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wisdom; in such manner and ways as are most confonant to his wonderful and unsearchable dispensation t.

CHAP. IX. Of Free-will.
OD hath endued the will of man with that natural li-

berty, that it is neither forced, por by any absolute neceffity of nature determined, to good or evila.

II. Man, in his state of innocency. had freedom and power to will and to do that which is good and well-pleasing to Godb; but yet mutably, so that he might fall from it c.

III. Man, áre the fons of God. Rom. XV. 18. I. & Matt. xvii. 12. But I say unFor I will not dare to speak of any to you, that Elias is come already, of those things, which Christ hath and they knew him not, but have not wrought by me, to make the done unto him whatsoever they listGentiles obedient, by word and ed: likewise shall also the Son of man deed. v.19. Through mighty figns fuffer of them. James i. 14. But eveand wonders, by the power of the ry man is tempted, when he is drawn Spirit of God; so that from Jerufa- away of his own lust, and enticed. lem, and round about unto Illyri- Deut. xxx. 19. I call heaven and cum, I have fully preached the go- earth to record this day against you, *fpel of Christ. John xvii. 17. Şance that I have fer before you life and tify them through thy truth: thy death, blessing and cursing: thereword is truth.

fore choose life, that both thou and + 1. The Lord said unto 'thy fecd may live. iny Lord, Sitthou at my right hand, II. b Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only until I make thine enemies thy foot- have I found, that God hath made stool, i Cor. xv. 25. For he must man upright; but they have fought teign, till he hath put all enemies out many inventions. Gen, i. 26. under his feea, v, 26. The lait ene And God said, Let us make man inx my that shall be destroyed, is death. our image, after our likeness: and Mal. iv. 2. But unto you that fear let them have dominion over the filla my name, thall the Sun of righteouf- of the sea, and over the fowl of the nefs arise with healing in his wings; air, and over the cattle, and over all


go forth and grow up the earth, and over every creeping as calves of the stall, v. 3. And ye thing that creepeth upon the earth. fhall tread down the wicked; for c Gen. ï. 16. And the Lord God they shall be ashes under the foles commanded the man, saying, Ofeof your feet, in the day that I shall very tree in the garden thou mayest do this, faith the Lord of hosts. Col. freely eat. v. 17. But of the tree of 11, 15. And having spoiled principa- the knowledge of good and evil, lities and powers, he made a shew of thou shalt not eat of it: for in the them openly, triumphing over them day that thou eatest thereof, thou nito

thalt surely die. Gen. iii. 6. And


and ye

III. Man, by his fall into a state of fin, hath wholly loft

. all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvatio ond: so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good e, and dead in sinf, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereuntog.

IV. When God converts a finner, and translates him into the state of grace, he freech him from his natural bondage

under when the woman saw that the tree he said, Therefore faid I unto you, was good for food, and that it was that no man can come unto me, ex, pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to cept it were given unto him of my be desired to make one wise, she took Father. Eph. ii. 2. Wherein in time of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and . past, ye walked according to the gave also unto her husband with course of this world, according to her, and he did eat.

the prince of the power of the air, III, . Rom, v. 6. For when we the spirit that now worketh in the were yet without strength, in dưe children of disobedience. v. 3. Atime Christ died for the ungodly. mong whom also we all had our conRomans viü. 7. Because the carnał versation in times paft, in the lusts : mind is enmity against God: for it of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of is not subject to the law of God, nei- the flesh, and of the mind; and were ther indeed can be. John xv. 5.I am by nature the children of wrath, ethe vine, ye are the branches: he ven as others. v. 4. But God who that abideth in me, and I in him, is rich in mercy, for his great love the same bringcth forth much fruit: wherewith he loved us, v. 5. even for without me ye can do nothing. when we were dead in sins, hath

• Rom. ii. 10. As it is written, quickened us together with Christ, There is none righteous, no not (by graced ye are saved.) 1 Cor.ii. one: v. 12. They are all gone out 14. But the natural man receiveth of the way, they are together be- not the things of the Spirit of God: come unprofitable, there is none for they are foolishness unto him: that doth good, no pot one, neither can he know them, because

F Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he they are spiritually discerned. Tit.' quickened, who were dead in tref- iii. 3. For we ourselves also were passes and sins. v.5. Even when we sometimes foolish, disobedient, dewere dead in sins, hath quickened usceived, serving divers lusts and pleatogether with Christ, (by grace ye fures, living in malice and envy, are faved.) Col. i. 13. And you be- hateful, and hating one another, V., ing dead in your fins, and the un- 4. But after that the kindness and circumcision of your flesh, hath he love of God our Saviour toward quickened together with him, hay

man appeared, v.5. not by works of ing forgiven you all trefpaffes. righteousness which we have done,

& John vi. 44. No man can come but according to his mercy he saved to me, except the Father who hath us by the wathing of regeneration, lent me draw him: and I will raise and renewing of the Holy Ghost. him up at the last day, v. 65. And

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under sinh, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good i; yet so as that, by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly por only will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil k.

V. The will of man is made perfectly and immutably frec to good alone, in the state of glory only).


CHAP. X. Of Effettual Calling.
LL those whom God hath predestinated unto life,

and those only, he is pleased, in his appointed and accepted time, effe&tually to call a, by his word and spi

rit b, IV. b Col. i. 13. Who hath deli- the good that I would, I do not: but vered us from the power of dark. the evil which I would not, that I ness, and hath translated us into the do, v. 21. I find then a law, that kingdom of his dear Son. John viii. when I would do good, evil is pre34. Jesus answered them, Verily, sent with me. v. 23. But I fee ano. verily, I say unto you, whosoever ther law in my members warring committeth fin, is the servant of fin. against the law of my mind, and V.36. If the Son therefore shall make bringing me into captivity to the you free, ye shall be free indeed. law of fin, which is in my members.

i Phil. ii. 13. For it is God who V. 1 Eph.iv. 13. Till we all come worketh in you both to will and to in the unity of the faith, and of the do of his good pleasure. Rom. vi. knowledge of the Son of God, unto 18. Being then made free from sin, a perfect man, unto the measure of ye became the servants of righte- the stature of the fulness of Christ. ousness. v.22. But now being made Heb. xii. 23. To the general assemfree from fin, and become servants bly and church of the first born, to God,


have your fruit unto ho which are written in heaven, and to liness, and the end everlasting life. God the judge of all, and to the spi..

k Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth rits of just men made perfect. I John againit the spirit, and the spirit a- iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the fons gainst the flesh, and these are con- of God, and it doth not yet appear trary the one to the other; so that ye what we shall be: but we know, that cannot do the things that ye would. when he shall appear, we shall be Rom. vii, 15. For that which I do, like him; for we shall see him as he I allow not: for what I would, that is. Jude 24. Now unto him that is do I not; but what I hate, that do able to keep you from falling, and I. v. 18. For I know, that in me, to present you faultless before the (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no presence of his glory with exceeding good thing: for to will is present joy. with me, but how to perform that 1. a Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, which is good, I find not. v.19. For whom he did predestinate, them he


ritb, out of that state of fin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ c; enlightening their minds, spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God d; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto

them also called: and whom he called, passes and fins, v. 2. Wherein in them he also justified: and whom time past ye walked according to the he justified, them he also glorified course of this world, according to Rom. 11,7. What then? Ifrael hath the prince of the power of the air, not obtained that which he feeketh the spirit that now worketh in the for; but the election hath obtained children of disobedience. v. 3.

A. it, and the rest were blinded. Eph. mong whom also we all had our con1.10. That in the dispensation of the versation in times past, in the lufts fulness of times, he might gather to- of our felh, fulfilling the desires of gether in one all things in Christ, the flesh, and of the mind; and were both which are in heaven, and which by nature the children of wrath, c. are on earth, even in him. v. 11. In ven as others. v. 4. But God who whom also we have obtained an in- is rich in mercy, for his great love heritance, being predestinated ac- wherewith he loved us, v. 5. even cording to the purpose of him who when we were dead in sins, hath worketh all things after the coun- quickened us together with Christ, fel of his own will.

