved that knocketh, saying, Oi Isa. Ixiv. 5. Thou meetest him pen to me, my sister, my love, my that rejoiceth, and worketh righte- dove, my undefiled: for my head ousness, those that remember thee is filled with dew, and my locks in thy ways: behold, thou art with the drops of the night. v. 3: wroth, for we have sinned: in those I have put off my coat, how shall I is continuance, and we shall be fav- put it on? I have washed my feet, ed. v. 7. And there is none that how shall I defile them? v. calleth upon thy name, that stirreth beloved put in his hand by the hole up himself to take hold of thee: for of the door, and my bowels were thou hast hid thy face from us, and moved for him. v. 6. I opened to hast consumed us because of our i- my beloved, but my beloved had
ed m, and their consciences wounded n; hurt and scandalize otherso, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves p.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Asurance of Grace and Salvation.
LTHOUGH hypocrites and other unregenerate men may A
vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favour of God and estate of falvation a; which hope of theirs shall perish b: yet such as truly
believe withdrawn himself, and was gone; my statutes and keep not my commy soul failed when he spake : 1 mandments. v. 32. Then will I vi. fought him, but I could not find fit their transgression with the rod, him; I called him, but he gave me and their iniquity with stripes. no answer.
1 Cor. xi. 32. But when we are mlsa. lxiii. 17. O Lord, why haft judged, we are chastened of the thou made us to err from thy ways? Lord, that we should not be conand hardened our heart from thy demned with the world, fear? Return for thy servants fake, I a Job viii. 13. So are the paths the tribes of thine inheritance. Mark of all that forget God, and the hyvi. 53. For they considered not the pocrites hope shall perifi. v. 14. miracle of the loaves, for their heart Whose hope shall be cut off, and was hardened. Mark xvi. 14. Af- whose trust fhall be a spiders web. terwards he appeared unto the ele- Mic. iii. 11. The heads thereof ven, as they sat at meat, and up- judge for reward, and the priests braided them with their unbelief thereof teach for hire, and the proand hardness of heart because they phets thereof divine for money; yet believed not them who had seen will they lean upon the Lord, and him after he was risen.
say, Is not the Lord among us? * Psal. xxxii. 3. When I kept fi- none evil can come upon us. Deut. lence, my bones waxed old, through txix. 19. And it come to pass when my roaring all the day long. v.4. he heareth the words of this curie, For day and night, thy hand was that he bless him elf in his heart, heavy upon me: my moisture is saying, I shall have peace, though turned into the drought of fum- I walk in the imagination of my iner. Pfal. li. 8. Make me to hear heart, to add drunkenness to thirst. joy and gladness: that the bones John viii. 41. Ye do the deeds of which thou hast broken may re- your father. Then said they to joice.
him, We be not born of fornicatio 2 Sam. xii. 14. Howbeit, be- on, we have one Father even God. cause by this deed thou hast given b Mat, vii. 22. Many shall say to great occasion to the enemies of the me in that day, Lord, Lord, have Lord to blaspheme, the child also we not prophefied in thy name? that is born unto thee, Mall surely and in thy name have cast out dedie.
vils? and in thy name done many Pfal. lxxxix. 31. If they break wonderful works? v. 23. And then
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in the state of gracec, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God; which hope shall never make chent afhamed d.
II. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion, grounded upon a fallible hope e; but an infallible assurance of faith, founded upon the divine truth of the pro. mises of salvationf, the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are madeg, the testimony of the Spirit
will I profess unto them, I never because the love of God is shed as knew you; depart from me, ye that broad in our hearts, by the holy work iniquity.
Ghost which is given unto us. i John ii. 3. And hereby we do II. e Heb. vi. Ir. And we desire know that we know him, if we keep that every one of you do fhew the his commandments. 1 John iii. 14. fame diligence to the full assurance We kuow that we have passed from of hope unto the end. v. 19. Which death unto life, because we love the hope we have as an anchor of the brethren: he that loveth not his soul, both fure and stedfast, and brother, abideth in death, v. 18. which entereth into that within My little children, let us not love the vail. in word, neither in tongue, but in fHeb. vi. 14. Wherein God wildeed and intruth. v. 19. And here. ling more abundantly to thew unto by we know that we are of the truth, the heirs of promise the immutabiand shall assure our hearts before lity of his counsel, confirmed it by him. v. 21.
Beloved, if our heart an oath: v. 18. that by two immun condemn us not, then have' we con- table things, in which it was imfidence towards God. v. 24. And possible for God to lie, we might he that keepeth his commandments, have a strong confolation, who dwelleth in him, and he in hiin: and have fled for refuge to lay hold hereby we know that he abideth in apon the hope fet before us. us, by the Spirit that he hath giver g 2 Pet. i. 4. Whereby are given us. 1 John v.13. These things havè' unto us exceeding great and preI written unto you that believe on cious promises, that by these you the name of the Son of God; that might be partakers of the divine ye may know that ye have eternal nature, having escaped the corruplife, and that ye may believe on the tion that is in the world through name of the Son of God.
hust. v. 5. And besides this, giving d Rom. v. ii. By whom also we all diligence, add to your faith, vir.. have access by faith into this grace tue; and to virtue, knowledge. v. wherein we stand, and rejoice in 10.Wherefore the rather, brethren, hope of the glory of God. v.5. give diligence to make your calling And hope maketh not alhamed, and election sure: for if ye
do these things,