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Christ in you the hope of glory, whom we preach.
Q. Doth the apostle any where else press the putting on of this new birth?
A. Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, 13,14. and make no provision for the flesh, to
fulfil the lusts thereof.
Q. Doth he write to any of the saints, as
having put off the old, and put on the new man? Gal. 3.
A. For as many of you as have been 27. baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Seeing that
put off the old man 9, 10. with his deeds, and have put on the new
man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
Q. What speaketh Chrif himself of the
necesity of this new birth ? John A. Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Q. Of what feed cometh this birth?
A. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Q. What doth the apostle Paul witness of
himself concerning this new life? Gal. A. I am crucified with Christ, neverthe1. 10. less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.
Q. What is the preaching of the cross of Chrif?
d. For the preaching of the cross is to 1 Cor. them that perish, foolishness; but unto us that are saved, it is the power of God.
Q. What effect had this cross in the apostle? And how much preferreth be the new creature, to all outward and visible ordinances and observances ?
A. But God forbid that I should glory, Gal. 6. save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, 14, 15. by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world : for in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Q. What speaketh Christ of the unity of the saints with bim ?
A. At that day ye shall know that I am Johor in my Father, and ye in me, and I in Abide in me, and I in you.
As the John 15. branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me, ye can do nothing.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for John 17. them also which shall believe on me through 20, 37, their word: that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may
believe that thou hast sent ine. And the glory which thou gavest me, I
have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me; and haft loved them as thou hast loved me.
Q. What saith the apostle Paul to this purpose?
A. For both he that fan&tifies, and they that are fanctified, are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.
Q. What faith the apostle Peter?
A. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Concerning the Light wherewith Jesus
CHRIST hath enlightened every Man; the Universality and Sufficiency of God's Grace, to all the World, made manifest therein.
Quest. WHEREIN confifts the love of
gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
In this was manifested the love of God John towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Q. What is intended here by the world? All and every man, or only a few ?
A. But we see Jesus, who was made a Heb. little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God lhould taste death for every man. And if any man fin, we have an advo-1 John
2, 1, 2 cate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our fins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Q. Methinks the apostle John is very plain there, in mentioning ihe whole world, which must be not only the saints, but all others, Seeing be distinguisheth the world from himself,
ind all the saints to whom he then wrote: What faith Paul elsewhere in this matter?
A. Christ in you, the hope of glory, Col.r. whom we preach, warning every man, aná 27, 28. teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. I exhort therefore, that first of all, sup
plications, 4; 6.
I Tim. 2.1, 3, 2 Pet. 3.9.
plications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men : for this is good and acceptable in the fight of God our Saviour, who will have all men to be faved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Q. What is the apostle Peter's testimony in this?
A. The Lord is not Black concerning his promise (as fome men count flackness) but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that a!! should come to repentance.
Q. Are there any more scripture pasages that prove this thing?
1. Say unto them, As I live, faith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.
The Lord is gracious and full of compaffion; flow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.
Q. Seeing then by these fcriptuses it appears that the love of God is held out to all, that all might have been, or may be saved by Christ; what is to be judged of those who affert, that God nor Christ never purposed
Pfalm 145.8, 9.