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God hath revealed himself to be gracious ; and promised pardon of fins, with the gift of righteousness; as also renewing and sanctifying grace, thro' the Holy Ghost, with eternal life in Jesus Christ only. If then thou art seeking after these things, be sure that thou presume not to come to God for them, but by the way of Christ crucified, the only Mediator between God and man: For thou canst receive no saving mercies, or blessings from God, but what he hath promised; and his promises are all in Christ: Wherefore he faith -, no man cometb unto the Bather but by me: But to the Christian, the way is clear and open; therefore he faith again, he that cometb unto me,Jhall never hunger; and whoso beUeveth on me, stall never thirst. Therefore,
2. DontmakeGoDa liar, by doubting of, or denying his sure promise of life in Christ, to all believers •, which also he hath confirmed with an oath. Every one that with the heart believeth on him, shall certainly be saved; because God, that cannot lie, hath said it—Learn then to distinguish betwixt a living, and a dead faith •, a faith unfeigned, and that which is hypocritical; that thou mayst not be stumbled at the falling away of certain professors, nor charge God foolishly: For there is but one true faith, but there are many counterfeits; and 'tis no marvel that these, who have but the
name, name., and not the thing itself; the shadow, and not the substance of faith; it is no marvel, I say, if these fall away; for to them the promise is not made: And therefore when these turn aside from the truth, and depart from that faith which they seemed to have, the promise is not altered nor broken by it. Yea, let God be true, and every man a liar. My counsel shall stand, saith God, and I will do all my pleasure*: And of his elect he saith, This -people have 1 formed for myself, they shall shew forth mypraije-f.
3. Beware of putting repentance and saith in the room of Christ, by making them meritorious conditions of thine acceptance, or works which thine own hands have wrought; but hearken to God's word, which declares and testifies; that no man can come to Christ, or truly repent, and believe on him, except it bt given him of God. And this is not given to all men; but to those whom Christ has redeemed unto God by his blood, from among men: And the gifts and calling of God are without repentances.
. 4. Remember, profeslbr. and forget not, that God hath chosen his people in Christ unto salvation, tbrt sanctificatim of the Spirit, ana belies of
mlh. xlvi. 10. f Isa. xliii. 21. J Rom. xi. 29.
the truth *: Therefore the unbelieving and the unclean hath no part in Christ. God's way is the way of righteousness and true holiness; yet no man by his works can procure for himself, or deserve any part of his glorious salvation: If therefore thou continuest not in the faith, following after peace with all men, and holiness, thou art none of his, and canst never fee the Lord. Those whom God saves by grace are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them j-. But trust not in thyself for wisdom, strength, or stedfastness, to do that which is right in the fight of God: For he hath put no trust in his saints J. Therefore trust not thou in thy own faithfulness, but in God's . faithfulness, to make and keep thee faithful unto death, thro' Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from fallings and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 'To the only wife God our Saviour, be glory ana majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amend ■
'Thess. ii. 13. f Eph. ii. 10. J Job iv. 18.
Ibid. xv. 15. || Judeas.
Ephes. vi. 18.
Praying always with all prayer and'Application in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints.
THE Apostle (in the preceding verses) having described the whole armour of God, and exhorted the Christian soldier to put it on, that he might be able to withstand his spiritual enemies in the day of trial, and quench all the fiery darts of the Devil: He, in the words of our Text, counsels and directs him to make use of earnest and constant prayer to God, in all his conflicts, and warrings against sin and Satan. Hereby he plainly shews, that unless we supplicate, and obtain