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Christ, by his Spirit working in due Season; are justified, adopted, fanctified 6, and kept by his Power through Faith unto Salvation p. Neither are any other redeemed by Chrift, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified and saved, but the Elect only 9.

e Rom. 8. 30. Eph. 1.5. 2 Thef. 2. 13. p 1 Pet. 1. 5. 9 Jolin 17.9. Rom. 8. 28. to the End. John 6. 64, 65. John 10. 26. John 8. 47. 1 John 2. 19.

VII. The rest of Mankind, God was plealed, according to the uusearchable Counsel of his own will, whereby he extendeth, or withholdeth Mercy, as he pleaseth, for the Glory of his Sovereign Power over his Creatures, to pass by, and to ordain them to Dishohour and Wrath, for their Sin, to the Praise of his gloridus Justice r.

r Mat. 11, 25, 26. Rom. 9. 17, 18, 21, 22. 2 Tini. 2. 19, 20. Jude 5. 4. 1 Pet. 2,8.

VIII. The Doctrine of this high Mystery of Predeftination is to he 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 this Doctrine afford Matter of Praise, Reverence, and Admiration of God u, and of Humility, Diligence, and abundant Consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel w.

s Rom. 9:20. Rom. 15. 33. Deut. 29. 29. ¢ 2 Pet. 1.jo. a Eph 1.6. Rom. 1. 33. Rom. 11. 5, 6, 20. 2 Pet. 1.joi Rom. 8. 33. Luke fo. 20.

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for the Manifestation of the Glory of his eternal Power, Wisdom, and Goodnefs b, in the Beginning, to S 3

create, a Heb. 1. 2. John 1. 2, 3. Gen. 1. 2. Job 26. 13. Job 33. 4. b Rom. I. 20. Jer. 10. 12. Pfal. 104. 24. Pfal. 33. 5,6.

create, or make of nothing, the World, and all Things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the Space of lix Days, and all very good c. ċ Gen, ist Ch. Heb. 11. 3.

Col. 1. 16. Afts 17. 24.

II. After God had made all other Creatures, he ere. ated Mau, Male and Femaled, with reasonable and immortal Souls e, indued with Knowledge, Righteousness, and true Holiness, after his own Images, having the Law of God written in their Hearts g, and Power to fulfil it h; and yet under a Possibility of Transgressing, being left to the Liberty of their own Will, which was fubject unto Change i. Beside this Law written in their Hearts, they received a Command, not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; which while they kept, they were happy in their Communion with God k, and had Dominion over the Creatures I. d Gen. I. 27.

e Gen. 2. 7. with Eccl. 12. 7. and Luke 23. 43. and Mat. 10. 28. f Gen. 1. 26. Col. 3. Io. Eph. 4. 24, g Rom. 2. 14. 15. 1 Eccl. 7. 29. ; Gen. 3. 6. Eccl. 7. 29. k Gen, 2. 17. and 3. 8, 9, 10, 11, 23. (Gen. 1. 26, 28,

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a Heb. 1. 3. b Dan. 4. 34, 35. Pfal. 135. 6. A&S 17. 25, 25, 28. Job 38, 39, 40, 41 Chapters. c Mat 1o. 29, 30, 31. d Prov. 15. 3. Pfal. 104. 24. Píal, 145. 17. & Acts 15. 18. Pfal. 94. 8, 9, 10, II.

table Counsel of his own Will f, to the Praise of the Glory of his Wisdom, Power, Justice, Goodness, and Mercy g.

f Eph. 1. 11. Pfal. 33. 10, 11. g Ifa. 63. 14. Eph. 3.IO. Rom. 9. 17. Gep. 45. 7. Pial. I45. 7.

II. Although, in Relation to the Fore-knowledge and Decree of God, the first Cause, all Things come to pass immutably, and infallibly h: Yet, by the fame Providence, be ordereth'them to fall out, according to the Nature of second Causes, either neceffarily, freely, or contingently in

h Ads 2. 23. i Gen. 8. 22. Jer. 34. 35. Exod. 21. 13. with Deut. 19. 5.

1 Kings 22. 28, 34. Isa. 10.

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III. God, in his ordinary Providence, maketh Use of Means k, yet is free to work without l, above in, and against them at his Pleasure n.

k Ads 27. 31; 44. Ifa. 55. 10, II. Hosea 2. 27, 22. I Hosea 1. 7. ' Mat, 4. 4. Job 34.'10. m Rom. 4. 19, 20, 21. n 2 Kings 6. 6. Dan. 3. 27.

