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spirit of Christ in their hearts b; and this h ordinarily wrought hy the ministry oFthe word c: by which also, and by ths administration of the sacraments, and prayer, *t is increased and strengthened d.
IL By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever fe revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself speak-* ing therein e; aud acteth differently upon that which each particular.
i 2 Cor. ir. 13. We having the sign of circumcision, a seal of the
same spirit of faith, according as it righteousness of (he faith, which,
is written, I believed, and therefore he had yet being uucircumcised;
have 1 spoken: we alfa believe, and that he might be the father of all
therefore speak. Eph. i. 17. That them that believe, though they ba
the cod- of our Lord jesus Christ, not circumcised; that righteousness!
the Fa'her of glory, may give unto might be imputed unto them also,
you the Spirit os wisdom and reve> Luke xvii, 5. And the apostles said
lation in the knowledge of him. w unto the Lord, Increase our faith,
j 8. The eyes of your understanding Rom. i. 16. For I am not a-mamed
being enlightened; that ye nay of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
Innw what is the hope of his calling, power of God unto salvation to every
and what the riches of the glory of one that believeth, to the Jew first,,
his inheritance in the saints, v. 19. and also to the Greek, v. 17. Fcr
And what is the exceeding greatness therein is the righteousness of God
of hie power to us-ward who believe, revealed from faith to faith : as it is
according to the working of his written, The just shall live by £ath. nighty power. Eph. ii, 8, For %y 11. e John iv. 42. And said unto
graee are ye saved, through faith; the woman, Now we believe, not be
uii that not of yourselves; it is the cause of thy saying; for we have
fist of God. heard him ourselves, and know that
. e Rom. X. 14. How then shall this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour
they call on him of whom they have of the world, 1 Thess. ii. 13. For
oot believed? and how shall they this cause also thank we God with
(fclieve in him of whom they have out ceasing, because wh>n ye receiv
Wit heard ? and how shall they hear ed the word of God which ye heard
without a preacher? v, 17. So then, of us, ye received it not as the word
Cikh cometh by hearing, and hear- of men, but (as it is in'truth) the
ing by the word of God. word of God, which effectually
ii 1 P2t. ii. 2. As new born babes worketh also in you that believe,
desire the sincere milk of the word, 1 John v. 10. He that believeth ora
that ye may grow thereby. Actsxx. the Son of cod hath the witness in
34. And now, brethrea, i commend himself: he that believeth riot God,
you to God, and. to the word of his hath made him a Kir, because he
grace, whichis able to build you up, ■ believeth not the record that cod.
and to give you an inheritance a- gave of his Son. Acts xxiv. 14. But
nura.5 all them which are sanctified, this I confess unto thee, that after
R«m. iv. 11. And he received the the way Which they call heresy, so ■-. -, .» - • • J?- Vershtp e«tar passage.thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands/, trembling at the threatnings g, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come h. But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace».
111. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong k; may-be often and many ways assailed and weakned, but gets the victory /; growing up in nuny to the attainment of a full
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— 'r - r ■' ■' Iiveth in me.; and the life which I
now live in the flesh, 1 live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Acts xv; II. But we believe that thro' the grace, of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved even as they.
If!, k Heb. v. i$. For every one that ufeth milk is unskilful in the
) I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and tha prophets.
./"Rom. xvi. 26. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, wade known to all nations for the obedience of faith.
g Isa. lxvi. 2. For all those things Hath mine hands made, and all those things have been, faith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
h Heb. xi. 13. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them" afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 1 Tim. iv. 8.
word of righteousness: for he is 'a babe. v. 14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Rom. iv. 10. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb. v. 20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in
For bodily exercise profiteth little: faith, giving glory to God. Mat. vi but godliness is profitable unto all 30, Wherefore if God so clothe the
grafs of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, sliall he not much more clothe you, O yc of little faith? Mat. viii. 10. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I lay unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.
/ Luke xxii. 31, And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, IxliolJ, Satan
things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to com?.
/' 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. Acts xvi. 31. And they said, Believe on the Lordjesus Christ, andthnu (halt l«i J .1 1 r -~ 1 -'t20l
Chap. XV. Of Repentance unto Life.
REPENTANCE unto life is an evangelical grace a, the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ h.,
JL By it a sinner, out of the sight and fense, noc only of the daager, but atfoot the filthinefs and odioufnefs of his sins, us contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; andupon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent; so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from
Aare prayed for rhee that thy faith, n Heb. xii. a. Looking unto Jesus»
fail not; and when thou arc convert- the author and finisher of our faith;
ed, strengthen thy brethren. Eph. who for the joy that, was set before
vi. 16. Above all, taking the shield him, endured the- cross, despising
of faith, wherewith ye (hall be able the shame, and is set down at the
to quench the fiery darts of the right hand of the throne of God.
wicked, I John v. 4. For'whatfo- I. a Zech. xii. 10. And I willpour
ever is born of God overcometh the upon the house of David, and upon
world: and this is the victory that the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the
overcome ih the world, even our spirit of grace and of supplications,
faith, v. y. Who is he that over and they (hall look upon me whom
cometh the woe Id, but he that be- they have pierced, and they (hall
fcereth that jesus is the Son of God^ mourn for him, as qoe , mourneth
iwHeb. vi. 11. And we desire that for his only son, and (hall be in bit
every one of you do shew the same terness for him, as one that is in bit«
diligence, to the full assurance of terness for his sirs! born. Acts xi. 18.
hope unto the end: v. 19. That ye When they heard these things, they
be not slothful, but followers of them held their peace, and glorified God.
