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John vi. 44. Na man can come to

unto me.

shall keep my judgments, and do is written iu the prophets, And they us, by the washing of regeneration,

stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and by his almighty power determining them to that which is good"; and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ &; yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace"

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 The eyes of your understanding being shall be all taught of God. Every enlightened ; that ye may know man therefore that hath heard, and what is the hope of his calling, and hath learned of the Father, cometh what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

h Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will € Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart

ron after thee. Psal. cx. 3. Thy also will I give you, and a new

people shall be willing in the day spirit will I put within you; and I

of thy power, in the beauties of will take away the stony heart out

holiness from the womb of the of your flesh, and I will give you an

morning ; thou hast the dew of thy

youth. John vi. 37. All that the f Ezek. xi. 19. And I will give Father giveth me shall come to me; them one heart, and I will put a

and him that cometh to me I will nery spirit within you; and I will

in no wise cast out. Rom. vi. 16. take the stony heart out of their

Know ye not, that to whom ye desh, and will give them an heart yield yourselves servants to obey, of flesh. Phil. ii. 13. For it is God

his servants ye are to whom ye

both to will obey ; whether of sin unto deathi, and to do of his good pleasure. Deut. XXX. 6. And the Lord thy God

or of obedience unto righteousness?

Ver. 17. But God be thanked that will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord

ye were the servants of sin; but ye

have obeyed from the heart that thy God with all thine heart, and

form of doctrine which was delivered with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Ezek. xxxvi. 27. And I will

you. Ver. 18. Being then made free

from sin, ye became the servants of put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye

righteousness.

1. i 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved

us, and called us with an holy call& Eph. i. 19. And what is the

ing, not according to our works, but exceeding greatness of his power to

according to his own purpose and

grace, which was given us in Christ the working of his mighty power.

Jesus before the world began. Tit. iii. 4. But after that the kindness

and love of God our Saviour toward me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him; and I will raise

man appeared, Ver. 5. Not by works him up at the last day. Ver. 45. It

of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved

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heart of flesh.

which worketh in you,

them.

us-ward who believe, according to

and

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 in it!

III. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit “, who worketh when, and where, and how he pleaseth". So also are all other

elect

and renewing of the Holy Ghost. hour is conring, and now is, when Eph. ii. 4. But God, who is rich in the dead shall hear the voice of the mercy, for his great love wherewith Son of God: and they that hear he loved us, Ver. 5. Even when we shall live. were dead in sins, hath quickened

III. m Luke xviii. 15. And they us together with Christ, (by grace brought unto him also infants, that ye are saved.) Ver. 8. For by grace he would touch them : but when are ye saved, through faith ; and his disciples saw it, they rebuked that not of yourselves ; it is the them. Ver. 16. But Jesus called gift of God: Ver. 9. Not of works, them unto him, and said, Suffer Jest any man should boast. Rom. little children to come unto me, and ix. ll. For the children being not forbid then not: for of such is the yet born, neither having done any kingdom of God. And Acts ii. 38, good or evil, that the purpose of Then Peter said unto them, Repent, God according to election night and be baptized every one of you stand, not of works, but of him that in the name of Jesus Christ for the calleth.

remission of sins, and ye shall receive K 1 Cor. ii. 14. But the natural the gist of the Holy Ghost. Ver. 39. man receiveth not the things of For the promise is unto you, and to the Spirit of God; for they are your children, and to all that are foolishness unto him : neither, can afar off, even as many as the Lord he know them, because they are our God shall call. And John iii. 3. spiritually discerned. Rom. viii. 7. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because the carnal mind is enmity Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except against God: for it is not subject a man be born again, he cannot see to the law of God, neither indeed the kingrlom of God.

Ver. 5. Jesus can be. Eph. ii 5. Even when we answered, Verily, verily, I say unto were dead in sirs, hath quickened thee, Except a man be born of water us together with Christ, (by grace and of the Spirit, he cannot enter ye are saved.)

into the kingdom of God. And 1 John I John vi. 37. All that the Father v. 12. He that hath the Son hath life; giveth ne' shall come to me; and and he that hath not the Son of God him that cometh to me I will in hath not life. And Rom. viii. 9. 110 wise cast out. Ezek. xxxvi. 97. But ye are not in the flesh, but in And I will put niy Spirit within the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of you, and cause you to walk in my God dwell in you. Now, if any man statutes, and ye shall keep my judg- have not the Spirit of Christ, he is ments, and do them. John v. 25. none of his. [compared together:] Yerily, verily, I say unto you; The A: John iij. 3. The wind bloweth

where

of the Spirit:

once enlightened, and have tasted of ship ye know not what: we know the heavenly gift, and were made what we worship : for salvation is of And have tasted the good word of life eternal, that they might know

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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 ", and may

have some comdu mon operations of the Spirit“, yet they never truly conie iunto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved": much less one can men not professing the Christian religion be saved in est 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"; and to assert

and where it listeth, and thou hearest r John vi. 64. But there are some. the sound thereof, but canst not tell

of you that believe not. For Jesus whence it cometh, and whither it knew from the beginning who they goeth: so is every one that is born

were that believed not, and who

should betray him. Ver. 65. And sol John v. 12. He that hath the. he said, Therefore said I unto yoti, Son hath life; and he that hath not That no man can come unto me, the Son of God hath not life. Acts except it were given unto him of my iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in

Father. Ver. 66. From that time Red any other : for there is none other

many of his disciples went back, and name under Heaven given among men

walked no more with him. John whereby we must be saved.

