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all the means thereunto m. Wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ n, are effectu. ally called unto faith in Christ, by his Spirit working in due season; are justified, adopted, sanctified 0, and kept by his power through faith unto falvation p. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified and faved, but the elect only q.
VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of his own will, whereby he extendeth or with holdeth mercy as he pleaseth, for the glory of his sovereign power over his creatures,' to pass by, and to ordaint them to dishonour and wrath for their fin, to the praise of his glorious justicer.
VIII. The the Spirit, and belief of the truth. know that all things work together
11 I Thess. v.9. For God hath not for good, to them that love God, to appointed us to wrath, but to obtain them who are the called according Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. v, to his purpofe, &c. (to the end of 10. Who died for us, that whether the chapter.) John vi. 64. But there we wake or sleep, we should live to- are some of you that believe not. For gether with him. Tit. ii. 14. Who Jesus koew from the beginning, who gave himself for us, that he might they were that believed not, and who redeem us from all iniquity, and should betray him. v. 65. And he purify unto himself a peculiar people, faid, Therefore faid I unto you, that zealous of good works.
no man can come unto me, except o Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom it were given unto him of my Father, he did predestinate, them he also cal- John x. 26. But ye believe pot, beled : and whom he called, them he cause ye are not of my sheep, as I faid also justified: and whom he justified, unto you. John viii. 47. He that is them he also glorified. Eph. i. 5. Hav- of God, heareth God's words : ye ing predestinated us unto the adop- therefore hear them dot, because ye tion of children by Jesus Christ to are not of God. I John ii. 1y. They himself, according to the good plea- went out from us, but they were not fure of his will, 2 Thess.ü.13.But we of us : for if they bad been of us, are bound to give thanks to God al- they would no doubt have continued way for you, brethren, beloved of with us; but they went out, that the Lord, because God hath from they might be made manifeft, that the beginning chosen you to falvati- they were not all of us. on, through fanctification of the Spi- VII. r Mat. xi. 35. At that time rit, and belief of the truth.
Jefus answered and said, I thank p i Pet. i. 5. Who are kept by the thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and power of God through faith 'unto earth, because thou hast bid these Salvation, ready to be revealed in things from the wife and prudent, the last time.
and halt revealed them unto babes, 9 John xvii. 9. I pray for them: I v. 26. Even to, Father, for so it pray not for the world, but for them seemed good in thy lgbt. Rom. ix. which thou hast given me, for they 17. For the scripture faith unto Pha. are thine. Rom. xii. 28. And we
VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and cares, that men attending the will of God revealed in his word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election t. So shall chis doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God v; and of humility, diligence, and abundant conColation to all that sincerely obey the gospel w.
raoh, Even for this fame purpose VIII. Rom. ix. 20. Nay but, have I raised thee up, that I might O nian, who art thou that repliest thew my power in thee, and that my against God? shall the thing formed same might be declared throughout say to him that formed it, Why haft all the earth, v. 18. Therefore hath thou made me thus ? Rom. xi. 33. he mercy on whom he will bave () the depth of the riches both of mercy, and whom he will he harden- the wisdom and knowledge of God! eth. V.. 21, Hath not the potter how unsearchable are his judgments, power over the clay, of the same and his ways past finding out ! Déut. lurp to make one vessel unto ho- xxix, 29. The secret things belong nour, and another unto difhonour : unto the Lord our God: but those 1. 22. What if God, willing to thew things which are revealed belong luis wrath, and to make his power unto us, and to our children for known, endured with long-suffering ever, that we may do all the words the vessels of wrath fitted fus deo of this law. fruction ? 2 Tim. ï, 19. Neverthe. 1 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the raless, the foundation of God Standeth ther, brethren, give all diligence to fare, having this seal, The Lord make your calling and election fure : knoweth them that are his. And for if ye do these things, ye fall Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart froni iniquity. V v Eph. i, 6. To the praise of the 39. But in a great house, there are glory of his grace, wherein he hath Bot only vessels of gold and of silver, made us accepted in the Beloved. but also of wood, and of earth; and Rom. xi. 33. (See letters inmedifome to honour, and some to difho- ately toregoing.) nour. Jude 4. For there are certain w Rom, xi. 5. Eren so then at men crept in unawares, who were be- this present time also there is a remfore of old ordained to this condein- nant according to the election of nation, ungodly men, turning the grace. v. 6. And if by grace, then is grace of our God into lalciviousness, it no more of works : otherwise and denying the only Lord God, grace is no more grace, Bur if it be and our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. of works, then it is no more grace : i. 8. And a stone of Itumbling, and otherwise work is no more work. vi arock of offence, even to thein which 20. Well; because of unbelief tliey Humble at the word, being disobe- were broken off, and thou (tandeit
: dient, whereunto also they are ap- by faith. Be not high-minded, but pointed.
