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NUMB. XXV. Matt. xxiii. 37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killeft the

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thy children together, even as a ben gatbereth ber ebickens under ber wings, and ye "Would not !

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and writings of the Arminians, than this seripture; which they are ready to produce on every occasion against the doctrines of election and reprobation, particular redemption, and the irresistible power of God in conversion, and in favour of fufficient grace, and of the free-will and power of mans, though to very little purpose ; 'as will appear when the following things are ob served.

I. That by Jerusalem we are not to understand the city, nor all the inhabitants ; but the rulers and governors of it, boch civil and ecclefiaftical ; especially the great

Sanbedrim, which was held in it, to whom best belong the descriptive characters of killing

See Whitby, p. 13, 77, 162, 204, 222, 358. Remonftr. in Coll. Hag. Art. iii, iv. p. 215. A&. & script. fynodalia circa Art. iv. p. 64. Curcell. Relig. Christ, Instit. l. 6. c. 6. 9. 7. p. 370. & c. 13. &. 5. p. 402. Limborch. l. 4. C. 13. $7.8 311.

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Christ internally, by the spirit and grace of God; but a gathering of them to him externally, by and under the ministry of the word, to hear him preach, so as chat they might be brought to a conviction of, and an affent unto him, as the Messiah ; which, though it might have fallen sort of saving faith in him, would have been fufficient to have preserved them from temporal ruin, threaten'd to their city and temple, in the following verse ; Bebold your bouse is left unto you desolate ; which preservation is fignified by the ben gathering ber chickens under her wings, and thews that the text has no concern with the controversy about the manner of the operation of God's grace in converfion; for all chose whom Chrift would gacher in this senie, were gathered, notwithstanding all the oppoficion made by the rulers of the people,

III. That the will of Christ to gather these persons, is not to be understood of his divine will, or of his will as God; for, wha bath refifted bis will ? chis cannot be hindered, nor made void; be bath done wbat soever be pleased; but of his human will, or of his will as man; which, though not contrary to the divine will, but subordinate to it, yet not always the same with is, nor always fulfilled. He speaks here as a man and minister of the circumcifion ; and expreff:

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