(by grace ye are saved.) 2 Tim. i, b2 Theff. ii. i 3. But we are bound 9. Who hath saved us, and called to give thanks alway to God for you us with an holy calling, not accordbrethren, beloved of the Lord; be- ing to our works, but according to cause God hath from the beginning his own purpose and grace, which chosen you to falvation, through was given us in Christ Jesus, before fanctification of the Spirit, and be- the world began, v. 10, But is now lief of the truth : v. 14. Whereunto made manifeit by the appearing of he called you by our gospel, to the

gospel, to the our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath obtaining of the glory of our Lord abolished death, and hath brought Jesus Chrift. 2 Cor. iii. 3. For as life and immortality to light, thro' much as ye are manifestly declared the gospel. to be the epistle of Christ, ministred Acts xxvi. 18. To open their by us, written not with ink, but with eyes, and to turn them from darkthe Spirit of the living God; not in ness to light, and from the power of tables of stone, but in fleshly tables Satan unto God, that they may reof the heart. v. 6. Who also made ceive forgiveness of sins, and inherie us able ministers of the new testa- tance among

them who are sanctiment, not of the letter, but of the fied by faith that is in me. I Cor. ii, {pirit: for the letter killeth, but the 10. But God hath revealed them {pirit giveth life.

unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit Rom. viii. 3. For the law of the searcheth all things, yea the deep Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath things of God, v. 12. Now we have made me free from the law, of sin received, not the spirit of the world, and death. Eph., 1. And you hath but the spirit which is of God; that be quickened, who were dead in tref- we might know the things that are

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them an heart of flesh e; renewing their wills, and by his almighty power determining them to that which is goodf; and effeétually drawing them to Jesus Chriftg; yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace h.

II. This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alore, not from any thing at all foreseen in mani, who is al

togefreely given to us of God. Eph. i. fent me, draw him: and I will raise 19. That the God of our Lord Je- him up at the last day. v. 45. It is fus Christ, the Father of glory, may written in the prophets, And they give unto you the Spirit of wisdom fhall be all taught of God. Every and revelation, in the knowledge of man therefore that hath heard, and him: v. 18. The eyes of your un- hath learned of the Father, cometh derstanding being enlightened; that unto me. ye may know what is the hope of his h Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will calling, and what the riches of the run after thee. Psal. cx. 3. Thy glory of kis inheritance in the saints. people shall be willing in the day of

. Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart thy power, in the beauties of holialso will I give you, and a new fpi- ness, from the womb of the mornrit will I put within you, and I wil ing; thou haft the dew of thy youth. take away the stony heart out of John vi. 37. All that the Father your fieth, and I will give you an giveth me, shall come to me; and heart of flesh.

hin that cometh to me, I will in no f Ezek. xi. 19. And I will give wise cast out. Rom. vi. 16. Know them one heart, and I will put a new ye not, that to whom ye yield your 1pirit within


and I will take the selves servants to obey, his servants fony heart out of their flesh, and ye are to whom ye obey; whether will give them an heart of Aleth. of lin unto death, or of obedience Phil. i. 13. For it is God who work- unto righteousness? v. 17, But God eth in you, both to will and to do be thanked that ye were the servants of his good pleasure. Deut. xxv. 6. of lin; but ye have obeyed from the And the Lord thy God will circum- heart that form of doctrine which cilethine heart, and the heart of thy was delivered you. v. 18. Being feed, to love the Lord thy God, with then made free from fin, ye became allthine heart, and with all thy foul, the servants of righteousness. that thou mayelt live. Ezek. ixxvi. II. i 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath sav. 27. And I will put my Spirit within ed us, and called us with an holy you, and cause you to walk in my calling, not according to our works, Ítatutes, and ye ihall keep my judg. but according to his own purpose ments, and do them,


which was given us in & Eph.i. 19. And what is the ex- Christ Jesus, before the world be. ceeding greatness of his power to gan. Tit. iii. 4. But after that the us-ward who believe, according to kindness and love of God our Sa. the working of his mighty power. viour toward man appeared, v. 5. John vi. 44.

nan can come to not by works of righteousness which qe, except the Father, who ha,h we have done, but according to his



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