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that he is going to detect; this is part of the system that he supposes has been long established by man, whereas these are the doctrines that God has established, these are truths that shall be settled in heaven. First, Their choice: “ According as he [God] hath chosen us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love." Secondly, These are chosen from among mankind. know these things, happy are ye
ye do them. I speak not of you all; I know whom I have chosen,” John xiii. 18. “ If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Here is a world that loves his own; here is a number chosen out of the world; a number that are not of the world, and this number the world hates, because they are chosen : “ Because I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth
you.” Thirdly, These are chosen by name: “And · he that remaineth in Jerusalem shall be called holy,
even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem." Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
“ The general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven,” Heb. xii. 23. “I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers whose names
are in the book of life.” These names are written in heaven, in the book of life, and their record is on high, Job xvi. 19.
This number cannot be augmented. “And all that dwell upon earth shall worship him [the beast), whose names are not written in the book of life, of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” “ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire,” Rev. xx. 15. “ And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
This number cannot be diminished. “ It is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones should perish.” “I give unto them (my sheep), eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hands. My Father is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” They are saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation; they shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end, Isaiah xlv. 17. They shall be delivered every one that is found written in the book, Dan. xii. 1. They shall return to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their head, Isaiah xxxv. 10. “ Whom he (God] did foreknow he also did predestinate; and whom he did predestinate them he also called; and whom he called them he also justified; and whom he justified them he also glorified.” Whom God predestinated he glorified: it is God that jus
tifieth, who is he that condemneth? God is for
US, who can be against us; who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect; who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
This number can neither be augmented nor diminished. “ I know, that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever; nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it; and God doeth it [not that men should dispute the point of sovereignty with him, but] that men should fear before him.” The elect number of God's family is determined, there is no room left for augmentation or diminution: “ He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: A God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he.” In the business of election there is no work that free will or free thoughts, head or tail, branch or rush, may do, Isaiah xix. 15.
Reprobation comes next among this troop of free thoughts: “ The rest of mankind were passed
by, or left in the ruins of fallen nature; and as • Christ did not die for them, they must perish; these consequently are called reprobate, Page 2.
This is brought in again in page 64: “On this supposition, can the sentiments vindicated do any injury to mankind at large? Whom can they hurt? not the elect, they are secure; not the reprobate, • for they are secure also; for on the principles
opposed, the elect must be saved, do what they will; and the reprobates must be lost, do what they can.
“ If any man speak let him speak as
the oracles of God.” That God has chosen in Christ Jesus a certain number by name is already proved; and a choice implies some left, or not included in the choice; these are chosen from the rest of mankind; they are chosen of God; except the Lord had shortened those days [of affiction], no flesh should be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days,” Mark xiii. 20. They are chosen in Christ, they are chosen from among them that perish, they shall never perish; they are chosen out of the world, and the world hates God's choice of them, and them on account of the choice. This chosen number is but few when compared to the rest they were chosen from. It will be hard to prove that one half of the human race ever heard the gospel call; and those that reallyhave are a large number when compared to the elect; “ Many be called, but few chosen.” This chosen number are couched in the promise made to Christ; “ A seed shall serve him, it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.” This promised generation is well known to God, and to him only, until he makes it known to the seed whom by grace he enables to make their calling and election sure. Who shall declare this generation; Isa. liii. 8. Why Mr. Skinner has; he declares it to be all the offspring of Adam; but the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; and so far from all Adam's offspring being included, all Abraham's seed are not included; neither because they
are the seed of Abraham are they all children, but in Isaac shall thy seed be called; “ That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed,” Rom. ix. 7, 8; which Peter applies to the elect; " But ye are a chosen generation;" to whom in Christ the promise of life was made: “ My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever." These chosen ones are called the faithful seed of Abraham, God's friend; heirs of promise, called in Isaac not in Ishmael: “ Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of the promise.” They are called the Israel of God, the seed of the spiritual Jacob, whom God hath chosen, Isa. xli. 8; on which account God styles himself the God of Abraham, whom he called alone and blessed; the God of Isaac, in whom the seed was to be called; and the God of Jacob, the father of every subject of mercy, or son of peace: “ Peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." This God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, doth not call himself the God of Terah, the God of Ishmael, nor the God of Esau; he is not the God of the dead; not a covenant God to those who were not ordained to eternal life, but the God of those to whoin he gave life in Christ Jesus before the world was; not the God of the dead in