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good pleasuren: yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them o.

IV. They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do p.

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fesh, and I will give you an heart and election sure: for if ye do these of fieth. v. 27. And I will put my things, ye Thall never fall: v. 11. spirit within you, and cause you to For lo an entrance shall be ministred walk in my ftatutes, and ye ihall unto you abundantly, into the everkeep my judgments, and do them, latting kingdom of our Lord and

Phil. i. 13. For it is God who Şaviour Jesus Christ, Ifa. lxiv. 7. worketh in you, both to will and to And there is none that calleth upon do, of his good pleasure. Phil. iv. thy name, that stirreth up himself 13. I can do all things through to take hold of thee: for thou hart Christ who strengthneth me. 2 Cor. hid thy face from us, and hast conm. s. Not that we are sufficient of fumed us, because of our iniquities. our selves to think any thing as of 2 Tim. i. 6. Wherefore I put thee our selves : ,but our fufficiency is of in remembrance, that thou stir up God,

the gift of God which is in thee, by .Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my be- the putting on of my hands. Acts loved, as ye have always obeyed, xxvi. 6. And now I stand, and am not as in my presence only, but now judged for the hope of the promise much more in my absence; work made of God unto our fathers: v.7. out your own salvation with fear Unto which promise our twelve and trembling, Heb. vi. 11. And tribes instantly serving God day we desire that every one of you do and night, hope to come: for which few the fame diligence, to the full hope's fake, king Agrippa, I am acalsurance of hope unto the end: v. cused of the Jews. Jude 2o. But ye 12. That ye be not slothful, but fol- beloved, building up your selves on lowers of them, who through faith your most holy faith, praying in the and patience inherit the promises. holy Ghost, v. 21. Keep your selves 2 Pet. i. 3. According as his divine in the love of God, looking for the power hath given unto us all things mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unthat pertain unto life and godliness, to eternal life. through the knowledge of him that IV. p Luke xvii. 10. So likewise hath called us to glory and virtue. ye, when ye shall have done all those 1. 5. And besides this, giving all di- things which are commanded you, ligence, add to your faith, virtue; fay, We are unprofitable servants : and to virtue, knowledge. v. 10. we have done that which was our Wherefore the rather, brethren, duty to do. Neh. xii.

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V. We cannot, by our best works merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God, by reason of the great difproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit, nor satisfy for the debt of our former fins q; but, when we have done 'all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants r; and because, as they are good, they proceed from his Spirits; and,

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thould cleanse themselves, and that by the washing of regeneration, and they should come and keep the renewing of the holy Ghoit; v. 6, gates, to fanctify the fabbath-day. Which he thed on us abundantly, Remember me, O my God, con- through selus Christ our Saviour, cerning this also, and spare me ac v. 7. That being justified by his cording to the greatness of thy mer- grace, we thould be made heirs, accy. Job ix. 2. I know it is to of a cording to the hope of eternal life. truth: but how should man be juit Rom. viii. 18. For I reckon that with God? v. 3. If he will contend the sufferings of this present time with him, he cannot answer him are not worthy to be compared with one of a thousand. Gal. v. 17. For the glory which shall be revealed the flesh lufteth against the Spirit, in us. Plal. xvi. 2. O my soul, thou and the Spirit againit the flesh : and halt said unto the Lord, Thou art these are contrary the one to the o my Lord: my goodness extenderh ther; so that ye cannot do the things, not to thee. Job xxii. 2. Can a man that ye would.

be profitable unto God, as he that V.qRoin. iii. 20. Therefore by is wise may be profitable unto himthe deeds of the law there shall no felf? v. 3 · Is it any pleasure to the flesh be justified in his fight: for by Almighty that thou art righteous ? the law is the knowledge of fin. or is it gain to him, that thou maket Rom. iv. 2. For if Abraham were thy ways perfect? Job xxxv. 7. If justified by works, he hath whereof thou be righteous, what givest thou to glory, but not before God. v.4. him; or what receiveth he of thine Now to him that worketh, is the re hand? v. 8. Thy wickedness may ward not reckoned of grace, but of hurt a man as thou art, and thy debt, v. 6. Even as David also def- righteousness may profit the son of cribeth the blesfedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righte: Luke xvii. 10. (See letter p in ousness without works. Eph. ii. 8. this chapter.) For by grace are ye saved, through SGal. v. 22. But the fruit of the faith; and that not of yourselves: Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-sufit is the gift of God. v. 9. Not offering, gentleness, goodness, faith, works, leit any man should boast, v. 23. Meekness, temperance: aTit. iii. 5. Not by works of righte• gainit such there is no law. ousness, which we have done, but * Ifa. lxiv. 6. But we are all as an according to his mercy, he saved us unclean thing, and allour righteous

