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their peace, which afterwards may be bid from them?
A. And when he was come near, he be19. 41, held the city, and wept over it, faying, If
thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from
Q. Is there any other fcripture proof of the Lord's willingness to gather a people who would not, and therefore were condemned?
A. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou that 233 37. killest the prophets, and stonest them which 13. 34. are sent unto thee: how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not?
Then his lord, after that he had called 18.32, him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant !
I forgave thee all the debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold. 13. 46. and said, It was necessary that the word of
God should first have been spoken to you; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo we turn to the Gentiles.
Because I have called, and ye refused; Prov. I have stretched out my hand, and no man 1, 24,
25, 26, regarded: but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh.
And at what instant I fhall speak con- Jer. cerning a nation, and concerning a king- 18% dom, to build and to plant it; if it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then will í repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Q. Doth God's Spirit Arive then for a season, and afterwards forbear ? A. And the Lord faid, My Spirit fhall Gen.
6. 3. not always strive with man.
Q. May it then be refifed?
A. Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in Ads heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghoft; as your fathers did, fo do ye.
For the wrath of God is revealed from Rom. heaven against all ungodliness and unrightcousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Q. Hath God manifested to man that which may be known of himself?
A. That which may be known of God, Rom. is manifest in them ; for God hath shewed 1. 19. it unto them.
Q. Is then this light or feed fown in the bearts of evil men
Mat 13. A. And he spake many things to them 3, 4.
in parables : Behold, a lower went forth to 5, 7
sow, and when he lowed, fome feeds fell by the way-side, &c. some fell among stony places, &c. and some fell among thorns, &e.
Q. Are these places, where the feed is said to have fallen, understood of the hearts of men ?
A. Hear ye therefore the parable of the 13. 18, fower, When any one heareth the word of
the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was fown in his heart; this is he which received the feed by the way-side, &c.
6. Is this feed small in its first appearance ?
A. The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard-feed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seeds.
Q. Forafmuch as many understand not this, under the notion and appellation of light or feed, it being quite another dialečí than the common ; though I must needs confess, it is the very language of the scriptures : is there a faving manifestation of the Spirit given unto all?
A. The manifeftation of the Spirit is 12.7 given to every man to profit withal. .
Q. Sure, if it be to profit withal, it must be in order to save ; for were it not useful, nor yet sufficient to save, what profit could it be of? But in regard some speak of a grace that
Mat, 13. 31, 32.
2. I 2.
is common, and of a grace that is faving, is there such a grace common unto all, as brings salvation ?
A. The grace of God that brings falva. Tit. tion, hath appeared unto all men.
Q. That which brings salvation must needs be saving ; what doth that grace teach us?
A. Teaching us, that denying ungodli- Tit. ness and worldly lusts, we should live foberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Q. Certainly that which teacheth both righteousness and godliness must be sufficient ; for therein confifteth the whole duty of man: what faith the apostle elsewhere of this instructor?
1. And now, brethren, I commend you Acto to God, and to the word of his grace; which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those that are sanctified.
Q. What is the word of God?
À. The word of God is quick and Heb. 4 powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 12, 13.. sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of foul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his fight, but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
28. 3270 2 Pet.
Q. Ought we not to take heed to this word?
A. We have also a more sure word of 1. 19. prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye
take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-ftar arise in your hearts.
Q. I perceive the scriptures are very clear, both concerning the universality and sufficiency of this light, seed, grace, and word of God; but is this word nigh or afar off, inward or outward ?
A. Say not in thine heart, Who fhall 10.6, ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ
down from above) Or, who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Chrift again from the dead) But what faith it? The word is nigh, in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is the word of faith which we preach.
Q. That is clear, as to the word; is there any scripture speaks of the Light's being inward?
A. God, who commanded the light to 4.6, 7. fhine out of darkness, hath fhined in our
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vefsels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Q. But seeing it is also called the feed of the kingdom, is the kingdom of God also within?