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Spirit of Christ in their hearts b; and this is ordinarily wrought hy the ministry of the word c: by which also, and by the ad. ministration of the facraments, and prayer, it is increased and ftrengthened d.

11. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself speak, ing thereine; and acteth differently upon that which each parti


b 2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the sign of circumcision, a seal of the fame spirit of faith, according as it righteousness of the faith, which is written, I believed, and therefore he had yet being vucircumcised; have I spoken : we also believe, and that he might be the father of all therefore speak. Eph. i. 17. That them that believe, though they ba the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, not circumcised ; that righteousness The Father of glory, may give untu' might be imputed unto them alfo. you the Spirit of wisdom and rever Luke xvii. s. And the apostles faid lation in the knowledge of him. v. unto' the Lord, Increase our faith. 18. The eyes of your understanding Roin. i. 16. For I am not ashamed being enlightened ; that ye may of the gospel of Chrift: for it is the koow what is the hope of his calling, power of God unto salvation to every and what the riches of the glory of one that believeth, to the Jew first., bis inheritance in the saints, v. 19. and also to the Greek. V. 17. For And what is the exceeding greatness therein is the righteousness of God of his power to us.ward who believe, revealed from faith tu faith : as it is according to the working of his written, The just shall live by with mighty power. Eph. ii. 8. For by llae John iv: 42. And said unto grace are ye saved, through faith; the woman, Now we believe, not bea and that not of yourselves; it is the cause of thy faying; for we have gift of God.

heard him ourselves, and know that Ic Rom. $. 14. How then shall this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour they call on him of whom they have of the world, · Theff. ii. 13. For Que believed ? and how thall they this cause also thank we God with' believe in him of whom they have out ceasing, because when ye receiv. put heard ? and how shall they hear ed the word of God which ye heard withoui a preacher ! v17. So then, of us, ye received it not as the word faith comath by hearing, and hear. of men, but (as it is in truth) the ing by the word of God,

word of God, which effectually di Per. ii. 2. As new born babes worketh also in you that believe. defire the fincere milk of she word, i John v. 10. He that believeth on that ye may grow thereby. Acts xx. the Son of God hath the witness in 32. And now, brethren, I commend liimself : he that believeth not God, you to God, and to the word of his hath made him a liar, because he grace, which is able to build you up, believeth not the record that God and to give you an inheritance a. gave of bis Son. Acts xxiv. 14. But mong all them which are fanctified, this I confess unto thee, that after Ron iv. II. And he received the the way which they call herefy, so


cular partage: thereof containeth ; yielding obedience to the commands f, trembling at the threatnings g; and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come h. But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace i. * II. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong k; may be often and many ways assailed and weakned, but gets the victory /; growing up in many to the attainment of a full


worship I the God of my fathers, be liveth in me; and the life which I lieving all things which are written now live in the Aesh, I live by faith in the law and the prophets. of the Son of God, who loved me,

FRom, xvi. 26. But now is made and gave himself for me. Acts xv: manifest, and by the scriptures of 11. But we believe that thro' the the prophets, according to the com- grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we mandment of the everlasting God, thall be saved even as they. made known to all nations for the III, k Heb. v. 13. For every one obcdience of faith.

that usech milk is unskilful in the 8 11a. lxvi. 2. For all those things word of righteousness: for he is 'a harh mine hands made, and all those babe. vi 14. But strong meat be things have been, faith the Lord : longeth to them that are of full age, but to this man will I look, even to even those who by reason of use hare him that is poor and of a contrite their senses exercised to discera both fpirit, and trembleth at my word. good and evil. Rom. iv. 19. And

h Heb. xi. 13. These ali died in being not weak in faith, he consider.' faith, not having received the pro- ed not his own body now dead, mises, but having seen thenì afar when he was about an hundred off, and were persuaded of them, years old, neither yet the deadness and embraced them, and confeffed of Sarah's womb. v. 20, He stage that they were alrangers and pil- gereu not at the promise of God grims on the carth. i Tim. iy. 8. through unbelief, but was strong in For bodily exercise profiteth little : faith, giving glory to God. Mat. vi. but godliness is profitable unto all 30, Wherefore if God so clothe the things, having promise of the life grass of the field, which to day is, tliat now is, and of that which is to and to morrow is cast into the oven, come.

