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THREE ESSAYS

ON

GRACE, FAITH, AND EXPERIENCE.

ESSAY

FIRST

Of the Nature, Purpose, Manifestation, Word,

Spirit, and Principle of GRACE, as set forth in Scripture light.

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Of the Nature of Grace in general.
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frained by the wisdom of men, in that it is a system of pure grace. They asserted, that man must stand before his maker either upon the footing of the law of works; or the gospel of grace. Upon the former ground they fully demonstrate, that no flesh living can be accepted, because the whole world is become guilty before God, and fo juftly condemned by his Jaw; therefore they assert, that if any of the fallen race of Adam are saved, it must be by sovereign grace alone. In the apostles' days, however, many afferted with them that falvation was of

grace, meant something thereby very different, from the obvious sense of their words; and it is hardly to be questioned, that the greatest part of those who call themselves christians, in our day, will affirm in like manner, that we are saved by grace; while yet, when they come to explain themselves upon the

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This is the true Grace of God wherein ye fand, 1 Peter iv. 12, Earnestly contend for the Faith which was once delivered unto

the Saints. Jude v. 4. Experience worketh Hope. Rom. v. 4.

CHESTER:

Printed by J. FLETCHER, for the AUTHOR ; Home And Sold by T, Evans, No. 32, Paternoster-Row, W. Lane, No. 33, Leadenhall-street, S. Hayes, Oxford-treet, London; J. Poole and the Author, Chelter ; S. Crane, Liverpool; and T, Wood, Shrewibury.

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