far, 2 Pet, i. 10. (Sec lecter 1 im.
Chap. IV. Of Creation. T pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost a, for the
manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness b, in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or in viłble, in the space of six days, and all very good c.
II. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female d, with reasonable and immortal souls e, endu
mediately foregoing.) Rom. viii. 33. the world by his wisdom, and hath Who shall lay any thing to the charge Rretched out the heavens by his disof God's elect? it is God that justi- cretion. Psal. civ. 24. O Lord, how feth. Loke x. 20. Notwithstanding manifold are thy works ! in wisdom in this rejoice not, that the spirits halt thou made them all : the earth are subject unto you : but rather re. is full of thy riches. Pfal. xxxii. joice because your names are writ. 5. He loveth righteousness and judga ten in heaven,
ment: the earth is full of the goodI. a Heb. i. 2. Hath in these laste ness of the Lord. v. 6, Ry the word days, spoken' unto us by his Sot, of the Lord were the heavens made: whom he hath appointed Heir of all and all the hoft of them, by the things, by whom also he made the breath of his mouth. worlds. Joho i. 2. The same was in c The whole first chapter of Gen.) the beginning with God. v. 3. All Heb. xi. 3. Through faith we underthings were made by him; and stand, that the worlds were framed without him was not any thing made, by the word of God, so that things that was made. Gen. i. 2. And the which are seen, were not made of earth was without form and void, things which do appear. Col. i. 16. and darkness was upon the face of For by him were all things created the deep: And the Spirit of God that are in heaven, and that are in moved upon the face of the waters. earth, visible and invisible, whether Job xxvi. 13. By his Spirit he hath they be thrones or dominions, or garnished the heavens ; his hand hath principalities or powers; all things formed the crooked ferpent. Job were created by him, and for him. *xxiii. 4. The Spirit of God hath Acts xvii. 24. God that made the made me, and the breaih of the Al world, and all things therein, seemighty hath given me life.
ing that he is Lord of heaven and b Rom. i. 29. For the invisible earth, dwelleih not in temples made things of him, from the crcation of with hands. the world, are clearly scen, being un- il, d Gen, is 27. So God created derstood by the things that are made, man in his own image, in the image even his eterpal power and Godhead; of God created be him : male aud To that they are without excuse female created he them. Jer. x, 13. He hath made the earth © Gen i 7. And the Lord by his power, he hath establifard Cad forined man of the dust of the
ed with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image f, having the law of God, written in their hearts g, and power to fulfil it b; and yet under a pollibility of transgresfing, being left to the liberty of their ownwill, which was subject unto change i. Beside this law written intheir hearts, they received a command, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God k, and had dominion over the creatures l.
ground, and breathed into his no. b Eccl. vü. 29. Lo, this only have Itrils the breath of life, and man I found, that God hath made man became a living foul. With Ecck upright; but they have fought out xii. 7. Then shall the dust return to
many inventions. the earth as it was : and the spirit į Gen. iii. 6. And when the wo. Thall return unto God who gave it. man saw that the tree was good for And Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus faid food, and that it was pleasant to the unto him, Verily I say onto thee, toe eyes, and a tree to be desired to make day thou shalt be with me in paradise. one wise ; Me took of the fruit there. And Mat. x. 28. And fear not them of, and did eat, and gave also unto which kill the body, but are not able her husband with her and he did to kill the foul : but rather fear him eati Eccl. vii, 29. (See letter b im. which is able to destroy both foul mediately foregoing.) and body in hell.
k Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of the f Gen. i. 26. And God said, let knowledge ofgoodandevil, thou shalt us make man in our image, after our not eat of it; for in the day that thou likeness; and let him have dominion eateft thereof, thou shalt surely die. over the fish of the sea, and over the Gen iii. 18. And they heardthe voice fowl of the air, and over the cattle, of the Lord God walking in the garsad over all the earth, and over every den in the cool of the day: and Adam creeping thing that creepeth upon and his wife hid themselves from the the earth. Col. iii. 10. And have put presence of the Lord God amongst on the new man, which is renewed the trees of the garden, v.9. And in koowledge, after the image of him the Lord called unto Adam, and said that created him. Eph, iv. 24. And unto him, Włere art thou ? v. 10. that ye put on the new man, which And he said, I heard thy voice in after God is created in righteousness the garden; and I was afraid, because and true holiness.
I was naked : and I hidmyself. v. ll. g Rom. ii. 14. For when the Gen- And he said, Who told heetharthou ciles which have not the law, do by walt naked ? Halt thou eaten of the nature the things contained in the tree, whereof Icommanded thee, that law, these having not the law, are a thou shouldít not eat ? v. 23. Therelaw unto themselves, ver. 15. Which fore the Lord God sent him forth Mew the work of the law written in from the garden of Eden, to till the their hearts, their conscience also ground, from whence he was taken. bearing witness, and their thoughts 1 Gen. i. 26. And God said, let us the mean while accusing, or elle ex. make man in our image, after our cusing one another.
CHAP. V. Of Providence.
dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things b, from the greatest even to the least c, by his most wise and holy providence d, according to his infallible foreknowledge e,
likeness : and let them have domini. 25. Neither is worshipped with mens on over the filh of the sea, and over hands, as though he needed any the fowl of the air, and over the cat- thing, feeing he giveth to all life, tle, and over all the earth, and over and breath,
and all things. v, 26. every creeping thing that creepeth Ard hath made of one blood, all naupon the earth. . 28. And God tions of men, for to dwell on all the blessed them, and God said unto face of the earth, and hath deterthem, Be fruitful, and multiply, and mined the times before appointed, replenish the earth, and subalue it: and the bounds of their habitation : and have dominion over the fish of vi 28. For in him we live, and move, the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and have our being; as certain also and over every living thing that of your own poets have said, For we moveth upon the earth.
are also his off-spring. Job xxxviii, 1. a Heb. i. 3. Who being the xxxix, xl, xli, chapters. brightnes of his glory, and express c Mar. X. 29. Are not two sparimage of his person, and upholding rows fold for a farthing ? and one of all things by the word of his power, them shall not fall in the ground when he had by himselt purged our without your Father, v.30. But the fins, sat down on the right hand very hairs of your head are all numof the Majesty on high.
bred. v. 31. Fear ye not therefore, b Dan. iv. 34. And at the end of ye are of more value than many the days, I Nebuchadnezzar lift up sparrows. mine eyes unto heaven, and mine
of the understanding returned unto me, lord are in every place, beholding and I blessed the most High, and I the evil and the good, Psal. civ. 24. praised and honoured him that liv. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! eth for ever, whole dominion is an in wisdom balt thou made them all : everlasting dominion, and his king- the earth is full of thy riches, Pfal. dom is from generation to generati- cxlv. 17, The Lord is righteous in on, v. 35. And all the inhabitants all his ways, and holy in all his works. of the earth are reputed as nothing: c Acts xv. 18. Known unto God and he doth according to his will in are all his works from the beginning the army of heaven, and among the of the world. Psal. xciv. 8. Underjohabitants of the earth : and none stand, ye brutish among the people : can slay his hand, or say unto him, and ye fools when will ye be wise ? What Jost thou ? Psal. cxxxv. 6. v. 9: He that planted the ear, shall Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that he not hear ? he that forned the did he in heaven and in earth, ja the eye, shall be not see ? v, 10. He that fuas, and all deep places. Ads xvü.. chastiseth the heathen, shall not he
d Prov. xi. 3