Mall he not much more clothe you, ; John i. 12. But as many as re. 0


of little faith? Mat. viii. in. ceived him, to them gave he power. When Jesus lieard it, he marrelled, to become the sons of God, even to

and said to them that followed, Ve.. them that believe on his name, Acts rily 1 lay unto you, I have not found xvi, 31. And they said, Believe on fo great faith, no not in Ifrael, the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt / Luke xxii. 31, And the Lord be fared, and thy house. Gal. ii. 20. faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Saran

an cruelhed with Chrift: Never- tiath defired to have you, that he thelels } live ; yet not I, but Chritt may Gft you as wheat; v. 32. Buri

affuranee through Clarif m, who is both the author and finither of our faith n.

Chap. XV. Of Repentance unto Life.


EPENTANCE unto life is an evangelical grace a,

the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every miniIter of the gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ b.

Il. By it a fianer, out of the light and fense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his fins, as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent; fo grieves for, and hates his fins, as to turn from


hare prayed for thee that thy faith n Heb. xii. 2. Looking unto Jefus, fail not; and when thou art convert. the author and finisher of our faith; ed, streagdien thy brethren, Eph. who for the joy that was set before vi. 16. Above all, taking the field him, endured the cross, despising of faith, wherewith ye hall be able the same, and is set down at the to quench the fiery darts of the right hand of the throne of God. wicked. 1 John v. 4. For whatlo- I. a Zech, xij. 10. And I will

pour erer is born of God overcomech the upon the house of David, and upon world; and this is the victory that the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the overcometh the world, even our fpirit of grace and of fupplications, faith. v, 5. Who is he that over and they Ahall look upon me whoin cometh the world, but he that be. they have pierced, and they fall beveth that Jesus is the Son of God? mourn for him, as que, mourneth

m Heb. vi. 1 1. And we deure thar for his only son, and shall be in bits every one of you do Mew the fame terness for him, as one that is in bicdiligence, to the full assurance of terness for his first born. Acts xi. 18. hope unto the end : v. 12. That ye When they heard these things, they be not forhful, but followers of them held their peace, and glorified God.' who through faith and patience in saying, Thea hath God also to the herit the promises. Heb. x. 22. Lei Gentiles granted repentance untólife. us draw year with a true heart, in b Luke xxiv. 43. And that repenfull asurance of faith, having our tance and remission of fins should be hearts Sprinkled from an evil con. preached in his name, among all science, and our bodies washed with nations, beginning at Jerusalem. pure water. Col, ii. 2. That their Mark i. 15. And saying, the time hearts might be comforted, being is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God knit together in love, and unto all is at hand : repent ye and believe riches of the full affurance of under. the gospel Adls xx. 21. Testifying, itanding, to the ackowledgement of both to the Jews, and also to the the myttery of God, and of the Fa. Grocks, repentance toward God, ther, and of Christ.


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them all unto God c, proposing and endeavouring to walk with him in all the ways of his commandments d. III. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any fatis


your ruin.

and faith toward our Lord Jesus even to me with all your heart, and Chrilt.

with fasting, and with weeping, and 11. c Ezek. xviii. 30. Therefore I with mourning.

Vi 13, And rept will judge you, O house of Israel, your heart and not your garments, every one according to his ways, and turn unto the Lord your God: faith the Lord God: repent, and for he is gracious and merciful, turn yourselves from all your trans- low to anger, and of great kindness, greflions ; fo iniquity fhall not be and repenteth him of the evil. Amos

