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dwelling in them :b the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortitied,d and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving gracey,e to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man ;g yet imperfect in this life, there abide still some remnants of corruption in every part :h whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh.i
b John xvii. 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Eph. v. 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2 Thess. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.
c Rom. vi. 6, 14. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
d Gal. v. 24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. Rom. viii. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
e Col. i. 11. Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness. Eph. iii. 16 to 19. That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
f 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Heb. xii. 14. Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.
II. g 1 Thess. v. 23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly ; avd I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
h 1 John i. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Rom. vii. 18, 23. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing : for to will is
present with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find not. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Phil. iii. 12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect : but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail,k yet through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome :) and so the saints grow in grace,m perfecting holiness in the fear of God.n
OF SAVING FAITH.
The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to be. lieve to the saying of their souls, a is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts; b and is ordinarily wrought by
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.
III. k Rom. vii. 23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
1 Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1 John v. 4. For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Eph. iv. 15, 16. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in love.
m 2 Pet. iii. 18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ: to him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
n 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
I. a Heb. x. 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
6 2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken: we also believe, and therefore speak. Eph. i. 17 to 19. That the God of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him : The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward, who believe according to the working of his mighty power. Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through faith : that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God,
the ministry of the word :c by which also, and by the ad ministration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strenghtened.d
II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself speaking therein ;e and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threaten. ings, 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
c Rom. x. 14, 17. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher ? So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
d í Pet. ii. 2. As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Rom. iv. 11. And he received the sign of circumci. sion, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed anto them also. Luke xvii. 5. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Rom. i. 16, 17. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ : for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed, from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
II. e John iv. 42. And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying : for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 1 Thess. ii. 13. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.' 1 John v. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself: he thai believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because lie believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. Acts xxiv. 14. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets.
f Rom. xvi. 26. But now is made manifest, and by the scripture of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.
Isa. Ixvi. 2. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith 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,
alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by vir. tue of the covenant of grace.i
III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong ;k may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory ;' growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ,m who is both the author and finisher of our faith.n
and embraced them, and confessed
that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 1 Tim. iv. 8. For bodily exercise profiteth little : but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promisa of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
i 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 Lord, Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me : and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Acts xv. 11. But we believe that, through the grace of the Lord, Jesus Christ, we shall be saved even as they.
III. k Heb. v. 13, 14. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age, even those who, by reason of use, have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Rom. iv. 19, 20. 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 Sara's womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Mat, vi. 30. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more
0 ye of little faith? Mat. viii. 10. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.
I Luke xxii. 31, 32. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Eph. vi. 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 1 John v. 4, 5. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God ?
m Heb. vi. 11, 12. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the end : That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Col. ii. 2. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. n Heb. xii. 2. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of ou?"
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.b
II. By it a sinner, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; and upon the apprebension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent ; so grieves for and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God, purposing and endeavouring to walk with him in all the ways of his commandments.d faith ; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I. a Zech. xii. 10. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. Acts xi. 18. When they heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Luke xxiv. 47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Mark i. 15. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand : repent ye, and believe the gospel. Acts xx. 21. Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord, Jesus Christ.
II. c Ezek. xviii. 30, 31. Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God: repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions ; so iniquity shali not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed, and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, 0 house of Israel? Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and for your abominations. Isa. xxx. 22. Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold : thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. Psal. li. 4. Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Jer. xxxi. 18, 19. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus : Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord, my God. Surely, after that I was