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brews, vi, 17, 18. Psal. Ixxxix, 35, 36. f John, xiv, 16, 17. I John, ii, 27, and ii, 9. g Jer. xxxii, 40. h John, x, 28. II Thes. iii, 3. I John, i, 19.
And though they may through the temptation of Satan, and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neg. lect of the means of their preservation, fall in. to grievous sins, i and for a time continue therein, k whereby they incur God's displeasure, l and grieve his holy Spirit, m come to have ibeir graces and comforts impaired, n have their hearts hardened, o and their consciences wounded, n hurt and scandalize others, 9 and bring temporal judgments upon themselves, a yet they are and shall be kept by the power of God through faith, unto salvations
i Mat. xxvi, 70, 72, 74. k Psal. li, title, and verse 14. l Isa. Ixiv, 5, 7, 9. II Sam. xi, 27. mi Eph. iv 30. n Psal, li, 8, 10, 12. Rev. ii, 4. Cant. v, 2, 3, 4, 6. olsa. Ixiii, 17. Mark, vi, 52, and xvi, 14. p Psal. xxxii, 3, 4, and li, 8. q Il Sam. xii, 14. * Psal. lxxxix, 31, 32. 1 Cor. xi, 30, 31, 32. $ I Pet. i, 5. I Thes. $, 23.
- CHAP. XVIII.
Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
LTHOUGH temporary believers, and
1 other unregenerate men may vainly de. cene themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favour of God, and state of salvation, a which hope of theirs shall perish ; b yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good conscience before him may in this life be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace, c and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed. d
a Job, viii, 13, 14. Mic. iii, 11. Deut. xxix, 19. John, viii, 41. b Mat. vii, 22, 23. c I John, ii. 3, and iji. 14, 18, 19, 21, 24, and v, 13. d Rom. v, 2, 5.
This certainly is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion, grounded upon a fallible hope ; e but an infallible assurance of faith, founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ l'evealed in the gospel, f and also upon the inWard evidences of those graces, unto which promises are made, & and on the immediate. witness of the Spirit, testifying our adoption, b and as the fruit thereof, leaving the heart more humble and holy. i
e Heb. vi, 11, 19. f Heb. x, 19, 20. Rom. iii. 22. g JI Pet, i, 4, 5, 10, 1l. I John, ii, 3, and ii, 14. II Cor. i, 12. h Rom. viii, 15, 16. i Psal. li, 12, 17. II Cor. vii, 1.
III. This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long nd conflict with many difficule ties before he be partaker of it ; k yet being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto. l And there. fore it is the duty of every one, to give all diligence to make their calling and election sure, 1 that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strengih and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance ; n so far is it from inclining men to looseness. O
k I John, v, 13. Isa. 1, 10. Mat. ix, 24. Psal. lxxxviii, per tot. and lxxvii, 1, to 12. Il Cor. ii, 1, 2. i John, iv, 13. Heb. vi, 11, 12. Eph. iii, 17, 18, 19. m II Pet. ii, 10. n Rom. v, 1, 2, 5, and xiv, 7, and xv, 3. Eph. i, 3, 4. Psa. iv, 6, 7, and cxix, 32. ol John, iii. 2, 3. Psal. i, 3, 4. I John, ii, 1, 2. Rom. vi, 12. Tit. ii, ll,
12, 14. II Cor. vii, 1. Rom. viii, 1, 12. I John, i, 6, 7.
IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted ; as by negligence in presery. ing of it, by falling into some special sin, which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit by some sudden or vehement temptation, by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness, and to have no light ; p yet are they neither utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of the heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived, g and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair.ro
p Cant. v. 2, 3, 6. Psa. li. 8, 12, 14. Eph. iv. 30, 31. Psa. lxxvii. I to 10. Mat. xxvi. 69, 70, 71,72. Psa. xxxi, 22, and lxxxviij. per tot. Isa. li. 10. 91 John, 3, 9. Luke, xxii. 32. Job, 13, 15. Psal, lxxiii, 15, and li. 8, 12. Isa. 1. 10. q Mic. vii. 8, 9. Jer. xxxii, 40. Isa. liv. 7, 8, 9, 10. Psa. xxii, 1, and lxxxviii, per tot.
Of the Law of God.
M OD gave to Adam a law of universal obe.
U dience written in his heart, and a particular precept of not eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, as a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact and perpetual obedience, promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it, and en dued him with power and ability to keep it. a
'a Gen. i, 26, 27, and ii. 17. Rom. ii, 14, 15, and x. 5, and v. 12, 19. Gal. iij. 10, 12. Eccl. vii. 29. Job. xxviii. 28.
This Law so written in the heart, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the fall of man, and was delivered by God on Mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables, b the four first commandments containing our duty towards God, and the other six our duty to man. c.
b James, i, 25, and ii. 8, 10, 11, 12. Rom. xiii, 8, 9. Deut. v. 3, and x. 4. Exod. xxxiv, 1. c Mat. xxii, 37, 38, 39, 40.