v. 31. Caft away from V. 15. Hate the evil, and love the you your transgressions, whereby ye good, and establish judgnient in the have transgrefled, and make you a gate: it may be that the Lord God new heart and a new fpirit; for of hosts will be gracious unto the why will ge die, O house of Israel. remnant of Jofeph, Psal. cxix. 128. Ezek, xxvi. 31. Then shall ye re. Therefore I esteem all thy precepis member your own evil ways, and concerning all things to be right; your doings that were not good, and I hate every false way. 2 Cor. and fhall lothe yourselves in your vii, 11. For behold, this felf-fame own sighi, for your iniquities, and thing that ye sorrowed after agodly for your abominations, Isa, xxx, 22. soit, what carefulness it wrought in Ye shall defile also the covering of you, yea, what clearing of yout. thy graven image of Glver, and the selves, yea, what indignation, yea, ornament of thy molten images of what fear, yea, what vehement de gold; thou shalt cast them away as fire, yea, what zeal, yea, what rea menftruous cloth : thou shalt say venge! in all things ye have apunto it, Get thee hence. Pfal. li. 4. proved yourselves to be clear in this Against thee, thee only have I fin. matter. ned, and done this evil in thy fight : d Psal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not that thou mightest be justified when be aftamed, when I have refpect un thou speakest, and be clear when to all thy commandments. v. 59. ! thou judget. Jer. xxxi. 18, I have thought on my ways, and turned surely heard Ephraim bemoaning my feet unto thy testimonies. V. 106. himself thus, Thou haft chastised I have sworn, and I will perform it, me, and I was chastised, as a bul. that I will keep thy righteous judg. lock unaccustomed to the yoke: ments. Luke j. 9, And they were turn thou me and I shall be turn- both righteons before God, walking ed; for thou art the Lord my God, in all the commandments and ordiv. 19. Surely after that I was turn- narcos of the Lord blameless. 2 Kings ed, I repented; and after that I was xxiii. 15. And like unto hinwas there inttructed, I smote upon my thigh: no king before him, that turned to I was alhamed, yea, even confound- the Lord with all his heart, and with ed, because I did bear the reproach all his soul, and with all his might, of my youth. Joel ii. 12. Therefore according to all the law of Moles; We now, faith the Lord, Turn ye

acizber For the wages

faction for an, or any cause of the pardon thereof e; which is the act of God's free grace in Christ f, yet it is of such necelfity to all sinpers, that none may expect pardon without it g. IV. As there is no sin fo small

, but it deserves damnation b; so there is no sin fo great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent i,

V. Men

peither after him arose there any like Luke xii, 3. 1 tell you, Nay : hina.

but except ye repent, ye shall all : II.e Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Thep shall likewise perish. v. 5. I tell you, Nay: ye remember your own evil ways, but except ye repent, ye shall a!! and your doings that were not good, likewise perish. Acts xvii. 30. And and shall Jothe yourselves in your the times of this ignorance God own figlt, for your iniquities and winked at; but now commandesh for your abominations.

V. 32. Not

all men every where to repent. for your sakes do 1. this, faith the 31. Because he hath appointed a Lord God, be it known unto you: day, in the which he will judge the be ashamed and confounded for your world in righteousness, by that man own ways, 0 house of Israel. Ezek, wbom he hath ordained ; whereof xri. 61. Then thalt thou remember he hath given assurance unto all thy ways, and be ashamed, when


in that he hath raised him from thou shalt receive thy filters, thine the dead. elder and thy younger : and I will IV. h Rom, vi. 23. give them unto thee for daughters, of fin is death; but the gift of God but not by thy covenant. v. 62. And is eternal-life, through Jesus Chrift I will establish my covenant with our Lord. Rom. 8. 12. Wherefore, thee, and thou fhalt know that I am as by one nian lin entered into the the Lord. v. 63. That thou mayest world, and death by fin; and so remember and be confounded, and death passed upon all men, for that oever open thy mouth any more, be all have sinned. Mat, xii. 36. But I cause of thy shame, when I am pa- say unto you, that every idle word cified towards thee for all that thou that men shall speak, they shall give halt done, faith the Lord God. account thereof in t5e day of judg

fHofea xiv. 2. Take with you ment. words, and turn to the Lord, fay i Isa. lv. 7. Let the wicked for. onto hiin, Take away all iniquity, fake his way, and the unrighteous and receive us graciously : fo will man his thoughts: and let him rewe render the calves of our lips. v. turn voto the Lord, and he will 4. I will beal their backsliding, I bave mercy upon him, and so our will love them freely : for mine an- God, for he will abundantly pardon. ger is turned away from him. Rom, Rom, viii. 1. There is therefore pow fi. 24. Being justified freely by his to condemnation to them who are grace, through the redemption that in Christ Jesus, who walk not atter is in Christ Jelus. Eph. 1.7. lo whom the fielh, but after the Spirit. Ifa.i. we have redemption thro' his blood, 16. Walh ye, make you clean, put the forgivennefs of fins, according to away the evil of your doings from tbe riches of his grace.

before mioe eyes, cease to do evil.

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