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can falvation possibly be had ? As those lepers reasoned, 2 King. 7. 3. If we fit still we perish. That person is sure to be damned, that keeps off from Chrift
. There is no way therefore for a poor finner, but to venture himself into che hands of Chrift, to give up his soul sincerely to him, and to resolve wich himself, if I perish, I will perish at his feet.
7. Lastly, If you think you have cause to fear that Christ is not yet yours, and as yet you have no interest in him, my advice is, thac you now go unto him, now strike up the Covenant be(ween him and you: Defer no longer , Let this be the marriage-day. Now give up thy selt onfeignedly to be pardoned, sanctified commanded, disposed of, and everlastingly faved by him, and rest assured he will on no terms cast chec out.
John 3.14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in
the wildernesse; even so muft the son of man be
lifted up; V.15. That whofeever believeth in him, should
not perish, but have eternal life. V.16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his orly begotten Son, that wobofoever believetb on him, should not perish, but have everlafting
life. V.36. He that believeth on the Son, hath everlafting life: and be that believeth not the Son,
shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth
on him. John 5.40. And
ye will not come to me that ye might have life. John 6.37. All that the Father giveth me shal
come to me, and him that cometh to me, I will
in no wise cast out. Phil
. 3.8. Yea doubtlesse, and I count all thing's but lolle, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Fesuus my Lord: for whom I have luffered the lose of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. V.9: And be found in him, not having mine 7. own righteousnes, which is of the Law, but that
which is through the Faith of Christ, the righieoufnesse which is of God by Faith. See more Scriptures concerning Faith, p.106.
Covenanting with God.
Deut.26.17. Thou hast avouched the Lord this
day to be thy God, do to walk in his waies, and to keep bis Statutes, and his Commandements, and his Fudgments, and to hearken unto bis
voice Josh.24.21, and the people said unto Fofhua, nay,
but we will serve the Lord. V.22. And Folhuah said unto the people, ye are
witnesses against your selves, that ye have chosent you the Lord to ferve him, and they said, we are wit pelles.
CHAP. IV. of the new Nature, and reformed Life. Aving thus solemnly given up thy self
co Christ, labout to walk worthy of the Lord, to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Let it be thy daily care (begging the affistance of the Spirit to enable theeto morti. fie the old man, to crucifie the flesh, with its affe&lions and lufts; to weaken, impair,and destroy the dominicn of the whole body of fin, and to put on the new man; chat thou maidi be strengthened & furnished with all Giving Graces,co the practise of true holinelle, without which rơman hall see the Lord : As Chrift (by his divine power) raised and quickned his own body, when ic lay in the grave, fo he conveighs a spiritual life in to all his members, raising them from the death of fin, and enabling them to walk in newaeffe of life. I live (faich Paul, Gal.2.200) get not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life of Jesus is made manifest in our mortal bodies, 2 Cor.4.11. He that abideth in nee, and I in him, (saich our Saviour, Fohn 18.5.) bringerb forth mach fruit. Beg therefore earnestly of the Lord, that thou maiest be fanctified throughout, in Spirit, Soul, and Body. Thác chy Understande.
ing, Conscience and will, thy fensual affections and desires; and thy whole outward man may be put into, and kept in a good order and frame; that the fear of God may dwell in chine heart continually, and his Law be written in thy inward man. Look to che bent and frame of the heart, that it be right towards God. If thy heart be once ordered arighe, thou wilt look that chy outward conversation be ordered aright also. Let it appear therefore thou art a living member of Christ, by being a new C:earure, by unliving, and undo ng thy former sinful course. Live not henceforch in any known sin, but speedily forsake, whatever thou knowest to be évil
, and displeasing unco God any kind of way. Lab ùr to teftifie the sincerity of thy repentance and Faith, by an holy life, and an unblameable Conversation. Sec thy self in good earnest co walk religiously and holily before God, righteously and uprightly before men, and soberly and temperatly in the Governmeat of thy self.
Let it be thy daily exercise (with Paul) 10 keep a good Canscience, void of offence, tewards God, and towards man. Be caretulofthe duties boch of the first, and second Table. And read often and carefully observe our Saviours Sermon in the Mount, contained in the fifth, fixth, and seventh Chapters of Matthew. In summe, beg a continual supply of strength, from the sanctifying Spiric of Christ, chac chough thou
ars to wrelle, noe only against Mesh and blood, but against Principalities, and powers, and Spiritual wickednesses, and against manifold tempe acions from the world, yet no:wichstanding (chrough the aides of Grace) the regenerace pare in chee may overcome, and that thou maist grow in Grace, and be daily perfecting holinesse in the fear of God.
2 Cor. 5.19. Therefore if any man be is Chrift,
he is a new Creature ; oldthings are paft away,
bebeld, all things are become nen. i Cor 6.11. And such were some of you, but ye
are washed, but ye øre sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Fefus, and by
the Spirit of our God. Eph.4.22. That ye
, put off, concerning the former Conversation, the old man, which is corrupt, according to the deceitful løfs V.23. And be renewed in the Spirit of your
mind. V.24. And that ye put on that new mar, which
after God is created in righteousnelle and true
holineffe. Rom.6.5. For if we have been planted together in
the likenesse of his death: wefbill be also in the
likenesse of his resurrection. V.6. Knowing this that our old man is cřucified with him, that the body of fin might bi deffroyed; shat hienceforth we should not ferve fis.