IV. The almighty Power, unsearchable Wisdom, and the infinite Goodness of God, so far manifest themfelves in his Providence, that it extendeth itself even to the first Fall, and all other Sins of Angels and Men o, and that not by a bare Permission p, but such as hath joined with it a most wise and powerful Bounding 9,

and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a manifold Dispensation, to bis own holy Ends r : Yet so, as the Sinfulness thereof proceedeth only from the Creature, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is, nor can be the Author or Approver of Sin S.

o Rom. II. 32, 33, 34. 2 Sam. 24. 1. with 1 Cliron. 21. I. 1 Kings 22. 22, 23. i Chron. 10. 4, 13, 14. 2 Sam. 16. 10. Acts 2. 23. and 4: 27, 28. p Acts 14. 16.

9 Pfal. 76. ro. 2 Kings 19. 28. 5. Gen. 50. 20. lla. 10. 6, 7, 12. James 'I. 13, 14; 13. 1 John 2. 16. Plal. 50. 21.

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V. The most wile, righteous, and gracious God, dóth oftentimes leave for a season his own Childrek to mani. fold Temptations, and the Corruptions of their own Hearts, to chastise ther for their foriner Siðs, or to dircover unto them the bidden Strength of Corruption, and Deceitfulness of their Hearts, that they may be humbled t; and to raise them to a more elole and conftauDependence for their Support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future Occasions of Sin, and for sundry other just and holy Ends u.

* 2 Chron. 32 25, 26, 31. 2 Sam. 21. 1. u 2 Cor.12. 7, 8, 9. Pfal. 73 throughout. Pfal. 77 1, 10, 12. Mark 14. 66 to the End, with John 21. 15, 16, 17.

VI. As for those wicked and ungodly Men, whom God, as a righteous Judge, for former Sins, doth blind and harden w, from them he not only withholdeth his Grace, whereby they might have been inlightied in the'r Understandings, and wrought upon in their Hearts x; but sometimes also withdraweth the Gifts which they hady, and exposeth them to such Öbjects as their CorTuption makes Occasion of Sin z: And withal, gives them over to their own Lufts, the Temptations of the World, and the Power of Satan a; whereby it comes to pass that they harder themfelves, even wider iliofe Means which God useth for the foftring of others b.

w Rom, 1, 24, 26, 28. Rom. ii. 7. 8. * Deut. 29. 4. y Mat: 13. 12. Mat. 25. 29. % Deut. 2. 30. 2 Kihgi 8. 12, 13. a Pfal. 81. 11, 13. 2 Thef. 2. 10, 11, 12 b Exod. 7. 3 with Exod. 8. 15, 32. 1 Cor. 1. 151 lla, 8. 14. 1 Pet. 2. 7; 8. Ifa. 6.9, 10 with Acts 28. 26, 27,

VII. As the Providence of God doth, in general, reach to all Creatures; lo after a most special Manner it taketh Care of liis Church, and disposeth all Things to the Good thereof c.

į i Tim. 4. 10. Amos 9.8, 9. Rom. 8. 28. Ifa. 43: 3, 4, 5, 14:

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CH A P. VI. of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment

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UR first Parents, being seduced by the Subtilty and

Temptation of Satan, finned in eating the forbidden Fruit a.

This their Sin, God was pleased; according to his wife and holy Counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to his own Glory b.

à Gen, 3. 13. 2 Cor. 11. 3. b Rom. 1132.

11. By this Siv they fell from thelt original Righteous. nëss anú Communion with God c, and To becaine dead in Sin d, and wholly defiled in all the Faculties and Parts of Soul and Body e.

c Gen. 3. 6, 7, 8. Ecclef. 9. 29. Rom. 3. 23. dGen. 2. 17. Eph. 1. i. Tit. I. 15. Gen. 6. š. Jer. 17. 9. Rom. 3. 10, to 19.

III. They being the Root of all Mankind, the Guilt of this Sin was imputed f, and the fame Death in Sin, and corrupted Nature, conveyed to all their Posterity descending from thefti by ordinary Generation

gi fGen. 1.27, 28. and Gen. 2. 16, 17. and Ads 17.26. with Rom. 5. 12, 15, to 19. and 1 Cor. 15. 21, 22, 453 49 Pfal. š. 5. Gen. 5.3. Job 14.4 and 15. 14.

IV. From this original Corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and inade oppolite to all Good', and wholly itclined to all Evil i, do practed all adual Tranfgrefiets

A Ron. 5. 6. and 8. 7. and 1. 18. Col. I. 21. Geha 6. 5. Gen. 8. 21. Rom. 3. 10, 11, 12. k James 1. 14; is. Eph. g. 2, 3. Mat. 15. 19.

V. This Corruption of Nature, during this Life, doth feinain in those that are regenerated / And, although

It jolin 1. 8, 10. Rom. 7. 14, 17, 18, 23. James 2. 2. Prov, 20. 9. Eccl. 7, 20.

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