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as they are wrought by us, they are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God's judgment t.

VI. Yet notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in himv, not as though they were in this life wholly unblameable and unreproveable in God's fight w; but that he, looking upon them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward thai which is fincere, altho' accompanied with many weaknes. ses and imperfections x.

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nesses are as filthy rags, and we all all their holy gifts; and it shall be do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, always upon his forehead, that they like the wind, have taken us away. may be accepted before the Lord, Gal. v. 17. For the felh lusteth a- Gen.iv.4.And Abel, he also brought gainst the Spirit, and the Spirit a- of the firstlings of his flock, and of gainst the flesh: and these are con the fat thereof; and the Lord had trary the one to the other; so that ye respect unto Abel, and to his offercannot do the things that ye would. ing. With Heb. xi. 4. By faith Abel Rom. vii. 15. For that whichI do, I offered unto God a more excellent allow not: for what I would, that do facrifice than Cain, by which he obI not, but what I hate, that do I. tained witnels that he was righte1. 18. I know, that in me (that is, ous, God testifying of his gifts: and in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: by it, he being dead, yet speaketh. for to will is present with me, but w Job ix. 20. If I justify myself, how to perform that which is good, my own mouth shall condemn me: I find not, Pfalm cxliii. 2. And en If I say, I am perfect, it shall also ter not into judgment with thy fer- prove me perverse. Pfal. cxliii: 2. vant: for in thy light shall no man And enter not into judgment with living be juftified. Pfalm cxxx. 3. If thy servant: for in thy fight shall thou, Lord, thouldst mark iniqui- no man living be justified. ties: O Lord, who shall stand ? * Heb, xiii. 20. Now the God of

VI. v Eph. i. 6. To the praise of peace, that brought again from the the glory of his grace, wherein he dead our Lord Jesus, that great hath made us accepted in the Be- Shepherd of the sheep, through the loved. 1 Pet. ii. s. Ye also, as live- blood of the everlaiting covenant, v. ly stones, are built up a spiritual 21. Make you perfect in every good house, an holy priesthood, to offer work to do his will, working in you up spiritual facrifices, acceptable to that which is well-pleafing in his God by Jesus Christ. Exod. xxviii. fight, through Jesus Chrilt; to wlom 38. And it shall be upon Aaron's be glory for ever and ever. Amen. forehead, that Aaron may bear the 2 Cor. viii, 12. For if there be first iniquity of the holy things, which a willing mind, it is accepted ac. the children of Israel shall hallow in cording to that a man hath, and not

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VII. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them, they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others y: yet, because they proceed not from an heart purified by faith z; nor are done in a right manner, according the word a; nor to a right end, the glory of Godb; they are therefore sinful, and can

not according to that he hath not. Heb. fons days will I bring the evil upon vi. 10. For God is not unrighteous, his house. Phil. i. 15. Some indeed to forget your work and labour of preach Christ even of envy and love, which ye have thewed toward strife; and some also of good-will. his name, in that ye have ministred

v. 16. The one preach Christ of to the saints, and do minister. Matt. contention, not sincerely, fuppofing xxv. 21. His Lord said unto him, to add affliction to my bonds. v. 18. Well done, thou good and faithful What then? notwithstanding every fervant; thou halt been faithful o

way, whether in pretence, or in ver a few things, I will make the truth, Christ is preached; and I ruler over many things: enter thou therein do rejoice, yea, and will reinto the joy of thy Lord, v. 23. His joice. lord said

unto him, Well done, good z Gen. iv. 5. But unto Cain and and faithful fervant; thou hast been to his offering he had not respect. ' faithful over a few things, I will And Cain was very wroth, and his make thee ruler over many things: countenance fell. With Heb. xi. 4. enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. By faith Abel offered unto God a