viii. 24. I said therefore unto you, · IV. P Mat. xxii. 14. For many are

That

ye shall die in your sins ; for if
called, but fery are chosen.
9 Matth. vii. 22. Many will say

ye believe not that I'am he, ye shall.
die in
your

sins.
to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have

s Acts iy. 12. Neither is there salwe not prophesied in thy name?

vation in any other : for there is and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many won

none other name under heaven given derful works? Matth. xiii. 20. But

among men whereby we must be

saved. Johın xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto be that received the seed into stony him, I anì the way, and the truth, places, the same is he that heareth

and the life : no man cometh unto the word, and anon with joy receiveth the Father but by me. Eph. ii. 12. it; Ver. 21. Yet hath he not root

That at that time ye were without in himself, but dureth for a while : Christ, being aliens from the confor when tribulation or persecution monwealth of Israel, and strangers priseth because of the word, by and from the covenants of promise, havby he is offended Heb. vi. 4. For ing no hope, and without God in it is impossible for those who were

the world. * John iv. 22. Ye worpartakers of the Holy Ghost, Ver. 5.

the Jews. John xvii. 3. And this is God, and the powers of the world

thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

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CHAP. XI. Of Justification. THOSE 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 for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Clirist'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 zinto them, they receiving and resting on him and his

righteousness

+ 2 John, ver. 9. Whosoever transa he justified, them he also glorified. gresseth, and abideth not in the Ron. iii. 24. Being justified freely doctrine of Christ, hath not God : by his grace, through the redemiption he that abideth in the doctrine of that is in Christ Jesus. Christ, he hath both the Father and b Rom. iv. 5. But to him that the Son. Ver. 10. If there come worketh not, but believeth on him any unto you, and bring not this that justifieth the ungodly, his faith doctrine, receive him not into your is counted for righteousness. Ver. 6. house, neither bid him God speed. Even as David also describeth the Ver. 11. For he that biddeth him blessedness of the man unto whom God speed is partaker of his evil God imputeth righteousness without deeds. 1 Cor. xvi. 22. If any nian

works, Ver. 7. Saying, Blessed are love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let they whose iniquities are forgiven, him be Anathema Maranatha. Gal. and whose sins are covered. Ver. 8. i. 6. I marvel that ye are so soon

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord removed from him that called you

will not impute sin. 2 Cor. v. 19. into the grace of Christ unto another

To wit, that God was in Christ, gospel : Ver. 7. Which is not ano

reconciling the world unto himself, ther, but there be some that trouble not imputing their trespasses unto you, and would pervert the gospel them; and hath committed unto us of Christ. Ver. 8. But though we,

the word of reconciliation. Ver. 21. or an angel from heaven, preach

For he hath made him to be sin for any other gospel unto you than that

us, who knew no sin; that we might which we have preached unto you,

be made the righteousness of God in let him be accursed.

him. Rom. ii. 22. Even the righ1.' a Roni. viii. 30. Moreover,

teousness of God which whom he did predestinate, them he of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all also called ; and whom he called,

them that believe; for there is no fhen he also justified; and whom difference Ver. 24. Being justified

freely

by faith

righteousness by faith: which faith they have not of themselves ; it is the gift of God,

II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification d;

yet

freely by his grace, through the judgment came upon all men to redemption that is in Jesus Christ; condem.ation ; even so by the righVer, 25. Whom God hath set forth teousness of one, the free gift came to be a propitiation through faith upon all men

unto justification of in his blood, to declare his righ- life. Ver. 19. For as by one man's teousness for the remission of sins disobedience many were made sinthat are past, through the forbearance ners; so by the obedience of one of God. Ver. 27. Where is boasting shall many be made righteous. then? It is excluded. By what law? C Acts 1. 44. While Peter yet, of works? Nay; but by the law of spake these words, the Holy Ghost faich. Ver, 28. 'Therefore we con fell on all them which heard the clude that a man is justified by faith word. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that without the deeds of the law. Tit. a nian is not justified by the works üi. 5. Not by works of righteousness of the law, but by the faith of Jesus which we have done, but according Christ, even we have believed in to his mercy he saved us, by the Jesus Christ, that we might be justiwashing of regeneration, and renew fied by the faith of Christ, and not ing of the Holy Ghost: Ver. 7. by the works of the law: for by That being justified by his grace, we

the works of the law shall no flesh should be made heirs according to be justified. Phil. iii. 9. And be the hope of eternal life. Eph. i. 7. In found in him, not having mine own whom we have redemption through righteousness, which is of the law, his blood, the forgiveness of sins, but that which is through the faith according to the riches of his of Christ, the righteousness which Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall is of God hy faith. Acts xiii, 38. be saved, and Israel shall dwell Be it known unto you therefore, safely; and this is his name whereby men and brethren, that through this he shall be called, THE LORD man is preached unto you the for. OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. I Cor. giveness of sins: Ver. 39. And by i. 30. But of him are ge in Christ

him all that believe are justified Jesus, who of God is made unto from all things, from which ye us wisdom, and righteousness, and could not be justified by the law'. sanctification, and redemption: V.31. of Moses. Eph. ii. 7. That in the That, according as it is written, He

come he might shew the that glorieth, let him glory in the exceeding riches of his grace, in Lord. Rom. v. 17. For if by one

his kindness towards us, through man's offence death reigned by one,

Christ Jesus. Ver. 8. For by grace much more they which receive are ye saved, through faith ; and abundance of grace, and of the gift that not of yourselves; it is the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life of God. by one, Jesus Christ. Ver. 18. II. d John i. 12. But as many Therefore as by the offence of one

as. received him, to them gave he

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