who through faith and patience in- faying, Then hath God also to the
herit the promises. Heb. x. 22, Let Gentiles granted repentance untojife.
us draw uear with a true heart, in h Luke xxiv. fi. And that repen
full assurance of faith, having our tance and remission of sins (hould be
hearts sprinkled from an evil con- preached in his name, among all
science, and our bodies washed with nations, begiiining at Jerusalem,
pore water. Col. ii. 2. That their Mark i. tj. And saying, the time
hearts might be comforted, being is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
knit together in love, and unto all is at hand: repent ye and believe
riches of the full assurance of under- the gafpcl. Acts xx. 21. Testifying;
Sanding, to the ackowledgcmeht of both to the Jews, and also to the
toe tnyitery of God, and of the Fa- disks, repentance toward God.
laer, and of Christ. F 2 aud
them all unto God c, proposing and endeavouring to .?valk with him in all the ways of his commandments d. ,j 11L Although repentance be no: to be rested in, as any satis*.
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and faith toward our Lord Jesus even to me with all your heart, and Christ. with fasting, and with weeping, and
II. c Kzd:. xviii. 30. Therefore I with mourning, v. 13, And rent will judge you, O house 6f Israel, your heart and not your garments, every one according to his ways, and turn unto the Lord your Godr siith the Lord God: repent, and for he is gracious and merciful* turn yourselves from ail your trans- flow to anger, and of great kindness, greffions; so iniquity stiall not be and repenteth him of the evil. A mot yourtuin. v. 31. Cast away from v. 15. Hate the evil, and love the oil your transgressions, wheieby ye good, and establish judgment in the ave transgressed, and make you a gate: it may be that the Lord-God new heart and a new spirit; for of hosts will be gracious unto the why will ye die, O house of Israel, remnant of Joseph, Psal. cxix. 138. £sek. xxvi. 31, Then (hall ye re- Therefore I esteem all thy precepts member your own evil- ways, and concerning all things to be right; your doings that were not good, and I hate every falie way. 2 Cor. and stiall lothe yourselves in your vii, 11. For behold, this self-fame own sight, for your iniquities, and thing that ye sorrowed aster agodly for your abominations, Ifa.xxx. 22. sou, what carefulness it wrought in Ye (hall defile also the covering of you, yea, what clearing of yourthy graven image of silver, and the selves, yea, what indignation, yea, ornament of thy molten images of what fear, yea, what vehement degold: thou shalt cast them away as sire, yea, what zeal, yea, what rea menstruous cloth: thou shalt say venge! in all tilings ye have apunto it, Get thee hence. Psal. li. 4, proved yourselves to be clear in this Against thee, thee only have I sin- matter.
ned, and done this evil in thy sight: d Psal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not that thou mightest be justified when be ashamed, when I have respect un-< thou speakest, and be clear when to all thy commandments, v. 59.1 thou judgest. Jer. xxxi. 18,1 have thought on my ways, and turned surely heard Kphraim bemoaning my feet unto thy testimonies, v, 106. himself thus, Thou hast chastised I have sworn, and 1 will perform it, me, and I was chastised, as a bul- that I will keep thy righteous judglock unaccustomed to the yoke: ments. Luke i. 9, And they were turn thou me and 1 (hall be turn- both righteous before ood, walking ed; for thou art the Lord my God. in all the commandments and ordiv. 19. Surely after that I was turn- narecs of the Lord blameless. 2 Kings ed, I repented -, and after that I was xxiii. 15. And like unto hir.vwas there instructed, I smote upon my thigh: no king before him, that turned to I was ashamed, yea, even confound- the Lord with all his heart, and with ed, because I did bear the reproach all his foul, and with all his might, ns my youth.. Joel ii. 1 a. Therefore according to ail the law ol Moses; 'u|i"w aow, faith ;he Lord, Turn ye oeitber faction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof e, which is the act of God's free grace in Christ /, yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it g.
IV. As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation h; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent i.
neither aster him arose there any like hint.
\\\.e Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Then (hall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, sod shall lothe yourselves in your ©um sight, for your iniquities and for your abominations, v. 32, Not for your fakes do 1 this, faith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your cwn ways, O house of Israel. Ezek, y.ri. 61. Then (halt thou remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when chou firalt receive thy fillers, thine elder and thy younger: and I will rive them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant, v. 62. And t will establifli my covenant with thee, and thou (halt know that 1 am the Lord. v. 63. That thou mayest remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more, Demise of thy (hame, when 1 am pacified towards thee for all thai thou ball done, faith the Lord God.
/Hosea xiv. a. Take with you word*, and turn to the Lord, say onto him. Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. v. 4. J will beal tbeir backsliding, I wit] love them freely: for mine anferis turned away from htm. Rom, nL 24. Being justified freely by his £T2ce, through the redemption that bio Christ jelus. Eph, i.7. In whom we have redemption thro' his blood, the sorgivenness of sins, according to tfae riches of his grace.'
g Luke xiii, 3. 1 tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye (hall all likewise perisli. v. 5.1 tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye (hall all likewise perish. Acts xvii. 30. And the times of this ignorance ood winked at; but now commandesh all men every where to repent, v. 3!. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
IV. h Rom. vi. 33. For the wages of fin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. v, 12. Wherefore, as by one man (in entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Mat. xii. 36, But [ lay unto you, that every idle word that men (hall speak, they snail give account thereof in the day of judgment.
i Isa. Iv. 7. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly par don. Rom. vlii. 1. There is theiefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the fledi, but after the Spirit. Isa.i. 16. Wasti ye, make you dean, put away the evil of your doings from b.fore mine eyes, cease to do evil.