VII. , 2 Kings x. 30. And the more excellent facrifice than Cain, Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou by which he obtained witness that, hast done well in executing that he was righteous, God testifying of which is right in mine eyes, and halt his gifts, and by it he being dead, done unto the house of Ahab ac

yet speaketh. Heb. xi. 6. But withcording to all that was in mine out faith it is impossible to please heart, thy chidren of the fourth ge- him: for he that cometh to God, neration shall fit on the throne of If- must believe that he is, and that he rael. v. 31. But Jehu took no heed is a rewarder of them that diligentto walk in the law of the Lord God ly seek him. of Israel, with all his heart, for he

e 1 Cor. xiii. 3. And though I bedeparted not from the sins of Jero- stow all my goods to feed the poor, boam, which made Israel to fin. 1 and though I give my body to be Kings xxi. 27. And it came to pass burned, and have not charity, it when Ahab heard those words, that profiteth me nothing. Isaiah i. 12. he rent his clothes and put fackloth When ye come to appear before upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in me, who hath required this at your fackloth, and went softly. v. 29. hand, to tread my courts ? Seest thou how Ahab humbleth b Mat. vi. 2. Therefore, when himself before me? because he hum.' thou dost thine alms, do not found bleth himself before me, I will not a trumpet before thee, as the hypobring the evil in his days: but in his crites do, in the synagogues, and in

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not please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from Gode. And yet their neglect of them is more finful, and difu pleasing unto God d.

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CH AP. XVII. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. HEY whom God hath accepted in his beloved, effece

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certainthe streets, that they may have glo- . venge the blood of Jezreel upon the ty of men. Verily, 1 say unto you, house of Jehu, and will cause to they have their reward. v.5. And cease the kingdom of the house, of when thou prayelt, thou shalt not Ifrael. Rom. ix, 16. So then it is be as the hypocrites are: for they not of him that willeth, nor of him love to pray standing in the syna- ' that runneth, but of God that shew. gogues, and in the corners of the eth mercy. Tit.iii. 5. Not by works Itreets, that they may be seen of of righteousness, which we have men. Verily I say unto you, they done, but according to his mercy have their reward. v. 16. Moreo- he saved us, by the washing of rever, when ye fast, be not as the hy- generation, and renewing of the pocrites, of a fad countenance: for holy Ghost. they disfigure their faces, that they d Pfal. xiv. 4. Have all the work. may appear unto men to fast. Ve- ers of iniquity no knowledge? who rily, I say unto you, they have their eat up my people as they eat bread, toward,

and call not upon the Lord. Pfal. « Hag. ii. 14. Then answered xxxvi. 3. The words of his mouth Haggai, and said, So is this people, are iniquity and deceit: he hath and so is this nation before me, faith left off to be wise and to do good. the Lord; and fo is every work of Job xxi, 14. Therefore they say untheir hands, and that which they to God, Depart from us, for we de. offer there is unclean. Tit. i. 15. fire not the knowledge of thy ways. Unto the pure all things are pure, v.15. What is the Almighty, thať but unto them that are defiled, and we should serve him and what prounbelieving is nothing pure, but e fit should we have, if we pray unto ven their mind and conscience is de him. Mat. xxv. 41. Then shall he filed. Amos v. 21. I hate, I despise say also unto them on the left hand,

feast-days, and I will not smell Depart from me, ye cursed, into ein your folemn allemblies. v. 22. verlasting fire, prepared for the deThough you offer me burnt offer vil and his angels. v. 42. For I was ings, and your meat offerings, I will an hungred, and ye gave me no hot accept them; neither will I re meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave gard the peace-offerings of your fat me no drink: v. 43. I was a stranbeasts. Hof.i.4. And the Lord said ger,

and ye took me not in: naked, unto him, Call his name Jezreel; and ye clothed me not: sick and in for yet a little while, and I will a- prison, and ye visited me not. v.45.

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